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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. Theoretical board meeting continued... So Simpkins tell us more... Well there's this jet, it was only ever operated by the Fleet Air Arm and a few test units, to be honest, it was a bit of a lacklustre disappointment... So no foreign users in important markets like Sweden, the Middle East, Far East, Africa, South America, other European markets? Well no, says Simpkins Right then R&D, tell us more about this Hunter thingammy and why people would buy ours over the Academy kit?? Because we could break the mould down to include all the sub variants which would feed into the UK, Sweden, Dutch, Belgian, South American - Peru I think for the earlier versions, then with later versions we could cover the UK, Dutch, Swiss, Middle East, Far East including India, African markets, all over the world really and then if we did a two seater, well nobody's done one of those and we could easily clean up as most users had those too! Tell us more, good looking jet this Hunter? Definitely, R&D producing pictures of arguably one of the finest looking aircraft ever made... Simpkins slumps into his chair at this point knowing that the Scimitar would never win in a beauty competition with the Hunter So why will people buy our version of the Hunter? Well, they only buy the Academy because there's no choice, if we covered off all of the options and didn't make the same mistakes as Academy we could keep selling it for years and years and years to all of those important markets... Simpkins, you're fired!
  2. Thanks Patrice, I think I'll be getting one of those!
  3. Hi Madcop, Compared to the alternatives for an RF-84F in any scale it's a superior kit, that it has its faults I've no doubt (when I get around to making mine I'm sure I'll find out). Like you I'm willing to trust them because they are newcomers, I have high hopes for the Bucc kits!
  4. Patrice, I'm worried about you! The IIIE versions offer so many more colour schemes than the boring old IIIC ... ... unless of course your favourite is the Mirage 5 That's the spirit Laurent! I'll be getting a couple of these, the Columbian/Ecuadorian schemes really tickle my pickle... ... whether they make it into the Mirage GB is another matter.
  5. People have reported problems with Print Scale decals cracking up. Model Art Have done some as did Modeldecal donkey's years ago as have others.
  6. Yep another vote for the ESCI kit or its Revell/Italeri reissues. True Details released a resin version of the early ejection seat but apart from that there's a real dearth of after market stuff for this kit, I made one years ago using the Eduard etched set for the Italeri F-5E but other than that's there's not a lot. The very distinctive canopy hinge mechanism could do with some help.
  7. Tanmodel did the same with their superb RF-84F, that materialised so I've no reason to expect not to. Personally I'm quite happy with this approach. Just wish the 1/72nd kit which was announced first was prioritised ahead of that for those with fumbling fingers and failing eyesight!
  8. Here we go again! It's in the scheme of the service that used the most Bucc's for the longest period therefore it's in the right scheme! That said, the Bucc crews must be getting nose bleeds flying that high...
  9. Often seen at shows in the original ESCI box too!
  10. The ESCI F-4C/J kit still is a reasonable kit, lack of detail notwithstanding - had the plethora of after market goodies that are available now were available when it came out it would have been my preferred kit of choice back in the day. Be careful though of the ESCI 1/72nd long nose Phantom kits, the small intakes on the nose were IIRC, the same as used on the C/J not the more faired in examples applicable to the longer nosed versions. Italeri got this right on their long nosed Phantom.
  11. I'm another one after some H-75s in the proper scale
  12. 1/24th - the wrong scale! Also, why didn't they do the more numerous and popular FGR.6? When will these people learn??
  13. I have, it takes an age to refresh a page or go back a page. Other sites on the same laptop with the same broadband connection are working fine - it's just BM I'm afraid Mike
  14. Any and every part of an aeroplane is in theory replaceable, it just depends upon whether it's financially viable, you have the time, skills, energy documentation and the will is there, people often think of aircraft like cars, whilst using a car as an analogy to explain maintenance cycles that's really where the similarity ends. But of course to the general public and the news organisations, these remain vintage aircraft, not what they are, essentially new airframes, engines and other systems which are cosseted and cared for.
  15. ...aah yes, the Buccaneer, Phantom and Sea Harrier! Fortunately, Tanmodel are giving us the Bucc', the Hasegawa Phantom is still a serviceable kit, not sure about the navalised Steam Budgie? The only reason the Scimitar had such a long career was to act as a flying bowser for the early Bucc's, probably the most useful role it performed, I'd disagree that it was such an important jet. Agreed we've had 1/48th kits of the Lightning and Canberra but I listed those in 1/72nd scale not 1/48th! As for the Vampire and Venom the only mainstream kit of either in 1/48th is the Trumpeter Travesty Vampire, there's no mainstream Venom. I don't understand why there's a 1/48th Attacker but as we are seeing here, it takes all sorts! The Vampire and Hunter are significant, important aircraft, I'd much rather have decent, mainstream kits of these than what's currently on offer and certainly before a Scimitar.