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

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

Postby Tom » Thu May 12, 2016 3:13 pm

Go ahead with the pics, interested to see how it'll turn out.

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

Postby orky » Sun May 15, 2016 3:38 pm

ok but probably won't start for another week or so yet

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

Postby orky » Fri Jun 17, 2016 3:04 pm

sorry, still haven't started on this model yet but am hoping to within the next few weeks!

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

Postby reeft1 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:53 am

Why hasnt anyone made a 3 door Astra GTE version :(

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

Postby Tom » Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:08 pm

Wouldn't be too hard to convert a standard model, would it? RHD dash is the only real challenge.

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

Postby reeft1 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:16 pm

GTE though Tom? Only available in 4 door as far as im aware?

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

Postby Tom » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:13 am

There is a five-door Kadett GTE and a three-door SR.

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

Postby orky » Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:46 pm

Tom, a bit of help needed. I have stripped the model to its shell and would like to paint it cream beige but change the spec to base model.

Would this shape astra - that is a 3dr hatchback, not "saloon" - be available as base model? I would much rather prefer the grille to be totally black minus any silver trims, hence base model. I think all the 3dr base models were available as saloons but am hoping I'm wrong.

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

Postby orky » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:39 pm

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I have sprayed the model cream beige but the only potential hurdle I can see is the front grille - the chromed trim looks somewhat wonky, ie not flush which is why I wanted to make it a base model. However I've since noticed the side panels are detailed onto the model even after stripping, so I know for sure it can't be a base model and will have the horizontal chromed trims on the front grill.

I may have to sand the grille flush, get rid of the original chrome using nail varnish, then use waterslide decal strips which is what I use on the window trims... :? I'll see...

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

Postby Tom » Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:52 pm

Sorry, can't help you there. The Kadett I know, but the Astra is a mystery where equipment levels are concerned...

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

Postby Zeus » Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:03 pm

I'm not addicted to models, an addict admits their problems & I don't have a problem.

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

Postby orky » Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:20 pm

thanks guys, will defo be an L model not base, which means far more work! ;)

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

Postby Galaxy Gaz » Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:36 pm

The hatchback was only available from L spec upwards .

Base models were badged as E spec ,( for eg 1200E) and its easy to recognize them as they had round headlights , not the larger headlights like other Astra`s were fitted with.
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Re: 1979-1984 Opel Kadett (D) in 1:43

Postby orky » Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:47 pm

thanks again for the info guys, really helpful.

I've so far done the rear lights - black waterslide decal strips around the borders to try and resemble the real thing. Also, stuck some blutac to try and give the reverse lights a bit more life as behind them is a hole and looks darker than it normally should.

The two side panels have also had black waterslide decal strips put on them. I use the decal fix in the picture, before and after putting decals on.

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Next step will be to put silver waterslide decal strips all round the four side windows - I will have to have these made as I've run out of them! + need the bootlid logos made (Astra L Vauxhall 1300s) as previous ones made are the wrong size :( , this will halt progress for a few days.

Notice there's not much shine on the model, at this stage this is normal as once all the waterslide strips have been put on and dried only then do I spray a relatively heavy coat of humbrol enamel gloss varnish - this further cements the decal strips and makes them unmovable.

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

Postby Tom » Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:54 pm

I like your choice of colour, I recall that hue from my holidays in the UK in the 1980s

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

Postby orky » Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:07 pm

I remember from that era there were a huge variety of colours available which are scarce today, cream beige, sky blue and nut brown spring to mind.
Going back to the bootlid decals on the astra, silver barely sticks out on the beige colour so will get them made black.

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

Postby dcast » Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:42 pm

One of my teacher had the base Kadett D with round headlights in that same beige colour and even dad's Kadett B was beige too :)
I don't know if there's any car these days with beige colour option available, metallic beige maybe but no basic beige like old Opels used to have.
Anyway, great work with converting it to Vauxhall Astra :) I'll follow the build in this thread.

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

Postby orky » Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:16 pm

Thanks, I do warn you all if you haven't noticed already :lol: I'm not very quick when it comes to these code 3 jobs! A snail would do a quicker job than me.

