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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. Great job. This is a lovely kit, and you have executed it brilliantly. Can I ask about the roundels? The proportions are out (more like pre-war). Are they correct for this aircraft? It certainly makes it interesting.
  2. XM607 had 301 Series engines, which were fitted to all Skybolt capable aircraft. This had nothing to do with range, but thrust. More power was needed to lift the heavier weight. With regards to the Black Buck missions, this had 2 bonuses. 1) With the aircraft at it's all up weight, 21 x 1000lb iron bombs and full fuel load (probably the heaviest the aircraft had ever been), the trust was needed to get of the airstrip at Ascension. 2) Only 301 engined Vulcans had pylon fixing points for Skybolt, which were utilized for the missions. With regards to the exhaust shapes, the 301 is straighter and not kinked outwards like previous engines were
  3. Very nice. I've just completed this model myself. Restricted it too, but didn't go as far as you did with yours. Excellent job!
  4. Yes, that's where I got the idea from. The idea was also to get rid of heavy undercarriage, which was being carried around purely for 2 short phases of the flight.
  5. I wanted a good burn to get it to altitude...
  6. Built for a GB over on What-if..... In 1960 the Royal Navy started looking at ways in which to protect it's fleet from airborne attack without the need for big expensive carriers. One of the concepts favoured was that of the old catapult armed merchant ship, but brought up to date. A plan was devised where a number of ships would be modified to carry up to 4 small, fast, maneuverable fighters to act as air defence. To launch check them, they would be fired upwards at an angle with a rocket booster. Landing would be either by "dropping" onto a rubber deck and arrester net combo, or, as a last resort, ditching and taking to a life raft. The Folland Gnat was chosen as the base aircraft. Initial intentions were to keep it fairly off the shelf, but arm it with 2 Firestreak missiles. The F.1 entered service in 1965 aboard the only ship to be converted, renamed HMS Zellous. By 1974, the Gnats were getting a bit out of their depth and plans were made to scrap them. However, funds were made available to improve them, and the F.2 was introduced. It featured a small AI radar, a 30mm cannon and AIM-9 missiles replacing the obsolete Firestreaks. The F.2 soldiered on until 1984, before finally being retired. An F.2 has the honour of the first kill in the 1982 Falklands war, as HMS Zellous was on a routine supply run to the islands as the invasion started. All 4 Gnats were launched within a matter of 20 minutes, a crew record (the ship only carried one launcher)
  7. Very nice. What kit is it? Building the 1/48 Monogram one at the moment.
  8. Beautiful. RAF nightfighters in their "Night" paint, is so difficult to get right. You've got it right!
  9. Very well built. Having just built the revell/Matchbox one and converted it to B2, I appreciate a nice looking victor.
  10. Always liked the F-20 and love to see a what if version. Great job. I plan to do a pair myself soon.
  11. He's paying for it.......
  12. A wise decision, if I may say so..... The scary thing is, someone asked me to build all the Victors (and Vulcans) that took part in the Black Buck raids......
  13. After this weekend, it became evident that it is most people's favourite. Spoke to a pair of ex-Valiant Armourers. Got some really good info off them about this particular aircraft, and Valiants in general. Apparently, when the refueling probe wasn't fitted, they hammered a red wooden bung in the hole.....
  14. It should. That's where I got them from.
  15. Vulcan and Valiant to go with it.