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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. Thanks for the encouragement guys, I managed to stick something together already. So this WIP lark might give me the push I need. So, page 1 of the ZM instructions start with the engine. The omens are good as all the engine parts are on one sprue, so, no need to open every bag at the off. Detail is very good, and the parts almost fall together, so I am feeling quite hopeful for this. This is the end result of a couple of hours work, including painting. So far, paints have been Vallejo air which give good coverage and are a nice representation of the metallic effect. A quick black wash to bring out the detail and here is where I am at. I noticed in the photos that some paint was missing, so that kept me entertained for a further few minutes. In case you were wondering why I called this an FW201 this is because this looks like a 190's engine copy to me. Ergo, they would a be better placed to work on it. Anyway, next up is the cockpit and internals and once again, all the bits needed are on the next sprue, so let's see what happens next. More soon.
  2. Hi guys, I have never tried what if before, mainly because I was worried about ruining a model. However, having purchased a J7W1 Shinden, I thought that as it only ever flew a couple of times, and schemes are limited to say the least, I would have a go. I understand that the normal starting point is to make a back story, so, with apologies to any colonial members I knocked up the following. Feel free to criticise my attempt at rewriting history. Following the attack on Pearl harbour in December 1941, the previously neutral Americans were drawn in to WWII thirsting for revenge. This single event effectively made the Second World War truly global. The Japanese military then began a series of strikes and invasions across the Pacific, quickly taking Singapore, Guam, Borneo, and on into the Philippines. By the end of 1941 the Japanese had taken Hong Kong, and Manila. 1942 began much the same way, with Japanese forces seemingly invincible as they expanded their grasp over the pacific rim islands. A joining of forces with the Germans and Italians strengthened their cause. In response, the American forces started to grow in strength, and pledged to stop this expansion. Acceptance that the Pearl Harbour restricted immediate actions, the Americans relied heavily on their carriers, and set about finding the Japanese carriers in order to wrest control from the Japanese. In order to boost morale, and to demonstrate to Japan that America was not impotent, a raid on Japan was planned. The “Doolittle” surprise raid on the 18th April achieved this objective with much praise and rejoicing in the US. The Japanese responded by accelerating planned point defence fighters. May 7th saw a pivotal battle in the Pacific Theatre with the start of the Battle of the Coral Sea. This was the first naval engagement conducted purely by airpower from carriers. As the Japanese moved their naval forces in preparation of the invasion of Port Moresby, the intercepted communications allowed the US forces to react by sending Yorktown, Enterprise, Hornet and Lexington into the area with the intention of sinking the Japanese fleet carriers. Japanese scout submarines in the area were tasked with supporting and protecting the Japanese carriers Zuikaku and Shōkaku and the light carrier Shōhō. Both forces sent out scout forces to locate and identify the enemy forces. Mid morning of the 7th saw Yorktown aircraft identify Shōhō and her destroyer escort. Despite almost suicidal attacks, the SBD’s were unable to broach the shield, losing one third of the force for one destroyer sunk and one damaged. Shōhō sailed on unharmed. In response, the Japanese fleet armed for immediate launch of strike aircraft. Half an hour after the attack, the submarine I-21 spotted the returning Americans and relayed their position and direction to the main fleet. Angered by the American assault, Shigeyoshi Inoue demanded immediate response. The Imperial Japanese Navy prepared to launch its own strike, and started with scout aircraft. Following the lead from I-21, the search concentrated on the northern approaches whilst the strike force assembled. A stroke of luck occurred when the Kawashina floatplane from the Furutaka spotted the American fleet and radioed their position. The American fleet, recovering their strike planes were caught in the open. Twenty minutes later the Japanese Val and Kate strike force began their assault. With limited defense, there was little the Americans could do, and in short order Yorktown and Lexington suffered catastrophic damage. Hornet managed to avoid the torpedoes aimed at her, but suffered from the Val dive bombers. Twenty minutes after the attack was instigated, the Japanese aircraft withdrew. In their wake, Yorktown had been sunk, Lexington was irreparably damaged, and Hornet had received sufficient damage to need to withdraw from the area. Enterprise left the battlle area and steamed towards the mainland, eventually arriving at Alemeda base near Los Angeles. Two