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    • Mike

      PhotoBucket are no longer permitting 3rd party hosting   01/07/17

      As most of you are now painfully aware, Photobucket (PB) are stopping/have stopped allowing their members to link their accumulated years of photos into forums and the like, which they call 3rd party linking.  You can give them a non-refundable $399 a year to allow links, but I doubt that many will be rushing to take them up on that offer.  If you've previously paid them for the Pro account, it looks like you've got until your renewal to find another place to host your files, but you too will be subject to this ban unless you fork over a lot of cash.   PB seem to be making a concerted move to another type of customer, having been the butt of much displeasure over the years of a constantly worsening user interface, sloth and advertising pop-ups, with the result that they clearly don't give a hoot about the free members anymore.  If you don't have web space included in your internet package, you need to start looking for another photo host, but choose carefully, as some may follow suit and ditch their "free" members at some point.  The lesson there is keep local backups on your hard drive of everything you upload, so you can walk away if the same thing happens.   There's a thread on the subject here, so please use that to curse them, look for solutions or generall grouse about their mental capacity.   Not a nice situation for the forum users that hosted all their photos there, and there will now be a host of useless threads that relied heavily on photos from PB, but as there's not much we can do other than petition for a more equitable solution, I suggest we make the best of what we have and move on.  One thing is for certain.  It won't win them any friends, but they may not care at this point.    Mike.

