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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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John Aero

GAL Monospar

I spent an interesting Sunday with the Monospar ST.12 and the engineer rebuilding it at Newark. I have a few drawings including some published in L&K as well as UK ones, so I wanted to check them all out and update the best. The Czech ones were riddled with errors.

The Stieger construction certainly is some thing very different and a real challenge. An interesting aside is that the extruded metal parts are the same as used on the Gladiator.

John

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Be interested to hear your findings I have your vac kit in the stash (as well as the Azur kit) - still trying to find a pic of an impressed one!

Dave

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... An interesting aside is that the extruded metal parts are the same as used on the Gladiator.

It was good to have brief chat yesterday John and I hope the tea was OK (when you finally got it). There may be an interesting reason why the 'top hat' sections resemble Gladiator, which is likely to be down to the tooling used to form the new sections; a bit too complicated to explain on the board.

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In our conversation Mike and I talked about the fact that Glosters first built the Gloster Monospar SS.1 and the experimental Fokker FVIIb3m wing.

One member of the public to whom I explained the development of the Tiger Moth to, left saying, "thank you that's made my day".

Newark Air museum-can't beat it.

Yes I got my tea, eventually.

Cheers

John

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Be interested to hear your findings I have your vac kit in the stash (as well as the Azur kit) - still trying to find a pic of an impressed one!

Dave

The ST.12 at Newark was impressed in Australia but I don't know of a photo.

John

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Here's the Portuguese Monospar. with Gipsys. I also have one Aeroclub and two Azur kits.

Monospar.1.JPG

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I have been NAM’s point of contact for several sets of photographs that have come over from Australia, but amongst those there have not been any photographs taken during impressed service.

The ‘top hat’ sections were purchased in 2008 from a Nottinghamshire company that had been doing some production work for a UK based Gladiator project, which as mentioned earlier may explain the immediate similarity.

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