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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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B-8M1 Rocket Launcher

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B-8M1 Rocket Launcher



1:48 Eduard Brassin (648041)

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The B-8 Rocket Pod is widely used in the former Soviet bloc, and can carry up to 20 S-8 unguided rockets of varying types and uses. This variant is used on the Mig-29, and the Su-24/27/30MK/33/35 aircraft, with the correct adapter rails and anti-sway braces.

Inside the bubble-pack is a significant quantity of resin, consisting of four pod bodies, 4 tail cones, 4 nose cones, 8 adapter rails of two types and 16 sway braces of four types. A fret of Photo-Etched (PE) metal is also included, along with the usual small format instruction booklet.

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Each pod is built up from one body, to which the nosecone with its arrangement of holes crisply moulded is attached. A PE rear exhaust part is then added with the corresponding number of holes, which must be matched up with the other end to be correct. Fortunately, Eduard have foreseen this issue, and have provided a diagram to assist in this. A pair of tiny grab-handle shaped parts affix inside the tail cone, which is hollow cast, with mounting points moulded in. This fits atop the PE exhaust ports, and finishes the pod itself.

The adapter rails are for the Mig-29, or the Sukhoi range, and different sway braces must be used for each one, as well as fore and aft. The modeller must add short lengths of 0.25mm wire to each sway brace (6 pieces per pod) for ultimate accuracy, so remember to get some in stock when you plan on building them.

Conclusion

The parts are beautifully cast as usual, with the sway braces well protected by upstands on the casting block, but the nose cones have a tiny thin “probe” on the ends that arrived bent, but I suspect is a casting technique to avoid bubbles on the sharp tip, as they aren’t shown on any of the diagrams. Check your photo references to be 100% sure though.

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