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Polar Lights 2005 Pontiac GTO Drift Car

December 2005
RELATED TOPICS: POLAR LIGHTS | SNAP | 1/25
Pontiac GTO Drift Car
Polar Lights No. 53004
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene snap kit
Molded Colors: Red, black, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $17.99
Pros: Good-looking chassis, body
Cons: Frustrating assembly; doesn't have some of 1:1 GTO drift car's features

On the heels of Polar Lights' Great American Rides 2004 Pontiac GTO snap kit comes the 2005 Pontiac GTO Drift Car, complete with prepainted body.

The chassis, interior, and suspension are all part of the same exploded-view diagram, making assembly a challenge because the sequence is not clear.

The interior was easy to assemble, and the parts fit well, with the exception of the door panels; they needed some modification so they would snap into place.

Chassis assembly was frustrating because of the small drawing and lack of detailed instructions. The two-piece wheels and no-name tires resemble stock units, not the drift car's rolling stock.

The front end wouldn't attach with the headlights installed. I removed the headlights, broke one of the bosses in the process, and had to reinstall the assembly.

The large rear spoiler attached easily, although I recommend gluing it in place. Body-to-chassis assembly was difficult; the rear did not want to seat correctly.

Aside from the paint and spoiler, the model bears little resemblance to the 1:1 GTO drift car, which has a different front end, a body kit, and wheels. This model looks like a stock GTO with a big wing and flashy paint job.

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