My Aoshima Airwolf just arrived!

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  1. tikgnat

    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    I've been watching old Airwolf episodes on a UK channel called DMAX, and suddenly I had a hankering for a Wolf in Sheeps clothing (the premise for this is a military copter able to pass itself off as a civilian aircraft fact fans).

    I did a search on eBay (easiest thing to do IMO) and found a load of radio control Airwolf conversion kits, which you know, sounds like a lot of work. And considering I can't actually get a successful flight from my 'proper' radio control helicopter this didn't sound like a good idea.

    But then I noticed Die-cast model kits from Aoshima, who they? No idea. But all the ones on eBay were for the international version, which had some sort of weathered underbelly thing, but not one of the auctions had any pictures of the international Airwolf, they all had pictures of the Japanese TV version... which is the one I wanted...

    So on a hunch I went to HLJ... and BOOM! Suddenly 45 squids worth of attack helicoper.

    BEHOLD!

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    It comes with a display stand which can vary the tilt of Airwolf, and you shove in a couple of batteries and it runs the two rotors for that helicoptery je ne sais quoi it has.

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    A model Stringfellow Hawke! With a free helicopter for him to sit in! The doors actually open, as well as tiny hatches at the back for the sunburst and kitchen foil stuff. My only complaint is I can't see into the back and see a little Dominic Santini guy sitting at his space age console, shouting 'For Gods sake String! Slow down!'

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    But you don't even need the stand, the landing gear comes out as well! It did come with alternate pieces so the machine guns and rocket pod are not exposed, but that would be BORING.

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    Sweet. Anyway. I happy. I'm off to liberate a South American state with my supersonic chopper.
     
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  2. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    thats hot. i considered that. the theme song was pretty slick too.

    kitchen foil stuff lol
     
  3. Carl

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    doo, doo-doo-doo, doo-doo-doo, doo, doo, doo... :D 
     
  4. QuantumShock

    QuantumShock Stay for brunch ?

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    Bless you, now the song stuck in my head.
     
  5. Caterwaul

    Caterwaul Busou Shinki Loremaster

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    The theme song got stuck in my head as soon as I saw 'Airwolf' in the title thread. That's one sweet bit of diecast, too.
     
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    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    This is a series I've never been introduced to, but that's one sweet 'chopper!
     
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    Airwolf was all that back in the day. Nice piece man. Congrats!!!
     
  8. Bryan

    Bryan ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I loved it when I was eight, but you're not missing anything now.

    'Cept maybe the intro. YouTube that just for the music.
     
  9. Chaos Muffin

    Chaos Muffin Misadventure Veteran

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    That's too cool. All you need now is Jan michael vincent and ALOT of whiskey and it'll be complete

    Used to love that show, only thing that bugged me about it is Airwolf awlays took out the bad guy with the first shot.
    He should fight Blue Thunder
     
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    Matrix Soul Skull 4 reporting in!

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    They need to have a team up between Airwolf, Blue Thunder and KITT, it'll be a hit movie! maybe the A Team too :D 
     
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    what about Streethawk?
     
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    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    45 squids- is that anything close to like 45 dollars?
    if so, that is pricey, but damn, the tilting and the battery powered rotors....i could get sentimental enough to do it.

    Trivia- The actual B222 that was used for the show had a heroic career after the show ended, becoming a medical helicopter. but sadly it crashed and was destroyed.

    oh, the first 2 seasons were the best and had that whole cyberpunk/techno-80s spy thing going. which made it a good show. but after that....P.U.

    and who didn't like airwolf's hideout? that was slick.

    great airwolf dude.
     
  13. eyeballkid

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    AWESOME! I loved Airwolf as a kid. I don't remember too much about the show, but I did watch it religiously.
     
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    squids LOL

    its quid slang for British pound.

    squids LOL
     
  15. pinoy78

    pinoy78 Shoji Kawamori having FUN

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    Awesome choppa man.

    I've always been more of a Blue Thunder fan myself...
     
  16. tikgnat

    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Yeah, so 45 squids is 45 quid, which is 45 pounds, which is closer to $90 US (!!!)

    Which may seem a lot to Americans, but considering we pay £50 ($100 US) for leader class now it doesn't seem that bad anymore.

    Hasbro UK have desensitised my wallet.

    Yeah, I read up on Airwolf when I was looking to get one, they did two versions of the chopper, one that didn't fly and one that did. The grounded one had full interiors, with all the external modifications done and attached. Then, those external pieces had to be recast and passed by the FAA before they could stick them onto the flight chopper.

    After the second season, the flight chopper was stripped of the extra parts, repainted and sold off as ain Air Ambulance, which crashed in a Thunderstorm in Germany apparently.

    Which is why in the 3rd season with Barry van Dyke there were interior helicopter shots but all the exterior shots were recycles from earlier episodes.

    The early first season Airwolf was pretty good, then they got into their stride and produced episodes like Airwolf 2, (Redwolf) which I saw recently and is still as cool as I remember it amazingly. I do know the second season kinda takes a nosedive and I know for SURE that the 3rd season is a stinker.

    Dominic dies in an explosion and we don't even see his face? String is crippled? His long lost brother suddenly pops outta the woodwork because he's not been MIA, be's been deep undercover? Geddafugouddatown.

    Anyway, that little helicopter is very sweet, my only complaints after prolonged exposure is I wish it were silent when turned on, more mechanical detailing on the rotors, as well as some more detail in the inside. Weirdly though, in the promo photo on the box, you can see into the cockpit, and it has String piloting, and it does have a rear console and you can see Dom in there. But not on the actual thing. Photoshop? Prototype? Hmm.
     
  17. KA

    KA PENIS GOES WHERE?!!

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    dom = TFA ratchet XD

    i loves me some ernest borgnine
     
  18. lookinglasself

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    AWESOME!! Airwolf is one of my favorite 80's TV series.
     
  19. j.a.f.o.

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    Yep, I used to love watching Airwolf growing up in the '80s.

    Although I have to admit I always thought Blue Thunder > Airwolf.
     
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