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Gorby

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  1. Gorby

    Telford 2019

    I hope there were fewer instances of theft at the show this year.
  2. That's awful! Could you please let us know if you get any more news about him.
  3. After my Google Photo experiment went belly up, I put a week aside to try and make the best and most informed decision that I could in order to find a new host. It did take me the full week, but in the process the document I did for myself (my memory isn't great, and writing it all down helps) I thought may be useful to others in a similar position – it just needed tarting up a bit. I lost eight months of links but fortunately there were only three WIP that I needed to update with new links. For my RFI photos I usually use Scalemates as the host. I hope the info is as useful to others as it was to me.
  4. Gorby

    Malroy

    As promised, this is the photo host document:
  5. Hotlinking Photo Host Choices Being a photo host is quite a precarious existence, many have failed in the last few years, taking people's precious photo links with them, so it's worth taking time to choose one that will last the course and not leave you in the lurch at some future date. Not all photo hosts are suitable as many are not happy for you to hotlink (direct link) content to other sites, which is what we need for this site. If you choose to go with a free host please bear in mind that hosting photos uses a LOT of storage and bandwidth, which is far from cheap, so the company in question is likely to want to recoup that cost in some way either by adverts or eventually charging its members, as PhotoBucket famously did a few years ago when they upset virtually all their users with a huge annual fee. In the list below, if I haven't mentioned the fee, it's free as far as I can tell. Prices quoted are from November 2019, and will usually only change in an upward direction. Flickr (now owned by SmugMug) https://www.flickr.com/ The basic fee is $49.99 per year (currently £38.51) or $5.99 per month (£4.61) Flickr does allow hotlinking with one caveat: “Flickr makes it possible to post content hosted on Flickr to other web sites. Pages on other web sites that display content hosted on flickr.com must provide a link from each photo or video back to its page on Flickr. This provides a way to get more information about the content and the photographer.” Currently Flickr allows 1000 free uploads, but as they are now owned by Smugmug (who scrapped their own free account option) this may not last forever. ImageShack https://www.imageshack.us/ The basic fee is $37.99 per year (currently £29.26) or $3.99 per month (£3.07) The paid for accounts mention that direct linking is one of the features, but the T&C say “Changing hotlinking/embed codes is strictly prohibited. Free ImageShack accounts are not allowed to link to direct links. Circumventing ImageShacks ability to enforces it's policies on free accounts and changing linking codes may result in deletion of your content and/or account.” I assume that this is specifically aimed at free accounts only, that's why I haven't mentioned the free account as an option. SmugMug https://www.smugmug.com/ The basic fee is $48 per year (currently £36.97) or $5.99 per month (£4.61) I assume that this site allows hotlinking, but I haven't been able to find anything which clearly states that they do. It does mention that it's possible to “Embed photos and videos on other websites”, to be honest, I'm not sure that's the same as hotlinking, but it sounds like it is. Ipernity http://www.ipernity.com/ The basic fee is £21.75 per year but the maximum storage space is only 5 GB – for some that may not be enough and the next upgrade is to the 'Standard' fee of £39.75. It is possible to have a free “Guest” account but the total storage is only 250 MB or 100 uploads. IMPORTANT: The address bar shows that the site is 'Not secure'. This site is like a smaller version of Flickr – intended more to show off your photos than as a host. It started in 2005 but was taken over and run by it's members in 2017. Pros: It's owned by its fee paying members, so it's unlikely to do a PhotoBucket and raise the fee to an astronomical level. Cons: I've read the terms and conditions and I'm still not sure if it allows holinking. The T&C have been translated from French and the wording is a little obscure in places. Pinterest https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ This is free to use and has been around for a while (started Jan 2010). I couldn't find anything in the terms and conditions about hotlinking but I've tried it – it does work. Cons: It's a bit of a pain to use, you can only upload one photo at a time and although it was easy to hotlink, it was quite long winded process. Every time I go on, I get sidetracked and loose half a day. Pros: Free Allowed to store 200,000 photos. Imgur https://imgur.com/ Imgur is now more of a social media site than a photo host, having originated as the photo hosting arm of reddit. Their rules on hotlinking seem to be quite vague. One site mentioned that Imgur states “While you may hotlink to images uploaded to Imgur, the service's Terms of Service forbid you explicitly from doing so” but I couldn't find that in the TOS. There are quite a few people mentioning that links are liable to break, but I don't have any evidence if this is correct. PhotoBucket https://photobucket.com/ The basic fee is $5.99 per month (£4.61) for up to 2,500 images (25MB) Photobucket aren't particularly well thought of after they held their members photos to ransom in 2017 and demanded $399 per year. I've read that with the basic option, they will deface hosted photos with a huge watermark that hides one tenth of your photo (if you know this incorrect please let me know). They have also started to blur hosted photos if the user exceeds there allocated bandwidth. Personally, I wouldn't trust them to host a coffee morning. Free Image Hosting.net http://www.freeimagehosting.net This is what is says about hotlinking “Yes, we allow "direct linking" (also referred to as "hot linking"). You are allowed to embed the images we host into your personal website. Please use the thumbnail codes for large images. Images hotlinked in popular websites may be deleted if the bandwidth usage is extreme.” PostImage https://postimages.org/ Hotlinking appears to be allowed and it's free to use, but I've found some very poor reviews and there are several stories about users images disappearing without warning – I don't know if this is true. IMGBox https://imgbox.com/ This has been running for seven years so far and offers: Hotlinking Unlimited storage space & unlimited storage time They also mention “Please note: No personal information will be sold to any third parties.” How do they make money then? I didn't see any advertising (I run an ad blocker) so I don't know if there is any on the site. Village Photos http://village.photos/ IMPORTANT: The address bar of VP shows that the site is 'Not secure'. I used VP for a couple of years but after other photo hosts started going belly-up I became concerned that I couldn't see how VP could make a profit. Recently, quite a few people have been saying that they are experiencing problems with VP and some have said that they couldn't get any response from the admin team when they asked for help. To me, that doesn't sound good. I also don't like the way the photos are ordered randomly in folders. Hobbyphotohost.com https://hobbyphotohost.com/ * I'm not sure if this is free * Allows hotlinking and appears to be tailor made for us, but it feels a bit amateurish. It was started very recently by a modeller, because he was experiencing exactly the same problem of finding a host. I found an offer on a different site which says “HobbyPhotoHost are currently running a promotion where anyone signing up in May or June 2019 (up to a maximum of 50 new users) will get an upgrade from a Free account to the Basic account, worth £2.99 a month, completely free! This reward is applied once signup is complete and at least three hobby photos have been uploaded.” But I can't find any mention of a paid account on the Hobbyphotohost site. Does that mean that it doesn't have 50 users yet? I counted all the photos currently on the site and it's just over one hundred, which implies that the site has barely got off the ground. Their 'Pivacy Policy' states “We don’t share any personally identifying information publicly or with third-parties, except when required to by law.” Scalemates https://www.scalemates.com/ If you only ever post work in progress or photos of your completed builds, Scalemates is a possible option. I usually hotlink from Scalemates, but only for my completed build pictures. I don't feel that this is taking advantage of the site because I only ever link to photos that I would have put on SM anyway. Another possible alternative: Google Blogger https://www.blogger.com/ During my search I found this: “Blogger -- Google's blog platform is just a quick sign up away. You can set up a new blog there using your Google account, and may upload the photos that you plan to display elsewhere on the Internet to it. It may not be the most straightforward way of doing this, but it has worked reliably for users for years. Other blogging platforms may allow this as well.” One downside to this is that is goes on to say: “Google Photos works as well”, but I now know that the links can break without warning. I have no idea if links from Blogger will be any more secure. After doing quite a bit of Googlising I only found positive things about using Blogger as a host. Setting up a blog is very simple: https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/1623800?hl=en I found this 'how to' for using Blogger to host images: http://googleimageblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-host-images-on-blogger-blogs.html Not suitable as a photo host Instagram Facebook (Facebook and instagram image links are designed to expire and renew after a while. It is to prevent hotlinking to their images in external websites). OneDrive Google Photos (from my experience the links eventually break) Amazon Photo (apparently it is possible to hotlink, but the tutorial I found had about thirty stages so not very practical). Conclusions: I decided to use Blogger as I feel like it's giving me more control somehow. I am concerned that Google may splat the links as they did in Google Photos, but any of the free hosts I've mentioned may either go out of business or start charging – no one knows, so I think it's worth the risk. I'm not really in the position to pay for a host at the moment and of course, the biggest problem of paying for a host, is that once you start, you have to continue to pay every year or say bye-bye to all your links forever. And prices are only ever likely to increase. There are dozens of other photo hosts that I haven't mentioned, but that's part of the problem – too many are chasing too little advertising revenue, which leads me to believe that there will be plenty more free sites going belly-up in the near future. Please let me know if there are any other significant ones that I've missed, and if you think that any that I've mentioned have problems (with either using them, or if they are in financial difficulty). Also if there is anything I've said above that is clearly rubbish – let me know. I'd be interested to hear your views. If you recommend a particular host, what makes it different to all the other hosts to make you choose it and why do you think it will survive when many aren't? Thanks for having a look. Please Note: I would advise you to ALWAYS keep you're photos on your own device and do regular backups. If you entrust you're photos entirely to a photo host, you could end up loosing the lot. Please remember, if you delete the photo from the host, it will also disappear from the forums it is posted on as well. The above information is to help you chose a suitable photo host, please don't blame me or Britmodeller if your choice turns out to be the wrong one.
  6. I'll send you a link to the info when it gets posted.
  7. As @Mike mentioned, I experimented with using Google Photos and everything was fine for eight months, then people started telling me that they couldn't see my photos. What made it more confusing is that I could still see all of my photos and was therefore initially convinced that the problem lay with those viewing my posts. In the next couple of days I hope to post something that will list all the main photo hosts that allow hotlinking including another alternative that I'm currently trying which may be of interest to you – using Google Blogger as a host. I can't guarantee that the links won't break with Blogger, but you can't guarantee that any of the photo hosts won't go kaput eventually, particularly the free ones.
  8. Gorby

