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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. Somehow, I thought you might be having some of the Beaver masks Reggie! Message me off the board and let me know how many you need, I can offer a deal on a 'bulk buy' of masks for all those Airfix Beavers in your stash if you want. Paul, I can do a set with the bigger rear window, not a problem. You'd have a nice engraved porthole in the middle of it though and it would be a bugger to get rid of on that clear fuselage in the Hobbycraft kit! Andy
  2. I now have the following new paint mask sets available, all to 1/72 scale: TBM-007 Noorduyn Norseman (Matchbox/Revell) £2.95 retail TBM-008 DHC-2 Beaver (Airfix) £2.95 TBM-009 DHC-2 Beaver (Hobbycraft) £2.95 TBM-010 Douglas Dakota Mk.IV/C-47 (Airfix new tool) £2.95 TBM-011 Ford 5-AT Trimotor (Airfix) £3.95 More to come soon. Andy
  3. Due next week is 72-012, Supermarine Stranraer Part 2: Price for these will be £4.50. I've got new mask sets coming out soon and I'm now offering a custom mask service, see website for details. Andy
  4. Thanks Paul, I thought someone had done some but couldn't see any currently available. About time we had some more two-stage Merlins then I guess. *Sigh*... so many subjects, so little time..! Cheers, Andy
  5. Great looking models Trev, and it's nice to see the decals used! The Spartan Mossies are actually on my to do list as I've always liked them as well. The only bugbear is that they used the two-stage Merlins which I believe only came out in the Airfix kit (or was it Matchbox??) so I was looking at maybe releasing them with resin engines, unless someone knows of some already available? Cheers, Andy Thunderbird Models Ltd
  6. After a bit of a respite to enjoy the lovely(?!) weather, I'm back on track with this years releases. Out now are the CP Air 737-200 decals for the Airfix kit and my first ever decals in 1/48th scale, the popular World Wide Airways Mosquito racer. I've taken the opportunity to correct some errors and omissions in the latter which were in the instructions for the 72nd scale version. Also have two sets of masks out for 4.5L Bentley kits in 1/12th (Airfix) and 1/24th (Heller/Revell). All available to order on the website:
  7. I've reworked the master for this part to incorporate the correct tail shape. I did consider doing it as a complete replacement tail unit but decided not to go this route as it is contrary to my original plan of a simple conversion and would also drastically increase the price, not to mention the weight which may have resulted in a tail sitter. The fix is actually very easy, involving a simple cut and inserting a plastic wedge to correct the tail shape. It took me all of 10 minutes per side including filling and rescribing. The new resin set will also include larger end pieces to go above the exhaust; a Red Arrows version with smoke pipes and the standard version sans pipes. Should be available this week. Thanks again to Dave for pointing out the error. Andy
  8. Hmm, yes, you're quite right and I have to hold my hands up and say I missed it, as did a couple of reviews I read. However my intention was really a quick and easy drop-in replacement that wouldn't require any surgery to the kit, which would probably be the case if the upper tail above the jet pipe was replaced. It's a more instantly recognisable feature on first glance than the slope of the tail so as a quick fix it may be of interest to those who aren't too bothered by the tail shape. I'll have a think about a correction for the slope that perhaps won't require too much surgery. Cheers, Andy
  9. Evening all, Actually it's the wee hours of the morning but who's counting...? I'm pleased to announce our first resin part is now available. A small and simple pressure cast resin piece that replaces the early tail fairing in the new tool Revell 1/72 BAe Hawk (04921) making it more accurate for the Red Arrows markings supplied. It also opens up many more possibilities to model other current Hawks. Retailing for £2.25 and available to order now only from the Thunderbird Models website. First of many resin items to come...! Andy
  10. Hi Reggie, Thanks for that, I'll get them out as soon as I can. I've got a few custom masks to finish for a couple of people and some for Freightdog Models for upcoming kits and conversion sets and then I can get back to my own masks. Hope all's well with you! Cheers, Andy
