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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. that is an absolute mistery to me, 80.000 tanks produced in over 15 years and one can't find a reliable source on the tank colors. I know they were produced in different factories over different years but come on
  2. is that 1/35? your suggestion would be a nice addiction for sure, i had pondered it but in the end when i assembled the cockpit it all came out so nicely and so clean that i think i'm not gonna add anything, don't want to risk to mess it with glue drops or something. i've got one question since i'm there: how did you decided to paint the engine bay? i made some research online, apparently is still a debated topic. In the end the more plausible option i've come up with is to have a green engine bay, red fuel tanks and green oil tanks. It looks like you've done a full red is that something coming from the instruction sheet? the Hobby boss instruction poo-poo doesn't tell what colors to use on the various parts. anyway, i've finished assembling the engine bay, i just have to redo the green prime on the hull. here's the result ( i still think is an insane amount of details for a 1/48 scale ):
  3. well i've moved on this one but i forgot to take pictures so this is the current state of the kit the kits come togheter absolutely nicely. the quality of the interiors assembled is impressive for the scale.
  4. ok, so i've finally assembled the body, and reproduced some more damage, it is now almost ready for paint. i've also started the making of the display base, this is just the first step, i'm planning to drop glue over it and pour "sand" over the base to give the right texture. For the base i made a layer of modelling clay, pressed it down with some sand paper to give it a bit of a texture and than rolled a marble in an irregular way over it to produce the typical little sand dunes. here is with a low light to show the effect in a more dramatic way
  5. it looks good but i would add some radial white lines too, in every picture i see they're quite there, like a sort of spiderweb
  6. in fact i find pictures of the relic evidentely taken in different moments showing different type of damages. I'm trying to stay true to those who i think were the first pictures taken, the one showing less damages. i find it absolutely amazing, the plane slept in the desert for 70 years and survived almost immaculate, than somebody find it by accident and in a matter of months it gets more damages than in the last 70 years. by the way i've found some pictures of the actual recovery http://www.qattara.it/60-173 Kittyhawk.htm
  7. ok, another update. i've managed to realize the skeletons of the wing and tail surfaces using plasticard i know they're not perfect but considering they need to represent a plane that has crashed and been in the desert for 70 years the fact that they're a little rough is actually good. than i've finished assemmbling the hood both on the inside, adding a little frame that you should be able to see and adding weathering to it and on the outside, adding the ruined bent panels than i've finally finished weathering of cockpit and glued it to half of the body i've added some tubes i still have to trim at the right lenght. the two fuselage halves are almost ready to be assembled, i may be doing that tomorrow this is a dry fitting of the plane just to give an idea of how it will look once assembled
  8. ok, i've done some more work: painting and weathering i've painted the engine and i've added sand to the cockpit i've also started to assemble the wings and i depicted the detail of damages on them:
  9. yes i've heard and i've noticed about the wing swept. Well actually i'll leave it like it is. the plane crashed, i can just pretend both wings bent a little backward
  10. i've also painted the cockpit ( as i've shown before this is almost all scratch built ) this is how it looks once assembled and this is what you actually will be able to see once the canopy is on, considering the windows will be sand dirty and the only one you can see trough is the open one please consider i still have to weather it, wich in this case means filling it with sand and dusting the panel. modelling tip: you know when you take a sprue and you make it thin pulling it after you've melted with a flame? once you have the wire you can put the wire extremity on the flame, it makes a little ball. Now you have a perfect handle to put in your cockpit, better than the flat photoetched ones.
  11. cutting parts from the fuselage: i've cut part of the nose, the tail door, the control surfaces, one flap and the ammo box doors on the wings. i'll have to build skeletons for all the missing surfaces and ammo box and ammo doors for the wings. i've also created the skeleton for the tail horizontal control surface . i tried to drill holes right in the model tail but it was coming out a mess so i decided to make it from scratch out of plasticard.
  12. cockpit as usual the kit stock cockpit sucks. It's intended to be kept closed and with the pilot in it, so they didn't feel the need to add much detail. I've cut part of the fuselage. i've cut away two windows to reflect the damage : than i've realized an instrument panel with brass realized a seat and other details like handles and wires primed it the cockpit windows will be dust/dirt so you'll basically be able to see details only from the broken window. Also the bottom of the cockpit will be covered in sand.
  13. yes i've seen that tutorial and i've bought exactly that lamp. now when i have time i have to go and buy the rest of the chemicals and than i'll make some try
  14. the engine ok, some more details, this time is the engine. this is the engine of the plane, as you can see there's a lot of damage, some of it resulting directly from the crash some of it from the 60 years spent in the desert. as i said the Arii kit provided an engine but it was no surprise that the details of such engine were once again really poor so it required some work. the engine is just made out of two parts. so i've cut the gearbox ( you can see it connected to the propeller in the previous pictures ), and i've separated the two engine heads removing some material in the middle since the arii kit didn't even represent that. I've than added a plasticard disc to fill the front hole and stuck a clock clog in it to add detail. Modelling Tip: If you ever going to do something like this project, like a crashed plane or a plane under maintenance, wirstwatches are the perfect source for clogs to use. You can buy a cheap one for a couple of dollars, open it take the clogs and throw the rest away. You can than use them for fans, gearbox, clogs, etc. than i've used electric wires, green stuff and plasticard in order to add details all around. On the hood i've added ribs with a brass sheet. in the end this is the result after applying gray primer ( i've dryfitted the engine on its support just to give an idea of how it looks i think it went out pretty well.
  15. can somebody explain me how is it possible to use a rivet wheel on curved surfaces like on the tail, expecially on smaller scales without having it skid all over the place ruining the riveting? i've tried it several times and simply gave up in the end.