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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. Personally, to get the really bright gold, I'd go for a gloss black base, Molotow chrome, clear yellow with a touch or orange for the gold and clear red with a touch of smoke for the red parts. Most gold I've tried have been a satin gold rather than a bright gold.
  2. I'm looking forward to seeing it. I count The Fifth Element as probably my favourite film (with the 13th Warrior in a close second).
  3. Hannants had them listed, but I remember them being a bit pricey.
  4. I know. Stretching the term 'Globally' a bit there. But those countries listed are a) the only places with country specific P-Bandai sites and the only place Bandai has a license to sell SW stuff (even if it is only the vehicles in the case of the USA).
  5. Found this earlier, though have not yet been able to verify it. Also, on pricing that's 43,000 Yen with JPN Sales Tax so that price would vary depending on which storefront you bought it from I would have thought (though not massively).
  6. He did the same with the PG Pheonix. I understand a business' need to make a profit (I spent the last three years selling materials handling equipment) but chucking a 70% mark-up on something (even if it is low-volume/high value) shows nothing but contempt for your, usually, well educated customer base who will be aware that you're trying to pull a fast one. Considering though that this is the same store that immediately put their prices on all stock (not just new deliveries) up significantly after last year's Brexit vote and the falling value of Sterling, I'm not really surprised. As it happens, the Bandai kit as a whole will be passing me by, I'll stick with my two AMT versions and the resin upgrades as, for all their foibles, I could still buy another four for the cost of importing a single Bandai kit and as such I cannot justify the cost.
  7. Especially if you want to get it from Chilly Nippon . He wants £750 for one. though how these people doing pre-orders expect to guarantee stock for anyone silly enough to pay their scalper prices I have no idea, it's fairly easy to enforce a one-per-customer rule through the use of registered addressees.
  8. Ah yes, Katoki's big brown butt-plug. It does balance out though doesn't it? Probably because of the fact that its legs are super model long... Still want one though, think it's a great looking thing.
  9. 1/100 Too bad there's no EVAs in that scale (that I know of) but they would be over 75cm tall...
  10. ...and limit it to Japan only and charge £200 for it Anyway, I gots these things: Koto's NERV VTOL CAC aircraft thing...which is tiny. HGUC Zaku II F2 number 3 as its my favourite version of the Zaku II And just for a laugh, a little Zaku machinegun water pistol. Its about 30cm long and, apart from the slightly too large pistol grip, scales out pretty well at about 1/30. All this from HLJ's sale aaaages ago. Packaged in one of HLJ's stupid, massive boxes (they give Amazon a run for their money) and marked up rather nicely with the incorrect box value. They'd marked the pre-sale value on the customs decleration, not what I actually paid, which is what I should be paying VAT on. So it cost me nearly £30 to actually get my package. Joy.
  11. Muy excellente Wilbur! I bet she's chuffed to bits with it.
  12. Looking through Bandai's FB I'm not sure why they're advertising it to the west (or why they bothered with English subtitles in the reveal video) it's like Jim Bowen giving you the "here's what you could have won!". If I had £450 to spare (a rough costing based on a 10% buyers fee, shipping and VAT) I think I'd rather spend it on half of a DeAg kit.
  13. Yeah, going by the scuttlebutt It looks like they've made the indecipherable decision to P-Bandai it. Which means that you'll be paying buyers fees on top of everything else (though they have recently opened up their P-Bandai Webster for the US but that doesn't help the majority of people on this site). I'll be sticking with my two AMT ones with their resin upgrade sets. The Finemolds one looks lovely and detailed but it's still too long in the mandibles and the curviture of the hull is wrong just like the AMT so I've never seen the point in getting it fir the price it's offered as there would be just as much work required to 'fix' it. Though it does look 1 million times better out of the box.
  14. Designs were cool but the film was rats. THREEZERO made a 1/6 scale model of the titular CHAPPIE but it's long out of production. I did see a couple of garage kits kicking about a while ago (one of which was, I'm pretty sure, just a recast of the THREEZERO toy). I'll have another look. EDIT: No joy but I did find a 3D Printable 1:1 scale model of his head here on The RPF.
  15. The ACE Deep Striker Arrived (with a ransom from Parcel Farce) and it's a big ol' box. Also picked up one of BanDai's Level 3 Spru-Kits from a Debenhams online sale (£19.98 shipped down from £55) and an AMT Cut-Away Falcon to join the normal version (I know they're a lot of effort to get looking good, but an AMT falcon + resin upgrades is still less than a FM/Revell one that has more detail but has many of the same shape issues). Magnifier have done a reprint of their GP-04 head which I've lusted after for a while but missed the first time round (it was still available but you'd be shelling out $200+ for it) so when I saw them back in stock at GMC after being gone for nearly a year I jumped on it. Scale says 1/20th but having looked in the box it's only marginally larger than the 1/35th busts and quite a bit smaller than my 1/24th Aile Strike so I think that it's actually 1/30th. Here's a picture of a completed one: Lastly, after over a year of waiting and several delays the Dark Souls Board Game kickstarter arrived. Not had a chance to play it properly yet, but looking through the rules I already have some minor concerns. The minis are generally nice though their being made out of PVC is a pain. Also, the detail is inconsistent, you'll have areas of incredibly intricate detail such as the Gargoyle's shield of the Dancer's sword, but Ornstein's face looks like it has melted and Smough's hammer is bent (because the way that the hands are mounded mean that a curve is forced into the hammer's shaft). All in all, I'll give it 5/7 at the moment and wait to see what October's stretch goals look like (if they turn up on time).