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    • Mike

      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. Yes indeed, welcome back. You've been absent for almost as long as I have, but you don't have age or innumerable medical conditions to blame. Parenting doesn't count you see, so let's commence with some serious modelling. I'm actually at my bench for the first time in at least a month - it feels good! Although not as good as having young Master Winston ride that robot - has he tried? I'm sure with your skills you'd be an excellent saddler. Cheers, Bill
  2. Exquisite - there's nothing more satisfying than watching a master at his craft. With the bottle of vino, of course. Cheers, Bill
  3. Hey, remember me? I'm still here, but completely occupied at the moment. My wife's older brother passed away recently, leaving no will. My wife is next-of-kin and has been appointed administrator of the estate by the court. That means that she and I are are now in the process of settling the estate, selling the assets, etc. First, though, is to review every piece of paper in his house looking for financial records and so on. Her brother did not keep very good records (filing cabinet, who needs a stinking file cabinet - I've got a closet!) We're finding bank statements and the like just about everywhere. What a huge mess - and then we have to try and figure out the status of his investments. I'm afraid we're going to miss something, but I suppose all we can do is go through everything we find and hope for the best. I don't have much time for modelling right now, as I need to help wifey. On the good news side, the sinus surgery seems to have gone well, and I'm starting to actually breathe through my nose again. Ah, it's the little things that give the most pleasure! I hope to get back on the F-111B project soon. Can't let the airbrush get rusty. Cheers, Bill
  4. Good stuff, Tommy. I hadn't even thought of that aspect of the difference between USN and USAF models. Do you know the size of the USAF F-111A main wheels? EDIT: I just found an article by Jim Rotramel where it's stated the size of the F-111A main wheels are 47 x 18 inches. The resin wheels in the Pete's Hangar conversion set scale out to 46 x 17 inches, so reasonably close. The Hasegawa kit wheels are pretty much bang on to 47 x 18, so I'll most likely use them on 151972. Cheers, Bill
  5. Sorry, that was a reference to a series of books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs (the Tarzan guy). Did you see the film "John Carter" a few years ago? That was based on the first book in the series called "A Princess of Mars." The books are all typical pulp fiction sci-fi novels written back in the early 20th century primarily for teenage boys, and take place in this fantastic hypothetical Martian culture. Mars is dying (and drying) and the canals are empty - take one part wild west, another part Ivanhoe, and toss it all onto another planet and you get the idea. Fun stuff. My interest in Homer stems from my armchair archaeology interests. It's fun to try and connect what's in the earth with the ancient writings. And Homer, of course, is an industry all by himself. So this is the book by Caroline Alexander? I've seen some reviews, perhaps it's time to download it for my Kindle. Cheers, Bill
  6. Looks great! I took my FS595 swatch book and compared to the colour my wife chose for the living room, and it really is close to FS36375 Light Ghost Gray. Too bad she didn't pick FS36440 Light Gull Gray, then I would have a scheme to match my nickname, especially since the baseboards and the mouldings around the doors and windows are white. Light Gull Gray and White - what more could your parlor want? Oh yeah, stars and bars. And maybe a BuNo and modex... It's fascinating that the wives are picking aviation related colours for the home. Maybe it's all those air shows that we've dragged them to over the years. Cheers, Bill
  7. 42 x 13 inches works out to 14.8 x 4.5 mm in 1:72 scale. Cheers, Bill
  8. Is this the Royal Order of Barsoom, bestowed by Dejah Thoris? That will do the trick! Cheers, Bill
  9. Ah - fill, sand, and polish - my least favourite parts of building a model. Yet somehow I have a huge number of Special Hobby kits in my stash. Go figure. Cheers, Bill
  10. I had that same step at the bottom of the intake/fuselage join line when I built mine: If I remember correctly, this was only on the port side - the other side was fine. I used a combination of sanding the fuselage down and adding some filler to the intake to smooth and blend the two together. It's not difficult to fix. Can't wait for more progress! I really like these resin kits. Cheers, Bill
  11. I just measured the resin main wheels that came with the 1:72 conversion kit from Pete's Hangar (now out of production) - they measure 16.1 mm x 6.1 mm. If I've done the math correctly that works out to 46 x 17 inches. These are quite a bit larger than the 42 x 13 inch wheels on the B, and are almost as large as the wheels included with the Hasegawa F-111C/G kit that I'm using. Is this the approximate size of the USAF wheels used on the A model? I hope so, that way I can get away with using them as they are, since 151972 was occasionally shod with F-111A shoes. Cheers, Bill
  12. Thanks - I'm working on getting well even as I type. The splints come out of the sinuses in a couple of days and then I should be able to breathe through my nose again. Oh sweet mercy that will be wonderful. My right lung is looking good, as the fluid has not returned, but my Immunoglobulin G numbers have not come up, even with the transfusion. They might want me to get another. That's easy though, and much preferred to having a drain tube, pigtail, and stopcock in your side! Cheers, Bill
  13. Thanks for having me! I know that I learned so much about the F-111 just by following everyone's projects - that's the great part of these group builds. And what better aircraft to model? She was the "gee-whiz" military jet when I was getting old enough to appreciate these things, and there's always been a place in my heart for her. Kind of like my first girlfriend. And you know what happened to her - she's still taking care of me, bless 'er heart. I'm slowly recovering from the latest surgery - just in time for a death in the family. But the F-111B will be completed. There is no way to stop it now, it's my top modelling priority. Cheers, Bill
  14. This is looking bloody fantastic! I have this kit in my stash, and it's been staring at me for years while I've been waiting for someone like yourself to do a bang-up job in the WIP section. Now I'll have great references when I get around to building mine, and I can steal borrow all your techniques. I've never had much luck with the Flory washes, but then I've never even thought of airbrushing them. Well, I'll have to give that a try! One thing, though - I think Airfix got the name of this aircraft wrong on the box and in the instructions. If I'm not mistaken, and I certainly could be, Handley Page designated this design as the "Type O" - that's the letter O and not the number 0. There were two versions, the O/100 and the O/400. Airfix have this model as the 0/400, with the number 0 instead of the letter O. When Handley Page later switched to a numerical nomenclature, the O/100 became the H.P.11 and the O/400 became the H.P.12. Cheers, Bill
  15. Just caught up with your new project, John. Looking good! Have you decided on the markings scheme yet? Cheers, Bill