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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. cheers ex-Draken. Most of the panels are for engine access or emergency exits, but I don't know why the sponsons are partly cleaned. It's interesting to see that the exits over the rear of the sponsons aren't cleaned as the dirt doesn't go that far forwards from the engines. Very efficient these Japanese, why waste time?! andy
  2. cheers Craig, it will be at the club on Friday, but you won't if I remember correctly. One day.............. andy
  3. hi all, At last i have had some time to take some pictures of the latest progress as it stands tonight. Sorry for the big steps in between everything but i will do my best to explain the weathering process. Firstly i applied a Flory Models dark grey wash over the whole model and once it was dry, rubbed it off with a lightly dampened kitchen towel. This brought out the panel lines and rivets quite well and i wasn't bothered about it being too dark as the whole helicopter was filthy in real life. I then got some grey pastel sticks and simply took a large soft brush and brushed them in to the model surface, bascially making it dirty grey all over. I blended in bits of brown underneath to represent mud and dirt. Now came the clever bit (for me!). Taking a slightly damp cotton bud and using the walk-around photos as a reference, i wiped away the areas that needed to be washed off on the real thing e.g. around the number 29. I followed this with a coat of Alclad mat varnish to protect what i had done and to allow me to handle the model without leaving fingerprints in the pastels. Lastly, i covered the main white bits at the rear with thin blu-tack and gave it the pastel treatment again to represent the smoke from the engines, noting that there is more on the right as there are two engine exhausts there. The varnish finished it off and that's as far as i have got for now. Hope you like it, Andy
  4. Okay, here we go with the big unveil of what this beast is based on. I was scanning the internet for ideas and came across a picture by Mike Leonard, a Brit living in Japan. I mailed Mike and he very kindly sent me some photos of the right hand side of the same helicopter taken on the same day. Note the rain and floods! It's very unusual to see dirty Japanese planes, so this was a must do! I believe the crew didn't have time to clean the airframe as they were busy supporting earthquake relief missions. Many thanks Mike............... Note how the number 29 is only washed on one side and the various access panels and emergency doors are all that is cleaned. I'll post some pictures of the model next showing just how dirty it has become, Andy
  5. You wouldn't be saying that Ex-FAAWAFU if you saw it now! Scrubbed down is more the phrase Andy
  6. Hi Simon At the moment, it's about 14" long but that is without the tail and rotors. Probably the best part of 24" by the time it's done. I must say that it's very easy to hold unlike some of the fiddly aircraft Cheers for now Andy
  7. thanks very much and glad you like it Andy
  8. hat a great job you've done on that. Fantastic Andy
  9. hi all, Here's a bit of a catch up. My computer got a virus, so i wasn't able to post these any earlier, but better late than never eh? I sanded the fuselage with 8000 grit micromesh and then applied a marble-effect pre-shading (messy squiggly black lines) over the whole airframe concentrating on the back end behind the engines. As you know from the first post, i'm doing a Japanese Navy aircraft, so next came some thin layers of Vallejo white on the upper decking. The overall effect was that of a dirty patchy helicopter. Next i masked off the demarcation line with small sausages of Blu-tack and sprayed the lower half of the body Lifecolor Gull Grey. It seemed a bit more like Dove Grey as it had a brownish tint, so i added some light grey to it and went at it again, this time with more realistic results and more in tune with my walk-around photos. After another light sanding, a coat of Klear made it all nice and shiny, ready for the decals. I must say that the Wolfpack decals are excellent. They are fully legible and bedded down really well with DACO setting solutions. The walkways were from the kit and were a little bit more difficult to apply but i got there in the end using some of the spare decals as patches. I certainly wasn't going to mask the walkways and spray them! In my next post, i'll show you some pictures of the real helicopter that i am trying to copy, but for now, that's the basics done cheers Andy
  10. morning all, I'm sure you are all aware of the issues with Photobucket. Well i was not going to be beaten by their greed, so i downloded all of the images used in this thread and then up-loaded them to Postimage instead. I have re-attached them so that they can still be seen by you all, at least until Postimage start charging too ! By the way, don't cancel your Photobucket accounts as they may change their mind at some point in the future. The pictures will be lost forever and if they stay on the Photobucket servers, it will cost them maintenance money and storage space to keep them there. Serves them right. Back with more updates soon as great progress has been made! Andy
  11. Cracking model in a proper Viggen camouflage
  12. Fantastic realistic weathering, brilliant job
  13. It's more to do with simple tooling costs and quality control. If a missile or bomb was produced for each kit, Hasegawa would have to pay for the tooling for the parts and then pass that on to the customers. Even for an identical missile or bomb, each tool would be slightly different as this is natural variation of the same process. Therefore it makes sense to only tool them up once as long as they are accurate (therein lies another point for debate). In conclusion, their thinking was shrewdness based on sound engineering sense. Why keep re-inventing the wheel? Andy
  14. Hi there, it it all depends on which Tamron lens you are talking about and which Sigma lens you have. Generally speaking it is own brand, Sigma then Tamron in terms of quality. Have a look at reviews on the internet before you buy and think what you want it for. If it is in a sale, there is usually a reason why! andy
  15. Thanks very much Colin. I got some paint on last night so it is really coming together now although the light gull grey i used has decidedly brown tinge to it. I think that i am going to redo it using a plain old light grey and match it to the photos i have It might not be right but it will seem more realistic Andy