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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. Do I still have time to join this? I have a few unusual one offs in the stash that might fit the bill... Chris
  2. Go to Wilko's - cheap equipment and all you need Chris
  3. I most certainly do... Got a nice fermenting vessel full of Ambiorix on the go as we speak... So far this year - it's been a 40 pints of Geordie Yorkshire Bitter, 36 pints Festival Bonfire Toffee Stout, 40 pints of Wilko's Wheat Beer and now the Belgian heavy stuff... Cheaper (and nicer) than the pub! Chris
  4. We also covered it in FlyPast for the December edition - pages 86-87 if that helps? Chris
  5. I would agree with that... struts certainly seem to be in the right place. Chris
  6. I love this kit - I actually have one moulded in mint choc chip green for one sprue... truly eye watering! Looking forwards to seeing what you're going to do with this... Chris
  7. Oops! Sorry John, senior moment on my behalf... Glad it came out well though Chris
  8. This is very true... our Cold War is over. Defence accepted. Case dismissed Well done on the Yak to date PC - as a fellow A-Model battler you have my sympathies. Just repeat sand, and fill and sand and fill and swear and sand and fill etc etc C
  9. Aeroplane, man, Aeroplane... most definitely not FlyPast Chris
  10. As promised... There's also shots of the cleaned up prop assembles, and engine nacelles (note again the filler...) and finally the cleaned up wings with tailfins beside them... despite all expectations the tailplane fitted quite well. Only a small gap to fill as seen on the pics... so, coming along nicely!! C
  11. Hi Tony Definitely can't fault this one... Chris
  12. Fuselage closed up and lots of progress made over the weekend. Wish I'd taken out shares in Squadron though, given the amount of green putty used! Pictures to follow soon... I'm going to finish this GB if it kills me. And it might! After this I'm going to make a nice Matchbox kit - something like a P-12E or similar. Chris
  13. Well it's been a while so my apologies, but work has been manic and modelling time as ever has been at a premium... so... Finally I've conquered the cockpit. This included fitting it, then debonding it, sanding every part religiously while singing Beethoven's Ode to Joy from his 9th Symphony through clenched teeth, and finally getting it so the fuselage closes. This is the current result. I know the images aren't the best but I'm using my mobile and short of taking up contortionism this is what you'll get... The bomb rack is also done and ready to fit. Bombs were painted Humbrol 114, while the rest of the rack is the trusty Humbrol 87. All that's left is a slight internal wash then it's fuselage sealing time. I'll add the gun afterwards. The bombs went together with lots of filler incidentally. Are you surprised? Of course not... I've also started work on the (asymmetric) engine nacelles. The Yak-2 (and Yak-4) have a very odd arrangement for the water radiators, which protrude quite significantly. Much head scratching took place as to why the nacelle ends weren't flush with the body, and then I finally twigged, helped by Yefim Gordon's 'Airpower of the Great Patriotic War', which I'd heartily recommend. I also emailed a Russian friend who supplied me with a set of images and blueprints for the Yak-2. These also have helped - more so than the kit instructions actually. Anyway, hahahah - have at you AModel Yak-2 - I shall conquer you yet* *possibly. Chris The nacelle assemblies And the bomb bay complete...
  14. As always, sorry for the slow updates. The magazine is on press this week, hence its busy and modelling time is at a premium! I'm not going to post the fuselages until they're finished as not only am I a perfectionist but they won't look good until complete, so here's a few bits to whet your appetite! The pit... not bad detail but I'm going to give it a wash first then add belts to the seat. The panel was quite well detailed, and the decal snuggled into to said details very well but it was a pig to fit! Suffice to say all parts you see have been beaten to within an inch of their lives. Locating the pit inside the fuselage will be fun too... hey ho! The wings... Nicely detailed, and cleaned up well. The roots are follow by the way, hence the need for the spars seen in the previous posts.... The bomb rack and some bombs... note the moulding pips on the bombs, which are probably about the same length as a penny! The worst bits to fettle so far... Bombs will be done tonight. Any idea on the colours... dark green, black, grey? Finally, the gunners ring (no jokes please). Took a lot of cleaning up... Sorry it's not the most edifying of updates but hopefully things will accelerate soon! Bestest Chris
  15. Super Cheers guys... All I found at work was the three views on card! Have the Yefim Gordon books though which are magic! A Yak-9 - I do have the Encore boxing of the ICM one I should tackle soon!