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Replica of my 1970 Superbird Tribute car


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This past December I took delivery on my dream car! A 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird Tribute car!

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So of course, I had to get right on building a replica of my replica!

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I started with a Jo-han Superbird body I had laying around. I also had a destroyed 1970 GTX promo to source the back window from.

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Many years ago, I resin cast all of the parts for the Superbird in 25th scale. I found that the Monogram nose fit right on the Jo-han kit, with slight tweaking. I also cast the wing and scoops from the Jo-han kit.

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Believe it or not, the Jo-han wing actually scales out better for the monogram kit, then its own wing does!

This model is 95% done at this point. But since my track record on here has been to start a thread and never finish it, I figured I would do this a little bit different. I will post every couple days installments of progress as it was done over the last few weeks. This way you’ll get to see one of my projects completed. This was also a quick build, I plan on doing a better more accurate representation in the future. 😁👍

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Here is the body in the first paint job. I ended up sanding in the whole thing down and then using this as a base color. And then put another three coats over this. Paint is Tamiya TS 23. IMG_8809.thumb.jpeg.f60b4fc9277bd462203e126f4a8e9f30.jpeg

 

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Those three coats went on much nicer! Began mocking up the exterior bits.

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The wing and scoops were mounted with blue FunTak temporarily.

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I’m using the chassis from a Revell 1968 charger.

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I decided to do a little wet sanding.

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Novus has been my go to polish for over 25 years.

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Looks good. I've never polished a model before and I've always wondered what grits and what types of sanding pads/paper people use. If you could enlighten me on what products you use that would be great. 

This is my most shiny paint job 😬 I think polishing could make my stuff look like yours (much better than mine).20240302_213410.thumb.jpg.4785de2a82c559a0cdd47a401b434bb6.jpg

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With the body polished out to my liking, it was time to turn my attention to my favorite part of the build. Foil!

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No joke! I love to foil!😁👍

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After foiling, I set up the ride height. I measured from the rocker to the ground next to both wheels. Made up this jig in scale for the body to sit on. I oblonged the hole in the wheel backs and slid them into place. A little 5 minute epoxy set them all in place for ever!

 

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Very happy with the way she sits!

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I made up this resin interior as part of a Superbird trans kit I was developing. The body is ready for molding and the last part that I need to do.IMG_2389.thumb.jpeg.ad03b5934b1837880c3f210079899b77.jpeg

All of the resin interior parts are from the Monogram 1970 Road Runner kit. They have been modified to fit the Revell Charger floor pan.

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Nice progress Dominick. Paintwork looks great, and certainly captures the colour of the 1:1 near perfect. It takes a sick man to admit he likes foilwork…😜 I like the finished product, but getting from A to B is not all that enjoyable for me. 

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10 hours ago, Superbird McMonte said:
On 3/26/2024 at 2:30 AM, Stef said:

Just LOVE the fact that you were watching The Fifth Element while working on this, heh.

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One of my top 5 favorite movies! Seen it at least 100 times!

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Agreed, @Superbird McMonte, truly one of the best films ever made. Definitely in my top 5, too.

Sorry for the derail, but a most green one.

Getting back on topic, your supergreen Superbird is the BIG BADA BOOM, and I am a meat popsicle.

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On 3/27/2024 at 10:01 PM, Stef said:

Agreed, @Superbird McMonte, truly one of the best films ever made. Definitely in my top 5, too.

Sorry for the derail, but a most green one.

Getting back on topic, your supergreen Superbird is the BIG BADA BOOM, and I am a meat popsicle.

That’s a lot of quotes! I am getting a female West Highland White Terrier in a month. We picked out the name Leeloo! Ironically, she has an orange spot on her to identify her from her litter mates! Like Leeloo’s orange hair! My daughter pointed that out.

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