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      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. I took some better pictures of progress. Here's the frame, which has had a few fasteners touched in silver, and a burnish with graphite to tone down the gold a little: And the two sets of armour that wrap it top and bottom: I think the yellow has ended up a bit "great big digger" but I like how it looks, and the damage is all quite fine so you don't see it until you get closer. I also finished up the cockpit. It didn't close cleanly so I've sawn the peg off the top of the glazing. That fits into the headlamp thing and provides the glass for that, but now they don't need to work together and I can just glue the canopy in place - it fits nicely apart from the hinge issues. I also domed the two displays (search and track radar!) with X-22 clear and added a little less to the three blue lamp cluster things. The kit includes an okay-ish prepainted pilot, who I can either repaint or leave out. I won't be able to change my mind later either... I should probably add a harness either way. The legs look quite good now - cleaning up the thighs was the worst bit and I've left them a bit lumpy, but they're so matt it's hard to see There are also these grey bits which form the roll bar and add attachment points to the frame. There's a bit of decal silvering evident (which isn't surprising) so I might need to poke some holes and very carefully add some Extra-Thin to kill that now that it's under the varnish. I have one detail to hand-paint - the little calipers on the brake discs - and then I can open the holes and put some things together. I've also finished some decent looking engine bells but they're so hard to photograph when they aren't attached to anything, so I didn't! Cheers, Will
  2. Four A4 sheets of Games Workshop decals I found at a good price. Half Tau, half Adeptus Mechanicus. The former are useful for generic sci-fi, the latter will be great for 40K as they have loads of greek letters, gothic numbers etc. Cheers, Will
  3. I love those, especially the massive beam cannon thing on the tiny wolf (fox?) The gatlings don't look super-aerodynamic. The kit provides some little launchers for the chest which I really like, and a couple of AA missiles on a mount above the wings which I'm not sure about - they would appear to hit the Zoid in the back of the head on launching! That's aside from the giant beam cannons, six-missile racks, and bomb-filled legs which I've already put to one side as "ludicrous" Will
  4. Sorry these aren't great pics, I had a long modelling session this evening and didn't take any photos until the end. I have: Decalled various bits with a mix of the kit decals and some from Bandai HG Zeon sheet. Used Tamiya panel line washes (brown/grey/black depending on the colour of the part) with a degree of trepidation but seem to have got away with it. Drybrushed the edges (joy!) of everything which either pale yellow, pale grey, or white. And finally sponged and in spots brushed on some chips and added two coats of Alclad Klear Flat. I also painted the cockpit interior, which is rather plush and leathery I need to go back and touch up some of the still-blue-plastic chips later but this is a good place to be. I also haven't done anything towards fitting it together. I forgot to say - after all the masking I also masked and painted the leading edges of the wings in steel-ish Alclad. Which looks pretty cool actually! I haven't done any other finishing on the wings yet though, that's a job for tomorrow. There are also a load of weapon and booster parts to look at - they all have base colours but most haven't got past that stage. Cheers, Will
  5. I'm bone tired so don't have any puns to offer, sorry. Love the head, it could be a servo skull from WH40K. Even more impressive that it's so big Do I spy some Meccano in those brackets? Cheers, Will
  6. That's a good upgrade, excellent way to take advantage of a mini-disaster. I think it helps a lot with the scale too, it looks bigger automatically because the "window" is small. Will
  7. Thanks! They were inspired by Maxime Pastourel's awesome Nurgle army which you can see here: https://www.warhammer-community.com/2017/06/22/army-showcase-maxime-pastourels-plague-marines-june22gw-homepage-post-4/ The water/sludge is just a bit of green paint mixed with glaze medium. I did the first two smooth but then found some part-set water (I had some water mix covered for a couple of days and forgot about it) and that made a nice lumpy effect so I've been doing them all like that. Cheers, sorry about your tea though W
  8. These are really cool, I love the idea of the diorama with all the wires. I think it's nice that even the pods they come in are nicely designed + moulded items that you can use in the build. There was a terrific dio in one of the Japanese magazines showing the 1/35 Core Fighter being debugged in its Core Block form. Cables everywhere, desks and PCs, and the best bit was that it was *covered* in post-it notes. Looked so good Cheers, Will
  9. Thanks for the movies, will have a look tomorrow lunchtime. I loved the toys as a lad after seeing the ones you could send off for on the back of Monster Munch packets. They were this legendary unobtainable thing (we didn't eat a lot of crisps) and it felt like an age before I finally saw one in Robert Sayles in Cambridge. I've done a bit of washing of the bits - I used acrylics on the frame for safety, and tried enamels on the armour pieces since acrylics didn't work well there. So far that seems to be working and the brown wash is definitely reinforcing the digger look. I am really worried about final assembly though - the fit was tight and is now tighter, so I'll need to ream some holes or sand the pegs. I noticed some cracks opening up around the joints even on the unpainted parts. The chipping paint is also a PITA and is going to need a fair bit of touching up. Still, it's a robot dinosaur and automatically worth some amount of suffering Will
