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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. Serial P8088 of Pilot Officer Alec Lumsden? Check Profile No. 41, Spitfire I & II oublished in 1965. It was illustrated in colour 5-view by James Goulding and also with photographs supplied by the pilot. Full left and right sides, on page 9 of the same monograph. I missed the hubbub over the Hurricane.
  2. I used this ebay seller: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Attack-Squadron-Models-1-72-DH-98-MOSQUITO-2-STAGE-SUPERCHARGER-MERLIN-NACELLES-/382042658869?hash=item58f3845835 As for actually using the parts? Good grief, nobody uses aftermarket parts any more than they build kits to reduce the stash! These engines look so good in the bag that I might yet get out the tools once the minor house renovation is complete. I figure any man who can successfully decipher Ikea kitchen cabinet instructions has nothing to fear.
  3. Are the only choices blue and red? I take it the band and numeral were added for some event, a race perhaps? Perhaps there are other examples to guide?
  4. My package arrived just now, excellent service all the way. I can't say enough good about Canada Post's tracking service. And like always, the package arrived two days ahead of promise. The parts came packaged in a ziplock baggie, inside a neat little cardboard box together with a simple instruction sheet. The vendor wrapped it in another layer of corrugated cardboard and then in bubble wrap and then mailed it in a bubble-lined envelope. The package arrived in perfect condition. I will buy from that guy again for certain. I haven't attempted to use them, of course. Too much to do and too little time. The basement reno beckons. If I need inspiration for building a Mosquito, I look no further than a project in which my father-in-law is heavily involved: http://www.ch2a.ca/mosquito
  5. All this talk of using these dangerous solvents brings to mind the apochryphal tale of the fellow who used gasoline to thin enamels. He was spraying merrily along until the moment the pilot light on his furnace caught wind of the mixture. Too late, he realised he had actually built himself a home carburettor. On the up side, he was easy to spot at the next club meeting, the deaf guy with no eyebrows.
  6. Mine left the ebay vendor in California on the 19th, cleared customs in Richmond BC on the 21st. Canada Post expects to deliver it here in Toronto on Wednesday next week. They always try to underpromise so I won't be surprised to see it Monday or Tuesday. Now what did I do with the kit to stick them on?
  7. Do you have the aircraft's serial number? Google can be pretty good searching by serial.
  8. The US Navy and reserves used the Catalina postwar as well. By then the standard scheme had become glossy sea blue overall, with postwar stars and bars (red stripe added) and lettering in white. The reserves featured an orange band around the rear fuselage. They were kept clean as a whistle and that's a scheme so sharp you could cut yourself. My to do list features one from NAS Grosse Ile.
  9. I knew a fellow who used a photocopier to make a pattern. Once he had the right dimensions, enlarged or shrunk as needed, he used scissors to cut it out. Then he used a ballpoint pen to trace the plan onto a thin sheet of rubber. Scissors again to cut the template out, applied it to the model with stickum, possibly rubber cement or maybe it was rolled up cellotape, sticky side out. The sheet rubber isn't exotic, he used kitchen rubber gloves, slit on the fold. Best of all, the template could be used repeatedly. He built a lot of one type, Spitfires I think, and variations have been would be obvious. The materials are cheap as dirt so any errors don't cost much.
  10. I hadn't considered two-stage Merlins in 1/72 since I converted a Frog B.IV/FB.VI to a Mk XVI way back when the world was young. It was a poor job but I didn't think so then So now I have also ordered a set, from the US Ebay link given by Chuck1945 and we'll see how long it takes to get here to Toronto. Total cost (postage in) was USD$15.49 and my bank charged my credit card CAD$21.16. The end price was right, now we'll see the goods. If Biggu's is coming from Poland we'll see whose vendor is quicker.
  11. Quite right, Hurricanes were used in the night role early on, including the Mk I (8 guns) and also the Mk IIB with twelve, all .303. James Goulding's Camouflage and Markings No 3 - an excellent reference - illustrates an 85 Sqn machine and also has a photograph of a IIB. The overall black finish didn't come into use until late 1940 and any used prior to that were in standard day colours.
  12. CanMilAir have what you want, a wide variety of Sabres including 421 Sqn: http://www.canmilair.com/products.php?cat=63&pg=4
  13. It seems it was being serviced by members of 656 Sqn but there is no indication it was attached to them. Note also the overload tanks in the jumbo economy size, suggesting it was used for very long flights, not such an unusual thing for PR machines. It might well be Iwakuni was just a pit stop for a Far East squadron doing some mapping as suggested in a previous thread. RG238 had been used by S/L H.B. Martin (of Dambuster fame) and S/L Sisemore to establish a new London - Cape Town record in 1947. They were awarded the Britannia Trophy. Presumably the aircraft was returned to regular duties thereafter. I don't see the promised second part of the article, maybe there's more still to come.
  14. Good to know, thanks.
  15. A further small point on the hexagon marking. James Goulding writes that the marking was used by 85 Squadron in France in 1939-40. The French not being au fait with squadron code letters, 60 Wing (85 and 87 Squadrons) removed them and were given permission to substitute a device. 85 naturally opted to resurrect the hexagon. The A Flight presentation was point up, and B Flight on the flat. I'm not sure how long that (meaning the flight differentiation) lasted but it is the sort of tidbit that keeps modellers up at night.