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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. Both lovely models Will. On the spinner of Shangri-la, photos take on/around 8 April 1944 show the front section in white. By the time the aircraft was written off on 13 April, photos taken that day show that the white portion of the spinner had been repainted red, and a few more black crosses had been added to the scoreboard under the cockpit. So your model is spot on for that earlier date. Justin
  2. Very nice as ever Jon. Really like these Pacific Seafire schemes and you've captured it beautifuly. I have the Sword 1/72 scale kit waiting in the wings and this provides some useful inspiration. Your Spitfire collection must be quite something by now! Justin
  3. I too found Xtracolour dark earth too dark, and different to their acrylic version. Their enamel and acrylic Sky are also two different colours. Slightly frustrating if you want to touch up an enamel paint job with a couple of spots of acrylic on a brush. Instead you lose 8 hours of your life which you won't get back, while the enamel correction dries. Justin
  4. Lovely job Ian, and really like the finish. The Mk I and 22 look great together. Justin
  5. Can I be cheeky and ask what the options are in 1/72? Justin
  6. Just having another look...and yes it's still wonderful. Apart from all the details and the lovely finish, it's just got a nice poise to it, so you can look at it for ages, while you wonder: 'did they really have to stop flying?' Justin
  7. I was at a gloriously sunny Headcorn yesterday, and was delighted to see this start up and disappear (apologies for crap photo). Made me want to model one immediately, but was as disappointed as others that decent 1/72 kits are in short supply: But I was sad too that the Tiger Club had literally vanished from the airfield (building and all) and only read up on the acrimony last night. But that's probably something for another thread. Justin
  8. Cookie you've done a great job on the Eduard/Airfix fuselage merger. Looks more complicated than one might have thought, though I have read somewhere that the Airfix nose might be a tad slender, which seems to be the case when seen mated up to the Eduard. Still, you've sorted that out very well. I agree on the SH rudder too - miles too broad and I took the same approach with one on my (still unfinished) XVIII. Justin
  9. Ab Phab. I'm a 1/72 kind of guy really, so the new Airfix FG1 is on my shopping list...
  10. Another masterpiece Bill. I'll look at RFI and then I'll probably say that again... Justin
  11. Hi Cookie, Don't give up on the 21. Its a rae beast and will look good when it's done. On mine I was going to use either a piece of acetate sheet which I had rolled and cut into more or less the right shape. If that didn't work the faalback was a Falcon canopy section. I still hope to finish it but I was defeated by my cack-handedness with the airbrush. I say all the above but tonight for the first time I asked myself if this B model was worth all the effort! I noticed I had put the ailerons on the wrong wings and had to take them off. And then I noticed that the horizontal stabilizers weren't symmetrical so had to pull one off and reattach it. After that I couldn't face rescribing the remaining panel lines on the cowlings so I'll leave it for tonight. Incidentally does anyone know if the radiator rear door on the B and the D are the same size? The KP one is miles smaller than the Airfix D. Justin
  12. Hi folks, I had an update ready to go yesterday when I pressed the wrong button and lost it all. Boy was I mad. Anyway here's a rerun: Shane I must say your collection of attempts was really interesting food for thought on how to crack this particular nut. Amazing that there isn't a decently-shaped B model out there but hopefully it won't be long before someone comes to the rescue. Anyway after this build I think it'll be back to Spitfires for a bit. Cookie's latest builds have got me needing to finish a 21 or a XIV or something... On the Mustang I've been tinkering with the wing-roots which I think should be similar to the D model, i.e. slightly curved towards the rear. But KP give you a straight line so I've been blending in some small pieces of plastic card: At this point, and having filled in the appropriate panel lines on the wings, I could find no reason not to fit them on: I think it's looking alright - still quite a bit to do around the cockpit area (rear windows and windscreen), but broadly I'm happy with where I've got to. Justin
  13. Ok, you've got me! I'm interested in Olds and his SCATs too, and that brings me to think more and more about P-38s. I know next to nothing about them, or about which kits to go for and which to avoid, so I'm certainly along for this ride. Justin
  14. Dave, It is PS853 photographed at Melsbroek, Belgium when serving with 16 Squadron who had a mixture of XIs and XIXs by this point. There's an interesting collection of photos of this aircraft down the years here: http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?114038-Duxford-Diary-2012/page66 When I was at Southern Expo a couple of weeks ago I found a lovely 1/72 rendition of this paint scheme on the Airfix kit. Properly excellent finish, and much nicer than mine. Spoke to the builder who had used Xtradecals roundels/codes/serials. Made me think I need one... Justin
  15. Like that a lot. Nice job and turned out v pretty in the end! Justin