These proposals are very insightful and some solutions I had not thought of before. I would love photo etch emblems. Also on the 70 Javelin I would like to see the Mark Donahue package. Add some group 19 parts like the cross ram intake, headers and side pipes! I'm actually building a Mark Donahue street car from a resin copy of the Johan kit right now!
Yes you are correct on the bodies but on the model kit. Would you mold the doors and fenders separate from the body. Or build the body mold in such a way as to have a mold line right down the side of the quarter. Then what about the emblems? I prefer molded on emblems as opposed to decals. The 68 Javelins have emblems on the fenders and 68 AMX does not.
My guess is only 30% of the tool could be reused from 68-70 Javelin to AMX. The parts that would stay the same are all engine parts, radiator, all the separate front suspension parts, and all the separate rear suspension parts. The exhaust, driveshaft, and chassis plate would have to be different. The only parts of the interior that would stay the same is the dash, steering wheel, front bucket seats, console if offered and windshield. The main tub would be different as the AMX has no back seat and rear window is different. The only body parts that would interchange would be the bumpers. But if the front grill is molded to the front bumper it would be different. Hoods are different. Depending on how the taillights are molded they would be different also because of an emblem. Wheels would be the same but why not offer different wheels while you are at it. This does not account for year differences. 68 AMX vs 68 Javelin and 70 AMX vs 70 Javelin. If you go 68 AMX to 70 Javelin than everything body and interior will be different.
I'm betting it is the same as this version released about 10 years ago when the remake movie came out.
It did have a few different parts. It has a new two piece dash, front bumper without guards, a new hood (it was different than the yankee hood with the hole). The hood was the same style just more boxy looking. I prefer to fill the hole in the yankee hood. It also had rallye wheels and Hemi style valve covers for the 440.
This kit was released after the Vanishing point kit and had all the new parts as well.
The decal sheet is very nice and may be why this kit is so much. For a while nobody had Trans Am on the decal sheet. Even the Revell kit was missing them. My older kit of the 79 Trans Am anniversary kit, it had decals that had the entire alfabet in the font so you could make it say Trans Am on the car but it was the way they had gotten away from the licensing but still giving us the decals. Also remember GM paid licensing fees to the SCCA for every Trans Am they sold. GM never owned the rights to the name!
Rex, Thanks for looking. That is correct. Fujimi only put that parts tree in a few of the MKII versions. Mostly in the 67 Daytona kits and a few of the 66 Sebring kits. It depended on the race and specific car. I have the Revell version of the car pictured. It was issued in 1989 and has the Fujimi GT40 MKII. Back then the tooling for the extra tree did not exist. I understand the Fujimi boxed kit of the same car came out in 2002. By that time Fujimi was doing the extra tree for the different versions. All Revell did was get the kits and add the decals to do this car. I understand that this car is the first GT40 to take the checked flag.
I was just looking up the differences between the two kits of chassis P1015. For the white #98 66 Daytona car it had E15 in the radiator hood vent, E13 was on the right fender for tire clearance. Different rear spoiler E12. For the 67 Daytona version blue #2 it now uses the flares E1, E2, another modified spoiler E4. That car now had the dual quad 427. Earlier car a single 4V 427. Both versions had the dual gas caps and no scoops on the rear section, E3 plugs. The front was back to the more common kit fenders and radiator hood divider. Also both body's should not have the gurney bubble. Mine does but the Fujimi box kit should not. I really need E12, E13, and E15. The rest I can fab up.
I have the Revell box of the 66 Daytona winner #98. It is the black and white car with a few red rectangles on it. It is also Chassis P1015. The Fujimi kit has the "E" tree and the updated directions. The Revell kit has the standard Fujimi GT40 MKII in the box. If you have a Fujimi kit with the E tree. The instructions will grey out the parts you don't need for that version.
Looking for parts from the "E" tree from some of the Fujimi GT40 MkII kits. This tree is in most of the 67 Daytona kits. Not all the Fujimi GT40 MkII kits have these. This is why I'm looking for them. I need E3 (2), E7, E8, E12, E13, and E15. Willing to trade or Paypal. Would even consider the whole kit if it has this tree in it.