Monday, 4 February 2019

Don't Get Ripped Off Over Books

I'm often really shocked at the price some airwolf stuff is sold for. Obviously some stuff is really worth the asking price due to the rarity of the item, yet other stuff just isn't rare at all and your often being ripped off by a so called fellow fan.

I have seen the "Airwolf 1" book on sale for as much as $320 and i have seen the "Airwolf 2" book going for between $80 & $150. These were not new, sealed or mint in any way shape or form, some even had yellow stained pages.

It's a sad case of fans trying to rip off fans simply because buyers trust sites they know and will pay over the odds for that level of comfort. I bet you can't guess how much i got both of these books for...


So ill tell you.

Airwolf 1 = £2.95 TOTAL INC'S SHIPPING from London to Liverpool
Airwolf 2 = £2.95 TOTAL INC'S SHIPPING from London to Liverpool
That would have often cost me in the region of £40 to £70 on eBay and around £8 shipping FOR ONE All depends on the day you look (on ebay)

What if i told you i even managed to get a copy of  Airwolf Das Buch  for a mere £10.06, this is Never cheep on ebay
THAT TOTAL i paid INC'S SHIPPING TO THE UK  all the way from a basic book shop in Germany!
That would have cost me in the region of £70 to £120 on eBay and around £8 to £15 shipping.

During my merch guide research i came across a few random places  (i will NOT link this)  That way i can not be accused of earning money OR any kinda incentives. This post is about YOU not being ripped off, not me earning referrals!

A website called  AbeBooks was what i used (amazon is a parent company) Abe is used by bog standard every day "Second Hand Book Shops" all around the world, not just collectors!
As such a book on abe for say £2.95 inc shipping is probably currently on the shelf in the shop for around £0.70 to £1.20. It's just a 2nd hand book for sale, not some kinda rare as hell asset.

To a book shop its just a 2nd hand book, however to ebay sellers its like some kinda meal ticket and your a mug for paying them prices.
I also chose abe because you do not have to store payment info, you can just type it in every time you order something. This i felt is important, if abe was ever breached.. no payment info can be stolen unless you'd stored it.

Just google AbeBooks, then search for  Airwolf, look at the prices of the books between Lowest/Highest,  then look at the prices for Highest/Lowest. You'll swiftly see the difference between a second hand book shop & scum bags tryna rip off fans.

Ide do it soon too, no doubt a vast chunk of the so called community will buy them up after reading this, and suddenly they will be worth $300+ because them scum bags will be your only option to buy one.

So before the traders and scabs in our community wipe out the current stocks from random sellers.. dig in and get ya self something :)

I could have bought 6 of each for the usual price of just one off ebay  AND I NEVER

I HOPE NONE OF YOU BULK BUY.... OUR COMMUNITY IS DAMAGED ENOUGH !

IM ALSO NOT SAYING EVERYONE SHOULD USE ABEBOOKS..
I AM SUGGESTING YOU SHOP AROUND.. AND AVOID THESE RATS WHO PLAGUE THE FRANCHISES FAN BASE..
THOSE WHO OFTEN CLAIM TO BE PART OF IT BUT ONLY HANG ROUND TO MILK IT!


o,  and your welcome......

Heres a shot from ABE Books


4th February 2019







Thursday, 31 January 2019

Airwolf, 1/64 scale ERTL 1 Piece Toy Set Die-Cast Model (1984-91)


We sadly lack a release date for this product and we're also unable to attach some rotor blade and tail codes to some countries packaging.

Each toy contains a code which can be seen through the packaging. In this release, it is often under the tip of the main rotor OR under the tail boom.

The code defines the date the toy was manufactured and the single letter defines which plant.

The problem we face however is this, we have codes from unwrapped toys and we have card images with no codes for the toy. In turn this has complicated adding packaging art to some release screens because the packaging and dates are actually different.

Some are made in  "British Crown Colony of Hong Kong" and some are made in "Macao" it also appears they were later released as  "Made in China" and the china release appear the most common, however the Hong Kong appears to be a genuine 1984 release.

We need to no what codes are tied to what country so we can add the right country's box arts and chart manufacturing counts by the codes.

For the 1 piece blister card release in our software database we can confirm 1975W and 1051Q,  we can also confirm seeing genuine 1984 releases wearing the codes 3294W and 3564W

Codes dates via the Julian calendar, as such the first 3 digits are the day in the year and the last number is the year it's self, as such the 3564W is 1984, the 1975W is 1985 and the 1051Q is 1991, we've also seen a 1091Q, proving at-least 2 product runs in 1991, this 1991 production run is not long after Das Buch was released in germany and RTL re-aired the show for the first time since 1984.

