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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. Thanks Guys, all is much appreciated and when work is not interfering with my life I'll be able to respond in a better way
  2. The point is, for me anyway, weighing possibility against probability, counter measures against desperate measures if you will. In truth I am quit ignorant of the use of carriers and carrier borne aircraft in convoy protection, all I know is they existed. But what I do know is that an FW 190 makes a smaller target then an HE 111 or a JU 88, The Mistel program wasn't just a paper project and torpedo's were tested on Kurt Tanks products. No doubt Google and a bit of reading will get me up to date on the basics of carrier operations in convoys but then sometimes thinking aloud brings up interesting tidbits that just won't pop out any other way. The Spitfires were doing a decent job from what I can tell, The Bearcat I believe was to be the next generation Carrier fighter, Mosquito's on carriers is not fantasy, and the Meteor was found to be unsuitable for carrier operations in 1948 when it was finally tested. I'm still interested in comparing the SeaFury to the Bearcat Just because. And Thanks Jure, I really do appreciate the input.
  3. I agree with you Jure, how would that compare to the SeaFury though?
  4. And for where things are at here is the HobbyBoss D-12, first thing I'll say is throw the decals in the garbage cause that's what they are. You might make them work if you use future to apply them, which I don't so I won't guarantee this as a solution. Other then that they don't stick and are impervious to any setting solutions. Here I am using decals from a Dragon Mistel kit and they work beautifully There is a gap between the fuselage and the wing which is easily fixed with a spreader inside the fuselage This is more or less an easy build kit by the way it is engineered, and it does go together rather quick and easy, the way the cockpit fits into the fuselage it is advisable not to glue it until after the spreader has been installed as otherwise it may end up off center and cockeyed.while there is some basic engine detail there is a lot missing in there and the exhaust stubs, which have to be installed prior to gluing the fuselage together, extend past the engine plug. my solution was to paint the insides black except the compressor as I really don't care to do all the extra work and for what I'm doing it will be more then adequate. What little gap is left will be easily sorted with some glue and tape overnight I read somewhere that the HobbyBoss 190 series was a lose copy mix of Tamiya and Dragon kits, not sure about the Tamiya connection but there is certainly a lot of similarity between the Dragon and HobbyBoss kits........until one attempts to fit parts from one to the other, The design is however almost a direct copy. The wheels of the HBoss kit are slightly smaller and unlike the Dragon kit are 2 piece. Dragon on the left. If one wants to use the Dragon wheel it is a simple matter of shortening the attachment stubs, which are tapered, on the Hboss kit and reeming out the centers of the dragon one a bit. Not sure which ones are correct at the moment. The HobbyBoss spinner is wrong as it tapers where it shouldn't, whereas the Dragon one has the right shape but is to long relative to the way the nose of the kits are engineered. The HobbyBoss Spinner is on the left in the Dragon Nose piece. All things considered I am most likely going to order up a Quickboost Prop and nose for the TA 152 to use on this kit, in the mean time I will loosely set the kit parts in place. Here the Dragon canopy is set on the HobbyBoss kit, The HobbyBoss canopy parts are a carbon copy of Dragons, but not dimensionally identical. The windscreen sits at a slightly different angle on the HobbyBoss kit then on the Dragon kit. The nose piece is where the kits differ some what, while they are both keyed the same way, the Dragon kit uses separate flap parts for open or closed to be glued to the nose where as the HobbyBoss kit uses seperate nose pieces with the flaps molded on to represent open or closed and the attachment point is smaller in diameter so the HobbyBoss one won't fit on the Dragon kit. There is a much greater, if not initially noticeable, difference in the engine cowlings, of key note is that the HobbyBoss kit does not accurately represent the 213 E/F cowling in that the bulges to accommodate the engine mounts is not represented. And the landing gear is near identical except for the attachment point which has the HobbyBoss kit parts set at the correct angle and all the parts actually fit, and, as can be seen, with a little care can be assembled seperately so they can be installed after painting. The seats are pretty much the same except how they attach The Torpedo is Garbage and nothing like that shown on the box art, the R-14 kit was something like $1.65 Canadian extra over the base kit, which has what likes like a much better modeled cluster bomb as is in the Dragon kit, so if anyone is thinking of getting an R-14 kit of either the 190 or 152 don't bother with concerning yourself with getting the specific kit as you will be wanting to replace the torpedo, the bomb/torpedo rack is a meh but sufficient more or less. Compared to the Dragon offering in the JU 188 kit. And now loosely stuck together Of note I had a little boo boo before I put the fuselage together I lost the kit tail wheel strut that has to go in before the halves come togther so this is how I fixed it using the Dragon tail wheel which is what is just set in place in the pics
  5. It's been a very long term project I had also done a bit of work on the engines as well And because I was also playing around with the Radials I decided to figure out another way to mount the props And I added some blanking to prevent a see through effect
  6. I have been sitting on a Dragon JU 188 for the longest time and a little while ago I decided what the hell, why not so I dug it out and started hacking away at it. The front piece of an Eduard ME 110 G gun pack worked out just right At this point I started playing around with ideas about how to paint it, this has all since been stripped off. Next I added the fuselage extension which didn't fit all that well, what I should have done really rather then adding a wrap around shim was cut it and shim it though in hind sight. And this is where it is at the moment.
