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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. It is the Esci kit, the sprue shots are on the Italeri website.
  2. Try this...
  3. They're trying to put a brave face on it, but not everyone is playing along. This appeared three days after the above report...
  4. It depends on what you mean by the biggest. The Grand Slam wins the prize for being the heaviest but that's only because of the casing. The actual explosive content is only about 8000lb, the GBU-43 is more like 18,000lb. You get a similar result in yields. Different bombs for very different jobs.
  5. Yeah, I'm thinking about them, certainly the radome set and tip tanks. You get replacement flaps, cowlings and wheels in the plusmodel boxing...not sure about the nose set, need to look at some pics.
  6. Books... Charlie Chasers - The history of the USAF AC-119 Shadow gunships in Vietnam Here there are Tigers - The secret airwar in Laos 1968-69 Batcats - The USAF 553rd Reconnaissance Wing in Southeast Asia 3 copies of Koku Fan from 1982 And kits... 1/72 Valom RF-101G/H 1/72 Roden C-123 Provider 1/72 Heller Noratlas 1/72 Plusmodel Warning Star - the full meal deal...I'm torn between doing it as a regular ADC EC-121D or one of the Igloo White Batcats. Maybe I'll buy another. Gulp.
  7. I'm pretty sure no active duty AF unit has ever replaced F-15C's with F-16's. Langley, Eielson, Holloman and Tyndall have all traded in F-15C's but for F-22's not 16's, whilst Eglin got the F-35. USAFE and PACAF between them have 3 Squadrons of F-15C/D's left, the 493rd, 44th and 67th. At 24 per squadron and a handfull of spares that totals 80 aircraft at the most. ACC has no front line F-15C/D units now and the 65th AGRS is no more, although I'm sure there must still be some with the test units either at Eglin or Edwards as well as the WPS at Nellis. I'd be surprised if they totalled anywhere near 50 jets though. I would guess the arrival of the F-35 is driving this. The 388th FW is currently swapping it's block 40 F-16's for it with the 34th FS already done. There are a lot of other units that will be doing the same in the the not to distant future which is going to leave a lot of very capable late block F-16's going spare. Some of the current ANG F-15 units such as California, Montana, Florida and Oregon already had the earlier block 25/30 F-16 anyway prior to getting the F-15's that were freed up by the arrival of the F-22, so swapping back should be no problem from a capability point of view. And given the heavy usage ANG Viper units have seen in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years having a few more around would be very welcome. Add in the cost savings from removing a type completely and it does seem like a good idea.
  8. I went into the Peterborough Hobbycraft a couple of weeks ago and the Airfix section looked pretty poor. It used to form the bulk of the models but now its pretty thin with a reduced section and boxes facing outwards to try and hide the gaps. Having had no new releases in for a long time now, I guess they're discontinuing Airfix. There is lots of Revell as usual and the Tamiya and Italeri sections appear to have taken up the slack, loads more 48th Tamiya than there ever was so models must still be selling well. The LHS has also seems to have cut back a bit as well, the main wall used to be all Airfix with the end wall for Revell. Now the end wall is solely Revells armour, cars and ships and a third of the Airfix section is now given over to Revells aircraft. They've also started to stock some Zvezda and a few second hand kits so I guess they're casting around for alternatives.
  9. Speaking as a consumer I've had it happen once. Speaking as a postie I've seen it a few times. When the item arrives in country it gets checked and has the customs info sticker applied. It then gets separated from the general population and forwarded to the local delivery office who make up the fee to pay card based on what it says on the parcel. Somewhere along the line your parcel has been missorted and has finished up in with everything else and hasn't been picked up. In defence of my fellow posties, when you handle a couple of thousand items a day your eyes get used to only reading the first line of the address in the half second or so that you spend looking at it. So it's entirely possible for it to make it all the way to your doorstep without anyone noticing. You won't hear anything because all the info is on the parcel, so don't worry about it, you've won one.
  10. What he said. Operating a concession allows the mfr to control the pricing, they get guaranteed shelf space and contol over the stock which remains their property. For the retailer they don't have to make any investment other than giving up some shelf space so there's no real risk if the product doesn't move. All of the Modelzone stores were Hornby concessions. When they went bust everything was sold off cheap except the Hornby/Airfix stuff. It remained full price until the doors closed at which point it went back to Hornby.
  11. All that happened is the same that happens every year. The list is posted at midnight and thats it. Someone suggested that there would be good news for British modellers but that was about all. No singing, no dry ice, no countdown, no facebook teaser campaign, no 24 day advent calender, no 11am meeting at Telford...nothing. Just a list. I don't really know how you could make it more low key. Morse code perhaps? Carrier pigeon? Maybe its the the time? Perhaps have it during the daylight hours when people aren't 'tired and emotional' and liable to get overexcited over plastic aeroplanes...
  12. Thats more to do with Amerangs mark up than anything else. The Japanese street price is around 7000 yen which is about £50 so in their respective markets they are very comparable. How much would an Airfix Victor be in Japan if Amerang were importing them?
  13. Probably about the same. The Victor is 228 parts according to the Airfix site. Whilst Hasegawa don't do V-bombers the 1/48 F-22 is a similar size if shorter in wingspan, but is a good deal more complex at 368 parts and the most recent issue is available from Hannants for , you guessed it, £59.99. I'm afraid the above cliche is no longer valid, Airfix have well and truly caught up with Tamigawa prices.
  14. And eModels as well.