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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. I think this might be okay. I was upset with the weird patchy wash effect I got, which made some parts look grubby and dirty, while others were entirely clean. I guess the panel lines just are uneven in depth or something, Anyway, I typically take a less-is-more approach to 72nd scale, but this time, I think more is more. I really laid on some heavy washes - and over a semi-gloss coat, so that they stuck to the undercoat better. I also used a dark brown tone for the green uppers. I'm still not sure I love it, but at least the model is off the shelf of doom, and once again a work in progress. Not much difference up top. At least not to the camera lens. But, it really shows up on the light underbelly.
  2. Maybe everything is not lost! Pics later, if this goes as planned.
  3. Thanks, guys. Here it is with a wash. Not something I typically do in 1/72, but these planes got pretty grungy, and I wanted to simulate that.
  4. I love these wip threads that get right into it. No need for two pages of preamble. Great surgery, and definitely worth it, I think. I look forward to more.
  5. With a few decals. A Yeltsin era MiG. Late 1990s, Lake Baikal region, Siberia.
  6. Just placed my order for the Trumpeter MiG-31B in 1:72 and an Eduard MiG-15, also in 1/72. They should be waiting for me when I get back from Wyoming, just in time to start the GB!
  7. Thanks, Steve. Looking at it some more, I think its doing what the real thing does. In some light it looks more green, in others more blue. I'm actually pretty happy with it now.
  8. I DO WANT TO! But I think I'll start with one of the 72nd Trumpeter kits. I'm working on their MiG-29 right now, and its just a dream of a kit!
  9. Hello all, This isn't so much a WIP, as it is a question to determine if I need to repaint. I've been trying to get the right blue/green shade going, and using proposed mixes from manufacturers and some online sources, I've ended up with everything from a faded olive drab to a bright pale green. Nothing matched the photos I was seeing, so I mixed up this shade from Tamiya sea gray/sky/green/intermediate blue. The gray is Tamiya Royal Gray. I gave everything a light blue filter. But now it looks too blue to my eye. I'm hoping some experts here can weigh in. incidentally, this is the 1:72 Trumpeter kit. Which is just sublime!
  10. next time...
  11. Eh, sorry guys, but it looks far worse up close. The finish is a sloppy mess. The landing gear looks especially atrocious. Its just goopy and untidey. I'm stripping the paint and starting over. Which means I'm putting it away for now. I just don't have the mojo to redo this build right now. Another time.
  12. That is unbelievably cool! The model finish is out of this world, but the figures just take it to a whole new level! Thank you so much for sharing the build with us.
  13. Very cool! That is such a uniquely Soviet design - a huge interceptor that had the range to cover a huge swath of land, and could land and be serviced quickly. No other airforce faces that logistical headache. I love that it looks every bit the bomber. It seems like the kit was challenging, and its not something I would tackle anytime soon, so it was very cool to get the chance to watch you work on it. Again, nice work!
  14. just add a drop or two of the light ghost gray to your flat coat, and those should blend in very nicely.
  15. I'm having trouble deciding what to get for this GB. Part of me wants to go with a one-two punch from Trumpeter and build the new MiG-31 and Su-24 (both in 1:72). Another part of me wants to go crazy and build the ICM MiG-25 in 1:48. But its so freaking huge! I haven't purchased any of these kits yet, but am ready to hit the send button on my online orders. Please help me decide.