ismaelg

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About ismaelg

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  • Birthday 06/16/1970

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  • Location Puerto Rico
  • Full Name Ismael E. Gonzalez-Valentin

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  1. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Getting there!
    Just a hint of fine tuning for symmetry purposes........


    Thanks,
  2. ismaelg added a topic in General   

    Any good Hobby shops in Houston and El Paso TX?
    Hello,

    I'll be in Houston next week on meetings and the following week in El Paso. Not much spare time with a busy schedule but just in case, any good hobby shops in those areas?

    Thanks,
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  3. ismaelg added a post in a topic John Greenwood (1944-2015)   

    RIP John Greenwood. A true car guy and racing ambassador. The name brings memories of wild wide-bodied cars in the late 70's and 80's.
  4. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Getting there!
    This is how a week or so of 2 minutes a day passes look like


    Still needs to be thinned on the sides but going in the right direction.

    Thanks,
  5. ismaelg added a post in a topic Revell Pre-Finished Series 2014 Corvette Stingray   

    I know.
    I'm just happy to hear they even mention it.
    Z06 and C7R would be nice. I don't know how successful it was in sales, but I loved the C6R kit philosophy: easy enough for the casual builder, child or beginner, but good enough to be used as a foundation for a great project.

    Thanks,
  6. ismaelg added a post in a topic Revell Pre-Finished Series 2014 Corvette Stingray   

    THANK YOU!!!
    I'm getting convinced that the promo is not related to Revell at all.
    C7R? Thank you Revell for getting me back into the hobby

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  7. ismaelg added a post in a topic Revell Pre-Finished Series 2014 Corvette Stingray   

    Question for Tim, Gerry, Bob and those who has seen the Revell parts board display of this model: Do you have any pics or recall how the tail lights and the back of the model are?
    I ask because I'm trying to establish if the promo is related to this, but the chassis in the promo is completely different to what is shown in these pics. The promo is held together by 2 screws in the centerline of the almost flat chassis. That would suggest the body mold itself is different. It also seems the promo doesn't even have brakes.
    Could it be that the promo is made by somebody else?

    Thanks!
  8. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Thanks!
    This is still a bit oversize and "edgy". The idea is to file and sand it down to shape. Almost there now.....

    Thanks!
  9. ismaelg added a post in a topic Revell Pre-Finished Series 2014 Corvette Stingray   

    Any update on this release?
    I've seen closeup and detail shots of the promos. Are the promos based on this mold? If so, I'm a bit underwhelmed, in the tail lights and vents....

    Thanks,
  10. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    May not look like much but there is a lot of work here. Still quite far from done but moving in the right direction.....


  11. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Thanks!
    As for the wheels I'm still exploring a few options including some Aoshima candidates.....

    Thanks!
  12. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Hello,

    Modeling bench time has increased from 3 minutes a month to almost 5 minutes a month! Still quite far from my glory days of modeling but I'll take it.
    Moving along in this project, I would love to finish the hood mods as soon as possible but this has proven to be quite a challenge. Countless passes done and countless still pending, but at least moving in the right direction.




    What do you think?

    Thanks,
  13. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Hi Ben,

    Sorry for the late reply. I use the superfine Milliput. I've found that smaller quantities work better for me than a larger batch. I mix equal parts of each, about the size of an aspirin tablet each. I wet my hands and mix it pressing against each other and making a flat disk, like a pizza dough. Fold it over itself and press and repeat many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, times. Since both parts are similar color in the superfine Milliput, it is hard to tell if they are properly mixed by just looking at it. So I just do it many times. Then I usually roll it and make a long and thin log. All of this while still wet.
    I apply it to the area and press it to rough shape. At this point it is still a bit sticky. After about 10~15 minutes I try to get it closer to final shape with a wet flat toothpick. I then usually leave it alone until the next day (in my case, it could be the next decade...). It should be rock hard by then. Keep in mind I live in the hot tropics, so I'm not sure if that affects the curing speed. Only after it is rock hard I start to file and sand it, checking progress with primer along the way. Primer has clogged my files and sandpaper more than Milliput itself.
    Hope this helps!

    Thanks,
  14. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Let the mess begins... or should I say, continue......

    Milliput superfine white, the first of many passes.....



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  15. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Hello again!

    OK Let's see:
    12 minutes of workbench time in 4 months: That averages to 3 whopping minutes a month!
    Combine that with a slow builder and I think I can finish this right about the time the real car gets antique car plates...

    Anyways,
    The 427 convertible uses a factory hi-rise hood, similar to the ZR1 hood but without the window. This hood was first offered as a Z06 option in 2012 (Option B92). The option was also available in 2013 (Z06 only as the previous year).
    All 427 convertibles had this hood.
    Having this been a full detail model, I would have used a ZR1 hood and fill the window (hint for a future project). But since this is a curbside I'll just add material to the hood.
    The plan is to get it close to shape with styrene and then finish it using Milliput.
    So at this rate this may only take a few more years before it is ready for primer....








    Thanks,