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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. Antti, Jure and Greenshirt, thank you for the effort that you've all expended on my behalf, much appreciated fellas. Am feeling happier about adding some more stencils now, however maybe not from the Kits World sheet! Are there any books with prints of this airframe out there?
  2. I am nearing completion of Airfix's 1/48 Spitfire PRXIX which I have painted in an overall PRU Blue scheme to represent PM660 whilst it was based at Celle/Wünsdorf, Germany with 2 Sqn in 1947/48ish (I do love the fact that some of it's missions still haven't be de-classified!). I have found numerous side view profiles and an actual photo of a port side view in the link below. None of these answers my questions though and I can't find any more info. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dZOHCwAAQBAJ&pg=PR40&lpg=PR40&dq=pm660+spitfire&source=bl&ots=emXvs-fuLc&sig=cSNklK1IfEDCQ10z5_9kgoAblLs&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjv0pGKtsnRAhVKIcAKHZ9kACcQ6AEIVDAM#v=onepage&q=pm660 spitfire&f=false I am using the Model Alliance PR Griffon Spitfire sheet that turned up as a bonus with an old eBay purchase, however it did not come with any placement instructions and that started my digging on that www thingummy for some more info. Now if I'd been sensible and had bought and used Xtradecal's X48-118 or Kits World's KW148091 sheet then I'd have been blindly ignorant to my query and would have added stencilling and walkway lines to my lovely blue beast! Ignorance would have been bliss. But I have stirred my own little hornets nest, I have poked the bear, so I must now find out for sure to save what's left of my tiny grasp on sanity!!! Does anybody have any confirmation that PM660 either had or did not have walkway lines and whether stencilling was minimal (which the only real picture I have seen indicates) or if it would get the whole lot of Kits World's goodies stuck all over it? One other question that arose from the actual photo is that under the cockpit there appears to be a dark patch with wording underneath plus wording under the pressurisation intake, neither of which I have seen on any decal sheets. Any ideas what these might have been? Thanks for your help and as a further thank you I will make this available for RFI once I have put the final touches to this. Ps I have picked up from the picture linked to, that this airframe had 4 spoke wheels and I have found just the one in my spares drawer (shed loads of 5 or 3 though, but just the one 4-spoke) so whilst waiting for a Brassin Red Cross parcel to wing it's way to me then any photos may have to be done with just the one hub being hurriedly installed and removed to the side that I'm photographing at the time!! First World problems eh!! Be good out there, Chris
  3. Sorry to hijack your thread Chris, but I hope you don't mind if I PM you too John with extremely similar requests having found this thread whilst trawling for ideas to make a Mk 21 from an XIX and an FR46 Seafire wing.
  4. Being a big Spurs football fan and spotting an opportunity for mischief when my wife wanted to name our first born Thomas Fox Cawthorne (already at the birth I had cut the cord and uttered the immortal words "I hereby declare this baby open!") I explained to Mrs FC that boys with two middle names get a head start in life. I therefore proposed Thomas Henry Fox Cawthorne to which Mrs C rolled her eyes and I thought I'd been rumbled. She then said that she didn't like Henry so I suggested Harry instead and on immediate acceptance I Billy-big-stepped it down to the Registry Office to register young Thomas Harry Fox Cawthorne and then on to White Hart Lane to join him up as a Junior Spurs member! It was about two months later when one of my workmates was round to see Tom and he asked about his full name; when Mrs C told him he blurted out "but that gives him THFC as initials" a fact of which Mrs FC was blissfully ignorant (despite having seen the article where I got a 3 day old photo of THFC in a Spurs matchday programme!). Surprisingly I wasn't allowed to register my second son!
  5. What do Chavs and Slinkys have in common? They've got no real purpose in life, however it puts a proper smile on your face seeing one fall backwards down a flight of stairs!
  6. Oh my, you've made that canopy fit like a glove............................ ....... an oven glove!
  7. Reminds me of the vote to name the Manchester City new ground's stands where the vote was suspected to have been hijacked by United fans for Colin Bell to win so as they could call it "The Bell End".
  8. I went to a restaurant the other day and asked what the soup of the day was only to be told by the waiter that it was Oasis soup. Oasis soup I asked, what's Oasis soup? The waiter replied "You get a Roll with it".................
