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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. Excellent! Another Flankerman special.
  2. Yes, it's like going back to the days of dial-up! Your models brought back some very fond memories, Alex! Very neat work.
  3. Here's an intact thread of my build of the Revel 1/32 F-4F a couple of years ago: F-4F Phantom
  4. As time permits I'll try and rebuild some of the most informative WIP builds I've done over the years. I still have the photos, just need to host and link them. Thanks for looking in any case! Al
  5. It's taken me all evening, but I've caught up from the very beginning (two years ago!) It was an evening very well spent. Great to see your craftsmanship, ingenious solutions and commitment to getting things right. My hat is off! Alan
  6. As the F-16 has grown in weight and capability, it's grown all sorts of extra lumps, bumps and fairings. The Block 60 has plenty of extra bits to add on! Some of these are kit parts, some resin, and some from the Eduard exterior set. It all fits pretty well. I particularly liked these vents, with the Eduard exhausts: On the other side are the Eduard grilles and the sharp-edged PE scoops. All in all not a bad day's work! I could have gone on, but I managed to spill an entire bottle of Zap CA accelerator all over my work table. The stink made it impossible to keep working! Why oh why do they make it in a tall, slim bottle that topples at the slightest nudge????? Also, the internet appears to be conspiring against me ever posting photos - After the Photobucket debacle, I took the advice of some people on BM I switched hosting to Village Photos. All the photos I've linked today had to be manually typed as the Village website image links were all wrong, and nothing seems to make them display correctly. The things you gotta do, huh?! All the best, Alan
  7. While all that landing gear stuff was going on, I scrubbed and washed the model after sanding all the putty away. The usual filthy job, but it all looks pretty good. I just left it to dry on the windowsill! Now on to the wheels: This is the brilliant resin set by Wheelliant. Correct format for the F-16F and incredible detail. I really like how the tyre is moulded separately from the hub as well. Makes for a simple and precise paint job. Here they are painted with white primer over Mr Surfacer 1000. That detail just pops! While all the gear legs were drying, I started on the canopy. The Big Ed set gives a lot of extra detail so it should look great when finished. The kit thoughtfully provides two complete clear spruse, one in clear and the other tinted: Sadly on the real aircraft, the front canopy is tinted while the rear one is clear! Rather than cut these in half, I'll be tinting the clear one and using the tinted one as a cockpit mask. I sanded off the mould line on the canopy and polished up with buffing sticks, micromesh and finally Tamiya's three-step polishing compound. Next...lumps and bumps!
  8. Hi again, Been off for a bit as I finish editing my new book (third novel written!) This is coming together very well. Lots of puttying today. Most of the gaps are round the resin parts (particularly the nose) but the wing roots need some attention too. Using the SAC metal gear which scrubs up okay once all the moudling seams have been removed. The oleo can be polished up with the edge of a knife. By masking it now I've got a shiny silver oleo for free! The main gear legs are similar. SAC gear seems to be just exact copies of the kit parts, and to be honest I don't like them because they are made of quite a soft metal which bends easily. My preferred option is G-Factor brass. If there's an option I'd pay the extra because they're practically indestructible! The kit has some obvious ejector pin marks, and they've cunningly managed to put them on the display side rather than the hidden side. Academy taking moulding lessons from Revell, I think. Very quick fix is Perfect Plastic Putty for the linky things at the top and cut up Avery labels to hide the marks inside the retraction struts. Simple! Once all the parts are prepared, I separate them into nose, port and starboard so I don't mix them up later. The extra nose gear door is to use as a mask for painting. I'll be using the IsraCast replacement door for the display at top left. More follows...
  9. Thanks! Will be doing some more soon.
  10. Thanks David. I'm picking it up after the weekend. Thanks Steve!
  11. Thanks a lot, Stephen. This is great fun to build.
  12. Meanwhile, back at the airframe... Resin replacement nose and wings attached without any issues whatsoever. Some putty will be needed to smooth off the seams but otherwise the fit is excellent. Flaps attached. CFTs attached. These were a bit fiddly and needed to be glued progressively from the back end to the front. With a bit of care, the fit is almost seamless. Final act of the day was to attach the engine fairing at the back: The circumference isn't quite right so there's a slight step to make good. On the whole, this is looking pretty good and progress has been much quicker than I anticipated. Next step - landing gear. Alan
  13. Last to complete on the engine was the Aires GE F110 nozzle. I used Alclad Pale Burnt Metal over Aluminium, and Jet Exhaust for the petals. The ring is AK Extreme Metal Aluminium and the carbon panels are Alclad Jet Exhaust with Transparent Smoke over the top. Still needs weathering and heat effects. The photo doesn't really show the subtle gold coloured effect from the Alclad. Alan
  14. Some good work done on this today. Engine parts with base colours The tailpipe is painted with Halfords White Plastic Primer and weathered with a metallic lacquer applied with a child's toothbrush! The turbine and afterburner base colour is WEM Corticene, a ship colour for RN linoleum. It's a perfect match for burned titanium! After some treatment, it looks like this: Add it all together and you get this: Additional weathering with Tamiya weathering powders. Photo isn't great but there's some subtle shading and scorching in there.
  15. Here are some shots of the finished cockpit: I glued the sidewall detail to the kit rather than fix them to the cockpit tub as per the instructions: All fits snugly now. With that done, I can fit the fuselage together. Surprisingly good fit as long as you manage the seams properly. Hardly any putty required here. The spine is another story! Milliput (superfine white) is the filler here. But it all fits nicely now. Tomorrow I will complete the airframe assembly and putty up ready for primer! Alan