  10. Worn is tempting - rust looks *great* on yellow - but I think you're right that heavy wear probably isn't quite appropriate. I think some aircraft-style weathering is the way to go, especially as I think it's going to be perching or flying when done. First I need to finish a few painting tasks and look out some decals though. There are decals in the kit (yay!) but I'll probably add some more stencils. I've just acquired a load of GW Tau and AdMech decals and the Tau logos might be good on this. Cheers, Will
  11. I wasn't able to get any more Gunship Grey 2, so I picked up some Grauviolet instead since it's quite close. I sealed the tape with the yellow, then sprayed a coat of grey primer to touch up the yellow bits, a coat of Grauviolet and then two thin topcoats of the dregs of the Gunship Grey 2. I had a bit left in the paint cup so mixed in a lighter grey and some thinner to paint some fading. Not very exciting but good on the knuckles which have a big flat surface. Then the dreaded unmasking: It's not half bad! There are some places to touch up on the perpendicular (small) grey surfaces, but that's OK as I can do it with a brush and Citadel paints, and there's no need to blend across a large area I also have a few spots where the paint has chipped (to the plastic!) from not being careful enough with tweezers or the tape scissors. Maybe I should've washed the parts, I suppose it was lurking in a box for a while, but normally the lacquers hold quite well. Again, not a big deal since I can weather it and hide the chips with more chips. I also did the metal bits, here's the frame: All Alclad paints, with Dark Aluminium, Pale Gold, Pale Burnt Metal in increasingly finer areas, plus some messing about with Hot Metal Blue and a mist of White Aluminium to help bring it together. It's a bit "80s luxury hotel" at the moment but should look OK when toned down and seen peeking out between the armour bits. I also sorted out the head stripe, mostly - I still need to re-mask and respray the white topcoat. Cheers, Will
  12. "Trainer Yellow" is definitely a thing I like the look of that radome but I'll need to find a much bigger one than I've got, or make something custom. Is there a recommended Zoids anime? Most of what I've seen in clips has been pretty bloody awful This morning I spent an hour or so masking the wings: Quite fiddly, where I judge the demarcation to be is very 3D - not a nice clean interface, especially on the inner wings. Looking at the pic I should probably mask off that little "flap" tucked into the leading edge as well. There's more masking later if I want the metal leading edges, which do look quite cool. Hmm... Cheers, Will
  13. Thanks! It's mostly a fine paintbrush, optivisor and an over-active imagination I've just recovered from a nasty bout of sinusitis and the contents of my hankie were useful reference for the icky zombies... W
  14. They're from HLJ - I got the ones from Sujbori Do as they were cheap and in stock: http://hlj.com/product/SJDSG0010 except I had a mixture of sizes - maybe small and medium? I think I slipped them into another order as they don't weigh much at all. The stand is also from there, although the polypropylene foam block is really good too. It doesn't look as "pro" though. I believe Tim Mather makes his own from bags of alligator clips and bamboo skewers, but the pre-made ones are very cheap and convenient. I thought it was my own design at least! The Helic Pteras appears to have blue armour and yellow wings in most pics, although in the one above it's all yellow and v. close to mine. Maybe I've seen it somewhere and subconsciously filed it away? My original plan was yellow, white or orange, maybe with black/white markings as a prototype or "test-type" version. I'm also wondering about replacing the back missiles with an AWAC-style dome or fitting a dome to each wing knuckle? Not sure yet, but I have some of the nice Bandai radomes that would probably look good. The yellow is really pretty, I hate lemon (cool) yellows and thought that Camel Yellow was the only way to go, but the Chrome Oxide looks great and is a bit less orangey without being cool Cheers, Will
  15. Hi folks, With a big Zoid in the offing I thought I should build a small Zoid to figure out the process. I think I posted a picture of this snapped together a while ago, if not then it looks like this: This is the bombed-up version with leg-mounted missile launchers, extra giant wing cannon etc. Which clearly looks ludicrous! It's a bit better if you leave all that off: but then you have the issue that the legs are long and silly. I ended up transplanting the feet onto the knees to get something which works a bit better, and then put it aside because it needed filling and cleaning up. I pulled the box out this week and spent a morning with the superglue, file and sandpaper sorting out some seams and other bits and bobs. That all went quite quickly so I had two huge paint sessions yesterday and got it all primed and mostly base-coated: Ignore the Cute Tank bits and bobs. All the black parts are going to be metallic, the yellow is Chrome Oxide and the greys are Gunship Grey 2, USAF Light Grey, Light Ghost Grey and Insignia White (all Tamiya lacquers.) I'm not 100% sure about the ghost (blue) grey but it should boost the yellow and it is a very "Zoid" colour. I need to re-do the masking for the stripe on the head (it was late and I was rushing) and then mask up the wing knuckles and leading edges which are going to be a nightmare. But first I'm off to town for more Gunship Grey 2. And yes, this is a transparent attempt to show off my "look at me I'm a Pro Modeller" sticks-with-alligator-clips. They really do make the painting experience much much better Cheers, Will