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Polar Lights 1965 Dodge Coronet

December 2004
1965 Dodge Coronet
Polar Lights No. 6401
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene snap kit
Molded Colors: Red, blue, black, cream, clear
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $17.99
Pros: Parts fit
Cons: Final assembly tricky
The Coronet is the fist kit in Polar Lights' new Great American Rides series. The kit has a one-piece body with a choice of two removable hoods. The bodies are prepainted in red, black, yellow, or white.

The overall proportions and shape look pretty good to me. There may be some minor discrepancies, but it will probably take a die-hard Mopar fan to spot them.

The parts are molded in several colors: the engine in blue, the chassis parts in black, and the interior and body in cream. My sample's red body paint had no noticeable flaws. I have heard that the paint can be stripped by soaking the body in some rubbing alcohol (91% isopropyl).

The chrome body trim is painted in silver; some time spent with a sheet of metal foil and a hobby knife with a sharp blade would improve the exterior appearance.

The fit of the parts is generally good. The Coronet is promoted as a snap kit (kit designer John Mueller describes them as "glue-optional press-fit models"), and I only had to use glue in a couple of places. I couldn't get a few of the pins to fit in their mating holes, so I opened the holes and used glue where needed.

I also had to glue the fan, belt, and timing cover in place because they fit loosely. I didn't notice that the hole in the carb was flashed over, and I broke the pin off the air cleaner when I tried to insert it.

When installing the exhaust, press the pins on the mufflers into place first, then the tailpipes.

The instructions make it appear that the inner and outer wheel halves should be inserted from opposite sides; i found it was better to snap them together first.

The trickiest part was the final assembly of the chassis and engine to the body. The instructions are somewhat vague; you must insert the rear of the chassis into the body first, then flex the chassis enough to fit the fan into the shroud. You'll need to reach a finger through the side window to press the chassis and interior together.

All in all, it's a nice kit, with just a couple of small glitches. In an hour or so you can end up with a good-looking shelf model, or you can use the kit parts as a basis for something more detailed.

There are some building options (chrome wheels, cheater slicks, two induction systems, and two hoods) in addition to the choice of colors.

I look forward to the next kit in the series: a 1964 GTO, which is to be engineered in a similar manner.


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