These codes don't just help us date each release, they also help us understand how many production runs this toy got and on what dates.

HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE SO FAR

1/64: = 3294W (British Crown Colony of Hong Kong)
1/64: = 3564W (British Crown Colony of Hong Kong) 
1/64: = 1975W (1985 China)
1/64: = 2045W
(1985 China) 
1/64: = 2465W (1985 China)
1/64: = 2645W (1985 China)
1/64: = 1051Q  (1991 China)
1/64: = 1091Q (1991 China) 
1/64: = 1121Q (1991 China) 
1/64: = 27178 (19?? Macao)

If you wish to help, Please provide us with the Rotor Code or the Code Under the tail boom & the country of origin if you still have the packaging for it. Even a single code is useful as some blister card backs are hard to read. I will update this post as we receive more codes to keep an online real-time updated list (outside of the merch guide app) for simplicity.

We have most of the releases found so far above in the merch guide (so if a loose toy is bought) you can look up the code under the tail or the rotor and look it up in our guide to se its packaging & origins. If the codes not in the guide & its not on this page then we need the code ;)

We've managed to pair up some photo sets from misc online sellers, so a products code screen can actually show you a sealed blister card and also the loose toy (as they match that packaging with no iffs or butts) due to the manufacture code rather than the UPC or Product code ;)

You really do have to under stand the merch guide to truly see just how cool it is when it comes together from varied sources.

Note the rack hanging hole also changed at some stage, i have yet to see a China release with the triangle type hole and as such i have arranged the following images in order of what i  ASSUME  is the order of releases between 1984 and 1991

Hong Kong
Macao
China
LINKING NOTE:
Sadly this blog link might change once we confirm a release date, as that post date change will then alter this pages current link, again this is why the Blog is way behind the app right now. This post shouldn't be sitting in the January 2019 section of the blog.

Airwolf, 1/64 scale ERTL 3 Piece Toy Set Die-Cast Model (198?)


We sadly lack a release date for this product and we're also unable to attach any rotor blade codes or tail codes to a country of manufacture.

Each toy contains a code which can be seen through the packaging, in this set, it is often under the tip of the main rotors. Sometimes maybe under the tail.

The code defines the date the toy was manufactured and the single letter defines which plant.

The problem we face however is this, we have codes from unboxed toys and we have box images with no codes for the toys inside. In turn this has complicated adding box arts to release screens, because boxes are actually different at times.

Some are made in  "British Crown Colony of Hong Kong" and a similar set were marked on the back as "Made in China"

We need to no what codes are tied to what country so we can add the right country's box arts.



For the 3 piece sets we have three positive code matches. we can confirm 0135W, 0385W and 0775W all belong to the 3 piece sets. We know this because the SA 206B wasn't sold separately.

I assume there are more codes related to this set and ide like to tie off this section with the help of more codes and what country release they are from.

These codes i'm looking for won't just help us date each release, they also help us understand how many production runs this set got and on what dates.

HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE SO FAR

1/64: = 0135W (unknown country Its a 206B santini air heli from a 3 piece set) 1985
1/64: = 0385W (unknown country Its a 206B santini air heli from a 3 piece set) 1985
1/64: = 0775W (unknown country Its a 206B santini air heli from a 3 piece set) 1985
1/64: = 0785W (unknown country Its APPARENTLY an airwolf heli from a 3 piece set) 1985

With those 3x  206B codes we know the plant ran off at-least 3 manufacture runs

We have managed to identify a 3 full piece set (though we lack a box code from the box base)

1/64: = 0435W (1985 3 piece set hong kong) Jeep
1/64: = 0775W (1985 3 piece set hong kong) 206B
1/64: = 0785W (1985 3 piece set hong kong) Airwolf

the jeep could be from a different set, we have no idea as the set had been opened 

If you have an OPEN set, we could also do with more JEEP codes (we assume its under the roof or the base)  but to provide us with Santini Air Helicopter and Airwolf Helicopter codes all's you need to is tilt the box & look under the tail boom or the main rotor for 3 numbers & a letter.

We need the codes & the country off the back of the box to make our guide more search friendly, so "loose toys" can be identified by date and maybe offer a visual of the packaging you never got with it.

