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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. Bonjour, tout le monde... Thank you all for your very kind comments, likes, etc, etc. Well, I'm back. A bit. I trust that you all had a Happy Easter or what ever. It has been so long since I have made any bulletin-board post anywhere that I hafind that I have forgotten my usual editing sequence. Back into the swing o' things now, though. Here is the final stint before my 'factory reset': 1. Seafire head armour plate 'bolts and nuts', ready for installing: Seafire head armour plate 'bolts and nuts' by Alex1N, on Flickr 34110226005_dd9b64ce13_b.jpg 2. Raw 'bolts and nuts' test-fitted Raw 'bolts and nuts' 'glued' in place by Alex1N, on Flickr 3. 'Nuts' after sanding flat on diamond honing plate; diamond plate in background. So far, so good... 'Nuts' after sanding flat on diamond plate by Alex1N, on Flickr 4. Closer-up view of the diamond plate Closer-up view of the diamond plate by Alex1N, on Flickr 5. Flat 'nuts', after filing flatter Flat 'nuts', after filing flatter by Alex1N, on Flickr 6. Another view of the head armour plate; cleaned up a bit this time Another view of the head armour plate by Alex1N, on Flickr 7. F11 from the rear showing armour plate 'bolts'. My apologies for the appalling lack of focus F11 from the rear showing armour plate 'bolts' by Alex1N, on Flickr 8. Setting up to glue the head armour in place in F11 Setting up to glue head armour in place by Alex1N, on Flickr 9. Another view of the armour plate spacer 'jig' Another view of the armour plate spacer 'jig' by Alex1N, on Flickr 10. Head armour plate glued in place; the spacer was removed before glueing Head armour plate glued in place by Alex1N, on Flickr 11. Glued head armour plate viewed from the rear. You can see here that the bottom starboard bolt isn't back flush with the aft face of F11. Oops... Glued head armour plate viewed from the rear by Alex1N, on Flickr 12. Spurious cable replaced. A short length of 0.8 mm wire from a twisted-pair ethernet cable, with suitable bends and kinks. Since removed... Spurious cable replaced by Alex1N, on Flickr 13. 'Bolts' in position prior to cutting and filing to final length. Note that high-sitting 'nut, bottom starboard plate corner. I wish that I had noticed that earlier! 'Bolts' in position prior to cutting and filing to final length by Alex1N, on Flickr 14. Aargh! The corner broke off the armour plate when removing the mis-glued 'bolt'. And F11 has cracked again (and in two places to boot). Oh dear, oh dear Aargh! The corner broke off the armour plate when removing the mis-glued 'bolt' by Alex1N, on Flickr 15. Broken F11. Bother. The cable has been removed here to allow F11 to sit flat in its special baked-FIMO rest/nest Broken F11 by Alex1N, on Flickr 16. Eduard Spitfire Mk IX gyro sight- seek-and-ye-shall-find sort o' thing. Logic, in fact: since the eduard kit has just about everything including the kitchen sink for a late version Spitfire Mk IX, it should surely, therefore, have had a late-war gyro gunsight. This was indeed the case, after viewing the tansparencies frame: Eduard Spitfire Mk IX gyro sight by Alex1N, on Flickr 17. Eduard Spitfire Mk IX gyro sight again: I was very pleased to find this, since a number of photos of the BPF Seafires prior to their trip to Japanese waters have these sights. This is going straight into the Seafire without any copying malarky whatsoever Eduard Spitfire Mk IX gyro sight again by Alex1N, on Flickr Follow this link to my flickr account, and to my Seafire flickr album... You can possibly see why I decided to have an extended break. I have done some tentative replacing of things after glueing up F11 and re-drilling another 'bolt' hole. More of that in a future post. As I say, I'm back, but only sort of, so don't expect a flood of new posts here or elsewhere. I think that parts of the forum had had enough of me previously, so I am now being a lot more cautious - and parsimonious - with comments, this lengthy catch-up post notwithstanding. Flickr recently released an update for their iOS app, which hints at "exciting things to come" (to quoite their hyperbolic blurb). I won't hold my breath, but one could sanguinely hope that this might mean changes to their flamin' not-scrollable text fields. Probably not though - most likely some useless 'social medium' 'enhancements' that the world could well do without. So what have I been up to over the last couple of months, apart from practising, reading, doing firefighting courses and so forth? Well, weeding out all the creeping oxalis that has ben coming up in the new herb bed, and finally getting on with the tedious and difficult process of constructing the base for my fuselage building jig. 'Tis done, and looks quite good, although the worst of the job - scribing and inking in the grid - was really in the end merely cosmetic - apart from the critical centre line (which, I and happy to say, is straight). At least the grid squares are just that: square. I have been sorting out the strangely twisted Skyfarer fuselage now that I have some reasonably accurate means of clamping it to a reference line, and on a flat, stable base. And have glued F4 in place (again), using epoxy followed by epoxy glue fillets (seeing as how it's the TE seat). Cheers, Alex. has been grazing safely, you will be glad to hear
