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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. Hi Justin No I didn't build it as I had to give up my modelling for a little while due to health issues. The trick if you're going to do it, is get some Tamiya TS 50 as shown and decant it. The decals are unusual but if you follow the instructions re the extremely hot water they work surprisingly well as I found. They are a bit thicker than silkscreen but seemed to settle down into panel lines nicely and the carrier film disappeared after final coating with Alclad Aqua gloss. Have fun! Anil
  2. Thanks for the kind words folks, I'm some way away from restarting modelling but I had also forgotten about this one and am inspired again! A
  3. Thank you all for the kind words (except for Mike, and I honestly expected much more abuse so got off lightly!). Its good to be back and its got me thinking about my 400 kit stash, boxes of modelling equipment etc. I'm thinking of a much simpler easier and clutter free way to model. I look at my boxes of tools etc and ask how much will I actually use? Its time for the old 80/20 rule methinks. Nearly dying does stuff like that to ya, today I went for walk in a field of bluebells. Dont ask me why, it seemed like a good idea and amazingly enough it was inspiring. I'd like to get that from making the odd nice model and not getting carried away building stashes etc., just simple pleasure, for my now simplified brain. The girlfriend business was actually quite liberating, its strange how one can absolutely love someone but actually dislike virtually everything about them! That said it was hoot and I'm glad I fell in love at ;least once in my life, and not to a guitar or an airplane either! I'm travelling up to Modelkraft this weekend so may bump into some of you in the flesh. A
  4. Yours for a full functioning kidney. A
  5. Thanks D, the lamps are Ikea Issue though they are now white and bulbs are these: 20w for the workstation & 55w for the booth. A
  6. Some of you may have noticed that I have been absent since last July, I know I have. Well folks I’m back, having lost several stone but still in alive. Had a nasty health scare that laid me out for nearly nine months with puzzled white suited men and women prodding me and scanning me. Without boring you all, while it seems that the human brain is a funny thing, mine apparently was a whole stand-up comedy night. Still I’m back and regaining co-ordination. And to help this I’ve decided to start modelling again, hence new man cave. I’m also newly single as significant other wasn’t too keen on an ageing 40-something with health issues and preferred a younger model. Seems notions like loyalty and fidelity are rather quaint anachronisms in this day and age of third wave feminism. Fear not, Azureglo has his trusty Telecaster in one hand and his H&S Infinity in the other and will sally forth, undeterred, mangling both styrene and the songs of Muddy Waters with equal ineptitude. And seeing as I've moved yet again, I've christened a new man cave and am slowly beginning to fill it with clutter. Note to Mike, I put in a guitar as I know that makes you happy. Found this, my last build and may get completed if I can find the rest of it. Peace out, A
  7. I think FF are long extinct but these are available for the Fujimi kit. For some reason the Brengun site describes them as an "extinguisher cart" but having got a set cheap from a BM'er I can vouch for the quality. A
  8. What corrections do you intend to do? It has a very good outline shape and a surprisingly good un-cuffed prop*, I used it as basis for my Bob Hoover Cavalier. BTW You have will some serious fun trying paint the uc if its all glued in and don't forget your wing half gaps, The canopy will either drive you crazy or be a thing of joy depending on how you approach it. My therapist suggested the hasegawa cure the meantime keep up the good work and its not late to do the South American camo version, how cool would that look amongst all the cookie cutter NMF Mustangs? A * I bought a pile for just the props and will shortly be rehoming the donors
  9. That's no mere "guy" that there is the legendary Paul Budzik. A
  10. Looking good Matt, I'm moving again so all current modelling activity will be perving others builds like yours! It is a recent tooling, 2012 according to Scalemates. A
  11. A fine build of a fine plane: I recently built a site that celebrated some of its finest pilots in probably one of the bravest actions of the last war. Suffice it say I have a few in the stash to be getting on with. I'll be following yours with interest A
