[WWI] How and when

Diego Fernetti dfernetti at gmail.com
Mon Mar 9 15:30:16 EDT 2020

Ohhh! One of the aces of the "St. Louis Jasta"! I recall at the time
thinking "where did they find those wonderful toys?"

On Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 4:14 PM Charlie Duckworth <omahaduck at gmail.com>

> Bob and others,
> I to joined back in the mid1990’s and the discussions were around building
> Sierra kits, OT books and the new Eduard 1/48 Fokker, Sopwith Baby and
> Pup.  This was the first WWI modeling group I’d come in contact with and it
> was quite unique learning from members all around the globe. Pretty heady
> stuff for the 1990’s!
> I don’t recall how I found the group; there was a small group of us WWI
> modelers that met once a month in St Louis to share the latest builds. Dave
> Layton was one of the members and may have introduced us to the mailing
> list.
> I have 8-10 various modeling sites I look at for inspiration and new
> products but enjoy the simplicity of the mail group.
> Charlie Duckworth
> On Mar 9, 2020, at 1:49 PM, Bob Pearson <bpearson at citytel.net> wrote:
> I think March or April 1997 was when I joined.  I’m not sure how I found
> it .. possibly from either Brad Gossen or David Layton. One of the very
> first messages I saw was from Matt Bittner commenting on my first article
> for OTF.
> Bob
> *From:* Diego Fernetti <dfernetti at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Monday, March 09, 2020 11:30 AM
> *To:* World War I Modeling Mailing List <wwi at wwi-models.org>
> *Subject:* [WWI] How and when
> Thanks to a few offlist messages today, I thought that the WW1 Modelling
> website and its mailing list are the oldest habits I keep while navigating
> the internet.
> Since I started visiting the website, the connection to the digital world
> has changed a lot, as we all know it too well.
> Early on, hooking up into the net meant a quite defined purpose in mind
> even before the "scream of a thousand robots" on the phone line meant we
> were ready to surf. I learned of the WW1 modelling website by a link
> PRINTED in a bloody magazine page! I duly followed the arcane words
> (curses?) and after a series of loading backgrounds, links and whatnot I
> finally could see the index page, sprinkled with little Albatrosen. Opening
> a single image in the Gallery meant a lot of patience with my slow internet
> connection of 1996! And of course, the mailing list archives.... what was
> that? Who were Sandy Adam, Lee Mensinger and John Impenna? What kind of
> creature was a Weier? It took me more than a year of learning the ropes to
> actually subscribe to the mailing list, which meant an average of 80 daily
> emails on my inbox!
> So, how did you discovered this website and the mailing list? And when was
> that?
> D.
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