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      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. It's 4.31 am on ANZAC day. I'm at the Australian War Memorial.

    The Reading of letters from those at Gallipoli has just begun.

    It's extremely moving. Of course these  men volunteered for service, to aid the wider empire.

    Many travelled for weeks, a couple of months, just to be mown down by machine gun fire in their first few steps of the landing.

    I thought it an appropriate time to leave a note here on Britmodeller.




    Best regards


  2. Hello og Hallo Nils, From Canberra Australia It is nice to see someone from Norway here. I have spent a lot of time there, many places from Bergen to Oslo to Tromsø and a lot in between. I must admit I love it. Are you interested in Norwegian aviation subjects? I have an interest in these; it would be great to see more here on BM . Welcome and have a great time here, it's great little corner of the internet - in fact the best corner and the most fun All best regards TonyT
  3. By crikey! Have fun in the South China Sea Rich - stay safe . I have a quick help request question for the BM massif.... I've stalled at a very early hurdle with my Hasegawa 1/72 F-111G. It arrived with no decals at all, so I managed to get an aftermarket set via another Britmodeller last year. Now I have another decal issue - the instrument and side panels are supposed to be decals - but I have none. There are even separate decals listed as being on the original sheet for Australian F-111G's. These are decals numbers 41 to 45 on the sheet: I wondered - anyone building the 'C' version, if your decal sheet has the extra instrument panel decals for the 'G' could I possibly beg/steal/borrow them? I'll pay for postage etc. Even a scan would be useful and I could try printing them here; even on to paper - it's better than nothing . I don't even mind of someone has decals from another version - it will look better than nothing - it's my first F-111 and I won't be trying to bring it to the level of detail of many here, just trying to finish it and hope it looks respectable enough for Mrs. T. to let me display it. Many thanks and happy Sunday, Tony 'stuck at step 1' Tiger
  4. A superb choice MT . It's good to have another 18th Century subject in the Group Build, I think that's three now; a Submarine, a steam engine and now a manned hot air balloon. It's also good to see another modeling medium, card and paper models are rather lovely and demand quite a few different skill sets. I remember pictures of this in a book on 'Early Aviation' when I was a child - many decades ago. It may just be my computer, but at the moment the pictures aren't displaying - I would love to see them. Fiddlers Green make nice models - looking forward to this, welcome on board to the Group Build! Best regards TonyT
  5. That's a wonderful article that you provided the link to J-W, many thanks . I too have the Delta 2 kit. Also an RCR photo-etch set and the Falcon canopy. I must admit one of the things that has prevented me from building it all these years has been my concerns over a colour scheme for it. I think there are different turret variations too? In SCW, do you think it would have had the black circles on the wing tops, or just entirely aluminium colour? The latter would make life easy. If you were thinking of building it, it would be a superb and very unique subject for the forthcoming floatplanes and seaplanes group build . All best regards TonyT
  6. The NF. 15 has smaller wheels Steve, you're right . I'm doing one with a very old (and now 'collector' expensive) Paragon set at the moment. This could be a very big money spinner for Special Hobby. I was cobbling together a the double stage NF. 15 right now using all sorts of bits (based on a Matchbox kit)... Then found out Arma Hobby have just brought out engines that can be used with the Tamiya kits. I might give that a whirl too but now I find that this is happening!; All of the faff is a bit tiresome compared to having off the shelf kits at my old age . I buy more Special Hobby/Azur/MPM/Frrom than anything else. It's been that way for a long time - great subjects and great customer service. This is really good news (but probably not for my wallet or Mrs. T ). TonyT
