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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. I want a one-thirtytooth A5A Vigilante. The sexy skinny one, not the humpy backed version, though I'd back-convert a RA 5-C kit if I had to. Only 57 A5A's were built, and 42 of those became humpies. Ok, there was some squadron 'color' but all gull gray over white, and no export schemes, for a craft that served briefly and never quite worked. But I still want one!* *Vac-form acceptable!
  2. One of the differences between S2's and 4's, or maybe just a mod between production blocks, involved the folding wingtips. ISTR that with the wings folded, the tips could be positioned so that it was difficult to enter the cockpit, because they overhung the canopy. I think the mod deleted the fold, but the tips didn't touch when the wings were up.
  3. Will it be available in Smiths? On the magazine rack like the P-40 is?
  4. Exactly! How did free brand awareness morph into something to "protect" and milk. And who loves a lawyer anyway?
  5. Jesus Wept! Do we now need to put a "TM" next to the designation!
  6. Could it be an outside air temp sensor and not an air scoop? Might fit in better with a bombing role. I gather that Langford Lodge made Droop-snoot kits for the forward echelons to assemble as/when needed, so maybe some outfit had a spare F-5 but not a spare P-38 to work on.
  7. I am aware that Gerald Scarborough did not remove the fuselage slice in his book. That's why I mentioned it, it is not immediately obvious until you realise it, whereupon it stands out. I know about the obvious changes and variants too, just that I haven't come across anyone attempting this conversion since the book was published. Nice drawings too, all in my ready-to-start pile, but I can't understand why this conversion is not more popular.
  8. I have a damaged carcass in the loft and rather fancy reducing the fuselage height be 3 scale inches and adding an Allison cowling to it, as per the Gerald Scarborough book. Now I thought that this conversion would have been done by others and be on the tinterweb somewhere, but I've had no look searching for it. Has anyone had a go at it? I can then use the Merlin for a Spitfire IX/16. Just wondering.
  9. One of my modelling Holy Grails this. I have a kit on standby ready to convert. A few years ago, some site suggested that photos had surfaced either via a collector or e-bay sale, but all went quiet again. Didn't a handful of machines make it to the Paris area for tests? Or something?
  10. Same here. And the R-R RB 2-11 testbed. Is there a chance they might be re-released now we have better VC10's from Roden?
  11. I think it was a clear window for a first-aid kit, or similar. Not to see through the fuselage (like you might need to on some aircraft, such as a pre-flight CofG check that weights were in place if flying singly).
  12. Was the black paint applied to the undersides of He III's, late B of B and onwards, the same "Stamkenzeichen" paint? Just wondering whether to go for a temporary and patchy black finish over permanent blue, or was it permanent black delivered from the factory by Jan 41?
  13. Ta Dah! Source: Meteor, Brian Philpott, PSL, Wellingborough, 1986, pages 125 (part), 126 & 7 (part)
  14. If you fancy a different colour scheme, here's the one I plan on doing in 1/32: Note that these late models were built without the windows, i.e. don't just paint them over but missing entirely, with a smooth surface.
  15. I bought a 1/72 SR 53 years ago, sometime mid eighties when Airfix went bust. I was told at the time that the mould had been bought from Airfix by an outfit called Ursus (or something similar, I haven't seen it for decades, but it's up there somewhere) So, now it seems it was just a copy! No big deal, it wasn't one of Airfix's best was it? Missile fins like planks ISTR.