Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Angels and Demons The Mystery of The Bell 222

I have been trying to catalogue all the Bell 222 Helicopters (not the 222B or the 222UT)
I have just been focusing on C/N: 47001 up to C/N 47099.

After gathering just about every photo i can find ranging from a C/N's first tail number to its last, while also logging if its still airworthy, scrapped or destroyed. I then hit upon trying to find the Missing 222's...  Looking at Tv shows, Movies, anything with a 222 that could be one i have yet to find an image for.. and this is where this 222's conundrum begins.

The BOOK  Angels and Demons (AKA Da Vinci Code 2) was written in / was released in 2000

at that time (in 2000) the Italian Air Ambulances were
C/N 49023 belonging to a Bell 430 with the tail number (registration) I-FREF
and they also had...
C/N 49025 also belonging to a Bell 430 with the tail number (registration) I-FREG

both of these helicopters are the Bell 430 UT,  they clearly have landing Skids rather than Retractable Wheels, and if you google the serials they have always been 430 "UT", they've never had retracts.. not at this stage anyway (last seen 2015 and still a UT).

I-FREG moved from Italy back to the USA in 2005 and was re-registered as N430SL in America until 2015 when it moved to Canada and was given the tail number C-GNHX

Now the film adaptation of the book came out in 2009 (the 430 no longer had the I-FREG registration in 2009 as it clearly gave that up in 2005) but even if it did, you couldn't really have an air ambulance stuck on a film set for 5 to 7 hours for a simple 30 second scene. oooo how the industry spends a whole day for 30 seconds of footage lmao..

This is the REAL I-FREG helicopter (2000-2005)  C/N 49025  A Bell 430 UT (with Skids) This is clearly what Dan Brown the writer would have based the helicopter on in 1999/2000 while writing the Book...


Bell 430 IN ITALY (c) Liotti

This is it in America later registered as N430SL


Bell 430 IN AMERICA (c) BERNARDI & Gianfilippo COLASANTO

This is it in Canada even later.. ready to be registered as C-GNHX


Bell 430 IN CANADA (c) Don Hewlins

Now your probably thinking.. just wtf does all this have to do with a Bell 222 ?
Well... clearly as i said you couldn't keep hold of 1 of two ambulances on a film set for hours, regardless of the fact they no longer had them anyway..

So the film director in 2009 Ron Howard, (thats 9 years after the book was written, maybe even 10 depending on when writing started.. ) But the director or someone else on the production, wanted the helicopter to essentially look like I-FREG from 2000, so the film sits in the time line of 2000 (not 2009, i assume) and so...  Insteps the Mystery Bell 222 wearing a Bell 430 Tail Number...


Unidentified Bell 222 Wearing the 430 Tail Registration
I have been unable to identify this helicopter but i had a few theories..

First Theory: i thought
This could have been no 6 off the line, C/N: 47006, because 47006 was used as a prototype for the Bell 222B/222UT and also the 430.. But then i found them real photos of I-FREG (clearly looks nothing like this 222 in the film) then i also found that when 47006 got re-purposed its C/N's where  43901 and 43903. So their is no way at all that This 222 is 47006, 43901, 43903 and it is certainly not 49025 Bell 430UT

So just what is this 222's real Tail Number ?
So just what is this 222's real Construction Number ?

We know the books 2000 (we duno when writing really began, we know what he based the heli scene on though)
We know the movies 2009 (we can assume filming probably began in 2008, maybe even 2007) 
post production can add a year+ to release dates....
we know that 222 was probably their on set from late 2007 to early 2008 and the film came out in 2009

So how can we identify this 222 ? the shadow could be hiding a 222B winglet fin in this video still


Unidentified Bell 222 Wearing the 430 Tail Registration
But then you can clearly see by this shot (below) that their is no 222B winglet fin showing or even casting a shadow on the floor.. this is without a doubt a 222 with no visual signs of modifications at all....


Unidentified Bell 222 Wearing the 430 Tail Registration
No modifications... a 430 tail number clearly on a 222... no modifications mmm.. the screen shots are crap.. but look at the paint job.. it looks like kids painted it with spoons  lmfao... time for theory Two...