weeks later, Hornet limped into the dry dock area fro repair. This setback had a profound impact on the American war machine. Suddenly vulnerable, Germany first seemed nothing but words in the wind. A lip service was paid to the British in the supply of fighters and AFVs, but the bombers were being held back to the west coast in case the Japanese invaded. Urgency was given to any project which could bring the striking force to the Japanese mainland, and eyes were drawn to the new B29 from Boeing. One year earlier than planned, the B29 took to the air, albeit in a less developed form. Despite warnings from Boeing and the war ministry, the new B29 was ushered into service despite known shortcomings. The first raid took place against Tokyo on September 15th 1942. Extensive damage was caused by this raid, prompting the Japanese to bring into service the J7W1 Shin Den. Very quickly, this new design started making its effect felt amongst the bomber streams. The heavy firepower, incredible agility and speed made it an unwelcome introduction to the US airmen tasked with the destruction of the Japanese war machine. Within weeks, the Shin Den had gained superiority over the home islands. Meanwhile, in Germany, the RLM were struggling to stem the British night intruders. The Lancaster and Halifax bombers were adequately being fought by the BF110 and JU88 night fighters, but the Mosquito menace was becoming uncontrollable. In desperation, the RLM looked for inspiration from their new allies in the east. As a result, twelve Shin Den airframes were dispatched to Germany and equipped with the defense forces to the west of Dortmund. Their task? Find and destroy the Mosquito intruders. Not the best introduction, but I have decided to join the dark side and dip my toe into the murky waters that seems to be known as WHIF. For your delight (or other wise) I will be attempting to build the SWS 1:48th Shin Den as a Luftwaffe “Defense of the Reich” machine. All marking will of course be fictitious, so ya boo sucks to you to all the Luftwaffe experts out there. Enjoy. Starting point is the box shot Most of my work is glacial, but I shall try to progress this.
  3. 1036 squadron. .303 shooting, night exercises at camp, flying, solo gliding, but most of all, the friendship.
  4. I will be there with the Bolton IPMS crew in our usual place under the dark and draughty wing of the Lincoln. On the plus side, they have moved the Zeke (which I kept walking into) and replaced it with something new to bang my head on. Please feel free to pop along and say Hello!
  5. Best news ever. I am so pleased for you and your family. All the best for the future
  6. I would love to see a Hawk, but which one? T1 has a lot going for it, including the Red Arrows and anniversary schemes, but a T2 might give more options for export types. As long as they keep aerials, wing tips, instrument and side consoles as inserts on a separate sprue they could reissue in various guises.
  7. RIP the victims who died. Thoughts go out to all those injured and in need of support.
  8. You can never stop at one. Welcome to the forum
  9. Can of worms time, be prepared for a lot of conflicting answers but I shall kick off. I only use acrylics because I am not going to risk ruining my airbrush because I missed a molecule of enamel which jams it up ( did it once ). So, first up to answer your question about Vallejo, the difference is that Model air is pre-thinned, so after mixing goes straight into your airbrush, the standard paint needs thinning first. When it comes to brands, I prefer Mr Hobby Aqueous as a first choice, very easy to use, good colour matching and a nice satin finish for decals. Second is Model Air, again, good coverage and a nice wide range, third is Tamiya. Least favourite are Mig Ammo and Akan. if you can, pre dilute paints by getting hold of dropper bottles. To make life easier, pop a couple of small ball bearings in each one to help mixing. As paint pots get smaller just shaking becomes less effective. That's just my opinion, others will follow. enjoy modelling 😃
  10. looking at pictures on t' interweb it looks like your airbrush has a screw valve under the body below the paint reservoir. This is designed to provide extra control over airflow. Check it has not been screwed all the way in. This would restrict airflow, therefore stop paint. I would suggest unscrewing about half way and trying again
  11. I used a reader app on a Windows Tablet. However, the latest detail and scale books do not work on it (something to do with Amazon's new format) so went for a Kindle Fire HD7 and mightily impressed I am. The ability to zoom right into pictures with no loss of resolution is well worth it.
  12. looking at the box, a shade under 1.4 metres if built, or over a thousand small pieces if it is a pig 😈
  13. i understand that we (the Bolton crew) are going to be displaying at Cosford this year. Please feel free to pop by our stand and say Hi to tge Lemur.
  14. excellent job of what can only be described as a flying garden shed. I would never try something this kooky. Well done
  15. I assume the designer was not approached again?