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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. Funnily enough I thought I might just be able to see the 'Castle Bromwich S' running down from the nose, under the cockpit , and then down (onto the wing, though that bit I couldn't see) It might just be evidence of the cleaning of exhaust staining. The fact that you potentially saw different demarcations shows just how tricky it is to know either way. Now you mention them I too might just be seeing the one from the mast, but nothing on the fin. I share your lack of conviction! There are a couple of pictures of another aircraft of this unit, AR565, which shows even less evidence of any demarcations. Someone will now mention PR Blue to further muddy the already opaque waters (as Flight Lieutenant 'Jerry' Billing, who served with No. 185 Squadron on Malta has done. He died a couple of years ago and the grand age of 93). I think I would model the aircraft in a single upper colour. There is always a chance that any perceived and slight demarcations are just the underlying scheme ghosting through. It would be hard to argue against someone who decided to model the subject in a two colour scheme. Cheers Steve
  2. Which reflects the currently accepted 'most likely' scheme for this aircraft. The photograph you have seen shows little evidence of a demarcation between upper colours, but it's always possible that there is a two colour scheme which shows very low contrast under the conditions in which the photograph was taken. This is why you'll probably get plenty of contrary opinions. Don't forget the wheel hub covers Cheers Steve
  3. I've just seen the Forsyth book going for £275 on Amazon! I bought mine, admittedly years ago, for the original cost probably not much more than 1/10th of that. I need to do a serious inventory of my books, they are probably worth a lot more than I've ever considered. Cheers Steve
  4. Thanks. That makes more sense, and is doable on a model, even at 1/72. Where does the 4mm/1/16" come from? That is not the offset at 1/24 scale (unless the 1:1 offset was around 96mm). Cheers Steve
  5. The offset was 4.0mm? So the Finemolds kit has offset the carrier by 0.055mm? Good luck with that Cheers Steve
  6. And there you have it ^^^^^^
  7. The Air Ministry, trying to clear up some of the confusion following the colour's introduction, stated that it might be described as "Duck Egg Bluish Green". Original capitals, original underline.
  8. And on at least some Me 262 night fighters, if the memory of at least one of those who flew them is to be trusted. (Czypionka, described overall 'medium grey' with a 'light blue' squiggle/mottle) Cheers Steve
  9. The story goes that Cotton was watching the departure of the Maharajah of Jodphur from Heston in his Lockheed 12A, which was painted a pale duck egg greenish blue colour, and noticed that it disappeared from view shortly after take off. He subsequently requested a similar coloured paint from the Titanine Dope Company, which he registered as 'Camotint'. This eventually became designated Sky. How true the story is I have no idea, but it's a good yarn! From memory a version of the story appears in 'Aviator Extraordinary' as told to Ralph Barker.
  10. It was and Camotint and Sky were the same colour. I have tried to attach a document to the Bristol Aeroplane Company regarding the colours for the Blenheim, dated 20/4/40 which states: "As regards colour the pale blue-green which has been called Camotint is now defined as standard Sky, and this description should be given in your schedule." But I've been defeated
  11. Strange that the article above doesn't mention either of the colours mentioned in L.Dv. 4200 “Die deutsche Abwurfmunition” of 1943 . 'Beigegrau' is identified as RAL 7027 for the AB series of bombs, and 'Dunkelgrau', anyone's guess what exactly that was. It is a complicated topic, and I'm not sure that there are any hard and fast answers. The US document I quoted above makes the generalisation that bombs under 500Kg were dark green and those heavier were light blue, but then promptly contradicts this in the body of the report! Bombs were certainly painted post production. There is a well known photograph of a Ju 88 (I think, from memory) carrying light coloured bombs externally, which have had the lower surface painted a dark colour, probably black, to match the temporary night camouflage applied to the underside of the aircraft.
  12. The ZC 250 Kg Practice Bomb, Smoke, is described in an American document (German Explosive Ordnance) as "bright green over-all". No identifying marks, as for 'live' ordnance, bomb type, fuse, explosive identifier etc., are mentioned. If your German is up to it then ' L.Dv.8/g 4. Das Handwerkszeug für den Bombenwurf' may be a better source of information. Cheers Steve
  13. Has anyone considered how well that would be likely to adhere to fairly exotic light alloys, going through a heat cycle from typical sea level temperatures to often -30 or 40 degrees centigrade, sometimes even lower? Maybe it's worth considering how the formulation of that hardware store paint would be affected by high levels of ultra violet radiation? There are reasons, and not overly technical ones, why specific aviation finishes were developed and used on aircraft and paints from the nearest ironmonger or hardware store generally were not. Cheers Steve
  14. It's Easter so I'm not surprised at a resurrection The document referred to is this: Cheers Steve
  15. If that is an over painted leading edge stripe, then it was incorrectly applied in the first place, extending to nowhere near the wing tip. Just saying