  2. Hello Benedikt, I have been busy with other things (re-reading the entire main Dune sequence, and Jane Austen's completed works minus Susan, practising, firefighting courses and tests, etc.). The Seafire has languished after carelees assembly- and handling-damage to the head armour plate and F11 (PU resin is very fragile, particularly after having had holes drilled in it). Said damage is proving rather intractable to fix, and I've given up after each attempt to sit down and think it through. An extended break reading has been essential to keep me from going completely around the bend. A break from captioning and uploading snaps has and preparing posts been necessary as well. I've kept away from the rest of the forum so as not to get attacks of envy. I'll be back when I have something to show - but don't hold your breath! Cheers, Alex. <-- has been having a well-earned break.
  3. Thank sithman, not me! And you appear to be up rather late/early: the cold?
  4. Hmmm, curiously, it's a damp day here in New South wales - well, the Blue Mountains, anyway - drizzle and mist for part of the morning. "You can't eat too many half-Great White Sharks", says . Of which there are an increasing number (of GWSs) in Oz coastal waters. People complain about this, but the stupid fools don't seem to realise that said coastal waters are the sharks' home and dinner table, and they visit them at their own risk. If the sharks started walking about on land munching people, on the other hand, that would be a totally different bucket o' snakes... Rather like one step forward, two steps backwards today. 1. FIMO F11 support with 'bolt' holes, after drilling holes though F11 FIMO F11 support with &#x27;bolt&#x27; holes by Alex1N, on Flickr 2. Four Armour plate 'bolts' with 'knurled nuts': 0.6 mm rings glued to the 0.4 mm tube (possibly) with CA. Two 'bolts' were too short, so some more had to be made... Four Armour plate &#x27;bolts&#x27; with &#x27;knurled nuts&#x27; by Alex1N, on Flickr 3. More 0.6 mm rings cut More 0.6 mm rings cut by Alex1N, on Flickr 4. Cat 6e network cable external shielding braid, 0.08 mm thick! Just the thng for cables in a 1/72 aircraft cockpit :). The twisted-pair cables inside were in fact 0.135 mm (copper) - quite a bit thicker Cat 6e network cable external shielding braid by Alex1N, on Flickr 5. Lid with pieces of 0.08 mm wire. The glue-covered pin was used to apply, er, glue to the 'bolts'.... Lid with pieces of 0.08 mm wire by Alex1N, on Flickr 6. Piece of 0.08 mm wire with test bends, as a possible replacement for the broken-off electrical lead coming down from the voltage regulator on the Pavla F11 part Piece of 0.08 mm wire with test bends by Alex1N, on Flickr 7. Plastic jar of 0.08 mm wire offcuts: safe and secure. I probably have kilometres of the stuff in the shed, in actual fact... Plastic jar of 0.08 mm wire offcuts by Alex1N, on Flickr Follow the following link to my Seafire flickr album... Not a lot of progress for almost an hour's fiddling - I had expected hoped to be a little further along, for example, having glued the 'bolts and nuts' to the armour plate. I did manage to retrieve a couple of drill bits from the 0.4 mm tube stock by dint of poking them out again with a length of 0.2 mm rod, though. And have some nice thin usable wire as well, so I can't really complain. Cheers, Alex. doesn't like the sound of Great White Sharks at all, and would prefer that Little T gobble 'em all up, munchy munch...
  5. Now there's a diorama begging to be done! What a shame I flogged my 1/24 Stuka (and Sea Harrier, and...). A.
  6. Looking extra scrumptious this morning, Crisp . My sincere apologies for the completely unintentional double post on the previous page - I think that I thought that I had pressed the 'edit' button, when in fact it looks as though I had merely started editing the stuff that the version 4 editor 'saves' from a previous post... Me culpa for not checking carefully . +1 to what Jessica said - presumably the ding will be visible when looking up through the lower windscreen/open cockpit doorway. Cheers, Alex.
