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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. Blimey, thats coming along. Looks the part.
  2. Seconded, nice work.
  3. Good thinking
  4. Looking forward to seeing this one. Couldn't you give the missus a leg up into the loft?
  5. Those Hasegawa kits look lovely. I know what you mean about not wanting to start them for worrying about messing them up. What are you doing for decals?
  6. I can't help but notice that the nicely done panel lines actually match the real thing Result.
  7. Were off. A start on the cockpit tub, which seems quite adequate. Although I will be interested to see how it compares to the Hasegawa kits and some of the resin and etch builds. Also, the nose wheel gear bay and leg. The leg was a bit 'flashy' and had a lot of seams which needed a bit of a clean up. That all went quite well, so I thought I would have a fiddle with the swing wings. I was worried about the fit, but it all seems nice and rigid, no flapping. Just needs a bit of care to get it all lined up. The only thing I have found so far, that I am not all that happy with is the rendition of the upper fuselage vents, which to my eye don't quite capture the detail of the original. Should look a bit more like this. Might have to break out some plastic card strips. I wonder what the Hasegawa ones look like? Thanks for looking, Aardvark fans :-)
  8. Two 'The Chief's? Even more interesting! Nice work so far, great to see the '111 alongside a Mig-21. Really lends a sense of the size of the old Aardvark.
  9. That's interesting. 'The Chief' is now at Duxford in the American Air Museum. I notice she's on the kit decal sheet, complete with tail flash and nose art.
  10. I think Airfix starter kits will be ideal for this. I'll pick up a couple of car kits.
  11. If like me you are interested in the different intakes of the F-111 versions, you may find this helpful. Also a great site for lots of other info. http://f-111.net/models/inlets/index.htm
  12. Thought I might share a few pictures with you all. Looking up into the 'bomb bay' of Duxfords F-111E. Surprisingly clean and uncluttered. The nose wheel gear. Hope these are of some use, fellow Aardvark fans.
  13. Ok, time to make some kind of a start. I plan to build an 'A, one of the very first in service, and one of the first detachment of six to deploy to South East Asia, Thailand, on the F-111's combat debut over the hostile skies of Vietnam as part of operation 'Combat Lancer' in 1968. I'll be using the Italeri boxing of the ESCI '111. This has the detachment fin flash on the decal sheet. Not sure which a/c to build just yet, but probably one of the survivors. Some were later converted to Sparkvarks and served in Gulf War One, so they will be on the shortlist. Cheers. (ignore the Bf-109G-10 lurking on the bench. I have a few WWII fighters to finish off, but I can make a start on some small Aardvark bits )
  14. Dimmy, thanks for sharing those photos. Fascinating.
  15. Hi Nick, Thanks for stopping by. That is most helpful and clears that up. Interesting that you note the diffused demarcation between tones. This would help the canvas cover theory, as I was doubtful if all the lines had been quite sharp (not that I'm claiming to have any knowledge about it). Also interesting that you and Graham agree that just some mixing of paint should achieve the desired result, which is great as I can allow myself some artistic licence. Thanks for the replies, chaps.