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      The Report function of the forum works well. If you see someone acting up, acting out, or just being an okole, use the Report function. It works! I have it set up so it not only sends me an email, but that email is then marked with a flag, and get's put to the top of my email list. I will try to access/look at the report/topic as soon as possible, but remember, I'm on a six hour time delay, and other mods not only have a life, but a real job as well.  k den

ismaelg

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  • Full Name Ismael E. Gonzalez-Valentin

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  1. ismaelg added a post in a topic Pratt & miller C7R   

    Looking good!  Really good!
    Just the thought of wrapping a full car in decals send shivers down my spine!
    I suppose no body mods can be done if doing this.
    I originally had plans of doing the black test car following the yellow one but I'm so disappointed I may not even finish the first one....
    Thanks,
  2. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    Hello,
       More on this stupid model.    
    This has to be the WORST Revell Corvette kit. EVER!  It's getting into Palmer models territory!  
    Well, maybe not, but I just lost the love. It is now just a personal challenge I want to get over with.
    The stupid model has a roof dome. In the real car it is for an IMSA mandated In-Car Camera. I noticed it was in the wrong location, but to avoid messing up with it, I decided simply to extend the black painted roof stripe a bit to the sides to cover it. Well, it turns out it is (was) way too much farther and the roof stripe would have to cover almost the entire roof.
    So after the body was painted.... AARRGGHHH!!! I can't live with that glaring mistake. So we are progressing by going backwards....



     
    Why in the world did Revell put that there?  It has NEVER EVER been there. 
    Here is what the IMSA rules say:
    10.8. In-Car Camera 
              10.8.1. Cars may be required to carry In-Car-Cameras (ICC). 
                        a. Entrants must cooperate with the official broadcaster in the installation of the camera, including the provision of power for the equipment. 
                                       i. May require a battery pack. 
                         b. Closed-cockpit Cars must mount an actual ICC, or the ICC replacement dummy unit, on their roof, and must:
                                       i. Be mounted opposite side of centerline of the Car from the Driver 
                                      ii. 12.5” rearward of the trailing edge of the windshield 
                                     iii. 4.5” off the centerline of the roof 
                                     iv. Or as approved by IMSA
     
    I don't expect model companies to know or even read the entire regulation manual, but at least take measurements from the real car.
    Wasn't this supposed to be fun?    Stupid model.....
    Thanks,
  3. ismaelg added a topic in General   

    Very sad news
    Hello,
         It is with a very heavy heart I have to report the passing of our friend Miguel Barbosa.  He was instrumental to the hobby in Puerto Rico and abroad, creating and running the Caribbean Scale Auto Expo for the past 15 years or so.  He was also bringing to Puerto Rico the very first Hot Wheels convention next April.
    An accomplished modeler who will be sorely missed!
    A true believer in dreams.
    Rest in peace my friend!
    Thanks,
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  4. ismaelg added a post in a topic C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit (1/17/16 update: First burst of color)   

    Hello,
        I haven't taken pictures yet but after 1 year it now has its first coat of paint.  Let's see: 2 base coats, 2 or 3 wet coats, 3 or 4 coats of clear, the rest of the car..... hmmm   Come back in 2025. It should be close to be finished  
    Yeah, I have to get back to this one as well.....
    Thanks,
  5. ismaelg added a post in a topic '85 Pontiac Fiero GT   

    Cool project!
    I recently found my built MPC Fiero GT with its brushed gloss enamel interior and spray can body. Hey! I was 15 or so at the time.  It was coming apart so I disassembled it.  Hope to rebuild it someday.
    Thanks,
  6. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    Hello,
      "Corvette Racing Yellow" replaced Velocity Yellow in 2016. It is very similar, but a hint lighter and maybe a bit more "pale" (for lack of a better word) than Velocity Yellow.  Velocity Yellow replaced Millennium yellow in 2006.
    Gravity Colors Corvette Racing yellow lacquer. About 3 wet coats.    Sorry for the crappy pictures but these were in a hurry as it was starting to rain.    Will let it take a beauty nap before continuing.  Next step: masking and painting the black areas.



    Thanks,
  7. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette ZR1 widebody based on Hotwheels   

    Well done!  I like it!
  8. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    COLOR!!!!!
       Hello again,
       This is the first burst of color on the body!  This is only after a mist coat and a light coat.  Still pending 1 or 2 wet coats to check on progress.
    Gravity Colors Corvette Racing Yellow lacquer    As expected, the paint flowed beautifully. 


    With all the fit issues I've had, I was loosing interest in this project, but the color just won me back!  
    Thanks,
  9. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    Hello,
      The intake cover interferes badly.   What I did was to take it out and use it as a separate piece.  If the hood is to be displayed out of the car, I'll just sit the intake on top of the engine but if the car will have the hood in place, the intake will come off.  I don't think of any easy fix for that except surgery to reshape the intake as well as the body. I'm not going to bother with that.  This kit has surprised me on how bad it fits.
    Thanks!
  10. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    Hello,
       After surgery we are now back on track.  The body is sitting now where I wanted, but this is far from over.  Let's see what other surprises lay ahead.....

     

     

    By the way, both screens had display shots added but you just can't see them from any angle.
    Thanks,
  11. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    Hello,
      Thanks everybody!  
    David, so sorry to hear about the mishap!  I hope it turns out good!
    Jim, I've heard about the cammo decals but I've never seen them. At one point I considered painting that but it was too much work.
    Here is a bit more progress.  More tiny little parts! This is what I like the most about this hobby.  Doing the tiny details that nobody can see or care but I know they are there.

    But this time you don't have to guess...

    Front tow hook. It still needs a little tweak at the base.

    Mandatory  safety lights, rear tow hook and air jack connector.
    These are the last body modifications.  Yeah right, I said that 20 body mods ago
    No seriously, I think these are the last.
    Thanks, 
  12. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    Hello,
       It's the rear view camera.

    Very slow progress. I hope I can finish it this year.
    Thanks,
    Ismael
  13. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    Nope!   Any other guess?   I'll post the answer  tonight...
    Thanks,
  14. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    Hello,
      Not much bench time lately.  I just machined this tiny little part:
    Anyone want to guess what it is?

    Thanks,
  15. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (2/17/17 update)   

    Hello,
      Well, I ran into a major issue:  After the interior was completed, I test fitted the body. Major issue. Nothing fits.  After hours of fiddling with it, it was found the whole body was rocking in the dash. The front of the car was well over 1/8" higher than the undertray.  If I pushed down on the nose, it will get lower in the front but the back will be over 1/4" higher!  I mean, total MAYHEM! After a few choice words and the tantrum, I started the methodical approach of checking what the ### could be done.
    That was mid last week.  Since then I've been carefully pinpointing the rub points and sanding them down. Keep in mind the interior is completed (was) so I'm trying to protect it as much as possible from damage and from dust.  
    So this is how the carnage looks now.  The dash had to be trimmed in the front and the sides.  The body was also trimmed in some locations.  At this point, it is much better, but still far from perfect. This is like doing open heart surgery on somebody while running a marathon.  I was debating whether or not it was worth to keep fighting it. But at the end, I can't let it win.  So this has taken an unusual spin. From slow to slower.

     


    Thanks,