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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 progress Hans, and I agree that empty sprues are a great sign. Keep up the great work. Andrew.
  2. Very neat exhausts Robert - they look great as is and a delicate smidgen of darkening would make them outstanding.
  3. Thanks so much for your time and effort in creating this thread, Tony. I have several of the paints you've used but am yet to do this sort of comparison - it's great to be able to look at those colours on your palette and read your impressions of each (that you have tested so many and made custom mixes are also greatly appreciated!) - it makes for a wonderful resource. Please feel free to replicate your experimentation with other colours as you see fit - cough >Dark Slate Grey< cough... Andrew.
  4. Ha, me too! In all seriousness though, thanks very much for your interest. Andrew.
  5. Thanks Jabba - I too rue the absence of a decent aftermarket replacement for the kit's pod; if I could avoid having to do the work required to depict a pod with the head stowed, then I would! Your solution sounds very clever though and I bet it was much more convincing than what the kit provides. I don't recall if I ever saw the Aviation Workshop offering, but had I found what you did, then I would have left it exactly where I found it too. While I'm dreaming of extra aftermarket bits for the Pig, I'd love a new weapons bay fairing with the other side of the Pave Tack cradle (a neat shape with rounded outline - seen here on this F-111C [ photo]) in order to represent an F-111F carrying an ECM pod in the forward location, the odd GBU-15 and its datalink pod, much like this one. Okay, truth be told, it shouldn't be too hard to make the fairing (probably easier than what I'm currently attempting), so I'll just be quiet and get back to work.
  6. Hello all, I've started some more conventional work by moving on to the cockpits, including the addition of photoetch from the Eduard set. I think the etch represents a substantial improvement over the decals that Hasegawa provides and will add a lot to the appearance of the kit's cockpit, especially if building the kit with open canopies (yes, I will be cutting clear plastic with near-reckless abandon - or perhaps more correctly with fear and trepidation - to depict them open on both kits in this GB). While the fit of the etch was nice and the overall placement was straightforward, I still struggled with some of the smaller pieces; the throttles proved particularly tricky to get right and then keep right. I'm not going to fret (boom tish!) over the inaccuracy of the panel I've used on the F-111C (supposedly for the F-111F) - any modification to accurately render an upgraded F-111C instrument panel was more effort than I could be bothered with at this stage. Anyway, the etch looks nice this evening under a coat of cockpit grey and I think the cockpits will look good once all the detail has been painted (see how blind optimism is getting me through...). Cockpits primed by Andrew cockpits grey by Andrew In what is a huge victory for timeliness, I remembered just as I was about to apply the cockpit grey paint that I had to remove plastic from the aft edge of the cockpit opening if I wanted to depict open canopies. Here they are, with absolutely nothing for comparison - apologies. fwd fuselage grey by Andrew I've also started to work on an aspect of the F-111C that has perplexed me for some time - how to accurately portray the cradle and mount of the AN/AVQ-26 Pave Tack pod. What Hasegawa provides is more of an 'inflight' pose for the pod, which although not unheard of, is hardly representative of a Pig when shut down. I want to alter the way the head and turret lie, plus the cradle in which the pod sits, but not too much else (read the forward end of the pod); I think this will be sufficient work for me as it is. Hopefully by the end it will look something like this. Here are some shots of the two weapons bay doors/fairings, top one is for the F-111D (with gun fairing) and lower one for the F-111C. There are two Pave Tack pods in the picture because I think I'm going to need both to render a stowed designator turret and head; some surgery will definitely be required: Pave Tack and bomb bays by Andrew I've cut away part of the cradle in preparation for 'rotating' the head of the pod away into its stowed position - a layer of plastic strips have been added to the edges of the cutout on the underside to add depth; once I've settled on the necessary amount I'll add a 'ceiling' (or is it a 'floor' - I'm easily confused) to enclose the recess. Pave Tack cradle by Andrew Pave Tack cradle i by Andrew Here's a photo of the real thing taken from an awkward angle to hopefully illustrate what I've been droning on about: Pave Tack cradle rear port aft by Andrew Thanks for looking in. Andrew.
  7. Very nice progress Hans, and thanks for the pointers around the intakes (I like your captions too!).
  8. Thanks Ray, it was nice to finally make a start; I just wish I'd started when the GB was first mooted - there would have been no discernible difference in progress.... What will be even nicer is when I finish both these kits (yes, they will both be finished - the uncertainty lies with when). Good luck with your project.
