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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. Hi all, I am completely unused to this as I haven't built a kit since I was a small kid, deciding that kits were so badly made that I could do better myself. Precocious little turd that I was, but iit has made me a living , raised a family and even paid a mortgage (more often then not!) in the intervening years. Now, I find that I will only get a Lightning if I build the Airfix one. I can'#t afford the trumpeter one and apparently it's crap, so I would just get angry. I also don't have space for a 1/32nd scale model, much as I'd love my work to all be in that scale. My dear bride got me a kit from ebay before I knew it for half the current price. It has Beatties-£12 on the lid! Beatties of fond memory. How many blokes popped in there on their way home from work and rekindled a childhood interest I wonder? Anyway, the kit turned up yesterday midday (yes we have a speedy Gonzalez post woman of indeterminate vintage). I soon had the cockpit off the sprue and painted with Vallejo acrylics. I hate acrylic anything (except Perspex), but I can get Vallejo nearby and they are very well pigmented, if a pain to mix up. I normally use them to detail paint slot car drivers, but found their fast drying very useful and used them in conjunction with Matt black enamel. A very faint hint of grey to highlight odd bits of instruments and had a fairly good looking early (F1 matt black) cockpit. I had to cut the pilot's legs behind the knees to get him in under the IP,but he sits in there, just. I also painted tiger head emblems on his helmet and sleeves as that's the version I wanted to do, being Coltishall, where I used to see them flying from, when my Nan lived in Gt. Yarmouth, occasionally actually breaking her windows when sonic booming. My dad would happily repair them without delay as he loved to see and hear Lightnings being ex RAF (6 sqdn.) I glued all the air duct stuff and jet pipes in the right hand fuse half as per the book of destructions, glued the cockpit to that and closed up. The radome was painted with some Testors interior green I bought for my Spitfire First Flight cockpit and all went swimmingly, leaving almost no step to the seams. I figured that would do for yesterday and came in to do supper. So far, so good. Today, realising that scraping and sanding the seams would possibly leave dust inside the cockpit that I would never be able to be rid of, I taped over all apertures in the fuselage and glued the canopy halves on, which fitted perfectly, but wouldn't shut because the pilot's head was a bit high. I found that he had started to bend again and it had lifted his backside from the seat, so I ...ahem, "persuaded" him to sit down again and glued the canopy shut on his helmet, but at least it closed. Scraped seams, sanded fine and started the foiling. Got a fair bit on the fuselage and then decided I needed a rivet maker, so I found a small watch wheel with suitable spacing of tiny teeth and made up a brass frame to put it in. Now have a lovey little gizmo for making rivets round panels. I'd bought some metal leaf glue, but not sure what it is and am probably not using it right. it is white, so I assumed another PVA like Micro, but no, it leaves a slightly rubbery residue behind that will rub off if you're careful. I don't think it's latex as that stinks to high heaven, but t seems to work and is dirt cheap off ebay. Now, whilst I like the different grains of Kitchen/Turkey/ Kit Kat foils, it has to be said that only Sellotape aluminium, a thicker, stiffer and self ashesive foil tape is much the easiest foil to use and so most of my panels on the Lightning so far are that, but it can be sanded with fine or worn out wet'n'dry to get a variation. I have yet to boil foil in eggshells to get tail pipe colours, but am hoping to do that in the next couple of days. I am doing it as a roll-out set-piece and will therefore have a Houchin GPU next to it. Now, life really IS too short to make every damned thing so I went nuts and ordered a kit from Video Aviation for one. I really DON'T normally do these things. Anyway, for what it's worth, here's the job after a couple of half days. Martin
  2. Of course you can scratchbuild cheaper! It's only a question of whether you want to or not and whether you can get the scale you want. I want 1/43rd scale, so I have to scratchbuild. So far it's cost me half a sheet of 10 thou styrene. The rest was given to me as offcuts. As to quality, well somebody had to scratchbuild the master of the kit, so that's not in question. But I do, as an ex-producer of resin model kits, albeit cars and motorbikes, I appreciate how the costs mount up, not to mention the frustrations with suppliers, etc. Martin
  3. Right, life's too short to make everything so that's ordered direct from Italy. Cheers, Martin
  4. Flightpath good, but a bit pricey, but thanks for the recommendation. I'll try video Aviation direct. I see they take Paypal. Cheers, Martin
  5. There's a maker of a 48th scale kit of a Houchin for 10 Euros, but they're italian, called Video Aviation. Does anyone know if a UK supplier sells them? Many thanks. Martin
  6. There seems to be an Italian made resin kit for 10 Euros by Video aviation. That's a possibility if I can find it from a British supplier, but where does one start looking for the smaller suppliers? Martin
  7. Alas that is much more than I paid for the model aircraft kit itself! If I can get some basic measurements, I could make one. Thanks, Martin
  8. Thanks, Darth, cockpit painted, pilot painted, jet tract in, cone painted, fuse halves together, fin on. Just falls together apart from the pilot needing his legs breaking! I also painted some tiger heads on his sleeves and helmet. 74 sqdn. RAF Coltishall for me. OK, my time's my own largely, but this thing has fallen together so far. Is it possible to get details of a start up compressor, (Hoochin is it?) It would look good on the concrete next to it. Cheers, Martin
  9. Mine is now matt black with a slight, almost imperceptible coating from a brush of cleaned off white. Then some grey. It gives just a tiny hint of texture, no more than that. The decals in the kit have a grey background and it's a wrong grey at that, so worse than paint. As the moulded parts hint at needles on gauges I have been able to suggest the different colours of white and various shades of black with a little wear thrown in. The likelihood is that there will be very little visible through the canopy. I am including the pilot as I want a roll out version with the canopy shut. I had to cut the back of his knees to get him anywhere near fitting and his backside still isn't in the seat, but you can't see that either. I am enjoying building a kit for the first time since I was 8 years old! Martin
  10. The matt black, after a little use looks like a dark grey!" But very irregularly, so probably best left as simple matt black. Martin
  11. Thanks, gents. That explains it. I'm doing an F1, as to me, it ain''t a Lightning without the pointy fin. Many thanks, Martin
  12. Hi all, you won't find me in this section very often, but I can't help lovin' a Lightning. I got my 48th scale kit this morning and had a look at the instruction booklet and duly painted the cockpit matt black, but while drinking my coffee I had a butchers' on the 'net and the cockpits were, it seems, mid grey! Would anyone knowledgeable like to comment on this? I am not using any fancy aftermarket stuff, just what the kit provides, which looks great to me, but the colours seem a bit off. Cheers, Martin
  13. Very pleasant chap? It's a vicious rumour<G> I think those missing pics are where I've been through PB and deleted a load of iffy shots or what I no longer need. I have pinched many of my own pics and put them back on the hard drive, then deleted them so I come below PB's latest ransom demand. Cheers, Martin
  14. Oh, I've been on and off, left when someone got stroppy, came back when I started with the airyplanes again. Not an entirely good boy. No, no, that wouldn't do at all! I can't remember what I'm on here about myself, so good luck with that search! Cheers, Martin
  15. I didn't realise you were on here, Frank. I should explain to all who pass hereby that frank is an absolute modelmaking one-off. He builds what he wants, how he wants and no particular scale. Yet he gets these amazing results. I know how difficult it is to fill the grain of mahogany, yet he has a superb finish there. And you should see his boats! True originality frightens most people, Frank. You just keep on keeping on, mate. Your biggest fan, Martin