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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. There are photographs showing 46 Sqn Beaus with disruptive pattern upper surfaces and Night under surfaces in Egypt during the period late 1942 to early 1943. The upper surface colours have been variously interpreted as TSS and even Desert scheme. The Night under surfaces demarcation varies. Captions describe the aircraft as being engaged in night air defence of Egypt. Possibly DK Decals based their profile on those. Nick
  2. Understood thanks. Much of the Middle East practice when it comes to camouflage finishes appears non standard and contrary to Air Ministry instructions and DTDs, even those which specifically refer to them. The amount of discretion exercised by HQ Middle East is uncertain but there are clues. For example a query about PRU colours for Spitfires operating in the Middle East was answered that aircraft would be delivered finished according to the current instructions but that on arrival in the Middle East "necessary camouflage instructions will be given to them". Nick
  3. Excellent. But really it is Night. Even in the film a difference can be seen between the blue-black of the airframe and the cowling rim paint which was matt black. Prop hubs in flight colours too. Nick
  4. The paintwork appears heavily chalked and stained, whilst the '2' looks as though it has been painted on a rectangle of paint covering a previous letter or number. Nick
  5. The 1936 Spec 98-24105 called for the "US Army" marking to be in black dope or oil paint - or white if there was insufficient contrast. Spec 24114 of 22 October 1940 changed the colour to Insignia Blue 47. Nick
  6. We are talking at cross purposes. The blog is Google-hosted (unfortunately) so you have to sign in to Google to access it but you don't have to sign in with a gmail account. Nick
  7. I don't think that is right. I have to sign in to administer the blog and I don't have a gmail account. Nick
  8. Glossiness is not always an indication of decals being used. In UK as late as September 1941 RD Materials were complaining to paint manufacturers on behalf of receiving units that the paint used for national markings was too glossy and bright. The situation resulted in contracts being modified to ensure that only matt paints were used and a ban on using "glossy" paints already held in stores on operational aircraft (but they were permitted to be used up on trainers). The interesting aspect of this is that the complaints do not refer to the pre-war bright colours but specifically mention yellow, dull red, dull blue and white as being too glossy. For US aircraft gloss paints for insignia/primary colours remained in use until the end of 1941 and beyond (as the ANA 500 series colours) but the camouflage finishes colour card Bulletin 41 of September 1940 included Insignia Red 45, Insignia White 46, Insignia Blue 47 and Identification Yellow 48. Therefore from 1940 there were matt and gloss paints of the same insignia/primary colours available. Nick
  9. The sheer number and diversity of weapons. It would not have been practical to include all load possibilities in a kit and modellers being modellers they would moan more about what was not included than praise what was. The weapons sets were first issued at a time when kits were less sophisticated and the loads included often poor and were considered a great idea at the time. The kits were cheaper then too. The UK mark up on them now is little short of outrageous. Nick
  10. According to most references (Clements, Tullis, etc.) the Chinese national markings were painted on. IIRC there is a photo of it being done. The "Flying Tiger" insignia were decals. Nick
  11. Looks like Night painted over a camo scheme - and from that article:- "The moon was starting to rise and our all-black aircraft looked very menacing in the dim light." Which poses more questions about the DK scheme! Must have been a non standard scheme as DTD 360 Issue 2 of Nov 1943 required night fighters and intruders in overseas and desert areas to be finished as for home service. If they were engaged on coastal duties there were three schemes, standard and specials A & B, none of which required overall Night but scheme B was Extra Dark Sea Grey over Night. Nick
  12. Posted the relevant night fighter docs at my blog this a.m. Nick
  13. The new night fighter scheme of Dark Green and Medium Sea Grey with Medium Sea Grey under surfaces was ordered by HQ Fighter Command from 25 August 1942 and was mandatory with the exception of aircraft in the intruder role. There was a very brief period from 6 August 1942 when the scheme had been promulgated as Dark Green and Ocean Grey over Night with the proviso that the upper surface paint was to be "applied over an under-coating which is lighter than the present under-coating in use" but it was strongly objected to and quickly rescinded for the revised 25 August order which went to everyone including MAP. The 25 August order also specifically mentions Beaufighters being "flown in" to a contractor to begin the re-paints at the rate of one per day and that it would take "several months" before the Beaufighter re-paints were completed. It also states that all units holding night fighter aircraft (Mosquito, Boston, Havoc, Hurricane and Typhoon as well as Beaus) should commence the re-camouflaging immediately. On 18 October 1942 HQ Fighter Command further instructed that Night Fighter "Intruder" aircraft were to be finished in Dark Green and Medium Sea Grey over smooth Night under surfaces. Therefore it seems unlikely that this particular aircraft would have been in Temperate Sea scheme with Night undersurfaces in 1943. It is possible that it was in Dark Green and Ocean Grey over Night before a re-paint but that would be dependent on the date of any photo. I'll post copies of these instructions on my blog - only because I can no longer post images here. There is a lot of preliminary documentation from early 1942 covering night fighter camouflage trials which I'll also post in due course. It has some surprises in it. Nick
  14. Ooooh, ok I'll withdraw! I have no skin in this game anyway as for me the Martlet/Wildcat has now joined the Spitfire (two threads, 74 pages and counting) in the unbuildable kit category due to the complexity of minor detail mark differences and apparent "fatal flaws" in most of the available kits. Nick
  15. The cynic in me finds it a curious thing that when "Gaston Marty" does it with photos there are usually howls of derision but when JT does it with photos and a beautifully made model there is a chorus of oohs and aahs. Nick