Second Theory: I think
Im looking at that crappy paint job.. and.. out of the 250+  Bell 222 photos i have gathered thus far,  i have seen 3 pure white 222's and 2 of the 222's that look just as crap....
Now i need to know were they both "where" in 2007/2008....

Starting with a known location..   IMDB lists a number of filming locations in rome, i assume out of all the locations based in Italy.. that this helicopter scene was filmed at "St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City"    it fits the courtyard and ties in with the steps and the obelisk or what ever you call them in the centre. (so it was in italy at some stage "2007/2008" and not a USA film set or back lot)
IMDB also states in the company credits  Helicopter Film Services (aerial filming services: Italy) That has been of no use at all. Googling that is a farce... and im not giving imdb money for PRO access to get the Italian company name. The films end credits doesn't list anything neither.. tut tut..

So my final theory has THREE contenders..

My First MAYBE

Bell 222 C/N 47040

Mode S (ICAO24) Code: A1DED5.. in-case anyone can find flight data for 2008 to Italy.. ?? 

N22BV was First registered as N22BV (from the french F-GVAN) on 2002-10-29 to Panda Adventures Inc Wilmington, DE 19810 United States, panda adventures re- registered on 2005-10-18 and again on 2008-10-21, they had this ship up until It was De-Registered on 2013-10-28 and exported to Australia.  I think its been re-registered as VH-OSU and is a private owner as of 2014... But the point is This N222BV from October 2008 to October 2013 Looked Like This cheep white heli 

The Photo of C/N 47040 (as white) N22BV was taken at TJIG - Airport Fernando Ribas Dominicci (Isla Grande) In October 2008 maybe before or after filming ? (im unsure if this is the 222 though) 
To fly from their to vatican city looks like this, so who knows right ? shipping / cargo logs ?




My SECOND Maybe (though ber in mind i only have around 280 varied 222 photos to work from) and they only cover 62 (of the 99, 222's) that said 10 of the 99 have always missing and never registered So I am close to having a photo of almost all of them that have been seen out in public (even with varied tail numbers over the years)
So the next best bet could be Bell 222 C/N:  47068   N2057B/N34R/N74RX
I have no idea when 47068 became pure white...

The only other Bell 222 ive seen pure white and grubby looking was C/N: 47052
But that has the SP conversion done to it.. I guess the question is when did it have the conversion done? if it was before 2008 then that probably leaves 47040 or 47068  as the bird seen in the film.

Any Ideas Folks ?

My moneys on N22BV tbh... from all the 222's i have seen thus far

I can't but wonder if they shed any light of the effort they put into this 2000 continuity during a directors commentary ? did they? let us know in the comments below....

Other N22BV Trivia...
(previously F-GVAN in france) was flown by a pilot people called
Jean- Claude " Spring Fellow Hawk " Pruniaux
and here he is Flying f-gvan/n22bv/ 222 C/N: 47040 in france The first Bell 222 in the French register.
and note...   in france LeSuperCopter.. IT IS Spring Fellow.... as in germany its huckleberry hawke

Last but not least..all the websites i used while researching are Listed down the Right of this blog.. if you can't see them.. switch to Web View on ur browsing App rather than Mobile View  :)

Monday, 18 December 2017

The Bell 222 Database Version 0.4 BETA

This is a BETA release and as such it still needs more information and Photos.. I have released this to give fans the opportunity to help provide missing Pictures, PDF files and other materials for a much much larger project.

Current Main Menu
It is compatible with Windows and will work on Win2000, XP, Vista, Win7, Win 8/8.1 and Windows 10
   (it may even work on Windows 9x, i have yet to test that)
It does Not require elevated privileges in windows, It does not require firewall or internet access, It does not require any runtime such as .NET, Flash or Silverlight... and It doesn't need Installing. (you will however need a PDF viewer,  BUT ONLY  for the pdf files)

It currently contains
723 Images
5 Bell 222 Operations Safety Notices (pdf)
16 Bell 222 Technical Bulletin Notices (pdf)
7 Bell 222 Information Letters (pdf)
Bell 222 Maintenance manual revisions v4 (pdf)
The complete Bell Ducted Tail Rotor study with specs  (pdf)
other odd PDF's are also located in the docs folder..

