are very fascinating to me! The Preying Mantis, Tarantula and Scorpion
are interesting creatures at the very least. The Mantis is an insect, but
the others are called "Arachnids" because they have eight legs and no antennae.
These models are actually about double the size of the real thing and were
made from kits that portrayed them as gigantic monsters terrorizing cities
as in old horror films. The dioramas, mainly printed cardboard cutouts
with a few plastic accessories, were generally uninteresting, but the insect
models themselves are quite accurate and a lot of fun to build and paint!
My favourite is the Mantis. I've not managed to find the fourth kit that
was once available, the Wasp, although I'd had it once as a child.
some people keep Tarantulas as pets! They can have 'em! Spiders, especially
big hairy ones with fangs like this one, still scare the daylights out
are surprizingly docile and easy to handle despite their fearsome appearance.
I've only seen them once myself. In 1988 (if I remember right) during the
six years I was living in Oshawa, Ontario, they were literally all over
the place for part of that one summer. For that short period you couldn't
go anywhere without seeing them! It must have been some kind of freak season
for them because I'd never seen a single one in my entire life before that
time, nor have I ever seen any since, as of this writing. That's too bad,
because I found them extremely fascinating to study!
I don't think
I'd try to handle a real live one of these! Ouch!
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