[WWI] How and when

John Ratzenberger john.ratzenberger at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 9 16:16:47 EDT 2020

I think I joined the list around 2005 as I remember being recruited by John Huggins at the IPMS Nationals in Atlanta.
Over the next couple years John & Karen Rychlewski were my main list contacts, although I have met many others at the IPMS Nats.
A newbie compared to you all.
John Ratzenberger
From: Diego Fernetti 
Sent: Monday, 09 March, 2020 15:30
To: World War I Modeling Mailing List 
Subject: Re: [WWI] How and when

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> wrote:

  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.


    From: Diego Fernetti 
    Sent: Monday, March 09, 2020 11:30 AM
    To: World War I Modeling Mailing List 
    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?
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