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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. So... You will build all 11? For once Enzo will become speechless! V-P
  2. Greg, that's how I like it too You may have to cool yourself for a few more days... That Revell kit takes you beyond the 25% limit before next saturday when we really begin, if you're not careful! I really liked that kit. One thing you could still do is cut the seat backrest. The "seat" really was just a bucket where to put the parachute to sit on. It had no backrest at all. Revell is not the only one to do this wrong but luckily it's so easy to fix. Best regards, V-P
  3. Savoia-Marchetti in German TGr. 10 colours - what on earth has that got to do with a Messerschmitt Bf 109 Single Type Group Build? A lot. When the 4:th Soviet Strategic Offensive was launched on 9.6.1944, the Finnish Air Force was seriously lacking in numbers of first line combat aircraft. Since the Finns (that´s us, btw) had earlier had some separate talks about saying bye to Germany and participation in the whole war, the Germans had restricted from supplying weapons etc. stuff because they had a doubt they´d not be put to decent use. When all the hell broke loose on the Karelian Isthmus, that didn´t come as a surprise to fighter units that had seen all the gathering of men and material beyond the stationary frontline - but the Army didn´t believe them. They thought Finnish front was a mere sideshow and all the major action would be put in reaching Berlin from the east before the west. Who´d be interested in us in that case? Uncle Joe was. He wanted to give our small nation a lesson and solidify his right flank before reaching Berlin. Some people say he also wanted to ease on the Germans so they could move troops to face the Normandy invasion and thus create a vacuum in the central eastern front section, where Operation Bagration would later make the Germans collapse. When the Summer Offensive breached through Finnish frontline and Soviet troops advanced several kilometers in a day, even Old Adolf understood the Finns needed arms and support. One major contributor in helping stop the Red Storm was the Gefechtsverband Kuhlmey. Delivering the ammunition and other supplies for its Stukas was the TGr. 10 with its S-M:s and Ju-52:s. It didn´t take long before someone got the idea that on their return leg, when flying empty to Germany, they could carry Finnish fighter pilots to Insterburg, then to ferry Messerschmitts back where they were needed. And ferry they did... more than 80 airplanes in less than two months. So here are ylikersantti (senior sergeant?) Leo Ahokas, his colleague in rank (later vääpeli or master sergeant) Eemil Vesa and kersantti (sergeant) Koski Keskinummi with a member of the Italian air crew (guess which one´s Italian ) at Lappeenranta airfield on the morning of 19.6.1944 on their way to Insterburg. Remarkably, they were back on the same day and took to battle with their new planes in the very early hours of the next day, 20.6.1944, the day the Finland lost Viipuri, its second largest city. Never to be given back... The third flight of the fighter squadron 24, 3./HLeLv 24 received eight Bf 109 G-6:s on that day. They were numbered consecutively from MT-436 to -443. I plan to tell you their story, and the story of the pilots that flew them. For me, on Finlands´ centennial year, this Group Build is my place to tell it to anyone who´s interested. I won´t model them all... but many of them. I shall be using AZmodel 1:72 scale kits. Best regards, V-P
  4. Welcome Arnold! I´ll get me some Regards, V-P
  5. I hope someone would propose a B-17 single type group build... Wait! That's already done, and just a few members short. If you became interested, please sign in at GB Chat section Regards, V-P
  6. Peter, no objections, your build is welcome! V-P
  7. Nobody knows you´ve voted yourself, it´s like being a candidate in a political vote. You get two votes, you thank your wife for support, you get just one vote and your wife should look guilty... I´ve had the fortune to get one vote in two group builds, if I recall that correctly. Both times it has been a magnificent feeling of joy, but also made me want to post EVERYWHERE that "it wasn´t me, I didn´t vote my own build!" Of course it helps if you build models that deserve votes - mine definitely don´t Best regards, V-P
  8. Just you all wait a few more days, before there will be a big BIG announcement made regarding what kind of and in which way will AZmodel and KP award prizes for our group build . Oh I could make it right now - but I won't until saturday ! V-P
  9. I´m sorry for quoting myself I just bought a pair of these books as GB prizes. One is for the "best flown in Finland"- build in the Bf 109 STGB II. I then thought it´d be more appropriate to give the other one as a prize for the "best Soviet Airacobra"- build, if that´s ok for the rest of you? Best regards, V-P
  10. We´re happy to begin the Messerschmitt Bf 109 Single Type Group Build II in two weeks. We are glad to be sponsored by AZ Model / Kovozavody Prostevoj (I hope I got that KP name spelled out - it could also be the name of a Borussia Dortmund footballer ). I´ll try to build five AZ 109:s for these guys here below, that I shamelessly use to deliver a message (once again). Best regards, V-P
  11. I'm posting a thought that just occured to me, regarding the ease of building/painting the Mossie: it hasn't got any fuselage bands, recognition colour wing tips or leading edges, nor mottling. Even the spinners are monocolour. Most of the paint demarcation could be done freehand. Regards, V-P
  12. I have that set too - but not a single Emil kit at the moment! V-P
  13. Recommended for your Finnish options! I believe these Kuivalainen sets are subcontracted by Eduard so the quality should be top notch. V-P
  14. Welcome along, Wayne, I´m sure the large scale 109:s will be popular too. I wonder if we´ll witness some 1:144 scale builds too? V-P
  15. No, not yet! We begin at the first saturday in May, so three and a half weeks to go. Funny, just today I had to dig an old Heller Friedrich up, finished many years ago in African colours, and started an makeover to a Finnish G-2 in 74/75/76 scheme just to test my paints 😎