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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. John Some answers - RAF fighters had black port wings until June 1940, when the undersides were to be sky. This was then amended to the black port sky starboard pattern in Nov 1940 and remained in place until April 1941. Repainting was carried out on existing airframes at unit (or station level?) so your Spit should have had a sky port wing (or at least an approximation of sky, given the shortage of sky at the time). Pete
  2. A Blenheim would be cool but just to big for me, a Gladiator, wouldn't be bad, I'd settle for a new Spit, a 1a, or a IX or XIV
  3. I think it's Boeing that own the trademark, and Airfix probably have to pay them for the privilege Pete
  4. Another vote for Kershaw's "To Hell and back". About two thirds of the way through. He covers a huge amount of territory but always manages to draw out key themes without ever being bland or superficial, yet at the same time point out contrasts where appropriate, and draws the whole thing together coherently. Highly recommended Pete
  5. I hang on to the old Airfix Roy Cross artwork, partly out of nostalgia, but that's it Pete
  6. Burn was 42 Base from Nov 1944 apparently Pete
  7. That is really very nice. Very inspiring
  8. Some interesting pics here http://www.arcforums.com/forums/air/index.php?/topic/222504-b-17-reference-information/&page=9 Doesn't explain what we're looking at but covers the H2X installation on B-17's in some detail. Just scanning the internet for pics of Mickey ships and I can't find another example with this installation. To me they look like pitot tubes - maybe to help him judge his speed when reversing into a tight space............
  9. It doesn't particularly look like the Monica installation seen on RAF aircraft (which isn't to say it isn't.). Here's an example on a 100 Group Fortress, second pic down. IIRC the Monica aerial is the single aerial in the centre. (I'm away from my references and may be rambling dangerously.....) http://www.cambridgeairforce.org.nz/WONZShow/2016/01/episode-97-lindsay-budge-b-17-gunner/ Also why a twin installation? Interesting.
  10. Superb character actor, very sad indeed
  11. I spoke to my broker about this Richard, and this was his reply "Past performance is not indicative of future performance, they may go up or down". "A bit like the MkXXVII, then" was Uncle Cuthbert's response (two tours on them, during the Mutaban border wars)
  12. It's awkward for us too, Pete. It's in the room but no one will talk about it
  13. And the injector pin marks, that's my abiding memory of the kit. Although if he designed them in, then technically they're not pin marks are they.....? Regardless, nice to see one built Pete
  14. They are indeed. A bunch of pics here http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/gallery.php?Group=352&Style=item&origStyle=list&Item=38&Temp=1051&searchString= Pete
  15. Very cool, beautifully displayed.