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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. When you consider the different variants of Sidewinder, Sparrow and AMRAAM over the life of a platform it makes sense.
  2. If you want a decent Typhoon, it's a toss-up between Revell and Hasegawa. Both have issues (Revell's fit is a pain in places and Hasegawa's needs a new seat and is expensive) but they build into decent models of the real thing.
  3. The kit isn't even based on the prototype, it's based on the initial mock-ups of what was then EFA before the Development Aircraft were even built. It amazes me that Airfix keep re-popping it to be honest... You won't get photos up the intakes of an RAF Typhoon because, well, it's not allowed (no, I can't say why). There should be plenty of the exhausts online though.
  4. I got a set for the 1/72 Hasegawa Typhoon. Total waste of money. The sizing is completely wrong and they ended up in the bin. I wouldn't waste your money.
  5. Vallejo Model Air have 36231 available in some of their Modern US aircraft paint sets. It's also available from Mr Hobby. Not sure of the paint codes.
  6. Spanish Typhoons are painted FS36231. The lighter grey areas (the radomes etc.) are all RAF Camouflage Grey (aka Barley Grey), just as they are on all the other nations' jets.
  7. The RAF confirmed the photo was legit and that it was a PW4 on a Typhoon. They also said that the person responsible won't be disciplined because it's simply continuing the rich history of armourers writing messages on bombs.
  8. I can't comment on press speculation or on the operational capability of an operator. Sorry.
  9. No, they are classed as IDS. The ECR is a very different (and much later) modification to the jet and the ECR is only used by the Germans and Italians.
  10. It can be opened on the ground, but I believe it needs a lock put onto the actuator to keep it open when the jet is parked and shut down.
  11. With RAPTOR fitted to the left shoulder, the jet could carry a pair of Paveway IV bombs on the right shoulder. There wouldn't be anything on the centreline. The other common load for Herrick was LITENING III on the forward left, Brimstone on the rear left and Paveway IV on the forward right and rear right. Again, nothing on the centreline. Wing stores would be AIRCM on the left outboard, fuel tank and BOL launcher on both inboards and BOZ on the right outboard. No AIM-9s or ASRAAMs carried over Afghanistan in any of the photos I've seen.
  12. I'll echo what Selwyn said. The GBU-24s in the Revell kit are closer to a UK Paveway III, but still not perfect. Paveway III (UK) was carried by Harrier over Kosovo (I think) and by Tornado over Iraq and over Libya. Not sure about Harriers in the Iraq war, and I don't think it was dropped by either platform over Afghanistan. In Ellamy the Typhoons carried Enhanced UK 1000lb Paveway IIs. Very different to a GBU-16. One other minor point - the markings on the ASRAAMs are incorrect - the brown band (for the rocket motor) should be further forward on the missile. Those details aside, it's a great build of a kit that isn't easy to put together. Good job.
  13. TSR.2 is famous and the entire Airfix production run in 1/72 sold out immediately. If you want a commercially-available, injection-moulded kit of a Scimitar or anything else at an affordable price then it has to be commercially viable. There's nothing to say that Airfix won't tool one at some point in the future though, provided they can get the appropriate research materials and access to one to measure / laser-scan it.
  14. Revell, hands-down. The fit is a pain in places, but it's a lot more accurate than the Trumpeter kit and half the price!
  15. I may have to do this scheme on my second Ki-61. Superb job.