OK, I'm confused. I thought that the 3 window was the monogram kit and the amt kit was a 5 window. I just dug out my original monogram kit and it is a three window. (hadn't really looked at it in several years) I thought that it was the one with the stock and the chopped top but my memory was not working as well as I could have hoped. Only the stock height 3 window roof is present and is the only one referenced in the instructions.
When did the AMT kit get changed from a 3 window to a 5 window (like the dick tracy issue)? Or did it have both roofs originally? Also, the 3 window kit that has been released under the revell name a couple of times - is it the same tooling as the monogram kit? I also have an AMT 36 ford roadster that is yellow on the box art and IIRC it has both the roadster parts and a 3 window roof as well. Is that the kit that Round 2 is reissuing? Is it the same tooling as the dick tracy issue but with a different roof section?
I am totally confused now.
From someone who was there back in the day (as a model car builder): AMT Corporation introduced a 1936 Ford kit in early 1961 as part of their growing Trophy Series of 3in1 car kits. AMT's kit included parts to build either a roadster or a chopped 3-window coupe, with both the stock flathead V8 and a Pontiac 389 TriPower. This kit also included stock "wide five" artillery spoked steel wheels and custom wheel covers, the stock grille and a custom '37 LaSalle grille. About 1964, AMT changed out the chopped 3-window coupe top for a stock height 3-window version, and split up the kit, with the coupe and roadster appearing as separate kits. In 1987, AMT/Ertl reissued the coupe version, this time with a 5-window top section, under a license from the movie studio releasing the "Dick Tracy" film.
AMT Corporation produced two Model A kits: In late 1961 they released, as part of a double kit which featured the Barris-built Ala Kart show car, a stock 1929 Model A Roadster with vintage hop up parts. This double kit continued for another couple of years, and then the Model A roadster was "split out" of the double kit, and reissued on its own, although many of the Ala Kart parts remained on the sprues (which is exactly as their '29 Model A roadster kit has been produced ever since. In 1964, AMT Corporation released a 1928 Model A Ford Tudor sedan which was designed and tooled up by the then fledgling Model Products Corporation (MPC) who had yet to acquire their own production plant, taking advantage of AMT's far greater market penetration. MPC later took that '28 roadster back into their house, but never released it as the Tudor, but rather they added a roadster pickup and a '29 Model A station wagon (Woodie) body shell to the tooling. The latter was reissued several times by MPC over the years, and when AMT/Ertl bought up the MPC tooling in 1986, the '29 Model A pickup/Station Wagon being reissued several times under the AMT/Ertl brand name.
Monogram issued their first Model A Ford kit in the spring of 1961, the 1930 Phaeton, in 1/24 scale (AMT had always used 1/25 scale, never the slightly larger 1/24 scale BTW). There being some interest in the middle 60's in model kits of antique and classic car kits, Monogram followed the '30 Phaeton with a "6-way" kit of the 1930 Model A Ford coupe and cabriolet (Cabriolet was an open coupe, fold down top with roll up windows and a fixed windshield rather than the folding windshield then traditional on roadsters with their snap on side curtains). About 1966, Monogram issued the last in their series of 1930 Model A's in 1/24 scale, that being the 1930 Model A Ford station wagon, but this time the kit was available only as a street rod, was never produced with stock Model A parts.
Monogram released, in 1963-64 a 6-way kit of the 1934 Ford cabriolet and 3-window coupe, which IMO was the only truly accurate kit of a '34 Ford ever done (both the early 60's Aurora '34 Ford kit and the three AMT/Ertl '34 Ford kits --3-window street rod only kit in 1975,Tudor Sedan in 1986, and the 5-window coupe in the circa 2000--have a lot of inaccuracies, some in body shapes, some in signature details such as grille and hood shapes. The AMT '34 Ford Tudor Sedan was the stock version of this kit, the company substituting a '33 grille and hood as part of the street rod version.
While AMT Corporation introduced 1940 Fords to the model car marketplace first (the coupe in 1959, Tudor Sedan in 1960), the only 1940 Ford pickup was done by Monogram, released about 1963, as a customizing kit, and with a unique twist: This kit first out available in either of two colors, turquoise and red, the color of the model on the box art indicating which was inside. This kit could not be built entirely stock from the get-go, as it had diamond tufted custom upholstery on the seat and inner door panels. The first issue of this kit was the only one, just as with Monogram's '34 Coupe/Cabriolet) to have a stock front axle and stock wheels and tires, all subsequent reissues having a dropped front axle and a variety of aftermarket street rod wheels and tires over the years; the '40 Pickup having its hood and tailgate customized with louver detail. Monogram modified the '34 coupe, in 1986, to at least loosely represent the ZZ-Top coupe, with it's chopped top, a smooth hood & side panels, and a so-so '33 grille.