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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. Didn't FROG do an H-class in their 1/500 range? John
  2. A bit more progress on the base. The barbed wire stanchions were painted 56 Aluminium then washed with 33 Matt Black and 160 German Camouflage Red Brown. They've really vanished into the background quite effectively. I've also started adding bits and pieces of abandoned kit, just a helmet and pack so far but I'll add more. My son has given me a sprue from the ICM British Infantry set which has useful bits and pieces on it that can be pressed into service. The helmet was painted 158 Interior Green and the pack 94 Brown Yellow, before getting a couple of thinned washes of 173 Track Colour which toned them down nicely. John
  3. Aluminium ID tag: J
  4. Thanks. I spent a bit of relaxing time today making barbed wire stanchions from 0.8mm copper wire. I varied the lengths as I wanted them on a shell-blasted battlefield, rather than just out of the depot: I've superglued a few into holes drilled in the terrain and they look OK, certainly good enough for what I need: John
  5. Time to get some water into the shell holes. The ingredients are Micro Kristal Kleer, Humbrol acrylic Clear and the brown acrylic paint that's the basis of the groundwork. A mix of Krystal Kleer and a small amount of paint is laid into each shell hole with a cocktail stick and allowed to level out: Once everything is smooth and dry, a thin coat of Clear provides the "wetness": I'm reasonably happy with the effect. John
  6. The holidays have finally arrived and I have a bit of time to do more work on this figure. I've been concentrating on the base and I'm fairly happy with it so far. The mix of resin craters, white glue, model railway ballast and acrylic paint has given me the effect I was hoping for: The whole thing was given a coat of 35 enamel matt varnish from a spray can to even it up. 3 of the craters will have water in them, and have been given a light base coat of 168 Hemp to cover the wood finish of the base. The masking was removed and the edges were given a couple of coats of Humbrol Gloss Clear. The next step is to furnish the base with the detritus of war, particularly barbed wire stanchions and lengths of broken wire. I bought a roll of 0.8mm copper wire from the jewellery dept at Hobbycraft to make the stanchions, which I think will be a bit more in scale than the ones in the Fields of Glory set. John
  7. Cheers Dave, I'll retarget Andrew and send him back! John
  8. My son has just been in local Hobbycraft and it seems to be bereft of kits and accessories. Interested to know if this has been reported elsewhere or if it's a local phenomenon. John
  9. Markings for T2508 and my 2018 will be made John
  10. Colour me *very* happy! John
  11. An entire generation grieves. J
  12. I've been using Games Workshop Liquid Green Stuff recently and been quite impressed with it. John
  13. Probably the best readily available resource on the Roland are the instruction booklets that can be downloaded from the Wingnut Wings website. Well worth checking out. John
  14. Aye... J
  15. Continuing with my own little shell-blasted fragment of the Western Front, the edges of the wooden base were masked off the working surface was scored with a craft knife to give it a bit of tooth. 4 of the resin craters were selected and superglued in position and the whole thing was given a primer coat of Humbrol 93 enamel, simply because I had it handy The bits between the craters were then given a few uneven coats of PVA glue to define the ground surface: To texture the ground I used a mixture of Woodland Scenics Ballast Fine Buff Crushed Rock, PVA glue and brown craft acrylic paint to create a textured paste that was liberally stippled on with a stiff paintbrush: The inadvisability of keeping the crushed rock in an old coffee tin has been pointed out to me by my nearest and dearest! Finally for now, the resin craters were given a couple of coats of craft acrylic to begin to tie them into the groundwork: More soon. John