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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. Brilliant work so far! I'm watching with great interest!
  2. I am stunned! The cockpit and especially the weathering are brilliant. First rate!!
  3. I finally got started on the weathering stages today. Bear in mind I'm an aircraft builder so I started with some post-shading. I like how it turned out on the turret but the main hull is too heavy handed. I can always knock it back down later. Its since had a satin clear coat so I can start with washes tomorrow.
  4. My, what a big gun you have there, Mike.
  5. Oh, my. This is a brilliant piece of work! I'd be a very happy hobbyist if I could achieve results half this good.
  6. Have you tried a flow retarder? I keep wanting to as, many claim it solves all their acrylic problems, but I keep muddling through and cleaning my airbrush a lot. BTW I think you've gone a bit heavy with the anti-skid texture on that tank.
  7. Nothing since this stage, Kev. Not for lack of desire but I've been feeling the tug back towards some aircraft that are long overdue for some work. And that new PCM Hurricane to start! I've got a 6-day stretch of days off coming up soon so a lot will be getting done then. Mike, I had to stare at those pics for a long time to find that! But I believe you are correct. I must've taken some cat hair into the room with me. Thanks for spotting it, Eagle Eyes!
  8. Main paintwork is complete, except for those skirts I'm still wrestling. It has been given a lighter shade but I'm not sure if it made much difference. Obviously the key to giving this any realism lies in the detail painting and weathering. This will provide me my first real opportunity to completely wreck the project. Cross your fingers for me!
  9. Now the fun stuff begins! I'm still figuring out the side-skirts due to the tricky bit of building needed to adapt the TUSK modifications to them. While that continues I got a first coat on the turret. Note that I've already knocked the smaller MG off.. Easy enough to fix and actually helps with the painting process a bit. Happy accident I guess. This first coat is MM Acryl Desert Sand which is a bit yellower and darker than the final scheme will be. Some lighter coats of Gulf War Sand will go on tomorrow to fade the colors somewhat. Should have another update tomorrow! Dave
  10. Both very good ideas, although in the case of cutting the barrel off there is warpage in both parts. Considering that this build is more about the process than the result for me I'm going to live with it as-is. By the time all is said and done there will be several areas that are 'incorrect'. I'll be using kit decals for instance and have no way of even knowing if the tank depicted ever had a TUSK upgrade. My two main goals with this build are actually finishing an armor build (never have as an adult) and learning about weathering techniques. I did manage to finish the turret assembly yesterday and got it primed. Nothing quite like that first primer coat to start pulling everything together!
  11. Looks like a great kit, and you're really doing it justice! The lighting is awesome....
  12. A bit of progress from yesterday.... I find that, the more fiddly bits there are, the slower I move. I can only do so much before I have to step away for a while and regain my sanity! With the TUSK conversion and all the details already in the kit that means frequent breaks. Anyway.. Here is the .50cal completed and installed with the resin camera(?) added: Sure is getting busy on top of this turret! Then I encountered a bit of a problem. The TUSK conversion includes a second .50cal that gets mounted on the main gun. The two main parts of this gun had some serious warpage. I tried the hot water trick which corrected it somewhat, but the darn thing still has a droop to it. This is a bummer since it's a focal point of the model but there seemed to be only so much I could do. As it is the gun could use a little blue pill. I also filled the gaps on the belly armor and gave it a test coat of primer. I'm pretty happy with the result there as it looks like one piece of armor now: I should have some more to post later today! Dave
  13. A bit of Googling revealed that Wheelliant is a new product line from Aires. Just FYI as I hadn't heard of it prior to seeing this set.
  14. I forgot to mention another AM product. A company called Wheelliant has released a set of weighted resin wheels for the Sufa. They are a multi-part assembly that looks (at least in pics) to be extremely detailed. They're only around $9.00 US. Got 'em on order...
  15. Aires has already released a landing gear bays set for this kit. Also, Wolfpack has already released a cockpit set and a correction set that addresses a few sensor/antennae issues. I have the kit but haven't really delved into it at all. I should be receiving the cockpit and LG sets in the next few days.