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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. Looks like a good match too! Nice one
  2. Time to test out the washes: (I don't think they look too bad) (the weathering on the upper surface of the airbrake and at the rear will be toned down a tad. However it doesn't look nearly as orange in real life as it does on the photos- probably because I turned the exposure compensation up by quite a bit to show the interior) *Note the small white "bottle"-of some sort- that is moulded into the plastic As with the airbrake it will be toned down a tad and some wiring will be added to the main gear leg as per references such as: http://www.net-maquettes.com/pictures/handley-page-victor-walkaround/?afg886_page_id=4#afg-886 Spares from old airbrushes are used to provide the specified 25g weight, these are then sandwiched against the fuselage wall with a few drops of superglue and some Blue Tack. Kind regards, Sam
  3. Time for an update I think! I've been focusing on assembling the wing structure (the spar which Airfix use to hold the two separate wing parts together is a brilliant piece of plastic engineering and provides an incredibly strong construction: I have assembled the intake trunking (the intake "vanes"- i guess you could call them- slot in through the gaps seen just behind the intake opening, a very unique idea!) and I intend to use a smidgen of filler and sand the join flush, this will be followed my a few coats of white and a light amount of weathering. I've also been looking at the nose gear bay and the airbrake structure: a coat of black, followed by Vallejo silver and then a coat of Alclad gloss, all ready for the detail to be painted and a moderate amount of weathering as-per reference photos (some of which can be seen on BM's own walkaround page): Talking of references, here are two of the books I'm using, both from the previously mentioned Andrew Brookes: That's it for now! Kind regards, Sam
  4. Ah.. French blue is also for airbrush use, sorry
  5. Gorgeous and sleek are the two words which I think describe this; what a lovely clean build! While I'm here: where on Earth did you find this?! I can't seem to find these kits anywhere! Sam
  6. Vallejo Model Air "steel blue" could be an option- I haven't 100% checked it as a colour match but to my eye it seems quite close. But if you're looking for something close to the Tamiya x4 blue then Vallejo MA "French blue" is also an option. Hope that helps Sam
  7. Right, I've been looking through a few references and I have yet to find a single image of the bomb bay (the only photos of said bomb bay being pictures of the HDU unit fitted inside the bomb bay on K.2 Victors. I'm swinging more to the Blue Steel variant still, especially after looking at photos in reference material such as "Handley Page Victor" by Andrew Brookes (-just remembered, isn't that the same Andrew Brookes who when interviewed on a documentary about V-bombers recalled advice given to him if hostilities did break out, something like, "the best advice I was ever given was- keep flying East young man and hope to settle down with a large Mongolian woman. Absolutely no point in doing a 180 and returning home." ?) No idea how I remembered that, last time I saw that was also 2 years ago! Gosh. Regardless, as shown in his book and other references most of the photographs of B.2's depict Blue Steel equipped aircraft, I've only found three images of camo B.2 Victors without Blue Steel and those were being used in the Maritime Radar Reconnaissance role. To whet the appetite, here's a bit of newsreel of camo Blue Steel Victors practicing QRA's in the mid 60's: Kind regards, Sam
  8. The meteor will be finished with the kit decals for WH364 A400-wise, it was a nightmare! I had a substantial sink mark in one of the wings- I attempted to mould it using hot water (nope), I attempted to mould it by heating it with a candle (nope!), so I went through a handful of sessions with milliput and then Revell Plasto and that sorted it out. The A400 will be done in RAF markings. I went to the 10th anniversary too, but I didn't go into the Victor or Valiant as the staff started putting up the "beyond this point, you'll be waiting an hour" signs. It's a tempting suggestion and one which would be a great canvas for some moderate weathering. I'm faced with three choices then: -1. Blue steel version with detailed missile and aircraft mounting plate -2. Conventional bombing version with detailed bomb bay and a larger canvas for weathering. With the missile being modeled on a stand -or the third and possibly most controversial option: use the two wing pods I have from the Revell kit and a piece in the spares box that looks remarkably similar to a stowed HDU to convert it to a K.2. In all fairness, I do have an entire set of decals for the Revell K.2 variant in the stash. Mmmm decisions.....
