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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. Sorry to hear that Dave. Will you be able to repaint it?
  2. Very nice, I love that colour scheme. Can't help wondering how effective it is as camouflage though!
  3. Decals on the An-24T and masks off. Managed to put a big scratch on the grey bit of the nose whilst doing it - touched up, noticeable in a certain light, but doesn't look too bad. The yellow is still intact. The Bsmodelle decals were nice - I'd use them again. They're printed on a single piece of continuous film so have to be trimmed carefully, but that's not a problem. The film is thin and looks invisible on the model. Not too thin - no danger of folding up on themselves like some decals. A bit sticky though - you have to be very careful with the placement, once they're on they're not moving! A bit of dust on the inside of the windscreen unfortunately. A bit late to remove it now! Here's how it looks this afternoon. Moving on to the decals on the An-30 now, probably won't finish them today though. Will do it when I can grab a bit of time here and there during the week... going to be a big week at work though.
  4. which was what occurred to me shortly after cleaning out the mixing jar...
  5. They were certainly still in business a couple of weeks ago when I received some decals from them. Will be using them today... I found them very responsive - order was shipped the same day, arrived pretty quickly. Having read this thread I'm now slightly disappointed there weren't more stamps on the envelope!
  6. Thanks Peter! I really love this colour. Since these photos were taken I've added the black strips - and was mightily relieved that I didn't pull any yellow paint off with the masking tape. Touching up flaws would have been a nightmare - not sure I'd have been able to get an exact match for the yellow. When I started these two I was more enthusiastic about the An-30 than the An-24 - since I found this colour scheme and got the An-24 painted, it's the An-24 that I'm most looking forward to seeing finished. Decals today - will post more photos tonight. Then a few of the jobs I hate, like painting wheels and props
  7. Cheers John. We did 6 weeks at Chad learning how to manipulate bits of metal (I was never very good at it). I remember practicing drilling holes for flush rivets in a bit of metal sheet - seemed harder than usual (we were all sweating a bit!) - instructor told us afterwards he'd given us some titanium alloy! It's a long time ago now. I seem to remember being pretty impressed with a vast CNC milling machine producing components for (I think) A320 wings and the vast amounts of swarf it was creating. The other lasting memory of Chad is of one of the other lads finding a staple in the middle of a brussels sprout in the canteen... I thought the food was better than at Woodford but then mine never came with any free stationery!
  8. I'm in for this one. I have plenty in the stash that would fit the bill.
  9. Very, very nice. Distinctive aircraft, unusual markings, and beautifully finished, I love it.
  10. More painting done today. I got the grey onto the An-30 and the mustard yellow onto the An-24T. I have to say I'm really pleased with how the mustard yellow came out! It's a mix of Tamiya yellow and dark yellow (XF-3 and XF-60) and it looks a lot like the yellow in the photographs. It also looks a lot like the colour of our next door neighbour's Morris Marina in about 1979! Just need to do the black cheat line on the An-24T, the black panels on the engine nacelles on both of them, and the red tips on the wings and tailplanes of the An-30, plus a few touch-ups, then it'll be decal time. Here's how they're looking tonight:
  11. Nice choice although I misread the title as Tu-134 drone at first... now that would be quite a drone!
  12. Wow... that's what I call a small model. Beautiful work, well done.
  13. Excellent work on the cockpit, particularly given how small it is
  14. Thanks Peter. Got a bit more paint on today and hopefully will get the all important mustard yellow on the An-24T tomorrow - will post more photos if I get that done tomorrow.
  15. Nice work. Great to see these older kits being built.