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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. Not a model, but scifi related, came last week. Airsoft version of Han Solo's DL-44. This is the one by Armorer Works. It's all metal and weighs just over 2 pounds. I'm in the middle of weathering it right now. I have a new 3D printed grill being made for it. Great fun on semi and full auto! Stock out of the box after assembly. After some weathering. Still a ways to go.
  2. Thanks for the comments guys. I'll be building another with more mods and upgrades in May.
  3. It's on Shapeways. Just search 1/2700 star destroyer.
  4. Here are some pictures after I did the darker wash. Looks much better and details pop much more now. Plus, I just sold it! I'll be boxing it up and sending it to a new home.
  5. Thanks guys. Yes, it looks soo much better. Pics coming soon.
  6. Madhatter, are you telling me how to build and light models???? I've been doing this for 40 years and I will tell yo.............Yeah, your right, warm whites would have been better. LOL!!!!!! And yes, I will definitely be using warms on the 2nd build! Thanks for the comments guys! I HIGHLY recommend this kit to any SW fan. Even if just built right out of the box with a basic paint job, we have never had a kit like this before! With that, I decided I was not happy with the R1 paint scheme (mostly white) and decided my original grey wash just didn't enhance the details enough. I got my oils out last night and mixed up a nice dark grey, but not black oil wash. I applied that with a 2 inch brush over the entire model. I let that sit for about 30 minutes. I then took a clean rag dipped in Turpenoid, and wiped down the surface. Wow! What a difference. The nooks and crannies now pop with detail, it's still white but with a much warmer grey tone instead of the creamier white tone. So much happier now. I'll do another set of pics tonight as I also have the Tantive mounted as well. In the mean time, here is a teaser picture.
  7. Thanks guys. It was such a fun build, I'm going to do another!
  8. All done. Check the Ready for Inspection for pretty pictures.
  9. Finished off the 3D printed Tantive IV this morning. I added laser canons from stretched sprue and replaced the antenna that had broken off with a new one. The antenna was made with stretched sprue and the thinnest piece of paper (from a pack of chopsticks) I could find. The ship was mounted to a metal wire and added to the SD's base. I'll get more pics of the final set up tonight. The 3D print is just a wee bit smaller than my Anigrand, but not by much. It's hard to get good pics of something so tiny! And what a friend on FB said I must have looked liked.
  10. After 3 months she is finally done. It uses 31 LEDs, 170 feet of .5mm fiber optic lighting over 500 windows (I lost count at 500). This was an absolute blast to build. High praise and kudos to Zvezda for releasing a kit that no other plastic kit maker would touch at this size. I look forward to my next (super modified) build this summer.
  11. Looks fantastic. I'm glad you finally finished this off. I also lit this kit years ago. Those headlight lenses, what were they thinking????
  12. Thanks! Were getting close to the end!
  13. Paint is done. Need to do a medium grey wash this afternoon. Detail pieces added (canons, crane, antenna, etc.). Engines look good. I'll do a little detail painting in the garbage chute as well.
  14. Final color coats applied. After priming in grey (seen above) I had masked off various panels. The model was shot with Duplicolor Universal White and the masks removed. This revealed grey primer panels. Obviously these are too dark as is, so another few light coats of white were applied to almost cover the grey panels. This is the same technique I used on my Revell snap kit. Closely monitoring the coverage I stopped just before the grey panels disappeared. This gave a nice and evenly controlled panel effect without a lot of masking and painting or the need for airbrushing. Once I clip the fibers, I'll post better shots of the paneling effect.
  15. It was a good weekend! I finished the fiber optics for the underside hangars. I got all three hull sub assemblies glued (nerve wracking as heck!), got black primer laid down, followed that with grey primer for paneling, masked my panels off, and got the first coat of white on!