Pegasus Hobbies of Montclair, Calif. (European distributor: Pocketbond LTD), produces a line of models for fantasy and military wargaming, and model railroads. Included is a selection of landscaping detail for gaming and dioramas.
Good models of cactus are sorely lacking in the hobby. Plastruct makes a large variety but they are not priced for modelers. There are some by model railroad companies, but the quality and price are not always the best.
Pegasus offers two sets of these cactus. This one includes the ubiquitous prickly pear and Senita "Organ Pipe" cactus of the American Southwest and Mexico. The prickly pear was transported to North Africa and vast fields can be found in photos of Afrika Korps and Allied in western N. Africa.
The kit offers 60 cactus in various sizes. The detail is amazingly good. These are not photo-etch and those are not hugely oversized thorns detail, but the nodes and ridges they sprout from.
The pieces are molded in a glossy aquarium 'electric sweet pea' green. That's why model companies make model paint! Desert cactus can boast striking colors. In the winter and spring I see prickly pears in bright purple in the Sonoran Desert. Most of the time these plants are a nice olive green, often with yellow tinges, or a gray-green. I plan to paint mine and sprinkle them with a static grass to simulate the quills.
For comparison I show them next to a 1/48 ( model railroading's O scale) Afrika Korps armored car, and a 1/35 Tiger and WH soldier.
About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR) FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES
I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art.
My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling!
My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...