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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. Just edited to use images from FlickR before I got bombed by PB!
  2. Images moved to FlickR. What fun!
  3. Thanks Steve. Regarding the rails there is a Venom only a few miles away from me at Gatwick but it is undergoing refurbishment and the cockpit area is covered by a tarpaulin.
  4. 1. There is a 'something' on top of the fuselage behind the pilot's seat. What is it? There is a diagram in David Watkins book about the Vampire that makes it look like an oversized fuel can with a filler spout. What colour was it? 2. How many guns did the prototype Venom have? I think that was four - like the FB5 Vampire fuselage that it started with. 3. Are there any clear diagrams or photos showing how the canopy rails fit to the fuselage around the rear portion of the canopy? 4. What colour was the upright at the rear of the pilot's seat? Was the rear fuselage under the rear part of the canopy silver? John
  5. Nice job. I built one of these over twenty years ago. I don't remember it coming with the cockpit interior fittings or the wingtip pitots. I wasn't into masking of canopies at that time and only got around to the black framing a few years ago - by hand!
  6. Some use a needle held in a pin vice. You can get custom tools that remove the plastic. In your case have you tried sticky tape? Run something thin, like magic tape, pressed down into the scribed line?
  7. Just thought. The first Venom was produced using the fuselage on a Vampire FB5 so the general arrangement should be the same. Am I right?
  8. Please can anyone provide me with pictures of the early Venom cockpit, i.e. pre ejection seat, showing the seat, instrument panel and anything between the canopy and fuselage aft of the seat?
  9. ???? I just looked at PB after reading the above and it's still the same
  10. Neither are sealed. I find it gives a treacly look to the gloss. Sometimes I get a finish that stands up to handling and sometimes not. I'm confused as to why. I am not an Alclad expert or authority on the stuff. I did the P1a years ago and thought that I had cracked it - but I hadn't. I do not get on with Alclad Basic Black. It seems to bleed through and make the aluminium darker. The instructions on the Gloss Aluminium bottle say use gloss black acrylic but I find that has a tendency to peel when masked. Currently I use gloss black enamel as an undercoat but you have to be extremely careful putting Alclad on top of it as lacquer on top of enamel can cause to to 'curdle' unless it is put on sufficiently thinly to dry immediately. You also have to make sure that the enamel undercoat is thoroughly dry first.
  11. Just looked at this - http://www.rank2traffic.com/photobucket.com and if I understand it correctly it appears that the traffic on PB has been falling steadily for the past 5 years from 120 million sessions/month to 35million so maybe their income from advertising has fallen to reflect this and they felt the need to do something about it. With people leaving because of the increased charge or leaving things as they were it looks as if PB is headed for the rocks so we might have been faced with same problem in the near future. At least this way it has happened gradually and we had a warning instead of the lights suddenly being switched off.
  12. For anybody without the brainpower to realise that this is a project to avoid I have just discovered that there is a very good selection of pictures of the XF-104 in Jay Miller's book about the Lockheed Skunk Works published by Aerofax. It includes some of the original rear end, which I have seen nowhere else. It was on my bookshelf all the time I needed those pictures and I had not realised that they were in there. What did I say about lack of brainpower?
  13. Nice job. I use bare metal foil for shiny bits. Regarding NMF - I'm not at all sure what is the best way to represent it on a model. In photos of real a/c it can vary considerably as it can reflect the colour of the sky and give too much contrast. Also the slight flexing of the skin panels gives it 'texture' which is impossible (for me) to replicate. The lighting has has quite an effect. Below is my P1a using Alclad polished aluminium over gloss black enamel which looks fantastic but as for realism.... I went for Alclad Airframe Aluminium over gloss enamel on my Attacker prototype which made it less shiny. This photo was taken outside in daylight which shows the effect of different lighting. John
  14. SORRY!

    How about a validation charge for new members - Say $399....That will slow them down a bit
  15. Has anybody seen this. It might be a clue to what is going on? http://shares.telegraph.co.uk/news/article.php?id=1995498&archive=1&epic=NWS John