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#21 azers

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:41 AM

After looking over this kit more and from the wifes input im going to build this little car stock with the four cylinder . I havent been so excited to build a model till this came out. This will be fun.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:26 AM

Wow, those L60s are going to look HUGE on this car. I was surprised how tiny and compact these cars are after seeing one up close a few years ago, but they do have some nice lines.

 

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I've always thought these were cool since I lived in Germany when they were new.  

 

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Per Casey's photo above, the modern Opel GT is available as a Maisto diecast.  Here it is on the left, next to the US Saturn Sky which is a dead ringer! Maisto also does the Pontiac version. 

 

I'm glad to see the kit back, but why in that odd size box?  


Edited by Tom Geiger, 17 March 2013 - 08:27 AM.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 01:55 PM

I'm glad to see the kit back, but why in that odd size box?  

 

So they can include the art print.



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:16 PM

I don't know why, but I REALLY want this kit. Would of bought it at HobbyTown if it wasn't $30!



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 04:37 PM

Looks like a nice kit. I built the original kit in about 1970. I used the V-6 in a T-bucket rod. the 6's shorter length allowed me to shorten the frame by about 6 scale inches or so. I always thought T-bucket rods looked too long with V-8's. Here's a pic of the T. I rebuilt it about 10 years ago. The inset in the photo shows what it looked like before. It was covered with dust and literally falling apart!

 

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:02 PM

After opening the kit and seeing the extra tires and the aluminum injection stacks i didnt mind paying 29.00 when regular kits are running 25.00.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:32 PM

wow sam, that looks awesome in that T! the motor is killer for lots of applications thats for sure.



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:33 PM

There was a guy here locally that had an Opel GT with a 500+ inch big block that he raced in Pro Gas about 10 years ago. It was a beautiful full tube chassis car and was brutally fast. As soon as these kits become available around here I plan on picking up a few to build into various types of drag cars.



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:16 AM

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The current Opel GT in this pic is based on the Saturn Sky, in fact, nearly identical, and they were built on the same assembly line.


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:08 AM

we had a lot of these cars around here back in the '70's

it was partswise loosely based around the Manta and Kadett..the biggest displacement engine available was a 1900cc 4 cylinder at the time..(Belgium also got a small 1200cc ,for tax reasons)

compared to a 'Vette it was pocket size ,and only capable for being a 2 seater ..roadhandling was pretty horrible also..as was rustprevention

nowadays in Europe most of them leftover are more or less restored in original condition..

as customizing back in the late '70's -early '80's didn't do much good for the cars image..not many survived that way..

some of them recieved hideous bodykits and wide arches back then hoodscoops ,285 rear tires ..the works..

 

enginewise upgrading a GT ,would have been the fuel injected 2.0 liter out of the second generation Manta (115 din hp)...6 Cylinders in a original 4 cylinder car (like the kit is offering)..were a no-no in most European countrys back then..

also the more rare option somethimes taken was/is the 2.2/2.4 cylinder unit found in Rekord and first gen Omega's..

with hot cams and double 45 Weber sidedraughts it would produce around 140-160 din hp..

 

Stateside ,i'd propably go for a 350 Chevy small block..and sufficient rear end.....knowing the dimensions underhood and chassiswise of these cars ..i guess it would fit ..

 

BTW ,i know you guys got the GT/J over there..it was basiclly the same minus the chrome trim..(and rust)

 

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

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The current Opel GT in this pic is based on the Saturn Sky, in fact, nearly identical, and they were built on the same assembly line.

 

The stuff you don't hear about... GM built the Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstace, Opel GT and get this... A Daewoo G2X all on the same assembly line in Wilmington,  Delaware. The Opels were exported to Europe and the Daewoos to Korea.  We only hear about cars being imported here, not the other way around.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

   I bought the kit today.  I was impressed by the organized layout of the box contents.  However,  I am not a big fan of the flat box.   It has all the parts just as it did when this was out back in 71' and 72', when I last built this kit.   I don't remember back then having a third style hood.   As mentioned earlier in this thread , there is only one chrome reverse wheel.  Wonder if Round 2 spotted this.   Also, there was mention of a little flashing not trimmed from the windshield frame.  That's an easy fix.    Some costs would have been saved if they used the smaller regular size model box and not included the artwork.   Those two things would have been the only changes I would have made to the kit.

  It's an excellant kit.   I'll have fun building this one. 

 

 



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 03:21 PM

There is one of these on a trailer in town, I've always liked the lines on these cars.  One problem I would see is I am 6'7 and 280 lbs.  Big guy in a little car. But I do have another daughter heading towards her 14th Birthday and she is gonna be on the shorter side. A turbo V-6 would work quite nicely.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 04:35 PM

There are 5 chrome wheels, 4 with baby moon caps for the Polyglas tires, & one without a cap for a spare that would be visible in the "hatch" area.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:18 AM

Great little car &... kit :wub:

 

Round2 made another great reissue, with most of the original optional parts...

way better then the '72 GT, Buyers Choice edition, a few years ago.

 

Agree that better AMT GT Boxarts could have been choosen.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 08:11 AM

I found an extra chrome reverse wheel from my old Opel GT kit that I broke back in the day.  Yes, there were 4 of those reverse wheels that came in the kit back in the day.  According to the instructions, the reverse wheels were for the drag car option.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:02 PM

george, i believe the reversed wheel in question is an orphan that can be seen in this photo:

 

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you will notice in the photo that there are a row of various wheels, chrome reversed with baby moon, 2 style of mags. you will also notice that there are chrome reversed with baby moon wheels in various other places on the sprue. but if you notice about half way down on the left side of the sprue, under what appears to be a chrome oil pan, there is a lone chrome reversed without hubcap wheel. that is the one being discussed. i think i agree with the above that it was for display on an extended rear shelf.



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:52 PM

Although I have a couple of the Buyers Choice editions, this re-release is definitely on my wish list.

Partly due to the rework round-2 has done, like a better fit of the hoods on the cowl area (the originals were a little short) and because I used to work at Opel.

I've just learned a local plastic pusher got a load of new amt kits, but sadly the Opel isn't part of the batch.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:23 AM

Luc, do you have any good detail pics?  Just got mine in the mail yesterdy.  Sweet!  A new tool would be nice tho, I'd love to see a better chassis.



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Posted 30 March 2013 - 10:37 PM

Luc, do you have any good detail pics?  Just got mine in the mail yesterdy.  Sweet!  A new tool would be nice tho, I'd love to see a better chassis.

I'll pull it out of the stack and include it in this post sometime later today..