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      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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rowmk9

1/48 P-51B 'Ding Hao'

I'll join in the group build with this if I may?

The Tamiya P-51B kit using decals provided by Wellzy for Lt. Col. James Howard's aircraft 'Ding Hao'. Now this aircraft is pretty famous and I usually steer away from such subjects because they have been done many times by other modellers (as is the case with Ding Hao), but after reading the Medal of Honour report into Howards actions on 11th January 1944 I simply had to build it.

This is the citation and is worth a read:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Oschersleben, Germany, on 11 January 1944. On that day Col. Howard was the leader of a group of P51 aircraft providing support for a heavy bomber formation on a long-range mission deep in enemy territory. As Col. Howard's group met the bombers in the target area the bomber force was attacked by numerous enemy fighters. Col. Howard, with his group, and at once engaged the enemy and himself destroyed a German ME. 110. As a result of this attack Col. Howard lost contact with his group, and at once returned to the level of the bomber formation. He then saw that the bombers were being heavily attacked by enemy airplanes and that no other friendly fighters were at hand. While Col. Howard could have waited to attempt to assemble his group before engaging the enemy, he chose instead to attack single-handed a formation of more than 30 German airplanes. With utter disregard for his own safety he immediately pressed home determined attacks for some 30 minutes, during which time he destroyed 3 enemy airplanes and probably destroyed and damaged others. Toward the end of this engagement 3 of his guns went out of action and his fuel supply was becoming dangerously low. Despite these handicaps and the almost insuperable odds against him, Col. Howard continued his aggressive action in an attempt to protect the bombers from the numerous fighters. His skill, courage, and intrepidity on this occasion set an example of heroism which will be an inspiration to the U.S. Armed Forces.

I think that makes him worthy of my modelling respect!

Here are the obligatory shots of the kit I'll be using.

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The markings I'll use. The machine is olive drab over neutral grey with white I.D. bands and nose. Should look fairly neat.

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Another Tamiya B/C... and most welcome too !

Ian

- Co-host, Britmodeller 2011 P-51 STGB -

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I'm looking forward to this very much! And I'm not even building it!! Great story and subject!

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Hi Rowan

I see the decals got to you ok ,I look forward to your build.

wellzy :headphones:

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Thanks for the history. There were so many Mustangs, it's nice to have the story in mind. A brave bloke.

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These are easy to build aren't they?

I finished my christmas shopping and cracked on with the P-51B. I have an eduard zoom set (more for the seatbelts than anything else) so I spent the day building the cockpit.

The eduard p.e. instrument

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and then the cockpit p.e.

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And the two coming together.

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and then in about 30 minutes I did this,

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That cockpit is looking excellent! I also think the washes in the cockpit look great. Keep us posted and Merry Christmas :)

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Thanks for the kind comments, She's coming on so well that I reckon she'll be done before new year :)

Hi Rowan

I see the decals got to you ok ,I look forward to your build.

wellzy :headphones:

Yes they did Welzy, thanks ever so much for passing them on. Once I'm done with the instructions I'll send them on to you so you have the placement instructions for the kit decals I swapped with you.

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Agree wholeheartedly with Don. Eduard Zoom sets are just superb, but that takes NOTHING away from your own skills, Rowan.

Ian

- Co-host Britmodeller 2011 P-51 Mustang STGB -

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