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  1. With this latest version of the forum software, we've introduced a new feature called Lazy Loading. It sounds odd and like it might be a waste of someone's time, but it's a handy tool that accomplishes a few good things for the site and the members. When you click on a link to a forum thread the server provides you with all the graphics and text for that page, only now it only provides you with the part of the page you can see initially plus a bit more as a buffer for if/when you scroll down. When you scroll down, it then "lazy loads" the next pictures etc. so that you're not waiting around for the page to load and format itself. It also doesn't gobble up your data (if you're on a metered connection) for pictures you might not even look at. The result is that your page loads quicker, possibly uses up less of your data, and also results in less load on the server from the times when you don't pull a whole page down when you get bored, had clicked accidentally, or mistook the title for something else. What you might see occasionally is a number of horizontal lines or a grey block when you scroll quickly down a page - try it! Those lines will quickly turn into pictures however, so don't freak out Now you've read about it, you can relax next time you see those little lines briefly when you scroll at warp speed. personally, I'd have called it Smart Loading (c)
  2. After finishing zero models last year (I think? Or was that 2016?) I've managed a few this year. There was a bit of a weighting toward the front of the year, with the last one stretching from April to yesterday (the shame!) and failing to complete it as a GB entry Anyway, without further adieu (I know it's supposed to be ado, but I see that written seriously so often that it tickles me), I give you my 2018 output: This was a little resin kit of the little-known (to me at least) Swedish FFVS J-22A 1:48 from Planet Models (Special Hobby) that I built after reviewing it, and really enjoyed myself. It was all OOB, and pretty easy going IIRC. Build thread here. After that I undertook a dual build of a couple of Eduard's excellent Fw.190s from their Royal Class boxing, which I used a fair amount of their aftermarket on. I did one as a European machine, the other as a desert bird. Build thread here. The other one stalled near the finishing post, and got a little damaged in an accident with a BB gun, which swiped off one of its gear legs It's easily salvageable, I've just not had the time nor inclination as yet, but it would be a shame to waste all that effort. Here's the last pic of it with its sibling before it became a bit "abandoned" After those two it was on to doing a build of the (then new) Dora Wings P-63E KingCobra, in 1:48. Is there any other scale? This was a short(ish) run kit from a new manufacturer, so it was a little more taxing than your average shake-and-bake mainstream kit, but it was still fun. Build thread here. Then we get to April/May and everything starts to slow down. I started this Hobby Boss 262 for the STGB we had earlier in the year, but DNF and carried on at my own glacial place. I also added a T-Stoff wagen into the mix, as I really liked the pic of one towing a prototype, but decided against trying to replicate it 100%, so left off the tarps over the nose, the missing cowlings, FOD guards and firemen, as I only have so much time, skill and patience It came out pretty well in the end though, and I'm really proud of it even though it wouldn't win any competitions. It also highlighted the fact that I need a larger base. Build thread here. Unless I have a prolonged bout of insomnia, I doubt I'll finish anything else this year, but you never know. Stranger things have happened at sea Thanks for all your comments, likes & general support over the year, and thanks also for being the best modelling forum on the internet
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