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      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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  1. oooooh... nicely pilfered and even nicelierally executed. It's great watching this all come together, particularly as you are not afraid to jump into new skills with both feet and no parachute. The BT has turned out remarkably well... well, better than that actually. One thing to be aware of coming down the pike is that once you cut the bottom door out, the structure will become a bit, maybe considerably flimsier. I'd start thinking ab out ways to add any internal cross bracing to add some rigidity back not so much sad as WTF !!!!
  2. probably more towards the pork side, but I wouldn't say it was at all fishy.
  3. and.... now it's back again
  4. given your current state of globular pillockry, and in keeping with my memberary title - you do realize that you have drawn the station positions on the outside of the airframe don't you ? We wouldn't want you to go sticking all those frames on the exterior structure - it might interfere with the sleek aerodynamicalness of this lithe beast. you're welcome!
  5. Dell something or other, Win 10, Firefox and all latest fixes/patches etc. Have to log in each time I visit - just started happening this weekend and now it's working okay
  6. understandable. I dunno what's going on. As I said previously, I had issues trying to view photo's on this site this morning and I've seen at least one other post in another thread today talking about the same issue.
  7. stunning as always
  8. Nigel, I've never used Botophu.. oops these are all hosted on Postimage.org looks like our Pete can see them okay. I was having problems with BM this morning with pictures not loading no matter where they were hosted - seems to have sorted itself out now though now that you mention it, it does bear a passing resemblance doesn't it
  9. Very nice again. I must admit to still being just a tad confused as to what is going on, but I am sure the next post or two will put me straight
  10. okay... vacation over and now it's time to get back to the real world. Fortunately I managed to avoid that for a few hours this morning by quickly heading to the basement before anyone noticed I was up and about, and made some modeling advancement in a generally forwards facing direction. While the side frames are being manufactured I had a look around to see what else I could be phaffing about with in the mean time. I have a habit of jumping around in builds, particularly as I find my focus starts to wander a bit when I've been on the same thing for too long. I found a nice piece of potential scratch build in the form of some rotating ventilators that are perched on top of the roof. I had a basic drawing of the ventilators but was missing some vital information - thankfully some kind folks on the rmweb forum provided me with pictures which showed exactly the detail I was missing. I started out by turning the basic form on my lathe before realizing that I was making things difficult for myself. The shape of the ventilator can be seen below - the basic form is a circle tapering from two tangents towards a flat edge. On the lathe, I can only form circular shapes so there would have been a lot of joining and shaping to do. There was a much easier way.... I grabbed a piece of 1/8th inch styrene, drew out the shape on that and then cut and filed to size - that can be seen in the bottom of the picture. After that it was fairly easy to get to the shape I wanted - just one step at a time. (Numbers below refer to the sections in the photo below) 1) If you look at the side view in the photo above, you can see that there is a small lip on the underside - that was achieved by simply gluing another piece of styrene sheet on the bottom surface, cutting roughly to shape then using a file to bring the profile into line. 2) It's a vent innit? Therefore it has some ducting that goes through the roof into the car below. - I rummaged around in my spares box and found a tubular thingy that was the perfect diameter. (I think this was part of the Wessex gearbox that Italeri tried to pawn off on me). All that was needed was to notch a thin slice around half of the end, and that fitted nicely onto the underside of the now, almost recognizable ventilator 3) Perhaps the most difficult operations in scratching this part were 1) shaping the downwards taper towards the rear of the ventilator - trying to keep that nice and even, and 2) Cutting two slots through the ventilator. Cutting the slots was easy - it was keeping them straight and parallel that was the difficult part - that and not breaking off the thin outer edge. Now, why did I want to cut slots in it anyway ? 4) Well, the ventilator has two fins to help direct it into the airflow, and rather than trying to profile ridiculously small pieces of styrene to the exact profile of the ventilator, it was a much easier prospect to just cut a slot and then feed in a section of flat sheet, then... 5) Once the glue had set, it was just a little bit of care and some gentle filing to produce the two fins. All in all, an enjoyable piece of scratching. The thickness of the fins are slightly out of scale, but some concessions have to be made to scale effect here - plus I intend to cast these in resin so I wanted a reasonable chance of the fins being able to be filled inside the mold. Then it was time to add the final detailing. I drilled a small recess in the top and fitted a resin bolt head Followed by a quick squirt of primer to see what needs tidying up before making the mold. (thankfully not too much!). (Ignore the forward fin below - it's the paint and sanding that makes it look ragged in the photo - it's perfectly fine.... trust me, I'm an enginee not fibbing! Then it was out with my recently acquired Lego set to make up the mold base - I finally got fed up with having to search and scrounge for some kind of container every time I needed to make a mold ... and silicone poured. That will be ready tomorrow and then we'll see how successful the whole enterprise was. After that was set aside, I had a quick attempt at mocking up a torpedo vent - mainly to see how feasible it will be to make the gazillion of these little blighters that adorn the roof of Car 310. This was scratched (fairly obviously) from a piece of scrap runner, a punched styrene disc, and a piece of brass tube cut to length and squashed in the vise. While making just one of them wasn't too bad, I can see me getting mightily de-mojo-ed and quickly losing the will to live by the time I reach number three, if not sooner. I think I'll fettle the torpedo a bit more (or make another one), and once happy with the shape, I shall be casting the little boogers in resin - much easier. Punching the discs and cutting/squeezing the brass tube I can live with. and here endeth todays adventures in Tales From A Basement. Other tales are available.
  11. nice to see you back in the fold Steve. Nice work as always in the casting and improving all those kit parts.
  12. lovely work Bill. Still astounded by those seats I am. and so are we.... immensely
  13. that's how I'd approach it and if possible find some feature that you can use to create an overlapped joint rather than just butt joining all the way around ditto. 5 minute has it's uses - but not for this. dunno but it seems like he's taken a shine to it
  14. excellent job on the seats Bill. When I'm casting I generally fill about 75% then have a rummage around inside the mold with a cocktail stick trying to ensure that I poke into all those hard to reach crevices and wotnots, then top up with the remaining 25% It can be a bit of a challenge in this heat where I find that the resin starts to go off in around 60 seconds, but it seems to help eliminate some of those bubbles and voids on the finished part
  15. ah... so it's not just me then