  12. Ah Bob, you know my nefarious multicolour ambitions too well, yes I too snagged a sheet of the Rocketeer Miss Van Nuys decals when they briefly re-appeared. BTW take note of Beardie & Sovereign Hobbies, they really seem to know more than us mere mortals who think a purple Mustang is cool! As for the original Humbrol question, maybe a bit of experimenting, with thinners and primers would not go amiss but interestingly both Sovereigns (ex WEM) Colourcoats and Xtracolor enamels are said to be self etching, i.e. they bond at a molecular level as described here. Maybe this may work for you as there many here who airbrush straight onto unprimed plastic with good results. Me , If I don't get a whiff of Mr Levelling every now and then, I'm not happy...cough... A
  13. Sorry to disagree, but yours must be the 2nd best as this is best: Mr Color flat pre-diluted 50/50 with Mr Levelling thinner. Can you spray, dry with another pass and get a dried dead flat coat without frosting, runs or spider webs, in 60 secs with your Aqua gloss/Tamiya mixture? Plus pre-thinned and with some lava beads on the jar, its ready to use in 30 secs or less. I did this in about 15 minutes and it was dry enough to handle immediately. (You'd think I'd finish it though?) and this a few months back. And cue next respondent with an even better flat coat... A
  14. Hey Bob, welcome to the most talked about subject on most forums: Paint. Like you I have fond memories of Humbrol, especially their Authentics range in the 70’s. Sadly new Humbrol is mysterious stuff. I used it here and was totally baffled by how it was gloppy, then became watery, sometime sprayed beautifully and then turned into pebble dashing all in the same 10 minutes. After trying Tamiya acrylics, Vallejo model, Xtracolor and Modelmaster I found this: Truly excellent paint, worked as it should, even lets me spray hair lines, no preparing needed as it was pre-thinned. Reading the label suggested it was a highly thinned acrylic paint with cellulose thinner. So I tried my favourite other paint Mr Hobby/Mr Color, added Mr Levelling thinners and created my own "Mr El Cheapo" brews. Now I can even paint 1/72 camo freehand due to new found confidence. I can also freehand spot repair in under 10 minutes. The paint is pre-mixed with lava beads to help mixing, so a spray session is: shake Mr El Cheapo for thirty seconds, load airbrush, spray away till satisfied or bored and blast cellulose thinners three times through airbrush and put away. Set up and clean takes less than 5 minutes, no measuring into cups, adding thinner etc. I have just tested using auto body shop RAL paints the same way. These truly come in every shade you could dream of, are dirt cheap and they work even better and let me start my own arguments about what PRU Blue or RLM 63 really should be! (This lovely shade is actually going on a P-51D Reno racer) The upshot Bob, is experiment, see what works for you, many here will write love letters to Mr Levelling Thinners when used with Mr Hobby or Tamiya acrylics. But be prepared for setbacks, I found Xtracolor brilliant but I have a lot of natural finger oil; so even the slightest finger mark not removed meant I got paint lift when using Tamiya tape. And that's a problem unique to my physiology! Other issues are heat and humidity, again cellulose thinned paints are far more tolerant of both, and you can even get anti-bloom thinners for spraying in high humidity. There is no substitute for experimenting but some tips I would offer: use a 0.4mm at first (I use 0.2mm for detail). If using anything with enamel or cellulose thinner, get a serious extractor and regardless of what you spray, wear a face mask with organic vapour filters. And just around the corner are the true water based paint systems like this (which strangely, looks, smells and behaves just like Stylnylrez primer!), Some are designed to have primer, colour coat and topcoat applied while all are wet... this system (3Wet) is being pioneered by GSI also known as Gunze who just happen to make Mr Hobby and Mr Color amongst others. No doubt these will be repacked and sold to us at exorbitant cost shortly. Apologies for the long and rambling reply, but paint was such an issue for me, I stopped modelling until I got a system that works and now with the body shop RAL paints, I no longer worry if my favourite brand will be discontinued/banned/reformulated as they are standard paints for auto repairs in the UK . Now I enjoy the paint part so much , modelling is fun not a chore as it had become waiting for the latest paint disaster after weeks of meticulous work So in the meantime, be bold, try everything and believe no adverts! A
  15. I feel your pain, I used one for my racer build and the gear was mildly terrifying. Airfix's India moulders use a horrible soft waxy plastic that warps and then is very delicate. Still you made a fine job of the Dauntless - rivets and all, I may be inspired to build a few of my HB stash....I hope your mojo is well and truly restored! A