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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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American Firemen (1910s) 1:24

American Firemen (1910s)

1:24 ICM

 

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Back in the days of open fires, gas lighting and generally unregulated open flames inside houses, the Fireman's job was a lot harder, and his level of protection much less effective.  In the early part of the 20th century, a thick leather coat and a crash hat with a wide brim, particularly at the rear to protect the wearer's head and shoulders were the only protection.

 

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This figure set is not my usual genre or scale, but it's interesting to see how the other half models.  The box is slightly larger than usual figure boxes, and is a top opener with another lid on the lower carton half.  Inside is a single sprue of sand coloured styrene, plus a separate sheet of instructions with integrated painting guide and colour key on the rear.  There are three figures in the box, only two of which are firemen, the third being an inquisitive young boy that is getting to try on one of the firemen's hats.  The other is looking on with his fire axe slung over his shoulder.  Moulding is very crisp, and the sculpting is very good.  The clasps on their clothing and the heads stand out as some of the highlights, but the standard is excellent throughout, even down to the little boy's plus-fours and ribbed socks.  One figure has a half-length coat, while the other wears a three-quarter variant, and both have been moulded as hollow so that the legs fit within the empty volume to give a more realistic appearance to their clothing.

 

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I'm not entirely sure of the application for these figures, but I suspect that there are some 1:24 early 20th century fire trucks in someone's repertoire that will go nicely with these figures, especially in a diorama or vignette situation.

 

Conclusion

Lovely mouldings and an endearing slice of life in the 1910s, which with careful painting and posing will result in an engaging scene from days gone by.

 

Highly recommended.

 

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