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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 looks great, including with the black in the camo. bob
  2. And time for another update: 1/72: 13 builds, 2 ESCI rest Hasegawa. F-111A (x3), B conversion, C (x5), D, E, F, G (Australian) 1/48: 11 builds, 5 Academy (including 1 Italeri), 6 Hobby Boss. F-111C (x4 including test and recon), E (x2), F, FB-111 (x3), EF-111 and honorable mention 1/50 desktop model restoration, F-111C
  3. I think it was DP845 that Quill said was his favorite, and he was talking about fun to fly rather than to take into combat.
  4. Possible. And I'm not so sure about the "lack of roundness"- it may just be a glimmer on the north-west segment, or something like that.
  5. There's something funny going on with the fuselage roundel- note how pale the center is compared to either color on the upper wing AND fin flash, and also looks decidedly non-round. Though I hate to invoke the suspicion, is it possible that someone's doctored the dot?
  6. Not directly- the Mk.XII had the same radiator/oil cooler setup of the Mk.V (Trop), so if you can find a Vc(Trop) you can stick the new cowling on that. If doing a later XII you'll need the retracting tailwheel as well, and the pointy rudder for any. Oops, having read your question again, the Mk.22 has a longer 2-stage cowling, so not right for a XII anyway.
  7. Like the others said, great squiggling! (No, Great Squiggling is not a town in England, that I'm aware of.) This aircraft is subtly gnawing away at me- one of these days I'm going to have to buy a kit...
  8. Rich, part of the problem is that the bow at the rear end of the windscreen is vertical (on HB) where it should be perpendicular to the sill line. Thus the clamshells are wrong too. I wonder if it might be possible to shave back the kit clamshells- you'd then have to restore the frame around the "see-through" part. Since the windscreen is flat-wrap (single-axis curve) you could possibly make your own windscreen from something. You would still have to raise the sill some.
  9. Those do look rather nice!
  10. Sorry, I should have checked. If you're really eager, though, it is always worth an e-mail to Mike- he might be able to make a set for you? Here's a review that suggests that the Roden is basically to scale. bob
  11. I don't know about Roden being oversize, but Monogram definitely (?) undersize! Mike West, Lone Star Models, makes sets for Monogram.
  12. Wait a mo'- 1943! Then it will have been repainted into Ocean Grey instead of Dark Brown (plus green, of course). So it may not be the fault of the spare wing, it may just be a case of "oops, I did the mirror image."
  13. They also manufactured spares, including wings. One painted to 'B' pattern is perhaps a teensy bit surprising, but I don't remember when they dropped the two patterns in favor of one.
  14. I really should hack up my T-34C and Bonanza to begin the conversion- that should help get things moving...