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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. That's frustrating. Its getting harder and harder to run a show nowadays. Even if you pay for special liability insurances, the cost of increasing policy cover to protect against cancellation and loss of earnings can be prohibitive. We end up having to ensure back to back cancellation with suppliers ( chairs, tables etc) to ensure the club wouldn't be bankrupted by a loss of venue.
  2. Quite fancy one of these. Anyone know who might stock them in the UK? Hannants shows Mars Models in their catalogue but not showing this one as a future release.
  3. Another vote for Mr Color metallic paints. You can "scrub" them on with an old paintbrush and the finish is as good as Alclad. A little goes a long way and much easier on a small area that you need on your F4 than a spray can. Quite widely available in the UK now.
  4. You didn't say if you are spraying or brush painting. If spraying , a second vote for the Mr Paint range. If you cannot get Mr Color locally or in the UK, its is usually readily available on E bay from Hong King. I have bought it that way many times now, almost completely replacing my enamel paint ranges. The pigments are very fine although you will need to thin Mr Color for spraying. Both dry extremely quickly. They are lacquers so suggest a mask and spray booth. If painting by brush, then Xtracrylics from Hannants or Vallejo ( maybe from Parabellum in Birmingham) would be a good way to go.
  5. Well mine finally arrived on the slow boat from Lucky Model ( yeah I know- cheapskate). Looks very nice in the box. I've got a couple to finish in the line up before I start building, so has anyone heard of any plans ( firm or otherwise) for updates? I know the SAC landing gear is out already but that's just a straight copy in metal and not sure its needed as the kit parts look robust and easy enough to remove from the sprues. In fact the intelligent placement of sprue connections and lack of injector marks in awkward places are a stand out example for me with this kit. Was thinking more of the seats which although nicely moulded in 5 pieces lack any belts and the like, and I do like resin ones with the belts moulded in place ( lazy me) . Not sure if this is best posted here or in the Rumourmonger section. Hopefully the Mods will advise if wrong.
  6. Yes, great show, seemed more relaxed this year, with fewer choke points around the hangers. Car parks were full and overflowing so visitor numbers still seemed good, although I felt there were more modellers and less families visiting? Was nice to see a refresh of the exhibits too, the Gladiator and Ju 88 being my favourite " new" exhibits. Some great and varied club displays too and a general sense of fun made for a great day out. Was even better once the sun really produced some warmth! This show kind of put winter to bed.....
  7. Ah, thanks Steve. I guess the Hawker yellow is the pale creamy yellow. Now you mentioned it I think I can see the texture of the fabric / leather strips.
  8. Yes, a big crew travelling up by minibus + from IPMS Avon, with Ian from the F16 SIG (and a member of our club) displaying next to us. We are in our usual spot in front of the Anson in Hangar 1. Always a big favourite for us.
  9. I have both kits and have yet to build either. The Merit kit however looks to be the easier build, especially with the wing struts, and the cowling can be easily fixed by pinching one from the old Pyro kit ( of which there are plenty around at shows or on E Bay and cheap). Suspect a resin replacement may eventually see the light of day.
  10. Now that's interesting. Even allowing for lighting/flash that wheel bay seems to have what I have thought of as " Hawker yellow" ( area under the "pipes" and some of the flanges), a much " greener" yellow like US ZC ( LH side foreground) and almost US interior green (in the centre), plus a mustard colour at the far end!
  11. Thanks all. I have made my own mix of Hawker yellow for the engine bay and gear wells based upon the visible parts of the wheel bay at Yeovilton. To me, it's more of a yellow cream colour than the green hues YZC. Perhaps I will use it for the insides of the doors. Photos on line also show a lighter shade and as the overall colour was Olive green it could be the interior primer colour or maybe aluminium paint?
  12. I understand that at the time of the Bay of Pigs, the Sea Furies were painted in an overall Olive drab. Does anyone know what colour the inside faces of the gear covers and wells would have been? Several mentions online suggest the surviving example in the museum has been repainted in a "fantasy" scheme. I'm guessing the bays might be Hawker yellow, legs would be aluminium or light aircraft grey?
  13. I've bought many small items from Hong Kong and got them within 3 days. My Wife regularly orders cosmetics from overseas and see the same fast delivery. Some of the Hong Kong sites have European delivery hubs in low tax countries like Ireland, Luxembourg or the Channel Islands. You can always ask the seller on E Bay. I am pretty sure Mr Models ( From Birmingham) has had polishing compoud for sale when I have seen them as shows. http://mrmodels.info/ - they say they do mail order. Another one to try is "Little Cars" perhaps ( you can contact them here from Britmodeller)
  14. Sorry Graham, too busy with a Monogram p-80 in 1/48th ( rescribe, fill , rescribe ) sure you get the picture. Maybe someone will then release one without the " dumbo ears" intakes that HobbyBoss produced! Lined up behind that after a break maybe on something a little easier is an Italeri U2 also in 1/48th ( more sanding and scribing of an entire kit).
  15. Bet they are a better fit than the ones in the Classic Airframes kit I finished last year ( there weren't any- had to make them). Having built the CA Defiant and the CA Meteor for IPMS Avons display at Telford last year, Airfix then released both as new kits - just my luck!