Here are the two box backs, i assume the colour difference is only due to the lighting of the image and i assume both releases looked the same (besides the manufacturing country noted on the back)

China

Hong Kong
So what makes me so sure we are missing information ?

Well its like this...

1/64 Airwolf (3 Piece Set) Product Code 1230
and
1/64 Airwolf (single blister card) Product Code 1231

Notice the three piece set has an Earlier product number? and yet the only 3 piece manufacture date codes we've managed to obtain are from 1985.  We have records of a lot of 1/64 airwolf single toys on a blister card that have codes spanning from 1984 to 1991. So just were are the 1984  3 piece sets?

We have loads of pictures for the 3 piece sets and no idea whats what, i certainly can't and wont attach china or hong kong box artwork to the wrong codes just so the screens look nice as thats sharing round bogus information  ;)

I did ask someone who flaunted 2 boxed sets and a loose set, unfortunately he totally blanked my comments on his post while casually replying to everyone else, so i blocked the ignorant f..   This appears to happen a lot, im unsure if im just generally hated or if every time i ask in public someone messages them to spread a lil BS.. for what ever the reason though this project & the software is becoming a real fkn drag... and its holding back the blog posts.... because theirs NO DATE to file stuff under.. APP just needs a prod code or upc, the blog ideally needs a date right? a time line..

REMEMBER You don't need to open anything to provide us with these codes & our guide is FREE... so lets try and make it a great COMMUNITY project.... and a fantastic free resource!

LINKING NOTE:
Sadly this blog link might change once we confirm an initial  release date, as that post date change will then alter this pages current time line blog link. Again this is why the Blog is way behind the app right now. This post should NOT be sitting in the January 2019 section of the blog, it should be back down in 84 or 85 somewhere.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

McDonalds Fast Food Does Airwolf Intro Parody (15 and 30 Second Edits)

McDonalds Creates Two Airwolf Style Teasers, So,
Deploy the ADF pod and standby for the munchies
 
McDonalds Homestyle Spicy (30 Second Edit)



Here is the LINK in-case embedding gets disabled


McDonalds Homestyle Spicy (15 Second Edit)



Here is the LINK in-case embedding gets disabled

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Airwolf Episode Guide v1.5


The Airwolf Episode Guide

VERSION: 1.5   (here)
RELEASE DATE: 16/FEB/2019
close the website login box, you don't need to register to download the file
 
COMPATIBILITY: Windows XP, Vista, Win7, Win 8, 8.1 and Windows 10

The "old" airwolf Cd Rom concept started out back in 2004 and had a random release in 2005. That is no longer compatible with newer versions of windows.

So i decided to work on some NEW smaller programs that cover some specific fields of airwolf history.



Known Airdates & Production Code Screen for Each Episode



Airdates, Production Codes, Cast Bio's, Trivia, Bloopers, Behind the Scenes and a host of other little features make up a great looking guide with a stack of information.

ALL SEARCHABLE OFFLINE
NO 3RD PARTY SOFTWARE OR PLUGINS NEEDED...

NO INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED...

Well.. unless you wish to use the Internet Links collection accessed on any screen by simply pressing  L





Biography Screens





Bio screens for actors, actresses, stunt men, pilots, writers.. random crew..

Real names, Actors Guild names, Births, Deaths, Home Towns, Age, Heights.. its a mission...

It's a big undertaking for a project like this & again highly time consuming (its a hobby for a show i love) Not something i'm essentially looking to cash in on.

The licensing for retail would be retarded making its cost ridiculously high.




Tv Ad Clippings



Imagine on an "Episode Screen" you could press the letter  C  and it opens up a box were you can view the tv guides clippings for the actual episode.

OR

Imagine pressing  C  on the "Episode List" to view all clippings from that specific series of episodes.

It's a project no ones taken on simply because theirs no way to make money off it.. Likewise with the merchandise guide, no money to be made off that neither...






The Movie Information Screen


I don't no the future of this project, but i have ideas, some will work, some legally wont work.. 

Imagine on an episode/series "list"  you could press  P  for promo & a screen pops up with all the promo photos from that specific series.. or press P  on an episode screen for promo photos featured from that specific episode, sadly not directly legal.

The behind the scenes aspect "is possible" but its limited to the photos available to me & the community. We have sharks, every time a crew member dies. anyone pops up with photos they disappear and so do the photos.. Seller & Buyers prerogative.. i get it.. but (me & others) have seen people offer photos freely & they've been persuaded to sell & vanish... again sadly there choice..



