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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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  1. Brilliant, growing up in the sixties and seventies in Dublin I saw these aircraft regularly flying overhead I distinctly remember one evening while out playing seeing something four engined passing overhead the alternative flame from the exhausts marking their passage. Then at night while lying cosy in my bed hearing the evocative throb of the engines passing into the distance. So different from the noisy jets. I count myself lucky to have been born in between the times of the jets and the last of the prop liners.
  2. Sounds very like typical dressage riders, dark blue coat and top hats. But I don't know about the plumes on the horses. Never seen that. A quick google revealed a dressage competition today in Shipley West Sussex: So unless you live in Shipley West Yorkshire. It can't be a coincidence?
  3. I used to own a share in a racehorse called ****** ***. He paid for himself, rare in rachorses. But he has been my default password ever since. But what drives me mad is sites demanding complex passwords. Caps and symbols. Often impossible to remember. So I end up changing them but they insist on them being different. So I end up having to use other words. Inevitably I forget. So annoying.
  4. I've thought that if the Germans had more pilots like Marsielle. They might have have won the war. On the other hand if more Germans were like Marseille there wouldn't be a war in the first place! Very nice model!
  5. Definitely in the you learn something new every day category. Talk about obscure!
  6. Hmm, that thes sounds very interesting I'm lucky to be in walking distance of big online bookshop. Guess where I'll be tomorrow.
  7. Sounds interesting. I have to say I've gone from an avid reader to loss of interest. Been looking for something new. Both books you mention pique my interest.
  8. Absolutely agree. The Sabre is one of my favourites and you did it justice. I practically drooled over a real one in Oshkhosh last year. Recommend a visit there. You can actually touch the real thing and talk to the pilots.
  9. I guess I'm lucky to have got away with smuggling in a few bottles of Modelmaster paint all the way from the USA last year. They were in the checked luggage admittedly. The TSA never noticed. I actually don't think there's a problem with tinlets particularly in hold luggage. I suspect it happens a lot. I know I've done it a few times blissfully unaware of any rules.
  10. Haven't the RAF heard of the Thermos? I think it was the fault of the MOD for overlooking this vital piece of kit in their specs. It's not as if the Americans don't look after their own aircrew. I remember controversy years ago when it was revealed that the coffee maker on the C5 was expensively engineered to survive a 40g impact. It seemed like overkill but some wag pointed out that the after a 40g impact the crew would definitely need a cup of coffee. I once worked for a cargo airline which flew 727s of mixed heritage. Some had water heaters, some of which worked some not. The crews constantly wrote up the faulty ones as a 'carried forward defect'. But the parts couldn't be got and it made us in Engineering look bad. So my boss sent a memo to all aircrew threatening to deactivate all water heaters if they continued to list them in the CFDs. Problem solved!
  11. Oh no, it all got a bit complicated at 12! I think either 11 years old or 21 again. Leaving out the bit in between. Love the memorabilia. My collection is not so old or extensive. I have a few Airfix and Frog catalogues and a bunch of Airfix magazines from the sixties and seventies. Will have to sell or give them away. No point in hanging onto them.
  12. Ironically the Wright brothers patented the method of flight control they used and aggressively pursued anyone using similar controls, for licence fees, to the extent that their own aircraft company fell behind in developments and it is often said held back aviation progress in the USA during the early years. In a further irony the main target of their lawsuits was Curtiss. Curtiss later merged with Wright to form Curtiss-Wright which still exists though no longer making whole aircraft. It's possible they would have to be paid by anyone wishing to make a model of the Wright Flyer!
  13. One of my son's little school friends has a YouTube channel which implies to me that it's not so difficult. Both my boys have an ambition to be Youtubers archaeologists and artists respectively. So I think it's not so complicated. Some YouTubers have become millionaires quite literally on the basis of their videos. I have no idea what how to do it much to the frustration of my boys but I guess there are helpful videos online that can help. If ten year olds can do it then maybe we can.
  14. He is still alive. But don't blame the kids. They were written out of the will after a court case. His second wife is the power behind the throne. They pursue aggressively anyone who they believe has contravened his tradmarks or copyrights or whatever. Try getting a set of Glamourous Glennis decals. One manufacturer had to resort to an anagram to avoid trouble. For a man in his nineties he spends an inordinate amount of time on twitter and Facebook. Hmm! I'm afraid his legacy has been damaged by this kind of thing.
  15. Yes indeed but surely the actual identity of the aircraft is on the data plate? So even the fuselage is a mere spare too. Controversially some restored Spitfires are started with a data plate and perhaps a firewall and maybe armour plate. In modern times with modular jet engines. I've seen the ultimate result of this mix and matching where literally the only original part of the engine sn XX1234 was the spot where the data plate was fixed.