    Malroy

    I'm intending to post a comparison of the main hotlinking photo host in the next couple of days. But if you need something before that, Brian's list is a starting point. The list he's shown is a little out of date as 'Tiny Pic' has closed now and some of those on the list aren't suitable as they won't allow hotlinking (direct linking). I would advise you to avoid Photobucket. If you're not sure what hotlinking is, this is an explanation: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotlinking When I post the photo host info I'll try to remember to put a link here for you.
  9. It was an exceptionally entertaining day so thanks to Ced, Cookie and PC for lifting my mood. And a particular thanks to Ced for arraigning the cockpit tours, which were fascinating. With us as the V bomber crew, the western world world would have nothing to fear. Although it would probably all be over by the time we managed to get ourselves into the cockpit.
  10. Thanks for that video Gary. I was only chatting to someone yesterday about this place. Fascinating, but quite sad.
  11. Very nice job Dennis! I've not seen this scheme before.
  12. Amazing job! Beautifully painted. I didn't know that the Cuban's had Hawker Sea Fury aircraft.
  13. I've just had a look and it is pretty spectacular. https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/forum/airfix-1400-mary-rose-you-have-to-see-this/?p=1
  14. Dirty boy! This isn't the place to tell us what you're doing with April.* * It's the 'Happy thread'
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