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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.

Catching Pictures in the Air

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On 19/07/2017 at 10:32 AM, perdu said:

And most of us' wives would say "that is a problem because?..."


Off to Devon next Monday after our club's Midlands Expo on Sunday


There's Wi-Fi

There's my tablet

There's a charger


And there's a pool


There's a beach


There's a BAR


Are there any model shops near Torquay? 


Make it perfect





Gogle gave the following




and one in nearby Paignton https://www.paigntonmodelshop.com/ 


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That looks to be an extremely good fit you have got there.



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17 hours ago, Spookytooth said:

All looking promising Tony, nice work mate.



Cheers Simon.:thumbsup2: If feels like a very asymptotic process at the moment, slowing as we get closer....

16 hours ago, 71chally said:

Quick Q, which I dare say is addressed deep within the thread somewhere, what is the black plastic? Advantages over the usual while plasticard stuff?


Splendid progress!

Thanks James. 


Black. Yes, just standard coloured styrene sheets. Chosen primarily as being a darker surface it would easily show up any surface imperfections in the vacforming process without the tiresome need to keep spraying with primer, as would have been the case with white. Also, I get a bit sick of white sometimes; galleries get me that way too, and I'm not good with glaciers....


16 hours ago, perdu said:



Almost done and all you needed was the six-incher


I am happy, nay proud to say that the clammybeaver looks damned wonderful

Ta Bill. :thumbsup: Couldn't have got this far without ye! 


16 hours ago, perdu said:

Halfords for Araldite, are there no normal hardware shops handy


I think even my local Tesco sells it in a miniscule DIY department shelf

I am blessed with an abundance of items locally with which to husband various ovine/bovine lifeforms or construct a barn, yet bereft of the means to construct even the meanest of aircraft. Truly these are dark regions....

2 hours ago, CedB said:

Very nice Tony - that fit looks pretty perfect to me, good job!

Bless you Ced. Your patience encouragement has been a continual pleasure.


A quick one at Saturday lunchtime for you then. After a run over to town first thing this morning to collect some Araldite from ValHalfords (they've a deal on bike racks at the moment, those high-mount ones that will actually fit an estate car properly without tapping out in Morse 'I'm bolloxing your paintwork' due to the rather free-jazz  approach to road construction in this neck of the woods).


Thence back home. My aged mater is popping over for a roast dinner late this afternoon so I'm on kitchen duty, but I did manage to get some bench time in just now prettying-up the fit from the stage we left it at last night. Sides fettled and 'scallop' for lower wing root added:


Starboard as well:


The top fit is also pretty much done now as well:


You can see below however that there is a slight 'lack' at the top on the starboard side:


This caused me a bit of consternation at first but I reckon the plastic can be flexed and glued into place over that regions so as to only require a minor application of filler along the seam.


The 'boxiness' of the underside seems to carry on from the kit to the vacform in a convincing enough manner - I'll need to go in >gently< with the file on the curve of the bottom corners, but nothing major:


Nest stage: mark and punch out portholes and cut out side and lower door openings, then separate BT and vacform rear fuselage in order to Araldite the latter onto the kit fuselage.


Sounds simple, so I expect it to be quite time-consuming.:banghead:


4 minutes ago, Martian Hale said:

That looks to be an extremely good fit you have got there.

Thanks Martian.:nodding:


You can probably sense how I'm forcing myself to slow-down and tiptoe around this part of the process? With so much invested in the manufacture of the vacform, I most certainly don't want the grief of wrecking it with a slip of the scalpel.


Oddly enough, with the vacform taped on to the kit as you see it in the last photograph above, it doesn't seem to need as much remedial work down the centre (to widen it due to wastage in the cut) as I initially thought. I'll withhold final judgement on that until we get nearer the gluing stage however as it wouldn't be the first time getting caught out by something like that. :wonder:


Thanks for reading!








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Take it steady Tony and it should go easy (hopefully)


Glad to see your roads are sponsored by Diacalm.



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Not wishing to overemphasise it but


That is a really good new piece of aeroplane, you are definitely doing it proper like


Welcome to the art of vacformation, have to get you into rubber next


Fnaarr fnaarr


Then you can become a Casterman quite quickly thereafter


The new tail is remarkably good for a first time job, now I know the 119J is a goer



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Just wonderful progress Monsieur Le Baron :thumbsup2: 


The old vacform pull is mating up beautifully to Italeri's injection moulded masterpiece.


It's a gorgeous kit isn't it?


Slowly is good, there's a fair old journey from here, involving wings, booms, engines and metal finishes, but this is certainly the hardest stage of the whole build. I'm pretty sure that you've won, solved it, got that BT just right :).


Now, there were requests for Australian War Memorial pictorial goodness. I'm afraid that I have no 'real' digital camera, and I was also learning how to use the iPhone camera.


@AlexN had mentioned an Me 262 in the basement. What a wonderful thing to have in one's basement. I think this is the one, lurking behind G' for George' the Lancaster: 




Next to it is an Me 163 Rocket aircraft:




As with most exhibits at AWM, they have not been 'faffed' and are very genuine.


One of my personal favourites is a completely unrestored Bf-109 G6 with Erla hood and some noticeable wartime repairs:




Want to know what RLM02 really looks like? Just look up, there are untouched patches of it:




For all the bad press they get, I feel Humbrol's shade is far closer than eg Gunze. I love both paint manufacturers, it's just an observation.


There's also a nice Sea Fury:




The Lancaster has its own multimedia event every few hours. It's not naff. I had to hold back tears. Many screens, lights, sounds. With the real thing right there. Indescribably touching.


The WWI fighter aircraft have a similar event every two hours or so. It's absolutely breathtaking. I filmed parts, but I don't think I can share them on the internet. I have many more photos; Sopwith Camel, Avro 504 etc. Here is a rather gorgeous, very original Albatross:




 Finally (there is so very much more), a personal favourite, I love them so much :heart:  an RAAF P40E. 




I have full walk around photos of this if anyone needs them. Just drop me a PM.


Mrs. T liked the Me 262 best. I have to say, it's a menacing stunner:




Best regards 



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Just that, ta Tony


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