Airwolf Build

Airwolf Build

Welcome to the ongoing chronicle of my next scale helicopter build.  I am building a 1:7 scale model of the legendary Airwolf Helicopter!  Airwolf was a 4-year long Television series back in 1984. Airwolf is the most sophisticated helicopter imaginable (flies halfway round the world, outruns jet planes). Stringfellow Hawke is its pilot, essentially blackmailing a secret US agency into finding his brother (lost in Vietnam) while he flies dangerous assignments for "The Firm."

In the show, Airwolf was an armored, stealthy aircraft. It could perform impossible maneuvers and stunts, including traveling at mach speeds (the theoretical maximum speed of a helicopter is significantly below Mach 0.5, or half the speed of sound), flying upside down, and flying into the stratosphere.  The weapons were state-of-the-art, with machine guns that could rip apart tanks and bunkers. The belly missile pod could fire a variety of rockets, including Air-to-Surface Mavericks, Hellfires, and heat-seeking Sidewinders.

The challenge here, is to not only build an Airwolf, but have as many of the helicopter's features actually function as possible.  Secondarily, I want to apply all I have learned building the Coast Guard Dauphin to make this one even more detailed and realistic....   Let the hilarity ensue!


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Instrument Panel - 1

Instrument Panel - 2

Parts Arrive!

ADF Pod - Pt.1

ADF Pod - Pt.1

Surveillance Pod

Fuselage Prep

Surveillance Pod R2

Fuselage Openings

Landing Gear

Front Gear Assy.

Plywood Structure

Fuselage Interior

Structure Assembly


More Progress...

Vents & Intakes

Body & Mechanics

Mechs & Tail

Center Console

ADF Articulation



First Prime

Misc Prep Work

Gun Pod Actuator

Rear Defense Pod

Mechanics Pod

Cockpit Doors

Nose Gear Doors

Gun Detail

Cockpit Seats


Initial Hover

Fuel Doors

Upgrades & Repairs


Main Intakes

Final Sand

Detail & Rivets

Bench Cleanup

Base Coat

Detail Paint

Clear Coat

Finishing Paint

Assembly Part 1

Assembly Part 2

Assembly Part 3




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