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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. Re. the box art, it certainly looks like he's used the full length of that runway though. He's only just rotated before etc threshold of the other end!
  2. What can I add that has not already been said? Duncan, you are a star, Sir! The packaging is of a class seldom seen these days. A huge shout-out and yes, you've secured my business too. Your magnanimous gesture to Chris and Sophie was very thoughtful. A lovely, warm, fluffy, comforting piece of clothing to keep baby Jephcott warm at night. It's important to attend to our children's needs and I know that you have been hugely considerate whilst dealing with your customers; again, something that is lacking in today's society. Now, my son has passed his driving test and needs a car...
  3. Not exactly modelling related, more DIY, but I have also recently discovered why Hot Glue is so named....
  4. Fantastic news!! It's been great just reading the whole story of their delivery!! It's my birthday in April, who wants to buy me a pressie or two?
  5. Well, I could always tell her... Unless, of course, a couple of those Camels came my way!!
  6. And that's exactly why I binned my battery powered paint stirrer years ago Tony! As far as my own 'injury' goes, the good news is that the CA covered toothpick is NOT still attached to my tongue, although it did take a layer of skin off when I pulled it off. It stand for a couple of days but seems to be better now, especially after a cup of tea and a slice of carrot cake.
  7. At the bench today, continuing with rigging my WnW Sopwith Snipe, I licked the end of a toothpick.... ....which had just been used to apply CA.
  8. I was kidding about the paint knocking around... But when you see the aircraft parked next to each other, which I frequently do, the orange is the same.
  9. I can honestly say that when I fly into Toulouse and see the various aircraft there on the delivery apron, there is little to choose from between the Jetstar Orange and the colour of the aircraft I am in; namely an easyJet A320 / A319. So with that in mind I have just done a search and found that easyJet uses Pantone 021, as does Jetstar! It is also identical to the Smart Wings orange as well! as Windjet's too!! Maybe Airbus and Boeing just had a load of orange paint knocking around and gave it away for a good price!
  10. Yeah that's ok, I guess... In fact that might just be the best US Phantom I have ever seen! A brilliant piece of work.
  11. Damn these buckles! I love them! Another order on its way Bob!
  12. Thank you so much for the kind words chaps! I now have three days off and intend to get at least three more rigging lines done!
  13. Hi Duncan, Thanks for your kind words! I was going to give you a call next week regarding the future supply of WnW kits to Europe and an order etc. After all, I can't let Beardie and Chris Jephcott have all the stock to themselves! I'm not happy with the castor old staining / streaking on the undersides. This was done using AK streaking effects, but as these are enamel based, when trying to get a dot of the 'paint' to flow along the bottom of the fuselage by blowing it with the hairdryer, it simply dries as the solvent evaporates! I hope you get what I mean? What I need is to replicate this effect: I guess I'm going to have to use water based paints and find a stronger source of wind!
  14. Evening all! Well, I've been rather busy at the bench over the last week and this kit is really beginning to take shape now. When I last posted photos on here, the Snipe was almost going to have her upper wing attached when disaster struck. I totally lost one of the previously painted inter-wing struts. Not just any one, but etc one with the pitot tube attached! So it was not really viable to scratch build a replacement and another email was sent off to WnW to buy a replacement sprue. By this stage I was certainly treating this as a 'test' model, or a 'practice' kit to introduce me to the idiosyncrasies of these beautiful model kits. The postman soon arrived with the new parts and I set about painting the one one strut that I needed. Bob's Buckles had already arrived, along with some Maxima Chameleon fishing line, which is what I intended to rig the Snipe with. It's been a long slog getting to the stage where she's seen below, but I have learned a lot of new techniques and methods along the way. The oil striking on the undersides does not really match the photos that I have seen, but it's good enough on this kit for me. I'll take a lot more care on the next one though and will be really careful with those finer parts; they are so easy to break, as well as lose! So, here's where I'm at right now. As you can see, that upper wing is now attached. All the struts aligned perfectly and rather surprisingly, the whole assembly is not quite as fragile as I'd feared. All in all, it has been a most satisfying week at the bench, helped no less by the fact that work is relatively quiet right now. The rigging is proving to be challenging, the tiny brass tubes that represent the turnbuckles look OK but are so tiny and ping everywhere from the tips of the tweezers! I'll be ordering a lot more soon at this rate! Hope you like the photos and as always, critique, harsh or otherwise, is always welcome but before anyone says so, I know the lower, starboard aileron is not attached yet!