  7. Great to see this out of the box Michael . What a lovely nostalgic kit. These really are mojo building kits. Put it together in an afternoon as a kid. Fly it around the room. Put the transfers on in the evening and put it on the bedside table or hang it from the ceiling. Great stuff. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the decals for you. The backing paper has yellowed but the decals look fine; ones of this era usually are. Might be worth testing the serial number of the decals sheet - the 024M0300, see how it fares. Looking forward to seeing this cold war golden oldie going together. Best regards TonyT
  8. I'm patiently waiting for Robyn Hitchcock's new album to arrive in my mailbox. With a T shirt too. 51 years old and I buy the T shirt.... Meanwhile, I'm listening to it on streaming audio, I like this track a lot - very Beatles/psychedelic sound. Unmistakably British . In a similar vein to 'Brenda's Iron Sledge of old, he's also just released a great song about a trolley bus . I met him in December - he's only a little off of his trolley, and in a very focussed way. TonyT
  9. That's just super Tony! I can't believe your rate of progress. Not only that, but very high quality progress. Every time I've brush painted Humbrol gloss varnish it's taken about 12 years to dry! You've got transfers and Matt varnish on it in the blink of an eye ! Excellent save on the number '5'. Thank you for the information on the Firefly. After I read it I went on a big Googly trawl for information on the TT.1, as, for some reason, I've fallen for it in that Yellow scheme. It would appear that only Pavla did a (tricky) kit in 1/72 (my scale due to space restrictions)and no one has it for sale. AZ actually do one in 1/48 with the exact Swedish markings. There's a FROG in my 'DoD Zone' (Drawer of Doom). I think I will hunt out a book/plans to try to modify that or a Special Hobby one to the TT.1. Anyway, back on topic, it looks like you have a nice hearth in front of you whilst modelling. Got to keep warm when in pain, especially joints. Amazing work, but be careful on those crutches. You dont want to drop the fragile big bird, or go 'AOT' for that matter ! Best regards TonyT
  10. The Special Hobby kit is very nice. It looks very 'right'. I'm struggling to believe that AZ would do yet another rebox of the Vista kit? Is that what it really is? It's also been reboxed and marketed at an extremely low price by MisterCraft very recently (2015): I bought one last year for the equal of around £5 as the basis for a conversion to a Fairey P4/34: (My grandfather left me a pre WWII postcard with the exact linked photograph above on it, interestingly, the caption says '....Fairey Battle' . Ministry of disinformation?) Can anyone else confirm that this AZ really is another Vista rebox? I love the Fulmar but suspect I've bought enough for several lifetimes via Vista and SH. I might not be alone in that, Both Special Hobby and Pavlz Firefly Mk 1 kits are quite thin on the ground. The FROG and reboxes/bags are in abundance, but a Firefly Mk 1, including the same options in one box as the Pavla/Octopus kit (FR. 1, T. 1, TT. 1 in 1/72, but (in contrast to the Pavla) a nice build, would be really very nice. The Modelimex website has an interesting summary of AZ 'future releases' listed as 'in prepare'. I'm not sure how many we'll see, but some are really fascinating subjects. I must revisit the AZ thread. Thanks for posting this Simon (Beard). TonyT
  11. Good grief that's absolutely incredible ! 1/87! Truly lost for words. Stunning, just stunning; models, photography, everything. Well done. TonyT
  12. Aaargh! I got confused Mitch, I was thinking of the Bloch 131 ! It's very early in the morning here and I'm not quite awake yet.... I think at some point the Bloch 131 was flown by Polish aircrews? Now you're right, the MB 152 would indeed be a nice steed. I will go and stand in the corner . Doh! All best regards TonyT
  13. I would like to take a seat if possible? This looks like a fantastic project. I'm also looking forward to the Cromwell. It's a really dynamic scene, I'm really fascinated to see how all this comes together. It's going to be big! Very big! Great stuff TonyT PS: Its just ridiculous - but I still haven't seen Band of Brothers.
