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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. First coat of DSG on the nose. Noticed a few depressions that needed to be filled. Dropped a bit of grey paint on the wing! That's been sanded and masked ready for when I lay some green on the nose.
  2. Alright, the nose is back together with some superglue and a bit of sanding. Will need a bit of scribing to reinstate some panels forward of the windscreen and behind the camera port. I'm working on the camera port with some putty and a toothpick. Not sure how I'll fit a new camera lens in there. Although that's a problem for future Duncan. Will be interesting to see how the paint goes down over a half finished gloss coat. I'll try to respray via panels so it will have a more natural look. Four painting sessions coming up: PRU blue, dark green, dark sea grey, and Tamiya's flat aluminium for the front wheel bay.
  3. Been cracking on with the seat this arvo. Looks good with the first test fit. Had to remove the canopy to inspect the damage.
  4. The kit takes a bit of work in a few areas. E.g. the wing to fuselage join was really poor on the underside of the aicraft and required a lot of filing, filling and sanding. There were also some big gaps between the top of the fuse and wings I filled with plastic card, filler, and sanded. I opted for the Xtrakit aircraft as it has finer surface detail than the Airfix kit. Here's the RFI on the Meteor if you're interested. I have had a bit of a set back today. While applying the gloss coat I dropped the kit! Damage is thankfully confined to the nose area. I'll try and slip some card inside the nose to strengthen it before I start putting it back together. Frustrating, but not too hard to rectify! Oh well! This arrived. Will keep me occupied while I'm sanding and painting the nose area.
  5. I found it very inconsistent. I had a bottle of their PRU Blue. It was VERY thick and I struggled to get the right mix of pressure and thinner. I thinned the paint in the bottle with tamiya acrylic thinner. I've been drawing from this mixture and thinning it further for spraying. Good idea to spray it on the thicker side, otherwise it is almost translucent as noted above. You will get the occasional clog. This will be the first and last bottle I'll use.
  6. Next in the queue. Even thought I started that before the Swift.
  7. Today's work. Touching up the PRU blue. You can better see the corrected green and grey scheme here compared to the photo in my first post.
  8. I've been working on this Swift for about a year or year and a half. I'm a serial starter and have too many kits on the go. I've been working to finish a few kits which are in more advanced stages before I crack on with some of my other kits. E.g. the Aeronavale Lancaster which I also have a WIP up for (not forgotten!) Meet the Swift. Here it is a few months ago on the painting pile before I finished my Dutch Meteor F8. More recently I splashed some paint on it. Gunze H330 for the green, H331 for the Dark Sea Grey, and Humbrol Acrylic PRU blue for the undersides. The black frame behind the cockpit is the rear frame of the canopy. I'll be building the aircraft with the canopy open. It was about this stage I took a closer look at my decals and realised Xtrakit had made an error. The aircraft I'd chosen was meant to have silver undersides, not PRU blue. I put out a call on the forum for spare decals from an Airfix kit and @FZ6 came to my rescue with the serials for WK281. I'm very thankful for his help and will be able to keep the PRU blue on the aircraft. This brings us to today. I've been repainting the dark green and dark sea grey so that they better matche the profile on the Airfix sheet. I'll need to strip the tail-planes as the pattern can't be fixed with some modifications. Today's job is to touch up the PRU blue forward of the front landing gear where I've needed to do some sanding. Hoping to turn this around quite fast now. Looking forward to having this in the cabinet next to my Meteors (F8, NF11) and Hunter.
  9. That PE looks brilliant, but tricky as hell!
  10. Thanks, guys. Guess I've got the wrong colour! Doss anyone have a half used airfix sheet I could use? I see their PRU blue aircraft is from 1956. Otherwise I'll see if I can get one from their spares team. I'm quite keen on the PRU blue undersides.
  11. Hi, all. I've been working on an Xtrakit Swift, WK 293/N. Xtrakit show this aircraft as standard DSG and dark green over a PRU blue underside (see here). I came to mask the nose black, but came across a few photos of the aircraft, all without the black on the nose around the camera. More annoyingly, all these photos show the aircraft with a silver underside, rather than the PRU blue prescribed by Xtrakit. Here and the same picture with an illustration here. I also note that CMR believe this aircraft had a silver underside. The rivet counter in me is working over time. I thought maybe I'd build the other aircraft XD 962, but a quick google seems to show that this was also painted silver. Is anyone able to confirm one way or the other for WK 293/N and XD 962/L before I have to consider a repaint or finding some new lettering? Any help appreciated.
  12. Thanks, everyone. Stevehnz, figured a aerobatic display aircraft would be pretty clean! Here you go. Revell Hunter.
  13. Hi, team. I've just put the finishing touches on my Airfix (MPM re-pop) Gloster Meteor F8. This kit started life as a Belgian aircraft, but that turned to custard when I reached the decaling stage. The Airfix decals were thick and out of register. I decided to sand off the Airfix decals and ordered some new ones from Xtrakit. This turned into a full strip of the aircraft to remove any rough patches and to tidy up some scribing errors. I moved away from my Citadel paint (which is actually quite nice) and gave Tamiya AS-12 a go as I'd heard good things. The red is Gunze H23 Shine Red. I've got boxes full of British jets, so I was keen to add some colour to the collection so that I don't end up with a cabinet of green and grey. Very happy with the final outcome.
  14. What did you use for the PRU blue?
  15. After a bit of head scratching I decided the sheen looked too great for my chosen Auckland squadron aircraft. NZ2419 seemed an obvious choice, especially given the high sheen in the image below. My dad's side of the family is from Wellington, so that works out well with one aircraft from Auckland and one from Wellington. Another coat of future tomorrow to seal in the decals. I realised that I don't have enough roundels to finish the kit, so I've ordered some more from Ventura for the underside of the wings. The Ventura decals have been great, but I'm not enamored with the Airfix stencils. The data panel is the only decal to silver or stand out from the natural metal. I'm hoping it blends in a bit with tomorrow's coat of future. Once the Future's dry I'll add the different shade around the exhaust and paint the matte anti-glare panel.