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  2. Hello Jack that sounds good and will work for your purposes. As for your question the best description i can give for eastern front hasty airfields either during german advance in Op. Barbarossa, or there sometimes hasty retreat. As well as for Russian airfields, during the same time frame. As for shape i've seen semi circle, 1/2 hexagonal/octagonal, and squarish/trapezoidal shapes. No hard runways/taxiways unless occupying a captured field. German hardstands were usually floored with rough sawn wooden planks. Think trees cut into semi flat boards. Laid down on the ground to keep planes/ground crew out of dirt. But taxiways/runways were usually wide flat areas of earth. Sometimes the revetments were dug down a little with mounded earth and vertical logs (think fireplace size) to make a hasty revetment sometimes not. Sometimes camouflage netting or parking in stands of trees would be used. Ground crews slept close to the plane in trench/foxhole. These were used on an ad/hoc basis. I've heard the front moved so fast sometimes they would move 1-2 times a day. The germans sometimes flew 3-4 sorties a day. Soviets would try to use the same fields abandoned by the germans during the Retreat. Easier to use because its less work. Hope this helps give a better picture Dennis
  3. That's very nice, especially the paintwork.
  4. Last week
  5. Superb job there. Very realistic aging. And some of those rusty old trucks and cars you see out there are worth a fortune. Rearguards, Badder
  6. Wow Dennis I Need to pronto your post and use It as reference! My interest Is over small dioramas for fighters. English german or russian in temporary airfields. The front was moving a lot in eastern Europe so I immagine temporary airfields were common I have more detailed questions: How were the russian temporary airfields ? Anything particular? Metallic or wooden platform? For parking only? Shape, used by all' forces ? How common? 1:72 pilots After crash setting or Just general? Which are the best available? Hagesawa has One with different pilots but except 1 they just stand. Airfix raf personnel its from the done Age and heller lutwaffe looks old. Revello 1:72 seems rare as the holy grail... Any other ? In the end I did 2things: 1) 1£photo frame and made few interchangeable grass Mats. Just display not real diorama. 2) base with filler, coffe powder and Paint. On top a mix of scatter grass and static. Then I used a zvezda aircobra and zvezda crew . I have super Little experience but this was Easy and amazingly cheap. Thanks!
  7. Hi, peeps. In the past I've glued crushed herbs to nylon monofilament in a random 'sherbet dib-dab' way, (you young ones probably won't get that, so ask your parents) but I wasn't sure if it was possible to glue individual paper leaves and get them to a) stick, and b) stick where I wanted them. So I carried out a feasibility test. The results can be seen below. The whole structure has dried, and as was the case before, the paper has now taken on a plastic-like quality and the leaves are resilient to anything short of deliberate rough handling. The leaves though are much too close together to be realistically tree-like, so this 'branch' will be going onto the building as 'ivy', probably creeping out onto the rear wall. For a tree, I will have to space the leaves out more, sprouting out from the twigs either in opposing pairs, or alternating left and right. TFL Badder
  8. Great work! I love them both, but despite its age, the truck wins for me!
  9. You've done a great job there. Tumble weed is the only thing missing . Thanks for showing !
  10. Hi all, this is just to see if I have mastered downloading from Flickr. The inspiration for this vignette is from when my wife and I drove from Boston to San Francisco a couple of years ago. When we were travelling across the praries in South Dakota, Wyoming and the high desert in Nevada, we came across very many small farms and homes where all the time expired vehicles were lined up outside. These included trucks, cars, tractors and other farm machinery. I am not sure if they were for sale, but most likely had no value so were just left outside. The truck is a very old (1950's) model by Revell. I had one when I was a youth, and in those days did what we all did, threw it up in the air, squirted tube glue at in and it fell on the table made (sort of)! I picked this one up at a model show as I was interested in seeing what it was like. As per most old kits it is very basic, having no windscreen or glass, and not much in the way of detail. So I decided to make it as a derelict, unloved, weathered vehicle covered in bird muck and rust. You cannot see some of the smaller details in the photo such as the spring sticking through the seat and the bald patches on the tyres. You can just see the wire hanging from the broken headlight. The car is the Tamiya staff car which I believe is a Ford but correct me if I am wrong. This is made straight from the box and weathered like the truck. Thanks for looking.
  11. Thanks guys. Badder, Yes, they are from my spare box (Miniart house accessories).
  12. Very nice Herald (and Mini) dio! My father has a Herald 13/60 (1967 model) in his garage. It has been left there since the beginning of the 90'th. It is in perfect original condition. (The roof has never been removed). I would like to make a copy of this. If I manage to find the right kits I can make a copy of the garage. It also contains a 97 MGF and a 2005 Rover 75. (Yes, British cars are great!) 8-)
  13. Fantastic diorama. I can't fault it. I feel sorry for the puppy though. BTW, I wonder if MiniArt know about their lantern and window frame designs being plagiarised? Or were they actually spares from a MiniArt kit? Reargaurds, Badder
  14. Very nice indeed.
  15. Hi all another update
  16. That is exceptionally good!
  17. I've trimmed my 'bush'. I removed a fair few of the innermost twigs, and those twigs which were too long and lacking in twiglets. As the Privet is still 'green' I also managed to bend out one of the larger 'boughs' to even up the silhouette of the tree, then secured it in position permanently with CA. Having said all that, it has always been my intention to place this tree fairly close to one end of the building, so there's a 'flat spot' on that side of the tree closest to it. Further trimming may be required, but for now I shall give the tree a good dose of 50:50 water:PVA. Once the PVA is dry I'm going to thicken the trunk and the main boughs using Miliput. I will be leaving some of the real wood exposed though. TFL Badder I
  18. Hi guys, here is my last diorama titled "The calm before the storm", Germany, March 1945. It's in 1/35 scale. Figures by Alpine Miniatures and Platoon, ruin house by Custom Dioramics , the 251 by Afv Club. I built it some time ago. I hopo you like it. Now I'm searching new modelling ispiration.... mike
  19. Hi Badder, I like build diorama, it's my main modelling interest. I going to insert some photos of my works in this section forum. Mike
  20. Dunno what's going on with my laptop but photos are either not showing up, or taking absolutely ages to load up. Hopefully YOU can all see them! Because here we go with the 'BIG TREE'. I visited a fly-tipping site looking for some suitable 'wood' for a tree trunk and came across a heap of garden cuttings... mostly 'Old Man's Beard' and some shrub/tree cuttings which may or may not be Privet. I can't be arsed to look the latter up on the interrupternet. The Privet, or whatever it is, had been trimmed back on a very regular basis, and so has tonnes of new growth at the extremities. We are talking a 'Gorgon's Head' of twigs. This should provide a great number of options for the tree's silhouette and require that I need add very few extra branches, if any. In fact, my first job will be to lop a lot of the excess growth off. I've also purchased some Maxima Nylon Monofilament fishing line, in 2lb and 6lb breaking strains. The two spools will give me 200m of line in total. More than enough to make this tree and a few more! The next important component I already had: a spool of 'Gardener's Twine'. This twine has a wire core and a wrap around 'paper' outer. It's great stuff for making extra branches, and more importantly for securing 'twigs' to branches. Having the paper wrapping, it absorbs CA and PVA and having the wire core it can be bent, twisted, knotted and looped, and as such is the perfect material for fixing to and embellishing the actual wood armature. Those of you who saw my 'Carry on Regardless' WIP before Photorhymingslang kindly stopped 3rd party hosting, will know my technique, but I have modified it slightly since, and now of course I will be using a completely different material for the leaves. For those who never saw the WIP, I hope you find the following very useful. Maybe you'll take up the technique and never buy those horrible clumpy foamy plastic 'miniature railway trees' again. So, here's the fishing line and the 'Gardener's Twine'. If you look very closely at the end of the twine you'll see the wire core which I exposed. The 200m of line came to 8 quid exactly. There are other brands and breaking strains but Maxima is relatively cheap, reddish brown rather than green or transparent and is quite stiff in short lengths. I purchased the 6lb for the bigger 'twigs' and the 2lb for the finer twigs as the latter should droop more under the weight of the leaves. And here's the Privet. I expect I will be using some Miliput and putty to thicken up some areas of the trunk and boughs. As for the leaves, well, there's my snowflake punch and I'm thinking of using a slightly different 'cut' from the snowflakes to make them look different from the 'ivy'. TFL Badder
  21. Thanks for the info Mike, I shall have to have a gander at their other kits. And as promised you get another 'like'. Do you plan on doing anything larger? Rearguards, Badder
  22. Hi Badder, thanks for your comment. The two Russians are fighting at last assault to Berlin during 1945. The figures were made by Stalingrad and the base was made by Darius Miniatures. All in 1/35 scale, resin. I painted all the elements with Vallejo colours and weathered the base with AK Interactive products. Thanks. Mike Thank you so much Gorby.
  23. Excellent little scene. very well painted/weathered and exceptionally well displayed.
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