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  • Birthday 06/16/1970

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    Ismael E. Gonzalez-Valentin

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  1. Hello, WOW! It WAS 3 years since last update! That makes this a simple 6 years project! But it is finally FINISHED!!! I started this in 2015 but it was until 2021 it was finished. Modified Hot Wheels Salt Shaker. I originally cut open the engine covers but glued them back to speed up the project. Scratchbuilt canopy, rear wing with supports and parachute. Machined parachute tube. Paint is 1956 Chevrolet Nassau blue (one of the many colors with that name). Gotta have a Chevy connection somewhere and the spoiler picture................ Thanks,
  2. Hello, First color check coat to reveal any problem spots. This will be sanded down almost completely. ABSOLUTELY LOVE this color! Thanks,
  3. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: PRESENTING... The 755 horsepower BEAST; the 2019 Corvette C7 ZR1 Hello, It is finally finished! My first completion of 2021, my first finished Corvette in over a year, my first non-blue street car in years. I'm glad it is finished. This is one of the worst projects I've ever done because of what I started with. A put a big effort and tried to take the best pictures, but this will go to the back of the shelf. This is a 5ft away model. Scalefinishes Sebring Orange paint Lower ride height Scratchbuilt rear wing Lower downforce aero package conversion (rear wing, front splitter) for top speed of 212 MPH About an acre of Carbon Fiber decal Added seatbelts Tinted glass to hide the hideous interior Home printed license plate, emblems and wall posters Thanks,
  4. IT IS FINISHED! Stay tuned for the reveal in about an hour! Thanks,
  5. Hello, By far and by the biggest margin my favorite part of this build so far: Thanks,
  6. Hello, After months of inactivity, there is finally some movement in my modeling workbench. So that toy spoiler will not cut it as mentioned before. And I want the car with the lower downforce package for top speed. That means the less aggressive low wing. This was part of the reason why this project was put away months ago. So after several tries, I finally scratchbuilt by own. Based on pictures of the real thing, I did some "eyeballing engineering". The design was drawn in paper, then transferred to sheet styrene. Shaped and tweaked. Then painted and finally covered in carbon fiber decal. Now started working the supports Without supports, just to check shape and width. Thanks,
  7. Thanks Randy! Alright, bear with me. By now there should be absolutely no doubt about me not been normal. After the ordeal of stripping an orange car to repaint in ... orange, it should be a matter of putting it back together, right? WRONG! The car came with an unusable toy rear spoiler that supposedly represents option ZTK (High Downforce aero package). That package also includes additional aero parts in the front splitter as you can see in this picture of the untouched model out of the package. This has 2 problems: First, No way I'm using that spoiler, Second (and here is the trouble) I want my ZR1 with the low downforce package for higher top speed. Not the ZTK High wing that reduces top speed from 212MPH to a mundane 202 MPH. So I need to make my own Low Wing rear spoiler. No sure yet on how to do that (I have some ideas I need to try) but that's another story. But in order to make it a lower downforce kit, the front splitter needs to be modified. Those aero fences must go. Problem is everything is molded in and very thick. I Also found out too late the body has notches to accommodate this. So here we go: I made 2 filler panels to address the notches in the body. Having I noticed this earlier I would have blended them before painting but these will do. The splitter was severely modified and it is now looking like this: I also opened the molded exhaust. The interior is beyond hope. Everything is molded in one piece and the seats are not only nowhere near what they should be, but probably the worst seats I've ever seen since my Tonkas of the 70's. I wonder how GM licensed this. It will all be black to hide it. There is a HUGE hole behind the seats. I made a paper template and transferred to sheet plastic. Will be painted black. Thanks,
  8. Hello, Sorry I did not update this thread. Let me get you up to speed: Last month my airbrush went on a rabid rampage that included clearcoating the ZR1. (The blue Viper is finished and posted in this forum.) I am really beginning to dislike working on diecasts. I do it only because of the subject. Anyways, this sucker is polished. For the life of me I can't get a painted diecast to polish like a plastic model despite using the same primer, paint, clear and technique. Don't know why. What? Two days on a single decal? No wonder I never finish anything.... So I made a tape template of the roof. Transferred to a SMS CF decal and carefully cut it. Carefully but frighten as hell I applied it. Decal Sol worked beautifully. Coated it with Future floor polish. Thanks, Ismael
  9. And by the way... 'nuff said... Thanks,
  10. Hello, Turning my attention to the huge mounting holes for the flimsy rear spoiler. Apoxie Sculpt and lots of filing. I miss styrene kits... Thanks,
  11. Hello, So much trouble and effort and I still haven't got to what would be the starting point if this was a plastic kit. Over a week of work in the stupid door gaps and I can't really and honestly say I'm 100% satisfied! After the doors I will need to focus my attention into the rear where the spoiler goes. Thanks,
  12. Hello, Back from the dead, after been painted a second time, it was cleared with good old single stage clear. To hell with 2K. Don't care for it and I don't want to see it again. Scalefinishes 500 series single stage clear. Mist, medium and wet coats. Now let it rest for a few years before polishing. Thanks,
  13. Thanks Gary! There is a C8 underway but it will take a LOT of work. It is posted in this section as well as in the other forum. https://race-car-models.proboards.com/thread/2215/2020-c8-corvette-24-scale Thanks!
  14. Hello, Spent like 3 days scratchbuilding my own racing harness. Pictures don't do it justice. All you see here is tape, wire, styrene from a disposable plate, white glue and I printed the logos. This is one of those things that will barely be seen but I really like how it turned out. So these cars have safety nets on both sides of the driver. Here is the kit's center net. That will not cut it. It looks more like prison bars. So I modified it as per the 1:1, plus scratchbuilt the left side (window) net. This will barely be seen. Making it functional is a waste as it will never be reached... Please play the video. This was done a while ago. The white hose is the drinking water line that connects to the helmet. Thanks,
  15. Hello, After a long hibernation, THIS ONE IS DONE!!! While I make sure in the pics it looks as good as it can be, the truth is that this model is nowhere near any of my others. I don't go to model shows. But if I did, this will most probably stay home. But I'm happy it is done. This one is dedicated to Bill Brown, a fellow modeler from the Scale Motorsports forum who passed away a few months ago. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, presenting my 2016 Viper GTS coupe. I adjusted the ride height but I still think it needs to be a tad lower in the back. But I tried to lower it more and the paint chipped very ugly in the wheel well. So I think it is what it is. Home printed inspection sticker, license plate and 3rd brake light. Emblems shaved off. Scalefinishes Viper GTS blue. Interior is nothing to write home about. Flocking carpeting and seat belts were added. And the reason for this build: I envisioned this picture in my mind when I finished the Ford GT last year. My 3 American 2 seater powerhouses From left to right, Night street racer (2 extra cylinders), Top Speed toy (2 missing cylinders), Daily driver and weekend toy (correct number of cylinders) 2017, 2016, 2015 model years respectively Hope you like it. What do you think? Thanks,
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