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  • Birthday 06/16/1970

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    Ismael E. Gonzalez-Valentin

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  1. Hello, There is very little reference on the car I'm doing. For some reason, the 1949 French Grand Prix is very well documented and so are the English race and others. But not the Belgium GP. So after extensive research online, this is my estimation on how the pedals may have looked on Rosier's T26C. This is based on hours of research of period pictures, restored cars and road going T26 Talbots. By the way, you can barely see this anyways. The stick is not the gear selector. These cars used Wilson pre-select transmissions. That lever is to select forward, neutral or reverse. Also worked on the seat to give it some texture and life. Thanks,
  2. Hi Christian, This started out as a 1/24 diecast which was heavily modified. Thanks,
  3. Hello, Still a long way to go but the grille is starting to take shape. Thanks,
  4. Thank you all! I don't have an ultrasonic cleaning machine but that sounds very interesting and promising. I'll check around for one of those. I will start with the freezer method and see how far it goes. I'll keep you updated on the progress. Thanks!
  5. Hello, Inspired by Pascal's beautiful Bugatti Type35B, I want to build one. The problem is that the only "affordable" 1/24 model is the old Monogram kit and it is going for ridiculous prices unbuilt. So I gambled and bought a "started but complete" kit. I thought it would be partially glued or some parts painted. However, I just received it and it is almost completely assembled! It seems to be fairly carefully and nicely glued together, but not painted. I can see why this is popular. It is a gorgeous kit! I'm here wondering how to carefully take it apart. Any ideas? Thanks,
  6. Hello, Second tip drilled. Also scribed between them for separation. Thanks,
  7. Hello, Working some sink marks after re-shaping and cleaning the grille opening as per references. The exhaust is molded solid as expected. No real place where I could split and use aluminum tubing. So I'm just carefully drilling the tips. One almost done, the other still untouched. This makes a big difference. Thanks,
  8. Hello, Test: Do you see a 1949 Talbot Lago transmission hump in this picture? No? Wait, how about now? Thanks,
  9. Hello, A friend put me in contact with Herb Deeks. I'll let you know how it goes as he is not as active as he was. So, what do you call a stylized piece of styrene with a little hole in it? a dashboard It fits properly. It is just the the weight of the steering wheel crooked it a bit as it is not glued in place yet. Thanks,
  10. Hello, Saw the engine set on indycals. It looks great but I'll pass this time. Most likely I'll glue the hood shut to simplify this project. I did order the decals for Rosier's Belgian GP winning car. The wheels are a big no-no. I will most likely use a set of Deeks PE wire wheels. Fernando Pinto wire wheels seem to be the best option but they are pricey. Trying to keep this one "simple", whatever that means Thanks,
  11. Hello, Remember when I said it was going to be a quick build with no modifications? I don't like the kit's windshield and will eventually make my own. Thanks,
  12. Hello, A bit more progress: A lot more tweaking needed but moving. Thanks,
  13. Hello, Cleaned the body halves, hood and nose of considerable flash. Prepared the body halves and gluing. (Feels so good to glue styrene!) Hood fit needs help. Added material to improve fit. That will take some fiddling around but no big deal. Started working seam lines. Thanks,
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