Something that's lost or rather forgotten about is forums like APUG and the Large Format Photography forum are about sharing information etc and also helping each other out.

I've had some great help from US members selling me bits that would be almost impossible to find here in the UK (and no chance what so ever in Turkey).

The majority of US members will ship to the rest of the world and we need to thank them for taking that time and effort. They know who they atre

Ian