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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. Exactly, the ability to project air power will always be the game changer, hence the race going in around the world to build carriers. The daunting task for the RN will be to have the ability to provide a tight, effective screening force around the QE, and she definitely needs her own ppint defence missile system at some point.
  2. I think Michael Fallon was far to quick to make comments about the Kuznetsov, inviting retaliatory comments from the Russians. At a briefing on the QE last the year, a very experienced submariner sat next to me, turned and said ' now there's a nice big target!' Carriers will always will be primary targets in a conflict, hence most carry point defence missile and CIWIS systems in case the escorts get overwhelmed during an attack. the QE is on trials, she's not an actively commissioned warship as yet, and without a suitably sized airgroup she will remain a nice big target without posing much of a threat to anyone. But I look forward to seeing her with that airgroup!
  3. I think the statement has been misinterpreted. In this case as pointed out in an earlier post - the builder was commissioned to build the vessel when the contract was signed.
  4. There are still a few folks in the senior service that are dumbfounded as to why POW was not re-named Ark Royal? A lot of senior people expected it to happen, Prince Charles supposedly agreed to it when approached, so no excuse really
  5. The six spot layout on a deck of this size is surprising. The rolling landing is proposed for aircraft returning with weapons intact in order to avoid having to jettison them.in the sea because the F35B is unable to land vertically over a designated weight.
  6. Interesting thing is , that despite her size, the QE still only has six deck spots - the same as the much smaller HMS Ocean. The areas coated with the special heat resistant coating ( only 3 spots) can be clearly identified by the difference in colour. Even the old HMS Hermes had more deck spots, which seems rather embarrassing for the QE.
  7. A 1/16 M1A2 is long overdue and very welcome. It'll be interesting to see exactly what options are included!
  8. A lot depends on a lot, but providing there are no unexpected problems what you are hearing seems to be indicative of existing proposals!
  9. No doubt they'll take a good look at what they have and then work out what they'll get in return for the anticipated costs. The Iowas were only decommissioned because they were manpower intensive, but fact is these vessels were damned good value for money, and even now, specially if the USN went back to using nuclear tipped Tomahawks, they could be used as command vessels to replace outdated Blue Ridge and instruments of tactical nuclear power projection.
  10. There are many who feel the answer to retaining Ocean is to turn her into an RFA. But the only problem with that is the cost of upgrading the accommodation - the RFAs have a higher standard of accommodation than RN warships. Parting with Ocean would be the dumbest thing the RN has done in a very long time, but a crisis in manpower means they can't crew POW and Ocean. Mothballing POW until such time as manpower levels rise and we have aircraft to put on her is the correct and logical way to go!
  11. Simply put, that ain't gonna happen. All this waffle about using a QE as an LPH is nothing more than a poor attempt at trying to justify decommissioning HMS Ocean. Furthermore the QEs will not carry any form of landing craft, they will serve only in the strike carrier role. I suspect that unless Ocean becomes an RFA effectively replacing Argus, Argus will be used as a make shift LPH in an emergency. Albion will be back in business shortly with Bulwark in extended readiness.
  12. That Flightpath sets are great, does anyone know which base kit this is designed for?
  13. Hmm, that'sounds a lot of postage for something very small and light!! A full conversion kit would come in handy! Any idea how long it might take for Airfix to release a K2? Or possibly just additional parts with decals?
  14. Thanks guys, the matchbox parts are indeed crude, reckon i'll wait for an Airfix issue or a conversion set from somebody else.