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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. Personally, I would not thank Airfix for producing yet more F-35s, F-16s, F-15s, F-22s, F-18s etc !! There is no shortage of good kits available and, while they don't (to use a very tired, worn and somewhat overused cliché) make money for Airfix, I think it would be difficult for Airfix to add anything to or, offer any improvement over what is already available. I would however thank them for a new tool Phantom to go with their forthcoming kit of the one true F-4!!. I would also thank them for a new Hunter (single or twin, I don't mind!) and, new tool Lightning F1/F1A/F2/F3/T4/T5. Vulcan B1/B1A/B2, Victor B1 and, any version of the C-130! I realise I don't ask for much!. Allan
  2. Oh my god!! It's fatally flawed! It's unbuildable! It's completely inaccurate!! That 3/4 head on view clearly shows it only has 3 wheels on the port side and, the starboard wheels are all off the ground, they've missed out the flap hinges....................................!!!!! Oh well, SOMEBODY had to start rubbishing the kit before its released. That's almost standard practice these days!!. Just thought I'd get in first!. Allan ps - looking GOOD by the way! I like building my models in dirty configuration with everything hanging. Nice to see it looks like we will have that option. Will look good in RAF Sand & Stone finish! (cue sharp intake of breath from JMNs everywhere!). If this is released later this year, I think my better 'alf will find this on the crimbo list!
  3. OR, they could just stuff all the relevant alternative bits (including whizz bangs!) for each version into one large box and just include additional sprues for the actual aeroplane !! Allan ps Pugwash Airways eh? Well, why not. The RAF had Black Mike. Why not have a Pugwash Airways Black Pig option?!
  4. Well, I was there but, the choice of subjects was a little bizarre ( at least to me anyway). Very old and poorly detailed figures. A couple of aircraft I had no interest in. A couple of old car kits as well and, last but not least, the bird kits from the wildlife series. Out of the whole lot, I would only have taken the bird kits!! Very limited appeal but beautifully moulded. Thing is though, you can still pick them up for less than the Kitstarter price. I think the idea was good but, the implementation was poor - largely due to the very odd (again, just my opinion) choice of kits. Allan
  5. No argument here. I am very surprised that this has never seen the light of day since the last reissue (1986). It can still be picked up for reasonable second hand prices though. I got a couple from Kingkit recently for £16.99 each. Certainly get a lot in the box for that money. Despite its age, it's still a very good kit and probably one of Airfix's best of the period. I would also, personally like to see the F-84 Thunderstreak, F-80C , F-86D, F2H Banshee and Mystere B2 up for reissue. I also have 4 Airfix F4D-1 Skyray kits. I know the rivet counters don't like this one but, it's a very neatly moulded model that goes together beautifully. Good enough for me but, with the lovely Tamiya kits available, I don't reckon the Airfix kit will be reissued. I've also got a couple of Dornier Do 17E/F kits. Another very nice 70s era model. I am surprised though that Airfix have never retooled their ancient Phantom although, perhaps that may change now that we have the new FG1 kit to look forward to. I would certainly support the idea about marketing them as "vintage kits". However, pricing would be an issue. The afore mentioned Fouga magister is a case in point. Nice model though it is (I have four of them too!!) I wouldn't pay £15 for them. In fact, I paid about £7 each for them! I certainly won't pay 2017 series 2 or 3 prices for a 70s series 2 or 3 kit. I think I paid 65p for the B-26 in 1974!!. Happy days! Allan
  6. Actually, I can just see a couple of those things hanging under the wings of a 1/48 TSR 2 !! Good "what if" potential I'd say! Would scale in nicely. Allan
  7. Inclined to agree with you. Some of the larger kits are fast becoming unaffordable for me so, I now seek cheaper alternatives if I can find them for particular subjects. I bought the Revell 1/72 Heinkel HE-111 & B-17s recently because they are over £10 cheaper. They may not be as good as the Airfix kits but, they do me well enough. A near 30% price hike for the current Whitley V put me off buying that one!! Of course, you can usually pick up a bargain if you shop around. Price is of course a very subjective issue but, the bottom line is, if I don't like the price then I just don't buy or, someone else gets my custom. If I cannot find a cheaper alternative then I just do without! Simples!. Allan
  8. Although not primarily an airliner buff, I'd like several of these for some "what ifs" I have in mind. Unfortunately, not a £50 a throw. Nonetheless, these are quite attractive options. These will go on to my "would be nice " list ! (getting longer by the day!). Allan I have three categories ; Must Have Could use Would be nice
  9. Actually, you raise a good point. With regard to the Ju-88, those of us familiar with kit's lineage would opt for the Revell kit. However, the occasional modeller who may not be familiar is probably just as likely to go for the Italeri kit. The question of whether or not 30+ year old kits should go on sale at contemporary retail prices is a thorny one and, if I were to honest I would say they shouldn't. I'll bet we've all been suckered by the shiny new box with an old (but possibly still good) retread inside. I have no problem overall with repops - especially if there is little in the way of alternatives. Italeri had a lot of interesting subjects in their range. I would personally love to see the Cant Z.501, Gotha Go242/244, and Me 323 Gigant again. Very nice kits and, to my knowledge, never produced at least in IM form by any other manufacturer. Agree with you on Heinkel He 70 by the way! I don't think it is fair singling out Revell because, all manufacturers are guilty of putting old kits in new boxes. There are certainly plenty of Revell kits of the same quality as the Ju 88 - Heinkel He -177, Junkers Ju 290, Blohm und Voss BV-222 & Breguet Atlantic (love to see THIS repopped!!) to name but a few. Allan
  10. Fair comment. I'm not actually complaining as I like what Airfix is doing regarding their subject matter. Just bought a job lot of JP 3s to go with the Xtradecal sheet so, hopefully a JP 5 will follow soon!. Allan
  11. Well, I'm actually quite surprised that thus far, Airfix have actually chosen NOT to give us a brand new tool Tornado or, for that matter a Eurofighter Typhoon. Still, plenty time yet!! Allan
  12. They didn't. I was replying to the post which commented on the Junkers Ju 88!
  13. Probably because it's actually a pretty decent kit and, being much less complex, a much easier build than the (admittedly) beautiful Revell kit. Allan.
  14. .... or the Fairley Fanciful? Allan
  15. Preferably none at all. Nothing against 1/24 per se. I have built the Airfix 1/24 range (minus the Mosquito ) over the years. However, I feel their resources would be better used to produce smaller and more affordable kits that are assured mass market sales. I personally would not buy any new Airfix 1/24 kit because it would be way out of my budget league -- especially if one takes recent price hikes into account. My choice of course! Allan