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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. Recently finished this CAR ( Costruzione Automodelli Roma ) 1/43 DN9b Shadow from the 1979 season. The kit is from sometime around 1981. The engineering and fit was overall a little better than the CAR Ferrari 312B/74 I built earlier this year. It's finished in Tamiya lacquers, acrylics and two part automotive urethane. The decals had survived the last 35 years in pretty good shape and most didn't prove overly fragile or dried out. I am aware there is a nicer, newer Tameo kit of this car, but this is the kit I had so I built it.
  2. Wow! Simply beautiful work.
  3. Oh, and it's not obvious from the kit but they can control that top wing from the cockpit. Adjusting it mainly to tune the amount of grip they're looking for in the corners and balance it with top speed at the end of the straights.
  4. Nice! I live in Indiana, Steve's home state. Know both he and his wife Dana. Have watched him race countless times. Used to design merchandise for him as they got all their shirts and nick-knacks produced by the company I was a graphic designer for. Sprint cars are anachronistic machines and very visceral to both watch and drive. Kind of a 'you have to experience it to understand it' kind of thing. To put it into perspective, the modern sprint car weighs less than 1000 pounds and has a better power to weight ratio than a modern F-1 car. But, of course, they truly do suck at turning right.
  5. Lovely! Really like this trio, thanks for sharing.
  6. I got this because I like the modern coupes, it was one of the newest things MA Scale Models offers and I was curious about this manufacturer. It took a good amount of effort to get this result. The resin castings are OK. They suffer from pinhole bubbles because they appear to have been cast at atmospheric pressure. Otherwise they are clean and with some work provide a good result. The metal parts are about half&half. Half I used, modified to one extent or another, the other half I tossed and replaced with scratchbuilt items. Example...the rear wing here is entirely mine. As are the front aero appendages. Both made from plastic sheet. Clear vacform parts can be made to work. Getting them trimmed out correctly proved extra challenging because my sample appeared to not quite be a complete pull when formed. Decals where well printed, in register with good, bright, opaque color. They where also the thinnest decals I've EVER encountered and it made working with them a CHALLENGE. The end result with them was, IMO, excellent.
  7. Thanks everyone. Yes, I lament the passing of producers like Starter and Provence Moulage. Simply yet excellently executed kits that are fun to build.
  8. Nice. Your mix of gloss/satin/matt on various elements is balanced just right and lends a super realistic air to the overall clean build.
  9. I finished this 1/43rd Starter kit of the 1970 Martini Porsche 908/02 short tail today. It's built box stock and I used Tamiya acrylics and lacquers along with 2 part auto urethane clear coat. Really enjoyed this simple yet detailed kit.
  10. Today I finished this 1/43rd Starter Ferrari 312PB. It represents the car Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx drove to win the 6 Hours of Daytona in 1972. Box stock. Largely Tamiya paints, acrylic and lacquer, with two part urethane automotive clear. The decals had dried out and a number of them shattered as I was applying them. I eventually wised up and coated the rest with Micro Scale liquid decal film. I love old Ferrari racing cars and these simplified Starter kits are loads of fun to build and paint.
  11. Specifically the aftermarket sheets ESCI used to produce in the 70s. 1/72 & 1/48 sheets for various aircraft. I've never been able to get these to work well...particularl. They REALLY seem to hate solvents or setting solutions if any kind. Which they really kind of need because they're so thick and inflexible. Has anyone ever found workable solutions for these decals? I'm wondering if heat is the only thing that would kind of make them conform...
  12. Couldn't find a US dealer who carries the Daco solutions so I ordered them directly off their website. I also ordered a bunch of others to try from other sources...Gunze, Tamiya, AK, MIG, Scale Motorsport, etc. I did also get my suspicions confirmed...Walthers did change Solvaset a few years ago. It's not nearly as strong as it used to be. I wish I had my old bottle... I'm thinking if my experiments with the new solutions don't provide the results I want I need to talk to some chemist friends about possible home brews.
  13. I have no superlatives to offer that don't involve profanity so I'll simply say, most impressive!