Underneath Airwolf is the
ADF Pod (for All Direction Firing), a 3-barreled rocket launcher capable
of firing a number of various missiles, like Mavericks, Bullpups,
Copperheads, etc., all interchangeably, with an automated loading
mechanism. You can see the ADF Pod in the photograph below from
the TV show.
Ben from Cine-Scale sent
me the ADF Pod kit for the Airwolf already assembled! Amazing work
and detail. Very good finish, very few voids, and everything
fits together like a glove. Ben is truly an artist!
I was fortunate to have pictures of the full scale
unit, the museum reproduction, Universal Studios Blueprints, and
embellished blueprints courtesy of Jason Maiden of
Special thanks to you, I will be using these exhaustively as I
build this. Comparing the Cine-Scale unit to the blueprints, I
don't wonder if he has a set as well (hehe).
What the hell good is a
rocket pod if it doesn't fire rockets? In order to get barrel
dimensions, and the like, I started by selecting and building a handful
of rockets. I started with the shortest one I could find, based on
the 1/2A size engines, which I would then cut down (those tubes are none
First problem I want to
tackle is a removable breech, so the assembly can be reloaded (no
automatic re-loader in this version.. sorry). I used larger
aluminum exit tubes, and flared the ends, then bored out the tail pieces
Using a V-block in a mill
was a first for me, I used that to mill "L" shaped channels
in the end of the tube, then mounted pins in the breech. This
allows me to insert and rotate the breech for a positive lock.
The rubber "O" ring gives me centering, a nice seal, and
prevents the breech from disengaging accidentally.
Barrel assemblies went
together easily, I had Bryan bore out the holes in the resin muzzle,
as the resulting wall was thin in places, a replacement part is across
the ocean, and I still make mistakes with the lathe (Bryan is a master
Now I have a 3-piece
assembly, barrel, tube and breech. Ready for assembly.
The base of the pod gets a
plywood reinforcement with blind nuts epoxied in. I always epoxy
my blind nuts in, after once having one come loose and rattle around in
an inaccessible area! Never again! Always keep positive control of
your nuts (or so my parents told me).
The base of the ADF Pod has
aluminum plates, one on each side. First, we paint the base unit
(the tubes as well), as parts of this will be difficult later.
Then, we take some K&S .016" aluminum sheet, and mill it to the