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      DDoS and Brute Force Attacks   09/18/2016

      Since the 15th Sept until until yesterday afternoon (19th), we have been 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.   We fought this with the tools available to us, and have gathering a substantial amount of evidence against the attackers, who persisted with their attack for almost 5 days regardless of the consequences to themselves.  This was a terrible mistake on their part.  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.  Hackers are seldom able to completely mask their real identity and location, and we have some very competent people working on it on our behalf, which is already reaping the rewards.   We don't believe that this is a random attack on balance, but for 5 days 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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  1. Good stuff as always Troy. Celt, nice modelling there. I also built this many moons ago and still have the model. Like many other Matchbox kits it was a superb build and I distinctly remember that this kit along with the same company's Tempest (II in my case) needed not so much as a smear of filler. Quite unique then as it would be even today! Nige B
  2. My first full vac kit around 15 years ago now. They build well as you can see and are surprisingly robust. Great confidence builders aren't they? Nige B
  3. I'm 66 and have similar issues but I just enjoy the modelling and don't worry too much about reaching those inhuman standards often seen in all the best places. I think my worst thing is not being able to use a face mask without the specs steaming up or being able to hear speech on the radio as an accompanying pleasure. Mind you, we have much better stuff these days to help us such as decent masking tape for e,g. so there is much to enjoy still. And of course, there is that stash! Come to me my beauties....
  4. Welcome from another tyke. I'm also exiled ------in the dark region of W Sussex. There's probably more going on where you are!
  5. Now then lad. Welcome to BM from another Nigel/Tyke.
  6. Was that as a punishment?
  7. I don't think it's been mentioned here but several B&W Emma Peel episodes of The Avengers from 1965 sport a selection of Airfix classic kits from the period. A couple also include a very large model of a Lancaster, looks possibly 1/32 scale. These episodes are currently airing on True Entertainment Freeview channel (61) at 8 pm weekdays although you will have to wait a bit for them to come round again because they are now running the later Emma Peel colour episodes and then all the Tara King ones will be shown before we come back to the B&W ones.
  8. Have you tried phoning? From their website: From the UK telephone 01502 517444 or 0345 130 72 48 (all calls will be charged at local rate or are free if you have a contract with BT) We have 8 incoming telephone lines.
  9. They can be found easily on the secondhand market for quite reasonable sums. Might just as well do that since a fresh shop stocked item will more than likely be an oldish kit with new decals anyway.
  10. I'll have to accept that the possibility of an Avro Bison from them is out of the question then...
  11. Mind you, looking back on what I said there, it might be the 1970's I'm remembering with the candles.....
  12. C.1959 so they had the money back off the tooling just about! Virtually never out of the catalogue either until the new tool came along. State of the art back when I was 10 year old but allegedly a pretty good shape, I'm sure you'll enjoy the simplified way of modelling we enjoyed in the olden days when we had to model by candlelight and Champion The Wonder Horse was on TV. Enjoy!
  13. I think that your problem may be more basic than type of putty in use. Smooth results can be obtained as suggested by other replies, by using water in the equation. Unfortunately, some putties do not take kindly to water, one of these being Vallejo which as discovered, crumbles to nowt. Fine Surface Polyfilla is as good as Vallejo and cheaper but suffers the same. The cotton bud in water treatment is the only way with these fellas or sand it dry but then you have a surface slightly contaminated with hand oils and dust which needs cleaning before painting, again, water is needed so not ideal. I'm with the others who suggest switching to Green Stuff/Humbrol/Revell/Tamiya. That way you can work it wet and clean it afterwards with soapy water too.
  14. Thanks for the heads up Beard. Got mine on pre order now.
  15. Get some varnish over the decals and that will give them a bit of resistance to withstand the pulling off of the masking tape. I'd recommend some Rowney Cryla which is very tough when dried out, much more so than e.g. Klear.