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A Visit to the Heart of Pegaso

Where to start? How about the beginning?
Although I have been writing articles for magazines many years, when it comes down to writing for your hobby, it is just not the same. After modelling for 25 years, 2 years ago I realised that the rest of my hobby life would be dedicated to modelling miniatures. And so, with every day that passes, I remain convinced that, although I may have made the change late in life I have made the correct decision. The world of historical miniatures is, quite simply, amazing. But, since you are reading this article, I suspect that you know that already. So, having said this, you might understand how difficult it is for me to put into mere words the wonderful experience I recently had: three days at the headquarters of figure legends Pegaso Models!

The adventure begins
It all started with my decision to enter one of the greatest European miniature competitions: “Le Petit Soldat”, held annually in Saint Vincent, Italy. Since more than twelve members of the Athens Star Club had decided to enter, who was I to say no? When Luca Marchetti, founder of Pegaso Models, heard I was going to St. Vincent, he invited me to stay in Sienna for a few days and see what a great figure brand Pegaso is, from behind the scenes! Of course, there could not have been a bigger “yes!” than my reply!

“Le Petit Soldat” ended in a nicer way than I had expected; I won a bronze medal, with a 90mm Pegaso figure (Frederick of Swabia). What better way to begin my adventure into the world of Pegaso? After a long car drive, that seemed to fly by in the fantastic company of Pietro Balloni, Maurizio Bruno and Teresa, from Saint Vincent to Siena, we arrived in the outer suburbs of a city. This was to become to be one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen in my life.

About the Author

About Costas Rodopoulos (Major_Goose)

I started modelling 27 years ago with some 1/72 planes and military vehicles. Soon the diorama bug got into me and with Sheperd Paynes books I dug in. I loved to build dioramas and military vehicles till the Vietnam Era. I don't like modern stuff so much. 4 years ago I had a crush on figure painti...


Thanks a lot Vic
JUL 03, 2006 - 07:39 PM
Costas, brilliant piece buddy! I’m truly green with envy! I bet it was like being a kid in a sweets factory? :-)
JUL 03, 2006 - 07:47 PM
Well it was better than this ......cause when you are an adult you are more kid than a kid !!!!!!!!
JUL 03, 2006 - 11:06 PM
Dumbfounded I am!!! That was a truly incredible article-well written and obviously great subject matter!! I don't know who I am more jealous of-you for being invited to go there (and go) or the guys at Pegaso who work in heaven - Italy is such a beautiful country on it's on-working in a monastery can only add to that! Now I know why Maurizio is always in such a good mood and can produce so many fantastic figures!! I've been trying to get him to go on vacation so I could get a break from spending my money - now I know his work is his vacation!! Thanks for the article Costas!!
JUL 04, 2006 - 08:34 PM
Hi Lou andthanks for your comments . Most Lucky are the guys that work there!! Believe me . They are doing what they like in a heavens place. Maurizio is living in Catania ,and i just hadthe luck to get him there , after Saint Vincent Expo . But he is visiting Siena now and then anyway . The rest of theguys like Luca and Pietro and Andrea ,, live and work there at the Eremo . Which is undoubtfully a great place. I would definately go and live there easily !!! Especially working for Pegaso !!!!!!
JUL 05, 2006 - 09:18 AM
Wow! Great article, great photographs! The place dreams are made of! Thanks, C.
JUL 06, 2006 - 04:57 AM
Great article, Costas! Thanks for taking us to a place few have ever been too. Your photos...each speaks 1000 amazing words. Great job!
JUL 06, 2006 - 05:25 AM
Guys you relly make me so happy for having you have a good time even if you were not there. But at least i tried tobe your eyes there !!!! Thanks for the encouragement
JUL 06, 2006 - 11:05 AM
Costas, very nice article, I loved the photos. Thanks for taking the time to write and post this.
JUL 06, 2006 - 02:31 PM
Thanks dave definately my pleasure to share suchan experience !!!
JUL 06, 2006 - 02:48 PM