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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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Hold and Fold IV 4" Photo-Etch Bending Tool

Hold and Fold IV 4" Photo-Etch Bending Tool



The Small Shop - Available from Little-cars.com

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Although Photo-Etch (PE) metal scares the willies out of some modellers, most of us eventually come to grips with it at some point in our careers. Whether we learn to love it or not is moot, but when handling this relatively new addition to our modelling arsenal, the correct tools for the job will ease your way immensely.

Some simple jobs can be accomplished using only flat-jawed pliers or tweezers, but for a really crisp fold, and for those complex folds, you need one of these devices to hold your part in position while you bend it.

The device is simple, but has been machined to very close tolerances to ensure that the two halves mate together perfectly when closed. The top part with the "fingers" is machined from aluminium billet, with a large hard plastic knurled knob holding it in place on the black base. This is anodised aluminium, and the black surface helps to pick out tiny parts against the background, and differentiates between the two parts. Two pegs protrude from the base, holding the top perfectly square with the base, and ensuring that the top doesn't rotate as you tighten up the knob.

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I've been using this for some weeks now, and am very pleased with its performance. It is pretty compact, measuring only 4" x 3" (10 x 7.5cm), and the edges of each finger are incredibly sharply milled. The tops of the fingers are milled away to allow bending over the usual 90o to be achieved, as brass can need over-bending to achieve a right-angle bend.

Removing the top and rotating it 180o allows the modeller to use the whole rear of the top as a surface against which to bend large or long parts. To assist in this task is a long single edged blade, which although sharp enough to cut you, isn't razor-blade sharp. It doesn't need to be either, as its function is that of a bend assistant. You simply slide it under the trapped piece of PE and lever it up to start the bending process. Of course, you can also use a single-edged razor blade for smaller tasks, but having the option of this 4" blade is an excellent addition.

Conclusion

It is an expensive piece of kit when you look at the size, but its usefulness and the cost of its precision manufacture soon offsets the initial outlay, and the improved finish of your PE and fewer screw-ups will pay you back in good time.

Paul at Little-cars usually has this and other sizes of Hold and Folds in stock for UK and European customers, and can be reached by the link below.

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Review sample courtesy of Paul @

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That looks very handy indeed - I'm going to have to treat myself to one of these :)

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Whilst it does look nice I think I'll stick to my snipe nosed pliers and a metal rule.

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As excellent as that looks, £42 is just way too much for me. Might have to go deal-hunting though. :thumbsup:

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They are an ingenious tool and while I have two (different sizes) and the roller set, I still use flat pliers and tweezers to do the bulk of my folding.

Steve

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I have a smaller version – the 'Bug' I think – and it's invaluable for getting precise 90 degree folds. As useful as a punch and die set in my mind.

Nick

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I have a smaller version – the 'Bug' I think – and it's invaluable for getting precise 90 degree folds. As useful as a punch and die set in my mind.

Nick

I have the Bug as well, and concur, it's great. If I worked in a larger scale, the 4"" would be my weapon of choice though.

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