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  • Birthday 06/16/1970

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    Ismael E. Gonzalez-Valentin

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  1. Yes! I was able to get it thru Gregg! Thank you! I'm out of town but let me dig. Not sure if I get that far back to #80. I think all of mine are triple digits. Thanks, Ismael
  2. Hello, This model is FINISHED and has been posted here: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/172311-ladies-and-gentlemen-the-talbot-lago-t26c-winner-of-the-1949-belgian-grand-prix/ Thank you all for your support! Thanks, Ismael
  3. Hello, Finally, my first completion of 2022 and the first one in a long time! 1949 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX WINNER TALBOT LAGO T26C Car: Talbot Lago T26C Engine: Naturally Aspirated 4.5 liters straight six Gearbox: Four speed Wilson preselector Chassis number: 110-001 Driver: Louis Rosier Race: 1949 Belgian Grand Prix Track: Spa-Francorchamps Sanctioning body: Formula A (eventually Formula 1) Date: June 19, 1949 Qualified: 7th Time: 3:15:17.7 Average speed: 96.82 MPH This race was won on fuel management and strategy as Louis Rosier did not have to stop for fuel or tires. While faster, other cars like the Ferraris and Maseratis were thirsty and relentless on tires, requiring pit stops. Ferrari finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Out in the sun in my own private track I started with the Smer/Merit kit reissued by Atlantis. This humble kit dates back to the 1950's. At the end, pretty much everything was modified. Only part of the rear suspension and the steering wheel are basically unmodified kit's parts. There are 105 louvers in this car. how do I know? I had 105 battles with them. I wanted to represent a nice preserved car but not a show car. This is a race car. Very subtle weathering. Modifications: Herb Deeks PE wheels on modified kit's tires Indycals decals Replaced molded grille with mesh unit Drilled exhaust tips Modified seat Modified front suspension Scratchbuilt gas cap, windshield, Pre-selector shifter, dash, gauges, transmission hump, pedals, windshield, front linkages, hood hold down straps, brake lines, radiator cap, valve stems, etc. Many other modifications to mention. Here is a link to the progress thread: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/160824-1949-talbot-lago-t26c-belgium-gp-winner/ Hope you like it! Your comments are always appreciated. Thanks, Ismael
  4. Stunning! Thanks for sharing with us this beautiful model of a beautiful car.
  5. Very nice work on one of the most beautiful and lethal race cars of all time.
  6. Hello, Sorry I missed this thread before. Here is my 2016 LeMans GTE Pro class winner Ford GT using the Revell Germany kit as a starting point. Thanks, Ismael
  7. That's a beautiful livery! And very nicely done. Congrats!
  8. Love it! Very nice! And yes, the C7R kit is not for the faint of heart.
  9. Hello, For the windshield, I cut a small piece of acetate, shaped to form, cut 3 strips of the smallest half round stock I had and did 2 brackets from flatten solder. This is how it is looking now. It will eventually be tilted back as per references. Dash gap will also be addressed. The hood on this car is held by 4 inverted V shape elastic straps like seen on this reference drawing. Most likely a bungee type cord. So you take a piece of solder,1. Flatten it2. Cut to size3. Shape it4. Make the V with more solder and flatten the tip5. Crimp togetherAnd repeat 3 more times Also, the gas cap on the kit is a joke, like pretty much everything else but the main body and steering wheel. So I machined my own. Flattened a piece of solder that will eventually be the top latch.Entering the home stretch boys! It seems I WILL finish a model in 2022!!! Finally, here is a quick video on how it looks at about 80% done Thanks, Ismael
  10. Hello, Decals are done. Despite been a simple decal job that always bothers me. Indycals decals worked perfectly. I'll wait a day or two before putting a coat of clear over them. Finally found a use for that 8x8 timber The nose decal required some micro sol and some massaging. Thanks, Ismael
  11. Hello, Hopefully the last color coat... After an extensive search of over a year, at the last minute I finally found reference to the proper location of the pedals! Glad I did because my initial assumption was wrong. It has been corrected. The clutch pedal is on the far left all by itself, and the accelerator and brake pedals are very close together to the right. This will not be seen at all but you know I'm not normal. Thanks, Ismael
  12. Hello! To those of you who has older issues of the magazine: I'm trying to get all my mags together and in my mess I am missing many issues. Sometime in 2009 my '33 Chrysler Indy Pace Car was featured in the mag. For the life of me I can't find what issue it was. I finished that build in late 2008. In a conversation with the late Harry P. (miss him) in mid 2010 he mentioned my article "from a while ago". So I'm guessing it must have been published in 2009 or maybe early 2010. Can somebody check which issue has it? Thanks, Ismael
  13. Thank you! I'm planning the next phase which is to create a separate page for each one with more pictures and information. But that is a monumental task. Thanks, Ismael
  14. Hehe... I have Just that mine are crazy jet powered pure fantasies. But I'd like to do something more realistic like yours. http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/105077-164-lsr-salt-racer/ http://www.puertoriconet.com/models/hw.htm Thanks, Ismael
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