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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. The GR Tornado's always had their wings in the fully forward position on the ground. The only time this wasn't the case was in Bahrain during Op Granby/Desert Storm where the four aircraft located on the old RAF Muharraq site were positioned in Dutch barn hangars. The fully forward wingspan was greater than the width of the Dutch barn (found out the hard way when a wing tip was damaged after colliding with one of the hangar uprights). After that the wings were slightly swept back so that the aircraft could taxi in & out of the hangars safely. XVTonker.
  2. Problem was that there is a limited faction of 1/32 loving modellers... Now if it had been in 1/48 scale!! XVTonker
  3. And AIM72 is in the process of producing the MOAB!! XVTonker
  4. Sorry Wez, I have to disagree with you, there have been 1/48 kits of the Vampires, Venoms, Lightning's & Canberra's, so let's have a 1/48 kit of what I think was one of the most important FAA jets ever. However, I do agree that it's about time we had a new 1/48 kit of the Hunter, maybe with bolt on kits to make any of the marks produced? And that comes from a former crab fat!!!! XVTonker
  5. Mike, PM sent XVTonker
  6. Sorry to keep you all on tenterhooks, but hope to have some more news very shortly XVTonker
  7. Ha, I weep for them Mike..... That'll teach them to keep them as an investment. XVTonker
  8. Can't say too much at this time, but there may be some news coming out of AIM72 in the not too distant future regarding a full suite of night fighters in 1/48 scale. XVTonker
  9. Some really nostalgic images there for me, especially XH672 and I recognised many of the crew. I spent many hours working on XH672/Maid Marion particularly when she ran of the runway at Offutt AFB, Nebraska (hence the 'I ran Offutt' cartoon on the entrance door wind break). We had to change the nose & main undercarriages after she ran across a ditch and slid sideways down the slope at the side of the runway. The video of her landing with the Starboard RAT scoop out is probably because the Stbd engines hade been throttled right back after landing. The same is for the video of the Victor landing with both scoops out. If they had either switched the generators offline (running off the Artouste) or the engines had been throttled right back then the scoops would extend. XVTonker
  10. You're absolutely right Eric, but then again it wasn't the best model on the market and had a lot of issues. My thoughts are that a new tooling version might be more successful. Then again, that's the aim of the post. Thanks again I really appreciate your input. XVTonker
  11. I'm posting this topic to feel the water to see if there is any interest in a manufacturer developing & marketing 1/72 & 1/48 versions of the Beagle B.206R & RAF CC.1 Basset. It's very early days, but if I can get some feedback from the Britmodeller community as to interest & numbers I will then start discussions to see if anyone out there would be willing to look at designing and manufacturing kits, probably a limited run. Thanks for looking XVTonker
  12. I'm really dredging the brain here, but as far as I can remember the RAT scoops retracted when the engines reached 63% (?) power and remained retracted unless a situation arose where the combined engine power on either side fell below this level in flight. The RAT scoops would then automatically extend and operate the two generators installed in the rear fuselage area under the fin. On landing the scoops would remain shut until engine shutdown and the engine power once again dropped below 63%. It's amazing what springs to mind after working on the beast for 6 years, especially after 28 years....... XVTonker
  13. 1/48 please!!!! XVTonker
  14. :-) Ugly, but beautiful at the same time!! I lost count of the rivets.... XVTonker
  15. Just found this link with some great pictures of RA-09309 with close ups of the sponson flare dispensers!! XVTonker