I was going to say that one of the more noteworthy aspects of this tooling is that it revives the practice, last seen in the '90s, of AMT sharing significant amounts of tooling between full-detail and simplified versions, this time perhaps weighting the compromise toward a more complicated snapper than to a simplified glue kit. It's more accurate to characterize the practice as sharing tooling between glue kit tooling and promos, which is how AMT made its bones in the first place - but the snapper seems a bit more complex than your average promotional model. The body mold isn't any too polished either.
That "empty" look is thanks in no small part to MPC's early '80s practice of omitting any sort of drip molding or window seal details on a number of kits, their F-cars, EXPs, and C4 'Vettes among the more notable examples. Looked iffy on their 1/25 kits and really obvious on their 1/16s of the time. Detail and parts texture would be nice elsewhere, but the bodies had a generally unfinished look. The 1/16 'Vette had an opening hatch, but not this Firebird. It was Revell's 1/16 F-cars that had all the opening panels. Hatch glass was a little humped on those kits and more accurately shaped on the fixed MPC hatch. Trying to recall if the black frit/defroster line detail was even there on the first release of this kit back in '82. Look closely at the model and I believe you'll see a rear seat back piece curling around the side under the edge of the top surface catching all the light - I don't recall that being a hollow seat back. The Revell 1/16s seemed physically just a bit smaller, perhaps a bit more accurately shaped overall, not quite so sharply engraved and a little overly "geometric" in the dirty bits, but they had window seal/gasket detail. I I r c, The one thing the MPC '82 Firebird kits caught that neither Revell nor Monogram did in theirs was that little flaring aero piece just ahead of each front wheel at the rocker level on both sides.
Well, much of the engine is on its own tree and hey - maybe the transmission halves are integrated with the block now 'cause there's a 440/TF combo on the way. Ben and Joe, I think you've hit upon us the second most likely successor to this version - second only because the wedge would require another tree instead of just carrying the Hemi over.
That was another really great "Mueller/Montgomery"-era kit. I remember it being a honey to build and very clever in the interface between the floor pan, interior side panels and the bed floor somehow (it's been 15 or 16 years since I last had a good look). Sits a little low for purely stock iIrc, but that's easily fixed and not even a problem for many modelers.
Man's got a market for 'em, he should satisfy and exploit that market to the best of his abilities and get well paid. And I'll tellya what - even four figures is pretty cheapskate for that kind of workmanship. I got models well beneath that level of finish that $1500 wouldn't compensate my time for.
A vinyl top is unlikely for the very same reason you can be pretty certain we're not going to see molded-in door scoop covers: expensive changes to the body mold. I'd love to be 100% certain that Revell will provide us those scoops separately - and I am only 5% off that - but considering Revell's not-quite-pristine track record with such things, I have to make a small allowance they might not be included at all.
Awesome! Think I'll go so far as to commit to my prediction now: a Hemi R/T on Rallyes/blank Polyglas tires with the full-width rear trim & pimpin' black "HEMI" hood stripes on the decal sheet. Gut gives me about 85% probability on that. 95% on separate covers for the door scoops.