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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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Pre-Painted Photo Etched Instrument Panels (for Various Kits) - 1:72 Yahu Models

Pre-Painted Photo Etched Instrument Panels (for Various Kits)

1:72 Yahu Models


With modern computer assisted design and tool cutting technology, it seems that more detail than ever is being squeezed into our humble polystyrene kits these days. Even the entry level kits in Airfix's series one range now pack in so much detail that it makes resin upgrade sets seem superfluous a classic case of gilding the lily. That said, there are still areas where modern kits can be improved upon and where aftermarket items are generally the safest bet.

A nice set of photo etched harnesses is one such example. These photo etched instrument panels from new Polish manufacturer Yahu is another. Often even the most modern kits lack moulded details on the instrument panels, with manufacturers opting for decals to represent instrument details instead. This is ok, but if you want to add more detail then you are faced with the prospect of buying a complete set of photo etched parts even if you only really want a few bits. For these reasons, I think these photo etched instrument panels are a really good idea. They look pretty well made and are cheap as chips to boot. Do bear in mind that the photographs below were taken with a dedicated macro lens which has magnified these items many times over. The actual parts are tiny and look even more impressive in the flesh. Six different sets are available, including two versions of the panel for the Nakajima Ki-44 Tojo (assembled or unassembled).

PZL P.11C Instrument Panel (for Azur or Heller kit)



PZL P.24 Instrument Panel (for Azur kit)



Gloster Gladiator Mk.I Instrument Panel (for Airfix or Sword kit)



Reggiane RE.2002 Instrument Panel (for Sword kit)



Fiat CR.32 Instrument Panel (for Italeri kit)



Nakajima Ki-44 Tojo Instrument Panel (for Sword or Hasegawa kit)




These are the first products from Yahu that we have received here at BM (direct from storymodels.com), and I have to say I am quite impressed. The quality is generally very good and the level of detail is impressive. Each set is nicely packed into a small plastic bag with a sturdy cardboard header and insert to protect the contents. Again, the photographs above show the parts greatly magnified. They look very realistic in the flesh which, combined with their affordable price, makes them very appealing. Recommended.

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Quite impressive given the size - looking at the size of the fuzz in the photos, they must be tiny! :nerd:

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