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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 topic in On The Workbench   

    Corvette C7R
       Despite having some restarted projects, the truth is I haven't finished a model car since 2008.  It's been years since a model release had me excited. But it finally did!

    And LIFTOFF! We are officially back!

    The molded nose emblem was the first casualty.
    My plan is to do a 2016 Daytona (or maybe, just maybe, a Sebring) car. 
    Several modifications are required to bring the kit to 2016 specs.  
     I started warming up with the hood.  Note the hood pins were drilled out.

    I don't plan to go crazy with this one. Just a curbside build.  
    Times have changed. I no longer have the luxury of lots of  spare time so this will be rather slow but I'm happy to be back.
    I blame Jay Savarese and Jim Drew for this.....  
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  2. ismaelg added a topic in Contests and Shows   

    13th Caribbean Scale Auto Expo
      I've been away from the workbench for a long time but I still support the hobby!   If you are in Puerto Rico Sunday, November 6th, we will have the 13th annual Caribbean Scale Auto Expo in the Samuel Rodriguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas.
    Here is the promo video made by yours truly.  It is in Spanish but you get the idea.
    Hope to see you there!
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  3. ismaelg added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    1/64 rocket LSR (Land speed Record)
      I have always been fascinated by Land Speed Record vehicles.  One of my favorite Hot Wheels of all time is the Tricar X8 rocket vehicle.  I rescued an worn out specimen and I'll try own LSR design.  Let's see how this goes!


    Not sure where this is going, but it is certainly not going back to original.

    After the right side is done, I'll have to mirror the mods to the left.
    And that's where we are!  I have some rough sketches and a good idea on how I want it to end up looking.....
     What do you think?

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  4. ismaelg added a topic in Diecast and Resincast Models   

    My first hot Wheels video
       Not really sure if this is relevant in this forum, but this is my first video review of a particular Hot Wheels. Of course the first had to be of my all time favorite, the Jet Threat and its variations. 
    I hope you like it and your feedback is appreciated.  
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  5. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

       With all the work in the body, I forgot the rest of the car!   While cleaning up some overspray of the stripes painting, a minor boo-boo happened and the white needs to be retouched in a small area.  Took a break from the body and did the interior. 
    The interior of this special edition car is diamond blue leather and dark grey.  
    The Heads Up Display projector, center console screen, AC display and instrument cluster all have acetate "glass".  Added scratchbuilt seatbelts, buckles, latches and door leather trim.  Flocked carpets.  Suede in the steering wheel, shifter boot and parking brake boot simulated with acrylic grey and drybrushed white.  Didn't bother with the back as it won't be seen. The passenger seat is still loose that's why it looks a bit crooked. I'll fix that tomorrow.  Not bad for a 9 part snapper interior....
    I'll put it aside and come back later to it to see if anything else is missing.......

    Hope you approve. What do you think?
    PS> Forgot to mention, the instruments face is a scaled and printed picture of the real thing. you can't see it but the odometer reads 39 miles
  6. ismaelg added a post in a topic 1936 Ford Custom Small Update-2/21/2016   

    Hey!   I had not seen this!  
    Welcome back!  Good to see we are coming out of hibernation
    Looking good so far. May suggest a color?  how about...... BLUE?  
  7. ismaelg added a post in a topic Tamiya Porsche 993 GT2 With Hobby Design Detail Kit   

    Excellent build so far!
    Question: Where or how to get those magnets?  I've been trying to find something like that for a while.
  8. ismaelg added a post in a topic C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit (1/17/16 update: First burst of color)   

        First burst of color....  Still a long way to go.
    Scalefinishes G7H Laguna Blue 

    What do you think? 
  9. ismaelg added a post in a topic C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit (1/17/16 update: First burst of color)   

     I experimented doing an exhaust tip in brass. 

     It kinda looks like gold plated. But I'll keep the aluminum ones.
  10. ismaelg added a post in a topic C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit (1/17/16 update: First burst of color)   

       I removed the whole area where the molded exhaust was.  I then machined a set of exhaust tips. Had a hard time but was able to get them slanted consistently like the real one.  Had to make 5 tips because I moved then with  tweezers  and one flew into oblivion straight to another dimension, never to be found.....

    Will most likely mount in a flat piece and mount from the back.
    This is the only modification. everything else will be box stock.  That's my story and I'll stick to it...
  11. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Hello and Happy New Year everybody!
      Started the year doing the Happy Dance!
    The 2013 Corvette 60th Anniversary package mentions the stripes are silver blue pearl, but I couldn't find anywhere a reference for the color code.  I'm not even sure they are painted. Could be factory decals. I've seen it in person and it looks more silver than blue. I'd call it "blueish silver" 
    Anyways, I mixed my own silver blue from Cobra Colors Argento Nurburgring Mettalic and Azzurro California Metallic, both Ferrari colors, and a touch of MCW Corvette Marina blue.  It better work  because I won't be able to duplicate it again.

    The paint went on very smooth and before removing the tape, I airbrushed a light coat of Cobra Colors Giallo Midas Pearl top coat and a mist of Cobra Colors Hi-Gloss clear. Too bad after maybe 8 or more years of been out of business, I only have enough Cobra Colors Clear left for maybe a coat or two.  

    Looks silver in the pics but it does have a light blue tint to it.
    The tape was carefully removed. Minor overspray to cleanup but no big deal.  After cleanup, I'll apply a coat or two of clear before final polish.  
    Ohh wait, I have the rest of the car to work on!
    Very happy as to how it is going so far.
  12. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Happy 2016!
    Let the masking begin!!!!!
    I've never claimed to be normal. That been said, I hate decals. There are no decals available for this, but even if they were,  I'd rather mask and paint than using the dreaded, stupid, evil, and hated decals.
    Did I say I hate decals?  Just to be clear, I HATE DECALS!
    Anyways, after painting, clearcoating and a light polish,   I started the painfully slow process of masking for the silver blue stripes. With the limited modeling time, you are looking here at 3 days of work.  It may still need a tweak or two but it is almost there.  Particularly proud of the very thin lines on top of the hood.
    Going out for New Year's celebrations with family so I won't be back for a few days.
    See you next year!


  13. ismaelg added a post in a topic C7 Corvette: Revell snap kit (1/17/16 update: First burst of color)   

    Hello everybody,
    After 4 months, I got a bit more time. After mold lines were addressed, more primer was applied.  I now started polishing the primer. This will also reveal creases and high spots where care needs to be taken.  Those areas will be addressed and painted first to buildup a bit more paint thickness.  Have you ever polished a paint and rub thru the bare plastic? UGH!

    What's this?  weren't there molded exhaust tips there?  I Couldn't help it. I drilled them out.....
  14. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Hello everybody,
    Finally had a few minutes after months of inactivity.  Finished with what I think is the last coat of paint. Cobra colors Arctic White lacquer.  Lost count but I think this was the 5th or 6th coat.  It is so smooth it doesn't need to be touched before clear. Love that paint!  My plan is to clear the body before masking and painting the stripes. then a bit more clear over the stripes. But that is still far away.

    And yes, white is very hard to photograph. Looks better in person....
  15. ismaelg added a post in a topic 2013 60th Anniversary Corvette 427 Convertible   

    Hello Bernard!
         Sorry I've been away so long.  Almost no progress in this project (or any other) since September.  Thanks for the link!  I immediately was about to order a set (or 2) of those wheels but they are out of stock. BUMMER
        About the stripes, I plan to mask and paint them, since I don't like to work with decals. Ok, I HATE decals.  As for the emblems, I haven't got that far yet but I used to "design" and print my own way back when.  
        As of now, I'll be happy just to finish the white base.....