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      Ongoing DDoS Attack causing Forum Slowness   26/04/17

      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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    Mostly 72nd scale aircraft with some sailing ships (1/96 or 1/100).

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  1. The canopy with the SH BT-9 kit has a flat windshield and the triangular quarter panels. My NA-57 kits are not available at the moment, but they also have vac canopies and I would expect that they are the same as in the BT-9 kit. Later, Dave
  2. Comparing the canopy from the Heller kit with the BT-9 canopy, the extra length of about 10 - 12 scale inches (I measured it out this morning) is in the aft section. On the AT-6 there are three side panels, with two rounded panels for each side panel. The rear fixed section of the canopy goes directly into it's curve downwards. On the BT-9, there are side panels to match each of the top rounded panels. Whereas the AT-6 has three side panels, there are six on the BT-9, but the overall length is the same. However there is an extra side panel that is part of the rear fixed section of the canopy. I am considering buying the Pavla resin AT-6 cockpit for the rest of my Special Hobby/Azur BT-9/NA-57 kits and maybe use some sheet plastic to lengthen the rear part of the cockpit. The existing parts have been a nightmare to use in that the floorboard is too thin with where they have you install it and there are no locating ledges to fit the rear section up to. I will just have to put up with it on this one but not on the others. Later, Dave
  3. It's been several decades since I was last in the UK, but I never knew the BNP to be using swastikas. You apparently were lumping them in with the Nazis who definitely were not right wing. Is the BNP a far right bunch of looneys? Without knowing their economic leanings, I was always under the impression that they were a bunch of neo-nazis. If they are more like the KKK and are of a capitalist bent, then they are far right looneys just like the John Birch Society that used to be bigger in the 50s than they are now, if they even still exist, who saw commies around every corner. Please, enough with the politics and back to the subject at hand. Later, Dave
  4. Sorry, the Nazis were extreme LEFT Wing looneys. It is right in the name of their party, the National SOCIALIST Party of Germany. The Germans have had socialist tendencies dating back to at least Bismarck when the government started providing health care. Later, Dave
  5. Maybe just a bit off topic here, but as I am currently building the Special Hobby BT-9, which will be done as the Swedish Sk 14, I noticed that the canopy on the AT-6 is about 12 -18 scale inches SHORTER than the canopy on the BT-9. doing a search on some photos of the BT-9 and AT-6 to compare actual canopy lengths, it does appear that the BT-9 did in fact have a longer canopy than the AT-6. I have also thought about getting an older, cheaper kit of the AT-6 and putting it's fin and rudder on the BT-9 to make a BT-14, but not sure about that now. Later, Dave
  6. With the Sword T-33 for some reason the front cockpit coaming is a separate piece which is a pain to get to fit right and it also throws off the windscreen as well. Maybe Airfix can re-tool their F-80. It would certainly be cheaper than a Platz F-80. Later, Dave
  7. My first one was about in 1962, the Mongram 1/32 Grumman Gulfhawk. They re-issued it about 30 years ago and I have it waiting in the stash to get built as soon as I can ever get around to finishing my WNW FE2b. In the mean time I have several 72nd scale projects going right now. Later, Dave
  8. I hope that is true. I have a Sword F-80 and also the old Airfix kit with an Airwaves photo-etch set to go with it. Later, Dave
  9. I recently completed the Sword T-33, which of course was the basis for the F-94. Go with Heller and some aftermarket stuff and be done with it. I realize that the Sword kit is short run, but it was a brute to build. The only photo-etch I used was for the instrument panels. I assembled the wings and when it came time to attach them to the fuselage, the fuselage would not fit because the wing roots were too far in. Lots of sanding and carving finally got it to the point where the fuselage would fit on somewhat properly. Everything on the wings,i.e. flaps and ailerons, were lined up properly, the roots were just too far inboard. The instructions left a lot to be desired, especially when it came to putting the landing gear doors on. Even with its age, I would still prefer the Hasegawa kit over Sword as a far easier build. I have three of those in the stash, along with the Airwaves photo-etch set for all three, along with a Heller kit, and now also three Platz (one of which is under the Tan label and includes and engine and engine stand. Later, Dave
  10. Saw these last week in the Daily Mail and downloaded several of them. Later, Dave
  11. Lockheed Martin is doing the same thing as Boeing. It seems to me that the Lockheed logo is on the box top of the Italeri 72nd F-35. Later, Dave
  12. The last time I drove over the Martinez bridge (last fall) I looked and didn't see anything there. Most have been shipped out to be scrapped now. The USS Iowa of course is now in southern California down around Long Beach. Later, Dave
  13. As they would say in the Philippines, either walang problema (no problem), or walang anuman (you're welcome)! Later, Dave
  14. The G and H models of the BUFF also had different engines. The Gs had the J-57s, the same basic engine as all the previous models. The H went to the TF-33 for lower fuel consumption, among other things. Later, Dave
  15. In the dvd I have of it, which I bought new less than 10 years ago, the dog's name was not changed. PBS (Public Broadcasting System) here in the states did a program on the raid and they nicely sidestepped the whole matter of the dog's name by not even mentioning it. You could, for example, have some people standing just outside of the ops room and hear cheering and knowing that that meant the mission was a success. Later, Dave