The Airwolf Surveillance Pod
is not detailed in any blueprint I could find- nor are there pictures in the magazines, or on the web. I had to do a video
capture from one of the DVD's in order to get this one!
I was not as happy with
the Cine Scale reproduction of this as I was with the weapons pod, but
Ben had the dimensions and curvatures all perfect. I used his
unit as a template to create a pair of them out of aircraft
plywood. On the TV show, only the Starboard side cameras are
ever shown (they were only a studio mockup), but the blueprints of the
Port side show them there as well, so I will build two!
Here are the completed shells, I gave
them a coat of West System Epoxy, thinned with acetone, to soak into
the wood. A second coat made a nice fillet in the joints, saving
me much puttying and sanding. All they needed was a pass of
sanding to smooth the surfaces out.
I went online and found
REAL lenses from a website called UXSight. The
"standard" 6mm lenses were made for CCD cameras, the Fisheye
lens was made as an add-on for phone-cameras. Below, you can see a
brass ring I machined onto one of the lenses.
The camera assemblies were
machined out of black Delrin. Nothing sticks to this stuff, so I
will be assembling the Delrin parts together with screws. First, the individual parts were
brought down to the right diameter on the lathe...
Then I put them on the
mill in order to get the particular shape I was looking for.
The first 2 cameras are
shown here mounted. I got the graduated ring on the smaller
camera using Photoshop on a millimeter ruler, inverting it, then
printing it out at 1200 DPI on adhesive backed paper. The
geometry of the center camera had to be modified a bit due to the
length of the lens.
The LED's were wired up
using the same wire-wrap and SIP resistor technique used in the
Below, you can see
the completed assembly, held in place in the rough-cut window.
The cameras are a little out-of-scale to the original picture,
mainly due to the larger lens sizes. Some of the tinier
cameras were omitted, as just could not find commercially available
lenses that tiny!