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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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Lee Finney

Can you make clear parts such as light lenses. What would I use?

Ok...so I'm not having much look getting new clear parts for my 1:26 scale phantom ll continental. Could they be made? And if so what would be the best stuff to use?

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I have heard of people making lights from something called crystal clear from micro scale I think

Shaun

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Never had much luck casting clear materials! I'd look for perspex rod in whatever diameter you need and turn them to shape on a Dremel. You can rough shape it with blades and files then work up through the wet and dry grades. T-cut will give you a perfect polished clear finish.

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I've used things called 'tear drops' from card making suppliers.

They are little plastic circles in numerous sizes on one card, for a few pounds.

Self-adhesive, domed surface.

Great for car lights.

The crude little 1/43 Aston below was built from a cheapo resin kit about 6 years ago and the lights are tear drops.

Roy.

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Gaianotes makes a product called clear UV gel. It's a thick gel that after application you use a UV light pen to harden. It dries crystal clear and has enough viscosity to build up a concave surface if needed. I've used it to replicate the glass in instrument panels.

This is what it looks like when I used it on my Arado build. It's applied over instrument decals.

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Hope that helps.

Carl

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Thanks everyone, that has given me a few ideas to try. My wife does card and jewellery making so I may raid her stuff to see what she has got. Might ask first though hey!!

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When I get time I will share a pic of the model. I am impressed with how it looks so far. I have hand painted it but have used humbrol paints instead as I find them better. The conversion chart is a God send. I want to try airbrushing in the future but will need to practice first. That might be better for when I restore the dinky/corgi toy cars.

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Find a piece of metal tubing the diameter you need..

Press a bit of tin foil in the end.

It will form a nice smooth shiny concave surface.

Gently mix up a bit of epoxy resin taking care not to stir in bubbles.

Apply to your reflector until it's slightly domed.

Voila! A lens!

Alternately do you guys get MV Lenses?

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Thanks Guys. Sorry it's been a while but things got put to one side after we lost my Mum. Just getting back to it. This one has been very hard at times. It seems that every part of it is so fragile. I want to do the Revel Route Master bus next but I'm not sure if I should try my hand at airbrushing. I have had good results this time hand painting and I guess it's a more traditional method. Be interesting to see people's opinions on this. I promise I will reply quicker next time.

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