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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. Unfortunately, I just saw this thread. Joining tops and bottoms, then back to front is not something I'd advise in general, and not on this kit, which happens to be a dark beast of mine. You can see my last build on here. A combination of multi-part fuselage, thin plastic and aging molds seems to be the bane of this kit. I suggest you bridge that gap with plasticard before puttying (otherwise it's going to crack and crack and crack again) and check the fuselage for misalignment, as warping of the plastic may be the culprit here.
  2. I managed to bring this kit to a basic level of preparation, then losing heart.... Beware that the wing thickness is not the same, port to starboard, and the fuselage halves length also are not matching. Some parts are so crude, one wonders how the masters were. I recommend a Dremel to do the bulk of the job. Good luck!
  3. According to my source, it's not that the VS did not exist, it's that there were just a handful built and even less that made it to operational units. Personally I'd build one with as many "early" features as possible, to display alongside a postwar example. But that's me. IIRC the Xuntong kit already has the taller fins, a later configuration of the nose transparency and of the side windows for the gunner (earliest ones had a small round window, then three, then a single large window was introduced). So it's more an S with air brakes and it takes some work to get a VS out of it. The wheels are also of a later type, other than being horrible. Someone makes the early type in resin, can't remember who. Pick a photo of an -S you want to reproduce, and go from there. Details which may vary are the shape of the rear canopy (the movable part for the gunner), the presence or absence of the bulges around the engine cowlings, and the filters on the air intakes above them. FYI Massimo Tessitori has also a photo of a Tu-2 with air brakes on his site.
  4. Hi all, Cold War Studio don't seem to be in a hurry to release a nose for the mig-27 and their BN nose is the only game in town so far. So... In terms of general shape, could the bn nose be used to make a 27? I know probes etc. are different but I wondered whether one might be steeper or longer or whatever. Thank you for replying!
  5. Very nice start. I like how you swapped around the horse halves for variety. A word of caution... the sabres are extremely flimsy.
  6. That would be my advice as well - apart maybe from the rescribing - because I have a feeling that this kit is not to be put in the same room with drawings or, worse, photos of the real thing...
  7. Those 'spoilers' around the dive brakes puzzle me, I've never seen a picture of them but it does not automatically mean that the model must be wrong. Does anyone know more?
  8. It is nice although not 100% correct, and I like the way ICM engineers their kits nowadays, unfortunately I cannot justify buying yet another late-mark I-16. Sad.
  9. Nah. That thing looks like it could actually fly without being filled with helium... Not my cuppa.
  10. I think none of the French interwar multi-role made it, not even in resin. Which is a pity, because some were so bad they were good. Schneider 10M: Breguet 460: To recover your eyesight, the Chetverikov Che-2 which M-Avia never got around to making...
  11. Hi, just seen this one, you're clearly off to a good start. Isn't it funny? We're in the same situation as 20 years ago. The best 1/48 kit of the Duckbill around needs a multimedia correction set for the nose from an obscure cottage company.
  12. I like the idea and the craftsmanship. Don't worry about the tracks, they're not really in sight. It never occurred to me to make icicles with glue - I'd have used clear sprue!
  13. Cool, drivers of this might want to take notice: BTW see the shape of the side window? I saw one once in full F-117 markings, including a shadowed Holloman AFB code.
  14. On a dirty jalopy at the uni, "CAUTION: DO NOT WASH. This car is undergoing a scientific dirt test." Not a sticker, but my cousin's husband has a postcard stuck in the rear window of his vintage V8 Mercedes saying, "40% of children are conceived in a car". And I had silhouettes on the driver's door of my Suzuki SJ413 of the cars I had 'bagged' over the years: a Fiat Uno, a Fiat 131, an Alfa 146 and a Ford Scorpio. All minor fender-benders (and in the case of the Scorpio, the driver just backed into my bumper) but it did make people nervous at the traffic light...
  15. Ah, guys. Fireworks. My father had a side business of selling fireworks for ages. He had a regular licence (he sold fireworks to licensed shops and flares to nautical supply shops), but most of his customers didn't. Cue the telephone calls where the caller disconnected as soon as I said, "Hello", the prohibition that my friends set foot in the cellar or the loft, that night when my father was told a customer was busted and transferred all the stock into his brother-in-law's garage (brother-in-law was less than pleased), and in general the knowledge that one day the men in uniform would ring the bell and take my father out with manacled hands and a jacket over his head, like a Mafia boss, with the press taking snapshots (they don't do things by half when they make an arrest). So I'm pretty informed about the matter. One of the first things I do on the 1st of January is to check the war bulletin. An underrated danger is posed by unexploded fireworks being picked up to be disposed of, or to have "another go". One particularly gruesome story I remember was about a teen who was left like the protagonist of Johnny Got His Gun after the doctors tried in vain to save his eyes, his hands, and his left leg. But these things always happen to someone else...