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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. Wise words from XV107 as usual. As an alternative, perhaps the RAF are simply preparing a fleet of plain canvases for the myriad of "RAF 100" special anniversary schemes we'll see in 2018.
  2. It might also be helpful to try and find an example of Modeldecal's sheet number 71 which included markings and stencil options for some of the Vulcans, but not '607, which were involved in the Black Buck missions along with Dick Ward's usual reference notes. Although it's out-of-production you should be able to find a sensibly priced example of a certain auction website. If you haven't already read it Rowland White's Vulcan 607 will provide a mine of useful background information.
  3. Regardless of their gender, is it one of life's "rights of passage" when you realise that you are now older than the current Doctor?
  4. Very good - I think that's what's described as a potential restoration project isn't it?
  5. Proof that, despite some perceptions, there are still a lot of very good people out there. Without turning the thread into a debate about the rights and wrongs of the attitudes of the police, I had a similar problem last year and the chap from the AA had to resort to said rubber hammer and a torque wrench attached to rather solid steel tube before he could unfasten the wheel nuts. When I observed that I clearly needed to carry the same items in my car the AA chap cautioned against it as, if I was ever stopped by the police, I could in theory be accused of carrying an offensive weapon - despite their obvious innocent purposes.
  6. Filed under "attention to detail" Roll on tomorrow for the next promised instalment
  7. At one of the last Waddington Air Displays I was talking to the crew of the Sentinel R1 in the static park and they recounted a tale from a previous display when they were asked "what engines are fitted to the aircraft?" "Rolls Royce BR700 Turbofans" they answered "No," the questioner replied pulling a battered list from his pocket, "what are the engines' serial numbers please?" Apparently his day job was overhauling and repairing Rolls Royce BR700 Turbofans It must be a generational thing, these days they all sound like Bell UH1s.
  8. Although it was based on Accurate Armour's Mk.11 conversion, there's Dan's (Dads203's) build: Work in Progress and Ready for Inspection
  9. This is turning into a very rich seam - the new Jaguar F Type commercial is equally watchable, I'm just surprised it hasn't been banned yet on the basis it might (whisper it very quietly) encourage people to have fun.
  10. Jennifer Ann's very effective reworking of Tears for Fears' original track - it's been released as both instrumental and vocal versions.
  11. I think it's further aft than that, the panel with the three vents is the battery compartment and the panel behind it is the access hatch for the crew's luggage compartment. I think the electrical power receptacle is a panel between the chaff/flare dispenser and the ECM/ESM pods in a "four o'clock" line with the roundel.
  12. I haven't been able to find any on-line pictures to confirm but it looks like there's an APU port on the underside of each engine pod and an external electrical power receptacle on the starboard side of the aircraft aft of the battery compartment near the point where the tailboom joins the fuselage. Hope this helps.
  13. Top Gear recreated the stunt a couple of years ago with Hamster Hammond and they had to install a large self powered winch on a gimbal in the back of the Landy: Sorry - not sure how to embed a YouTube video in a post https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TZTa2tgJTs
  14. And like all commercials the "cast" probably spent many years at Drama School honing their craft. In a past life I had to work quite closely with our Marketing Customer Propositions Team who once answered an e-mail with a series of "how do you want it to work?" questions with the simple response: "remember it has to be blue." "Yes, but how do you want it to work?" I replied - their reply was "what did you not understand - it has to be blue." SPOILER ALERT: Sorry, the Land Rover was actually pulled up the dam by a winch on top of the dam. Or travelled on the London Underground when the temperature rises just a notch above "comfortable".