At some stage this software should pretty much be a video editors hand book, searching for something like  REFUEL  and pressing   N   on either of the screens offered gives a good example of that.  You'll also find on season 1 & 4 episode screens you can press  D  for  Dialogue (sadly season 2 & 3 has no subtitles.. unless you have them ?)
Game mod and addon makers can also make use of the head shots and heights, the diversity of this resource is only limited by the content and the user..

The work goes on with this project randomly, so use the update option to check for any or "follow" the post in the fb group HERE.

THINGS I NEED TO DO / ADD

Have to identify and add face images to every bio without one
Have to write the rest of the short episode summaries
Have to add the mouse over teaser text for the rest of season 4 
Have to gather more birth dates were they end on a  (  for season 4 cast / crew
Have to add wiki / imdb links for those still ending on  ( for season 4 cast / crew
Have to track down birthdays not easily found by google, noted as ??/???/19?? for now
Have to add script revision dates to trivia tabs for season 4
Have to start gathering more blooper information for all seasons
Have to list the rest of the cast / crew with the mouse over preview images
Have to hunt down a few missing tv guide clippings
Have to link up more Memorial ID's
Have to hunt down more on-set photos.. probably no chance of that  :(
Have to gather more work histories to implement the use of W on more bio screens
FINAL STAGE PREP ITEMS THAT'LL DRASTICALLY INCREASE ITS SIZE
Have to gather episode screen shots
Have to render and add 79 episode teasers

PROBLEMS I AM AWARE OF WITH v1.5

None that i am aware of


HERE IS THE README FILE:

AIRWOLF EPISODE GUIDE v1.5
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MENU HAS MOUSE SUPPORT / CHOICE OF SHORTCUT KEYS.
ACCESS THE SHORTCUT KEYS LIST ON MOST SCREENS PRESSING  K

MENU HAS A COMPLEX SEARCH ENGINE POWERED BY KEY WORDS AND CODES.
ACCESS SEARCH ON MOST SCREENS PRESSING  S  OR CLICKING THE WOLF LOGO.

A LIST OF PREDEFINED SEARCH TERMS IS AVAILABLE.
ACCESS THE SEARCH TERMS LIST ON MOST SCREENS PRESSING  T

PRESSING  M  ON ANY SCREEN WILL RETURN YOU TO THE MAIN MENU.

THIS MENU WAS CREATED IN 2018 AND WAS MADE FROM THE INSPIRATION OF ADAM LETTOWS REDEMPTIONS OS SCREEN SHOTS AND THE ORIGINAL AIRWOLF INTERACTIVE CD ROM FROM WAY BACK IN 2005.


SEARCH TERMS:
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YOU CAN SEARCH THIS DATABASE FOR A NAME
(real name or character name)
THIS WILL LIST ALL THE EPISODES THAT CHARACTER or ACTOR/ACTRESS APPEARED IN
ALONG WITH THERE BIO SCREEN
(this also works for the crew & list's episodes they worked on & bio screen)
========================================

YOU CAN ALSO SEARCH FOR THESE KEY WORDS:

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ACTOR = LIST'S JUST THE ACTORS

ACTRESS = LIST'S JUST THE ACTRESSES

FIRMETTE = LIST'S ARCHANGELS ANGELS

STARS = LIST'S ALL ACTORS AND ACTRESSES

CREW = LIST'S ALL CREW MEMBERS

DIRECTOR = LIST'S ALL DIRECTORS

WRITER = LIST'S ALL WRITERS

BIOGRAPHY = LIST'S ALL PEOPLE

CLIPPING = LIST'S ALL AVALIBLE TV GUIDE  /   MAGAZINE CLIPPINGS
(displays on all EP lists, EP information screens, cast & crew screens, that have any clippings associated to them) access pressing C

BTS = LIST'S ANY EPISODES WITH BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOS

BLOOPERS = LIST'S ANY EPISODES WITH KNOWN BLOOPERS

TRIVIA = LIST'S ANY EPISODES WITH DOCUMENTED TRIVIA

ACCIDENT = LIST'S ANY EPISODES WITH A DOCUMENTED ACCIDENT ON SET
(accident info on trivia tab)

HISTORY = LIST'S ANY CAST CREW WITH A WORK HISTORY

1x = LIST'S JUST SEASON 1 EPISODES

2x = LIST'S JUST SEASON 2 EPISODES

3x = LIST'S JUST SEASON 3 EPISODES

4x = LIST'S JUST SEASON 4 EPISODES

WTITLE = LIST'S EPISODES WITH AN ALTERNATE WORKING TITLE
(alternate title visible on episode trivia tab)

