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Cactus #2 Museum Models

by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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.

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Good models of cactus are few and far between. Here is an affordable kit of well done cactus for all scales of all hobby genre. Highly recommend!
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  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 6508
  Suggested Retail: $7.00
  Related Link: Pegasus Hobby Home
  PUBLISHED: Nov 12, 2006
  NATIONALITY: United States

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

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...

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Wicked cool! (I was in Maine over the weekend...some linguistic idiosincracies tend to stick! :-) ) I have to get some of these.
NOV 20, 2006 - 06:32 PM
Never seen scale model cactuses before. Very useful. Thanks Fred.
NOV 21, 2006 - 11:42 AM
These are just what I was looking for for an upcoming campaign. I just ordered and received some for myself and I am very happy with them. Even though this review is a few years old it was still helpful. Thanks Fred, HARV
MAY 17, 2010 - 02:38 AM

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