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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. Very inspirational
  2. That could do, yes if I can find one. Looks like I'm stalking ebay until either that, or the Aurora kit, appears then....! Paul
  3. Really? I did not know that. Pretty industrial looking whaler (!) - I was hoping for something with sails! Paul
  4. Yes but nothing approaching the right scale - all too little.... Paul
  5. All very nice - but doesn't help me, I need a kit (I'm also planning on including a whale!)
  6. I have a hankering to do a whaling scene, but being vaguely fussy about scale I'd like it to be somewhere up around OO/HO and 1/72 (that way I can get lots of little figures involved). But what kit would be appropriate? Someone suggested an Aurora "Wandering Whaler" but I can't find one... Any suggestions? Paul
  7. Non acetone nail polish remover. Cheap as chips at chemists. Mind you, I don't soak entire kits in the stuff, I strip it off manually, but it's great for touch up jobs.... Paul
  8. I tracked down a Sulaco and a Drop Ship many years ago, before the money got really silly, but keep an eye on the auction and second hand sites, you never know your luck! There is also a couple of resin 1/72 APC's designed to go with the Drop Ship that are fun and still in production... Paul
  9. I've come across a 1/72 Columbia kit from what (I guess) is a Polish company - usefully called "Hobby Model". I can only assume it's some kind of rebox of either the Monogram or Revell ones. Does anyone know anything about it? If it is in any way decent it's certainly good value! Paul
  10. Yes, but with no way of getting a New Style Rondel I had to make do with a modified Old One, and it was the only way to get it to fit. But in Whiffworld there are any number of plausible explanations Paul
  11. So, about a month ago I’m looking at my Gerry Anderson shelf, particularly at the conspicuously bare spot I had reserved for something to make the collection complete – the White Falcon from New Captain Scarlet. In a fit of madness, I put aside my ongoing battle with the Airfix Harrier squadron and decided to scratch-build a White Falcon. I had some reasonable plans from the internet, which I blew up to a good 1/72 scale, plus a little Corgi diecast Falcon to aid in constructing it. I considered many kits for the basis around which to build it – Rafale, Grippen, Typhoon, even thought seriously of cutting up a super-rare Monogram F-19, which seemed to have the right kind of intakes. In the end, however, I sacrificed an F-16XL kit. To start with, I had to slit the rear fuselage, cut out some darts, and crush it in a vice to get the back half of the plane flat. This was fine for the upper fuselage, but the crushing of the lower fuselage pulled the lower half of the wings in, so they didn’t fit the upper wings, to I had to split them from the body, spread them out again, and putty up the gap, and…well, you can tell I didn’t really have a plan as such! It’s Art, not Science I’ve included some photos of it pre-painting, to give you an idea of what a dogs-breakfast of putty, spare bits and plastic card it really is! IMG_0904 by puddingisacat, on Flickr IMG_0905 by puddingisacat, on Flickr IMG_0908 by puddingisacat, on Flickr The canopy is from a Typhoon, the distinctive hump-back from some carefully moulded droptanks. The hardest bit was the nose, which is a very unique shape and was assembled out of a strange little droptank, part of a Mirage nose, and lots of putty and sanding. Then I sprayed it with Mr Surfacer (and sanded it, and sprayed it with Mr Surfacer, and sanded it, etc, etc) then sprayed it black….. IMG_0913 by puddingisacat, on Flickr ….then white…. IMG_0914 by puddingisacat, on Flickr …and – TA DA! Here is the result! I don’t usually do shiny planes – much prefer dullcote – but the gloss just looked right here: IMG_0940 by puddingisacat, on Flickr IMG_0955 by puddingisacat, on Flickr IMG_0949 by puddingisacat, on Flickr IMG_0946 by puddingisacat, on Flickr IMG_0943 by puddingisacat, on Flickr IMG_0942 by puddingisacat, on Flickr IMG_0941 by puddingisacat, on Flickr So how did I do? Thus completes a major work! If you would like to see the full collection in my little pan-Gerry-Anderson-Universe backstory, it is here: http://galloglaigh.blogspot.com.au/ Paul
  12. So I'm making an Airfix GR5/7, and one of the stores is not in my instructions. It looks kinda like 2 gun pods stuck together with extra fins. It definitely fits under the fuselage where the guns go. What the hell is it? photo-1 by puddingisacat, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/34860818@N06/12529375814/ Paul
  13. I also found this http://www.b26.com/page/case_history_of_b-26_airplane_project.htm Which states that "... on 25 February 1943, the Director of Military Requirements directed that the following items be deleted from all B-26 series aircraft: the astro dome, astro graphs, astro compass, outlets for electrically heated clothing, and the camera mount..." ...all as weight saving measures Paul
  14. I'm putting together a couple of Airfix B26s, and there in an option to put on either a clear bubble or a closed hatch on top, just behind the canopy. I have ascertained this is either the "Navigator's Astro Hatch" (clear I guess) or just an escape port (solid). But I don't know what kinds of Marauders had which? Paul
  15. And that of course would be much appreciated