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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. Available for pre-order from HobbyLink Japan for about $144: http://hlj.com/product/HKM01E016
  2. Don't expect to see the Otaki C-5 released again. Nobody knows where the mould is or if it still exists
  3. Pretty sure there is a C-133 Cargomaster in the works as well.
  4. Rowan Atkinson has an electrical engineering degree. I would bet that he was at one time an active modeler.
  5. Because the model pictured appears to be the Tamiya kit.
  6. It does look like the Tamiya kit. They also appear to have used the bulged fairing ahead of the windshield that covers the Sperry autopilot on the Mk.XX. Tamiya included that part but never released a boxing of the kit that used it.
  7. I believe that was 'Help!'
  8. Wing size is a compromise between needing to be large enough to provide reasonable landing speeds and yet small enough to reduce drag at cruise. A VTOL aircraft can optimize towards smaller for better cruise/high speed performance because the wing is essentially dead weight in the landing and takeoff phases. The first gen Harriers also had quite small wing areas and this was increased for the second gen to be optimized for payload capacity using a rolling takeoff where the wing supports some of the weight instead of none.
  9. Here's the latest re-release: http://hlj.com/product/HSG64747 Hasegawa keeps releasing limited editions with new decals but only the A-4M seems to be a regular catalogue item at the moment. At some point the earlier versions will likely get reissued again. Until then there is always ebay. http://hlj.com/product/HSGPT33
  10. This drawing actually looks a lot like the Trumpeter kit, but if you compare it to the photo of the Hendon Defiant that I posted later in the thread it does not appear to be particularly accurate. The drawing has the same short rear retractable fairing of the Trumpeter kit and the line showing where the top of the fairing would be when retracted is above the top of the turret ring. In the photo of the Hendon aircraft the top of the turret ring is clearly at the level of the retracted fairing. Because of the shallow angle, the small height error translates into a large error in the length of the rear retractable fairing on the Trumpeter kit. Here's a great air-to-air shot that shows the cross section a bit better:
  11. Here's what the fuselage should look like
  12. Nor a Magical Mystery Tour bus (or even a Tragical History Tour bus).
  13. If you want an accurate Defiant, this isn’t even worth considering compared to the Airfix kit. I think even the original Classic Airframes kit might be better.
  14. There are still people who say that no kit has captured the Hellcat's "smile" quite as well as the Otaki/Arii kit.Their P-47D Razorback is quite nice too. There's also a J2M3 Raiden, A6M5 Zero, Bf 109G-6, and Fw190 that, while clearly superseded by newer kits are still fun to build.
  15. The A-26 is not a Special Hobby tooling. It is from Italeri's own molds.