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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. Airfix Fairey Battle in a Type 3 box and Revell Hawk 75a, both bought new early in the 1970s. The Hawk cost 23p; the sticker's still on the box. In those days, I used to build (badly) every kit I bought as soon as I got home from the shop but for some reason these two never got started. They sat in a cupboard in my parents' house for four decades until I had to clear it a couple of years ago. I shan't build them now. However, I do have an Aurora Gotha that I bought at Woolworths a little while later, which has lost its box and a few parts, and that might get built at some point.
  2. I've just had one of LELA's regular emails and as it happens the book's on special offer at the moment: http://www.avions-bateaux.com/produit/recherche/1120. Still fairly pricey at 35.50 euros but their publications are good, as is their service. I've bought the two volumes of "Samourai sur Porte-Avions" and "Les Avions de l'Armee Imperiale Japonaise", and they're excellent.
  3. It would have been hard to tell what accent he'd started out with, as after being mysteronised he was permanently afflicted with severe laryngitis, not to mention dark rings round his eyes. Curiously, the process didn't have the same effect on Captain Scarlet or on anybody else. It would have been a bit of a problem if it had, considering that the whole idea was to create an undetectable duplicate of the original person. It was rather convenient for the Mysterons that it was Captain Black who got sent to Mars and became their sinister agent on Earth, rather than some other Spectrum operative with a more cheerful jacket - Captain Yellow, say. How could anybody have taken him seriously as a menacing, inhuman villain lurking in a dark graveyard with mist swirling round him?
  4. The Profile on the Lancaster II is available online. Specifications are on Page 26.
  5. One of these? A Caudron C.59 trainer - I confess I'd never heard of it, I just started with this list and worked down it following up all the aircraft I'm not familiar with!
  6. According to a review of the Academy/Minicraft Spad published in 'Windsock' some 30 years ago, the Eldon kits that were later boxed by ESCI (Spad, Nieuport 17, SE5a, Camel, Albatros DIII and Fokker DVII, IIRC) were, I quote, "'forgeries' of the original Revell 600 series". The Academy Spad isn't the same mould but a "somewhat substandard copy........the shape of the fuselage is hardly typical of the 13C1 and the tailplane outlines are distinctly suspect. Purists will doubtless also wince at the clumsy airscrew, small wheels and the forward fuselage panel which bears a brace of weapons that almost defy description." The decals were for Baracca's aircraft but unfortunately the roundels were French....... Very bravely, Academy had put a photo of the assembled kit on the box, and the reviewer wasn't exaggerating.
  7. The only way we could successfully fight a major war would be as a subordinate partner to the US, which in reality has been the case since the early 1940s. The last time the UK embarked on a major conflict under the illusion that it was still a credible world power, this was the result. We don't need, and we'll never again be able to afford, a full range of capabilities. As a nation, we need to face up to that and use the resources we have to deliver a limited range of genuine, robust capabilities that will allow us to defend essential national interests, rather than trying to maintain the fiction that we can "punch above our weight". Which is indeed likely to mean that independent military action will be restricted to low intensity warfare but hopefully without the overstretch created by pretending we're still something we've long since ceased to be.
  8. Hi II, Silverkite and Nigel have explained better than I could but this may be of interest: http://www.myplasticmold.com/causes-of-wear-and-damage-of-plastic-mold.html
  9. Airfix are said to have retired their 1959 Wellington III, which was in continuous production for 40 years, because the mould was worn out. At about the same time, they stopped using their 1962 B-17 mould (which had also been in use without a break) and sold the Academy B-17 in an Airfix box for a while. A model shop owner told me that the quality of the shots produced from the moulds for their Tiger (1964) and Panther (1961) tanks is now so abysmal that he won't stock the kits.
  10. I'm just building a Smer boxing of the Potez. I'm seriously impressed by its quality, especially as the kit dates from 1972. That would be about the time when I built the only other kit from Heller's old Musee series that I've ever made to date, their Curtis Hawk. I'd never seen a Heller kit before but North Shields model shop got a consignment and my dad said he'd buy me one of my choice.
  11. Not a British actor but a British film - Charlton Heston gave a superb performance as General Gordon in "Khartoum". Laurence Olivier as the Mahdi - not so much, I feel.
  12. The designer(s?) of the 'new' Spitfire IX and Bf109G does seem to have used the 1950s/60s relics as a starting point. The first shots of the Spitfire had a radio hatch on both sides of the fuselage, a mistake made on the original Airfix Mk IX. Similarly, the 109G has the bulges over the breeches of the fuselage guns joined together to form a single unit, which the sketchiest research would have revealed is completely wrong - but again, the old 109G has this feature. It's almost as if someone was handed examples of the legacy kits and told to produce something based on them but rather closer to modern standards of kit design (though not necessarily accuracy).
  13. Don't waste your time with Paranormal Witness. Try Amish Haunting. Especially the one about the Goat Baby, which IIRC (it's been a while since I saw it) features a thrilling night time buggy chase as the satanic sprog and its parents flee their community, with an Amish elder in hot pursuit - here's a taster. Documentary TV at its best....
  14. And Fw190D/Stormovik. Airfix may have re-released their ghastly Il-2 not all that long ago but that's most definitely one to avoid. The Fokker Triplane was actually paired with the Bristol Fighter; the RE8 formed an improbable dogfight double with the Roland C.II.
  15. Jack, N6345 and N6346 have their cowling and metal and wooden panels left unpainted. The metal components, at least, still look to be in natural finish in the photo (it's rather dark) of B5243 and other Camels dated to later in 1917 but everything is overpainted on Camels photographed in 1918. Regards Patrick