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Airwolf
Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 1:18 AM

Hi all, this is my first scale model I've worked on in years. I've always loved this tv show and helicopter and built a few of the old Ertl versions as a kid. I figured this would be a nice model to start off again with. 

The model I chose was an Asigawa 1/48 scale. The version with the extra clear body halves. The detail and fit so far look to be pretty good but there are a lot of things I plan on changing to get it closer to reality. 



I started off with the cockpit first. Although it's well detailed some minor adjustments were made. For instance the seat post are round and not square, and the seats have four brackets holing them on. So I decided to work on that first. 

Since I was going to cut the new brackets out of styrene I went ahead and decided to add a lap belt. Just to see if my hands were still steady. 

Since I went this far I figured why not a full harness?

That's it for tonight. I'll get the other seat done tomorrow and then figure out my next step. 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 3:01 AM

Great start - looking good!

Thanks,

John

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 11:20 AM

Yeah, she's lookin' good! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 11:48 AM
Is this the same kit as the Ertl version, just with extra clear fuselage halves?
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Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 12:03 PM

Rob Gronovius
Is this the same kit as the Ertl version, just with extra clear fuselage halves?
 

No. I have both kits here and it's completely different. Higher level of detail in it for sure.

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:15 PM

How did you make the belts?

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

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Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 8:23 PM

midnightprowler

How did you make the belts?

 

I cut it out of sheet styrene with a hobby knife. 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:17 AM

DM1975

 

 
Rob Gronovius
Is this the same kit as the Ertl version, just with extra clear fuselage halves?
 

 

 

No. I have both kits here and it's completely different. Higher level of detail in it for sure.

 

yeah, the Ertl kit is a civilian helicopter that has some add ons to make it look like Airwolf, which is exactly what the TV show helicopter is.

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Posted by DM1975 on Thursday, December 17, 2020 8:27 AM

Rob Gronovius

 

 
DM1975

 

 
Rob Gronovius
Is this the same kit as the Ertl version, just with extra clear fuselage halves?
 

 

 

No. I have both kits here and it's completely different. Higher level of detail in it for sure.

 

 

 

yeah, the Ertl kit is a civilian helicopter that has some add ons to make it look like Airwolf, which is exactly what the TV show helicopter is.

 

 

Yes. This kit is just Airwolf. The boosters are molded into the body halves rather than add ons like the Ertl kit. 

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  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Thursday, December 17, 2020 8:44 AM

Dom's seat is up next. 

Unsat, this just won't do... 

So I worked with some putty and styrene till I got this.

 

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Posted by DM1975 on Thursday, December 17, 2020 1:02 PM

I added switches and buttons and the friction lock onto the collective. 

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Thursday, December 17, 2020 5:15 PM

Yes

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

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Posted by DM1975 on Thursday, December 17, 2020 6:04 PM

So this is the right seat. I decided to make the shoulder harness look as if someone just got out of it. 

I can get a little overboard on posting my step by steps so if I'm throwing too much out there please let me know. 

On the same note, since I haven't done this in so long, if I'm making mistakes please let me know. Right now I'm just kinda making it up as I go. 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, December 18, 2020 9:26 AM

Those seats really look the business- great work!!! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, December 18, 2020 1:49 PM

Question;

  Are you going to use the clear halves? Then you can float visible areas much better and just fog over areas you don't want or need to Show. That's what I did with Tamiya's M.E.262. I fogged color only in areas I couldn't detail or needed decals in that area.

       The rest is fully visible. That bird get a lot of looks and questions. I bet It would be fun on a chopper.

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  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Friday, December 18, 2020 1:55 PM

Tanker-Builder

Question;

  Are you going to use the clear halves? Then you can float visible areas much better and just fog over areas you don't want or need to Show. That's what I did with Tamiya's M.E.262. I fogged color only in areas I couldn't detail or needed decals in that area.

       The rest is fully visible. That bird get a lot of looks and questions. I bet It would be fun on a chopper.

 

I've been considering it. 

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  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Friday, December 18, 2020 2:35 PM

The scale is a bit off on this mesh I ordered. Yes or no on using it?

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Posted by Chemteacher on Friday, December 18, 2020 3:20 PM
I think the mesh looks fine. Nice work. Loved that show as a kid.

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  • From: Kansas
Posted by DM1975 on Sunday, December 20, 2020 9:00 PM

Thanks! Here's some progress shots. 

 

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Posted by DM1975 on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 12:37 AM

I scratch built the missile rack today. 

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  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:00 AM

Looking great.

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

Co. A, 682 Engineers, Ltchfield, MN, 1980-1986

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 1 Corinthians 15:51-54

Ask me about Speedway Decals

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 11:41 AM

Oh wow that does look good!!! Yes

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by DM1975 on Friday, December 25, 2020 2:43 PM

Thank y'all 

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  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, December 25, 2020 5:37 PM

I was going to say that you have raised this older kit to another level, but after looking at the thread again I would have to say it has been elivate to a whole other category, and not just a level.

Really nice work in the cockpit and details. Considering the amount of glass this old girl has, it will be time well spent.

This is wonderful and enjoyable to watch too....

Ben

"Everyones the normal until you get to know them" (Unknown)

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1/350 Tamiya Yamato WIP 

 

 

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