Greetings and welcome to Forty 3rd which focuses on models within the 1/43 - 1/50 scale.

When someone mentioned German car, what’s the first thing that pop in your mind? Volkswagen? Mercedes? BMW? Not many people at least in the States know that there is another German car manufacturer called Adam Opel AG (Opel) which is headquartered in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Germany. Does anyone know that it is also a subsidiary of the American General Motors Company which gave it access to foreign market.

Another fact is most World War 2 armour collectors including historians, and scale plastic model kit hobbyist would know the name Opel Blitz (German for “lightning”) which was the name given to various German light and middle-weight truck series built by Opel automobile manufacturer between 1930 and 1975.

An American soldier inspects the Opel Blitz truck for possible enemy soldiers hiding inside the truck

Of course who else to make the model more German than another German toy company called Schuco. The legendary toy manufacturer was founded in 1912 by Heinrich Müller together with the salesman, Heinrich Schreyer in Nuremberg, Germany’s toy capital



This model also came with an insert asking people to join the Schuco club just like the Corgi brand, a British toy manufacturer.


The actual Opel Kadett B was launched by Opel at the Frankfurt Motor Show in late summer 1965.

This model has no opening parts and is marketed as an adult collector. Even then I bet some kids including me who loves model cars would probably beg their parents for one and would probably get it if not for the price.

I gave it 4.5 out of 5 in detail, 5 out of 5 in quality control and 3.5 out of 5 for playable. Of course as with this kind of detail, caution in handling is required.