  14. Absolutely lovely Mitch. That's a gorgeous build - the paint work and decals are just excellent. It looks a lot better than my 50 or so year old Revell one. One of my all time favourite aircraft. The model is a nice tribute to Dudwał, a pilot that we Brits are perhaps less familiar with due to him not surviving the Battle of France. For him to have got four confirmed and two more possibles in such a short time in the Polish conflict is incredible. Flying a Bloch MB152 would have felt like riding an elephant compared to these little PZL fighters . Brave chap, sad loss. Thanks for including the excellent background to the model. TonyT
  15. Hello everyone, my apologies for the huge gap in updates . A busy and varied time. It has been fine and enjoyable commenting on and reading other's threads in the interim, but my mindset in terms of typing has been elsewhere, in 'application form' land. Moreover the main (very old) iMac became slow again, so I decided to top up the memory yet again. I need to be able to do things with many applications open, lots of multimedia in the background, and this almost exactly 8 year old machine was struggling. I'm surprised it can do anything much to be honest, but also a little relieved. I hope it can last just two more years, until finances may permit the purchase of a newer one. It is only a mid range one of the time. I had upgraded it to a modest 4GB of memory; now I have 'maxed it out' at a still modest 8GB, but it is a big improvement. I no longer 'notice it' (the computer), if that makes sense? Before I was noticing time-delays and waiting for things. It's only a few seconds here and there, but overall I think such delays detract from concentration, that they can lead to a kind of subtle stress build up in the old noggin. It's a bit like, for us older ones, if we had gone to school with pens that sometimes worked and sometimes didn't, colouring pencils that were too brittle and once broken, needed sharpening all the time, but with a sharpener that had a wobbly blade, all at a time when an important assessment was due. Same frustration, different writing and creating tools. All better now, my big aluminium, and glass box of a virtual pencil is sharp enough again . Thank you to @Rob G, @Biggles87, @giemme, @Jaffajake, @jean, @Cookenbacher, @The Spadgent, @rob85, @CedB, @Procopius and @AdrianMF for stopping by and looking in, I really appreciate it . Also thank you all for the very helpful comments and suggestions. Regarding the Spitfire wheels, and wheel painting in general, these are going to be very helpful. Pictures will follow a little later, but I want to try and reply in a 'all in one' way to helpful suggestions here, then show how I employed them later in the thread. I will also be posting a series od updates to bring us up to date, step by step. It's not finished yet by any means, but has come along quite a way in the last month or so. I actually stripped the Spitfire wheels of paint. I didn't like the way they looked. I've taken heed, first of the 'very thin paint allowed to flow' tip, and also of adding a little white to the black to make them look more realistic. The pure black looked very 'toylike' to me, not like the shades I can discern in even black and white photographs. This colour photo from our very own forum is useful in showing how the colour of the rubber compound is much more like a very deep charcoal: (From We have to bear in mind that lots of things that are supposed to be black, aren't. Even the most important, sacred black items, may not be: It's interesting how we call the Spitfire wheels 'five spoke', yet to me they looks equally like a solid wheel with five 'hearts' cut out. A lovely design, very tasteful. I wonder how much of that is pure science, related to military and production efficiency, and how much aesthetic was allowed to creep in? I wonder if we should be putting tiny, tiny yellow marks on our Spitfire wheels and tyres, looking at that picture? In 1/72 it probably wouldn't show at all, but in 1/32 I would guess it can be seen? AdrianMF very kindly said he as looking 'forward to some more Spitfire'. I hope not to disappoint . Although I haven't been writing about it, I have sporadically been working on both the Spitfire and a Yak (Jak) -23 for the Prototypes, Record Breaker, World Firsts and Experimentals Group Build (plug, plug; go on, enter something if you haven't already!). Quite a bit has been done on both. Dare I say it, there may be a possibility that I could complete something for the first time since, as far as I remember, 2006 . On other threads there has been discussion of the old 'non-completion' syndrome. For me it is often a matter of enthusiasm. As much as I know the Tamiya Spitfire isn't the best in many ways, I'm actually really enjoying building it. It really is a good kit to just put together and learn again, plus learn new things. To note how things could be better (or worse) and just, hopefully, have a completed model that Mrs. T doesn't mind having around the place. I'm simply working towards it looking respectable rather than spot on accurate (it never could be). Nevertheless, I'm trying to take on board as much as possible about Spitfires of this kind, in the hope that one day I can go to town a little on one, maybe a larger scale one. Just one ! Back to the build, I believe this is where I left it off: I wanted to mention that there was another interim stage. Procopious had