It lacks some 222 / tail numbered images, it also lacks a Complete 222 Manual... and the 222 brochure.. send me them.. an email address is in the HELP section...

You can press  S  and search for any 222 C/N (construction number) between 47000 and 47099
The search also allows you to look up any 222 Tail Number (f.a.a registration number) and you can search for Movie names and Tv series names to find them elusive 222(s)

Search Feature

I have scoured the net using varied search engines in varied languages, so any 222 Images i am missing are probably not (maybe even never) have been online. If they where at one stage.. you could be the only person reading this with the photos i need because a lot of websites have gone over the years.

If i am missing a Tail Number then please make sure its for a 222 (not a 222B) and post the tail number in the comments section below.

If you have 222 photo(s) I am missing their is an email address in the help section you can send them too (note hotmail has 10MB limit per email) But again 222, not 222B.   If people don't help then it clearly can't go any further than it already has and as such the PDF stuff probably wont ever get a dedicated  Menu Page and will always just link to the folders with no other details (as they do now).

These are the current Construction numbers ive found (bearing varied tail numbers) but i don't have a photo for every single tail number for all these CN's shown.. so you maybe still able to help with CN's I have images for if they are tails Not already in here. Just look through your 222 Photos and search my database for the tails you photos of.. if i don't have them then send me them.....

Current Construction Numbers I Have Images For


How I have Named the Images is as follows...
A001 = A is Photos For The First Tail Number
B001 = B is Photos For The Second Tail Number
C001 = C is Photos For The Third Tail Number
D001 = D is Photos For The Forth Tail Number
And So On....  This helps work out what tail number (photos) the database is missing

You can also Right Click on the EXE and extract it with the likes of WinRAR or other archive software you have installed (to explore the current contents) via the folders rather than only a menu.
The RAR is  189.36 MB

DOWNLOAD HERE: (make sure you click the Download and NOT an Advert)
MAIN LINK : HERE
Current Build = BETA 0.4 (dated 18th JAN 2018)



You can also discuss this BETA Release on Facebook  Here

Note that i am NOT looking for money, but i must warn you.. i'm self employed and work is tight..
So.. while i still actually have the Internet here.. you have an opportunity to help this project with Pictures and PDF files.. hell i could croak tomorrow regardless.. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, help with image and pdf resources for this project while i am still around to update it  ;)

0.4 BETA IS THE LAST PUBLIC UPDATE unless people HELP... with what is missing..
you have been warned folks....

CHECK OUT THE BELL 222 FAN CLUB ON FACEBOOK HERE


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Airwolf Shrike Key Patch and Autograph Frame


Airwolf Shrike Key Patch and Autograph Frame

This is a high res PNG file sized at A4, recommended printing to A4 Glossy photo paper to give everything that realistic sheen behind the glass.

NOT TO BE SOLD ON EBAY FOR ANY REASON AT ALL!!


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Airwolf Computer Fascia Frame

Airwolf Computer Fascia Frame

"Please Be Aware"  this blog POST is a work in progress, the frames here are subject to change and Updates as the creator plays about with aspect ratios and details. Be sure to save as PNG to maintain transparency.

EXAMPLE 1:
PNG, screen centre is transparent, top and bottom buttons row Have Inner Shadow, also the buttons along the top and bottom row are Square.

Screen Surround Width 1920 by Height 1080 SHADOW
EXAMPLE 2:
PNG, screen centre is transparent, the buttons along the top and bottom row are Square. Buttons have No Inner Shadow

Screen Surround Width 1920 by Height 1080 NO SHADOW
EXAMPLE 3:
PNG, this has NO Buttons set, the frame is black, the Button place holders are cut out and already Transparent to throw buttons on or behind
the Top and Bottom Row are Rounded Holes

Screen Surround Width 1920 by Height 1080 NO BUTTONS ROUNDED ROWS
EXAMPLE 4:
PNG, this has NO Buttons set, the frame is black, the Button place holders are cut out and already Transparent t throw buttons on or behind
the Top and Bottom Row are Square Holes

Screen Surround Width 1920 by Height 1080 NO BUTTONS SQUARE ROWS
EXAMPLE 5:
PNG, this has the centre transparent and the buttons in place (but no text or markings)
and the top and bottom row on this one are square.

