The camper only came in one issue of the 59 Elcamino. That issue is fairly scarce compared to most of the others. The small topper in the 65 Elcamino to my knowledge has been included in most versions of that kit. The latest retro box art version of the 65 Elcamino also had the camper shell included in the box. No other issue of the 65 that I have had included the camper.
Several changes have happened over the years. As mentioned the turtle deck and the oval gas tank that were in there (needed to build a lil rod or a lil drag)have been deleted. The headers are significantly different in the first couple of issues than in the latest few. Also the 6x2 barrel intake and carbs went away, the seats and interior bucket were retooled, and the wheels and tires are different. On the plus side, somewhere along the way the matching trailer was added. Overall it went from 60's hot rod T bucket to late 70's fad T. Not an improvement IMO. Unfortunately the unique roll bar that the Big drag uses was never duplicated in smaller scale in the lil T. Or any other kit that I am aware of.
That is a Latham Axial supercharger. Super hens teeth rare in real life. I believe the one you have pictured is from one of the AMT 1925 model T double kits where the hot rod engine is a kinda sorta lincoln V8. Not 100 percent accurate to the real engine but sorta close. The supercharger is fairly well rendered IMO though.
Thanks for the review Tim. One slight correction to the text in your Fotki article. The original 1969 Elcamino kit was issued at least twice. Once with the soap box derby artwork and car and once with very similar box art to the "RATMAN" 1969 Chevelle. The Elcamino was shown with the custom headlights (cibie maybe?), custom grille and nerf bumpers. Photobucket is being difficult again so I cannot post a pic but if you google image "AMT 1969 el camino", several pictures of the box art pop up.
Would the flathead 4 banger out of the old 1/24 monogram Model A series of kits work? Not as detailed as the revell version but not horrible either. And being 1/24 scale it should look right as well. Should be lots of those around from all the kits that got hot rodded over the years. I know I have several still on the trees in my stash.
Ebay, search 30 awg wire. Lots of colors available. http://m.ebay.com/itm/USA-Shipping-10-x-10-ft-30-AWG-Wrapping-Wire-/381772836923?nav=SEARCH 10 ft each of 10 different colors for 6 bucks. Likely never run out. 10-12 inches per model average in my experience. Also known as kynar wire.
The Woody was never released in stock form. It was always a hot rod. Other the wheel and tire changes and the addition of a few extra parts such as the deuce grill/shell and the large diameter wheels in the last issue, it has remained remarkably the same as it was when it was first issued. But you are right, the stock parts will exchange on to it as it is built on the same basic architecture as the coupe, the cabriolet, and the tub. A couple of interesting things to note about the coupe and the cabriolet - they were both originally part of the 6n1 kit. That appears to be one of the reasons why the coupe roof was removable. The same lower body section could be used with the Cabriolet door tops and windshield posts. When monogram split the coupe and the cabriolet into two different kits they the tooled up a second set of fenders for the coupe with no spare tire wells in the front fenders. It is my belief that they also tooled up a new lower body section to go with the new fenders for the coupe as well. IMO I think this is why the door lines do not quite line up on one side of the coupe kit now. On the original 6n1 kit that I have looked at, the door lines do line up properly.
If you had an understanding and an appreciation of how much work and how much fine tuning it takes to make a race car stick to the corners wide open like that you might not dismiss it so easily. A lot of cars carrying that much speed and momentum into the corner would slide right up the track and try to smash a hole through the outside wall. It takes a very well set-up car and a very skilled driver to make a race car go around the track like that.