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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. Best tarpaulin ever - period (with apologies to Sean Spicer), how did you do it? Andrew
  2. Dear Aeronut You know me too well! I need to do some more photos to get a different backdrop Andrew
  3. Dear Lloyd Thank you for your explanation on the canvas. I still can't believe its fine texture. Do you have a picture of the original product? I was wondering if it was something special for gift shops? Regards Andrew
  4. Thanks everyone, very pleased that this round seems to have hit home! I made the trees from a special kit, see Which works well Regards Andrew
  5. Dear Colleagues Thanks for your support. There is a great book on Breaking the Panzers on the defence of the Rauray Spur by the Tyneside Scottish in 49th Polar Bears Div. They took on Panther tanks from 2nd and 9th SS Panzer Division with their 6 pdrs and held their position. The new sabot ammunition being particularly effective. So that is kind of an inspiration Andrew
  6. Dear Fellow Modellers Thought I would try my hand at the Riich 6 pdr and crew The figures are servicable but not superb. I gave loader no 1 a Hornet head. I added some more camo tapes to their helmets The markings for the men are Durham Light Infantry in 49th Infantry Division. Perhaps you could imagine them defending the Rauray spur following Operation Martlet? Hope you like it? Andrew
  7. Really enjoying that canvas! When you say tissue, what product was it exactly? Normally it looks a lot more grainy Thanks Andrew
  8. Dear Colleagues I recently got hold of the new Zvezda 1/35 GAZ M-1 staff car. Does anyone know or have any evidence if any of them were ever painted camouflage green? I believe the standard cars were usually black. As they were taken up by officers and driven to the front might some of them been given a green camo job? Looking at wartime photos I really cannot tell. Thanks for any advice Andrew
  9. Thanks for your ideas and memories Guys! Maybe will take a look at the land of the Rising Sun? Andrew
  10. Thanks Tony and Panzer vor Do you know the name of the manufacturer of the pyrogravure on the Historex site? I'm afraid I can't spot it! Andrew
  11. Wow, amazing! Am really struck by how similar it looks to more modern Russian AFVs like T-64 and T-72 with that low slung hull layout. well done Mini Art for pushing the envelope! Andrew
  12. Dear Friends Was reading someone's build review of figures, and they really brought their bare-headed figures to life using a 'pyrogravure'. Has anyone ever used one, and what would they recommend? Looking on Google I can see people using something that looks like a small soldering iron making burnt etchings in wood and leather like a black pen. But plastic? Surely it would become a sticky mess? What are your views? Thanks Andrew
  13. I I do like the buff sandy discolouring in the track guards and glacis. How did you do it? Was it oil paints and then washed out? Thanks Andrew
  14. Hello Guys I'm calling it a MkII. Afraid I'm not expert enough to distinguish from the MkIV (was that the GM diesel model?). The markings are partly from the kit, painted on (the green and white) and partly from Archer to make the name 'Bicester' Regards Andrew
  15. Dear Colleagues Wanting a break from 1/72 scale aircraft for a while I fetched my 1/35 AFV club Valentine out of the attic. I added Bronco early tracks. I was inspired by a picture of troops clambering over Valentines probably in 1941. Believed to be the new establishment of Guards Armoured being shown the tanks of 17th/21st Lancers. The figure was from Passion models I think Hope you like it? Andrew