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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. Dear Ka-Efka we absolutely agree. Do you notice the in the forum we do not have any major complaint on the shape after our Mirage 2000 series ? Like Mirage III, F-5, Harrier, Hornet, AMX, Kfir .. ? We spend quite a lot of effort in confirming the basic shape. The time cost involved even more than fancy slide mold tooling. Normally the shape validation stage takes 6 months to 12 months before we go into details. That what we out our resources into.
  2. Dear Foxmulder, As a modeller we can see it is good to provide the one pc missile option. Eduard is resin offering, and aftermarket supply is different from plastic kit injection. We heard some voice to provide super detail option in plastic form in order to provide better value for the modeller. One pc missile is something similar to ind link track link in AFV market. The new question is those option require cost and production capacity to deliver. If the percentage of customer is not large enough to pay the price then large number of consumer have to pay something they 'nice to have' option. The one pc missile for sure a good idea, but it may push the production cost and finally affect the retail price. And then the consumer will complain the kit too expensive. The debat will go back to basic form: whether the market need an affordable kit with option from aftermarket for fill certain high grade market or we provide eventhing in a plastic with a higher price tag? We have seen the proof of provide everything in one box not too success in AFV (after years of implementation) well now the same issue raise to plane market.
  3. That exactly describe our concern. In Su-33 projects, we examine the cost. The tooling itself is not a problem. The problem is he labor cost involved. Recently a lot of new kit focus on one piece missile slogan. We study in detail whether we follow the same route to change all missile to this approach. But seems we can only implement on certain high detail multi axis detail on the fin type missile. And those missile design not good for high volume production (for our US missile sprue we produced more than 500,000 shots so far) if we need to make a one pc missile, multiple that number by 6 to 7 times as the one pc missile cannot require only 3 to 6 missiles per tooling. The material and labor required would make the kit production cost sky high. But of course if the more customer demand and willing to pay for it, why not ? This is not technical issue just commerical consideration.