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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. If you look at the MoD/RN reporting of the naming ceremony by the Queen 3 years ago ( http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2014/july/04/140704-queen-elizabeth-naming ) the ship is referred to as HMS, including by the First Sea Lord himself. I presume that MoD has already paid a substantial proportion of the contracted costs to BAe so legal ownership might be a moot point if it came to a legal dispute. It is interesting to read about the first of the fast minelayers HMS Abdiel, in this context ( Very Special ships by Arthur Nicholson) Abdiel was about to start builder's trials in March 1941 when she was ordered to take a full load of mines and do an operational lay off Brest on 23/24 March and again 28/29 March coming into contact with enemy aircraft at one stage before resuming her original programme, formally commissioning on 15 April. Mountbatten, who commanded the escorting destroyers for the 2nd lay, signaled congratulations to Samuel White and Co (the builders) for their minefield at the end of the operation!
  2. The Rotorcraft conversion set 4806 is to convert the Airfix 148th Lynx to Gulf war config and has all the pods you list - perhaps find someone that can lend one to measure from?
  3. To my eye the Tamiya primer is quite a bit too dark - nearer Humbrol 64. I would suggest Tamiya AS16 is a better match to RN light grey but not sure if that one is actually acrylic. Re the bit above about acrylic vs enamel, for me the issue is whether the paint used passes the SWMBO smell test. If it doesn't I'm usually banished to the garage!
  4. I experienced enough interference yesterday to be convinced something was going on beyond my usual broadband speed issues but things are fine today Mike - I must have lived a very sheltered life not to have previously come across the other website being referred to and my curiosity has been raised enough to want to see what is actually being said but no amount of googling seems to turn up a likely culprit. Can you give me a hint of a useful search term perhaps please?
  5. Taut wire measuring was used by the Abdiel class minelayers and there are a couple of photos in the recent "Very Special ships" by Arthur Nicholson but not a lot of detail shown.
  6. The policy re beards relaxed fairly early on once it was decided that Argentina was not likely to deploy chemical weapons. Many ships, mine included, went in for beard growing contests after that.
  7. Have already got the funnel searchlights/covers or is it worth ordering those too?
  8. I get the best results by having a sort of sprue run so that the resin is fed down first underneath the item and then rises up into the area of item being cast with a vent at the top to allow all the air out. This always gives the most consistent results especially in terms of minimising trapped bubbles.
  9. Assuming that you are after 4mm = 1ft scale, have a look at Plastic Soldier review which shows virtually every figure ever made in 1:76 th or 1:72nd http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Manufacturers.aspx
  10. I'm pretty sure that it is because some of the chemicals in old enamel are no longer considered safe but doubtless Jamie at Sovereign can give the full answer.
  11. Thanks Jamie re Kagero publications for info A general question about Colourcoats if I may - what matt varnish (preferably spray can) would you say works best? I made the mistake of using the Humbrol 49 spray acrylic on a hull with an Admiralty Light disruptive pattern and found the bits I had painted with B6 going crinkly in several places even though the bits that are 507B were unaffected.
  12. Also much impressed and interested to see how you take things forward. What was the source of the 3D view of the Air Defence Platform? I am keen to find out whether the UP mountings on Hood had dedicated control sights.
  13. A14 is used to hold polythene bushes in place so that the tail side pieces are removeable - see stage 12
  14. I have converted one of these to radio control so not absolutely sure what the static solution is but I presume the 4 parts A15 join 2 each of A10 or A11 respectively. I wonder if the parts DA4/5 are still meant to hold the gear wheels in place - perhaps check if these fit snugly over the raised circle of plastic around the central holes in A10/11? A13 also looks like it fits the central holes in A10/11 but there are only 2 of these I can't see what A12 and A16 are meant to do - they don't appear to fit into or over the other parts of the gears
  15. I wish you luck with getting those - MoD is very strict about any shots below the waterline being classified although I did see a dry dock shot of Illustrious in Navy News some time back