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      From the day following upgrade to the new forum software, 15th Sept until the 19th, we were under a concerted attack by a person or persons using a number of 'bots and other people's Proxy networks to carry out what is called a Distributed Denial of Service attack, which is a method by which these 'bots submit thousands of requests to the website per second to overload the server and bring the site to its knees.  While this was going on, they were also making Brute Force attacks on our remote communications port to try and breach the server so they could do anything from format the hard drives to change ownership of the site, and bombarding the mailserver with similar bogus requests, some of which left some rather telling details behind.  This was followed up a couple of days later with a further attack that left more data to sift through, which we have passed on to our IT forensics people.On the advice of our Lawyer and fellow member JohnT, we yesterday informed the National Crime Agency and requested their assistance with the matter, and in an ongoing dialogue with them to find the culprits, so we are allowing them access to the server and its logs.    We don't believe that this is a random attack on balance, but for 5 days and a further evening we had to put up with some disturbance and interruption to the usually fast response of the website as we are seeing now that the attack has ended.  We will prevail, and don't worry about it.  We were the target, and these people will not win.  Karma will catch up with them   Mike, Greg, Dave & Julien.
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The Millie G and Snoot's Sniper - a pair of P-51's in 1/48

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Just completed a double build of a couple of Tamiya 1/48 P-51's.
For Lt. Francis W. Horne's mount, Snoot's Sniper, I used the kit (Cartograph) decals that came with the 'Blue Nose' special edition boxing. For The Millie G, flown by Major Edward Giller, I have used the Barracudacals decals for 44-14985, the first of the two Millie G's to appear in this colour scheme.
Construction is OOB, the seat belts are the kit decals on lead foil, the wings have been filled as per the factory and exhausts drilled out.
I used Modelmaster Buffable Aluminium applied with a brush for the bare aluminium, a mix of Alclad Aluminium/Dark Aluminium for the painted aluminium and Gunze H309 for the fuselage and empennage on The Millie G to match the nose checks.
First here is Snoot's Sniper as she appeared in August 1944 by which time only the under fuselage D-Day stripes remained - previously they had been applied to both lower and upper wings, and also the original canopy had by this time been replaced with a Malcolm Hood.
I have found a couple of colour photos on the net...I do not know who the original owner is as they have been copied many times:- all credit to whoever is deserving of it though.

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I have tried to replicate the same worn but not abused finish as seen in these pictures.

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And now The Millie G as she appeared in summer 1944 with only the under body invasion stripes remaining and before she had a rear view mirror added.
Again, I have managed to find a couple of reference photos on t'interweb, and all credits to whoever is due them.

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And now onto the pictures, and as with the Snoot's Sniper build I have tried to replicate the worn but not worn out look of an aircraft in the middle of a hectic operational schedule.

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Two thoroughly enjoyable builds, hope you enjoy the pics.
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Gosh I don't often get all gushy about models on this site but those really are very nice.

I think you've definitely managed to nail the look you were going for, and the attention to detail is very apparent. You've even done authentic wings. Bravo!

Al

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They are bloody amazing! So true to the reference pics as well. The painting is top notch, and in some of those photos they could almost be pics of the real things. Great work.

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Those are super builds and I think you've achieved a spot-on finish - very well done indeed and thanks for sharing. You've certainly given me plenty of food for thought when I next get around to a P-51 kit.

Cheers,

Roger

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Two beautifully made, painted and weathered models there.

Thank you for sharing.

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Great job, absolutely great.

I love the understated weathering - I just cant help but go over the top on mine!

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:gobsmacked: Those are absolutely superb ! you've got the weathering just right . . . none of this " Let's accentuate every panel " nonsense. I live not far from Wormingford, the home base of " The Millie G " and have always liked that colour scheme, in fact I built the same model a few years ago as " Miss Marilyn " your model, however knocks mine into a cocked hat ! :thumbsup::cheers:

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I can't stop looking at these, they are absolutely fantastic! The finish on both of them is superb and your photography shows them off to perfection.

Thanks for sharing

Howard

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A lovely pair of P-51s.

I like the D especially!

Great finishes on both of them :goodjob:

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WOW! :goodjob:

They are great, love the weathering. Not too heavy but just right for working airframes, love the paint chiping on the markings and light airflow stains along the fuselage sides.

Very nice!

Any idea why the wheel hub was only 1/2 paint red?

Shaun.

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Gorgeous pair of Mustangs, great stuff!

cheers

Simon

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Excellent! Love the exhaus stains! So detailed, and realistic! You should be proud of this one mate!

Robin

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Love Mustangs and love yours.

As an aside, did you know that the real 'Millie G' still exists. Its on display as a gate guard at a Dominican AirForce base. After wartime use the airframe went to Sweden and eventually finally used by the said Air Force.

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Got one of those in the stash, just hope I can get it somewhere near the quality of yours, beautiful weathering, really realistic, a lil photoshop and grain you wouldn't know they're not real, well done

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Wow, what a great pair of Mustangs. Excellent builds on the pair of them, great detail and wonderful weathering. I reckon you have got them spot on.

Sean

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