Airwolf in real 1:1 scale replica

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Steven W Stull, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. Steven W Stull

    Steven W Stull New Member

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    I am new here and posted this under the costume section. It is more a full scale prop.

    I introduced myself a little while back and posted a link to my carbon copy of the screen used Airwolf flight suits and Fully Functional Airwolf helmets. I stepped up the challenge and I am nearly completed with a full size 1:1 carbon copy of Airwolf her self. This is being done for a museum in Pigeon Forge Tenn. The musume is a ground up ultra modern Helicopter museum and Airwolf is in the Hollywood helicopter section. Ship is complete with ADF belly launcher and the side mount chain guns. The side pods I made from scratch by taking templates off the surviving Airwolf screen used parts. The link here will take you to the story and massive photos showing how I did this step by step.
    Airwolf will be suspended from the steel beams in the museum with gear up and in full combat mode. This is not a close replica, But a carbon copy.
    Enjoy the photos and Please let me know what you think.
    http://projects.airwolf.tv/ssmockup/index.html
    Steven W Stull
     
  2. Art Andrews

    Art Andrews Community Owner Community Staff

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    Absolutely incredible... Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. Beagle Bill

    Beagle Bill Well-Known Member

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    Can't wait to see her in person. One of the most awesome props ever. Thanks for giving us some insight into the construction. :thumbsup

    Bill
     
  4. blufive

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    Wow. Nice work.

    Will she fly?

    :)
     
  5. Galactifan

    Galactifan Sr Member

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    Steven, I've been following your Airwolf photo updates for some time now. INCREDIBLE JOB... Thanks for bringing "The Lady" back to life again for all of us. I look forward to more pics.
     
  6. rmschneider104

    rmschneider104 Sr Member

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    Holy cow. And here I thought putting together a Boba Fett or Vader costume was a big endeavor. Amazing.
     
  7. SmilingOtter

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    You have my complete approval.

    Is Pigeon Forge the same thing as "Dollywood?"
     
  8. Steven W Stull

    Steven W Stull New Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(SmilingOtter @ Jun 20 2006, 01:54 AM) [snapback]1264277[/snapback]</div>
    Yes. The owner that contracted me to make Airwolf again owns the land directly across from Dollywood. He and his wife own a very successful Helicopter tour business. On this land is the Heliport and now the new museum. They have been providing tours throughout the Smokey Mountains.
    This Airwolf will be about 40 feet suspended from the floor in a downward sweep as if attacking. The dash is complete with stage instruments and seats and will have a maniquin where String sat in one of my Airwolf suits and a Airwolf helmet on.
    Neat stuff.
    Steven W Stull
     
  9. streetjudge79

    streetjudge79 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Steve, I hadn't seen any updated photos until now. I am BLOWN away. This is one amazing project and I cannot WAIT to come visit it in the museum. I am so thankful that you brought this project to life .
    Might I suggest you hire a sculptor here to make a Jan Michael Vincent head to mount to the mannequin just for added realism?
     
  10. yt

    yt Sr Member

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    Very cool, thanks for posting. Just out of curiosity, how much does an out of service airframe like that cost?
     
  11. Steven W Stull

    Steven W Stull New Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(yt @ Jun 20 2006, 02:45 AM) [snapback]1264303[/snapback]</div>
    HeyYT: This airframe came from a company in Texas that specializes in Bell222's. There were not many made and very few still in service. This company takes 222's like Airwolf and decommissions them and sells the parts to keep the others in service. This one just came in and was aquired. Basic flat is $10,000.00 with no engines , aviontics , blades , interior , etc. All these items had to be purchased back. This ship is now complete with blades and swash plate tail rotors and lights and front seats. She in all looks as if it could fly and no one would know different. However, She will not fly again. Putting this ship into Airwolf dress and bringing the 222 back up to looking to fly again has a ticket of around $150,000.00 to $200,000.00.
    Big time prop here. I am very proud that I was chosen to recreate her.
    Steven W Stull
     
  12. RKW

    RKW Sr Member

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    Now you're just taking the *.
     
  13. Keith

    Keith Sr Member

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    A full size airwolf. Now that is cool.

    Keith.
     
  14. Geniepants

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    Holy crap that's nice. This has got to be the single largest prop I've ever seen constructed by someone on the RPF.

    The good news is, I live about 6 hours from Pigeon Forge. I was there last month and I think I know where that museum is. Guess I'll have to go check it out sometime.
     
  15. Rocketeer390

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    So. Cool. The ultimate prop. Loved Airwolf, and love this recreation. How fortunate that you got to do this. Beautiful work. I'll have to see it in person someday.
     
  16. DrStranglove

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    Very cool.

    Will you make the chain guns run on propane (sp?) like in the show or will they not do anything?

    Also, where is the original AW now? Or does anyone know...?





    {EDIT: Answered my own question...}


    From IMDB:

    After the show was cancelled the chopper was sold to a German firm. Airwolf - as a Bell 222 - flew as an air ambulance, and eventually crashed on 9 June 1991, during a thunderstorm, killing all three passengers.
     
  17. Jedi Lawja

    Jedi Lawja Well-Known Member

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    Holy cow. This is fabulous. Very nice work, kudos. I wish I was closer, geographically speaking so I could go see her with my own eyes.

    Jay
     
  18. DrStranglove

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    An interesting question occured to me. If the original Bell 222 crashed and burned, how do you cast parts of the original?
     
