pretty much "Catches me up", as I have done a fair bit of work
without posting here!
Airwolf was equipped with a
number of countermeasures, including Sunburst flares and Chaff.
They would deploy from the rear of the fuselage on both sides like the
picture below (Many thanks to Jean-Yves of
for these otherwise unavailable photos!)
First, I started with the
Sunburst Pods from Ben at Cine-Scale. A great time saver, but I have a lot of work to do, as I want them to be
operational, and actually fire!
The first step is to remove
the resin panel with the launch tubes. Nothing wrong with it, but
I won't be able to use the fittings I need to use for an operational
unit. So into the mill they go to have the tube panel removed.
Ben had included missiles
in his kit, but I wanted "missile shaped" missiles, with red
tips (just like the original Airwolf). A little research told me that a
17 caliber bullet was the proper size, and they were made with plastic
tips! I had painted a few of these white, using liquid mask to
keep the tips red until I realized that all you will be able to see ARE
the tips.... That made my life a bit easier.
I replaced the resin tube
panel with one I made of laminated basswood. All the tubes were
"blind drilled" on the mill, except one (the one that will
fire, of course), and I epoxied a brass tube to the same depth as the
Here you can see the
assembly going together. In the photo below, I was going to use
surgical rubber tubing to connect to the pressure lines, but later
testing shows it to be inadequate to the pressure....
Pressure comes from a
device called "Flame Out". This device is servo
actuated, as the servo pushes a spring loaded hammer over center,
which then strikes a firing pin to release the contents of a CO2
cartridge. This was perfect for me, a servo-controlled blast of
air at high pressure! In fact, it ruptured the surgical tubing
like a condom stretched over a fire hydrant!
Here is a picture of one
of the finished modules:
Now that everything is
all put together, it is time for a test!
Tamiya has the sickly
green-yellow "aircraft primer" color used in the photo, so I
used it. Looks like I am going to have to weather this assembly
quite a bit to get it looking right, but It is fine for this stage of
Here is the Port side
Sunburst launcher next to a photograph of the real thing.
Definitely going to need more detail work to get it right, but I think I
am on the right track.