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Pontiac GTO Drift Race Car Model Kit

 

 

 

This is a Polar Lights Pontiac GTO Drift race car kit.

 

Polar 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

It was a fun build, despite some minor issues.

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If I built another race car version with this kit, here are some things I would do differently:

1. Change the seats to a true racing seat. I painted the stock seats red to give the illusion of a race option.

2. 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.

3. Do more engine detailing, such as dremeling out the battery and adding a more practical racing engine bay.

4. Fill in the fog / driving light holes in the front fascia and making that look more like the race front end.

5. 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.

6. Maybe remove the rear seat, though some drift cars seem to retain that. Might depend on the classes.

7. Modify the suspension a bit to lower the car.

Overall I think Polar Lights did a great job. But these ideas might come into play if I build anothe one.

 

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