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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. Hello, this question comes out of a want to build an RAAF Spitfire HF Mk VIII with engine, cannon bays, radio, flaps displayed. Rather than purchase the components separately, I was thinking to purchase the SIN64809 set by Eduard designed for the Spitfire Mk IX. would this work? Been scouring the instructions/reviews and noted that parts for the Mk VIII can be found in the SIN64809 set. Appreciate any references comparing a Merlin 60 (Mk IX) vs Merlin 70 ( HF Mk VIII) engine as well. Apologies if I got any details wrong. Cheers, Shane
  2. A quick build. this was finished over a week. the wet splotches you see on the solar panels are a black wash. Tried to vary the fuselage colours, but the camera doesnt really capture it well. things to improve >> Colour Variance on the solar panels, tried experimenting with splotches of black wash without luck (they were basecoated with Tamiya Rubber Black) Greater modulation on the fuselage Never rush a project comments and criticism welcome as always Cheers Shane
  3. This forum and its members really outdid itself! There's just so much to digest and amend / plan. Many thanks all! Visa-wise > not an issue as my passport allows me entry to both UK and France without a visa requirement Interest > All things military + history, with an addiction to Jets. Cheers Shane
  4. Did consider Duxford (TSR2 + SR-71 are a must see), but as there is no public transport there. It got placed on the backburner. would include if I can find the budget for it. Edited my first post on the ferry to Caen. Hendon. Many thanks! Shane
  5. What better way to look for UK travel tips then to ask on a British Forum?? Am visiting the UK for 16 days this July. Would appreciate any tips / must-sees / locations that are off the beaten road. As I would be backpacking, cars / taxis are out of the question for transport Currently, the list of places (arranged by order of visit) as follows Tower of London RAF Museum Hendon Hannants Imperial War Museum (London) West End Show heard of half price tickets from Leicester Square Buckingham Palace (Change of Guard) + The Mall Churchill War Rooms (IWM) Westminster Abbey Big Ben Hyde Park Borough Market Tower Bridge HMS Belfast St Paul Church Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Overnight ferry to Bayeux (and a night there) to visit the Normandy Beaches & D day Museums, Pegasus Bridge. Stonehenge Tank Museum @ Bovington (a day by itself) RIAT (2 full days) To add > altogether, the above is about 1.5 weeks travel? Comments very much appreciated Cheers Shane
  6. !!! by any chance would you have pictures of the cockpit? I am working on some mods, mainly a new circuit breaker for the back seat. Good tip on the masking tape. Shane
  7. made some mistakes the avionics doors left a large gap. probably due to me being a little overzealous in sanding them. styrene card was used fill the large gaps. also note the odd disjointed panel lines (circled in red). another negative > GWH panel lines are really soft (having built their MIG-29). would be re-scribing pretty much the entire kit to deepen them. On the plus side, the cockpit detail is really nice and would be a joy to paint For those following, the deadline for this build is 26 Aug 2017, due to a club meet. Hopefully I will get more interesting bits done in my next post cheers Shane
  8. getting the boring bits out of the way >> filler, sand, primer , (repeat!!) till we have this seamless intakes (well the front 3 inches at least). intake fans are from an Academy F-15 with silver paint applied. Cheers Shane
  9. thanks everyone for the comments! Airbrushed AK Interactive Polished Aluminium cheers Shane
  10. (Admin, please remove if posting videos isnt allowed) The Kit The aftermarket Legend Productions ACES II F-15 seats DXM decals Olfa circular cutter + lots of masking sheet /tape (the silly amount of masking required which will become apparent latter in the build) Hasegawa hologram (for the HUD) Hasegawa JASDF weapon set (for the AAM-3) Hasegawa weapon set B (for the ALQ-131) The Plane http://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/493488/92-8068-japan-air-self-defence-force-mitsubishi-f-15dj/ WIP pics soon to follow. Cheers Shane
  11. Many thanks for the kind comments! Well, erm, Yes & No. No because there would be gaps present (on the wings's leading edges especially) if I did not use glue and filler Yes because the parts' tolerances are so tight that they stay together (mostly!) just by friction alone. Making dry-fitting a nightmare. Primer was Mr Surfacer 1500 Black Base > Gunze GX 2 for the high gloss Metal finish > AK Interactive Polished Aluminium this was dulled down a fair amount by a thin coat of Tamiya clear, oils, pigments. remaining colours are Tamiya Acrylic Shane
  12. build thread > WIP
  13. 5 months later and plenty of mistakes. Was planning to take proper photos with a compact DLSR. But Snapseed (photo editing app) was so much fun 1/48 Meng P-51D with Kit decals, Eduard wheels & SuperFabric Seatbelts. cheers Shane
  14. shes done. more mistakes made during the installation (missing parts, etc). But enough! I will post better photos with a proper camera (all photos are from a handphone) as always, critiques please. cheers Shane
  15. apologies about the lack of updates. mistake after mistake led to many touch-ups and frustration (i.e. Antenna & tailwheel broke. overtly done chipping, difficulty in balancing the red / yellow stripes and aluminium body work without it looking like a toy, exhuast stains, etc) all thats left is to paint + install the landing gear and tires till next time, Shane