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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. Don't worry - I'll provide covering fire. I have to start saving for these, as there are many schemes to be done.
  2. Ah, not just me, then. I feel I must be addicted to that sinking feeling when seeing an unexpected package arrive in the post...
  3. That makes sense, actually, and trying to match a colour that seems to have vanished completely within a couple of years of the end of WWII is a little like trying to work out what Malta Blue was. The whole thing's a can of worms, anyway .
  4. I must have samples from a weird batch - all three pots I have are off in the direction of yellow, and too light (which may also exaggerate the difference). Perhaps I'm also biased as their Ocean Grey (XF-82) is way too blue. Maybe now airbrushing season has opened, I can do some more testing. Hey ho .
  5. Unfortunately, XF-81 is not a good match - it's too yellow. I don't know what Tamiya were matching to when they were re-formulating for Dark Green, but it wasn't RAF Dark Green. It's a shame for those of us who love Tamiya acrylics .
  6. Glad you're back, Anil, and I trust the recovery continues apace. And whilst I'm sure it wasn't fun when it was happening, the change in relationship status sounds like it's a good thing. Revel in the freedom. With regard to your stash, please consider putting the bulk of it in storage for six months to a year? Regret over selling things would be a shame.
  7. I think you've done a great job, George, I really do. Your persistence/stubbornness has paid off - I can't begin to imagine how you're coping without the tactile feedback. With regard to compromising the look between real life and photographs, I'd recommend you don't. Build it so it looks right to your eyes, then mess around with the photography until it matches. Much easier .
  8. Just as an idea, it would be fairly simple to knock up something like this, or indeed to buy one if you felt so inclined. Just a thought . http://umm-usa.com/onlinestore/product_info.php?products_id=4189
  9. Another alternative (which saved me from binning the whole lot) was thinning with Vallejo Airbrush Cleaner. Make sure it's the cleaner and not the thinner. Very effective, I've found.
  10. In no particular order, and concurrently: Shakey: Neil Young's Biography - fascinating, and explains a great deal about him. A Gull on the Roof (part of The Minack Chronicles by Derek Tangye - as recommended by @Skodadriver) - only just started this, but it's lovely. Paul McCartney: The Life - actually an in-depth look at stuff about Macca I never knew. Sadly, the author, whilst a good writer, impresses his opinions too much on the prose.
  11. Crikey, that's good! Lovely bit of modelling, and an excellent finish!
  12. I buy iced tea in gallon jugs, unsweetened, and sometimes with lemon added. It's cheap, tastes great, and is very refreshing. Must try it with lime now you've mentioned it .
  13. Yes! Praise the golden lord!
  14. Today seems to be a day of "synchronicity" - amongst other things, I stumbled across this: http://www.academiaobscura.com/put-the-kettle-on/
  15. Perfect!