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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. A Tipsy Trainer, G-AISA flew over this afternoon. I was quite pleased with my ID skills on this one. I'd only seen one before, which was in a brown and cream livery, and that was some time ago. Having noticed that this one was red overall, I suspected that it might be the same aeroplane, but repainted, but it seems that a few exist. A charming, little aeroplane.
  2. Helicopters. Lots of Helicopters this week! Earlier today and on Monday, a pair of Lynxes flew overhead. I couldn't identify the version, except they had wheeled undercarriage. Around an hour ago, two Apaches flew low and slow, parallel to the road through our village. I suspect the pilot of the second one may have spotted me peering out of the window, as he gave a "waggle" before peeling off to the right.
  3. If someone told me that was 1/24 scale I'd have been impressed. It's truly mind-boggling to think that level of perfection can be achieved in 1/72. inspirational! Cheers, Mark.
  4. A whole load of transistors which will be put to work inside some fuzz pedals. I'm also pleased, not to mention relieved, that the decals I ordered a few days ago arrived. I'm aware that the shop I ordered from has a bit of a reputation for things not arriving, but I seem to have been lucky in buying from them on eBay. Oh, and the hugest portion of chips I have ever laid eyes on. I tried valiantly, but was defeated by Chip Mountain.
  5. Oh boy, I remember plenty of people pouring scorn on the Eduard 1/48th Fw 190s when they first came out. I can't say I gave it that much attention as it's not my scale, but I seem to recall phrases such as "over-engineered and ill-fitting" being bandied around. Cheers, Mark.
  6. I suspect that the worst kit I've built that (possibly) meets the criteria is the old Airfix Defiant. I think we all know how horribly inaccurate it is, but at the time, I don't think there was any alternative. I remember the fit being atrocious. The gaps between the wings and fuselage were around 2mm on each side. I filled with superglue gel and sanded flush, to get some semblance of strength in the joint. The nose was cut off and replaced by the Airwaves (?) resin replacement, the fin and rudder were removed and replaced with scratchbuilt replacements. The transparencies were replaced by Falcon vacform parts, with guns stolen from a Novo Blenheim I and a scratch-built mounting. I know I put an inordinate amount of effort into the damn thing! Despite all that, it was probably one of the most rewarding builds I've done. It was challenging, sure, but I learnt an awful lot doing it. And while it doesn't really hold up next to the new Airfix Defiant (I'm most of the way through two of these, and it's a lovely kit), I still feel a certain sense of pride in it. I have similar feelings towards the Pavla Typhoon. It takes a lot of work, and although it's not quite finished yet, it's also one of my favourite builds. As for my favourite kit, that's hard to say. It may possibly be the newer 1/32 Hasegawa Fw 190D-9. I found there was plenty in there to keep me entertained, nothing to annoy me, plus it's one of my favourite subjects.
  7. What I think is important is to ensure you've captured the nature of the required colour. Whether it's a little dark or light is neither here nor there, but, for instance, if the attempt at Dark Green is too blue , it will never look right. Put that next to a poor representation of Dark Earth which is too red and, well, it looks odd, to say the least! I totally agree with Jamie from Sovereign Models. There's just no excuse for manufacturers getting these colours wrong.
  8. Weird, I visited the nearby nature reserve at around 3.30 on Saturday (and passed hoards of spotters in and around the viewing area, on the way) but saw and heard nothing of the F-35s. Maybe they're stealthier than I realised!
  9. Good call! The Hardest Day, also by Price, is about the events of 18th August, and is a compelling read. Cheers, Mark.
  10. A copy of The Narrow Margin for my Battle Of Britain book collection. Any other essential purchases? I already have The Most Dangerous Enemy, The Hardest Day and A Summer For Heroes (which I believe is a cut down version of The Narrow Margin).
  11. In my opinion, none of the Vallejo colours look like either Dark Green or Dark Earth straight from the bottle. I can pretty much tell if an RAF Temperate Land Scheme has been attempted with Vallejo paints by how odd it looks. I'd either go with Humbrol 29/116 or 163, or Colourcoats Dark Green/Dark Earth. Humbrol No.30 is too blue, and lacks the olive, brownish tint (for want of a better word). Cheers, Mark.
  12. Some miniature 12v batteries for my semiconductor analyser (don't ask!) A sheet of 1/72 RAF squadron codes in Medium Sea Grey which may or may not arrive, as the retailer is of somewhat dubious repute. I've been lucky so far.......
  13. I find it quite interesting what people will forgive with Tamiya ( for example some fairly significant errors in shape with their Spitfire I and Vb, the shortness of their 1/72 Bf 109, etc) and to some extent, the same with Hasegawa, yet other manufacturers are jumped upon at the slightest error, despite often being cheaper.
  14. Oh no, what have I done?!!!!
  15. I'd have thought more like C20H25N3O !