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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. For an non-fictional overview of life in Germany in the latter years of WW2, I can thoroughly recommend "The End; Germany 1944-45" by Ian Kershaw [Penguin ISBN:978-0-1141-01421-0], an exceedingly well written and researched book covering the dreadful experiences of Germans, troops, populace and POWs in the final days of war. Apart from the devastation of the bombing, Kershaw steers clear of battle details and goes in to great detail, from extensive documents of the time, mainly German, of what life was like as the Reich flayed around trying to find a way to win. The chapter "Conclusion;Anatomy of Self-Destruction" provides an insight into Hitlers thinking that he could win, despite the obvious closing of the ring around Germany. It says something for the accuracy of the book that he received the German Federal Cross of Merit for services to history, among many other awards. After 3 readings, it doesn't become any less harrowing !
  2. Never took much notice of its accuracy, Steve, in the days when DuoGlides in England were rarer than rocking horse and there was nothing for comparison. The days when my "civilianised" WLA created much interest among fellow riders and even the police, the day when a real DuoGlide turned up at the Harley Club was greeted with much excitement. Nowadays Harleys are two a penny here in Oz and no doubt the same in England, and accuracy of kits should be a no brainer. Nevertheless, I wouldn't mind finding one to build, for old times sake, so I'll continue my search, now that I know the kit maker. Thanks for your feedback and I'm enjoying your build of the Lo. Cheers……Rog
  3. In the high and far off days of my mis-spent yoof, must have been the late 50's, early 60's, I built a Harley Davidson DuoGlide, and I'm wondering if the kit is still around. Despite much internet searching, I haven't been able to track it down, so it's quite possibly been discontinued. I took no notice of the brand [well, you didn't in those days], But I recall it must have been around the 1/9 size, comparing it in my mind to similar size bike models on my display shelf. It comprised the traditional DuoGlide features, heavy chromed front forks with single headlight, chromed rear suspension covers and, from memory, a single seat, and it came with its own plinth. Red and chromed plastic sprues rings a far-off bell……. I wonder if the combined Britmodeller brains trust can help me in my search, if only to assure me that I'm not imagining it……. Thank you, folks, in eager anticipation Rog
  4. By coincidence, a bronze bust of AVM Frank McNamara VC was today unveiled at his birthplace, Rushworth, in Central Victoria, along with one of AM Sir George Jones DFC, also Rushworth-born and decorated for his combat skills during campaigns on the Western Front. AM Jones was appt Chief of Air Staff in 1942 and led the RAAF for 10 years. Full military honours were observed and an overflight by a P-8A Poseidon and a performance by the Roulettes took place. Going to enjoy this w.i.p, Ed ! Roger
  5. Revell 1/48 P61-A Black Widow…….then I read the reviews……...
  6. I've been donating my excess to our local RSL for their games room where they are hung from the ceiling to much, well, some degree of, appreciation. Sadly, most members are unlikely to recognise many of the WW2 models, other than the usual suspects. They are, however, sufficiently open minded to accept models of Axis aircraft as well as Allied. An excuse to concentrate on Vietnam conflict models ! When my daughters ask me what to do with them when I cark it, I just point them to the wheelie bin……...
  7. Hi Dave, Thank you for this advice - sounds like a bit of research, with the option of scratch building may be required. I had noted the inclusion of twin leading shoe brakes, but haven't studied the kit closely enough to note some of the other issues you raise. Yes, I realise that development of racing bikes was an ongoing process so it's out with the old mags from my British biking days ………after I've cleaned all the red backs out of the boxes…….
  8. Oh, very nice !! I'm guessin' this is the Italeri Geoff Duke Norton which keeps leaping out of the stash yelling "Build me !! build me !!" every time I go near it. Must take that hint. Hope I can build mine to that standard…….that's a stunner ! Did you strip the chrome and repaint, or is it the kit chrome ? Saw Geoff Duke riding it during the Isle of Man TT back in the fifties…….ah, the smell of Castrol R………..
  9. ……..and I wish Revell {Esci] would release more of the 1/9 wartime bikes like the Zundapp, WLA and BMW solo & sidecar - what about the BSA M23, Triumph and AJS bikes operated by the british army, an XA Harley, an army Scout, a Swedish Nimbus……..not much interest, I suppose, but I'll keep wishin' 'n' hoping'……. Nice hill climber, Krow !!
  10. Thank you, Ken. All very helpful and duly bookmarked for future reference. Think I remember an article on the "amended" VVA in SAM…..? Cheers, Rog
  11. How did I miss this ?? Oh well, it was a couple of years ago, I suppose ! This beast is currently sharing the workbench with the resin 144 Anigrand KM Ekranoplan [now that's big !! 650mm +/-] and I concur with Ken's observation that every part requires a thorough clean to fit. The 2 ejection seats have no less than 22 parts each, some damn near invisible to the naked eye, well, mine anyway, but I must admit it is an enjoyable and challenging build. Should build up into an impressive model although I doubt it will approach this example. Thanks for the tips on nose weight, Ken, [at least there's plenty of room ! ] and the heads-up on the state of the decals. The KM is proceeding well and many thanks for your advice regarding the engines. No doubt your note regarding the decals apply equally to those of the KM ?
  12. I tried Stynylrez for the first time today [thanks for the trial, Norm] on my Tanmodel RF-84F Thunderflash, with a degree of trepidation as the model has very feint panel lines. Have to say I am most impressed, it sprayed through my el-cheapo SCA a/b at 30psi brilliantly and the result is extremely satisfying. The finish is smooth and panel line definition has been maintained, a better finish than the Tamiya spray can primers that I normally use, which often give a roughish finish. A thorough clean with AV Airbrush cleaner, followed by a quick flush with ipa and the a/b was good to spray white on a different model in the same spraying session. Think I'm a convert ! Hope to find some for me at this weekends Melbourne Model Expo.
  13. A pair of wedgies [wedge-tailed eagles] soaring on a thermal and chiding a bloke/lady ? on a hang-glider for its inability to keep up with them. A wing-span that blocks the sun !! Magic !! Spotted one on the ground t'other day, feasting on road-kill, big as a turkey.
  14. That's bloody delightful, Bruce, and right up there with your usual high standard. Agree, a departure from the comfort zone puts a new enjoyment into modelling, viz….my 1/9 Esci motorbikes……... Catch up soon, next meeting perhaps…….??? Rog
  15. Enjoying a typical Nigey build of great skill and a goodly dose of humour. Nigel, I just so happen to have a couple of the blue and white flags, left over from my Ekranoplan, they're 144 scale, measuring 30mm x 10mm, and if you can contain yourself in patience during their journey from Oz, they're yours. PM me if you want them. Cheers, Rog