  9. Here you go PC mate, fill your boots... http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/Babies_Heads or a more appetising explanation..... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steak_and_kidney_pudding
  10. But there was always the "Baby's Head" to cheer you up!! No matter how hard Fray Bentos tried (but failed) over the years to persuade Mrs FC of the joys civvies could have had, the sheer beauty of a hot suet steak pudding when you were on your chinstrap was something to behold (not so much joy when it was hard routine and they were cold though)! Was I the only freak that preferred them to Boil in the Bag Rat packs?
  11. Well, I had already cemented the jetpipe to the back-plate but a bit of wiggling with Stan soon popped them apart. Thanks Col. The only problem now is that I did stick a pencil up its bum after the main construction was completed and I managed to snap the back plate off. Another bridge to cross later eh! Here's a couple of shots showing that we're not far off of putting some primer on. The sharp-eyed might spot a fair amount of Perfect Plastic Putty has been used as the rear fuselage to rear wing join was an absolute pig. I'm pretty sure that was down to the ham-fistedness of constructing the intake ducts earlier, and is something I will be vary wary of when I build the next one. There was also a smidge needed on the belly, esp next to the slightly off-centre fairing where quite a step formed. I just need to smooth out the gloop formed by adding the aerials with liquid cement and trim the smoke generator pipes and I can crack open and give a good long shake of the primer. What do you think would undercoat the Xtracrylx Red Arrows Red best, Halford's white or grey? Anyways it's time for bed, this going back to work lark after a couple of weeks off has been a real shock to the system. TTFN Chris
  12. Having just had a look at the Panda Models Husky III, then I'd suggest that a "vehicle mounted mine detector" with a wheel to wheel width almost the same as the sensor width might be a runner for this! How do they not set off the mines they are supposed to detect?
  13. Thanks for your support fellas, I will wear it always! Made a bit of progress with the intakes and the cockpit. My mojo-retaining plan is to build this OOB so I am aiming to use the moulded on seatbelts from the kit. I do know that the back seat had different arrangements to suit the Reds using it as a single-seater but details like that don't worry me for this build. Anyways, let's have a look at where we're at with the office. I picked up some tips from Roy Sutherlands blog on Seat Painting, http://barracudacals.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/how-to-paint-resin-seat-with-molded-in.html In particular I liked the future wash idea so have used it for the first time on this build. OK I haven't matted everything down yet but I'm quite chuffed with the overall effects that it gives. I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't spot the ejector pin marks on the cockpit sidewalls earlier so as to correct them, however in the flesh they look nothing like as prominent as they do in the photos. The intakes fitted together reasonably but I think the thickness of a couple of coats of paint may make a slight difference to the "naked" fit. I've used Xtacryllics Red Arrows Red on the intakes but again in a "too late was the cry" moment I have since discovered that the Gnats used a darker shade of red to the Hawks that I now believe that this shade is concocted for. Again, I will not let this upset me, however I know it will hit nerves with some of you and I apologise for that. As the photos are larger than the real thing, you get to see mould lines and seams etc that are not visible to my Mk.1 Eyeball (one of the advantages of modelling in the dark!) so I will give the intake lip a bit more of a clean up now I've seen it! I have to say I really like the way the kit's breakdown of parts allows something as prominent as say the intake splitter plate to be fashioned so realistically in my opinion. The only snag I've really hit so far is with the fit of the intakes/main gear wells/fuselage as although they dry-fitted perfectly, aligning 100% with the model's centreline, on the real go the rear of the intakes has come up a fraction of a mil too wide and had needed some attention from the sanding sticks to allow the fuselage halves to join without a gap. I'm pretty sure this is my ham-fistedness as I didn't pick this up in anyone elses' builds on here and will keep it in mind for when I build my next one (for there are 2 more in the stash!). That's enough for now. Next steps are that I'm going to matt down the office with W&N Galleria, install the jet pipes and join the fuselage halves. Have a good one out there and TTFN 'til next time. Chris
  14. Well come the Airliners GB later in the year they'd better be! Too many good 'uns to have a clear favourite. Superb models Mike, keep on churning them out as we love them!
  15. Ah so there is an advantage to having failing eyesight and arthritic fingers then (surely the only true reasons to be a 1/48 modeller)! Wish you all the best for the little 'un. Chris