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    • Mike

      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. Thanks, guys, for the barrage of "likes". Hello CC, Please, use it without shame. Better suited (that size) for 1/48. I found a strainer better suited to 1/72 in a Pound shop but the queue was too long so will have to go back for it. I follow your builds, all of your builds, but don't know how you can fit anymore on your bench. Big bench? Helicopters are pretty scarce birds on BM, be nice to see a few more. No worries. Cheers, Dennis
  2. Too kind, Martian, too kind. Incidentally, following your Roc build but the smaller photos strain my tired old eyes. Have you changed cameras or is it my laptop? Cheers, Dennis
  3. My wife and I recently had a week on the Isle of Man. We've been several times over the years as she has an aunt living there. Although we've seen most of the major attractions, some several times over, somehow I always managed to miss this small museum located near Ronaldsway Airport. This year, however, my wife made note of it in a brochure and as we were in the area we stopped in. The museum consists of a Quonset hut with an added entrance and shop area. The shop has a pretty good selection of recent Airfix issues and a mixed bag of older Heller kits. The museum itself features aviation, marine and military artefacts and models. Most oft the many aviation models were built to a very high standard by Ivor Ramsden (a BM member), an honorary secretary of the museum. There is so much going on inside this little museum that it has been likened to the Tardis. So, should you find yourself on the IOM with an hour or so to spare please stop in and say hello to Ivor and Andy. Nice blokes who'll give you the grand tour and a little history about the island's involvement in WWll. (We usually stay at the Walldick in Peel. Nice place, nice people and an excellent breakfast menu. I have the Full English every morning. Perfect!) Cheers, Dennis
  4. Okay, interior painted up and I think it looks okay, not perfect but okay for a salvage job. Not much will show anyway after it's buttoned up. I do think the seats are a little better than the kit seats. The belts are foil and the hardware just dots of silver paint. My oversize quilted soundproofing can barely be seen so I'm not going to bother replacing it with something more suitable. The equipment rack and sonar buoy console might as well not be there as they can hardly be seen either. More or less ready now to cement the fuselage together and start on the hump and turbine pods. Not going to use this one on the flight deck, for that I'll use an OOB kit -2F as I'm pretty sure it will be more appropriate for the USS Kidd. Cheers, Dennis (Getting the hang now of village.photos. Pretty simple, really, after you post a few.)
  5. Besides moving the transmission hump forward the most noticeable changes from -2F to -2G are the turbine pods. Making them using the plunge method was pretty easy but getting the shape right required two or three tries before I felt okay with the results. The cowling front took a few tries also. First a rough shape in clay, baked and then carved and sanded. After plunging I turned the rig over (quickly) and used the blunt end of a drill bit to form the indentation. After trimming I backed it with .030 styrene. The bullet shaped spinner tips (?) were plunge moulded and spacer discs cemented in between to get the correct (estimated) length. These "spinners" have a (driveshaft?) cover connected to the transmission hump. At least that is what it appears to be. Perhaps an auxiliary drive of some sort. Not sure, someone will know. Cheers Dennis
  6. Okay, this should have been in with the flight deck image but couldn't get it in there. To get the sound proofing effect on the Seasprite's interior I ran some thick foil, craft mesh and a piece of balsa through a pasta machine. It came out okay but I think the pattern would be better suited to 1:48 rather than 1:72. A smaller mesh, perhaps a strainer, would work better on 1:72. Also, I should have used paper for a pattern and then transferred it to the foil to eliminate over handling. Never the less, I'm going to use it as not much will be seen when everything is all buttoned up. Dennis ( I used Village.Photos to get these photos on here and it's easy enough using Bullbasket's primer but couldn't get anything below the photos. Working on it, however.)
  7. I felt the flight deck looked a little sparse on its own so I fooled around with the cardboard and added my interpretation of the hanger doors. Close-up photos of the doors are a little hard to come by so guess work is the order of the day. To get the corrugated effect I wet one side of the cardboard and peeled the paper off. This took several tries until I got the results I wanted. I think this little dio will look okay with a few spotlights, a bit of railing here and there and especially the safety netting around the deck. Cheers, Dennis
  8. Hi Sean, Only one more episode on the 1st series left but series 2 is in the post. A few continuity lapses (the helo seemed to come and go, but from where?), still well worth watching, however Watched The Bedford Incident again last night. Chilling, but nuclear torpedos? Yikes! Dennis
  9. Well, one up over on Maritime Modelling thanks to Bullbasket, and to Gorbygould for the connection. Cheers, Dennis
  10. Thank you, sir. Thought I had a lock on it but just tried to post a photo in the Marine Dept. FAIL, darn it. I wiil have a look into this in a bit. Thanks again. Dennis
  11. I am currently working on USS Kidd flight deck base/diorama which will feature an Airfix Seasprite and scratched deck portion. I've got the measurements sorted but the finer details on the bulkheads are not entirely clear. On the starboard side, for instance, there appears to be three large windows. Windows! Not really au faux with ship fittings and could use some help with this. I'd appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction for photos, reference materials and so on. Incidentally, this is my first posted photo using village.photos. All okay so far and much easier than Photobuck Dennis Well, darn, spoke too soon. I'll have to sort this out. Can't bear going back to Photobucket. Pure torture. Success, of sorts. Many thanks to Bullbasket over on aviation RFI
  12. It took a ridiculous amount of time yesterday just to load four photos on here from Photobucket. I have to ask, do people really go for the adds? There was one, surely a joke, touting a way to attach a smart phone to a motorcycle tank! Really now, what sort of moron would do something like that? Whoops, sorry, if you have. Anyway, as we speak, I am now attempting to sort out the hows and whys of Village.photos and am making some progress. Getting the photos from there to here is holding me up somewhat but I will persevere. Site looks okay but I'm wondering what the catch is. Dennis
  13. Ha, your tentacle prints are all over it! Thanks, Martian. Dennis
  14. This photo of a -2F being refuelled on a Kidd (pretty sure) class destroyer seemed a good idea for a diorama using the -2F I hope to start after I finish this -2G conversion. Doubt I'll go as far as a refuelling scene but perhaps something with a few crew members would do. The flight deck measurements were taken from this diagram: I had saved some packing from a couple of pieces of furniture we had bought from Oak FurnitureLand (they of the perpetual sale), and am using that as a base for the flight deck. The stuff is about an inch thick with a honeycomb interior. Very light and just the thing for diorama bases. I've already got etched deck tie-downs. We'll see how it goes. Cheers Dennis
  15. Hmm, I thought it was Season 5 that was coming up. Well, back to Wiki I guess. Okay, got it now, Season 4 in August it is. Agree about the Bedford Incident in b&w. Dennis