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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.
DMC

Roy Huxley

Took a day trip to Telford Saturday without the express purpose of adding anything to my modest stash.  However, while having a browse at an old kit stand, I spied a Matchbox Kaman Seasprite in 1:48 and decided that, heck, one more wouldn't hurt, so I snapped it up.  The Seasprite is an aircraft I have become interested in because of a recent build thread started by Rodders.  Thanks Rodders.  Nice kit, I think, a little sparse on detail but adding detail is the kind of thing that I like best about modelling so no problem there.  Besides the pleasure I got from finding the kit, I was equally pleased with the quality of the box art, which I was seeing for the first time.  Done by Roy Huxley, the original in gouache, it depicts a Seasprite in 3/4 front view,  everything loaded and apparently looking for trouble.  This painting is terrific, IMHO, accurate and with a definite painterly quality about it.  I hadn't built many Matchbox kits so wasn't that familiar with Mr. Huxley's Matchbox work, of which, after a bit of Binging, I now realize he did quite a bit.  The Guild of Aviation Artists has the original of this painting on offer for £1,450.  A little off my affordability scale but I'd have it if it wasn't.

 

The box top:

 

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Dennis

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I have a set of ceramic plates with his artwork on them, by Royal Doulton via the Bradford exchange.

Will have to get into the roof space and dig them out now you've reminded me of him.

Boxed up when we moved house.

 

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On ‎19‎/‎11‎/‎2016 at 5:50 AM, colin said:

I have a set of ceramic plates with his artwork on them, by Royal Doulton via the Bradford exchange.

 

Wow!  That could be a true collector's item!  Are they aviation-inspired designs or something else?  Apologies for my ignorance.

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Their all aviation inspired from WWII, not sure about collectors items, if you look on ebay there are plenty about for not much money

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48 minutes ago, colin said:

Their all aviation inspired from WWII, not sure about collectors items, if you look on ebay there are plenty about for not much money

I'm afraid all "limited edition collectors' plates" are the same.  Barely up to the value of the box.  My parents had dozens and they ended up in the charity shops, they were so worthless.  If you think the interweb has created a golden age of scamming the innocent with tat, rest assured, it was going on years before that.

 

Having said that, Roy Huxley's Spitfire, Mosquito and Lancaster spent their entire lives on show in the hall.  Might have been a Hurricane stowed somewhere too.  The lesson is, if you like them, 'ave em.  But don't hope to retire on them.

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Very good choice!!! I have the privileage to contact Roy Huxley in e-mail, and i feel very thrilled about it cos he is one of my favourite box artist!! I think, he and Roy Cross, are the magicians in a way...making fantastic illustration that made our fantasies go wild!! I manage to have in my bookshelf, 3 matchbox model Catalogues, and sure i get a lot of inspiration by watching the magic box art images in it!!! 

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I always preferred Roy Huxley artwork compared to the Roy Cross Airfix boxes. Mr Cross is a fantastic artist too.

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