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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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Sailing Ship Pamir

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Sailing Ship Pamir
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Pamir was one of the famous Flying P-Liner sailing ships of the German shipping company F. Laeisz. She was the last commercial sailing ship to round Cape Horn, in 1949. Outmoded by modern bulk-carriers, and having severe technical difficulties after her shipping consortium was unable to finance much-needed repairs and recruit sufficient capable officers, on 21 September 1957 she was caught in Hurricane Carrie and sank off the Azores, with only six survivors recovered after an extensive rescue effort.

The Model

The kit comes in a quite large open top box with a painting of the Pamir at sea under full sail. On opening the box there is actually a lot of space as the kit only takes up only around 2/3 of the volume of the interior.

The four sprues and the hull halves come in different colours reminiscent of the old Matchbox kits. The mouldings are nice a clean with no sign of flash or moulding pips. The moulded detail is nicely done and quite refined throughout. The hull appears to go together with ease and would need just a swift swipe with a file to clean up the seam. The only additional things for the modeller to do are open up the portholes, and back them with clear acetate.

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Moulded in a medium brown styrene the decks come on their own sprue. There are some deck houses and hatches moulded onto the decks, each of which has moulded wood grain which is a little regular and out of scale, but once painted should look ok.

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The second brown sprue contains the main masts, mast steps, fittings, spars, boat cradles, goose neck cranes,

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The next sprue is in white styrene and provides the main deckhouses, gunwhale fittings, cargo cranes, winches, ventilators, bollards, and mezanene decks for the cranes.

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The remaining sprue is moulded in black styrene and contains the foredeck netting, ratlines and the three part stand.

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Since this is a windjammer, there must be sails. These are in the form of three vacuform sheets and each sail must be carefully cut out and shaped.

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Decals

There is a small decal sheet provided with the ships name in a choice of colours depending on where the ships was registered, either Lubeck or Hamburg. There are also a number of flags for the different owning companies and ensigns. A paper sheet of code flags and pennants is included to add to the rigging as required.

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Conclusion

Although this model is in an unusual scale it look like it will build into a very nice model of a very attractive ship. It will take quite a bit of work and care to rig it correctly, but the instructions are pretty clear on where the provided thread is to be used. If you want to try something different then I can certainly recommend this kit.

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Crikey, do they still make this - I'm sure I had (but not made) this kit some 45 years ago!

If that's the case, then the moulds have held up very well.

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I'm sure I'm right in thinking the Pamir sailed under the New Zealand flag after being taken as a war prize early in WW2 until sometime after the war. I don't 'spose the markings would cover for this but it'd make for an interesting variation.

Steve.

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