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  • Birthday 06/16/1970

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    Ismael E. Gonzalez-Valentin

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  1. No. This is the town of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. Thank you all! Trying to see if I can get a bigger scan of the picture with cars at a distance in the left. Thanks, Ismael
  2. Hello gang! I'm working with old photographs for a local project. One of the tasks is identifying a timeframe. Here is an example: Identified as 1900 On more recent pictures, Can you help confirm the years of these vehicles? Is this a '66 Impala? 1971 Datsun? '64 Chevy truck in the back? Ford truck in the middle? Cars on the left are too small. 1967 International Loadstar? What about the roofline of the car in front of the building? Bonus: Are these horses 1898 model years? 🙂 This pic was researched to be from 1898, same street Thanks, Ismael
  3. Hello, This one is FINISHED! Honestly, there was really not much interest in this subject in any of the 4 forums I posted it in so I skipped the last few updates. The canopy was a whole project in itself. The cockpit rotates gyroscopically to maintain orientation regardless of the position of the ship (which makes little sense in space as there is no up or down...) Here is the snap toy from 1983. Took it out for a spin. "Locked S-Foils in Attack Position" Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! KABOOM! Hope you like it. Thanks, Ismael
  4. Hello, Getting closer to the finish. Lots of fun hand painting this guy: Added an escape T handle, canopy rails, targeting computer, 2 control sticks, a display screen, cabin lights... Painted and detailed the blaster guns An idea on size: Thanks, Ismael
  5. Hello, I understand this topic is not the cup of tea of the forum but I hope you can at least pickup some ideas or get your curiosity going. Now, each one of these is lethal. But all four in a vehicle? That's carrying a punch! Thanks, Ismael
  6. Hello, Started the weathering. You can see the untouched body compared to the wings in process. In process, but you get the idea. Thanks, Ismael
  7. Hello, First burst of color! Two days of masking for 10 minutes of airbrushing. The flat white base is actually primer that was slightly sanded. The gray is Humbrol enamel. Love those little tin cans! The roundels are Corvette (Chevrolet) engine red. There has to be a Corvette reference somewhere! The roundels are not decals. I cut my own in Tamiya wide masking tape. I insist the scheme looks like a japanese zero from WWII, but that's what the references indicate. The weathering should tone down a bit the searing red. Thanks, Ismael
  8. Thank you guys! Simon, by all means your feedback is greatly appreciated! I am still struggling with that canopy. I do have another idea I want to try next. Fortunately, the canopy is separated from the rest of the build so everything else can progress separately. Thanks, Ismael
  9. Hello, This model has no "landing gear". Let's not forget this is an MPC snap tite model from 1983 designed to be assembled quickly to play with. So, taking a bit of an artistic license and inspired by the X-wing landing gear, I came up with this: You are looking at 2 days of work here. Aluminum, brass, plastic and lots of determination. Test fitted: Minor tweaking still needed but getting there. Just to put it in perspective: I have to say I'm happy with it so far. Finally, I machined these 2 washer like thingies for a precision tight fit and pinned the front plate. But wait, there's more! If you are going to be a blaster, be a BLASTER! I think I am getting closer to paint and assembly. Thanks, Ismael
  10. Hello, Kit's original design vs my way. The kit calls for the wings to be assembled into the swing axle. That is a problem to work seams and make sure the wings are smooth. So I re-engineered the kit to finish the wings first, then mount on the swing axle. First, the front plate needs to be removed Kit's original instructions: My re-design: Thanks, Ismael
  11. Hello, Thanks Tom! So this part goes at the bottom of the ship. It is supposed to represent another cannon like that ones on the wings and the broken part was supposed to be a Heavy Laser Cannon which is actually longer than the regular cannon. It is also missing the Precision Targeting Laser. Sh*t is getting serious! This sucker is carrying quite a heavy punch! They are out of alignment as these are not fixed in position yet. They'll be straight in the final product. Thanks, Ismael
  12. Hello, SW7A Cannons with their respective Precision Targeting Lasers. (Not yet fixed in place so not perfectly aligned yet) Don't let the beauty fool you. This is a lethal weapons platform. Need to remove the molded ones from the other wing. I think you can tell the difference, can you? Canopy design #9, modified autoblaster Thanks, Ismael
  13. Hello, Can you tell the difference between the box stock and my scratchbuilt brass and aluminum Precision Targeting Laser? It is about 10mm long. The challenge now is to do 2 more identical ones.Also modified the GH72 Autoblaster After the PTLs the real fun will begin: Making 3 SW-7A Ion Cannons...Thanks,Ismael
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