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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. That is such lovely work and the range of photos give a great sense of the life you've put into then subject. Really excellent. Well done! Tony
  2. Whatever happened to ectoplasm? At one time it seemed to pour out of various stout Victorian ladies at the drop of a hat, yet you never seem to see it on TV these days.
  3. Mr. B shown video. Physically impossible to comply with her response. Loved that playlist it was part of btw Ced - much chuckling and lightened my afternoon no end. Thank-you! Who the hell did you see - Jesus? (That aside I'm glad to hear you're recovering Bill) I was chatting with a pal some time back and he mentioned how much more he tended to chat with his doctor now that he was a gentleman of advancing years, compared to his youth. I asked why he thought that might be and after moment of two replied: 'Dunno. Must be a shared interest in mortality...' Thanks for the good wishes Chris. Likewise I hope that your take on the Sistine Chapel doesn't take you too long. Large parts of our place haven't been repainted since we moved in: with two teenage boys and sundry animals in and out of the premises the whole time, any pretence at 'bohemianism / shabby chic' can't be maintained much longer I fear.... Dosed with Lemsip and spirits revived by Ced's chuckle list, I couldn't let another night pass without having something to show ye, so to the bench, the cadmium and the plastic, and a determined effort to finish-off the rear ladder and sheaves. The by-now-obligatory photo of heat-traumatized Blutak: From whence two triangles emerge: 0.4mm tubing and some scrap PE for the baseplates. The roller between them is just some sprue machined down, with some 3mm diameter plastic sheet punched-out for the ends. One fully assembled they pass a visual inspection when compared to the real thing: There's a couple of smaller tringular braces that go across the struts on the real thing, but I haven't decided yet whether it's worth adding them here. Finally, with the ladder trimmed-down and mounting holes drilled out, these were all mounted together onto the rear section of the ceiling: A swine to get both of those pieces looking acceptable, but they should make the view in through the rear look a lot more interesting at the end: This region will obviously be the other way up then of course: Apart from reinstating some quilting around that, that's the rear ceiling done to match the main run completed earlier. A small region that took an inordinate amount of time to get into a reasonable shape, but given the fact that it frames the main view in from the back, important to get right. Next task I think is to attend to the cargo bulkhead and then pause to do a snag list of anything I might have overlooked in there so far. Thanks for reading. Tony
  4. Iss been a few days since I popped in here innit peeps? Nowt wrong or anything but life seems to be happening in such a way at present as to leave little headspace or mental energy to focus on plastic delicacies. That said, I don't like to leave replies unanswered so: That sounds pretty cool to me Bill and I has envies. Artists' paradise me bewtocks! Dublin and Cork are great, but beyond that if you want anything at all out of the ordinary here , the same types of shops all stock the same identical narrow range of items, often exorbitant in price. Overseas/online trading is a lifeline for modelling, as in so many other needs. That really is a top tip as I think I've a block of softwood sitting out in the shed after my youngest's carving obsession diminished a while back. I'll have a root around. Ah, that's what the box over there in the corner is! I believe my kit part to page ratio is currently down to negative indices... Hiya Chris! Nice to hear from you! I hope the 1:1 house project is going OK for you: such matters do have a nasty habit of snowballing into bigger projects a bit like ..err...modelling, don't they? Are you using Tamiya or Vallejo for the bedrooms? I've nothing photogenic enough to warrant a visual update at present; I'm slowly soldering up a sheave (overhead roller) for the rear of the roof. This was the bit that the crew used to haul the recovered film capsule up and over the rear lip of the aircraft. 0.4mm tube I find a bugger to solder into triangles at this scale with all three joins staying solid and at the correct angle. Nigel's use of hemostats seems to me an elegant and sensible investment to make next payday in order to assist in such tasks. Both triangles are now done with with mounting plates added, so I just need to dig out some suitable sprue to machine a roller from. Completely out of the blue I woke up this morning with a raw throat, pounding head, and all the indications that yet another bout of the flu-like symptoms which have been decimating local sporting fixtures has decided to alight upon my carcass and push it to the floor. There seems an endless circuit of such bugs floating around, so much so that reality should sue Michael Crichton for plagiarism... As a consequence I'm laid oop for the afternoon reading Norman Hanson's Carrier Pilot; this utterly shreds any lingering self-pity I might have felt at being ill. I hope you guys are all doing OK out there. Tony
  5. That is one pleasant Camel to look upon Beardie, well done sir! Tony
  6. Most smart Roman. Tony
  7. What beautiful stately progress; the skill and sense of purpose here is just fabulous on the various surfaces and pipework of the last sets of pictures Giorgio. Tony
  8. Is it not odd that what can sometimes seem tedious to the person doing the job can yet be thoroughly engrossing to those watching? Super seating Steve! Tony
  9. I reckon this lost mojo business is just more fake news. What this thread needs is a Big Win. Wait a minute, this guy was modelling a Russian aircraft a while back...is he keeping a low profile from Congress, just in case? Bring your erudition and humour back to us when you can PC, but we all understand the need for a hiatus sometimes, or is this a lacunae? Either way. Fond regards, Tony
  10. Incredibly well-wrought procedures on those doors and handles Nigel - your work always inspire me to strive for greater precision; plus now that I've looked up what a hemnostat is, I realize how much I suddenly need to have a couple around for help with soldering. Do you ever use Sumac in cooking N. African /Arabic? It's not always easy to get but mixed in with some ground lamb/beef and mint on a fresh flatbread, is subtle and deep in flavour. Bravo! Tony
  11. A recon Canberra + Aeroclub goodness = Happy Baron. Nice one John - best of luck with what I know will be an enjoyable and educational experience for us watchers. Tony
  12. Amazing the difference primer makes in unifying the surfaces isn't it? Nice one Simon. Tony
  13. Bill, These lads seem to be doing the business - is this what you're after? It's at about the 15-second mark on here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J-gVFtoZ7I HTH, Tony
  14. Enjoying that last bit of metal show n' tell. Enjoy the lasagne Johnny, it's all looking mighty fine and under control. In vino veritas Hic, etc. Tony