  9. Correct, it's the Revell kit and has languished on the corner of despair for a while (I say corner because the rest of the shelf is for active projects that are up to the decaling stage mainly. I can't comment on the union jack or the fin flashes as I haven't added any of either yet! You might also note the Airfix Meteor and Revell A400m on the shelf too- they're in need of some Alclad (the thinners for which tend to flare up some kind of skin condition (possibly eczema) so I need to get some disposable gloves before I continue with those. As for the weapons, I have kept the Blue Danube from the Valiant kit (which is a kit that was great- until I tried spraying it with a rattle can of white.... big mistake... let's just say that I salvaged the nose and my intention is to model it as a preserved cockpit section). (I still hate myself for having messed that one up so catastrophically) Anyway, I'll put my violin back in its case.... I recall now that I actually did a fair bit of research into the Blue Steel missile (so much so that I remember going to the Coventry archives to have a look at some photographs of test articles and operational missiles both on the aircraft and in their storage "hangars"- not what you might expect from the average 16 year old, perhaps). Here are a few reference pictures taken during that period of research, but not from Coventry (Edit: it was from 2 years ago at Cosford on the Armed Forces Day when XH558 did a series of flypasts) Edit: And one of '558 for everyone else who wants to join me in a collective round of violin playing (Co-incidence or what, this file is "IMG_8558_JPG" !) Kind regards, Sam
  10. Hi guys, As a few of you might know, I did a 1:72 Airfix Vulcan with a full interior a while ago. It was an "interesting" build filled with research and frustration as I delved into my first experience with photo-etch, rescribing and resin; but it produced a half-decent model of a Vulcan B.2: So, with a new-tooled Victor B.2 in my stash (as of yesterday ) I embarked upon this build in the hope that it will be a less stressful build than the Vulcan and with the hope that I can utilise everything I have learnt since that build. The Kit As stated previously this a new-tool kit from Airfix in the £50-60 range- there has been much discussion of the cost of this kit but I would state (in my opinion) that for the amount of plastic you're getting and the level of detail, it is entirely worth it. My plans for the build: -Construct the kit in either a conventional bombing or Blue Steel role (I haven't decided yet, what do you guys think?) -The camo paint scheme will be used (I can never get a clear dust-free white paint job on any large kit) -EDIT: This will be a flaps down, crew door open, gear down, airbrake open model -Weather the model moderately with some new AK interactive washes that I would like to test: The Build And so it begins! I started work on the cockpit first and despite the high possibility that barely any of this would be seen, I would like to detail every part of this kit as much as possible That's it for now, thanks for having a look! Kind regards, Sam
  11. A few more decals to add but we're almost done: I used a bit of filler and plasticard to make the front windscreen taper to a slight point (this photo isn't the best to show that off) and I used pieces of card to make the windscreen frame on the "droop snoot". The next update should be an RFI if all goes well! In the meantime I had a go at making some Dutch appelflappen (apple turnovers, essentially): Kind regards, Sam
  12. After 3 years of going to events when the Lancaster was supposed to be flying, it flew over my house 5 minutes ago. Too low and fast for any photos but gosh, I finally saw her (for all of 2 seconds)
  13. Wow. Words are never going to be enough to describe this exceptionally wonderful masterpiece... Stunning work sir!
  14. Inkjet
  15. And here we are; the decals have been printed (along with others) and they do look jolly good (if I do say so myself).... (Decals on white backing paper) (Decals on clear backing paper) (Wow the lighting is awful in that last picture, but I'll keep it in anyway ) The decals that I've been working on include: this A320, a 1:144 BA 747, a 1:144 Tornado GR4 in Dambusters anniversary markings and a 1:72 Lancaster Sugar's Blues. And after an initial test on a scrap bit of decal paper I can confirm that the decals slide off effortlessly- they also slide a lot when they're positioned on any surface, so a clear coat will be in order after they've been applied one-by-one. Sam