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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 C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit - 9/15/17 update: Color!   

    Not as large but in direct sunlight it is quite prominent.
  2. ismaelg added a post in a topic C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit - 9/15/17 update: Color!   

       After the final color coat I applied a mist coat and a few light coats of clear.  Nothing extraordinary.  Then last night, I did a medium, slightly heavier coat of clear.   I checked it this morning .   Took it to the sun and WOW!   Let's put it this way: It is so reflective it doesn't look as good in the pictures.   I have finished models that don't look this good and I still haven't even looked at polishing yet.  I may do one more coat of clear just to be safe then will polish carefully.
       Ohh! I forgot! I still have to work on the rest of the model!

    Unfortunately, everything has been put away due to hurricane Maria which is of great concern. 
  3. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (9/15/17 update)   

        What I hope was the last color coat.  I'm  mad at this stupid model, but airbrushing lacquer is sooooo satisfying..... 😊

    I'll let it dry for a few days before masking and painting the black areas.
  4. ismaelg added a post in a topic C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit - 9/15/17 update: Color!   

      Well, after a year, I finally got the first color coats in this a few months ago.  Yesterday I lightly sanded and did what I hope are the last color coats before clear.  First inspection looks good for clear.  I'll inspect it again and hopefully start with the clear. I hope to finish this before the 1:1 get "Classic Car" plates

  5. ismaelg added a post in a topic 1970 Corvette promo   

    Love it!
  6. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (9/15/17 update)   

    Hello? Anybody here?
       After 7 months, I finally got some workbench minutes.  Why I keep fighting this stupid model is beyond me.  Maybe I don't want to be beaten by a chunk of plastic.
    So Anyways, the repairs on the roof were not that smooth.  The only way to fix it was sanding down to the primer and leave a huge ugly primer spot.  
    This is how it looks after 2 or 3 light paint coats.
     So after careful sanding and prep I started applying light coats. I lost count but there are more than 10-12 coats here.

    It is getting there.  I'll let it dry. I plan to do maybe a final color coat on the whole car before masking for painting the black.
    The more I work on it, the farther the finish line looks...
    Stupid model
  7. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette 2017 C7 Grand Sport Heritage Edition   

    WOW!   What a gorgeous build!
    Thanks Robert for telling me about this.
    I'm so glad to see my beloved hobby is in good hands!
  8. ismaelg added a post in a topic 1/64 rocket LSR (Land speed Record)   

      I'm still mad at the C7R so in the meantime:

    I don't want to depart too much from the original concept...
  9. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (9/15/17 update)   

      Took the masking off and it is looking better than I expected.  I need to put a few more coats to the whole car to ensure uniform coverage. Hard to see in the pic but some areas are still a hint darker than others.

  10. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (9/15/17 update)   

      Back to square 1. Well, maybe square 2.  The yellow band is actually Tamiya tape, not paint.  After this, the whole car will be painted again to even the color.

    Stupid model
  11. 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....
  12. ismaelg added a post in a topic Corvette C7R (9/15/17 update)   

       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.....
  13. ismaelg added a topic in General   

    Very sad news
         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!
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  14. ismaelg added a post in a topic C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit - 9/15/17 update: Color!   

        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.....
  15. 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.