  7. This has been a bit of an on going project over the years and originally started out as a 1/72 JU 388 Mistel project that went a bit sideways, here is the Special Hobby fuselage being hacked up, a Hasegawa JU 88 wing is there as by the time I got this far with it I had come to the conclusion that it might be worth the extra expense using more mainstream kit parts as the amount of clean up and fitting just would not bring the same result and I got the kit cheap...... As it turned out both kits matched the drawings I have fairly closely and each other extremely well Ideally the plan was to use the SH central section to create the fuselage extensions, but one problem that wasn't immediately to me was that the central section of the Hasegawa kit starts to taper before the rear of the wing fairing, which, as far as I can tell it's not supposed to in reality, nothing insurmountable but is very annoying. And here is where it's at with a Dragon TA 152 that was possibly going to be used as the fighter. Not anymore, those kits are garbage....... And where it all came to a halt, as I was working on the cockpit section and started cut out the canopy a portion broke away, and as they were already beginning to yellow I decided that about the only usable part was the rear fuselage so I would be better off looking for a Hasegawa JU 188 with the torpedo's which I never did get yet......
  8. As alluded to in another post here: I thought I'd start a new thread as it is a new topic, ideally it is pure speculation for the fun of it which may result in a model or two. The scenario is to mount a D-12 R14 on an extended length JU188(similar to the JU88H) and do some high altitude convoy hunting. Once a convoy has been spotted and the carrier located the D-12's (I think there would be several Mistels) would detach and dive down to sea level and make a run on it to hopefully sink it and leave the convoy defenseless agianst the ensuing onslaught. Ideally the D-12' would be fully fueled and also have wing mounted slipper tanks, to assist them in making land and using surprise and speed to attempt to avoid be attacked. The ti,me frame would be (for me anyway) late '44 and beyond, so potentially '46. So the question then is, what might be the aircraft used to respond, how would they be equipped, and what would be the most likely colors and markings there of, all relative to what was under development within that time frame.
  9. I like that Bearcat Idea
  10. I had given the RLM 83 Dark Blue some thought, a google of the Atlantic around British shores does turn some pretty blue pictures, and I seem to recall in the discussion around said color that there was a picture posted of a BV 138 float in Norway that was painted blue, I think a copied it but I'll have to check my computer when I get home. I had decided that I wouldn't go that route as hiding things on land when landed would be a priority........however it is something I might reconsider ARWIF wise. I agree it might look rather appealing
  11. ARWIF based on Alternate WWII and beyond theme. Luft '46 is just a little to limiting and extreme for my taste. Maybe I should explain, the idea for this particular plane is based on the Mistel concept as a response to aircraft carriers being inserted into convoy operations. The scenario is to mount a D-12 R14 on an extended length JU188(similar to the JU88H) and do some high altitude convoy hunting. Once a convoy has been spotted and the carrier located the D-12's (I think there would be several Mistels) would detach and dive down to sea level and make a run on it to hopefully sink it and leave the convoy defenseless agianst the ensuing onslaught. Ideally the D-12' would be fully fueled and also have wing mounted slipper tanks, to assist them in making land and using surprise and speed to attempt to avoid be attacked. And then this is where the 'alternate' vrs. Luft '46 kicks in what allied aircraft/countermeasures would be fielded to address the threat, within the WWII context of course, keeping it ARWIF in equipment colors and markings.
  12. Yes it does Jure, and thank you
  13. I like to call it "alternate WWII and beyond" , I'm not quit sure what you mean by "restraining your imagination with hypothetical ones" , for me I do get a bit of enjoyment trying to come up something "likely if" and in this case it would be what would the D-12, being used as a torpedo bomber, possibly look like were it put into production as planned. For instance, should the engine be RLM 81 as with the D-11, or was the D-11 originally painted RLM 75 and repainted? Or should it be RLM 75 as with the D-13, or maybe RLM 81/82 as with the TA 152? and then, just to through a loop into things, how should I paint the cover behind the engine? For the wings there is either RLM 76 or maybe RLM 75, both of which wrapped around under the wing to bare metal, I've already done the gear doors in 76 but I don't think it matters as, using Eduard instructions for inspiration, it seems that even RLM 75 wings with RLM 76 Gear doors happened. The fuselage extension is easy, natural aluminum over painted on the top......but in what color? And then there is the tail....... I know I can do whatever my heart desires and playing around with ideas is exactly that, but knowing what was essentially being done does help in deciding what to do. Pics, or a pointer to some, would be nice. Here is where I'm at with the landing gear, Hobbyboss decals are pure garbage, they do not stick, throw them away, the end. I'm using Decals from a Dragon Mistel kit and they work beautifully
  14. Thanks guys, The link and info is quit helpful. I should explain that I'm building a hypothetical D-12 R-14, of which I understand, were intended to be built using recycled A fuselages. I'm not planing on going to any real extremes with accuracy but am trying to stick to a "most likely" scenario paint/marking wise. I thought a good place to start would be to see how things were done with converted D-9's and kinda go from there. Then of course, there is the wings, tail, and engine cowling to consider. So far what I've done is Natural metal landing gear bays, and RLM 76 gear doors inside and out.........