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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. Is anyone familiar with Wee Friends 1/72 Sherman tank turrets? On their website, there are several listed and a few have no pictures. I've tried contacting them via email, but have not had any replies. I am curious as to the quality of these, they certainly do look good in the pictures: WVC 72008 75mm Sherman early production low bustle turret The two others that I am interested in are #WVC 72013 75mm Sherman Low Bustle, Reinforced Turret with pistol port and #WVC 72018 M4A1 Sherman Late "Cast in reinforced armour" Large Hatch Upper Hull. Both of these are for the Dragon kit, but there are no pictures of them. If anyone has these or can point me towards some pictures, I'd appreciate it. (I have tried to Google them, but without any success). Thanks!
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  3. Thank you John!
  4. I have Dragon's 1/72 M4A3 105mm Sherman kit and want to make it into a 75mm M4A3 Sherman. I picked up Aber's metal gun barrel, but I suspect that there might be a little more to this than just swapping out gun barrels. Can anyone enlighten me further?
  5. Depending on your budget, maybe THIS will help you out. It's started, so you could either finish it or pilfer the bits required and build your own. HTH.
  6. I saw some listings on eBay for Penguin decals, if that helps at all.
  7. I was just over at Dragon USA's website and their somewhat new 1/72 Panther Ausf.A kit is not listed anymore. Has anyone heard anything? Seems a little too new for it to me pulled from production. They are still listed the Panther A early variant (which really, to me is nothing more than a Panther D kit).
  8. Not sure why the images are not working, I can see them on my computer. Here is the link to the Dragon Panzer IV pictures. You will have to scroll down to the bottom of the page, the Ausf.D is kit #7530. The Ausf.F1 is about mid-way on the page, kit #7321. Hope it helps.
  9. No problem Robby. BTW, you will really like MACO's Luchs kit - picked up 2 of them myself!
  10. I'll add, that I would be far more inclined to get Hasegawa's Panzer IV Ausf.F1 kit and tackle backdating it using the munitionspanzer upper deck that comes with that kit. I believe that the results would be far more satisfactory.
  11. Robby, I've seen pictures of the kit's parts and wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. After so looking forward to it, I am highly disappointed with this release from Dragon (and judging from pictures of their StuG Ausf.F, same thing). This kit looks like it came from some third rate kit manufacturer. The running gear assembly, aside from being a one piece deal, does not look to be made from a hard plastic: Pictures of the assembled kit are even less flattering: The kit lacks any of the detail of what I have come to expect from Dragon. Look at the turret, terrible. If you have Dragon's Panzer IV. Ausf.F1 kit (similar turret and gun assembly), we are talking night and day... This "new" kit from Dragon looks like it was farmed out to StarFix or some other such company. Dragon USA had it on sale for $10 US recently and I passed. A very big let down - for me anyways. You might as well go with the Mirage kit or just save your money for when someone gives us a far better kit.
  12. I am not too keen on doing that either. I have been considering making a simple little basic mold of the relevant Eduard wing areas and just casting them. From a cost perspective, not really sure if it is any less expensive than scrapping an Eduard Spitfire kit, but from a cosmetic perspective, everything would have a consistent appearance. That aside, I do have RTV and resin on hand, whereas I'd otherwise have to pick up a spare Eduard Spitfire kit... and I am not sure if I am really all that keen on hacking up a kit for this.
  13. Thank you!
  14. If you note Will, I said "Mk.XVI late wing" - just as in the picture I provided of Eduard's 1/48 offering. For all who replied, thank you, most helpful and I've learned a few more things about Spitfires and Spitfire kits! Does anyone have the link from Eduard's website that Greenshirt referenced in his reply? I had read it previously but did not think to save the link and now, darned if I can find it again.
  15. Not sure if this has come up previously, apologies in advance if so. I was doing some looking around for ideas for my 1/72 Eduard Spitfire Mk.VIII kits and something I noticed with the Hasegawa, Italeri and Airfix Spitfire kits is that they all have teardrop shape (either an outline or a subtle bulge) on the upper wing, whereas Eduard does not: Airfix 1/72 Spitfire Mk.IX Hasegawa 1/72 Spitfire (wing bumps also appear on their 1/48 kit) These bumps are similar to what I found on my late Spitfire Mk.XVI late wings kits (1/48 kit's wings shown): I trust that Eduard does have their new range of Spitfire kits correct, but on the off chance and I am curious nonetheless. Any input would be appreciated.