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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. Vitality, I can't help very much with the accuracy of your build, the detail you are creating is WAY above what I have ever aimed for. I was reading through this and was so impressed with your modelling skills and attention to detail, then you mention this is your first model and on top of that you have made some of your own tools! Thanks for sharing, I'm watching every step.
  2. The fuselage is together. This went together really well, as it has done with the other Airfix Harriers I've done, and needs minimal filler, if any. The front is quite tight in front of the cockpit. As as far as the underneath goes, it is a little tricky to line up the wheel bay and air brake. I had to clamp the two halves then push down on the rear wheel bay to get it into the correct position. It may need a bit of filler in this area to finish it off.
  3. I have managed a bit more time on it today. Got the interior well underway. I've done this with a paint brush. Interiors always seem too much trouble to use the airbrush. Ive also filled and sanded the jet nozzles, as well as thinned out the vanes. Looking much better now.
  4. I've noticed rather odd with this kit, my pilot appears to have turned up wearing a WW2 pilots outfit. What was he thinking? For health and safety reasons I can't allow him in the Harrier. Don't blame you, blame Airfix, provided you with the wrong clobber.
  5. I've got started with a few pieces of the minor construction. But before I did I took a closer look at the spru's and noticed this. The spru is overlapping the rudder. Should come off okay now that I've spotted it but it could have been designed a bit better I think. I've also made a start on the nozzles. I wish they'd redesign these as they leave a join right down the middle that always needs filling.
  6. Very nicely done.
  7. Time for a new build. This time I was looking for a quick easy build. So something new, without the need to rescribe, and an easy paint job. A quick delve into the stash and I came up with this. I've already built the Airfix FS1 Gr1, Gr3 and Gr9 versions, so this will be a nice addition. I also love the way these kits go together so it should be an easy build with very little filling and sanding. I'm going to build it as option A on the Airfix colour sheet. This is is a Harrier XZ457 from the Hermes battle group during the Falklands war. It should look well in my cabinet next to the other 4.
  8. Thank you, and it was a pleasure.
  9. Wow, this is brilliant. And superbly photographed.
  10. Thanks Adrian. I really enjoyed this one.
  11. Calling this one finished. Decals finished, undercarriage attached and a coat of gloss to seal it all. This is is the first Matchbox kit I've built since I was a kid, and I must say it went together much better than I thought it would. The level of detail is, well, minimal in most areas and the decals are also minimalist with no stencils. But it all fitted surprisingly well and the plastic was easy to rescribe. I'll post some pics in the RFI section when I get chance.
  12. Very nice. I like this a lot.
  13. The finish is just right. Excellent stuff