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Over the years, I have found that the ‘Web’ has grown into an indispensable tool for my modeling particularly with regard to research. But the “networking” aspect has also grown and matured as better, more intuitive tools and venues have come online. Where there were once news groups (aka ‘USENET’), there has been an explosion of forums that serve nearly the same purpose. Similarly, blogs have taken the place of “BBS” or ‘bulletin boards’ – sort of. Each iteration of these communication outlets has provided different, sometimes superior, functionality to promote communities within the larger crush of information flowing across the Internet.
Lately, it has become ‘derigor’ for organizations like our little modeling club to establish a web presence. Surveying the sites of various other IPMS chapters, you might wonder at the purpose or message of some. For HRSM, the purpose is simple – share relevant information related to our club and the modeling pastime in general. What is ‘relevant’ is of course colored by our own personal perspectives but in ‘leading the charge’ in establishing this site’s content, I’m drawing on my own 45 years of modeling experience to provide what I hope is a useful framework to support that goal. My aim is to support HRSM’s web presence as it evolves beyond this initial effort without losing sight of the underlying mission to promote scale modeling as a worthwhile pastime for young and old alike.