  11. Good afternoon all, Recovered from a long but enjoyable day at the Huddersfield show. Just thought I'd let you know about the planned releases for 2016: Decals 1/144 144-004 - CP Air Boeing 737 (for the Airfix kit) 144-005 - PWA Boeing 737 (Airfix) 1/72 72-012 - PWA Supermarine Stranraer (Revell/Matchbox) 72-013 - Imperial Products Staggerwing (Sword) 1/48 48-001 - WWA Racing Mosquito (Tamiya) 48-002 - Racing Spitfire Mk XIV (Academy) Masks TBM-002 - 1/16 Tiger I (Tamiya, Trumpeter, Heng Long, etc) £5.95 - available now TBM-003 - 1/144th Boeing 737-200 (Airfix) £2.95 - available now TBM-004 - 1/12 Bentley Blower (Airfix) TBM-005 - 1/24 Bentley Blower (Heller/Revell) TBM-006 - 1/72 Supermarine Stranraer (Matchbox/Revell) TBM-007 - 1/72 Noorduyn Norseman (Matchbox/Revell) TBM-008 - 1/72 De Havilland Beaver (Airfix) TBM-009 - 1/72 De Havilland Beaver (Hobbycraft) TBM-010 - 1/72 Douglas DC-3/C-47 (Airfix new tool) TBM-011 - 1/72 Ford Trimotor (Airfix) TBM-012 - 1/72 De Havilland Rapide (Heller/Airfix) TBM-013 - 1/72 De Havilland Otter (Hobbycraft) TBM-014 - 1/72 Lockheed Constellation (Heller/Airfix) TBM-015 - 1/72 Beech 18 (Hobbbycraft) TBM-016 - 1/48 Beech 18 (ICM) Prices to be confirmed with the exception of the two mask sets which are already available. No firm release dates for the rest yet but I will keep you updated. I'm also now set up for resin pressure casting and I have many items planned, one of which will be a 1/72 Landseair conversion for the Academy PBY-5a to go with the CPA Canso decals. Andy
  12. Thanks all for your comments, much appreciated. I find I'm getting more swayed to the civvie side of things these days, though I could be accused of being slightly biased due to the nature of the decal business! Sorry no Beaver decals planned for the near future Reggie, but there will be more eventually. You need to start building some of that big stash of them you've already got! Cheers, Andy
  13. Hello and Happy New Year all! I hope this is the appropriate place for this, I'm more used to posting in the vendors section. I thought it was about time I try out these decals I've been producing for the past few years, here then is the Tamiya 1/72 Mossie in Thunderbird Models WWA racer decals. I'm pleased to say the decals were excellent both in fit and ease of application, and I can say this without fear of inflating my own ego because it's down to the original Whiskey Jack artwork and the quality of Fantasy Printshop's work rather than my own efforts! On the other hand, I must be the only person on the planet that is less than enthralled with Tamiya kits; this is the second one I've built that I had major fit problems with. The bomb bay doors were half a millimetre too long and there were large gaps on the sides - an internal spreader bar or two in the fuselage would be an advantage here. The crew hatch also didn't fit well and there were large gaps on the rear of the engine nacelles which necessitated copious amounts of filler. The separate wingtips also needed filler and the fuselage halves weren't the best fit either. On the plus side the fit of the wings to the fuselage was superb, needing no filler at all. Paint is Humbrol 103 Cream which is a very good match for the original aircraft's Diana Cream. The green was mixed from Humbrol 3 Brunswick Green, Xtracolour 151 Willow Green and a bit of blue and white to match the decals. Landing gear and wheel hubs look very dark in photos; I went with Humbrol 85 Coal Black but they could just as easily have been painted in the same green as the trim and spinners. There are also natural metal panels behind the exhausts which I represented with Bare Metal Foil Flat Aluminum. Note that the forward edge of these panels do not follow the panel lines as moulded by Tamiya, they are about 3/32" behind them. I drilled out the exhausts, replaced the pitot with Albion Alloys micro brass tubing, flattened the tyres and added Eduard Superfabric seatbelts and an antenna from Uschi elastic thread but other than that it's straight out of the box. Anyway, for better or worse, here it is: Andy
  14. Hi Reggie, Yep, signed up for SMW 2016 there and then. Also doing Huddersfield show in February and of course good ol' Bolton in January. Cheers, Andy
  15. Back from a successful weekend at Scale ModelWorld in Telford. It was great to catch up with people and put some faces to names. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hello. The decal range sold really well, a few people even came by with a Thunderbird Models shopping list which was very gratifying! I've already signed up for next years show and will also be attending the Huddersfield show in February as well as my usual haunt at Bolton in January. The Canadian Pacific Airlines PBY-5a Canso decals were released at SMW and sold well, these are now available to order on the website. Sadly, due to a printing error beyond my control, the Eastern Provincial Airways ATL-98 Carvair decals were not ready in time. I'm waiting on a correction sheet which hopefully will arrive soon. Now for the big news, Thunderbird Models is 5 years old and to celebrate I'm having a sale on all kits (except vacforms) until the end of November, 2015. Shop now to get 15% off all the major brands in stock. This is in addition to any existing sale prices so it's an opportunity for some great deals!