  7. Speaking of bomben, und writing thereon, vide TheBaron's post: 1. Extra Havana für Churchill no. 1: see the caption of the second scan for details © Arrow Books Extra Havana für Churchill no. 1 by Alex1N, on Flickr 2. Extra Havana für Churchill no. 2 - what happened to the bomb © Arrow Books Extra Havana für Churchill no. 2 by Alex1N, on Flickr 3. The Narrow Margin - Cover © Arrow Books The Narrow Margin - Cover by Alex1N, on Flickr. The Narrow Margin: The Battle of Britain and the rise of air power. Wood D with Dempster D. Hutchinson & Co. (Publisher), 1961, this edition revise and illius. Arrow Books Ltd, 1969. 09 002160 6. 4. Bf 109 E-4/B: this is the closest that I could find of something like your 109, Johnny; an E-4 being bombed up. If you squint, you can see that the port wheel well cover has been removed - revealing your detail . Note also the aerial detail abaft the mast, and the 'sooty'1 exhaust stain: © Arrow Books Bf 109 E-4/B by Alex1N, on Flickr Cheers, Alex. 1 The type of film used may or may not have accentuated the exhaust mark (by the end of the war such marks would definitely have been from soot as the octane ratings of German fuels plummeted)
  8. The Terrible Twos? You have my heart-felt sympathy. Spits Mk IX looking very crisp. Cheers, Alex. <-- not a TT
  9. Sadly, my iPad is pretty much only useful as a magazine. OK for twatter (which I avoid like the Plague) and bacefook (which I almost manage to avoid completely), perhaps, but almost useless for discoursing on proper forums. Looking great! There is a definite colour difference 'twixt the primed and 'Life-Colored' undersides, to my eye at any rate. Cheers, Alex. is (aka : clap2 :, now...)
  10. I repeated these two photos to bolster the following remark: what an excellent example of Modelling Smoke and MirrorsTM! Fantastic! I have been doing my own FAA researches researches recently - albeit of a much earlier and very different time, and for a non-existent detail - and have a much greater appreciation of the FAA. I also recently discovered via @TonyTiger66 that the Aus FAA Museum at Nowra on the NSW South Coast has a Mk 50 on display . A trip beckons. During my researches I remembered that the father of one of my doctoral supervisors (which he let slip in conversation) was the Big Boss of the RAN FAA for a time. I wish that I had hasked more questions about it, now! Enjoying this encyclopaedic thread immensly! Cheers, Alex. is enjoying it, too.
  11. You may want to skip the pages and pages where I waffle on a treat off topic... Thank you, your Baron-ship. Eet ees ecksairceesing zee leetle grey cells, Mon Ami. Apologies for the Belgelish. And that, too. I am now faced with very gingerly drilling or tube-punching a 1-ish mm hole and making four sateliite pinpricks (for the headrest bolt holes) in the top part of the armour plate. If, in fact, that dark circle is a hole. Glueing on a headrest would have been a lot simpler... That has to be done before mounting the armour plate to F11, so I had better add that to my list. Maybe a small disc of black transfer or a blob of paint... The idea of a very large hole in the middle of a piece of armour bothers me a lot, I have to say. Even with a headrest in front of it, and especially without. Something of a puzzle. Maybe it was in fact paint...