Screen Surround Width 1920 by Height 1080 HAS BUTTON BACKING
EXAMPLE 6:
PNG, this has the centre transparent and the buttons with text and the Top and Bottom Row are both Rounded

Screen Surround Width 1920 by Height 1080 ROUNDED Top and Bottom Row


To be UPDATED at some stage with more variants and maybe more of a 3D aspect.

Note that in some later episodes (season 3) you can see the top and bottom row are actually Square buttons  with an Overlay covering their edges.On this shot the corner is Broken and also note it says SEL DIOG

3x03 And a Child Shall Lead
Yet in older episodes the buttons (along the Top and Bottom) appear to be Rounded & Countersunk within the frame Flush with the buttons so they couldne't be square could they? . You can also see the buttons down the sides have curved edges leaning towards the screen.

2x14 In At The End of The Road

Both frames & buttons contradict them selves and i firmly believe their was two Fascias created, one of which was probably / possibly used Outside the moch up.

In this shot (also from season 2) you can clearly see just how Flush them rounded buttons are, you can see broken parts too. God knows what happened to the corner ?.

2x12 Condemned
They must have had at least 2 Fascias though right ?
I wonder if a camera fell forward and smashed the original lol

special thanks to Adam Lettow and Mark J Cairns for providing me with random Bluray screen grabs to work with and inspect for detail changes.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Convergent Technologies Workslate EDCC Keyboard Interface

Screen Shot from Airwolf Season 2 Episode 3 Moffetts Ghost


Airwolf's computer keyboard was a portable WorkSlate made by Convergent Technologies in 1983.

It was a portable device using NiCad batteries and used a micro cassette tape to load and save data.
It featured a Hitachi 6303 CPU and 16K of RAM along with a 64K ROM, it also has a serial port.

The screen is a 16x46 character monochrome LCD and the CMOS comes from a Motorola 6800.

When you figure the Airwolf premier on Tv was in January 1984 and you know the work slate didn't go into production until November 1983 it makes you wonder...






The WorkSlate initially cost $895 upon release, its rival at the time (TRS-80 Model 100) cost $800 with 8K of RAM and $1000 with 18K of RAM.


Only around 8000 where made and the workslate was discontinued in July 1984, the company lost approximately $15 million. 









TRIVIA:
notice the keyboard has a "DoIt" key.

The President of the company "Allen Michaels" used to roam the halls of the company at night and spray paint "DoIT" everywhere, hence the key name.







Saturday, 21 October 2017

Archangels Limousine License Plates

These are NOT screen accurate  and as of the 20th October 2017 i have failed to find ANY images of them on the internet, any at all... so i just made some

Front Plate No Tags

NOT TO BE SOLD ON eBay or ANY OTHER FORM OF SALES
 Back Plate With Tags


NOT TO BE SOLD ON eBay or ANY OTHER FORM OF SALES
 A4 Size Image, Archangels Limo License Plate On Velvet Type Backing.

 I might re-edit the REAR/BACK plate if someone can provide me with visual proof of the real TAGS.. if not then they stand as is.

REFERENCE IMAGES:

3x06 - Kingdom Come
 
3x01 - The Horn of Plenty

3x05 - Crossover

Friday, 20 October 2017

Santini Air Jeep License Plate

These are NOT screen accurate  and as of the 20th October 2017 i have failed to find ANY images of them on the internet, any at all... so i just made some

Front Plate No Tags

NOT TO BE SOLD ON eBay or ANY OTHER FORM OF SALES
Back Plate With Tags

NOT TO BE SOLD ON eBay or ANY OTHER FORM OF SALES

A4 Size Image, Santini Air Jeep License Plate On Velvet Type Backing.

I noticed while working on recreating the front plate (referencing the jeeps front in Firestorm)  that doms plate had no TAGS, special thanks to Thomas Higginson for the info that some states they just TAG the back plate and with that in mind thanks to tom i fabricated a back plate (again however) not screen accurate, but fun none the less.

