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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.

Argentine A4's Yellow Ident Marking

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Hi Folks,

Looking at the new DFD set from Airfix and the Airfile Book,

I'm a little confused as to where the Yellow Ident goes?

Kit shows Upper Wing!

Book shows Lower Wing!

Once that's sorted? Next Q is for how long was this worn?

If for the Falklands war then not very long!

Googling doesn't seem to support either way.

Hoping some knowledgable person here might know the answer to this little connundrum?

Thanks for any help.


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Hi Adrian,

the yellow markings were ordered painted on April 28th and then ordereded removed on May 24th.

The A-4Bs had almost vertical slim bands on the tail sides and wider bands on the wings that ended next to the wingtips, both on upper and lower surfaces. They were overpainted with dark brown on upper surfaces and with a pale blue on the lower ones (almost an exact match for the lower colour).

The painting instructions for the Airfix Dogfight Double kit shows the wing bands too far out on the wings. They should start slightly outboard of the middle leading edge wing fence and end further inboard from the wingtips.

Remains of C-204:


There were no know variations to the way the yellow bands were painted on A-4Bs. Please note there are a lot of incorrect drawings and profiles on books, magazines, the internet, etc., so don't trust them.

The camouflage pattern on the kit is also incorrect, showing the one the second batch of 25 A-4Bs were painted in when delivered from the U.S. By the time the war started the pattern and colours had been standardized with colour areas that were not so "wavy" and the colours reversed when compared to those in the initial pattern. Please note the pattern on the left side is mirrored on the right side.

Hopefully the standalone kit will have these features correctly represented.

Check this recent build on the ATF. It may prove useful:


All the best,


Edited by f4h1phantom

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Hi Jorge.

Great. Thanks very much for your helpful reply and link to the ATF.

All the best


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