I recently discovered that there are two kinds of five window tops. One with the short cowl and one with the long one.
Discovered it by accident while rebuilding a Dick Tracy edition of the kit this week. On last week I just finished a build on the 2002 edition, and boy, the tops are very different. The windshield is different, the quarter windows are different, even the curvature of the rear of the roof is different.
Yikes! You're not kidding about the differences! That's pretty bizarre, anyone know the story behind this? My only guess is that the tooling for the 5-window top from the Dick Tracy version must have either gotten lost or damaged beyond repair, forcing them to retool that part of the kit? Somewhere packed away, I have the version with an awful silver/pink buildup on the box art. I believe that was released only a year or two after the Dick Tracy version, so I'm guessing it probably has that earlier roof. Anyone know for sure?
I'm no expert on 36 Fords, so I'm trying to figure out which one looks more correct. After doing a bunch of google image searches of 1:1 5-windows, it sure seems like the earlier top from the Dick Tracy version is more spot on. Just compare the windshield of the blue 1:1 picture in post #147 to the side-by-side pics of the windshields that Tulio posted. Looks like the windshield in the newer (yellow) version is way too rectangular, and the overall roof is too flat. The quarter windows in the newer roof don't seem quite tall enough, either.
As I said, I'm no expert on these cars, but that 2002 release would have been right when RC2 was steering the AMT franchise into the ditch, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them botch a repair attempt like this. Still have to admit, I wouldn't have been able to notice a difference if Tulio hadn't posted the side-by-sides, but it sure jumps out once you see them together.