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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. Am I the only one who thought you'd turned it into some sort of Hendiesque Ekranoplan? <homer> Mmmmm, Ekranoplan </homer> Superb job on the roof. This is one of those bui;ds that you never want to end. Love it.
  2. ...and, as I stop for the night, an angle you have never seen before (because I never got as far as riveting the nose first time round). The iPhone lens distorts this a little; the lines look more parallel in real life!
  3. Am I the only one who thought you'd turned it into some sort of Hendiesque Ekranoplan? <homer> Mmmmm, Ekranoplan </homer> Superb job on the roof. This is one of those bui;ds that you never want to end. Love it.
  4. Enough... ahem... bondage (Baron's phrase, not mine) - back to the rivets. Now that the nose is sorted out, it's been varnished, so I can start moving forwards; up till now I stopped at the stub wing. So here are most of the horizontal rivet runs on and around the door; verticals over the weekend. The carrier film (which will come off tomorrow) is quite obvious on some of those - must be something to do with the light / camera. More soon Crisp P.S. A little more for this evening. Some of the Sea King rivets - or rather fasteners - are a good deal more agricultural (even) than the ones I am portraying with HGW. For instance, the things that fasten the GRP fairing around the compression strut (the diagonal strut that braces the top of the sponson to the fuselage) are noticeably bigger and further apart - hardly surprising, since unlike rivets they are designed to come undone to allow the strut to be inspected after, say, a heavy landing. Here is the real thing: ...and here, in really horrible close-up, is my effort, using Archers' rivets for a change.
  5. 736 was the squadron that used to do the role before FRADU, if you see what I mean.
  6. 736 NAS nowadays. [The jets leased from the Crab Force. Ah, the wonders of modern military accounting!] I have yet to succumb to the temptations of resin casting, but I know where I'll be coming for tips if when I do.
  7. Most Chockheads I ever met would find average a distantly unattainable dream... (sorry, Joe; only joking!) The resumption of Ark is definitely next in line once the Sea King is finished. Since I last did any meaningful work on her, two people have gone out of their way to help me with areas that had given me a lot of head-scratching and trouble; I now have 3D printed satcom aerials (already fitted - I think I documented those), and last week Peter Hall kindly sent me a resin UAA1 aerial liberated from the upcoming Atlantic Models Type 21. Needless to say, Peter's Type 21 looks as awesome as all his kits; luckily I never served in a 21, so can talk myself out of adding to the DLG (Norfolk), Ikara Leander (Dido) and Ton Class (Stubbington) already sitting in my stash. If/when he gets round to the Type 22, however, I need a Batch 1 and a Batch 2 (Broadsword & Boxer respectively). He already knows this, since I am always nagging him to forget all this Type 42 nonsense and get on with a proper escort. [Exit left, pursued by assorted Air Defence geeks]. I cannot accept the generosity of these lovely people and then continue to let Ark languish on the Shelf of Postponement. Be warned, though, that there is still plenty of work to do on the island and (especially) the catwalks before I venture anywhere near the air group. I've already completely riveted all the 1/350 Sea Kings though; did you miss it?
  8. Lovely neat work. That blue johnson on the transmission deck holds Gatorade, right?
  9. Oh my - this just keeps getting better. More bonkers, certainly, but definitely better!
  10. I'd totally forgotten the elephants foot - and since I worked on Fearless' flight deck throughout the Falklands War, that's a bit embarrassing. The large flat space at the rear of ID / FS was not designed as a flight deck, but an "upper vehicle deck" - the original intention being that they would operate alongside an LPH [Albion or the Rusty B], which would provide all the helo assets. That's probably why they had a different design of tie-down points.
  11. The deck attachments are loops (called "ringbolts") that are inset into the deck on an RN ship (USN version is a sort of inset cross bar, though the function is identical). The UK loops lie flat inside their little hole until used. Both kinds of strop have a simple hook at one end, which is what goes into the ringbolt. You can see it pretty clearly in the Lynx shot below (ZD260 on board Tidespring again, from a different angle). The arrangment at the top is rather harder to see. There is another hook, which attaches to the tie-down point on the aircraft; the hook is part of a metal buckle thingy (hard to describe - if it has an official title I can't remember what it is!), through which the nylon lashing passes. You then pull the lashing as tight as possible, and the buckle locks it in place. It is often made harder to see in photographs, because the standard practice was to tuck any excess lashing under the buckle out of the way - you can see that in the lashing under the nose to the left of the pic above, and the port stub-wing of the pic below; the excess is dangling down. You might be able to pick it out more clearly in the lower photo (Nige Bowen, my Looker, looking about 11 and posing next to ZD260 before we went flying some time in 1991). There are two nylon lashings visible directly under the "201" marking [our flight number, with a red Broadsword stabbed through it]. You can just about see the buckle thingy on the right hand nose lashing as we look, and again on the port stub-wing. [We had to replace the port windscreen after a minor birdstrike, which is why the surround is an odd colour - the sealant has yet to be painted Pusser's Grey. The windscreen is load-bearing on a Lynx, so you definitely do not want to fly with even a small crack.] I have really struggled to find a photo of chain lashings in action; I had to go all the way back to an AEW Gannet on Ark Royal 4! Same deal at the bottom; a hook attached to the ringbolt. The top hook is part of a cylindrical screw jack, through which the chain is passed and locked in place; you then use the screw jack to tighten up the lashing the last bit. Probably the clearest one in this photo is the one to the very left of the shot, which must run to the starboard u/c leg. You can also see that excess chain is harder to stow neatly! I love the high tech device used to prevent the airscrews from windmilling... Aircrew rarely handled lashings, for pretty obvious reasons. You need a Grubber (even better, a Chockhead, but I don't think we have any of those on this forum). @moaning dolphin Have I missed anything, or am I talking nonsense anywhere?
  12. It might. To be honest, it's not the chain that's the issue, cos there are options (as you kindly demonstrate). The difficulty with modelling chain lashings is the device used to keep them tight, which is hard to reproduce convincingly. Inevitably, the USN uses a different model to the RN...
  13. I drove a ship too, dear lass. Or "commanded", if you insist on correct terminology. Muttergrumblemutter lack of oxygen? In a helicopter at 200' & below. Rarefied atmosphere in the colonies, clearly muttergrumblemutter [You are, of course, entirely correct! Moored, schmoored, parked, whatever...]
  14. Prevailing wind, yes; she's parked between two buoys (so she doesn't swing in the tide) at Greenwich. The wind must have been from astern that day.
  15. Those don't look bad, actually. The tie-down points are wrong for the RN, but ours as relatively simple to model. The chain lashings are closer, and certainly look as though they could be modified to look good as RN ones. You may just have cost me some money - though I am still some weeks away from getting anywhere near lashings!