 I might re-edit the REAR/BACK plate if someone can provide me with visual proof of the real TAGS.. if not then they stand as is.

REFERENCE IMAGES:

2x02 - Firestorm
You can also see the plate in 2x17 - Natural Born
Note that Dom only had one jeep (the hard top and the roll bar are both the same vehicle)
You can see the roll bar support through the side window in this shot  :)

2x02 - Firestorm

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Jeep Keys and Licenses Frame


When i make something airwolf related its often pretty unusual, and never seen before. Its also most often a really simple concept that can be used as is OR expanded upon by the fans.

So here we have another classic bit of fan made fun anyone can get printed off and put it in a frame.

I don't have a printer up and running so i haven't done any testing at all

Jeep Keys, Key Ring and Licenses on a custom velvet looking backing texture designed in  A4 size and would be best suited to A4 Glossy Photo Paper to give the keys and the licenses that glossy silver and laminated effect.

That glossy paper effect should look even better behind the glass or perspex in the frame.

NOTE: these keys are sadly 1985 to 1996 OEM Branded keys. Unfortunately the 1975 to 1984 Jeep keys are OEM Branded with AMOS rather than JEEP.

The keys used here where a photo (from eBay) of Blank Uncut jeep keys for sale, they were given an outer bevel to give them depth and were cut in photoshop. The keyring was also a photo, given a bevel and a shadow to emphasise it being thicker than what it looked. None of what you see is a Hard Copy, even the licenses are made in photoshop, what your looking at is all digital creation.

That Said.......


You can buy JEEP and the AMOS branded OEM Keys off ebay, you can design a backing texture OR use real cloth. You can Print and Laminate the licenses i made for String and for Dominic, buy a key ring. You could actually create all this physically in a frame for a few pound so it visually looks more realistic up close (though clearly heavier to hang)

The perfect Christmas or Birthday gift printed and framed or created with real peices and framed.

You'd pay $45 for this on eBay if the image here had a WATERMARK.. So leave a comment or some sh*t in appreciation for the artists time or like it on facebook and SHARE IT...

BE WARNED..... LURKING & LEECHING KILLS CREATIVITY..
i don't use price tags, i never have.. consider that..... log into google.. leave a comment below
INSPIRE....


Monday, 16 October 2017

Dominic Santini California Driving License

FAN MADE
I couldn't find a 1980's license or any other California design older than this style to copy

NOT TO BE SOLD ON eBay UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

Just for those outside the USA or even In the USA pondering on a few things...

Class = A, B, C (C = he can drive trucks, PSV and stuff)

End = license addons, M being for motorcycles, ive set dom's to NONE
Oddly in the UK an Endorsement is a penalty that affects/increases your insurance and not an addition that shows more road competence.

Rstr = restrictions were like Provisional or maybe Automatic and other things would be noted

2570 has nothing Specific to do with the address and can be seen on many California licenses, its related to a penal code for that state the license is issued under (for uk that is a law or by-law kinda thing for the county council issuing it)

In the USA they have the MM//DD//YY  unlike the uk who use the DD/MM/YY

Airwolf never mentioned his birth DAY at all but made reference to flying with strings old man and ferrying planes during pearl harbour so he was defiantly enlisted during WWII so he had to be atleast 18 in 1941/42, so ive used 1922 as his fictional birthday (though ernest was born in 1917 making him 66 years and 9 months old when filming airwolf) and Dominic was probably supposed to be around aged 62 in the show. Thanks to adam lettow for piecing that theory together.

HGT source comes from a good source tied to the airwolf community
WGT is estimated from that height from a couple of good sources in the airwolf community

I don't have any idea of an address at all so i went with the business address & if you've seen the side of the hanger in "truth about holly" its plausible he could have spent time living their

California licenses expire every 5 years on the persons birthday, doms one for details, so if you have 10 days to renew it then he did it on the first day he could.

Dom wore black leather cowboy boots with heals, would have made him look taller than what he was


Last but not least the  CA Code of 92561 is for the Santini Air Hanger (formerly Jet Copters Inc) and now used by Helinet Aviation which kinda does what dominics company did and jet copters too.

