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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.
Michaelvk

Airfix 1:72 Vampire T.11

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When I was a lad still in the UK, my dad would take me to old airfields, like Cranfield and such, where invariably there'd be some cold war relic shunted off to the side of the airfield somewhere. For ages I was wanting to do something depicting one of these sad derelict aircraft, and Airfix releases the T.11. It was the dayglow that did it for me. I distinctly remember being at a museum somewhere (Duxford, pre American hangar days, possibly), seeing some large twin engined prop driven aircraft decked out in faded dayglow and aluminium finish, with glazings that were yellowing and turning opaque, standing on flat tyres.. There was something sad about seeing an anonymous aircraft just shunted in a corner..

Anyway, the kit is quite lovely, and hopefully I'll get to make another.. But this one is going to be parked in the weeds, so no shiny polished lustre..

The cockpit was done with Alclad, Vallejo and Citadel paints, as weathered with AK interactive winter streaking grime and mig pigments.. Still need to install the yokes.. I also took a riveter to the engine bay and nose panels.. I also took the liberty of drilling out some of the instruments..

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Airfix kindly pointed out the location of where to drill to position some bang seat pull rings, mad with heavy gauge fishing thread:

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Drilled out instruments, as well as some clear fix on the remaining instruments:

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Rivets added to the alu panels, and dents applied to the nose:

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I finally saw one of these little masterpieces in the "flesh" today

Brilliant model

and so is the concept of a sad deserted Vamp ignored in the weeds

I like where you are at so far, nice one

bill

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Interesting concept. When I was doing my apprenticship at Halton there was the remains of a fuselage pod stripped of the outer protective layer down to the plywood lying cast off in the weeds just as you are intending doing. I have photos of it somewhere so must dig them out.

Duncan B

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Thanks lads.. I'll be using a bit of creative license with this. Essentially it's a test bed for a future project.

On a more related note, I've gingerly removed the port rear quarter window out of the canopy..

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I love seeing "derelict diorama" builds, good luck and please do keep us posted! There seems to be a lot of derelict Vampire photos out there so you shouldn't find refs a problem.

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I like the idea of this build Michael. I also have a fascination with delapidated machinery so this is most appealing. I look forward to seeing how the faded day-glo works out and I already like the dented nose cone. Good job. After seeing alot of photos on-line I considered doing something similar with the Airfix gnat.

I wonder if a derelict would have still had the seats fitted....? :hmmm:

I'm keen to see more. Keep up the good work.

Cheers.

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Perfect idea banging the nose about. Seems to be the first place Vampires get hit.

I'd leave the seats in but remove the gun sights, they would tend to be tea leafed very quickly

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Well, Geedubelyer, I reckoned I'd compromise by not giving it any belts ;)

..that said, I could still rip 'em out..

Nah,....leave 'em in for this build. I was thinking aloud more than anything.

Like you said, this is a test piece for a future build. The lessons learnt here can be applied to the next one.

I do like the missing instruments on the IP though. Neat idea that.

Cheers

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I like your thinking behind this build, I'll follow it with interest as I have two more kits to build but now with three new sheets from Hannant's well, where will it end!!

Colin

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Look forward to seeing this develop.

Like the idea of making an abandoned aircraft, remember the fire practice Vampire(?) at Spitalgate near Grantham( what was left of it!) and the famous Lightning by the A1 near Newark........one day.....

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I'm afraid thats how things work around here, especially if you go and have a good idea: guess how I know!

Martin

Gees.. No pressure then! :D

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Here are a few more pics..

An opened up panel on the port boom, with guesstimated cables.. Not the neatest job in the world, but I am lacking my set of files at the moment..

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Another look into the Pit, yokes still to follow... Rivet detail can be seen on the engine bay cowlings..

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The removed window..

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It is shaping up nicely but I am a tad worried about the seats

I can't remember seeing seats in derelict aircraft

you know what is at the end of that black and yellow handle don't you? ;)

But I really love the concept and the execution

(for instance, the rivets. Smashing work)

b

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Yeah.. Explodey stuff.. I wouldn't worry though, they're only plastic.. ;)

As mentioned above, it's an excersize in finish, not necessarily accuracy, for a build I've got planned in the future, which will feature a similar concept, yet executed properly. Currently I don't have the real inclination (due to long hours at work) to scratch what's accurately behind the seats, risking the poor thing to bog down.. I do agree, though, that they wouldn't be in there in reality. Who knows? Maybe we're dealing with an old museum display that had lashed up inert seats in there.. The colour's off anyway..

The rivets were laid in with the wonderfully cheap trumpeter tool.. They're maybe not quie in the right place, but again it's more a feeling I'm going for, than true accuracy. Heresy, I know..

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Cool concept and will look forward to the result.

If I may make a suggestion? If it's going to stand on its legs then if the engine is 'missing' the main u/c legs will need extending because it would be considerably lighter. When I was in the Merseyside Aviation Society we acquired WZ553 '40' and when assembled had the odd straight and level stance.

Trevor

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I'd not worry to much about it having seats. I pulled a Sea Venom (WZ-937) of the dump at NAS Nowra when I was

restoring WZ-895. The cockpit had been stripped but the seats were surprisingly complete. Chute packs were missing.

A dumped ex training airframe would most likely still have seats in it sans crackers.

Sitting high on its gear with the engine removed would be correct or just say the struts are flat.

Very interesting build, I'm looking foward to more progress.

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Cool.. Well, I'll have a look at the struts.. I'll leave the zorst can out of the airframe and thin the edges.. As for the struts.. They're really, really tiny, but I'll have a go at lengthening one, and douce the other in gunk to suggest blown seals.. Hmm.. We'll see.. Could sink the thing into the dirt a bit too.. There's actually a lot that can be done here..

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This would look cool as a mini diorama with figures of a young Michaelvk with Father examining the aircraft, The model railway world would easily supply the necessary figures.

Just a thought

Martin

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You know.. It did cross my mind..

I remember being at Cranfield (my dad, being a pilot, knew people there..), where my dad lifted me up to have a peek into a single seat Vampire cockpit (there were a few Lightnings parked around there too..) and then being shooed away by a ground crew chap who warned us the seats were live.. Must be about 28 years ago now..

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...and then being shooed away by a ground crew chap who warned us the seats were live..

If it was an RAF single seat Vampire then he was pulling your leg - they never had ejection seats! :)

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