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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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rowmk9

1/48 P-51B 'Ding Hao'

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I'll join in the group build with this if I may?

The Tamiya P-51B kit using decals provided by Wellzy for Lt. Col. James Howard's aircraft 'Ding Hao'. Now this aircraft is pretty famous and I usually steer away from such subjects because they have been done many times by other modellers (as is the case with Ding Hao), but after reading the Medal of Honour report into Howards actions on 11th January 1944 I simply had to build it.

This is the citation and is worth a read:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Oschersleben, Germany, on 11 January 1944. On that day Col. Howard was the leader of a group of P51 aircraft providing support for a heavy bomber formation on a long-range mission deep in enemy territory. As Col. Howard's group met the bombers in the target area the bomber force was attacked by numerous enemy fighters. Col. Howard, with his group, and at once engaged the enemy and himself destroyed a German ME. 110. As a result of this attack Col. Howard lost contact with his group, and at once returned to the level of the bomber formation. He then saw that the bombers were being heavily attacked by enemy airplanes and that no other friendly fighters were at hand. While Col. Howard could have waited to attempt to assemble his group before engaging the enemy, he chose instead to attack single-handed a formation of more than 30 German airplanes. With utter disregard for his own safety he immediately pressed home determined attacks for some 30 minutes, during which time he destroyed 3 enemy airplanes and probably destroyed and damaged others. Toward the end of this engagement 3 of his guns went out of action and his fuel supply was becoming dangerously low. Despite these handicaps and the almost insuperable odds against him, Col. Howard continued his aggressive action in an attempt to protect the bombers from the numerous fighters. His skill, courage, and intrepidity on this occasion set an example of heroism which will be an inspiration to the U.S. Armed Forces.

I think that makes him worthy of my modelling respect!

Here are the obligatory shots of the kit I'll be using.

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The markings I'll use. The machine is olive drab over neutral grey with white I.D. bands and nose. Should look fairly neat.

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Another Tamiya B/C... and most welcome too !

Ian

- Co-host, Britmodeller 2011 P-51 STGB -

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I'm looking forward to this very much! And I'm not even building it!! Great story and subject!

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Hi Rowan

I see the decals got to you ok ,I look forward to your build.

wellzy :headphones:

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These are easy to build aren't they?

I finished my christmas shopping and cracked on with the P-51B. I have an eduard zoom set (more for the seatbelts than anything else) so I spent the day building the cockpit.

The eduard p.e. instrument

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and then the cockpit p.e.

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And the two coming together.

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and then in about 30 minutes I did this,

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That cockpit is looking excellent! I also think the washes in the cockpit look great. Keep us posted and Merry Christmas :)

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Thanks for the kind comments, She's coming on so well that I reckon she'll be done before new year :)

Hi Rowan

I see the decals got to you ok ,I look forward to your build.

wellzy :headphones:

Yes they did Welzy, thanks ever so much for passing them on. Once I'm done with the instructions I'll send them on to you so you have the placement instructions for the kit decals I swapped with you.

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Agree wholeheartedly with Don. Eduard Zoom sets are just superb, but that takes NOTHING away from your own skills, Rowan.

Ian

- Co-host Britmodeller 2011 P-51 Mustang STGB -

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