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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. Nice little kit CedB. I certainly think you should "scratch your bits". Maybe after you've finished "fondling" the resin. Scratching some bits might help with inspiration, and getthe creative "juices" flowing. Although I wouldn't like to see you make it too "hard"! Fnarr fnarr! Matt
  2. Brilliant work Johnny. I too saw pink floyd, on the division bell tour, must have been oohhhh about 1990 ish. Was a spectacular show. Alas I don't get to go to concerts any more. Keep up the good work. Matt
  3. Thanks for that Lou, will look into it some more. Matt
  4. Thanks Hunter. I think anything would be better than the blobby kit part.
  5. Howdy. Back again. More work afoot. See what I did there? Legs now assembled. Heated the joins at the knee with a hairdryer, smooshed them together to get the best fit, then quenched them in cold water. Just a matter then of applying superglue and mating them up. The last picture shows the, possible, mistake I made early on in the build. Due to the narrow groin section I was worried there wouldn't be enough room inside to contain both hip flanges, so I cut the flange off of the right leg. I think it may be a decision that comes back to haunt me, as it might make attaching the leg harder. Robogroin attached to upper torso. This is the best alignment I could manage, as the lower section is narrower than the torso. In most of the pictures I can find, the lower section looks tha same size, or even slightly bigger than the torso section. Hopefully it will look ok when it's all painted black. That's it, for now, got the hands to attach to the arms, and his gun might need a bit of work too. Matt
  6. I'm back again. A small update tonight, not had much spare time recently. Working my way up from the bottom. Looking at the rear of his legs, there are a couple of pistons /actuators.... This is the best shot I could find. This is what the kit supplies... A total travesty. Nowt like the movie suit. So, this is my fix. A few sections of brass rod, tube and some styrene tubes. Much better. I think. At this point, the styrene tubes need glueing to the leg brackets, and the tops capping off. Should look ok under some paint. Next up, need to put some sheet over the soles of his boots, might add a bit of tread detail too. Also a few pin holes to fill in. Matt
  7. You know, just when I think this build can't get any better, you go and add something and it just makes a world of difference. I mean, every part you add, and improve, just seems "right" and like it belonged there all along.
  8. Thanks for the suggestion hunter, I've got a tamiya olfa scriber I might try first though. I'm just worried the primer and top coat might fill in the details.
  9. Looking good. I think you made the right decision not to fully chrome it, wouldn't have looked right. Certainly looks more like the studio model. Matt
  10. Hello there. Seems I'm slacking a bit, 21 replies and no actual work done! Time to remedy that. Here are his lower legs, at start of play. As you can see, although they are handed left and right, they both have an identical lean to the left. They also had an alarming tilt forward, and the feet are far from flat.  After a bit of hairdryer action, I've cured the lean to the left, and got them more vertical. I've given them a slight inward tilt, as that's how real legs are. I find that the vinyl tends to have a bit of a "memory". I've reshaped parts before, and if you leave them overnight, they tend to go back to the original shape. So to this end, I got straight onto the next step straight away. Time to get plastered! Here they are, propped upright, and filled with plaster. I've tried to get them as full as possible, I kept poking a stirrer down the calf, to prevent any trapped air forming voids. Hopefully the plaster will set before they have a chance to return back to their original shape. I've fitted his hands to his respective arms. They are rather gappy at the moment, and the gauntlet profile doesn't match the rest of the forearms too well. Can see a fair bit of fettling, filling and sanding is going to be needed here. On a side note, has anyone tried re-scribing vinyl? Is it possible? Some of the panel lines, and surface detail is a bit vague. Would definitely benefit from some additional work. Hope the next update won't take so long to arrive. Matt
  11. Fair enough. I too suffer from a short attention span, and it can be agony waiting up to 18 months for a group build. By the time the group builds I've signed up for roll around, I've either built the kit I was planning on, forgot about it, or lost interest in the build. Matt
  12. If the heater control valve is anything like the other fords I've owned the pipes might have come adrift. It uses a vacuum system, I think, to alter the settings. The thin pipes can pop off the valve, it might be worth a look.
  13. Hi SoftScience. If you can't find a group build that matches a subject, you can always propose your own. Just pop over to the group build discussion section, propose your idea for a group build, then try and drum up supporters. If you get the required amount of supporters, @Enzo Matrix(the chap who arranges the group builds) will put it up for a vote. If it wins, he will drop it into the GB calendar. Matt
  14. I've used it a few times, and it seems good, but it's more prone to leaving surface marks from bubbles. You need to dip carefully to avoid this. Apart from that it's easy to use. I've also used alclad aqua gloss. This too is good. Trouble is, canopies won't fit through the bottle neck, so you need to pour it into a suitable container. Matt
  15. Oohh that's one very gappy crotch. Looks like he needs another pair of y-fronts on, or some rolled up socks down there.