pointed out that the seat back, in Spitfires of this kind, was a slightly different colour. This was around the time we had the discussion of what 'badly worn leather' was. Check back in the thread if you haven't read it already; absolutely hilarious ! Nevertheless, I gratefully took the information on board and tried to do a little something about it. After all my fun with mixing paints 'in situ' I went for a very simple solution; a colour by one of my favourite paint manufactures - Agama. I simply painted the seat back in this Agama P3 M Polish Dark Brown (armour): Due to lighting, in the top photograph (where it has been painted), I don't think the difference shows, but I liked the shade and can recommend it. I love these paints - nice to airbrush and to hand paint. A little tricky for me to get here 'Down-under' due to postage costs - but I will stock up when I get back to Europe. Next, I decided to try my (often unsteady) hand at very tiny (for me) detail work on the sidewalls. Miggers had suggested that it was mainly black, so this is what happened, again using good old Humbrol 33. I gave it an extremely long stir after what Jean and others said, but it remained glossy. Moreover, I may avoid pure black for this kind of thing in this scale, it looks a bit too strong: I know it's all old hat and a bit pathetic, but I can live with it. I carried on and completed the detail painting. At this stage I didn't realise just how very little (indeed) can be seen of a Spitfire interior through the closed canopy, especially if a non vac-form canopy is used. More of this later, but in the future, if I do another, I don't think I'll do any more detail work than this unless I have the canopy open. It's dark and small in there! I can now see why so many built models have the door open to display the interior . The instructions suggest that one should join the fuselage halves, then once dry, offer the cockpit assembly up from underneath. Had this been a Sword, Amodel, early MPM, early AZ, I may have had my doubts about that. I may have foreseen great worry, sleepless nights, much use of nan0-saws, scalpels, chain saws and belt sanders, but knowing that this was a Tamiya, putting blind faith into a brand name (a bit like used to with Ford cars, until I bought a car called an 'Orion' ), I decided to trust them. I often end up with the cockpit interior assembly stock to one fuselage side wall, with a huge gap on the other side, so thought that perhaps this approach cpuld avoid that possibility. I wonder if Tamiya thought about it in the same way? I hoped so. Off of the sprunners came the fuselage sides: This is one of the few times I used this type of cutter in this build. I realised very early on that this plastic is very different to the 'short-run' plastic I am far more used to. This is not particularly brittle, nor waxy, but is instead extremely solid, a little like the 'bakelite' like plastic I once found in some late 60's FROG kits such as the Martin Maryland. It's very nice to work with, but a little liable to sprain and or just plain break, so nearly every piece in this kit was cut of the runners with gently repeated craft knife strokes or, in the main, nano -and micro-saws. I slammed the fuselage sides together, joyous that the engine cowling is integral with the fuselage halves, confident that being a Tamiya, there would be no fuselage gaps or steps at all; there are even locating pins! Yay . Then I pulled them apart again, trying not to sprain or break them. Just in the nick time I realised that I had forgotten this: I think they put it below the fuselage half with a big number '5' on it to try to stop dozy clots like me from making this mistake (see picture just above this one), but I'm afraid that they simply haven't taken into account all those research trips I made to Holland, Poland and the North of Norway in my 20's and 30's. It was the 'evening research' into international hedonism that took its toll and means that, at this stage in life, I can miss a Tamiya grommet even if it is right under my nose. It also took me an inordinate amount of time to ponder how to actually install it and the nylon bit that is its friend. Nevertheless, having had a very good Japanese friend, 'Asato', at University, I know that they (the Japanese, well, he did) ) like beer, Karaoke and, much as others wouldn't believe it, having a really good knees up on a night out. Tamiya therefore cater for modellers with a past like mine, and a morning like that of many of their citizens on a Saturday, and provide nice clear instructions on how to install the 'Grommet and Bush' (a nice pub in Tavistock) for those in this fragile state: They call it a 'poly cap', not a 'Bush' my apologies. The former sounds like something worn by domesticated Parrots in Yorkshire, but at least I'll not forget it again, name or object . Now the two fuselage halves really were slammed together and left overnight. I entitle this "Aosta Wolf Howling Through Byzantine Musk": Alternatively "Mancunian Wolf Hound Sniffs The Glove". Whatever it is, lets hope it looks a little more like a Spitfire when it has dried! Thanks again for reading folks. As always, all (polite) advice and suggestions welcome, in all languages, from those of all creeds, sexes, genders, of all cognitive and regenerative persuasions and with any and all neuroses. May the farce be with you and here's to a very happy Friday (it's here already in Canberra at 6.38 am) TonyT