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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. TERMA pods were introduced towards the end of Op Herrick, from mid 2008 onwards. They were carried on the stbd fuselage station with Sniper on the port side. Mark.
  2. Michael, Airfix go out and measure an actual, extant airframe using modern methods and their kit is pronounced 'dimensionally wrong'? Whilst I concede that there could be errors in processing the raw data that filter through to the end kit, what makes you so confident that your dimensional data is correct? Did you run your tape measure over that same airframe? Is it from Wikipedia? Is it from the A.P., which is not always as accurate as it could be, or some other such source? I'll also admit there could be problems in relying on measuring one airframe. For example, is it typical of the type? What is the modification history of the airframe? Is it a hotch-potch of parts? Please don't feel this is an attack on you, I'm just curious to know where you are coming from and the provenance of your data that gives you such confidence to declare the Airfix kit "dimensionally wrong" despite opening with "If the dimensional data I have is correct...". Indeed, if your data is correct then the Airfix kit is wrong, but if your data is incorrect, then it follows that the Hasegawa kit is wrong. Mark.
  3. PM inbound! Mark.
  4. See here, Model Alliance decals and here, Isracast resin bits Not being a 1/48 builder, I can't speak to how accurate either are but others may know more. Regards, Mark.
  5. Sweeeeeeeeeeeet!
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  7. Depends on the time, but I know HAS.1's were used for the role. Would need to check, but I don't remember seeing mention of HAS.3's being used as plane guards. The old Modeldecal sheet 18 included decals for XS880 on Ark Royal and sheet 99 includes XP117 from Hermes, XM845 from Eagle and XP160 from Victorious. I know the Modeldecal sheets are 1/72, but hopefully should give you some pointers for Google. However, a quick check of the Italeri website reveals that one of the decal options in their 1/48 Wessex HAS1 kit is for XS869 from Hermes so it would seem you have an OOB option straight off the bat! Regards, Mark.
  8. Bit tasty that is! You bringing it along to the next club night? Mark.
  9. Tony, I based my model of XD753 on that very same information after reading the Curtis book, so imagine my chagrin when an inflight image of XD753 contained in the Modeldecal 97 instructions very clearly shows the 6-3 wing! Mark.
  10. In a rare moment of reckless spending, I bought some of the Xuron cutters and haven't regretted it since! They cut through etch like a hot knife through butter and make working with etch much less frustrating, with virtually no time spent hunting for parts that have befallen the carpet monster. After cutting and trimming parts from the etch frame, there is almost no need for clean up of tag scars they cut so cleanly. They would be more appealing if they were a few quid cheaper, but if you can splash the cash then they are my weapon of choice. Mark.
  11. Folks, Thank you very much for all replies, they are very useful and all are gratefully received! Regards, Mark.
  12. Jun, Thanks for that. I had a look for the book mentioned and can only find some eye-waveringly expensive copies, so will live without seeing that pic for now! Regards, Mark.
  13. Does anybody know what the source of the markings for NX154 JV-K in the old Matchbox Tempest Mk.II/VI kit is? I've had a trawl through the internet and through Britmodeller but have not found anything. Were the markings based on a contemporary photo or something else? If they were based on a photo, can anyone point me to where I can find it please? I built the kit in the markings provided as a kid, but am now curious as to their origin, especially since I have a spare set and am tinkering with the idea of a modern build of this aircraft. Any help or info would be much appreciated, Mark.
  14. That is one sharp looking Beau, superb! Mark.