NOMINATION = LIST'S ALL CAST,  CREW  &  EPISODES NOMINATED FOR AWARDS
(nominations information available on the episode Trivia tab & cast / crew bio screens)

AWARD = LIST'S ALL CAST,  CREW  &  EPISODES THAT WON AWARDS
(award information available on the episode Trivia tab & cast / crew bio screens)

RTLSKIP = LIST'S THE EPISODES ORIGINALLY SKIPPED IN GERMANY DURING THE FIRST RUN

BIRTHPLACE = LIST'S ALL PEOPLE WITH KNOWN PLACE OF BIRTH ON RECORD
(as such you can search for a place to list all people from their too)

BIRTHDAY = LIST'S ALL KNOWN DATES OF BIRTH
(as such you can search for a MONTH to list all people born in that month, incs episodes primary airdates too)

VNOTES = LIST'S EPISODES WITH FAN FILM EDITOR NOTES
(notes accessed by pressing N on the episodes screen)

You can search for the episodes 4 and 5 digit production code

You can search for a Star Sign

You can search for a Nationality

LAST SEARCH TERMS ARE SAD ONES....
R.I.P = LIST'S ALL DECEASED CAST MEMBERS
you may think that's morbid but i wasn't the first one to make a deaths list
mine is actually accurate and validated.

You can also search for a kind of who died on this date by searching for a date like DAY/MONTH
Example: 08/JUL would list any deaths on that day, /JUL would list any deaths that month.

UNDERSTANDING SEARCH RESULTS:
========================================
IF YOU LOOKED FOR A PERSON YOU'D GET THIS SORT OF RESULT IN THE SEARCH LIST

String-Fellow Hawke - Jan-Michael Vincent (15/JUL/1944)

EASY TO UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT WORTH REMEMBERING THE "search result"
ALWAYS SHOWS THE CHARACTER NAME / ACTOR NAME / D.O.B / D.O.D
and always in that order

ALL SHORT CUT KEYS:
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K = THIS SHORTCUT KEYS LIST

T = USEFUL SEARCH TERMS / TAGS

M = RETURNS YOU TO THE MAIN MENU

S = OPENS THE SEARCH BOX
(or click on the wolf logo)

ESCAPE = RETURNS TO PERVIOUS PAGE
(on cast  /  crew bio screens)
useful if you decide to search for a cast or crew member and then
wish to return to the exact episode screen that prompted your search

UP  /  DOWN ARROWS = TO MOVE BETWEEN  LISTS
(on episode / bio selection screens)

W = LIST'S ACTOR or CREW WORK HISTORY
(on cast & crew bio screens)

F1 TO F12 = SELECT A MENU ITEM
(on all list screens)

LEFT  /  RIGHT ARROWS = TO DIRECTLY MOVE BETWEEN EPISODES
(on episode information screens)

LEFT  /  RIGHT ARROWS = TO DIRECTLY MOVE BETWEEN BIOS
(on cast & crew bio screens)

DOWN  /  UP ARROWS = TO DIRECTLY MOVE BETWEEN LISTS
(on all list with more than one screen available)

LEFT ARROW  &  ESCAPE = BACK
(on lists screens)

C = OPENS TV GUIDE / MAG CLIPPING TAB
(on episode list, episode information, cast & crew bio screens)
C on Ep List screens will show clippings from that lists season
C on Ep Information screen will show clippings from just that episode
C on Bio screens for cast or crew with magazine clipping or articles

A = OPENS THE AWARDS INFORMATION SCREEN
(from emmy nominations / wins and stuntman awards)

L= OPENS A USEFUL WEB LINK'S TAB

U = OPENS THE UPDATE INFO TAB

E = CLOSES / EXITS THE APP

H = OPENS HELP / ABOUT SCREEN
(pressing C on the about screen shows credits for contributions)

V = OPENS VIDEO EDITING NOTES
(on some episode screens)

D = OPENS SUBTITLES BOX
(on season 1 and 4 episode screens)

G = OPENS GRAVE BOX
(on some bio screens)

I = INFORMATION TAB ON WHO STYLED WHAT
(available on most screens, for menu design credit reasons)

ADDITIONAL NOTES:
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NOTHING ELSE REALLY.. ITS A WORK IN PROGRESS..
SEE THE CREDITS FOR ANYTHING ELSE THUS FAR

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