Today I dare taking the step, registering and intoducing myself.
First of all, sorry for any future mistake in English!
I am French, my name is Xavier, I am 53 and I live in Paris.
I am a civil engineer BUT... as maybe some of you I wanted to be a jet fighter pilot... I was qualified to Salon de Provence (jet fighter school in France) but I was stopped because of spine issues... S--t!
Anyway, I have always been fascinating by aircrafts, especially modern jet fighters. For about 15 years I have built lots of plastic models and created several dioramas with meticulous (maniacal?) details, but everything has disappeared after theft and wanton destruction in my apartment... S--t again!
I was so disgusted that I stopped everything until two years ago when I discovered the "diecast world". Therefore I have been trying to rebuild a new collection. The next challenge will be to place all models in showcases (dust in Paris is awful!)... I hope it will be effective within two or three months and I will share some pictures with you.
My prefered birds are F-4 Phantom, F-14 Tomcat and Mirage 2000, but I love plenty of others, including Russian ones.
My favorite manus are AC, CW, CBW and HM. I also get Falcon, Dassault Premium and Altaya models, even quality is sometimes very poor, but the purpose was getting French jets, which are unfortunately rare... I dream of a Super Etendard or a Mirage IV!
I have to say that I am not a specialist as some members of this forum who are very impressive, but I am ready to learn more!
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By all means share pics of your aircraft when you get around to cabing them. With diecast, it's a guarantee your wallet will deflate at times.....hopefully your mate, if you have one, will be very understanding
Certainly, there's lots to learn, if you find something of interest. There are multiple of world wide personalities encountered here, even your own countrymen. We talk with our keyboards and listen with our eyes. Fair and equal footing for all
Cya on the threads...
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i've seen how devastating it can be for someone who has dedicated 15 years of his lif to his passion, only for his life's work be destroyed by/lost through wanton acts of destruction/theft... and the slow and painful process of rebuilding one's life. but it's heartening to see that you've pulled through and rediscovering the joy through diecast collection.
you'll be spoilt for choice with the spooks and tomcats, that's for sure... and living in france, the mirage 2000 is easily available (albeit expensive). as for collecting russians... well, i guess you've started at just about the right time. just a couple of years ago, some manufacturers were of the opinion that russian jets don't sell. what a difference a couple of years makes (or perhaps the manufacturers were listening to the wrong people?).
looking forward to you sharing your collection... more so if you have them in dio! speaking of which, what in the world happened to calibre wings standing pilot figures?
Welcome to the military forum and you are very lucky to be living in such a beautiful city as Paris! it is by far my favorite city to travel to but i see you also like the French fighter jets, my favorite is definitely the Mirage 2000 and i admire just like yourself all the Russian ones too.. and please share with us here your collection of aircraft models, military or others that you have accumulated so far..
Anyway have fun here, watch & learn and don't let anyone stop you from collecting what you love period.
I WANT TO BELIEVE...
...that one day I will see many more colorful JC Wings MD-11 models and the long-awaited Gemini 200 TWA twin stripes 727-200!
I always fly America's favorite airline: Southwest Airlines and the World's oldest KLM!
Pariswas the greatest city on earth! Vive la France! Tokyo 2020!
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