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

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

Post by orky » Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:04 am

Have put the windows in and that has been an extreme challenge! One (huge) advantage of respraying vanguards models instead of minichamps is because of the design of the windows and interior. Vanguards has the windows as one whole unit piece, the interior dashboard as another piece and this easily clicks back in because of the pins, and the final unit being the rest of the interior.

Whereas on the minichamps each window and interior piece is broken into separate units.

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I have made the side windows using thick acetate paper.


Luckily I did not need to use the self adhesive silver strips as the original front and back window trims are tidy enough when very delicately put back in - it was very hard work getting the windows back on flush. The vanguards equivalent would take around 60 seconds.

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At the bottom of the front window, as it sits so low (this has been mentioned already in this thread) I have stuck on a self adhesive silver strip to try and subtly make it look a tad bit higher.

Next job will be to put the interior back in piece by piece, then the wheels, followed by custom made windscreen wipers, wingmirrors and the rear foglight before filling in the rear numberplate.
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Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Post by dcast » Sat Aug 27, 2016 7:39 am

Great work :)
Any closeup photos how you did the lower edge of the windshield flush with the body? That's been annoying me in my Kadett D model, might try and fix it some day.
Minichamps windows being separate units results them staying closer to the body surface as the real ones. One peace for all windows tend to stay too deep behind the pillars.

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

Post by orky » Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:46 am

thanks, I wouldn't say the lower edge of the front window is completely "fixed" but by putting on a self adhesive silver strip all the way across the bottom kinda makes it look like the lower edge is slightly higher, this is partially because of the stodginess of the additional strip. Defo not perfect, but better.

I much prefer the vanguards windows/ interior set up. See what you mean about minichamps' window pieces each being separate so they stick closer to the body. When I've resprayed vanguards, I have to make sure all the paint is taken off the inside aswell and it's smooth, that way the window unit fits in flush. Again with the self adhesive strips which I use on the front and back windows, by putting these on they conceal any minor imperfections and make the window(s) look closer to the body because of the stodginess or thickness of the strips.

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

Post by Zeus » Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:05 pm

Looks great so far, do you do commisions? 8-)
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Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Post by ghosthunter » Sat Aug 27, 2016 1:23 pm

If this is the Opel Kadett, why does it have the Vauxhall grille badge?

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Post by GBOAC002 » Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:50 pm

Go back a couple of pages to where RHD model is mooted May-Sept 15 and how best to convert from Opel to Vauxhall...

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

Post by orky » Sat Aug 27, 2016 5:49 pm

zeus, thanks for the kind words. I used to do respray jobs I'm really familiar with for other people a few years ago, but something like this conversion I wouldn't dare to... so many times I could easily have ruined the model when fiddling about trying to put pieces back on etc, that's partly why I take so long. If you are tired it's very easy to make a mistake that's why I prefer to do bit by bit.

ghosthunter, kadett D is a European version of the UK vauxhall astra.

I should have this model finished within the next few days.

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

Post by ghosthunter » Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:26 pm

"ghosthunter, kadett D is a European version of the UK vauxhall astra"

Yes I know that, I am a Vauxhall collector and I used to work at Vauxhall Motors in Luton. Your thread is titled Opel and the comments from members refer to an Opel, you are doing a fine job on the model, I am just puzzled why you did not put the Opel badge on the grille, the picture clearly shows the bright Red Vauxhall 'Griffin' badge!

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

Post by Tom » Sun Aug 28, 2016 4:36 am

I started this thread documenting the different 1:43 versions of the Kadett and it merged into a conversion of a Kadett to an Astra, of which there is currently no model available.

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

Post by orky » Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:34 am

ghosthunter, as has been pointed out this isn't a thread I've started however I'm pleased to be able to convert a Kadett into a UK version astra.

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I really like the basic wheels on these and the original interior colour actually matches really nicely with the cream beige.


Nearly there before it goes into the 1985 time-warp car park with the others, all that remains are the wipers, wingmirrors and rear foglight along with filling in rear numberplate.
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Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Post by Tom » Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:52 am

Looks really good! How did you convert the dash to RHD?

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Post by orky » Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:04 am

thanks, I have a couple of spare RHD dashboards which I've accumulated over the last few years, they come in handy when you do code 3 conversions. I just needed to file the sides to make it smaller and it fit in nicely. I didn't need to use any blutac as it just about fits in and holds up really well.

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

Post by ghosthunter » Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:26 am

OK thank's Guys and sorry for attributing the ownership of the thread to the wrong member and now fully understand the Opel/Astra mix up and trust it has not diluted the quality of the work taking place on this rebuild.

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

Post by orky » Tue Aug 30, 2016 10:39 am

no problem

model finally complete, eventually the bootlid logos will be made in black as you can barely see the silver. All in all I'm pleased with the final result but it was a lot of effort - put it this way if someone asked my to do this job again I wouldn't feel confident of getting it exactly right first time.


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

Post by dcast » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:50 am

Nice result :) More car brands means more realistic diorama.

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

Post by Tom » Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:01 pm

It does look very good. Great job.

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Post by orky » Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:45 pm

Thanks guys, it has been enjoyable posting progress pics. Good thing about vanguards and minichamps in my collection is they all look in sync with each other which does add realism, often different model makers can have two different versions of exactly the same car that's partly why my collection is so limited.

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

Post by ghosthunter » Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:42 pm

Despite how you may feel about the rebuild, it has paid off and looking at the pictures above, it could be any one of the streets where I live, it looks so good.

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

Post by orky » Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:48 am

thanks for the kind words. You know sometimes I do accept I have OCD when it comes to these cars... does anyone else think the back-end of the astra is too low? Since noticing, I've googled lots of images of the real thing online and minichamps - as brilliant as their model is - have made the back-end sit too low. It's actually really easy to notice when you look at the first picture lined up against the rear of the fiesta, granada and princess.

Not too much of a problem to fix... there's only one screw which sits at the front of the base, the back is held by a pin, no screw. Simple job to get rid of the plastic pin, easily cut off, then position correctly initially with blutac. Once happy with the position, delicately place superglue in and it's rock solid.

I'm in the process of redoing the yellow escort which I messed up a while back, once complete I'll post pics of this and the fixed astra together.

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

Post by ghosthunter » Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:49 am

In the first picture of the Three together it does look low, but in the Two remaining pictures I don't think so.

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

Post by orky » Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:06 am

ok here are a few pics of the "fixed" astra. see the comparison against the fiesta as a guide.

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Obviously I could only raise the back a certain amount as too much would leave a big gap between the back wheels and wheel arches.

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