  9. Finally, something to show... Work starts, naturally enough, with the undercarriage. Okay, maybe not that natural, but a few questions about the Hasegawa kit's impressive depiction of the Pig's undercarriage have been bothering me - such as, what does it look like when assembled and how well does it go together, would there be any need to add any extra detail to what was already there, and what to do about the seam that runs the length of the nosewheel bay roof? An early attempt to correct this seam (by removing said roof once the halves had been joined together) was a stunning victory for the spares box. I quickly decided the solution to the seam problem was to glue some plasticard cunningly shaped like the bay roof over the seam and pretend as though it was exactly as Mr Hasegawa intended. I know that I won't look in there again! The other questions have been resolved by simply gluing most of it and painting everything that stayed still long enough (thus ignoring any question of additional detail - clearly too late to do anything about it now). Voila! Primification done (a mix of some Stynylrez tones) and painting of gloss white underway: undercarriage primed by Andrew Gloss white applied: undercarriage white by Andrew Wash applied (second bite of the cherry for the wash; the first was a little wayward in its coverage): undercarriage post-wash by Andrew Detail painting is yet to be done, but at least I got some major steps in the process out of the way. Next challenge was the intakes. Of course. Once I'd got the two different sets of intake bits off the sprue and correctly dry-assembled them (they're actually held together by tape and blu-tac) I made more whitely paintness (or off-white in this case) over the bits. Prepare to be snow-blinded (or its equivalent): intakes by Andrew intakes and compressors by Andrew I hope you've enjoyed my Update in White. The next instalment might just possibly entail some new exciting shades such as grey and black, so prepare to be amazed astounded underwhelmed when I return with more thrilling tales of adventures in Dullsville. cheers and thanks for looking, Andrew.
  10. That's very interesting Andrey; I hope release occurs sooner rather than later. Now if only there was someone willing to put forth some decal options when that happened... Andrew.
  11. Hi Graeme, Nice choice of subject and I hope this helps with your mojo. I'm looking forward to your progress. Andrew.
  12. Wow, that's an unfortunate reaction, especially as you'd already started spraying... It's a surprising reaction as well - given your earlier tests and experience. I would have assumed you could very safely thin Xtracolor with a product specifically formulated for use with enamel paints to your heart's content, but clearly that's not the case. Perhaps on this occasion it was a case of exceeding some unknowable point of ideal dilution, beyond which the paint breaks down...? Sorry that I have no useful insight to offer here, other than to suggest trying a different thinner, perhaps something like Mr Color's levelling thinner? I'm sure that I've used this stuff with Xtracolor paint, and don't recall having any issues. I also recall that new(ish) Xtracolor is often fairly thin, so probably doesn't really need much additional thinning (perhaps not exceeding 2:1, paint to thinner). Hope the new goodies resolve the problem. Andrew.
  13. Oooh, that's a bit cheeky Ray. For your viewing astonishment, here are some recent completions... Two of Eduard's lovely late Mk IX Spitfires, finished a month ago: P1000383 by Andrew And finished very late last year, a trio of the Airfix Wildcats (F4F-4 and Mk. IV boxings): P1000400 by Andrew Good to hear from you though - hope you're well and not suffering from post-vacation blues. I apologise to all for this major digression, but over the many years we've known each other, poor Ray has seen me finish the grand total of one project, so I just had to take this opportunity to remind him that it is at least possible that I can finish a kit for this Group Build. Who knows, I could surprise everyone and complete two! Normal programming will be resumed in a very short while.
  14. I've failed already... As I was looking through the stash, trying to account for a stray wing piece found in the F-111E box, I came across this box, which is possibly where the wing should have been stored: Hasegawa F-111A by Andrew No evidence of the balance of a set of 'short' wings, but plenty of bits for an F-111C. You can probably see where this is going... 2nd box contents by Andrew Given that I'm building one F-111, I may as well build another. Okay, okay, but which one? Which one? F-111C scheme options by Andrew F-111C scheme options by Andrew No help in making a decision, but at least reassuring that there are plenty of options. I think a jet in the grey scheme might win out here, possibly a 1 Sqn machine from around 2007. F-111C aftermarket decal instructions by Andrew F-111C scheme decals by Andrew Pics of two builds underway to follow. cheers, Andrew. P.S. I think I'll be okay for references... References by Andrew