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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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Type VIID U-Boat

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Type VIID U-boat
1:350 Gift Set


Designed between 1939 and 1940, they were essentially a longer Type VIIC with five mine silos positioned aft of the conning tower. Armed with 12 torpedoes and either 26 TMA or 39 TMB mines. Additionally the submarines were armed with an 88mm deck gun and a 37mm anti-aircraft gun on the conning tower bandstand. Only 6 Type VIID’s were constructed and of these, only 1 survived the war.

The Model

Coming in its gift set form, the model is accompanied with a double ended paint brush, a pot of Revell contacta glue and three pots of Revell Aqua colour, No’s 69 (Granitgrau), 77, (Staubgrau) and 371, (Hellgrau). The model itself is in the standard open ended box that Revell insist on using. On opening the box the 5 sprues of grey styrene fall out. Three of the sprues contain the two halves of the hull and the one piece deck. The other sprues contain the rest of the parts, the first, contains the conning tower and its deck, the bandstand and deck railings, main deck gun and 37mm AA gun. The rest of the parts, such as the rudders, fore and aft diveplanes, propellers and shafts, and finally the periscopes are contained on the last sprue. This is a very nice little kit with some fine detail, particularly on the decks and mine silos. The moulding throughout is very clean, with only a bit of flash around the stand and several moulding pips, some of which are on quite fragile parts, such as the bow cable cutter, DF aerial and one propeller, so a bit of care should be taken when removing them. If this kit goes together as well as its 1:144 scale sibling then fit shouldn’t be a problem.






There are options for three of the 6 Type D submarines, each with a different camouflage scheme, along with their individual badges and smiling dolphins, plus an ensign sans swastika.



Given that this is quite a simple build, the idea of putting it in a gift set is excellent. Bringing younger modellers into the hobby is exactly what it needs and this is a great starter set to do just that. A very nice set and recommended to all.

Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit


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