Aoshima 1/48 'Airwolf'
|DECALS:||One Option, side windows only|
|NOTES:||A fun kit for a break from the norm.|
“Subject AIRWOLF. Top Secret. A mach one plus attack helicopter with the most
advanced weapons arsenal in the air. Sought by governments friendly and foreign,
AIRWOLF is hidden somewhere in the western wilderness by its test pilot
Stringfellow Hawke. To be returned to the
So began the voice-over for many of the first season episodes of the 1984-87 CBS television series “Airwolf.” Though the show’s titular star was Jan-Michael Vincent (whose acting range went from unblinkingly staring with squinty eyes to unblinkingly staring with wide eyes, and everything in between), the real stars were Oscar winner Ernest Borgnine (man, could he make the worst dialogue believable) and an impressively modified Bell 222 helicopter called “Airwolf.” The latter looked like a flying shark and its post production enhanced sound effect as it flew past the camera was something like a high tech screeching pterodactyl. Sure there was much over acting, the occasional schlocky dialogue and often farfetched plots, but like other similar TV classics as “Tales of the Gold Monkey” and “Ba Ba Black Sheep,” the show could not be missed at the very least because of the flying. Whoever the stunt pilot was, he was a daredevil and jaw droopingly reckless when he flew close to the ground and explosions – but oh it made for exiting TV! The highlight of practically every show was the dog fight between Airwolf and some number of jet fighters or missile equipped attack copters. According to the web, the show was cancelled after three years due to the excessive cost of production, less than spectacular ratings, and the alcohol and drug related problems of Vincent.
As to “the Lady” – i.e.
Airwolf, its supposed stats were:
RANGE: 950 miles (armed
crew of 3)
CEILING: 11,000 feet
Though the print on the box says “Aoshima,” the kit apparently is a reboxing of
The kit went together well and was fun to construct.
Though the exterior of the kit contains the
necessary parts to transform the
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
This raises the controversial question: “What the heck color is Airwolf anyway?” My memory and videos I have of some of the episodes depicts “the Lady” as sometimes somewhat olive drab, sometimes downright tan, and sometimes greenish more than anything else. Apparently the color looked different depending on the lighting, the background landscape and the film stock used to photograph it.
The directions, which -- as an exception for which an English translation was actually given -- misleadingly states the color should be “Midnight Blue.” My web research instead confirms that the “real” Airwolf was painted with a color by DuPont known as “Phantom Gray Effect” – a color I could not find anywhere. Thanks to another modeler’s courageous experimentation that he posted on the internet, it appears that Model Master’s “Anthracite Gray Metallic” comes closest to the color as shown on my TV which, after all, is the only place Airwolf “really” ever existed. This color required numerous airbrush coats and challenged my infantile masking skills, but could have come out worse considering many of my past painting disasters. The photos taken under different lighting conditions, indoor (with and without flash) as well as outdoor in natural light seem to meet the test of the cameleon like color changes of the real Airwolf.
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