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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 sharing, it would be great if you could post some images so we can see too.
  2. @Tony Oliver might stop by, he uses that primer and is doing lots of paint experiments... Good bloke to ask!
  3. The enthusiasm will flood back when it arrives I bet!
  4. Well, I've made some progress, I sprayed AK Interactive RLM 04 on the nose and rudder, let it dry overnight and masked them off. A quick pre-shade of the major panel lines was done in the morning, with highly thinned Tamiya Flat Black and in the afternoon, Ammo's RLM 65 on the undersides was next, again, left to dry overnight and the top fuselage was masked ready for Ammo RLM 02 application. I didn't do any masking of the top surfaces at this stage, I thought I might get paint lines if I did, so I marked the sides and undersides for the splinter locations and sprayed it freehand, slightly going over the imaginary lines just in case as I wanted to keep a little of the panel pre-shading to show through to break up the monotone look. Next I masked ready for Ammo's RLM 71 ( I went way over the top with my masking by the way, but weirdly I enjoy doing it!?) and sprayed that last night then put it back in it's container to dry overnight. This evening I came home, said hello to the wife, reasoned with my little one who wanted to skip dinner and go straight to desert (I sympathise mind!!!) and rushed upstairs to check out my handy work... I thought I had taken more pictures at each masking phase, but alas, they're nowhere to be found (lucky you ) so there's just the one from which you can see how overboard I went! It shows what I mean about marking the tape for free-hand spraying of the RLM 02 and the overspray done on purpose at least: Masking tape off for the reveal, this is what I have on the underside. Weirdly I didn't cover the yellow overspray on the wing leading edges very well, so I'll have to do some remedial spraying there: Top side head on view, the cockpit and leading edge slats (which are just push fit at the moment, they'll be glued downwards at rest when it's finished) still need to be painted RLM 02 as do the wheel wells, the machine gun barrels and scoop need sorting too obviously: Next up is a side view, showing the pre-shade, I'm quite happy with it, not sure what will happen after a gloss coat though. I apologise to the purists at this stage, The fuselage demarcation lines should be wavy but inexplicably, I just did straight lines subconsciously and only realised after the RLM 02 had been sprayed: Rear view, just because they're my favourite shots (ooo er): The last shot of the day are the decals, they've had a few days in decent sunshine and the yellowing is definitely fading back to white, really pleased, just need a few more sunny days and they might be there (huge difference if you compare to the picture in my first post ): Next up, remediation work, at the same time I'll paint the remaining little bits, wheels, prop etc, gloss coat or two or three, decals, then a wash. I am tempted to do some post shading but not too confident on that... Any and all comments welcome, only way we learn Hope it's not been too boring a post! Si
  5. Cool, not too bad then
  6. You going over the top or having to strip it back?
  7. That's looking really good, certainly not toy like!
  8. The control column set is a nice upgrade, didn't know they existed!
  9. Looks made to measure If you haven't already seen them, @PlaStix builds with motors, maybe some tips there for you?!
  10. You're right, the serial number is a nice touch, adds an air of authenticity.
  11. Shame you had to do the surgery but at least it all fits now!
  12. E-3 gets my vote too, the camo looks great!
  13. Very menacing, coming along nicely. I take it the MG131s slot in after?
  14. The engine looks superb and spotless finish on the Alclad Gloss Black.