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      In case you have missed the announcement, the reason that the forum has been slow at times since the minor version update the other day is due to a Denial of Service attack, brute force attack on our email, and judging by the lag with our FTP response, that too.  If you're feeling like you're experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, you're not wrong.  This is the same MO as the attack in September 2016 that occurred when we transitioned to the new version 4 of the software.  We're currently working with US and UK cyber-crime departments, who specialise in this sort of thing, and we're hopeful that we'll be able to track them down this time by using the accumulated evidence already held.    We are pretty certain that it's a continuation of the same attack last year, only at a reduced intensity to deter people from using the site "because it's terribly slow", rather than taking it down completely, and we're also sure of the motivations of those responsible.  Spite.   Please bear with us in the interim, and wish us luck in dealing with these.... "people".


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  1. James, These are the ones that I am using Alan Gibson 4mm I bought these from Mainly Trains but I don't think that they are trading now. However, they are also available via this ebay seller. HTH
  2. After yesterdays events my concentration levels have been lacking and I have spent the day flitting around from job to job. One of them was to make a start on some detail work for Evening Star, nothing too taxing just some mocking up of the handrail on one of the deflector plates. I started by removing most of the moulded handrail from the deflector just leaving a trace so I could establish the locations for the replacement handrail knobs. I drilled holes at these points to accept the knobs and then remove the remaining detail. Once that was done I bent some 0.45 brass wire around a BBQ skewer to give a nice radius and also made a bend at one end to stop the knobs sliding off. The handrail was then test fitted and I think that is an improvement over the original. I now need to remove the remaining short hand grab at the lower front edge and replace this too, once that is finished I will fix everything in place and trim the handrail to length. All in all not a lot done but it is a start. I will also check on availability of any other bits I will need and start to get get those ordered over the weekend.
  3. That's a great start matey, neat job with the etch. Did you manage to get to your paints or are you using those in the starter set?
  4. Hi Jean. Kit Starter was a scheme run by Airfix a year or two ago where modellers were invited to select from a number of older kits that they would like to see re-issued. If a model gained enough interest then it would be re-released. If I remember correctly, the Beagle Basset was the only kit issued under this scheme. I don't think that the concept gained enough interest though, because shortly after this, Airfix announced that they would be dropping the idea. But in a nutshell, it is an Airfix re-issue. Cheers
  5. I have several Hornby Minitrix N gauge locomotives and a mix of Peco and Hornby Minitrix rolling stock, unfortunately they are all boxed up in the loft at the moment. But I did get a few items down last year and made this for the Vignette GB. And this was my entry (non motorised) for last years Made in Britain GB, the first time I had done any form of railway modelling in 35+ years
  6. Thanks for the paint hints Dave and also for sharing your photo. Both will be useful references. And another closet railway fan reveals himself. But there are no problems with Caron knowing about my fetish. After watching several programmes on the Travel Channel, we decided to spend our 25th Wedding Anniversary travelling around Switzerland by train. The scenery from the Glacier Express was stunning. Welcome aboard Mark, I hope that it keeps you entertained. Mine will be as Kitmaster intended, but there may be some small changes. I have found some you-tube videos using the Lima chassis and it looks fairly straightforward, probably something I would have done had I been running OO gauge. Your dad's scratchbuild projects sound like fun too.
  7. Thanks gents. It's not something that I use very often, preferring a harder edge in smaller scales, which is probably more accurate. However, this has just left a slightly feathered edge that looks quite pleasing. Thanks Pete. Sounds like the fire would have been a tricky one to deal with. The Lincolnshire landscape could have been quite different had they failed to get that under control. My dad was a miner at Dinnington Colliery and we would often have family walks across to Roche Abbey, which lies between Firbeck and Maltby. It was on one of these walks that I had my first sighting of that unique White Delta shape. I can't say for certain but I think that it would have been based at Finningley, it is a memory that has always stuck with me. I did not think then that years later I would be working in the machine shop at Chadderton, helping to manufacture aircraft components including Vulcan spares or repair items. I also remember the ensuing panic for any job cards stamped up AOG, they always had top priority and were often walked through the factory for each manufacturing process.
  8. I resemble that remark MJ. I'll give it a good go H, but I have got the whip and chair ready just in case it bites back. When the manufacturers instructions refer to the age of the kit (50 years) and the fact that some of the numbers may have changed over that time, then you know that you are in for an entertaining build. That's a fine result Dave, I will be more than happy if I can get it to that standard. Would you tell me what colour you used for the top and bogies/lower frame? It looks to be a good match for Light Aircraft Grey. Thanks for the heads up on the wheels/axles, I'll see about using some tubing to improve the fit.
  9. If this turns out as well your Showmans Engine did, then it should be a beauty.
  10. The best laid plans of mice and men... There will be other days, and it sounds like you have enjoyed your time at the beach anyway.
  11. Following a suggestion by @Mjwomack I have decided to have a go at a third build. If things go according to plan then I am hoping that I can complete them all. Kit sprue shots are below, lots of flash on the detail parts, so there will be plenty of cleaning up to do for a start. Wish me luck.
  12. A great build Ced, and it has been a lot of fun to watch your progress. Well done.
  13. After a couple of hours, it's dry enough to remove the masking. There are a few areas that need some attention, but overall, I am quite pleased with the way it looks.
  14. I agree, it's a great little kit and I am looking forward to making the white Blue Steel version in the near future. I have been trying to beat the weather this morning in the hope of getting some Medium Sea Grey on. I started masking with White-tac worms yesterday and finished filling these in this morning. I then quickly thinned some Hu 165 and headed outdoors to airbrush this on, which I wrapped up about 45 mins ago. Shortly after cleaning the airbrush and packing everything away the rain started.
  15. Well, resistance was futile. I have ordered Dapol's Deltic prototype kit and this is now on its way. It could be a lot of work, but I am hopeful that I can finish both kits.