1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

User avatar
Tom
Posts: 14287
Joined: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:29 am
Location: The Netherlands

1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Tom » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:51 am

For those who would like to add a model of the first FWD Kadett to the collection, here's a comparison of three readily-available 1:43s of the hatchback version. If you want a Caravan, you're limited to Minichamps and MC is the only one to do the sporting SR version too. The hot hatch GT/E version is available in the Opel Collection partwork only. MC is the only one to do the three-door version so far, nobody made a two- or four-door D yet.
I've owned a 1982 D 1.6SR for years.

The real car:

Image
Image

Now over to diecast. The metallic brown model is the Minichamps, the red is the Schuco and the black GT/E is the Opel Collection.

Image
Image
Image

Let me start by saying that you can't go wrong here. All models do the car justice, nobody has the basic shape wrong and buying is a question of choosing your favourite version and colour. Opel Collection only has a black and white GT/E, Minichamps and Schuco let you choose from several authentic colours.

The Schuco portrays a luxury Berlina version with different wheels. It's the most detailed version inside with nicely done striped upholstery. It has one slight error: the front bumper is a little low, showing too much bodywork between grill and bumper.
All headlights are far above average. No ugly fixing stubs, but proper lights with depth. MC and Opel Collection even have tiny bulbs in there, MC gets the edge thanks to realistic lenses.

Image
Image

Opel Collection has a slightly less detailed grill and less nicely made bumpers. Schuco is the only one with a 'hollow' exhaust. Taillights on the Opel Collection and Schuco are the best, but Schuco is the only one with the black line around the unit. Shame that it's too thick.
I wish MC would start putting number plates on their models, they look bald without them.

Image
Image
Image

The bodykit on the Opel Collection GT/E seems a little undersized. Their wheels are very nicely done OTOH.

Image

Image
Image
Image

Opel Collection's rear view mirror could've done with some black paint. Fit of Schuco's windscreen is not perfect on my model, only noticeable in this picture though.

Image
Image
Image

Schuco seems to have the crispest shape.

Image
Image
Image

For the 1981 model year, the Kadett gained a plastic rear hatch handle and the lock moved to a position above that. The Schuco portrays an early car, the MC's a late one. GT/Es were always late. Both MC and Schuco have the correct colours, interiors and wheels for their years.

Finally, underneath. This is where the Opel Collection shows its basic PW roots with significantly less detail. MC is the clear winner here with Schuco a good runner-up.

Image
Image
Image

Whilst clearly being a 1981-on model, the MC says '1979' underneath.

I'll show the MC Kadett SR later.

Marcellix
Posts: 1077
Joined: Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:37 am
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Marcellix » Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:01 pm

Nice to see them compared. I guess when you have a thing for Opel, you just got to have all of them.

User avatar
Tom
Posts: 14287
Joined: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:29 am
Location: The Netherlands

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Tom » Tue Jun 02, 2015 1:12 pm

I don't have a real thing for Opel, but I've been for years trying to find a model that's close to my old car. I bought one after the other, when they went on sale. Each of them is too nice to sell, especially given what people have been paying when I sold models recently... :(

User avatar
dcast
Posts: 3783
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:40 am
Location: Finland

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby dcast » Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:17 pm

Great comparison :) Educative too as I didn't know about the trunklid changed for 1981 model year before.
My Minichamps Kadett D has the same problem with the lower edge of the windscreen, it sits too deep down there.

In the first real car photo, the vent in the front lower spoiler, under front bumper is missing. Some, or even most cars seem to have the vent though, wondering what's with that?

User avatar
Tom
Posts: 14287
Joined: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:29 am
Location: The Netherlands

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Tom » Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:56 pm

Depends on the engine- apparently the 1.0, 1.2N and 1.3N didn't require additional cool air.

EDIT: just noticed that the Opel Collection partwork model has a propshaft and rear diff. It's the only RWD Kadett D! :roll:

User avatar
Baxter
Posts: 600
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:05 pm
Location: Detroit, MI

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Baxter » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:17 pm

We didn't get that car in the US. We received the Olympia/Rekord and the P1/P2 variants in the mid-50s but they were not popular at all. A smattering of Kadett A came over but they were also ignored. The Kadette B was a moderate hit and was replaced by the Ascona A/Manta A around 1971-1972. The Manta was well liked but the Ascona didn't fare well against Datsun/Toyota. We didn't get the Ascona B/Manta B. If the Kadette C showed up, then nobody saw it.

Then came the "Opel by Isuzu", a rebadged Isuzu Gemini. That was a horrible car that killed Opel for good in the US but succeeded in launching Isuzu as a separate brand here. Isuzu lasted from 1981 to 1993, then three more years selling just trucks. Every one was a piece of crap; an Asian Lada. The only reason they're remembered is because of Isuzu Joe, the stereotypical smarmy salesman in their commercials who was prone to exaggeration and misdirection.

I have examples of the Manta A by Pilen and Schuco. Next time I have the camera out, I'll take multiple shots to show a comparison. Spoiler alert: neither is good but the Schuco is better.

GBOAC002
Posts: 6715
Joined: Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:33 pm
Location: Surrey, UK.

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby GBOAC002 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:14 am

These in Astra form seem to have disappeared from English roads. Can't remember the last time I saw one 'in the wild'.

User avatar
Tom
Posts: 14287
Joined: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:29 am
Location: The Netherlands

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Tom » Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:37 am

They've also mostly disappeared here. I think I saw one two months ago.

