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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. Indeed, the rockets weren't used very often on just about any Thunderbolts, some squadrons found them handy in Italian mountain passes but for the most part the vast majority of Thunderbolt missions were carried out with bombs and or drop tanks. I always say, don't put the rockets on unless you can find a pic of that particular aircraft or one in it's unit, carrying the rockets. thanks Mike
  2. Nice build but Klibbe never had rockets fitted to that aircraft. Some of the 56 th's bubbletops used them on one or two missions post D-day but stopped as they didn't like them. None of the 56th's aircraft used rockets prior to D-day, which is when this is depicted. thanks Mike
  3. Ok folks, we're now able to take pre orders for the show. If there's anything we have in stock, that you'd like to collect at the show, you can now get it post free by collecting at the Northern Model show. Place your order as normal on our website and when you come to pay, please use the Blue 'Checkout Securely' button, which will take you onto a summary screen with payment options at the bottom. In between the summary and payment options, there is a note about promo codes and gift vouchers, please click on that and enter the code NMS. That should zero the postage and lets us know you're collecting at the show. All pre-orders must be paid for as soon as possible as that will allow us to put the money back into getting stock for the show. Don't forget we can get some stuff that's out of stock, whether it's listed on our website or not but be aware that the deadline for ordering non Eduard out of stock stuff is Friday afternoon. Also remember, we won't be brining any mask. etch, decals etc, so please pre-order them if you want them! Don't forget to ask anything if you're not sure. thanks Mike
  4. Can't see any pics, just oops messages from photobucket. thanks Mike
  5. Check your PM's Tony! thanks Mike PS I'll post later today for pre-order info.
  6. I have umpteen carrier models! I have for example, a near complete Green camouflaged IJN Light Carrier Chiyoda in front of me and the WW2 HMS Hermes also sitting there waiting to be finished. What's also good news is that we have Flyhawk's HMS Illustrious in the pipeline along with Trumpeter's USS Yorktown and USS Enterprise. How far into builds can they be before they would be disallowed? A couple of questions spring to mind about subject choice. Russian aircraft carriers are classed as aircraft carrying cruisers (something to do with going through the Bosphorus I believe) so what's the score with them? I'm sure the Kuznetsov will be fine as that's very much an aircraft carrier (with cruise missile silos under the flight deck) but what about the Kiev's? They don't have full length flight decks and are more like cruisers than Kuznetsov but that said they did operate an air wing of helos and Yak-38's, in numbers that a light carrier would have. I ask because I have both the Kuznetsov and Kiev in the stash. Also what about Graf Zeppelin? Trumpeter are releasing that and the ship was actually virtually complete before work stopped (Goring interference I think). Anyway, I have most of the IJN aircraft carriers in my stash and quite a few WW2 USN options, so I could easily pick and choose something at any time. thanks Mike PS re-read the rules, so I guess Graf Zeppelin is out then!
  7. I've started a thread in the MJW Models section, regarding the show, what we're bringing, info and pre orders etc. So if anyone wants to know anything or ask about stuff we are or could be bringing etc, there's a place for it. thanks Mike
  8. Some of you will know we're trading at the Northern Model show on Tyneside on Sunday 4th June, which isn't far off now! That said I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread to say what our plans are and have somewhere in case anyone has any requests or questions. On our website we sell kits, mask, etch, decals, resin bits and paint sets but at the show we'll only be taking (unless plans change!) kits and some paint sets. There's only 2 of us and it's too much for us to bring everything and we can't afford to turn our online sales off, so we take as much as we can manage. We'll be bringing the following ranges (not full ranges though!) 1/48 Eduard kits (weekend + Profipacks + others), plus a random selection of (mostly Hobby Boss) 1/48 kits. We'll be bringing the following 1/72 ranges - Eduard (all styles), AZ Models, KP Models, Special Hobby/MPM, Brengun, Xtrakit, Sword and any bargains we can find! We also will bring a selection of Lifecolor and Vallejo Model Air paint sets, which will be a good prices! All stock will be at discounted prices and we'll try to bring as many real Special Offers as possible (1/3 off RRP or more). If we can manage to bring more we will but there's a limit to what we can do! We will, providing the technology works, be taking credit/debit card payments as well as cash. We won't be accepting cheques at all. I would advise people bring bags to put purchases in, as due to carrier bag costs, we don't have many left now. We intend to start taking pre-orders this week and I'll post on when that happens and what you need to do to pre-order and not pay post. What we would like to know from people going to the show, is there anything you want us to bring? If we're out of stock of any kits for example, do you want any of them? Does anyone want multiples of kits, if we can get them (Mr Wooksta - is there any Spitfire kits you're looking for? ), as we usually only carry one of each kit in stock. If anyone is wanting any masks, etch, decals or Brassin (or anything else you want to guarantee getting), as stated before, watch out for the post on pre orders for collection at the show but feel free to ask as if there is anything you want, so you can get it at the show (saves on post!). So finally, and I can't say this enough, please ask if there's anything you want, as there's not much time to get stock in now, we'll even consider stuff we don't normally stock, so please ask, otherwise we won't know! thanks Mike
  9. I'll be creating a thread on the MJW Models section, with info of what are plans are for the show, with what stock we'll be bringing, pre-orders and any requests etc, so watch out for that and feel free to ask us questions on that thread. thanks Mike
  10. At least it's Blue, some people make awesome USN WW2 carrier models but make the big mistake of painting the flight deck in natural wood. If you could be bothered you could have some small patches of natural wood showing through, where there has been more use. I need to get my Trumpeter Lexington done, I've got specific etch for it and a replacement bridge. The worst thing about the Meng Lex (and indeed the Trumpy Lex) is the moulded on flight deck netting, which looks far too thick. thanks Mike
  11. It's coming on well but Deck Blue is the wrong Blue to use on the flight deck. Deck Blue should be used on all decks except the flight deck which should be painted with the No 250 Blue Flight Deck Stain colour, which is lighter. Later in the war, the carriers had their flight decks stained with a darker Blue, similar to Deck Blue. See the link below for all the USN WW2 ship painting info you would probably ever need. thanks Mike
  12. Eduard's June kit releases are now on our website for really good prices. The single 1/72 release is the Profipack version on the Mk XVI bubble canopy, which is more good news for Spitfire fans. There's 3 new 1/48 kits including a Bf110F Profipack, another variant of the Bf109G-6 (weekend edition) and finally for WW1 fans a Roland C.II Profipack. thanks Mike
  13. It's not just KP/AZ boxes, Sword and Xtrakit boxes can come apart quite easily too. thanks Mike
  14. Hannants. That's where I got mine. thanks Mike
  15. Well that's interesting and very welcome! I need more time and cash. thanks Mike