I much prefer to do a slow job with far better end results than a rushed one for the sake of it. I've never converted an Astra before so this is a fun new experience for me. In the eighties there were loads of these cars around and it would be nice to have one in my collection, looking just like the real thing.

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

Postby Tom » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:14 am

Actually, I had a brand new beige Suzuki Vitara in front of my work camera recently.

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

Postby Batman » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:22 pm

Very good topic you started here, Tom! Interesting reads! I didn't know your particular Kadett had existed.

I've been fond of Kadetts since I was very little. It was Mom's first car, a red '66. She zipped around everywhere with it, often with me in tow. It was also, the car she had when my first brother was born. My dad liked it to, he would sometimes drive it instead of his Ford Fairlane. I was happy to find red Vitesse models of it, unfortunately, not the same shade of red as Mom's. One was too dark and the other was closer to orange.

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

Postby orky » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:01 pm

Updated pics this evening, so far despite the trouble I've had it's coming along nicely

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

Postby orky » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:57 pm

I had to respray the model again as originally the silver waterslide decals for the chromed side-window trims gave me trouble... 0.25mm height which is what I normally use for black trims were too thin - ended up looking horrible as the silver colour was very inconsistent and also didn't come out well on the cream beige colour.

I then got rid of the waterslide strips and used the self adhesive strips which I normally use for front and back windows - they are 0.5mm height but slightly thicker than waterslides naturally - no good on side windows - way too stodgy. Ended up ruining the model so in it went in break fluid oil and ended up being resprayed again in cream beige. I would have opted for harbour blue but didn't have that colour paint so stuck with the original colour which I like anyway and in the process got thicker waterslide decal strips in silver made, this time 0.5mm height and they work well, the inconsistency on the silver isn't quite so bad as the thinner strips. Would have preferred grey but the decal maker said he doesn't do grey so stuck with silver.

The inside of the front windows coloured in silver and back windows coloured in black as per real model.

Altogether I have counted - I have used 32 waterslide decal strips on this model! 4 each for the back lights, 4 each for the front and back windows, then two each for the thinner trims which sit above the side windows, one side panel each and two more just behind the front number plates.

I've since sprayed the model in enamel gloss varnish which holds the strips together really well - they are now immovable and very well protected.

The badge/front grill was a bit of a problem but overall not too bad, I used an internet print out of the emblem after resizing it, stuck clear tape on top of it for protection and stuck it to the back of double sided sticky tape + superglue. It was a really difficult piece of work!

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I defo should have done the bootlid logs in black as in the picture (because of the sunlight) you can barely see them. I may even have them made in black if I have a future request for another job but at the moment silver logos can stay. Will put on the driver side rear foglight right at the end once I've completed the model - it will sit in such a delicate position therefore can easily come off if I'm still fiddling about with the model putting other bits and pieces in.

One thing I haven't previously mentioned, the side pillars have been made thinner using a dremel as I want front windows on these, and the windows would have been placed too far inside because of the thick pillars.

Next job will be to put the front and back windows back in - luckily on this model the chromed trims remain with the model so hopefully I won't need to do anything to them. However, sometimes when you put the windows back on any slight imperfections are brutally exposed by the camera so I may use the silver self adhesive strips for front and back windows - they are good for these because of their stodginess and they conceal any imperfections.

For the side windows I will cut to shape thick acetate paper.

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

Postby Tom » Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:26 pm

Looking good already!

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

Postby orky » Thu Aug 25, 2016 3:25 pm

thanks, still a lot of work to be done mainly the windows but because it's a model I haven't done before all the effort and trouble so far has been worth it.

The interior is a slightly darker shade of beige or light brown and I'll use a brown or beige dashboard - spray it one of these colours as I have a couple of grey RHD dashboards spare. Think it will look nice once complete, 1981 would make it a W or X reg, will see what numbers and letters I have remaining to make the reg plate.

I like this model astra - I would never have even thought about converting it into a UK model had it not been for this thread, a real bonus model for my collection and one which reminds me of my childhood in the eighties.


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