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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. You scratchbuilders just blow my mind. Looks great mate!
  2. Despite your frustration I think it turned out well.
  3. Thanks guys! IanC. The Kate and Zero wore the same warpaint in both battles. The Val went from grey/green to green during the six months.
  4. I completed the 1/72 Airfix Zero starter kit. I bought it off eBay for $3 plus shipping. I was a nice kit with the option to fold the wingtips. In comparison to Hasegawa it was a little rough with a little cleanup required and deep panel lines but I think it turned out well. This one depicts AI-102 from the Akagi during the Midway attack. I used Tamiya's XF-12 JN Grey as the base and oils for the weathering.
  5. Nicly done The weathering is superb.
  6. I’m done with the Val. This was a nice kit though the instructions were a little hard to interpret at times. It did require some scratching to make it acceptable but all in all it was fairly accurate. I still have an Akagi Zero to complete so I have one more to do.
  7. Fantastic job on her! Like you, I've always wanted an IJN carrier but can swing the price at the moment. When I get on I hope it comes out as well as yours.
  8. I sprayed the Val silver, sprayed some chipping fluid and got one coat of JN green on before my air valve assembly quit on my AB. I have it soaking in thinner but don't hold out much hope for a fix. That will set me back a week or two. I really need to get a second AB.
  9. OK Guys, here's the update for the Val. I added some Evergreen sprue for the canopy bracing. The canopy isn't attached and neither are the wing tips, they are just there to show the progress. I need to come up with something for the gadgets on the dash. I cut the flaps and showed them in the down position.
  10. Hey guys, I just completed Hasegawa's Tornado. It was an Italian version which I had in my stash for a few years but I wanted to make it into an RAF bird. I ordered Xtradecals from Hannants and used the 31 Sdn 100th anniversary decals. I also order the FLIR pods from Freightdog models. The kit was missing the ECM and chaff pods but I didn't want to spend any more on AM so I left them off. I hope you enjoy it.
  11. I did some work on the Val's seams last night and got them smoothed out. I scratched the missing cockpit piece and need to scratch something to duplicate whatever is sitting on top. I also need to scratch the canopy braces but that should be about it. Drawing of Val cockpit. My silly futile attempt at duplicating the missing section. But if it works....
  12. Thanks Martian, it's good to know you're watching.
  13. Here are the cockpit photos I didn't have earlier. I didn't get to it last night (finishing up the 31 Squadron 100th Tonka) but I need to scratch a fuselage separation between the pilot and gunners opening and try to add some harnesses.
  14. That is some unbelievable work especially next to the pen!
  15. Hello all, My new build is the 1/72 Cyber Hobby Aichi D3A Type 99 Val WIP. There are some issues with the canopy and cockpit opening but I'm positioning the canopy open so most of the issues will be hidden. I am also placing the wingtips in the folded position. This will be a depiction of AI-201 off the Akagi June 1942 Midway attack. I have pictures of the cockpit but they are on my other computer so I'll upload them later. The kist is going together nicely but there are some minor gap issues on the bottom. The wings are on and I applied some Mr. Dissolved Putty.