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    • Mike

      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. Yep, hole in one. Thought Ajax will be the name of the last Astute class SSN. If the name Glasgow can drift down from cruiser to destroyer to frigate, we might yet see an OPV named Eagle.
  2. Biased? Moi? It's just that in Cornwall the air is so balmy and pure that one sees these things with the utmost clarity - when it's not bucketing down rain, of course.
  3. I'd run rather than walk. That lot from Devon will try and nick anything that isn't nailed down and quite a few things that are. Look at flags. Cornwall has an ancient flag of a white cross on a black ground, flown with pride. Arriving late on the scene, Devon decide they need one of their own. It's a yellowy cross on a pale green ground (chiz, boo). Literally a pale imitation of the noble Cornish flag (cheers, cheers).
  4. Indeed, as it is the MPM kit, "spue" or even "spew" is the mot juste.
  5. I could start a whole new rant on how people who have gravy with Cornish pasties ought to be summarily executed. However, aided by expert testimony from the likes of T7 Models and myself, you might escape on the technicality that Ginsters barely qualify as food, and most certainly not as Cornish pasties. What other benighted people in the rest of the UK do with products which may be marketed under the name of pasty is entirely between them and their conscience.
  6. A few reasonable shots in The Blackburn Aircraft Company by Malcolm Hall (Chalgrove, 1996) - 2 of Iris I (1 built) - 3 of Iris III (4 built) - 3 of Perth (4 built) plus close up of 37mm COW gun installation in nose. - 2 of Sydney (1 built - effectively a monoplane version of the Iris II) - shot of incomplete cockpit plus 2 shots of the passenger interior of the Blackburn Nile, a cancelled civil version of the Sydney. Smallish shots but may be of some use (no close-ups) in A J Jackson's Blackburn Aircraft since 1909 (Putnam, 1989): - 1 of Iris I - 4 of Iris II - 1 of Iris III - 2 of Iris IV - 2 of Iris V - 5 of Perth Actually the Perth shots are not that bad. The best is given as Flight photo 13793 so a rummage around the Flight artchive might yield results.
  7. Effortlessly: I give you Ginster's pasties. (Which, believe it or not, were once excellent, in the days when they were made in an old "tin tabernacle" chapel on the outskirts of Callington and sold from its porch. That's before they started filling them with slurry from tankers.)
  8. More on the Dragon Churchills. Courtesy of Jadlam's sale I know have 7520 "Churchill III Fitted For Wading" and 7327 Churchill III AVRE. The latter has all the parts for a standard Mk.III with a short 6 pdr gun. 7520 can certainly also be built as a Mk.III (ie just leave off the wading kit) but it is really only suitable for a Dieppe-era tank as it has minimal trackguards (only next to the air intakes). I find that the variant boxings tend to hang around longer and go for less than the standard gun tank kits. But here in the UK even the Jadlam sale price was around the $20 mark - probably more at current rates of exchange.
  9. Thanks for that. Could you please tell me what scale those transfers are in? If they're not in 1/72 or 1/76, there's no point in my trying to track him down. Thanks.
  10. Thanks for that. Like the look of BUSHMILLS IV but have a profound mistrust of profiles and would prefer to work from a photo. Sounds if Chris Meddings produces his own range of transfers. Anyone know the name he trades under? Expect they're 1/35 anyway.
  11. Tunisia is the only place, barring Dieppe, where Churchill I and IIs saw action though according to New Vanguard 4 some even soldiered on until the battles on the Gothic Line in Italy This is possibly a photo of such a tank, showing it had been reworked with some Mk.III characteristics such as full track covers and possibly improved air intakes: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=churchill+i+tank&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjJvsOy Is anyone aware of any other photos of these early (pre Mk.III) Churchills in action or any sources of decent information on their service there? I have a hankering to model one based on a Hasegawa kit with parts from Dragon (or even a Dragon Mk.III with a Hasegawa turret). Thanks in advance.
  12. http://alliedtanksafvs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/self-propelled-gun-avenger-a30.html
  13. Sometimes the "Like" button just seems wholly inadequate. But I think you missed out the bit about the Germans deciding the aircraft is too expensive and delaying the project by 5 years in the search for illusory cost savings before changing their mind and deciding the aircraft is fine as it was.
  14. Great find. Incidentally, a reminder of how dark Neutral Gray was.