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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. Revell 1/48 RAF Phantom FGR Mk 2 - £4.99 from a charity shop
  2. Just downloaded this app that has various paints charts on it and a scale calculator- has anyone else seen and used this and are there any other useful modelling Apps out there???
  3. Airfix Western Front set £3 from a car boot..
  4. 6 x Airfix mounted 54mm figures from a a car boot sale...because they were there..
  5. yup...
  6. 5(F)Northampton. 1970's. Had a great time doing all the normal stuff. Best bits for me were visits and camps to Wittering (Harriers + Hunters), Honnington (Buccaneers) and Brize. Worst bit (other than the uniform that never fitted any part of me) flying in a Hercules being copiously air sick for hours.... Flew in Chipmunks, VC10 and this (from Wikipedia). United Kingdom Royal Air Force – One Beagle Husky (XW635) was won by Sir Billy Butlin in a raffle and presented to the RAF's Air Training Corps in 1969. It flew with No. 5 Air Experience Flight, flying air cadets from Cambridge Airport until it was retired in 1989 and sold to a civilian user. Was rubbish at shooting and slightly worse at playing in the squadron band........cymbals!
  7. Last month I asked for a replacement front canopy that was cracked for the 1/48 Meteor that I had purchased from the Airfix website. initially the answer was there wasn't any in stock but in the end I received a whole new kit.
  8. Taylor and McKenna - before they were called Beatties. Used to have some great bargains. Old Town Models in Hemel Hempstead..
  9. Mid sixties - Airfix P-51 from Father Christmas in Watts, Northampton. He's cost me a fortune over the years since then.....
  10. AIrfix have posted me today a whole new kit which, has to be said, is great service.
  11. Nice email from Airfix today offering a replacement kit ( they had put one aside for me ) or a refund and gave details of how to send to old one back. I replied if they could just send the replacement piece and that as I had already completed the cockpit and joined the fuselage together and started on the wings (I sent a picture!) I'd rather not send the whole kit back . see what happens but all looking good.
  12. I have a similar problem with the Airfix spares dept. I requested a new windscreen for the 1/48 meteor as the original one had a crack down the middle. They advised that they had none in stock (although they were advertising them on their website) and that I should request a replacement kit or a refund from where I purchased it from. As I got it directly from Airfix I have asked whether I should approach them for a refund..... I await their reply. Their email read:- Thank you for your email, Airfix spares have come back to me and they do not have the parts you require in stock and send apologies on this occassion. You may wish to approach your place of purchase for a refund or replacement kit.
  13. Hi All Looking for some hints and tips re-model shops and places to visit when we drive down from Seattle to San Fran in the summer for our hols. Have identified a trip to the Boeing factory and also a couple of other aviation museums in Seattle and also the Spruce Goose on the way down but any other recomendations would be appreciated . Have to pick the best of the museums as havng the family with me I won't be able to go to them all!! Steve
  14. Mine have either been pick up (or deliver) only...... Models don't travel well but I'm sure with enough polysterene chippings there is a way!
  15. I have limited 'display' space and as I have little sentimentality for finished builds I have to move them on pretty quickly to free up a shelf. They used to get passed on to my lad (to destroy and then bin!) but he has grown out of that and I have sold a fair few on ebay - mainly to one guy who took loads off my hands in two or three transactions.. Recently I have given several boxes of builds to a Primary teacher friend who either sells them on for pennies at school fetes and bring and buys or gives them away to the kids - they love em!
  16. Why would anyone do such a thing!?!? Bonkers!
  17. Got three old Monogram and Esci 1/48th jets for a good price - happy bunny!
  18. Very odd decision indeed - how will that attract new subscribers exactly?
  19. I also got this in a charity shop complete with brand new radio gear for ....£8.00 Have to confess I sold it on an auction site for a lot more and that funded 'proper' modelling for some time..
  20. I have posted this before but it was my best ever haul from a Charity shop in one go.... and there were a few more in the same haul that didn't make the photo!
  21. Had loads of models from Charity shops in the past - most recent a 1/48 Revell Frogfoot last Saturday. Slightly off topic - but also a good place to look other than auction sites is Gumtree - I got this little haul just before Christmas for £6 a model- £72 the lot...
  22. it's not what you are after but it may help..
  23. I remember some of he aircraft used in the film were at Sywell.
  24. I get a sort of muffled 'ding' - which is not unpleasant. For what its worth - I converted to a Mac just over a year ago after messing about with pc's for years. It's not perfect, they are expensive and it did take some time to get my head around it, but I don't think that I would ever go back.
  25. got it now! - but it sounds harmless . No idea how to describe it tho'...