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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. That turned out pretty good, I think I like it better than the E-25. When you weather and streak it up it will look impressive. I get what you mean about the cables and yes most of them were pretty tied down on the German vehicles so they wouldn't rub all that much so best to leave things alone. It's strange that about 99% of the German WW2 tracked vehicles had the drive sprocket at the front and a driveshaft running from the engine at the rear to the transmission at the front but both of these have the sprocket at the rear. Even my Hetzer model has the front sprocket and the half-tracks also. Wonder when/why they changed. Lloyd
  2. John I know the feeling as I have a Meng MK V with a complete interior that no one can see but I know it's there. Sometimes you just want to skip something that can't be seen then end up doing it anyway, because it's there. I hope someone gets that new Takom 1/35 Panther that's coming out with a complete interior as I have an itch and a set of Friulmodel tracks waiting for a home. It will probably show in Europe before Canada as usual so I'm watching The Modelling News for updates. Lloyd
  3. Yes that looks better. The streaking and washes blend it together and tones down the orangey/brown. I like the way you have scuffed up the hull behind where the tow cables are stowed. That's another great idea I hadn't considered. So what if it's missing a couple of schurzen hangers, it looks completely natural that they would be ripped of with the plate they supported. You will have to ding or scuff up the plates before and after the missing one and it should look great. Wonder how much bigger it is than a Hetzer as it sure does resemble one. Lloyd
  4. I see all now too. Lots of work on that rear deck but it looks much better now. Lloyd
  5. It actually turned out pretty good for rags and straw with petrol thinner. Bet there was no smoking when this was being applied. It's a little bright for the orangey brownish but you should be able to tone that down some. Otherwise good job and hope the feldwebel got his schnapps. Sure glad it's not red.............. Lloyd
  6. John The only pic I can see is of the Charioteer resin. Good old Photobucket has sure screwed things up. Lloyd
  7. Yes I can see this last one too. But the pics from before where you had added the winter camo are now gone, only the green/brown/yellow camo pics show up. Weird stuff. Lloyd
  8. I'd like to do one in the BATUS camo scheme of sand and green but apparently my LHS is having a hard time getting a C2 from either Tamiya or Trumpeter. I would take either one if he ever gets it. Even if the Tamiya turret isn't completely accurate it will still represent a Challenger 2. The only Warrior I know of is the Academy kit and I've been waiting to get one of those also. Frustrating. I hate ordering from the USA as I always get stiffed on the 30% exchange and the freight being more than the model, besides got to support the local store. Lloyd
  9. Something interesting.........I can only see the pictures if I'm signed in. So what about all of the casual viewers that haven't set up an account? I never thought about someone dying inside but I suppose that's true, after all it is a combat vehicle. I suppose you're right about the winter camo being applied over everything. Some of these units especially on the Eastern Front probably didn't last long enough for the tools to get even used. Lloyd
  10. Steve Now I see them. That camo is amazing. The greens browns and yellows are pretty stark but the white fades and blends it all together so the final product looks very realistic. I like your version of the brown too as I've found that Nato Brown tends to be a bit too reddish for WW2 vehicles and I'll start using something more brownish for the next tri-color camo scheme I do. Do you leave the tools and cables as if the camo was painted over them or are they to be painted differently? Apparently some tanks had them installed after the camo was painted and some had the camo painted over everything. I don't know which looks better but if the camo is painted over then if a cable or whatever is removed then there is a shadow or outline on the tank. That would look unique actually if you painted the camo like you have done then removed or re-positioned a cable or tool. I must try that, just a dab of glue to hold the item in place, paint the camo and remove or move the item. I also like the grungy lived in interior. Most models have the interior so pristine it doesn't look natural. I imagine wiping your boots wasn't a high priority and gun smoke, cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco all add up. The cutaway idea for display isn't my favourite either. There's a 1:1 Sherman cut away at the Royal Museum in Ottawa and it looks like a Transformer took bites out of it. Sure it shows the interior but it is so unnatural I prefer to just have the hull in one piece and the guts hidden. Keep it up, looks great. Lloyd
  11. Got the second grid built backwards over the right plow blade. Positioned one of the explosive line hatches open. Filling some obvious seams and still need the photo etch plates on top of the side skirts. Slowing down on this one and wondering how I'll ever paint it.
  12. Still can't see anything. Why not try something like Imgur that works well for me? Lloyd
  13. Got the rocket assembly completed and the side skirts dry fitted and the rest of the plow complete. The plow is just sitting not attached for now as it still needs the one upper grid assembly for the right side. I built two the same and of course one was backwards so had to rip it apart and try to build it opposite of the instructions as they only give you one template and it's only for the left side. Threw away the wire they supply and used Evergreen 0.020" rod as I couldn't get the wire completely straight. It's going to be fun to paint this I believe.
  14. Terminator 4 or 5 maybe? Thanks Beefy Lloyd
  15. It has a third of the plow assembly hanging off the front now and finally some tracks so it looks like a tracked vehicle. That plow is a project, a big project. Those new Rye Field link and length tracks are a big improvement over the indy links they supplied on the previous Abrams versions, are easy to assemble and actually look pretty decent.