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      DDoS and Brute Force Attacks   09/18/2016

      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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  1. You can download them from here: http://www.model-making.eu/products/Walrus-Mk.1-Early-Warriors.html Simon
  2. The R.A.F. Clarktors were the Clarktor Heavy., with four rear wheels. Videoaviation in Italy do a very nice 1/72 version: http://www.videoaviation.com/ground-support/172-clark-tug-tractor/ I used one for an S.E.A.C. Liberator dio: Regards Simon
  3. F K Mason's Hawker Hurricane - an Illustrated History, page 227: Hurricane P3886 - No. 601 Sqn, Exeter, 10-40; damaged in landing accident, 15-10-40, but repaired; P/O J. W. Seddon unhurt. No. 1 Sqn, Kenley, 1-41. Perhaps the 601 Sqn ORB may yield more details? Simon EDIT - however, my (1982 edition) copy of Battle of Britain Then and Now, page 511 has Seddon in V6666 on that date - crashed on landing undercarriage not locked, 6.40pm. Pilot Officer J W Seddon. Aircraft damaged but repairable.
  4. If you Google Turbinlite Mosquito, rather than Turbinelight, there are a couple of useful images that come up on this page: http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/544/Blinded-by-the-Light-The-Turbinlite-Havoc.aspx The modification doesn't do much for the Mosquito aesthetically, does it..?! Regards Simon
  5. Thank you all for your very kind words - it's all much appreciated indeed. As I mentioned in the W.i.P. thread, I had started with the intention of doing it 'out of the box', but got a bit carried away, to say the least...! It didn't turn out to be the 'shake and bake' kit I had expected either, which was little disappointing, but the effort to get round the minor issues turn out to be worthwhile. Cheers Simon
  6. Nigel I ordered some a couple of weeks ago - they took around 10 days or so to arrive. Regards Simon
  7. So, four and a half months down, and finally all done and dusted. I've posted images in the Ready for Inspection sub-forum here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235005048-italeri-stirling-mk-i-w7449-mg-j-7-squadron/ Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement, and a special thanks to John, a.k.a. 12Jaguar, for all his help responding to my seemingly endless questions. Cheers Simon
  8. Hello everyone Just finished off my Italeri Stirling dio. Started in the middle of February, finally done and dusted today. I'd decided to put the Stirling in a diorama, with some work being done to resolve a 'sticky' starboard wheel that is portrayed semi-retracted. The interior has had a load of work done to it, and the Work in Progess can be found here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234997690-italeri-172-stirling-i/ Firstly, a big thank you to 12jaguar, without whom this project could not have been possible - many thanks indeed John! Anyway, on with the photos. Firstly, some overall views: And some close-ups. Maintenance crew having a look: More technicians, studying some diagrams: The complex Stirling maintenance jack: Flat bed AEC Matador, converted from the Airfix gun tractor: Bedford MWC from the Airfix Bomber Resupply set, converted into an early version with canvas doors and fold down flyscreens: The base is my own done in Photoshop, printed out and mounted on a sheet of foam board, with the grass is RG5142 'Green Grass' from the Woodland Scenics range, with a light spray of brown to tone it down a bit. Figures are from MMS Models and the Revell RAF Personnel set. Ladders are laser-cut wooden ones from Ancorton Models. It's been an enjoyable and at times frustrating exercise, but I'm happy with the result. Cheers Simon
  9. Mike Photos of what's in the box here: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234986070-liberator-mkii-al550m-159-sqn-raf-salbani-1943-conversion-magnaacademy-finished/ Simon
  10. Photobucket, not Photoshop I think... Simon
  11. Mike Not sure what you mean, as I haven't used Vallejo 'equivalents' to Revell colours: see post #14: "a mix of the Revell 361/360/84, and added a touch of white to lighten it, plus a smidge of Vallejo 921." Simon EDIT - photos in post #14 fixed now - apologies for messing them up.
  12. Wow, thanks everyone. I'm still figuring out eactly what I'm going to do with the base, figures and vehicles and where they will all go so it looks 'right'. I think is the most enjoyable part now all the various elements are ready. Cheers Simon
  13. Another quick update for today, and hopefully onto the finishing straight... I've been busy with the vehicles and figures, but meanwhile I've managed to get the Stirling's turrets on and finished, and the cockpit glazing fitted. Nose turret, with two windscreen washer jets added as well: Mid upper turret: Tail turret: Cockpit glazing: Fit of the cockpit glazing wasn't great, but the Stirling is just about finished now, just the props to add I think. Everything is just about ready to all put together, so more soon... Cheers Simon
  14. They've made an alleyway leading from Newgate Street to the riverside and the Millenium Garden, which is near where the newspaper offices used to be - they closed those about a year ago now, but they're still there on Google street view: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Morpeth,+Northumberland/@55.1681901,-1.69068,3a,90y,274.27h,92.15t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sT95mz7pvQDjnOEzFBSpNIQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo2.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DT95mz7pvQDjnOEzFBSpNIQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D135.10648%26pitch%3D0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x487d8b3f0af2874b:0xc3bf2c67f1e7bd99!8m2!3d55.16875!4d-1.687493!6m1!1e1 There was a sign for the new Model Shop on the pavement on Newgate Street pointing down the relevant alley. Sorry I can't be more specific - i'd just come out of the dentist after having a tooth out, so wasn't 100% compos mentis, as it were! Simon EDIT - I was compos mentis after all (phew!). It's through the archway here, under the To Let sign: As you can see, the Google street view is way out of date! And for any Americans reading this, the shop on the right is called Shoecare... Go through the arch, and it's a short way on the right: