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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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Picked up a Hasegawa Bf 109e for a tenner and got the new tooled Airfix Spitfire Mk V for £9.95, absolute steal, both at flying Flying Legends, both 1/48 scale.

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A High Planes Beaufighter II.

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A Royal Class 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX set, courtesy of MJW Models.  I can not resist Eduard Spits at under a tenner each...

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6 minutes ago, malpaso said:

A Royal Class 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX set, courtesy of MJW Models.  I can not resist Eduard Spits at under a tenner each...

 

That's like 4 Profipacks with extra bits for the price of 4 weekend kits! Hopefully we'll see some pics of completed Eduard Spitfires soon then!

 

thanks

Mike

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The Rise and Fall of Freddie Laker - Howard Banks

Flight 232 - Laurence Gonzales

Aircraft Carriers and Naval Aircraft - Bernard Ireland & Francis Crosby...

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To be read soon...

 

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Received these today, from Creative Models:

 

Hobby Boss Jaguar E 1/72 (I'll build the Desert Scheme)

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MENG Fiat G.91 NATO Air Forces (I'll build the Portuguese Air Force version, used in Mozambique, 1970, during the Portuguese Colonial War)

 

Both kits look good in the box.

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

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On 12/07/2017 at 6:12 PM, jrlx said:

Great selection all round Jaime. 

 

I've only just been turned on to the quality of Valiant Wings publications but they look great.

 

Empire of the Clouds is a wonderful read - you're sure to enjoy it.

 

Tony

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3 hours ago, TheBaron said:

Great selection all round Jaime. 

 

I've only just been turned on to the quality of Valiant Wings publications but they look great.

 

Empire of the Clouds is a wonderful read - you're sure to enjoy it.

 

Tony

 

Hi Tony,

 

Thanks! Yes, Valiant Wings books look wonderful. I already had bought the Tempest and Typhoon volumes and I'm waiting for the arrival of the two FW 190 volumes. They have other series with very interesting types and also volumes dedicated to specific battles and periods, which I'll eventually buy.

 

Cheers

 

Jaime

 

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The great AFV Club F-5E and two very nice female IDF tank crew figures.
 

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Sierra Scale are re-running some of their vacforms, so I've paid up for a 1/48 Curtiss F6C Hawk biplane.  It comes with floats so I'm thinking a double-build: with it as the F6C-6 which won the 1930 Curtiss Marine Trophy race; paired somehow with my Fisher Models XF6C-6, the rapid rebuild of the same airframe as a parasol monoplane for the 1930 Thompson Trophy race.  It was an impressive transformation! See here, for pictures of both versions under 'Variants' heading:

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_F6C_Hawk

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4 Revell Aqua acrylics and 3 Tamiya acrylic paints from EModels.
Reasonable postage of £2 for the 7.

I have to buy them by post as there is nowhere in N.I. keeping these paints

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For me a 1/48th GWH T-33A, the Valiant Airframe book on the Blenheim and the Hataka brush paint set for Vietnam era USAF schemes all from the Romsey IPMS show.

 

For Mrs Wez an new laptop as her old one (running on Vista) is on its last legs.

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A Sparco open face crash helmet (with built in Peltor compatible intercom) along with a HANS device to stop my head falling off in the event of an accident.

 

I paid less for my rally car originally than these two items!

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1 hour ago, Bonhoff said:

A Sparco open face crash helmet (with built in Peltor compatible intercom) along with a HANS device to stop my head falling off in the event of an accident.

 

I paid less for my rally car originally than these two items!

 

And it's because of these ridiculous MSA requirements, together with seats & belts that have become useless & obviously far too dangerous to use as they've past their sell by dates, that our Mini is slowly disintegrating in the garage & is destined to continue doing so....!!

 

When I started stage rallying all we needed was a helmet, T-shirt & jeans - the flash guys had a pair of Proban overalls...!! :D

 

Keith

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1 hour ago, keefr22 said:

When I started stage rallying all we needed was a helmet, T-shirt & jeans - the flash guys had a pair of Proban overalls...!! :D

 

Did my first four years of competition wearing my fire resistant nylon jumper and jeans then Proban romper suits had to be purchased in 1992 when the new regs came in. My works style Skoda overalls then did me until 2008 (I think that's when Proban got banned on stage events) and after that I shared a set of Nomex overalls with a clubmate who didn't have a legal helmet, those overalls and the Peltor helmet I owned and shared with him have done 3 Lombard Endurance rallies, East / North East Mids championships, IoM events, BTRDA championships and a couple of Wales Rally GBs between us.

 

Thought I'd retired when the Peltor helmet spec (A/FR) was banned. Having more pressing financial needs (Wife, family) meant that I couldn't justify the expense, at least to myself.

 

Then I had the offer to navigate in a Mk2 Escort, when I mentioned this to Mrs Bonhoff, her reaction was to tell me to get the kit as she'd never thought I'd retired so I purchased overalls last year and purchased the other stuff today. That's cost in the region of 1k.

 

I, like Keefr22, still have my rally car (Skoda in my case) parked in a garage awaiting restoration but I doubt that she'll see stages again given the requirements for lifed FIA seats and harnesses, another 1k there every 5 years. I'll probably retrim the interior for historic road rallies and sprints/hillclimbs instead.

