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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. Hi Frank, I pretty sure that the late Dan San Abbott was the source. This thread was posted on the Aerodrome. Regards, Steve
  2. Thanks for that. A month should be enough as I'll be largely building oob. Have made a start by filling a couple of small ejector holes on the wing under surfaces. Intend to lightly score ribs on same surfaces and paint as much as I can before beginning to assemble. Regards, Steve
  3. Like it, particularly the wing colours which conform with the latest research. Regards, Steve
  4. Hi, There was quite a debate on the Aerodrome some years back. May be worth a look. Regards, Steve
  5. Thanks Martin. Got started and the cockpit is first. Comprises two seats, a column and rudder bar. When dry and painted it is dropped into the fuselage which I joined together first rather than the usual one side only. Made it easier to centre I thought. There is a nice fuel tank and I have scratched a camera from sprue and rod and cut three round pieces of sprue toast as Lewis magazines which will be attached to the side of the cockpit. The kit is made along Roden lines with three separate bonnets/upper deckings. The shortest is for the two seaters, the longest for a single seater flown from the rear seat but there is another which extends the nose by two feet and is painted silver in the photos. Although not shown in the instructions there are two pieces designed to lengthen the nose sides to match this upper bonnet. To date I cannot find a Nieuport that has a fuselage such as this, circa 25feet long. Any guesses to what HR have in mind? Engine added and top wing joined together. Regards, Steve
  6. Hi, I'd like to enter and take the opportunity of increasing the numbers on my GB shelf. However I need clarification on my choice of kit. A few years back I built this kit as a 1920's NineAck. I compared it to quite a few old photos and couldn't see any differences between the subject and the DH9A's. The kit is the Maquette Polikarpov R-1, Russia's unlicensed copy of the DH9A. I replaced the kit rear cockpit with an Aeroclub Lewis/Scarff set up but that was it. I will do the same again but this time it will be built as a Western Front machine. Will this be OK? Regards, Steve
  7. Thanks Peter. Just pondering at the moment but this is the kit and research aid. Regards, Steve
  8. Hi All, Bit late for parade but there should be plenty of time. According to the WSDF 68 the 10 was built under licence by Dux, in Moscow, and a company from St Petersburg with a very long name which I think can be shortened to the Lebedev Co. I'm going to build a two seater with Imperial markings. The Russians seem to have up-rated the basic design from the original 80hp Le Rhone engines and installed 110-120hp Le Rhones and 100hp Gnome Monosoupape rotaries in some aircraft. Main visual difference seems to be a different cowling. Haven't decided which yet. Regards, Steve
  9. Read this after the Hassel/ Kessler books. Remember the bit at the end when he is the ranking senior and cannot give the order to fire. As a testosterone fuelled youth I found this hard to understand but in my later years I can understand the dilemna no problema. Regards, Steve
  10. There have been several documentaries on Yesterday Channel that suggested that the German populace were more frightened of the regime than the Allies and this helped to stiffen resistance. Perhaps Hassel is describing how such fear was achieved. In my teens I read all of these books plus the Kessler?? books about an SS regiment. Pretty similar in content. I seem to also recall in the Hassel books a character called the Legionnaire. When the unit came across the bodies of German soldiers who had been hung by the MP's he comments that the same had happened when the Foreign Legion had retreated in the desert. When the rear echelons come under threat the general staff turn nasty and resort to terror tactics in totalitarian regimes in particular. One gets the impression the Russians acted in the same manner. Also did they not sentence returned prisoners to the Gulag post war. We have our faults but there is a lot to be thankful for in the Western democracies. Regards, Steve
  11. Splendid job. Very impressed as the standard of Merlin kits is so unpredictable. Regards, Steve
  12. Now on sale at Hannants. Been looking forward to this, just like last year with the BE2c.
  13. Looking good Ian. I've used the scribing trick several times and usually use superglue gel. Even with that medium I managed to get a couple of dimples when the glue appeared to pull at the thin card. Keep the glue thin seems to be the way to go. Regards, Steve
  14. Love it. It's off the beaten track but well up my street. Regards, Steve
  15. I'm fairly certain that Berthold's DVII was an early model and should have five colour lozenge. It also used the Mercedes engine but the Revell kit has the BMW engine. I've copied and pasted part of a thread I posted to on ATF. Hope it helps. Regards, Steve It's a simple conversion that Ray Rimmel first publized in Wings in the 70's or 80's. The exhaust is removed from the kits BMW engine. The Mercedes exhausts exit the fuselage half way down the starboard side. Drill a hole and then find a small piece of 10 thou card. Drill two small holes next to each other and push hss into them and cement. The hss goes through the fuselage hole and the card acts as a plug which is glued into place. Add the radiator and use plastic card or sprue to fill in the step where the exhaust would have lain. File to shape. Remove the filler cap and relocate to the centre of the radiator top. The vents on the fuselage sides are from the later BMW version and I simply removed some with a file in Roden fashion. The late Dan San Abbot reckoned there were somewhere in the region of a dozen different vent patterns so what ever you do it won't be far wrong. The Osprey books offer various alternatives. The rest of the kit is as Mr Revell intended.