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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. Time to have a crack at the laminated wood propeller. I'm a bit nervous about this as these parts are not large even in 1/32 scale & I want to get the curves looking right. How those talented modellers do them in 1/48 and 1/72 is beyond me. I've seen some brilliant hand brushed jobs too but I don't have that skill level. So I've started by spraying a base coat of Desert Sand and placed thin cut strips of Tamiya Masking tape over that to separate the Red Brown stripes. Here is the result with the tape removed. One good thing about Wingnut Wings kits is that the give you four propellers to choose from so you have plenty to practice with. This will be my fifth attempt in all (!) on 2 aircraft and I've decided to try artists oils this time. But first a sealing gloss acrylic coat of clear orange & clear yellow mixed (Just a few drops of each in thinner) When dry I've brush painted the hub with Citadel Boltgun Metal. I don't know why I've done this really as the whole thing will be covered by the spinner but I quite like that you can see the 'wood' through the holes.
  2. Uschi Van Der Rosten woodgrain decals all in place. So time for a sealing gloss coat & a dry fit for the engine.
  3. No problem. You'll love them when they go on.
  4. I've seen a lot of modellers more skilled than myself drill out their own nail heads but I knew I'd probably make a hash of that. So I thought I'd try HGW nail head decals. These come in lines you cut out & apply as normal except they are reversed on the sheet so that when you remove the decal backing only the printed nail head remains. Ingenious really. Not too intrusive either I thought.
  5. Woodgrain decals are on the wing roots as well now. I've certainly learned a lot using these. They are by far the thinnest decals I've ever used. Also, they don't behave like most decals I've used before. I've noted that: 1. The need to be in warm water for no longer than around 6 seconds. 2. If they are in water too long & float off the backing paper you will NEVER be able to coax them back on to it. 3. They LOVE to double back & stick to themselves. Again separating the sides that have adhered to each other is impossible. Give up & cut out another panel. Uschi recommends you measure each panel using masking tape, score the recess with your fingernail, then draw the panel lines with a pencil. So far, so good. The instructions then say to remove most of the tack from the tape on the back of your hand before you apply the tape lightly to the decal surface and cut around it with a new blade. I had disastrous results with this as the tape always removed some of the decal no matter how much tack I took off. These decal sheets are not huge, and I didn't have a lot to waste. I further found that applying the tape to the back of the decal paper left me blind to the patterns of the woodgrain that I wanted to feature so I abandoned that idea as well. in the end I applied the tape with the panel cut out onto a piece of clean A4 paper and cut out templates from this. Here is what I was left with in the end.
  6. Uschi Woodgrain decals are going on pretty well so far. I need to be careful as they are very thin. They come on A5 sheets and each panel needs to be measured & cut out.
  7. Hi All, Thought I'd offer a few WIPs of my Wingnut Wings 1/32 Albatros DV that I wanted to present using their 'Wooden Wonders' decal sheet markings. Here the fuselage is together and Pheon Models beautiful lozenge decals have gone on with no problems with the help of a little Micro Set and my wife's hair dryer! The wings are now taped in readiness for some Tamiya Smoke to highlight the rib shadings. Now the fuselage will be prepared for my first plunge into Uschi Van Der Rosten's Woodgrain Decals, which have attracted me for a while. These decals are transparent, so I'll highlight and preshade the individual panels with Gunze Radome and Tamiya Desert Sand that will show through them. That's all for now. More soon. Thanks for looking.
  8. Superb brushwork. Well done!!
  9. Superb build! Looks like puss approves as well in pic #3
  10. Thanks again for such positive feedback everyone. You can still pick this kit up and I highly recommend it to anyone keen to have a crack at it. I didn't meant to be too disparaging to Hasegawa as most of it clicks together really well. Also the instructions for painting are based on the latest photos of T6+DP Paints are Gunze Acrylic I gave the whole thing a highly thinned coat of Desert Sand before the final flat coat. Looking forward to getting my hands on the latest Airfix version for a comparison.
  11. I use the same kind of brush to apply Microset and Sol
  12. Thanks for the kind words everyone
  13. It certainly looks like something is there, given that these aircraft were overpainted on occasion but I can find no eye-witness accounts. A good source of updated info about the 2 Snake Stukas I do know about so far can be found here:
  14. Hi all Some pics of my first completed build for 2017, Hasegawa 1/48 Desert Snake Stuka. Only modifications were plastic wedges on ailerons replaced with actuators in brass plus Eduard seatbelts & gunsight. The mould has been reboxed many times and is showing it's age a bit now with more flash to be removed but still well worth the effort in the long run. Thanks for looking
  15. Hi All, Some pics of 3 Tamiya 1/48 Spitfire Mk 1s I did as a quick build project. this is the kit that I made when getting back into modelling a little over 2 decades ago & it goes together just as well as it did then. I found it was just as fast to build 3 as to build one. Well, my self-critique is that the brown is wrong ( a little too chocolat-ey) as I had run out of Dark Earth and tried to mix some that looked different in the jar (honestly!) but anyhow.., and QJ-D is fictional. Thanks for looking