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I built my own spray booth many years ago using a design plan from Fine Scale Modeler. It still works fine, but I thought that the fan on top was a weak point. So, I decided to purchase a more compact design with the fan in the direction of spray.

Have not used it yet, but went together in 10 mins. without reading directions :P'

 

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31 minutes ago, Bonhoff said:

I'll probably retrim the interior for historic road rallies and sprints/hillclimbs instead.

 

We (my son & I)  built the Mini to historic stage specs but only used it for hillclimbs (it's logbooked for modprod), but the need to find nearly  a grand for new lids (a year or so after buying new ones because our old ones weren't fire proof (how on earth an open face helmet can ever be 'fire proof' is beyond me!) &  those HANS things just killed it. We've also been toying with fitting an interior & doing road events, but we need to get her running again first! 

 

Good luck with the navving!

 

Keith

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9 minutes ago, keefr22 said:

But the need to find nearly  a grand for new lids (a year after buying new ones because our old ones weren't fire proof) 

 

Oof!

 

That's one thing I made sure of today. FIA 2010 spec would have meant that I could use the lid until 2023 but this one is 2015 spec which currently has no end date. 

 

Mate of mine has just spent a couple or three years restoring his Clubman rally car but then decided it was too nice to use. He now has a Peugeot 106 rallye for stages.

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21 minutes ago, Bonhoff said:

Mate of mine has just spent a couple or three years restoring his Clubman rally car but then decided it was too nice to use

 

I don't think that could ever apply to ours!

 

To get back to things that we have bought - a Sunstar 1/18 RS1800 turned up here yesterday. Earlier this week a RHD dash for same also arrived from Flea Bay - I have grand plans to strip the RS down, detail it to death & then repaint it to match the last real rally Mk2 that I owned. One day...!!

 

Also from e-bay the Italeri re-box of the ancient old esci Mk2 RS. No real need for it as I still have 8 or 9 (lost count as I've been selling them off !) of the Esci/Revell boxings! Hoping if they sell well that Belkits may bless us with a new tool!

 

And from a guy in the club on Weds a Tamiya 1/48 Swordfish - because he only wanted £15 for it & I have no willpower!

 

Keith

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I've been reading up on the American Civil War again; I used to have an extensive library of books on the subject, but sold them during my first year of marriage, when we had essentially no money. So I've been getting some more books lately:

 

James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom

Bruce Catton, The Civil War

Stephen Sears, Lincoln's Lieutenants; To The Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign; Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam; Chancellorsville; and Gettysburg.

John Hennessey: Return to Bull Run

Edwin Coddington, The Gettysburg Campaign

Harry Pfanz, Gettysburg: The First Day; Gettysburg: The Second Day; and Gettysburg: Culp's Hill & Cemetary Hill.

Steven Sodergren, The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns

Gordon Rhea, The Battle of the Wilderness; The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern; To the North Anna River; and Cold Harbor.

Scott Patchan, Shenandoah Summer

Earl Hess, Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg

John Horn, The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864

Richard Sommers, Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg and the Battles of Chaffin's Bluff and Poplar Spring Church, September 29-October 2, 1864.

Hampton Newsome, Richmond Must Fall: The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign, October 1864

A. Wilson Greene, The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion

 

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Half-price sale at DCS...

 

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Well, it would have been rude not to...

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14 hours ago, Procopius said:

I've been reading up on the American Civil War again; I used to have an extensive library of books on the subject, but sold them during my first year of marriage, when we had essentially no money. So I've been getting some more books lately:

 

James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom

Bruce Catton, The Civil War

Stephen Sears, Lincoln's Lieutenants; To The Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign; Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam; Chancellorsville; and Gettysburg.

John Hennessey: Return to Bull Run

Edwin Coddington, The Gettysburg Campaign

Harry Pfanz, Gettysburg: The First Day; Gettysburg: The Second Day; and Gettysburg: Culp's Hill & Cemetary Hill.

Steven Sodergren, The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns

Gordon Rhea, The Battle of the Wilderness; The Battles for Spotsylvania Court House and the Road to Yellow Tavern; To the North Anna River; and Cold Harbor.

Scott Patchan, Shenandoah Summer

Earl Hess, Into the Crater: The Mine Attack at Petersburg

John Horn, The Siege of Petersburg: The Battles for the Weldon Railroad, August 1864

Richard Sommers, Richmond Redeemed: The Siege at Petersburg and the Battles of Chaffin's Bluff and Poplar Spring Church, September 29-October 2, 1864.

Hampton Newsome, Richmond Must Fall: The Richmond-Petersburg Campaign, October 1864

A. Wilson Greene, The Final Battles of the Petersburg Campaign: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion

 

 

What, no Shelby Foote?  I've just finished 'Stars In Their Course: The Gettysburg Campaigns', an extract from his three volume history of the Civil War.  Brilliant book, superb writing. 

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4 hours ago, 593jones said:

 

What, no Shelby Foote?  I've just finished 'Stars In Their Course: The Gettysburg Campaigns', an extract from his three volume history of the Civil War.  Brilliant book, superb writing. 

 

I like his writing (mostly) and his trilogy was my introduction to reading about the ACW back in 2003, so I'll probably get his three-book "narrative" (he didn't like to call it a history) at some point, so my sons can read it. 

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