  12. I feel as though I have headrests coming out of my ears ...... I'll keep an eye out for your progress, Simon . 1. Separated 0.6 mm ring and 0.4 mm tube. Still threaded on the 0.2 nickel silver rod Separated 0.6 mm ring and 0.4 mm tube by Alex1N, on Flickr 2. Ring and tube together - and off the rod Ring and tube together by Alex1N, on Flickr 3. Ring and tube - sitting on the wide end Ring and tube - sitting on the wide end by Alex1N, on Flickr I decided to make some more casts: 4. Bubbles! More than a few... Bubbles! by Alex1N, on Flickr 5. Bubbles here too. Epoxy resin without filler powders, etc., since I thought that I would get a more resilient, less friable end-product (I've made small test items from cured resin before, very easy) Bubbles here too by Alex1N, on Flickr 6. Newly-cast items for the Seafire, plus the excess resin left in the milk bottle lid used to mix it in Newly-cast items for the Seafire by Alex1N, on Flickr 7. Closer-up view of seat support frame and Frame 12. The many small bubbles coalesced under squeezing the mould parts together into a few larger ones - as can be seen here Closer-up view of seat support frame and Frame 12 by Alex1N, on Flickr 8. Almost cleaned-up cast items: really easy to do with neat resin Cleaned-up cast items by Alex1N, on Flickr I was reading @CedB's lovely Spitfire Mk IX thread yesterday morning, and paid specific attention to his use of Plasticine as a support for spacing the blades of his five-balded propeller. I realised that something of the sort (vide also the use of a support for the seat centre section some pages back in this thread) was what was needed for supporting F11 for drilling the holes for the head armour plate supports. Ced's post linked to here (it's a habit from my 'research' days to refgerence everything...): So, out with the FIMO, not having Plasticine at the moment - and FIMO, when baked, doesn't stick to things quite as much: 9. Support for drilling armour plate bolt holes in Frame 11: F11 pressed into a piece of kneaded FIMO Support for drill.ojng armour plate bolt holes in Frame 11 by Alex1N, on Flickr 10. Frame 12 removed from FIMO pad Frame 12 removed from FIMO pad by Alex1N, on Flickr 11. F11 back on the FIMO pad after baking the pad (without the frame) at 110 ℃. I had to carve some bits out to get the part to lie flat after distortion from removing the part prior to baking (should have used cling wrap or something as a release agent) and possibly from baking. Sticky tape still used to positively locate and steady the part... F11 back on the FIMO pad by Alex1N, on Flickr 12. Double-sided tape for holding the armour plate part in place, preventing the plate from skating about all over the place when placed over F11 Double-sided tape for holding the armour plate part in place by Alex1N, on Flickr 13. Prodding the armour plate into position: not quite there yet. Note the damage to the armour plate caused by careless handling Prodding the armour plate into position by Alex1N, on Flickr 14. Holes drilled- but were they in the right place? Holes drilled by Alex1N, on Flickr 15. Bolt-holes drilled in F11, plate/template removed. The top pair are perilously close to the edges of F11 - a bit of tinkering will probably be in order in due course. This is a result of trying to retro-fit a aprt from another kit that was never meant to be in this one - and with quite a different shape to the other kit's F11 too boot... Bolt-holes drilled in F11, plate/template removed by Alex1N, on Flickr 16. Pieces of 0.4 mm tube in the drilled holes - a sort of test-fit. Using tweezers with unaligned points is a recipe for - feeding the carpet monster! Which is why I used tubes without rings for this escercise Pieces of 0.4 mm tube in the drilled holes by Alex1N, on Flickr Follow the following link to my Seafire flickr album... Given the hybrid nature of F11 by now, I am reasonably happy with progress on it, given the scale. When I'm at the bench these days, I seem to spend more time sitting there pondering, than actually doing anything to the bits and pieces - most of it is trying out alternative assembly sequences in my head. And when away from the bench, too. Which a rather prevaricating way of saying thatI may not get anything done today, either. Cheers, Alex.
  13. That made me remember Mark Gatiss' Doctor Who episode Cold War, which gave us the full detail of what a Martian looks like1 under his armour... . Which is responsible for many of my subsequent nightmares... 1 A small portion of which can be seen here
  14. I had to repeat this photo1 to bolster my remark: what an excellent example of Modelling Smoke and MirrorsTM! Fantastic! I have been doing my own FAA researches researches recently - albeit of a much earlier and very different time, and for a non-existent detail - and have a much greater appreciation of the FAA. I also recently discovered via @TonyTiger66 that the Aus FAA Museum at Nowra on the NSW South Coast has a Mk 50 on display . A trip beckons. During my researches I remembered that the father of one of my doctoral supervisors (which he let slip in conversation) was the Big Boss of the RAN FAA for a time. I wish that I had hasked more questions about it, now! Enjoying this encyclopaedic thread immensly! Cheers, Alex. is enjoying it, too. 1 Well, I would have incuded the photo if _ing Suckfari had let me : stupid, stupid, stupid ipad 'editing' 'tools' . I'll add the photo in when I get home. !!!
  15. is greatly relieved! Nothing like a giant cow pie to distract a ravening carnivore . Cheers, Alex and a greatly relieved , both of whom welcome you and little T .