User avatar
dcast
Posts: 3783
Joined: Sat Jan 10, 2009 8:40 am
Location: Finland

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby dcast » Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:33 pm

Rare sight here too. Few years ago Finnish magazine called "Tekniikan Maailma" had a museum car project and the car in question was 1980 Opel Kadett D. It had interesting reason for engine running problems, distributor axle bearing had worn out which affected to the ignition timing.

johann.nunweiller
Posts: 3747
Joined: Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:40 am
Location: Bucharest
Contact:

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby johann.nunweiller » Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:02 pm

An interesting topic!

User avatar
Tom
Posts: 14287
Joined: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:29 am
Location: The Netherlands

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Tom » Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:21 pm

As promised, here are pictures of the Minchamps Kadett SR.

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

User avatar
JSB33
Site Admin
Posts: 36934
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:25 am
Location: Bedford
Contact:

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby JSB33 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:37 am

I have learned quite a lot about a car that i didn't even know of it existence 2 weeks ago :lol:
Jeff
ImageImage

User avatar
thetrooper
Posts: 7641
Joined: Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:23 pm
Location: Born in Scotland/Live in Weston-super-Mare

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby thetrooper » Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:33 am

To be honest I would choose any of them apart from the Minichamps, which is surprising as you would expect theirs to be the best.
Steve

orky
Posts: 259
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:17 pm

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby orky » Thu Sep 10, 2015 6:13 pm

thanks for this thread, I have my eye on the brown minichamps version which I hope to buy before the end of the year and convert into a RHD model. The only potential barrier I can see without viewing the model in the flesh is, going by the pics, the bootlid logos which look 3D? I'm hoping they are flat waterslide decals and can be rubbed off using nail varnish... are you able to confirm what type they are? Thanks

User avatar
Tom
Posts: 14287
Joined: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:29 am
Location: The Netherlands

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Tom » Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:34 am

Nope, they're either decals or -probably- tampo printed.

orky
Posts: 259
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:17 pm

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby orky » Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:28 am

thanks, should be ok to carefully rub off with nail varnish and replace with vauxhall astra lettering.

orky
Posts: 259
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:17 pm

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby orky » Mon May 09, 2016 4:38 pm

I would really like to convert the brown minichamps model into a RHD UK version, but need a bit of help with the specs/ trim levels.


1) did they do GL models as a 3dr hatchback? If so, the conversion should be straight forward! I'll just need to add a driver side rear fog light at the back.

2) If they didn't have 3dr GL's available, then I would need to convert this into an L model. Do I then
(2a) slightly change the front grille as they had less chrome than the GL versions,
(2b) get rid of the side panels or keep them,
(2c) keep passenger-side wingmirror or get rid of it? I'm really hoping to keep it so am hoping these were at least optional on L models
(2d) did L models have the chromed door handles or black?
(2e) and finally can I get away with adding only one red fog light on the driver side at rear of model or do I have to have them on both sides? Just hoping to need one.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

User avatar
Tom
Posts: 14287
Joined: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:29 am
Location: The Netherlands

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Tom » Mon May 09, 2016 11:52 pm

Do you want to make a Vauxhall or an Opel version? I think passenger side mirrors were easily fitted on every trim level, I did mine in about 15 minutes. If they didn't come like that from the factory, they were dealer-fitted options.

Image

orky
Posts: 259
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:17 pm

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby orky » Tue May 10, 2016 9:51 am

Would like to do the UK Vauxhall version. Thanks for the info on wingmirror. They did do 3dr hatchbacks as L and GL 1300s models which means I can convert this model. However with those style wheels on minichamps are those wheels for L or GL models in the uk? Want to make sure the conversion matches trim level with wheels accurately before deciding to do it.

User avatar
Galaxy Gaz
Posts: 3618
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:35 am
Location: UK

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Galaxy Gaz » Tue May 10, 2016 12:42 pm

The wheels on the minichamps model are L spec wheels . You need the wheels that are on the red Schuco car to have the GL spec wheels
Image

orky
Posts: 259
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:17 pm

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby orky » Tue May 10, 2016 2:18 pm

oh ok thanks :) so I can still make it a (3dr hatchback) L 1300S model. The only change then I will need to make is on the front grill, L specs only have the chromed horizontal lines at the top and bottom of the grill, none on the sides or middle. Luckily the chromed window trims and side panels can remain, also as Tom has kindly pointed out L models can have passenger-side wingmirrors so this will stay.

I need to make a red foglight for the back of model, and get some red vauxhall emblem decals made from someone! (any suggestions would be welcome). I already have the bootlid logos which were made from ages ago.

User avatar
Zeus
Posts: 1547
Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:57 pm
Location: Bridgend, South Wales
Contact:

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby Zeus » Tue May 10, 2016 3:56 pm

Make yourself on white decal paper, print the Vauxhall logo in a black box then its the right colour for the grille?

Change the white to black.. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... s_Logo.png
I'm not addicted to models, an addict admits their problems & I don't have a problem.

orky
Posts: 259
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:17 pm

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby orky » Tue May 10, 2016 4:41 pm

oh thanks but I wouldn't know the first thing about making/printing decals! :lol: I'd rather leave that to the experts. I can give the correct measurements onto a pdf or jpeg etc format but that's about it. I've ordered the model in anyway so can start work it after it arrives and the decals can be made by someone else.

orky
Posts: 259
Joined: Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:17 pm

Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby orky » Thu May 12, 2016 8:45 am

Model arrived today and it's really tasty. They have got the shape spot on. Tom do you mind if I post conversion pics here as I go along? or start another thread, aside from the obvious badge and logo change and rhd conversion, a few other tweaks are necessary, ie adding front side windows and making the border of the back lights black. Also the front reg plate holder looks a pain... it's got a border which is 3d so fitting in a correct sized number plate flush won't be easy, may as well use filler to get rid of the border so to speak. Also, I have got someone making the decals.


Return to “Model Reference”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest