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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. Picked up a BEA one at the Perth show today. The decals in mine are exactly as illustrated by Séan Pádraig. They put me in mind of what came with early Welsh Models vacforms - basic titles, registrations, flags and not a lot else. Masking cheatlines really isn't difficult unless you're determined to do something like Elan but it's a bit of a dying art because we've become so accustomed to decal makers handing us everything on a plate.
  2. Wow Ian! What a fabulous build and brilliant photography. The spinning props are amazingly realistic (memo to self - must try that sometime) and you can almost hear the whine of the Proteuses. Photo 8 is my favourite - it looks as if she's just ready to start rolling. Absolutely inspirational!
  3. I just noticed on another modelling site that Nick Webb (aka Classic Airlines) has produced some decals for the Mikromir kit - Sagittair, Air Anglia, Rolls Royce and Universal so far. I don't know if he's planning any more but if Elan doesn't work for you there are four other schemes to fall back on. I'll certainly be ordering the kit and the Air Anglia decals.
  4. Although it wouldn't be easy it should be just possible to mask and paint the stripes. If you don't want to do that decal stripes are probably the only way to go. Hannants have sheets of red stripes by Microscale and Xtradecal although the colour might be a bit too bright. Alternatively you could paint the lower fuselage red up to the position of the top stripe then apply white decal stripes. Either way good luck with getting decal stripes round the nose and tail!
  5. Some real down and dirty, sweaty pub rock featuring the incomparable Pirates with the mighty Mick Green on guitar: There is a longer video on YouTube containing several numbers from this performance but the sound is poor
  6. Ah yes, the joys of life with a cat in the spring. Ours has taken to wanting out about 5 a.m. which can be a little annoying. After having most of the house covered in moulted white fur, I finally managed to give her a good brush and comb in the garden yesterday. She has the densest fur of any short-haired cat I've known and so much came out I could almost have stuffed a small cushion! I left the loose fur on the back grass and within a short while the birds had taken it for their nests.
  7. The short answer is no. There have been discussion threads about the Ethiad fuselage colour on several sites and the only off the shelf paint I've seen anyone suggest is Ford Champagne Gold from Halfords. The best representation of the Ethiad colour I've ever seen is here and you can read for yourself how Viking achieved it.
  8. In my personal opinion Revell silver is too bright for the Aeroflot livery which is more of a silvery grey than a pure silver. i can give you an approximate match with Tamiya paint but not Revell. However, as Jessica says, the only thing which matters is that you are happy with the final result. If Revell silver looks OK to you, go for it.
  9. Congratulations on two absolute gems, particularly the Rapide. Rigging a 1/144 biplane is a challenge to say the least! Beautiful work. Dave G
  10. Try "The Downfall of Money" by Frederick Taylor which deals mainly with the hyperinflation. At the end of WW1 $1 was worth 5 Marks. Five years later in 1923 $1 was worth 2.25 trillion (yes, trillion) Marks and that was before the Great Depression kicked in.
  11. It was the Revell Boeing 767 which first attracted me to modelling airliners over 20 years ago and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. They can have the odd off-moment (738 engines and winglets!) but generally their airliners are acceptably accurate, good value for money and capable of being turned into excellent models. Speaking as an airliner modeller I couldn't imagine life without Revell.
  12. The Revell/Zvezda 777 is the -300 version. The earlier Minicraft kit is the -200. As long as the decals are for the 777-300 they should fit the Revell kit. The second part of the aircraft designation (which relates to the customer who originally ordered the aircraft) needs to begin with 3. For example 26 Decals have TAAG Angola Airlines for both kits. For Revell you want the sheet for "777-3M2ER"; for Minicraft it's "777-2M2ER". Their sheet for KLM is described as "777-206/306ER" so it covers both versions.
  13. Beautiful work John. Your introduction suggests the kit was the original full vacform rather than the later version with resin flying surfaces. If that's right you've done an amazing job on the trailing edges!
  14. As Dave N says, airbrushing costs as much as you're willing to pay. With airliners you are generally covering fairly large areas so, again to agree with Dave N, you don't need the sort of fine-line airbrush that would be used for intricate camouflage. Cheap airbrushes are a bit of a lottery. Standards aren't always consistent - sometimes they're quite good but other times they're a waste of money. My main airbrush is a Paasche Talon which is mid-price. I've had it for years and simply wouldn't be without it. It's very robust and will do almost anything although I'd need to change the tip and needle if I wanted to do fine details. It's a matter of personal choice but I would always go for an airbrush with a separate paint jar/cup - I find them much more versatile and (very important) much easier to clean. If you're spraying a 1/144 747 you don't want to be constantly filling a small integral paint cup! I would definitely say buy a compressor. Air bombs are a waste of time and money. I have a small Sparmax compressor which I bought on eBay about five years ago and which has more than justified the £50-odd it cost me. Unless your airbrush and compressor are by the same manufacturer you're likely to find that the thread on the compressor doesn't match the connection on the airbrush hose and you may need an adaptor but these are readily available. There's lots more information about airbrushing and painting generally in the Tools and Tips section of the Forums. If you're serious about airbrushing it might also be worth your while getting in touch with Paul at (previously known as Little Cars) who is really helpful and knowledgeable.