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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. Hi Tony, I thought one of the Australian sites had info on the colour of the Matildas but the closest I could find was on the Mouse House Enterprises web site (They do a lot of accessories and even paints for Australian Armour). This article has info on markings and marking colours - not sure if the "service colour" is meant to be the overall green on the tanks or not. http://www.mheaust.com.au/Aust/Research/Matilda/Markings WW2.htm Regards Michael
  2. I noticed this first on the other main site I post on - 72nd scale aircraft. After hearing from others there and here, I've moved to postimage. It is quite a bit of work reloading and linking photos. The other difficulty is remembering which pictures I originally posted if I didn't individually caption each (I usually have more pictures than I actually post of each topic) however it does mean the posts may have a different set of pictures to look back on! I've started redoing all the pictures progressively. Fortunately I never rely on online storage as a main location. I usually have the masters backed up on an external hard drive and dvd's. External Hard Drives do crash as well. Hope the other hosting sites don't go the same way. I wonder how they do make money without ads.
  3. Hi Wombat, I nearly forgot - There is the High Planes kit. Here's a built one - http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/pages/Gallery/Aircraft_I-O/Jarvis_SpitVc.html It has the advantage of having RAAF decals too but an easy build it probably isn't. It would also have vac canopies. It does have the advantage of being available. Not sure if it might be better for accuracy on the items mentioned by Finn. Regards Michael
  4. Hi Wombat, Dave's right, the best kit currently is the Sword kit. I did a review a while ago on Aussie Modeller - http://www.aussiemodeller.com.au/pages/Reviews/acft kit/Louey_SwordSpitVc.html I was at the Melbourne Model Expo and was sure I saw some on some vendors stands but since I wasn't looking for one I didn't pay much noticed. Since you're in Australia, these should be affordable if you can only find them. It *may* have been Aeroworks from Adelaide or then again it could have been one of a couple of vendors I didn't catch the name of. Best wishes searching. Michael
  5. Hi Cookie, Thanks for the suggestions again. I looked at my Mk 21 though and there only appears to be one spinner backplate, so I would transfer the problem of completing a set of aligned props to that kit. I suppose you are using your SH kits as cannabilization subjects so it may not be an issue for you. I'll think of what to do next when I get back to the Mk 24 soon. (I have 2 projects I have to do for club displays which need to be finished in the next month - One of them is a Spitfire but not as we know it Cheers Michael
  6. Hi Tony, Thanks for the clarification - I haven't looked at my copy for a while - I only recall it came with an extra cowling and the single seater fairing. As this is an early version I thought the new cowling would be the one for the early airframes. I've seen the photo of the "Secret Weapon". I'm pretty sure it was in one of my AHSA (Aviation Historical Society of Australia) journals. I'll try to find it and if so, I'll pm you to see if you want a scan. Cheers Michael
  7. Thanks Cookie, I'll probably go with the lengthened props and the original u/c covers. I'll also use a spare Eduard canopy like you suggested. Cheers Michael
  8. Tony's covered the details pretty well. Just a few comments - The MPM kit has a major outline flaw in it - the fuselage sides taper from front to back when looked at in plan. They should be parallel. The SH kits are correct here. The 2nd SH boxing (Rabual) has extra resin to cover the different early cowling type and a fairing for a once off "single seater Wirraway" The other kit available is the High Planes kit which is very accurate in outline and has a nice vac form canopy (which may need to be trimmed down for height based on experience from a friend's build). It's a limited run kit (actually High Planes first kit) and needs a lot of small detail scratched but ends up looking very nice. Cheers Michael.
  9. Hi Cookie, Great Spitfire! I have a couple of questions for you. I'm also building the Airfix Mk 24 currently though mine is in camouflage PK682. I've just been reading my Phileditions book and noticed this was a rebuilt Mk 22. Do you know if all Mk 24's had the long prop blades and updated undercarriage covers? I have a Special Hobby Mk 21 which has these spare parts so I can change them if required. Regards Michael
  10. Great build of the Wingnuts kit. I've just bought a 1/72 Roden kit and it has the same marking options!
  11. Great model as usual Tony, looks just like the real thing. Cheers Michael
  12. Hi Aoshima produced a kit recently - http://freetimehobbies.com/1-700-aoshima-uss-wasp-cv-7-plastic-model-kit/ Notice the box art - Aoshima seems to like doing box art showing adversaries being defeated. A similar box art was done for HMS Hermes. I am sure the Japanese Sub wasn't wafting around on the surface after torpedoing Wasp. Cheers Michael
  13. This is a relatively easy question - Tracking down all the RAF/RAN/ADF aircraft - the missing items are: Junkers G 31 - A Junkers Ju 52 predecessor built in limited quantities, about 1/3 which ended up in New Guinea and one of which was taken up by the RAAF. Avro Cadet - A smaller type of the more common Tutor, once again most of which ended up with the RAAF Cheers Michael
  14. Hi J-W, Good luck getting a RotaChute - Though a dead end, it is cute. I got mine really cheap at the local Hobby Shop (I think it was about AUS $10 about half the price I've seen it online). I had a look at your FA 330 - Well Done! You've added more detail than me however it looks like you used my initial rigging technique with thread. I had real trouble with tension and replaced it with wire! Cheers Michael
  15. Hi J-W, The Rotachute is a kit by "Fly" models. It is 1/72nd however "Fly" also produce this kit in 1/32nd where it is still not very large but the detail will be more visible. One of our club members has this kit. I know of the FA330, I built one alongside this RotaChute - Full details of the build here http://z15.invisionfree.com/72nd_Aircraft/index.php?showtopic=8975 Thanks for the info Dave. He sounds like the British counterpart of our Fred David, the Austrian Jew who designed the CAC Boomerang. He was interned at the start of the war and had to report to the police fortnightly while designing the Boomerang. Goes to show that immigrants who have experienced persecution show a greater desire to "do their bit" than locals who haven't experienced what they are facing. Thanks for the comments guys. Cheers Michael