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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. Looks like Beardie is still on his WNW crusade. After several not so subtle hints and prompts in pms he "forced" me to buy a Camel.
  2. Good to see you here. Welcome. Those are great models. I hope you show more and enjoy our company on the way. I like the diorama of the guys having a tea break
  3. You have not been in Edinburgh in the rush hour then Aye what you say is true enough - once you get the hang of it its not so bad. Its a bit like learning to ride a bike though - you have to fall off and feel the pain a few times before you master it
  4. Hugely informative thread if I may say so and one I have learned from. Thanks. PS also reflected that a top class sable brush costs around a tenner and set up and cleaning a tad easier 😁
  5. Truly lovely. It's a pity the Manchester is perhaps a bit overlooked in model form. I think a cottage industry conversion set in both 1/72 and 1/48 would do reasonably well. However your models are great to see. Is this a dry run for a 1/32 conversion once HK Models get their Lanc into production? 😁
  6. Well done the CWGC. It's so important yet they work away quietly and carry on with it. Some more lads get a bit more dignity when laying in peace
  7. The fine line between genius and insanity perfectly encapsulated in the sphere of modelling
  8. Nine tenths the way through Antony Beevor "Crete" and just finished rereading Brian Callison "A Flock of Ships". Must have read the latter over forty years ago!
  9. I hadn't realised what a fascinating topic this would turn out to be when I did the original post. I confess knowing nowt till now about these matters other than what I'd read in the more general books on the Bismarck. I was aware from general reading of the issues affecting the battlecruisers at Jutland. Can any of you chaps comment on the apparent seeming vulnerability in practice of these ships as opposed to say Bismarck who when finally caught up with seemed to absorb huge amounts of punishment at close ranges eventually from both KG V and Rodneys with her 16inch guns? It seems such a contrast to the "uneducated" eye. Again thanks for the insights
  10. Love it Simon, nice one.
  11. Perhaps her origin as a naval aircraft is a factor.
  12. Interesting to read that Jamie.
  13. Surprised to read Antony Beevor - Crete calling HMS Hood a Battleship. At least James Holland - The War in the West - knows she was a Battle Cruiser. I suppose she had to go up against a fully operational Battleship in Bismarck though I always thought the battle between them and Prinz Eugene and POW was never likely to end well for the RN. As I understand it POW was still in work up and had dockyard civilian workers still on board so hardly a well oiled machine. In fact she seems to have done remarkably well all considered. Hood was always an accident waiting to happen if used toe to toe with a modern armoured battleship. You would think they had learned from Jutland when Battle cruisers showed they didn't carry enough armour to slug it out with the big guns. I thought the tactics for Battle cruisers and indeed pocket battleships was to out gun cruisers and anything smaller and run like the blazes from anything bigger and better gunned & armoured. Thats is any other battleship or battlecruiser. I suppose the RN thought they had no option but to engage Bismarck with what they had out there in the Denmark Straight? Still she was a battle cruiser and one day maybe even historians might get that right !
  14. Nice job. I have one in the stash and as the others have noted you don't see that many of them built. Another thing is that there is almost no after market products. I found and acquired some Peddinghaus decals but to be honest they don't look that fabulous to me though I've not tried them yet and probably won't!
  15. Yes - what 72 chally says. I think these come up on e-bay quite regularly. Here for example Tends to be from US sellers though so postage bumps the cost up a fair bit. You might get lucky with patience and find a UK seller. I bit the bullet and got one set from the US but got lucky and acquired another set from a UK source second hand which was cheaper.