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Stringfellow Hawke California Driving License

FAN MADE
I couldn't find a 1984 license or any other California design older than this style to copy

NOT TO BE SOLD ON eBay UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

Just for those outside the USA or even In the USA pondering on a few things...

Class = A, B, C (C = he can drive trucks, PSV and stuff)

End = license addons, M being for motorcycles
Oddly in the UK an Endorsement is a penalty that affects/increases your insurance and not an addition that shows more road competence.

Rstr = restrictions were like Provisional or maybe Automatic and other things would be noted

2570 has nothing Specific to do with the address and can be seen on many California licenses, its related to a penal code for that state the license is issued under (for uk that is a law or by-law kinda thing for the county council issuing it)

In the USA they have the MM//DD//YY  unlike the uk who use the DD/MM/YY

Airwolf never mentioned his birth DAY  (only the year is ever hinted at) so i have gone with JMV's actual day and month and used strings Year which i think is acceptable, and i assume 1950 is right ?
JMV was born in 1944, string was born in 1950 correct ?

HGT source comes from a good source tied to the airwolf community
WGT is estimated from that height from a couple of good sources in the airwolf community

R.R.1, on the address is a Rural Route identifier, should use the two-letter symbol (RR, SS, MR) followed by the route number one space to the right.. ide of never known that, hats of to mr MJC

California licenses expire every 5 years on the persons birthday

Last but not least the  CA Code of 92561 is for Lake Hemet which is where fans believe the cabins "lake scenes" and the "helicopter landing stage"  where shot, along with that smoking chimney on the back of a flat bed truck. The location was reported to be Lake Hemet back in (2006) by an airwolf fan.

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Before Archangel Was Recruited For The Firm

Before Archangel Was Recruited For The Firm

Kindly be aware before saying anything about the "first" line of text and also the "last" line of text,
please be fully aware that it is a Federal Offence to word it correctly without permission from the FBI.  This is FAKE and Fan Made.
This is as wrong as a good 80% of the FBI props in hollywood & it is wrong for a reason

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I started with this, i have no idea what it was from


That allowed me to do this
Not perfect, but didn't need to be for its intended use :)



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Monday, 25 September 2017

Bogie ID for Firefox

Photo Shopped Concept Image

On the 25th of December 2005 The Wraith released one of the most iconic Airwolf fan edits of all time on the ORG. It later hit Youtube in 2006.

Airwolf Versus Firefox (the original) It's audio needed more work and due to the fans playback limitations with codecs & many on Windows 98SE and Millennium it was only ever rendered as a Windows Media WMV file.

Youtube also had a limitation of 100MB per video and so did the likes of Yousendit when it shared to sharebee and similar file hosts. These limitations at the time left it with a pretty rough low resolution visual and low audio bit-rate.


The one thing it truly lacked was the legendary Airwolf Attack Computer Bogie ID Scan.

Video Still from the 1920x1080 PAL M2T Render with border
Today that animation becomes a reality. It's creator however understands it is not perfect, the plane images could do with an outer glow, or have the text glow removed and add a grainy mask of some kind to the screen and maybe giving the black backing a more grey/black contrast. It appears that different LCD colour profiles change how this looks.

It features full screen HD renders with and without the Airwolf Screen border and also features some clips with a hand held type camera to give it that feeling of being their.

Features Camera Movement To Put The Viewer Right In The Action
Alternate perspectives to change how its backlit.

Features Alternate Visual Light Perspectives
HD VIDEO STOCK  1280x720 25fps PAL 16:9



SPECS AND INFO :

The blue Search Enabled comes from "fallen angel"
The rotation of aircraft images comes from "proof through the night"
The screen border frame comes from "condemned"
The firefox comes from a "desktop wallpaper"
The floating camera effect was accomplished using an iPhone 5 to record an LCD computer screen that was playing back the animation. A mixture of Auto Focus and no Auto Focus was also used between clips just to add more variety for editing ideas.

The video does exist as an M2T file in 1920x1080 PAL (but the youtube limit is) 1280x720
We also retain the vegas video VEG file along with the text and aircraft PSD files.

These were also made (but not used within this video) figured we'd share them