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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'll join with my Hasegawa 1/700 JASDF Izumo - it's a "carrier in disguise" according to the Chinese, and a helicopter carrier (with full length deck) according to everyone else. Recently entered service and has its own choppers.
  2. Unfortunately my friend's server where I hosted all my images died the other day, so it appears all my photos are gone. So anyway, my tank is almost finished. It just needs a bit of dirtying up and maybe a number on the turret. Meanwhile, after the advice that my Italeri US soldiers were 1980s+ and therefore not to be found on our GB battlefields, I found my older Esci NATO soldiers. They have SLRs or FN-FALs so they can be British or some other European NATO country's troops. So here is my rough idea for a simple display. These guys are commandos who, judging by most of them not wearing helmets, weren't quite expecting a T-55 in this urban setting. I'm not sure if they were in fact caught unawares and had to turn tail and run back down the street, as seen here, before huddling together to get ready, or if I will remove the running guy. Either way I guess they are huddled there ready to race across the road behind the tank. I don't know anything about what I am talking about so if it's stupid, well, it's stupid. I think the little squad looks good though.
  3. Awesome work!
  4. yes they are but actually not as bad as I was expecting. Maybe I was just lucky!
  5. I'm wondering about the decals too. Mine are pretty yellow like yours seem to be in that earlier pic. Any ideas? That's one of the main reasons my build ground to a halt in....2009! Nice work so far!
  6. Getting a bit closer to the finish line on this. I decided against too much more work on the front deck where those missiles go. They seem a bit large for the area and the little platforms I built for them don't look right. So I just put the blast shields in place and added the missiles. Then I moved on to the PE railings. They were not as difficult as I expected though of course they're not easy. This is the first time I've ever done PE railings on a ship and actually only my second ever go at PE at all. Still remaining to do is the other side of ship with PE, and then a fair bit of tidying up, touching up, and adding lifeboats. But otherwise most of the parts in the box are now on the ship.
  7. Well that's a bummer... Thanks for the tip!
  8. On that does anyone happen to know what colour their clothes should be? From what i could discover online, it should be a single shade of green for the 1970s, as the woodland multicam kind of suits only came in during the 80s? Without spending ages researching it does anyone know? thanks!
  9. Getting a little further along with this one, too. I haven't progressed the front area because the Exocet launchers and their associated decks and blast shields are a bit tricky but I added a few more parts like the smaller guns by the bridge cabin there, cranes, torpedo tubes, some of the radars and sensors.
  10. Well tonight I made some solid progress. Finished building the tank, and touched up all the bits that needed it. One piece is missing, a big clunky box from the front sloped face of the tank. It flew off when I tried to clamp the hull together and I can't find it. The soldiers in one of the photos are the guys I'm contemplating using in some kind of diorama/scene. I checked and they are about right for the 70s, based on their weapons. They are ESCI/Italeri "modern" US soldiers but the set came out in the 80s apparently. Next steps are more touching up and then try to do some kind of weathering. As always sorry for the cell phone pics but it's all I have time for - emailing them to myself & uploading them then posting them here is the fastest system I can think of. The idea I think I have is that there is this squad who are trying to take out tanks with that rocket launcher (it's a Dragon) and then they're kind of surprised when this tank comes barging past right by their position, too close to launch. I just need to work out how I can do the scene. I might even do it outside in the garden, with a careful photo angle it could work without me having to build a whole scene.
  11. Further progress last night. Lots of touching up to do. Those rubber tracks really suck, hey? One of them snapped. So they are just superglued in place and that'll have to be that.
  12. Hasegawa also did a -500 as just noted, but there's also a -700 (which you can use to make a Wedgetail, along with Draw Decals in 1/200). Having just seen this group, I think I will join with that! Love the 737 though as a fairly frequent flyer I am kind of getting sick of being in them!
  13. Before I sign on to this cool GB can I check that 1/72 figures are ok? They don't require much assembly just painting but I guess they count as models right? If so, please sign me on. I have some cool Gladiators and also some cool Chinese cavalry (Han or Ming Dynasty I can't recall right now) which I would like to do. I'm on a "no new purchases" bender and I don't have any dinosaurs in my stash..