  19. OldKen

    OldKen Master Member

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    hey im right next to pigeon forge. :D
     
  20. Steven W Stull

    Steven W Stull New Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>(DrStranglove @ Jun 20 2006, 08:14 PM) [snapback]1264629[/snapback]</div>
    The Bell 222A air frame is the same as Airwolf's that was in the crash. However, The parts that made it Airwolf were all removed at the end of the third season of shooting. The side huge side panels and the chain guns and the front radar nose scoop plus all the miniature props that were used for special affects are now in the hands of one Collector. Clark Van Holten in north Florida. I drove to Clarks and we spent two days making templates from the only panels ever that were on Airwolf. Please feel free to download this file on the remaining Airwolf parts and what they look like today. Not only that, Clark and Mark Cairns from Airwolf themes.com visited the crew, actors and directors from the show and did a write up on the events. Clark publishes The Wolf's Lair Magazine and this file is on the first issue. Great history that many do not know..

    Steven W Stull
     
  21. SgtFang

    SgtFang Sr Member Gone but not forgotten.

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    Is Patterson Enterprises still at the Van Nuys Airport? They made (or possibly just attached) everything for the original. With any luck, they might still have some original reference or archive material still around. :)

    -Sarge
     
  22. 101radioman

    101radioman Well-Known Member

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    WOW. Just incredible.

    Always loved the wolf. Now i guess i need to plan road trip.
     
  23. OldKen

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    so whens it going to be there, cause im goin. pigeon forge is like a 30 minute drive from my doorstep.

    i cant wait to see this thing in person...

    whereabouts are you from man?

    around TN?

    do they let you take pics in the museum?
     
  24. DrStranglove

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Steven W Stull @ Jun 20 2006, 04:41 PM) [snapback]1264643[/snapback]</div>
    The Bell 222A air frame is the same as Airwolf's that was in the crash. However, The parts that made it Airwolf were all removed at the end of the third season of shooting. The side huge side panels and the chain guns and the front radar nose scoop plus all the miniature props that were used for special affects are now in the hands of one Collector. Clark Van Holten in north Florida. I drove to Clarks and we spent two days making templates from the only panels ever that were on Airwolf. Please feel free to download this file on the remaining Airwolf parts and what they look like today. Not only that, Clark and Mark Cairns from Airwolf themes.com visited the crew, actors and directors from the show and did a write up on the events. Clark publishes The Wolf's Lair Magazine and this file is on the first issue. Great history that many do not know..

    Steven W Stull
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    Cool. Thanks.
     
  25. Awesome. When I was 16 I attended the Point Magu Airshow with my JROTC unit and I actually got see (and take pics of) Airwolf. It was interesting to say the least. I remember being able to note the black residue from one the machine guns tips on the left "wing", from the propane blast. (simulated machine gun fire during filming)I have always wanted a Bell 222. Good luck on your build.
     
  26. Rocketbobs

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    Geez Steve-
    You have been busy. Did you ever finish those Rocketpacks?

    Steve's Airwolf helmets are amazing. It is my best replica for sure.
     
  27. Martin-El

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    Steven, congratulations on producing such a fine, fine replica - What a privelidge it must be to work that hard on something you obviously love so much.
    My passion is for the Wolf's bitter rival, the Blue Thunder Special. Everytime I trolley past its sad remains on the MGM backlot I long to do a similar thing to what you've been magically able to achieve - How cool to have them hanging next to each other..

    [​IMG]
     
  28. SurgeFilter

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    AIRWOLF in real 1:1 scale replica used in Promo


    I saw this promo for the AIRWOLF THEMES Soundtracks recently on YouTube and thought I'd post here after reading the thread earlier. It's awesome what you've done with her Steve. Looks like those guys had a lot of fun filming out in the desert:

    AIRWOLF THEMES Music Promo (shot with Airwolf Replica): (y)cool
    http://www.youtube.com/markjcairns
     
  29. 8 perf

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    correct me if im wrong, but i heard that the museum went bust and all the copters got sold off, including AW. What ever happened to it? and did they ever get the full interior finished?
     
  30. Kerr Avon

    Kerr Avon Master Member

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    Holy necro.

    Yeah, I think that museum never really came to be.
     
  31. SurgeFilter

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    Yeah, the original Halson Helicopter Museum went bust. But Steven Stull's wonderful replica is still in the Dollywood area. It is currently in the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville, Tennessee (just up the strip a few miles from where it was). It's on indefinite long-term loan to them, as the owner has tried to sell it 3-4 times on eBay with no takers.
     
  32. USS Endeav

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    I have always loved that helicopter....I may have to take a drive to go see this one but my urge to see the inside or sit it in might get me arrested!
     
  33. ave4uevoli

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    I'm kinda glad it has found it's way to a good home..
    and my wife is even more glad it's no longer on ebay... saves her the trouble of killing me in my sleep for wanting to build a heli pad on the roof. :confused
     
  34. Tom1971

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    What was the reserve on Ebay???????????
     
  35. ave4uevoli

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    if memory serves (which it rarely does lately) , $15,000?

    or maybe that was the opening bid and I remember no one bid.

    the thing wasn't functional - it was just a big (yet awesome) display.
     
  36. SurgeFilter

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    AIRWOLF full-size Replica


    The reserve was $50k, but I think the owner Dan Haynes (who owned the Halson Helicopter Museum) was really looking $100k to get his money back on the investment. Again, no takers, so I don't think it'll be moving away from Sevierville any time soon (with exception to its little trip to Red Rock Canyon in California for that Airwolf Themes soundtrack promo they did a year or two back).

    I'm still in awe of the work that was done on the Replica though.
     
  37. oldschooljedi

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    Fantastic. She's gorgeous. I was so excited to see this post!
     
  38. gyoung2993

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    OMG that is truly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen ....I always loved the LADY.... Fantastic ......Cant say much ....IM Speechless.........Jaw dropping .......
     
  39. SurgeFilter

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    And you live in Tennessee too, you lucky thing.

    Go visit (Tennessee Museum of Aviation)! :love
     

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