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Introducing myself as new author!

Hi everyone! I'm a new author on yankeevictor400, so I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mark, on the forums known as Mark22 and on Instagram as Retrohangar Diecast. I started collecting in 2017, the first model being a Phoenix KLM 777-300ER PH-BVK with 95 years sticker. Shortly after, I bought a KLM 747-400... and an MD-11... and... oh well, it got rather addicting. Eventually it grew to a bigger collection of Dutch airlines such as KLM, Martinair and Transavia. Later I switched to 747's from airlines all around the world and posted pictures on Instagram (account name used to be 747_models and Retrohangar400).

The first diecast model I bought, picture from 2019.

These days I only collect retro aircraft, mainly Hangar Club releases and other aircraft that I find interesting and goodlooking. For me retro aircraft are a lot more diverse and often better looking compared to what we often see now; twinjets and eurowhite liveries. With my content I hope to inspire new and younger collectors to collect these retro aircraft too as there are less and less of them in the sky. To get some basic questions out of the way: my favorite aircraft are the 747 classics (-400 too), Lockheed Constellations and the L-188 Electra. The IL-18, DC-3 and B737-200 are also high on my list. In real life I haven't flown many different aircraft at all: B737-800, A320neo, A321neo and A330-300.

Recently I started to expand my content by writing reviews of new releases on 400scalehangar and making simple videos on Instagram. And from today onward I will also write about various aviation model related subjects here on this website (suggestions are welcome!). I have plenty of ideas for further improvements, so stay updated with my content to not miss out!

KLM DC-2 at Aviodrome. One of two remaining DC-2's in the world that can fly.

This September I will visit the Amsterdam Aviation Collectors Fair (or AACF) as standholder. I highly recommend everyone to visit the show too as it is the biggest when looking at number of tables (correct me if I'm wrong). The Aviodrome aviation museum, which is a 45 minute drive away from Schiphol Airport, is also a must-visit for any aviation enthousiast.

Well, that's all I have to say for now. I hope to see you at the Amsterdam fair this September, perhaps there will be a report on this website about it. Also huge thanks to Jorge for making me an author on this website, looking forward to write many articles here!

- Mark

All pictures in this post are mine and may not be used without permission



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