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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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Handling thin but flexible decals

Hi all,


I have read many threads enquiring how to soften decals for application, hot water, hair dryers etc. but does anyone know how to firm up decals. The reason I ask is that I am currently working on a Wingnut Wings Sopwith Snipe and, although I haven't had any disasters yet I have found them rather tricky. I have only applied instrument dials and instrument panel details so far but I am worrying that the main decals will present similar difficulties when I reach them and I am keen to avoid problems. I don't want to go down the road of applying liquid decal film as the decals look like they will be superb and fine assuming that I can get them on without drama.


The problems that I found is that the instrument panel decals were so fine and flexible that, even with room temperature water, the decals were so pliable that, as they were slid off the paper, they would wrap around the edge of the paper rather than have enough rigidity to reach the painted plastic cleanly and also that, if they were picked up off the paper with a paint brush they would fold up on themselves. Fortunately so far I have managed to unfold the tiny instrument decals with tweezers and a very light touch but I could see myself running out of luck at some point during the decalling.

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Try a couple of coats of Liquid Decal Film.

I find this works.

If you put the decal on within about 30 minutes of the LDF drying the LDF will come off leaving a nice thin decal in place

If you let the LDF dry and cure for about 12 to 24hrs you get a more permanent thicker decal.


PS. Several coats of Klear/Future etctera will thicken the decal but will stiffen it and it'll not conform to curves and shapes as well as LDF will let it.

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When I have this happen with a decal I take a wet paintbrush, wet from the same water used to soften it, and put that under it to help move it off the paper. Sometimes difficult having only two hands, but with patience I get the flat brush under the edge and scoot it onto the surface. 

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