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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. My list for a basic toolkit. Cutting mat - A4 or A3 - Jakar as has already been said are the standard ones, available in green or translucent. Knife, normally a no3 swann morton handle probably a no 11 blade. Spru cutters - some really good Xuron ones for about £13, or the cheaper clones for about £7 Tweezers, standard pointy AA as well as a blunt cross over pair that will hold the parts when you are not holding them. Good quality padded sanders Needle file set, set of 10, 140mm are the standard ones or the 100mm ones if you are doing tiny stuff. Liquid poly cement - Tamiya or plastic weld are two of the standard ones. Filler - Squadron white for large areas, Vallejo filler for details. Paint brushes - these are personal there are lots out there, best to get these face to face, or a set with a range, 5/0 to 2. Masking tape Tamiya and or Modelcraft are the best I've seen out there at the moment. Small tube of CA glue, always useful ! Paint pallet always have their uses. Paul
  2. Hi, Enamels are not a problem when brush painting, but when thinned for airbrushing you get a stinky flammable vapor. So you need to decide if you paint outdoors or use a suitable extractor & suitable face mask. Water based acrylics would be worth trying if the solvents are a problem. There are plenty of ranges to choose from & I'm sure people here will point you to one which fits the area of modelling you do. A £300 budget is fine, you should be able to get what you need for that. There are a couple of airbrushes that will allow you to cover areas and smaller detail that I would suggest you look at. Our starter brush the Harder & Steenbeck Ultra 2in1 at £80 is a good choice. I has two paint cups 2ml and 5ml and two paint nozzle sets 0.2mm which will paint 1mm up to 13mm and an area 0.4mm nozzle set 2mm up to about 25mm. Harder & Steenbeck Ultra 2in1 The next one up is the Harder & Steenbeck Evolution Silverline 2in1. It also has a 2ml & 5ml paint cup and a 0.2 & 0.4mm nozzle set. It also has a preset handle at the back. This allows you to set the maximum paint flow, which is useful for pre shading and detail work. This brush set is £130 Harder & Steenbeck Evolution Silverline 2in1 Both will do the job the main difference is that the Ultra is a simplified cut down version if the Evolution airbrush for beginners. What some people do is start with the Ultra 2in1, then buy a brush just for fine detail at a later date & use the Ultra for priming and varnishes. Both brushes use the sam needles and nozzles and are easy to strip down and clean. They are also available in starter sets. Our standard compressor is the little-jet is £135. This is a good quality, simple compressor. It will put out 30psi and has a duty cycle of 40 minutes. It is quiet and has a regulator on the compressor to set the air pressure. It also has a 2 year warranty. little-jet compressor We also do starter sets. Airbrush compressor, cleaning pot, basic face mask, cleaning brushes, workshop DVD and bottle of airbrush cleaner. The one with the Ultra 2in1 & little-jet is £220 Starter set Ultra 2in1 & little-jet and the one with the Evolution Silverline 2in1 is £271 Starter set Evolution Silverline 2in1 and little-jet compressor Hope that helps. Looking at your other post , we also sell all the modellingtools, glues etc that you will probably need. Hope that gives you an idea of the costs. Paul
  3. Several things you need to decide. 1. What sort of areas and details will you be painting ? 2. What paints you are thinking of using ? 3. Your Budget ? 1- Are you just going to be painting overall colours and primer coats, or are you looking to paint fine lines and fiddly details as well. 2- Make sure they are suitable for airbrushing, use the paint manufacturers cleaner, thinner and retarder, at least until you are happy with things. 3 - The difficult bit, with anything engineered you only get what you pay for. The two main parts are the compressor and the airbrush. The airbrush is the most important part, this is the tool you will be using and need it to be able to cover the areas you need. The compressor is the power source, if you have a good compressor, something like a sparmax, if you have a low budget get a chinese compressor. It probably won't last anything like as long, but gets you going for now. Paul
  4. Show is now slowly taking shape...... Mat has contacted all the exhibitors. Looks like a couple of the regulars can't make it, but there are a couple of new ones to take up the space. Hoping for loads od Daleks & Cybermen this time. As it's K-9's 40th, we'll be having a Best K-9 competition...I should say the two real ones won;t be allowed to enter ! If anyone hasn't been contacted yet, or would like space at the show, please get in touch ASAP, Thanks, Paul
  5. We'll i'd be interested in seeing it all as I didn't see any of the demos ! But for a taster a minute should get across the format and people can see what they missed ! Thanks, Paul
  6. Hi Chris, You won't find Mat on forums, he's not into that sort of thing ! I have some ideas for tweaking it a little, and adding more content but the basic idea worked well. For the first one I wanted to keep the focus off the demonstrations, and finding a general second hand kit who is available appeared to be impossible for this weekend. We may add another trader next year, but we need to develop the format , get a few different demos arranged to tempt more people in. This years event was arranged fairly quickly, so we didn't get much advertising out there. Now we've done this one, with your filming we have something to let people see the sort of things that are going on and advertise the event to more of the UK's modellers. Thanks, Paul
  7. Thanks for the comments chaps & many thanks to all those that came along. We'd like feedback from anyone else that came along on the 21st May. Please let us know what you thought of the format. What worked, what didn't, what you liked, what you'd like to see next year etc.... Thanks Paul
  8. Show is all setup, just waiting for the morning when our demonstrators arrive, then the doors open at 10 am. Hoping we get a good crowd and we hope everyone will go home knowing more or feeling inspired to try something new.. Thanks, Paul
  9. Only a small number of people need a secondary moisture trap, it all depends on moisture in the air and secondly how long you run the compressor for. I would put the secondary trap on the bottom of the brush with quick release below. This will keep the moisture trap the right way up and allow you to clear the trap of any moisture when it builds up Badger do or used to do a trap that fitted in the middle of the air hose,but from memory it was a sealed unit. Paul
  10. Hi, OK, sounds like you've got a moisture build up in the hose. I have seen this with a similar setup/environment several time before. Room feels dry, but there is moisture in the air and it builds up in the hose. Firstly make sure the moisture trap is not clogged at the bottom. If it can't escape it has to go somewhere & that will be into the hose. The simplest fix it a secondary moisture trap on the bottom of the airbrush, the sparmax silver bullet plus is a reasonably priced one and has a secondary air regulator included. It also has a valve to empty any water that it does collect. Hope that helps, Paul
  11. 123910 Paul
  12. Hopefully will be on that list! Paul
  13. What airbrush and compressor setup do you have & where are you spraying ( shed, garage, kitchen??). Paul
  14. Sorting out the final floorplan today. Also, waiting for the rest of my Mig-ammo stock, to go with all the new AK-interactive products that turned up last week. Cafe primed, fingers crossed. Hoping for reasonable weather at the weekend. Thanks, Paul
  15. I'd go for the AK interactive Xtreme Metal Brass. Great airbrushed onto a good primer coat. Thanks, Paul