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Salvaging this from the scrap yard. One of the few remaining kits I have left from childhood. Built this box stock, originally in '92-'93. Time has not been kind to it. Couldn't trash it though, so what to do? Pro-street, yes? Kitbashing an AMT Coronet Pro Street chassis from the parts box, and possibly a DOHC Hemi. I think it looks neat without the wing, but wouldn't be a Superbird without it. Have to remake one of the wing uprights, as it broke on disassembly. Scratchbuilding has not been my forte, so this should be interesting. 

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1 hour ago, matthijsgrit said:

Some inspiration for this great build!!!

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Pro Street | Dodge charger daytona, Muscle cars,  Dodge charger

More of Dad's old ride. Featured in a handful of mags back in the day. It  was given the nick name “Blown Away.” '69 Daytona. - The best designs and  art from

 

Oh do I remember that red Daytona from an issue of Hot Rod.

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8 hours ago, xs650shawn said:

I think it looks neat without the wing, but wouldn't be a Superbird without it. 

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If you think it looks good without the wing, build it that way. It's YOUR model. FWIW, I'm planning to rebuild a JoHan Superbird as a modern road cruiser without the wing. Drive on! B)

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Hi Shawn, I am a lover of all things pro street. You are off to a great start, I will be watching. Really like the mock up ride height! 
 

Cheers, Steve

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Not that it matters but I would leave off the wing. At most maybe a small lip spoiler on the edge of the trunk lid. Your mock up with out the wing this really looks slick. Great job on the chassis.  

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Looking Good ! Just a thought but what if you shorten the rear wing ?

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I’m on board with no wing, but... it will be super cool either way.

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Very cool project Shawn!  It's your build, it's your way!  I love the potentially very low position, it gives this very long body shell a totally different look.  Great start sir!!!

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The Monogram Superbird wing is out of scale. It is too tall and too narrow at the top. The JoHan wing is actually in scale for both manufacturers.

This is the Monogram Superbird with JoHan wing.

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On 10/16/2020 at 8:09 PM, cobraman said:

Looks really slick without the wing. IMO

Totally agree!

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Hi Shawn!

Great build, and a promising start!

My two cents: this car with no wing is thumbing your nose at history... but we live in 2020, right? You may want to borrow from most of the "retro-design" cars of late, like the Mustang, New Beetle, Thunderbird, Camaro and all, improving on the original design cues.. and seriously shorten the pillars of your oem wing. Might get rid of the frayed base section (less scratchbuild to do), and make it more contemporary? Still a wing, but revisited. 

For what it's worth, IMHO.

Keep on, it's interesting! 

CT

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On 10/17/2020 at 2:57 PM, Superbird McMonte said:

The Monogram Superbird wing is out of scale. It is too tall and too narrow at the top. The JoHan wing is actually in scale for both manufacturers.

This is the Monogram Superbird with JoHan wing.

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Wow..these photos could pas for the real thing ..well done.

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Got to spend a little time at the bench today. Too many other projects. Cut the floor out of the interior bucket to drop the body over the pan a bit more. Might remove a bit more. Think I need to lengthen the front subframe a bit, to center the front wheels. Looks like it'll place them too far back. Also leaning towards modifying this wing for it. Cutting the stock wing down doesn't do it for me. As a "pro-street" car, ideally it would have to be streetable, including a functional trunk lid. A cut down factory spoiler wouldn't allow for that. Plus, I'm digging how sleek it looks without it.

 

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I love it without the rear wing too!  I know the huge rear wing kinda the whole thing with these...but I dig how sleek it looks with it gone too!  

Following!

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1 hour ago, matthijsgrit said:

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I've never understood the aerodynamic advantage of such a "wing." Can someone explain it to me? :unsure:

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1 hour ago, Snake45 said:

I've never understood the aerodynamic advantage of such a "wing." Can someone explain it to me? :unsure:

I'm no expert, but boxy cars can cause a vacuum behind them which can cause drag and/or turbulence. I think this wing is used to push the air over car further behind the car and at least reduce that vacuum. Just an educated guess.

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Hmmm... maybe a wing from the 83-85 Hurst/Olds? 
Again, regardless of wing, no wing size of wing, this is going to be super cool. Do it your way!

Cheers, Steve

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It effectively lengthens the body and keeps the air on it longer and smooths it out. With the square boxy bodies, the air breaks up and creates turbulence, and drag. Same idea as diffusers for the underside on a lot of cars today. 

 

Perry

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