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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'm plotting a quick (by my standards) build of the old 1/72 Airfix Mk.I Spitfire. It has raised panel lines and I was going to try running an H4 pencil along the ridges and see how it turned out. Roundels etc on first, of course. John.
  2. It would depend on the canopy in question. For something simple like a Spitfire, I'd paint it freehand and then tidy up the inevitable wavy line with a sharpened up wooden toothpick or similar. For something a bit trickier, like a Blenheim or Heinkel III I'd be tempted by a commercial masking set. I'm interested in how the experts do it too... John.
  3. It's turned out to be a cracker. I haven't the guts to start mine. John.
  4. Apologies, you're quite right about the dodgy canopy advice - you'd need two Airfix Mk.IIa kits to do as I suggested, the other would be built as an early Mk.I which would free up the canopy! There are three propellers in the Airfix box, the de Havilland one used in the other boxings is there too. Not sure how many back plates there are, though... John.
  5. The oil cooler has the semi-circular aperture as you'd expect but the whole thing looks too thin. My scribblings above sound quite harsh on re-reading. Assuming it fits together ok, you'd end up with a model dimensionally accurate and probably quite pleasing on the eye, with the exception of the comedy canopy. Those who'll be disappointed are those who are sticklers for accuracy and haven't built up a good spares box to replace the dodgy parts. If I was you, I'd pick up an Airfix Mk.I/IIa boxing, build the Airfix as a Mk.Va (all bits are included except stickers) and nick the early Rotol propeller, later canopy and early oil cooler for the Revell kit. John.
  6. Is this ultimate thinner stuff particularly attractive to airbrushers or is it of any use to brush painters too? John.
  7. I remember enjoying building the Revell Vb but, along with everyone else, being disappointed with the lack of 'gull wing' and the strange airscrew. Other than that, the oil cooler was more like that of a Mk.I. The fuselage looked fine to me at the time, but subsequently, I saw a build where the modeller built up the spine just behind the cockpit and sanded it down just before the fin to make an 's' shape rather than a straight line. This improved it to my eye. As far as the Revell Mk.II goes, I haven't built it but the parts on the runners look the right shape and the panel lines are nicely done. The oil cooler remains a problem, the cockpit transparency is bizarre, the Coffman starter bulge is an odd shape, there are funny blisters over the wheel wells and the five slot wheels are poor. Other things to note are the metal ailerons and de Havilland propeller, though these may be correct for the airframe represented, if not typical for a front-line Mk.II. On the plus side, you get a seat with the flare cartridge rack on it, useful for Seafires. John.
  8. For something you're not that bothered with, it's looking pretty decent. Drinking beer in the sun is always a sound plan. Enjoy. John.
  9. I'm not sure you're right about the camera port, certainly Alfred Price in "The Spitfire Story", said that the FR.XIVe had an oblique fuselage camera that could be mounted to port or starboard. John.
  10. ISU-122. A beast. And then the T-26. John.
  11. Here's what I'll be attempting... John.
  12. I had problems with the upper to lower wing fit, wing to fuselage fit, undercarriage assembly and the sliding portion of the canopy standing proud. I would recommend the purchase of an Alley Cat metal wing conversion, build it wheels up and fit an aftermarket canopy (if there is one). John.
  13. Although building this kit isn't a lot of fun, the finished article is always worth looking at. Nicely done. John.