Perpignan: Two adult kids in Club Mini 66 talk about their greedy passion for scale models

After a two-year hiatus, on Sunday, May 15, Parc des Sports du Moulin à Vent will host the 35th model exchange market, where 75 sellers and members of the Perpignan Mini66 club are expected. We met the current and former presidents of this association. They were willing to open the door to their secret, immobile, and quiet miniature world.

Julian Marzo, President of Club Mini66 in Perpignan: “If I could push the wall back and make space for a small car, I would!”

Adolescent collector Julian Marzo is also the president of the MINI66 club in Perpignan.  On Sunday, May 15th, the club is reorganizing the model car stock exchange after a two-year hiatus.

Adolescent collector Julian Marzo is also the president of the MINI66 club in Perpignan. On Sunday, May 15th, the club is reorganizing the model car stock exchange after a two-year hiatus.

This licensed collector is from Auch and participated in many car races when he was young.3 years in the Paris area “ He states he is the happy president of Club Mini 66 in Perpignan. The latter attracts about 50 fans of scale models and models, including cars, trains, trucks, planes, boats and old dolls. “We count in our rank Some women as addicted as us “ Please let Julien Marzo know. “This hobby can easily become obsessive and often hurt people who share our lives but not necessarily our passions.”

On his side, this fad is devoted to the world of automobiles, where he has about 3,000 scale models, and he tells us:It ranges from 1/43 to 1/18 (among the largest) from the scales most valued by collectors. All brands, times, styles and countries are represented. “”And I know the history and origin of each of them. “ Confess their owner. They have invested in guest rooms for years. “A real nightmare when you receive someone because you have to push everything “ The mechanic master laughs. They are lined up wisely, some in closed display cases, some dusting the shelves, and some still shining in the original boxes. The workshop, which is full of precision tools and mini cans of paint, is full of spare parts. Real Alibaba cave. A distant world.

40 years of passion for models, from tanks to Russian fighters, including the reconstruction of the Jean-Paul Pinon or Napoleonic Wars, the Vietnam War, and the Invasion of Normandy.

40 years of passion for models, from tanks to Russian fighters, including the reconstruction of the Jean-Paul Pinon or Napoleonic Wars, the Vietnam War, and the Invasion of Normandy.

Jean-Paul Pinon, a collector of model planes and a fan of historic battle reproductions: “I have two favorite times: the Great Napoleonic Wars and World War II.”

The former president of Club Mini66 is a friend and best friend of Julien Marzo. Apart from the fact that they belong to the same miniature club they have developed for many years, their two families also share their love for the United States, especially Florida with which they have a relationship. I am. But in the spring of 1972, Jean-Paul Pinon acknowledged another old passion, music. He also devoted the entire room of his home, decorated like a London pub, where his 5,000 rock, blues, classical, jazz, and country CDs are stored in sequence.

For now, it’s his other secret garden, which includes the past 200 French cars, the sublime awakenings of the 20’s, 30’s and 50’s. His models of Russian, American and German fighters and tanks. The reconstruction close to the Normandy landing operation is faithfully reproduced in detail. A 5m x 2 m table displaying the Vietnam War diorama (18 assembled panels, 12,000 12,000 figurines, jungle, rivers, jeep, barracks, hangars, etc.). And best of all, his display case is packed with hundreds of miniatures of young Bonaparte and military commander Napoleon, who greedily and willingly display them.

“The era of the empire has always fascinated me. He reveals. This page of this history is a heavenly blessing for collectors, rich in epics and huge campaigns led by this stubborn strategist! ” Therefore, Jean-Paul Pinon sought to reconstruct the Battle of Waterloo, or more accurately, the lesser-known closed castle of Hougoumont. “It was June 18, 1815 that played an important role in this battle.” Reminds me of a nostalgic host.

The door opens at 9am. Closed at 5 pm Sports Park Gymnasium, 88 Avenue Paul Alduy in Perpignan. Info: 0672978821 or [email protected] Free admission.