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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. Gary, Don't know if you have already seen this, but I have attached a link to a good site I found with technical and operational information on the Fulmar, as well as some excellent photos. I hope they will be useful as modeling references. Mike
  2. In her history it was noted that she was delivered to Cheyenne on 1/14/44, most likely to have the Cheyenne tail turret assembly installed-at the United Airlines Cheyenne WY modification center, I would assume, so that might account for the different shade of OD described. Not up on Forts enough to know which production lines sent finished airplanes to the center for the new tail turret and which installed it on the assembly line. I would imagine it was more expedient to send completed airplanes to be modified rather than disrupt production to incorporate the necessary changes on the assembly line and associated tooling. Mike
  3. Very, very nice build- detailing and paintwork are outstanding! Mike
  4. I found several photos of Thundermug and visited the 8th AF site as well as the site for her squadron and group, but none showed a natural metal wing or had any description of the original OD/grey wing being replaced by a bare metal one. The one good photo I found that showed the LH side showed an OD/neutral grey finish to the wing. You might try contacting Airfix to enquire as to what source material they used to come up with those markings and finish for the kit. I would think such a major repair would be documented somewhere, the trick is to find the reference photo/s. I'm surprised that it being so late in the war and replacement aircraft not being an issue that they would go to so much trouble to repair her and just strip her for useable parts. Sorry I couldn't be of much assistance! Mike
  5. Awesome photos, Tony- thanks for sharing them! Now I can't wait to snag the new Special Hobby Mk II! Mike
  6. First off, you get a Cheerio and thin the dickens out of it! No, seriously, in 1/48 you could either loop wire or sprue around a former of the desired diameter. If using sprue, overlap the two ends and cut both with a single edge razor blade, then secure with Microweld or MEK. For the base, you might be able to use the stub mounting for a 5" HVAR, which looks like it has a suitable aerofoil-shaped section. Be sure to mount the place where the two ends were joined to the base to help hide the joint. Going to an auto parts or hardware store and looking at O-ring assortments might yield one of the desired diameter, but might be too thick for 1/48 scale. That's as far as my thinking takes me. Taking one from a multi-engined kit would be a pretty expensive way to go, but I must admit I have purchased kits for a prop, set of wheels, engine, etc. if there was no other alternative for a project that I was determined to build (I hate to admit this, but I bought several of the old Monogram box scale A-26 and B-25H kits back when they were cheap just to get those beautiful Hamilton Standard props!) Yes, I know I am one sick puppy! Mike
  7. What an inspired and clever paint mask! Mike
  8. Jeez, Louise, John- you sure know how to have fun! Pulling up a chair, as you UK guys like to say, to watch this one. (Do we get 3 hours post-graduate credit for the Modeling a Decent Canberra class you're about to convene?) Scheme? Can't wait to see the finished product! Mike
  9. Rob, Sounds like a plan! I have a Hasegawa 1/72 deuce and a half I've been saving to put in the back of my Italeri C-119 for just the same reason....oh boy, now I'm gonna need some more nose weight! Mike
  10. Good observation, I hadn't thought of that possibility, but it makes sense, given that the photo of the XVI that is captioned as RK840 in the Pinterest photo is definitely a bubbletop. I have also learned to take the captions for some of the photos out there in cyberspace with a jaundiced Mk 1 eyeball! Mike
  11. According to the text and photos I was able to find, RK840 was a Mk XVIe and was fitted with the bubble canopy; it also had Polly Grey artwork on the LH engine cowling below the exhausts. Codes were 3W-M. There is one photo on Pinterest that shows the artwork and is captioned as being RK840 3W-M. but neither is visible in the photo. A search using' Spitfire XIV RK840' will give you some useful references. Hope this helps! Mike Also just found out that this same aircraft is one of the markings choices in the 1/72 CMR Spitfire XVIe resin kit, 72-169. You can go to CMR's website to see color photos of a finished model as well as the camouflage and markings diagram. It's a pretty Spitfire with that blue spinner!
  12. Sabrejet, I don't know about my new cyber modeling friend and Sabre fanatic, Tony E, but I had to stop several times to wipe the drool off of my laptop screen while viewing your incredible posts! Thank you so much on behalf of all of us for sharing this incredible resource! Internet forums like BM have provided us with resources, references, and techniques that help make all of us better modelers- where was the internet 30 years ago when I was cranking out 2-3 finished models a month and could have really made use of the information? Thank you again for your generosity. Tony E- guess we have no excuse now for not doing an F-86A justice, do we? (Bruce Hinton's Squanee- here we come!) Mike
  13. Steve, Yep- I got so excited when I found the site that I didn't think to look at all the photos for the prop type- of course the K used the Aeroproducts prop w/o cuffs and the D used the Hamilton Standard cuffed prop; I'm sure Mustang aficionados are aware to check for the presence of the louvered panels on the lower cowling...BTW, your article is outstanding; it sure has stood the test of time- thanks for writing it, and I apologize for not proofing before sending. (The fingers are faster than the brain at my age, sad to say!) I will change the title of my post- thanks for correcting my blunder. Mike
  14. Howdy, styrene warriors! I just stumbled onto a site that has very comprehensive photos, text, and color profiles of the color schemes and markings used on RAAF 3 Squadron Mustangs, and I wanted to share it with you all; hoping this is a new post and not already on BM. Enjoy- some real beauties here! Mike Sqn P-51K P1.htm
  15. PIPboy, Not my scale, but I built the old Monogram kit when I was in my teens, and while it doesn't have the detail and scribing of the state of the art Accurate Miniatures kit, it can be made into a nice model with some work, scratchbuilding, and aftermarket bits- biq question being how much money do you want to throw at it? However, you don't improve your modeling skills if you don't try, and if you want to go that route, I found a link to a website that I think would be useful for anybody wanting to do the Monogram kit as an SBD-3 or SBD-5. I hope this helps and good luck on your project. (The Monogram TBF and SBD were the very first 1/48 scale airplanes I ever built and I was amazed by the details and operating features they had- they were ahead of their time in so many ways!) Ah, the heady aroma of Revell S cement and Testors 'Namel! Mike