The Pegaso class of torpedo boats were essentially an enlarged version of the Spica class. They had better anti-submarine capabilities and could also operate as
convoy escorts. The
Pegaso class (sometimes referred to as the Orsa class) measured 270’ 8” (82.5 meters) in length overall, 31’ 9” (9.69 meters) in the beam
and had a draught of 12’ 3” (3.74 meters). They displaced 1,630 tons full load but were slower than the
Spicas with a top speed of only 28 knots, compared to 32
knots. The
Pegaso class had a similar profile to the Spica class, but they had a long deckhouse extending the forecastle aft to the stern and a bow knuckle.

The armament was comprised of two single 3.9in/47 (100mm) guns in shielded mounts with one fitted at the forecastle and the other aft atop the end of the
deckhouse. They also had two twin 17.7” (450mm) torpedo tubes located on the main deck amidships. Anti-aircraft armament consisted of three twin and two
single 13.2mm mounts. Rounding off the armament were four depth charge throwers. The Pegaso class were also fitted with a pair of minesweeping paravanes
stored on the stern. They in fact were originally rated as Escort Vessels (Avisi Scorta) but were rerated as Torpedo Boats (Torpediniere). With their speed,
maneuverability and range, the design proved very successful.

A total of four ships were built all named after constellations:
Pegaso, Procione, Orsa and Orione. They were all heavily involved with escort duties during World
War II.
Pegaso is credited with sinking three Royal Navy submarines (HMS Upholder, Undaunted and Thorn) earning her the distinction of being the Regia
Marina’s best submarine killer. None were lost to enemy action which, given the loss rate of the Regia Marina during the war, certainly says something about their
abilities.
Pegaso was scuttled by her crew off the island of Mallorca on September 11, 1943 to avoid internment in Spain after Italy’s surrender. Procione was
also scuttled by her crew to avoid capture by the Germans after the Armistice. Both
Orsa and Orione survived the war and were refitted as fast anti-submarine
escorts with post-war Marina Militare until decommissioning in 1964.
E.V.A. is a resin ship producer from Italy specializing in Regia Marina subjects. Pegaso is the most recent release and is comprised of resin and photo-etch parts
and decals, with a full hull/waterline option.

The upper hull part has the long deckhouse and bridge cast into it along with some very good detail. The details including watertight doors, hatches, lockers
portholes, bridge windows, mooring bitts, deck hawse and depth charge rails. The aft hull section has the ship’s name cast into it, but you can substitute it with
the decal if you wish. The lower hull appears to be good but the stem at the bow has some pinholes that need to be filled in and the area cleaned up. Overall I find
the casting much improved compared to the
Vivaldi kit but you can still see some step striations from the 3D printing process used to create the master in certain
spots along the hull. They are not too bad and can be easily sanded smooth with fine grit sandpaper. There are other spots that need some filling and sanding to
take care of voids from air bubbles in the casting process, but again these are minor. The surfaces underneath the upper hull and the top of the lower hull have a
lot of excess resin that will need to be removed and areas sanded sooth in order to mate the parts.

The next largest parts are the upper bridge deck and the amidships and aft gun tubs. These parts are well done but the aft tub has a small void that requires filling
in. These parts have some excess resin underneath that will have to be removed and the surfaces sanded smooth in order to fit the parts properly onto their
positions on the upper hull. The large funnel is also well done but will need to be carefully removed from its casting runner as there is little margin for error. A pair
of platforms that extend the foc’sle deck aft come on casting runners that need to be removed.
The smaller parts include the 100mm gun housings and barrels, torpedo tubes and bases, rangefinder, twin and single13.2mm guns and mounts, breakwater, boats,
life rafts, anchors, running gear, cowl vents, depth charges paravanes, boom posts and other detail parts. The casting of the smaller parts is still a bit rough and will
require a lot of clean up. The anchors are cast flush against the casting runner which will make removing them difficult. These would have been better if offered in
photo-etch. A pair of cradles is also provided to use as a display stand and some lengths of plastic rod and a section of brass wire are included to use to make some
parts as indicated in the assembly instructions.

The photo-etch brass fret provides lengths of pre-measured railings for the different sections of the ship, vertical ladders, funnel cap, jack and ensign staffs,
propellers, propeller guards, rudder, boat rudders anchor chain, raft stowage racks and other details. The brass is nicely done with some relief etching and with part
numbers etched into the fret for easier identification. A nameplate is also included for a display stand. Decals for the bow and aft red pennant letters, flags and ship’
s name are provided. The decals limit the modeler to build only
Pegaso, unless you can find a source for generic Regia Marina lettering. The decals also lack draft
markings.

An eight-page instruction booklet is included which does a good job of showing how to construct the model. The cover page has a brief history of the ship and
some specifications. The following pages have a series of clear assembly illustrations that cover specific sections of the model. The bottom of page 7 has a rigging
guide, which is helpful as this bit of information is often omitted from assembly instructions. The last page has a painting and decal placement guide with references
to Lifecolor paints for the non-generic colors. The painting guide depicts the two color splinter camouflage scheme worn by
Pegaso.
This release from E.V.A. shows an improvement in the quality of the resin casting when compared to their first release, the destroyer Ugolino Vivaldi. There are still
some rough spots but this kit is certainly a step in the right direction. It is good to see this ship available in 1:350 scale as up until now it was only available in 1:700
scale. This kit is not recommended for novices but rather for modelers with experience working with resin kits. E.V.A. kits are currently available only through eBay.
My thanks to E.V.A for the review sample.
Felix Bustelo
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