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Post  Cowley on Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:24 am

Morning all,

Let me tap the brains of the more experienced and diversified rally model collectors amongst you - rather than the somewhat narrow-minded and blinkered individuals amongst us! Rolling Eyes Cough cough, wink wink... Wink

Has anybody ever made a model of the 1980s Opel Kadett 400, as used in South Africa by Tony Pond, and later by Murray Grierson on assorted National rallies in the UK? If anybody has, what are the chances of finding one?

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Post  reeft1 on Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:18 am

Never heard of it but what a cool looking motor. Would strongly suspect thats a scratch build if you want one.
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Post  newt5550 on Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:37 pm

That look great. I suspect myself it is built from a kit but otherwise no idea Rolling Eyes
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Post  reeft1 on Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:15 pm

Thats the real car i think Chris?
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Post  Mark Lowe on Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:42 pm

One i planned to make sometime and a friend built one from a GAMA Kadett model years ago
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Post  Cowley on Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:05 am

Many thanks, chaps! Wink That was pretty much what I expected!

In Brian Connelly 'puppet' style, Chris - "It's not a moduuulllllll!", it's the real thing and shown during Murray Grierson's era.

How far did you get, Mark - any photos? Rolling Eyes
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Post  newt5550 on Thu Sep 15, 2016 4:48 pm

Cowley wrote:Many thanks, chaps! Wink That was pretty much what I expected!

In Brian Connelly 'puppet' style, Chris - "It's not a moduuulllllll!", it's the real thing and shown during Murray Grierson's era.

How far did you get, Mark - any photos? Rolling Eyes


If my defence..........lack of sleep and not paying attention Sir Rolling Eyes Laughing
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Post  David Napier on Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:31 pm

I do not know if a model was ever made in any scale of a Kadett 400 but there is a 1/1 Kadett in Ireland and its been well used on smaller events over the years.
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Post  CDM on Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:35 pm

Dave

Just back from holiday and catching up...

As many have said I am pretty sure nobody has ever made a model of this one. They could not get enough other models out of the mould.

But as a one off it would be possible. As ever you would need a good base model (Gama as Mark has suggested) and loads of photos.

I did wonder why you had stepped away from your normal path, BUT I then realised why. Oh I nearly said what you are up to!!

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Post  JOB on Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:35 am

A Dutch guy built a replica recently and it appeared in Eifel in either 2015 or 2014. So a trawl of those photos might produce quality material - Reinhard would't have allowed him participate if the signwriting was not 100%.

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Post  Sal the 2nd on Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:36 pm

Got images of the 2014 Eifel so will put some up this weekend.

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Post  Cowley on Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:19 am

newt5550 wrote:If my defence..........lack of sleep and not paying attention Sir Rolling Eyes Laughing
You are of course forgiven, my friend!... Wink

David Napier wrote:I do not know if a model was ever made in any scale of a Kadett 400 but there is a 1/1 Kadett in Ireland and its been well used on smaller events over the years.
Looks a tidy motor, David - not seen that one before.
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Post  Cowley on Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:21 am

CDM wrote:Dave

Just back from holiday and catching up...

As many have said I am pretty sure nobody has ever made a model of this one. They could not get enough other models out of the mould.

But as a one off it would be possible. As ever you would need a good base model (Gama as Mark has suggested) and loads of photos.

I did wonder why you had stepped away from your normal path, BUT I then realised why. Oh I nearly said what you are up to!!

Chris
Thank you Chris, and as I stated above, I didn't think that anyone had previously made a model kit of this interesting car. A base model has already been sourced, and I have just bought some more shares in Milliput on the Stock Market. Laughing Watch this space... Wink

There's no flies on you though, are there mate?... Rolling Eyes
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Post  Cowley on Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:24 am

JOB wrote:A Dutch guy built a replica recently and it appeared in Eifel in either 2015 or 2014. So a trawl of those photos might produce quality material - Reinhard would't have allowed him participate if the signwriting was not 100%.

Sal the 2nd wrote:Got images of the 2014 Eifel so will put some up this weekend.
Quite right James, and having seen some photos of it already, it looks a very fitting 'tribute' to the original.

Some more photos would be superbly helpful, Chris - many many thanks.
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Post  Cowley on Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:41 am

Here's a few additional photos of the Dutch Opel Kadett 400 'tribute' car, and it seems a very fitting recreation of the original...





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Post  Cowley on Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:48 am

And a couple more of the original South Africa car...



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Post  newt5550 on Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:59 pm

Very nice pictures of the real thing Wink
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Post  Mark Lowe on Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:18 am

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Post  Mark Lowe on Sun Sep 18, 2016 2:18 am

Or are you wanting Grierson pics?
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Post  Cowley on Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:23 am

Great photo, Mark - many thanks. No, it's the TP car in South Africa that I'm interested in. Wink
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Post  turn the wheel on Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:58 am

I think one of these Kadetts existed in Ireland a long time ago..............Think it was Pat Kirk that had it !!!!!!!!! JOB or Noel Graham might shed some light on the car & owner

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Post  Mark Lowe on Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:32 pm

Cowley wrote:Great photo, Mark - many thanks. No, it's the TP car in South Africa that I'm interested in. Wink

Well if your making one you might aswell make two or more then Wink
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Post  Mark Lowe on Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:33 pm



Bernie Rooney in his Opel Kadett 400. This was one of the spare shells that Malcolm Wilson bought from South Africa when he bought the full car and spares from GM SA. This was built up by Bernard using parts from his Ascona.
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Post  Cowley on Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:25 pm

Mark Lowe wrote:Well if your making one you might aswell make two or more then Wink
Let me see how the first one turns out before I commit to any more than just the one, Mark. Wink
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Post  turn the wheel on Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:52 am

turn the wheel wrote:I think one of these Kadetts existed in Ireland a long time ago..............Think it was Pat Kirk that had it !!!!!!!!! JOB or Noel Graham might shed some light on the car & owner
.................Thinking again the guys name was White or Whyte ????? anybody shed some light on the subject......or the car

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