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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.
Nomis61

YAK-18

Hi, here's the first finished product of the year.  I won't lie to you, it was a B*%£!"% build:

 

It is a YAK-18 from Amodel in 1/72 scale

Humbrol enamel paints brushed on

decals from the box pretty basic but went on ok apart from one star disaster - my fault

Ariel lines are stretched sprue - the softer of the two types

a bit of scratch building for the tail wing supports

 

The negatives - loads of flash on the sprues, 2 different types of plastic which made the sanding after the copious filling tough as they didn't wear down evenly, ill fitting generally but the canopy in particular - still doesn't fit but I have called time on the build or it would be parked in the hanger marked "B" for bin

 

The positives - simple easy to follow assembly instructions, a chance to play with weighting down the nose and it was CHEAP!

 

It is a departure from my normal, so far, WWII fighters which is why I chose to do it and also exploring other kit manufacturers than the obvious Airfix.  Not sure Amodel will get too much of my money in the future.

 

Thanks for looking, any comments gratefully accepted as I want to improve.

 

Simon

 

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It is A -model.......i know what that mean, something interesting, something different and always very har5d to work with and made something of it :)

At the end looks like YAK and not a bad at all.

Now my humble advice's:

- take care about joins

- cover surfaces with more diluted color in more thin layers, final result will be more unified

- working with those manufacturer means you need to polish somehow cockpit glass, or just to try to put it in some chemistry like future, will look much better at the end

- wires for the radio must be thinner according to scale, so need to stretch bit more the sprue, and paint it in some darker color

- take care about wheels aligment

 

Do not take hard my suggestions, your model looks fine, especially when A model is the subject of work. But i think those are easy bits to achive and for sure will make model even better.

 

We are doing this to enjoy so....enjoy in every finished model :)

Best regards

Djordje

 

PS. Sorry if i do not express everything correctly, my English is not so good

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A Model are hard work at the best of times.Have had a few difficult fights with some of their kits.Experience is the key.

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15 minutes ago, djos said:

Do not take hard my suggestions, your model looks fine, especially when A model is the subject of work. But i think those are easy bits to achive and for sure will make model even better.

Thanks for the constructive comments.  I will certainly take them on-board for my next build

5 minutes ago, glatisant said:

A Model are hard work at the best of times

I didn't think I was alone in this experience :lol:

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On the bright side, welcome to the "Conquerors of Amodel kits" club! Membership is free, to allow you to pay for the medications you'll need to deal with all the side-effects of building them :)

You've now experienced the worst that a Amodel kit can throw at you. Everything else in the world is easy by comparison.

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16 minutes ago, Jessica said:

On the bright side, welcome to the "Conquerors of Amodel kits" club! Membership is free, to allow you to pay for the medications you'll need to deal with all the side-effects of building them :)

You've now experienced the worst that a Amodel kit can throw at you. Everything else in the world is easy by comparison.

 

It was a close run thing at times!

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