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File #A56-7W Subject: Airwolf

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File #A56-7W Subject: Airwolf
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 21, 2019 4:18 PM

From file A56-7W, code-name Airwolf.  A Mach 1+ attack helicopter developed by Dr. Charles Henry Moffitt and stolen by him after attacking and killing many people testing the helicopter and then flying it to Libya.  The helicopter was retrieved by former Army pilot, Stringfellow Hawke and hidden somewhere in southern California to be returned to The F.I.R.M. upon the recovery of his brother, Saint John a POW in Vietnam.  

Okay.  That is a bit much and wholly dramatic. This is another refugee from my open model shelves desperately in need of a bath and reassembly.  So, what do I need to do here?  Having built this model back in the mid '80s and languishing on the open model shelves for the last ten years, I have brought it out to be cleaned and rebuilt.  I suspect that once I start cleaning this model (I/E a bath), that many parts may fall off which is  a good thing.  I can then clean up and repaint the parts as needed.  Let's see just what I have here...

This will be heading off to the kitchen sink for a bath with warm water and Dawn Dish Detergent.  There are plenty of pictures and websites devoted to Airwolf including a couple of tribute helicopters.  Let's see what I can do with this...

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, December 21, 2019 9:21 PM

The teardown continues.  This has been mostly probing and pulling at parts and sub-assemblies.  I don't think I'll go any further than this.

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, December 22, 2019 7:29 AM

Looking forward to this. The only thing I never liked about the amt kit is the interior was pretty much stock Bell 222. I think Aoshima did a kit as well, it may have a better interior.

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, December 22, 2019 12:35 PM

Thanks Lee!  It wasn't until the last few years that I discovered that Aoshima had an Airwolf kit.  I had read that the AMT kit is just a repackaged Aoshima kit.  They might be one and the same.

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Posted by Metalbender on Sunday, December 22, 2019 3:41 PM

Hi;

  I thought the kit was okay. I was dissappointed in the interior and those god aweful gangs of rivets!

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Posted by midnightprowler on Sunday, December 22, 2019 5:10 PM

A friend of mine has the Aoshima kit. Completely diffrent. All air wolf parts are molded on, it cannot be built as a stock 222. It has a accurate air wolf interior too.

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 23, 2019 7:17 AM

Then, they must be two different kits!  I know that AMT had a habit of using Aoshima kits and repackaging them as their own back in the '80s.  I thought that this may have been one of them.

Airwolf is taking a bath in hot soapy water.  A good soaking will help!  These will get a good scrubbing and rinse later.

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by justmike on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 4:45 PM

My favorite show from way back when!  

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, December 27, 2019 8:26 PM

justmike

My favorite show from way back when!  

 

Mine, too!  I picked up the complete series (all 4 seasons and the pilot movie) for about $15.  Now to get The Lady rebuilt!

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, December 30, 2019 11:14 AM

I got Airwolf out of its one week bath and I have noticed that some of the enamel paint has come off.  Interesting!  This was only a bath in water and Dawn Dish Detergent.  I'll let this dry and then a good soaking with Easy Off.

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 9:36 AM

The disassembly continues...

I broke the cyclic handle on the right last night and I glued the two pieces back together be fore I turned in for the night.  

As I was preparing the flight deck for paint, I removed the piece from the center console and it disappeared on me.  Not sure what that part was for, but I'll either fill the hole or scratch build a component to replace it with.

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 3:37 PM

The flight deck of Airwolf has been painted and reassmbled.  Have a look...

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, January 17, 2020 3:16 PM

I started playing some Airwolf music on Youtube and went to work on the ADF Pod.  I drilled holes in the Pod front and rear for more realism and detail painted the Pod.

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Friday, January 24, 2020 5:28 PM
Looking good so far. i've been meaning to get an airwolf once i finish my blue thunder, but i never seen to get around to working on BT.

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Posted by justmike on Friday, January 24, 2020 9:02 PM

I'm still watching.  The gauge panel looks pretty good.

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 25, 2020 1:55 PM

Thanks Kevin and Mike!

I finally got Airwolf out of the Easy-Off bath and gave her a good scrubbing with an old toothbrush and Dawn Dish Detergent.  Ready for primer and paint!

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 1:36 PM

I fired up the paint booth this morning and painted "The Lady" with Tamiya TS-94 Metallic Grey.  I thought the shade of color would be a little lighter, but this came out perfectly!  I like it!

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by mrmike on Monday, February 3, 2020 4:31 PM

I have started some assembly of Airwolf.  Now I need to start the arduous task of masking and painting the white underbelly of the Lady.

More Airwolf to come...

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Posted by SuperDave SCG on Friday, April 10, 2020 8:28 PM

I have one of these somewhere in the stash. I think I started on it way back when but lost interest. I should dig it back out. I appreciate knowing the color. I always thought it was black. 

 

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Posted by mrmike on Saturday, April 11, 2020 7:41 AM

IIRC, Airwolf was a charcoal black metallic color that I had read somewhere.  I used Tamiya Metallic Grey which is a little lighter shade.  In direct sunlight, the color looks more of a grey.  But, in standard lighting in the house, the color is very dark grey, almost black.  The color I used is not 100% accurate, but it does look good to me!

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Posted by Metalbender on Sunday, April 26, 2020 3:26 PM

Mr.Mike:

      That sir, is what counts in a model built or re-built for enjoyment. That you like it is good enough. And besides it looks like you are having fun too!

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, September 11, 2020 8:43 AM

Several months ago, Airwolf fell off the bench and onto the floor.  It smashed into many pieces and a few important pieces got lost.  I have lost interest in this rebuild which seems to be following real life.  The actual helicopter used for the series was sold and sent overseas to Germany as an air flight ambulance and crashed into a mountainside and all lives were lost.  Maybe. someday, I'll come back to this and try to recreate the missing and broken pieces.  But for now, it has been put away.

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