is a Polar Lights Pontiac
GTO Drift race car kit.
Lights made several versions of these cars, this one has
tampo printing on it. I wanted to do one of these, since
the paint job is complicated, and I liked the design and
color anyway. I probably saved $10.00+ for paint too.
kit is a snap kit, but the fitment is very good, and the
kit has a full suspension, engine, and interior. Plenty
of room for detailing.
directions they provide are not that great, simply a blow
up piece diagram. It's hard to know what order to assemble
the parts. Several times I had to take something apart because
I assembled them in the wrong order. One part I left out
was the back sway bar simply because I couldn't figure out
which way it went on and lost patience with it.
kit is assembled with parts out of the box. The only things
I added are the Simpson decals to the seats, and the front
lower air dam I made from flat plastic stock. Everything
else came with the kit.
was a fun build, despite some minor issues.
I built another race car version with this kit, here are
some things I would do differently:
Change the seats to a true racing seat. I painted the stock
seats red to give the illusion of a race option.
Maybe change the rims to ones you can see through, with
maybe photoetch rotors. The PL ones have a back plate which
prevents seeing through, and the rotors and calipers are
a basic representation.
Do more engine detailing, such as dremeling out the battery
and adding a more practical racing engine bay.
Fill in the fog / driving light holes in the front fascia
and making that look more like the race front end.
Add a roll cage. I didn't have a roll cage handy that would
fit, and didn't have the plastic stock to make one, so I
skipped it in this build.
Maybe remove the rear seat, though some drift cars seem
to retain that. Might depend on the classes.
Modify the suspension a bit to lower the car.
I think Polar Lights did a great job. But these ideas might
come into play if I build anothe one.