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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. Best - 1/72 Hasegawa Bristol Beaufighter TF.X - terrific fit of parts and well engineered. Why have they not reissued this? I'm sure the new Airfix is more detailed, but Hasegawa did more versions... Worst - 1/72 Roden He 111B - it fought me all the way and the decals were the wrong colour!
  2. Which kind of illustrates that most people will accept bad CGI in SF/Fantasy, but not in a WWII movie. I suggest that Jackson calls the dog 'Gollum', just so that the movie has one of these unsubtle nerd references that all modern movies are obliged to have..
  3. 1/72 Hurricane I (fabric wing) - new tool 1/72 Spitfire I - new tool 1/72 SA Bulldog 1/72 DHC Chipmunk 1/72 Lightning F2A - new tool
  4. It is indeed 'Waste Paper', as in Waste Paper Bin. Too many years spent working in an office.
  5. File them under 'WP' and move on to the next build. Too many kits in the stash to waste time on failures...
  6. Very nice, although I would suggest for realism not obstructing the viewing ports for driver and machine gun operator and the sights for the main gun...
  7. Seen Star Trek: Beyond, and enjoyed it despite it having a lack-lustre villain with no charisma - the dead opposite of the excellent Cumberbatch performance in the previous movie. I have enjoyed all three reboots, despite them all having plot holes big enough to fit a Borg Cube through, it makes the plot holes and backstory flaws in Voyager and Enterprise seem minor by comparison. Nevertheless, very enjoyable thanks to the awesome pastiche characterisations by the main stars, and fast moving ebullient plots.
  8. Really enjoying SS-GB. My hearing is not perfect by any means, yet I have had no problem with this programme and wondered what all this 'mumble-fest' talk was about. I noticed that the Spits are incorrect late versions, but didn't care, it's just not important to the story. I was impressed by the idea of Helmut Wick appearing briefly in the first episode, that is a very subtle aspect of Germany winning the Battle of Britain. I read the novel about 20 years ago, but don't recollect the plot sufficiently, just that it was damned gloomy - they've achieved that alright.
  9. As I acquire guite a few bagged kits at shows etc, the tougher boxes sometimes get reused for them. Some of my boxtops have been used to decorate the storage boxes that I transport models to shows in, it gives that personal touch.
  10. Other way 'round. The Airfix FAW9 was derived from the Heller T3. This accounts for the daft narrow tailpipes on the Airfix FAW9. The Heller T3 mould was permanently altered to achieve this, so this means Airfix or Heller T3 kits are getting scarce, although I found them both going for £10 at the IPMS Avon Show last year...
  11. Lovely job, but I suspect that all that dried grass stalks around the business end would catch fire as a result of the muzzle flash! Superb.
  12. It's got lovely decals, certainly worth £1.20!
  13. Some Stugs made it to North Africa, Ausf Ds and maybe others. Nitto used to do an Ausf D in 1/76. Does the Italian Semovente count? I've seen pics of it in German markings, but they could have been taken in Italy.
  14. I did my P-40B in Humbrol 66 - okay for the faded look I suppose...
  15. I suspect that the first book is the 1990 original edition, whilst the second is the 1995 'Promotional Reprint Company' edition. Buyer beware!