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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. Have you tried 48" in 1/ 144 scale? should come out about right. Selwyn
  2. As if on cue! A quick history of Explosive colour markings. in the 1880-90's the Royal Navy introduced naval gun shells that contained The first high explosives. They devised a colour marking scheme for them, Buff was the base colour chosen for the HE filled shells. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BL_12_inch_Mk_X_naval_gun#/media/File:HMAS_Australia_12_inch_shells_Closeup.JPG When the Royal Navy Air Service was formed in 1912 they began to experiment with bomb dropping and the aircraft bombs were painted according to regulation IAW the RN colour marking scheme. this scheme was carried over to RFC bombs and consequently the RAF in 1918. http://www.wwi-models.org/Photos/Various/Bombs-brit/Cooper//gsmith/Coop_2.jpg This marking system system was used upto the first years of WW2 until problems with the camoflage of bomb stacks as related in the thread link above, and the external carriage of buff coloured bombs began to be seen as compromising aircraft camofllage schemes so the base colour was changed to green. However The victorian colour hazard ring system remained in use until 1964 when the British forces adopted the NATO marking system. Selwyn
  3. Do you know what unit he was on when he soloed? It would have probably been a training unit. Would help with the markings. Selwyn
  4. Has anyone got drawings/photos details of the camera installation in the gun bay on the Typhoon PR1B? Selwyn
  5. He would not have a "Manc" accent, it would have been a distinctive Mancunian accent. "Manc" accents are a myth, it is actually the distinctive Burnage accent, which is a particular small area of south Manchester, where the infamous Gallagher brothers were brought up ( I wont succumb to the great temptation to call it chav land!) 99.9 % of Mancunians don't speak "Manc!" Selwyn (Typing in his Mancunian accent)
  6. Looking at the strap arrangement on these seat diagrams it looks like that this is the original strap arrangement that was modified probably around 1980 (ish) to long straps. (harriers were modified 1981) The original straps had Koch fasteners (seen in the first picture). The pilot wore what was called a combined harness which was a jacket affair and the koch fasteners were the parachute strap connectors that clipped onto the jacket in the upper chest area. this arrangement was common to of most RAF fast jet aircraft in the 1970's. if I recall pilots found it uncomfortable, and there were a few instances of one of the koch fasteners disconnecting on ejection, so in the early 1980's all aircraft had these type straps changed to long straps that reached down to the waist area and connected to a round quick release box. If you look at the original cockpit photographs you can see these long straps. Selwyn
  7. John , That wouldn't make a difference, the straps and pad arrangement would be the same for both the front and rear seats. There are definitely bits of safety equipment missing in that picture. (all the seat survival pack, parachute and straps are called collectively the seat safety equipment by the way, and is usually serviced independently of the actual seat.) Selwyn
  8. Something looks not quite right with this seat. I'm sure that there should be a back pad between the parachute pack and the PSP (covering the Black bit marked 32). On further examination I think that the seat pad on the top of the PSP (what the pilot sits on, its usually a black shaped padded cushion) is missing and I think the green back pad has actually fallen forward forward onto the PSP in its place. Try this https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/333089 Selwyn
  9. The good thing about my wife is that she never argues with me. She just tells me I'm wrong and lets it go at that. Selwyn
  10. My wife ran away with the gardener. Isn't that awful? Good gardeners are hard to find! Selwyn
  11. They had a Happy hour in the Queen Vic last week and everyone left...........! Selwyn
  12. "Doctor, can I have some sleeping pills for the wife?" "Why, what's wrong with her?" " She keeps waking up!" Selwyn
  13. The problem your having is "Guide to Airbrushing US Modern Aircraft." Airbrushing is the same whatever the aircraft nationality just the colours are different. Check out Airbrush tutorials on U tube as a good start. Selwyn
  14. The RN Phantom did not carry Skyflash, only AIM7E-2 As for the Skyflash details? Not quite right, but we are talking about Wikipedia entries! I believe the original Skyflash rocket motor as used on the RAF phantom was the 52 mod 1. Skyflash missiles were all modified to fit the Tornado, the main issue being the Tornado Frazer Nash Launcher which was designed to hold the missile more securely and rigid in the mountings in flight than the US Phantom type Launcher to reduce missile vibration problems. This involved blocks on the launcher engaging in slots in the missile body, the missiles were modified to introduce these slots, this modified missile was designated the TEMP (Tornado Embodied Modification Package). It had the 52 Mod 2 motor (Mod 2 was the slots) and the slotted 38 Mod 3 Warhead (not Rocket Motor as Wiki says). The TEMP missile could still be used off Phantom by the way. Later on the Super TEMP missile was introduced. This had improved electronics and a K108A1 Rocket motor (the so called Hoopoe Motor). Super temps could be identified easily as the fin mountings on the rocket motor and the rear portion of the wiring conduits on the side of the missile were streamlined, and the central wings were much thinner in section and the base section of these were painted white, to differentiate between the earlier wings. Selwyn