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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. Hi John; Although I don't know the correct answer myself, I'm glad you asked as I'm eyeing up the 1/24 Airfix Ju-87 in my stash and would like to know myself. The notion of mainly bare metal for the gunner's section is very interesting! Best regards; Steve
  2. Nice book that On Target BoB book. Of course, it does state that no-one really knows the true meaning of the wing and tail markings and what was presented in the book was a best guess. Must say that it seems to be the most logical guess, but it does seem strange that all the extensive research on the BoB period didn't unearth the definitive answer to these markings. Of course, some of these strips have since been found to be pink, as shown in contemporary intelligence reports. The Luftwaffe Crash Archive series of books illustrates this well. Interesting subject though! Best regards; Steve
  3. Lovely clean build on an old classic! Big thumbs up from me! I have the same story as you. Always wanted one as a kid, but never got one. Always used to see them high up on the model shop shelves, and the early artwork on those 1/24 Superkits was stunning to say the least. I didn't ever get one no matter how much I begged as birthdays and christmases came around, so the first thing I bought with my first ever pay packet was the 1/24 Spit. I've got about 15 Airfix 1/24 kits in the stash. I always go for the earliest boxings possible, usually from eBay, and they can be had for reasonable prices. Although the decal are usually shot, the plastic is usually flash free, detail is crisper and the fit is generally better. I have found though, that the transparenices are actually clearer and crisper on the recent red box releases. Some of the canopies in the early boxes are shockingly bad, but a fistful of micro mesh will cure this. There is some after market out there for these kits. The Yahu and Airscale instrument panels are excellent, and there is some good stuff from Waldron to be had in 1/24. Grey matter also do some resin for the Hurricane and Spitfire which is very useful. I like old kits, so I am biased, but the 109E scrubs up well with some extra work and the Hurricane is very good (although I prefer the Trumpeter kit now) Do try the Stuka though. It's still an excellent kit and looks the biz once finished. As far as the Spitfire's wing dihedral is concerned: I find the best way to cure the wing droop is to replicate the original and build a wing spar. I use evergreen box section rod for this and it works a treat. Once again, a cracking build of a 1970 classic from Airfix! Best regards; Steve
  4. Ah! In car cassette players. Something you don't see anymore: Streams of chewed up cassette tape strewn along the roadside and tangled in bushes. Obviously thrown out of car windows by frustrated motorists who had just had their copy of "Brothers in Arms" chewed up by their Binatone radio cassette player! Magic. I've still got 400 cassettes from the early 80s and still have my Sharp GF-6060 boom box that I got for my 13th birthday in 1982. All still works a treat. Sad or what? Love the Capri build. I've always wanted a go at the AMT kit. They just don't seem to turn up that often for a sensible price. But I'm probably just looking in the wrong places! Best regards; Steve
  5. ....I'll second, third and fourth that motion! Best regards; Steve
  6. Oh! Cool! I may well have to buy this. I remember an illustration of a PZL-37 in a book I had about WW2 bombers as a kid. I hadn't heard of it before and liked the look of it. Wish I could remember the title of the book. Might have been a Salamander title. Best regards; Steve
  7. Thanks Eugen! You have a new customer waiting! Best regards; Steve
  8. Thanks for the prices. Time to get saving.....quickly! Best regards; Steve
  9. Any rough ideas for release schedules and approximate prices? My cash is waiting! Best regards; Steve
  10. Excellent! I can stop searching for old Frog Proctors now! I'm up for three when released. I think Dora Wings will be a company to keep an eye on. Homebee; As ever, thanks for the heads-up! Best regards; Steve
  11. Hi Willie; Thanks for the heads up! October 8th is my birthday, so that sounds like a perfect excuse for a trip to my Motherland county! It's been a while since I had a trip on a classic bus! I've got the custom decals for my Revell Routemaster sorted now. Going to be ALM 34B of Southend Transport. All I need do now is try not to mess up the build! Best regards; Steve
  12. Oh yes! This will look superb sitting next to my Airfix Ju-87B! I just hope that it actually hits the shelves! Best regards; Steve
  13. Emailed Castle Point and got a very nice reply from the owner of ex-SCT Routemaster VLT 44. Now have detailed interior photos and the exact shade of blue the bus was painted and I can use the kit wheels. Result! All the info I could have wanted. Thanks Willie Fixit for the suggestion of contacting the museum! Time to visit the museum at Castle Point and throw some money in their donation tin methinks. Best regards; Steve
  14. Hi Willie; Thanks for the reply! I should have thought of Castle Point myself. Raised in Southend and left in 1998, but never made it to the museum there. I'll drop them a line. I think I shouldn't have been quite so specific with my query, as I imagine this would apply to most RMs operating around the country. I imagine that most got re-sprays, but I would think that the interiors would have been left as is. I think I've decided to try the conversion to an RM, as this will offer me more choices, so I've been studying the build threads here. Just have to pluck up the courage to start hacking at plastic! Best regards; Steve
  15. I'm still having nightmares about Kanye West murdering Bohemian Rhapsody. Thanks Glasontbury!