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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. Now that's a M113 for sure. Good job. G
  2. Very nice! G
  3. The green is a bit bright for my taste, but that's just me. I like what you have done with this. There are several Photo Etch zimmerit sets available. I used one on a Tamiya King Tiger a few years ago. Not bad, but I do prefer Tamiya's own sticker zimm set. I used that on a Tamiya Mid Tiger I. The antenna was two meter hollow tube with a distinct taper. It was mounted to a short steel rod within the hard rubber base. Yes, in real life that small fluted base is hard rubber There are quite a few after market affairs available.
  4. From what I see it looks pretty good. Some additional photos are in order if you please! Weathering is subjective. When we model, we are essentially capturing a 3D "snapshot" of a subject. We are freezing it at that point in time so to speak. Who's to say the it isn't brand new? The weathering should however, lend some context to the place and time. The current trends in chipping and such are, in my humble opinion, over done. The vehicles sometimes had life spans of a few weeks, let alone months. Currently quite a few models displayed at shows look as if they should be in a scrapyard. G
  5. ^^ What he said ^^ Truly a work of art. G
  6. Sheetmetal fenders could be pierced by shrapnel which could also come up through the engine compartment. Two logical places for your sand bags. I just wanted to make sure you didn't forget the floors! Gunners all had their own preferences. Someone could have stood on an ammo crate or something similar. Leaving it out isn't a big issue. G
  7. I have the same weather albeit halfway across the globe. I found that humidity, or lack thereof, is a huge factor when spraying acrylics. It might be even more important than actual temperature. I concur, spray when it's a bit cooler. G
  8. Fascinating! Watching intently here. G
  9. Beautiful work sir, simply beautiful. Before you get too far into this, sandbags were used to line the floor of nearly every vehicle. The fear was from mines and what we now call IED's at ground level. Troops sat on their flak jackets to protect their "manly bits" from injury. .50 cal. gun mounts were usually a common pintle assembly welded to a tube of the appropriate height. Bracing was added "as needed". .50 cal ammo boxes didn't really change style until the mid '70's as I remember. Funny, as I was a machine gunner, but details such as those meant nothing to me then. I was mostly on a M60 though. Heavy bugger. G
  10. ^^ What he said ^^ Stellar work sir. G
  11. I initially used a product called "Bleche White" available here in the states as a whitewall tire cleaner. I mixed it about 75-25 with water and let the parts soak in a closed container for two months. That worked fairly well but I wanted more of the original paint off. I then used "Easy Off" oven cleaner in a spray can. I used the same container and sprayed the parts liberally with the foaming oven cleaner. One month and several applications later I was able to scrub the paint off. CA works well with PE and small, non critical parts which won't be subjected to any stress. It is a must if working with resin. I usually use a piece of fine wire with a small loop at one end to carefully drop accelerator where it's needed. For large areas I apply the CA glue and use a piece of small diameter plastic or metal tube to flood the area with a bigger drop of accelerator. G
  12. Bicarb and CA make a good filler for major gaps and such. Sands beautifully, takes paint like a champ. I have used it quite a bit in my auto builds. Holds up well, some are 15 years old now. G
  13. Thanks all. Well I began dusting her up yesterday. The foliage is so doggone fragile I couldn't do much without breaking it all up. She has some desert dust on her and that should suffice! G
  14. A few months ago a co-worker brought me a box with some of his old builds. By old, I mean 30-35 years ago when he was a teenager. All were Tamiya and all required some TLC. I started with the venerable 1/35 scale Centurion. First thing I did was put her in a vat of stripper. He couldn't remember, so my best guess is she was painted with good old Testors square bottle enamel. Flat Brown and Dark Green were the most likely of colors. Getting there. Well, fast forward three whole months. It took soaking that long plus a couple applications of oven cleaner to get where I wanted to be. From there I began the body work and replacement of lost or broken parts. I used CA glue and accelerator for most of the gap filling. Primer shot. Hmmmm, needed a new one. Scratched from sprue, rod and CA glue. Base color. Camouflage. If you notice, I scratchbuilt the bazooka shield too. Any idea for a source for markings? More to come. G
  15. Those look like good colors. G