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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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Bren Gun Carrier

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I am about to dip my toe into the world of AFV and I want to start with a small diorama featuring this famous little carrier. I want to make a version used by the BEF in the days leading up to Dunkirk so where to start? Apart from a very expensive all metal model and resin kit it seems the only other model in 1/35 is Tamiya's version, I have a question about this model as from what I have found on line about this model is that it is a good model for it age but it is let down by its early style of track, I have not able to find any after-market replacements for this part and in fact I have only found one set of PE for this kit in general so have I missed anything else that I could get to improve this kit and convert into to a Mk1?

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I am about to dip my toe into the world of AFV and I want to start with a small diorama featuring this famous little carrier. I want to make a version used by the BEF in the days leading up to Dunkirk so where to start? Apart from a very expensive all metal model and resin kit it seems the only other model in 1/35 is Tamiya's version, I have a question about this model as from what I have found on line about this model is that it is a good model for it age but it is let down by its early style of track, I have not able to find any after-market replacements for this part and in fact I have only found one set of PE for this kit in general so have I missed anything else that I could get to improve this kit and convert into to a Mk1?

Resicast do a conversion on the Tamiya kit to make a Universal Carrier Mk.I, not cheap but very complete and accurate.

Of course that doesn't get you a 'Bren Carrier' as such, the name was commonly used for most of the carriers but a true BEF-era Bren Carrier is a very different animal to the UC Mk.I

It depends on how much you want to do yourself, most people say the Tamiya kit upper structure is too thick and needs to be replaced, I tend to agree, its quite an old kit nowadays, if you are going to contemplate doing that then rebuilding a Bren Carrier superstructure onto the Tamiya lower hull wouldn't be too hard, then you'll need to equip it and kit it out to suit your references.

I've done similar projects with the 1/48th Tamiya UC kit.

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Errr, were Universal Carriers in use in France/Belgium 1940? I was under the impression that Bren and Scout Carriers (two very different, earlier versions of the Carrier) were in use there. The Bren and Scout carriers looked similar to the Universal Carrier but lack armour along one side (the Bren IIRC on the right and the Scout IIRC on the left). I'd check your sources and if possible find a picture of the Universal Carrier in use in that theatre before deciding to build one there. Now, if you were contemplating the Western Desert, then you'd be OK.

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I think that very Universal carriers were ever sent to France. The Bren, Scout and Cavalry carriers certainly were. In case you did not know, the Cavalry version had a side facing bench seats on each side with the backs towards the engine box. The occupants had a metal meshed frame hung from the trackguards to prevent their legs from entanglement with the tracks. This was another bright idea of the over optimistic chair-borne Army Council members that was intended to follow the Light Tanks of the recce forces and collect the un-horsed troops when their mounts broke down or got shot up.

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As pointed out above, the Tamiya kit is a MkII so is unsuitable without a MkI conversion kit. ref: Universal Carrier Mk.I/II Military Vehicle Workshop Series MV-12. Allied Command Publications

What about one of these Johnnyboy: here

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