Matt Bacon

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  • Location Ilkley, West Yorkshire
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  1. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    ...again, I'm seeing two identical Ferrari pictures, one above the other, at this end at 17:27...
  2. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    The top one is right click copy, right click paste from above. The bottom one is right click "copy image address" and then "paste" between hand-typed [ IMG ] tags...
  3. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    The reply box was completely empty when I first pasted the first picture. That screwy "jpg.html.jpg" on the end must have come in as part of the right click copy or paste. As a matter of interest, the images I pasted have now (15 minutes later) disappeared on my screen as well. The Ferraris that you posted and Ken copied and posted are visible up above. So it looks like Windows firefox does something different from Mac Safari, and the forum software likes one but not the other...
  4. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    Now it's 17:04 UK time on Thursday (why aren't you lot all out at Thanksgiving dinners?) and I can still see both of those pictures in this thread on my computer screen. But on my phone, they are replaced by hollow boxes with:
    "custom-made-front-engine-dragster-02-zpsiisqxlil.jpg.html.jpg" and
    So right click copy and right click paste is clearly not working in Safari on a Mac. Though if all I ever looked at was my own computer, it might look like it was. I wonder if those image filenames are all you guys ever see, but I see the actual pictures while they are still in my browser cache, but once they are flushed from the cache they revert to the filenames in my browser as well...
  5. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    OK... so I just right clicked up on the image in line above and pasted it in. As I type this, I can see the image in the reply window. Now, here goes copy-pasting exactly the same way from a different web site`;

    That's from Amazon. As I type this time, I can see both images in the reply window.
    Now I'm going to hit "Submit Reply"
  6. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    Obviously not... It looks like you're having the same problem I did: copy/pasted picture appears in the thread when you've posted it, then a while later has vanished leaving a broken picture icon. The only way I've found that reliably works is to use a photo hosting site that provides a URL for the image only (not a thumbnail hyperlink). Copy the link. Then hand type the [ IMG ] and [ /IMG ] (no spaces in the real ones) tags into the message box and "Paste and Match Style" the copied URL in between them...
    The only thing I can think (before anyone pops up with a snide PEBKAC comment, I've been building web sites and phone apps since 1994, so I do have _some_ idea how to use a computer) is that there are significant differences between the ways different browsers handle the copy/paste, and the scripts in the forum systems that handle them haven't been tested to work against all of them. That's the only way I can account for the differences in "what works for me" between different forum users.
  7. Matt Bacon added a topic in The Off-Topic Lounge   

    Fight back against the idiocracy...
    Buy every early-teen you know a copy of this book:
    (Use "Look Inside" to find out about Tiny bags of Water You're Made Of or Heavy Metal Power Building)
    It's fantastic...
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  8. Matt Bacon added a topic in Car Aftermarket / Resin   

    Scratch-building a Birdcage Maserati just got a lot easier...
    Not quite sure where to post this, but Albion Alloys has just launched a new line called "Connecto". It's all brass, and is made up of fine brass tubes and etched "star" connectors. The stars come in varying numbers of points. You slide the number of tubes you need to meet at one place onto the points of the appropriate star, add a few drops of superglue to fix them, and then you can bend them to the geometry you need. Bingo -- fine tube spaceframe with good joints without any tricky holding and soldering...

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  9. Matt Bacon added a topic in On The Workbench   

    Cobra 427 S/C, 1/24, Monogram/Hasegawa
    This is the Hasegawa boxing of Monogram/s 1/24 kit, with additional white metal parts by Fine Molds.
    First up, the body in Zero Paints Guardsman Blue, with Zero 2K clear coat. This is as she came out of the paint shop. There are a couple of minor blemishes to polish out, but other than that I don't plan on doing any more "added shininess"

    Here's a few of the engine in progress, to compare and contrast the original and Fine Molds parts:

    And this young lady will be popping in from time to time in this thread. She's a Master Box figure, from their new "Pin-Up" series:

    Loads more work to do on her as well, but she's very nicely sculpted... ;-P
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  10. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Auto ID #182 FINISHED!   

    I cheated slightly -- my parents bought one last year... ;-)
    If you don't care about 0-60 times, feelsome steering, and chuckable handling, but are instead a nearly 80-year-old pair who still travel the most of length of the country (OK, only 400-ish miles over here) to visit friends, it's hard to beat as a comfortable long-distance cruiser with (genuine) good local MPG, and fantastically equipped. They bought a 60K mile diesel, top-spec with every option, three years old for about £7K... Depreciation's a killer for the original owner, but it's a bargain for the 3rd...
  11. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    It depends what people mean when they say "the copy/paste" method...
    If your picture host has ready made BBCode tags, you can copy/paste those. If you hand type the IMG tags, and "paste and match style" a copied URL from the web between them, it works.
    But you can also copy and paste a picture directly:

    ...and if you do that, then the picture is uploaded to the forum servers...
  12. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Trouble Posting Photos by URL   

    I'm not sure the forum's "owners" will like the copy/paste method when they discover that they are hosting and serving gigabytes of pictures. The URL method leaves the pictures where they are and lets your browser fetch them and insert them in the forum page as it renders it. Copy/paste transfers the image files to the Automotive Forums servers...
  13. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic The Truth Is Out...The Earth Is Flat !!!   

    It gets thinner! You can fly non-stop from Australia to Brazil or Chile, or New Zealand to Buenos Aires. What's the "stopper" that they believe prevents people flying from Australia to Argentina, and why shouldn't it apply to those existing flights? My guess would be the lack of flights direct from Australia to Buenos Aires has more to do with whether you can find enough passengers to profitably fill a 777 on that run...
    I know logic is wasted on them...
  14. Matt Bacon added a topic in General   

    New FIAT 124 Spider

    It may be an MX-5 in pretty European dress, but it is a VERY pretty dress. And you get one of FIATs rather excellent MultiAir engines under the bonnet...
    I'd like a new MX-5. I'd LOVE one of these...
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  15. Matt Bacon added a post in a topic Alfa Giulia Sprint GTA, Tamiya 1/24   

    Thanks for the very kind comments, guys. I was amazed when I got back to the table after judging and found that it was a medal-winner. One very useful thing that it has taught me is that a certain amount of wiring and plumbing etc is allowed in the "Standard Kit" category, rather than having to go in the "Standard Kit Detailed" category. I'd entered the XJ220 and EB110 for that category, but they didn't stand a chance against various 1/20 race cars with all the body panels removed, or the odd MFH kit, impeccably executed. (In the IPMS UK Competition rules, while the AIrcraft Standard Kit rules explicitly say you can add things like rigging wires, aerials or seatbelts, the Car class just says standard kit, built with the contents of the box.)
    Thanks again!