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      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. In the mid/late 1960's Inpact produced kits of 6 pre-WW1 aircraft in 1/48 scale which had been constructed for the film "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines": I bought and built all of them. My favourite was the Avro Biplane which I found the most aesthetically pleasing although I do not know why. The kits have since been re-released under different labels and I understand can still be found with a bit of patience. Nowadays I only build in the Gentlemen's scale because I do not have too much space, so if I wanted a model of one of these machines the only option open to me was to build one myself. I had the original instruction sheet but this did not have drawings, so a trawl of the net was needed. I also found several photos which were very helpful including one of Roe standing by one of these machines at Shoreham. In 1911 A. V. Roe abandoned his earlier triplane design and instead started to build a biplane, the first of which flew for the first time on 1 April of that year. This was a two seat aircraft with a 35hp Green engine and a triangular tail, but the latter was quickly replaced with a square unit. The remainder of the machine was built following the same techniques as the earlier triplanes with a triangular shaped fuselage with only the front covered in fabric, and the radiator mounted in front of the pilot and obscuring his view rather badly. Wing warping was used to control the aircraft which was relatively stable and easy to fly. The first of these aircraft took part in the Brooklands - Shoreham air race of 6 May 1911. In June naval Commander Schwann bought it and had it transported to Barrow-in-Furness where he had the wheels removed and the skids mounted on floats. Following a series of trials on different designs of floats the aircraft unexpectedly lifted off the water to make the first take off from sea-water of any aircraft in Britain. Five other machines were built in late 1911 and early 1912 with small variations in the basic design, including sesquiplane wings, different engines and repositioning of the radiator to improve the view of the pilot. The sixth was a single seater. It is not known exactly how many type D biplanes were built at A. V. Roe's works at Manchester, but the second and two others were used in 1913 at the Avro Flying School at Shoreham. The records indicate that these were scrapped in early 1914. This was Roe's first successful design which gave him and his team invaluable data on flying characteristics of aircraft. This experience was used in later designs which ultimately resulted in the type 504: the rest, as they say, was history. The model was entirely sctatch built from card, Evergreen strip, rod, stretched sprue, clear acetate and rigged with rolled copper wire. The span is approximately 5 inches (12cm). Thanks for looking. P
  2. I had to look twice at the first photo because I thought that it was a period colour photo! That is a very impressive model with excellent detailing. Your photography is not bad either - would you like to photograph some of my models for me? P
  3. I truly admire your work not least for the high levels of skill that you demonstrate with them . These models also give a wholly different perspective on the original aircraft. Just one question: where do you get that giant coin from and how much does it weigh? P
  4. That is wonderfully subtle - a first class job indeed. P
  5. I have painted the model and the markings: the latter were hand painted. To put on the roundels I scored the circles with a pair of dividers and then painted the red and blue circles allowing the paint to fill the grooves. The serial number on the nacelle was printed on my home computer. I have been drilling holes in the nacelle to take the various pipes and parts which are attached to it: this seems to have more holes than a Tilsiter cheese! The engine was fixed via a pin from the rear of the engine which was put into a hole in the horizontal bar which crosses the rear of the nacelle. Then the braces from the rear end of the drive shaft to the bottom rear of the nacelle could be fixed. The small exhaust pipes which lead from the ring on the rear into the rear of the nacelle were made from bent 30 thou card and inserted into some of the holes mentioned above. The radiators have been put into place and the pipes to and from the engine. The pipes were made from 20 thou rod and were fixed to the holes drilled in the fuselage and sides of the radiator blocks. The next stage will be to add the top wing. Thanks for looking. P
  6. This is a fun build. I have seen several of these types of models but have never seen one in the process of being built. Will follow with interest. P.
  7. Lovely model of an unusual subject. Never mind the problems - the effort was worth it as the photos show. P.
  8. I agree with Alex- you are a true master modeller as all of your models show. P
  9. Those strip down models are simply superb. I really admire your skill with the soldering iron - that is something I have yet to master. Knowing how big (small) the Dr 1 is in 1/72 scale, this is even more impressive. P
  10. Great to see one of these - both the kit and the type represented. That is beautifully finished and rigged. I converted an old Airfix Camel to a Hanriot very many years ago from an article in Airfix Magazine. If I were doing that today I would mount it on floats! P
  11. That is a very finely detailed model. The arrows look very good - just hope the masking works out well when you paint the rest of the fuselage. P
  12. That is a bummer and no mistake. Hopefully you can get this one right soon because there is a really interesting model in the making here. P
  13. Excellent progress - especially the work on the guns. As usual you are showing the rest of us how to do the job properly! P
  14. Really interesting to see this prototype for once. Very well done too - not being a rivet counter either I think that you have caught the spirit of the original very well. P
  15. I am stlll not completely convinced that this is not a WNW kit which was slipped to you early!! That is a superb model in every way - the fern just puts the cherry on the icing. A very informative back story too - makes a model so much more interesting when such information is provided. P