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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. Here's a scan from a Yak-3 manual I have, and you can see that the pin is connected to the lap belt by a cord. Hope this helps. Bob
  2. This is not a definitive answer, but may help move the discussion along. Personally, I would have assumed (I know... bad idea) that the banner was insignia blue. However, I went searching for some colour photos - of operational aircraft... I try not to use museum or display aircraft for references. Do you realize how difficult it is to find close-up photos of SAC bombers? Cross that yellow line and you'll lose more that your picture! Anyway, it looks like there is no definitive answer. In the photos below you can see everything from a very dark, possibly insignia blue, through a lighter possibly 'true' blue, to an even lighter blue. The photo of the B-58 crew is interesting in that it shows both the banner and insignia blue on the national markings. Bob
  3. OK... just so you can all have a good laugh at my expense... I had to Google to see what the hell a "water butt" actually was! Never heard the (I assume British) term before. Aha!!... It's a rain barrel! Bob
  4. I would think that they're probably solid recognition models - often called ID models. They were produced in 1/72 scale in various materials including hard plaster and cellulose acetate plastic. They were finished in black, but this enthusiast could well have added camouflage, markings and additional details. Here's an article on recognition models you may find interesting... especially if you've never seen them in the flesh (plastic?): http://www.airplanesandrockets.com/magazines/Uncle-Sams-Plastic-Air-Force-Sep-1973-AAM.htm Bob
  5. I'm sure the erks sent to "get some blue paint" would never have thought of such things. Are we also saying that all the wild and wonderful colours used on nose art creations would have, of necessity, been specified, authentic paint only from official stocks? I don't think so. Anyway... I see your point, Stonar, but I was just throwing out a possible scenario which no one had raised. Personally, I have no idea where the blue paint might actually have come from. Bob
  6. Has anyone else considered the possibility that it was simply some mid-blue from the nearest ironmonger (hardware store) to the base. Sometimes we tend to be overly technical about this stuff. Bob
  7. Our two latest decal sheets are now available! We've done a reprint of the popular 1/48 Pre-War Spitfires sheet, but we also re-arranged it a bit and managed to fit in an additional scheme. This was a popular sheet and sold out quite a while ago. People have been asking if it would be reprinted, and it's now even better than the original version. There's also have a sheet of 1/72 scale ANG C-47s, and these are some colourful birds. If the early ANG period, before the USAF standardized their markings, many National Guard units used state symbols in lieu of the fuselage roundels, and there are some great examples here! Now available on our website.
  8. As I understand it post-war models starting with the E18 had a fuselage with an additional 6 inches in height to provide more headroom in the cabin. If you look at photos you can see the difference. Some earlier models were also rebuilt to these specs, but I don't believe it was done to military aircraft. Sources I've read state that models starting with the C-45F had a longer nose, though I don't know how much longer. Many post-war civil versions had noticeably longer, more pointed noses. Below: C-45G (top) and Beech E-18 (bottom) Bob
  9. It's a little small to need a galley! I'm starting to think it may have some relation to its role, e.g. personnel transport vs nav trainer. I think I'll start searching for interior views and see if they give any clues.
  10. I've been looking at lots of Beech C-45s/SNB photos lately and have noticed that some aircraft have two small round windows on the starboard side, some have only one. I've tried to find a common denominator, but there doesn't seen to be any. Is it a local mod?… A particular version of the aircraft?… or what? Any ideas? Bob
  11. Even though I no longer live there, it would have to be Polks Hobbies in New York City. A very interesting and fun place… Here's a small piece I wrote about it for IPMS Canada's online newsletter, beaveRTales: Bob
  12. The most common filter used in B&W film photography was a medium yellow. It was intended to restore blue skies to a more realistic appearance. Sky tends to photograph lighter than it appears to the human eye because of the light blue colour and the ultraviolet radiation it contains. The yellow filter darkens it a bit and brings it back to a more 'normal' tone. Once again I'll reiterate... we're talking about black & white film photography here. The only filter that will reduce glare - and it depends on the type and direction of the light - is a polarizing filter, and I'm not sure they were available at the time. In any event, it wouldn't affect the rendition of the colours. I suppose we're drifting off topic here! I'll shut up now! Bob
  13. To expand on what Graham said, this exercise won't really work the same with digital photography as it does with film photography. In manipulating a digital file you're introducing effects to an already existing image, whereas the use of filters, etc. in film photography alters the image that's actually captured. It also looks like there might be an exposure problem, as the charts look overall rather dark. Ideally you would want to take an exposure reading from an 18% grey card, and that would produce properly exposed swatches. With B&W film photography you wouldn't want to use filters on the camera, as they would then produce an inaccurate representation of the grey tones. For example a yellow filter would darken blue tones. FWIW, long ago, back when the Luftwaffe 02/71 scheme was proposed and scoffed at by many who thought ALL German 109Es were 70/71 (yes... there was such a time!), I ran a similar test. A friend had an original RLM colour chart which I borrowed and photographed in B&W. I don't remember the film I used... probably Kodak Tri-X. I metered from an 18% card, took a series of photos, processed the film and made prints, and lo and behold... the 02 tone matched that seen in many photographs. So I applaud the OP for his scientific curiosity and approach. It's just that you really have to go 'old school' for it to work properly. Bob
  14. I found, on a flag website, reference to the South African flag of the period as using "old British Standard Colour Classification - Orange: BBC 57". I have no idea what that is, so someone more familiar with that standard will have to chime in. Bob
  15. One source – and I'm sure there are others – is "Protect & Avenge, the 49th Fighter Group in Workd War II", by Ferguson & Pascalis. In one photo he is leaning against the aircraft and you can see it marked "Lt D.H. David" under the windscreen. Bob