New Airfix Arrivals In Stock Now!

April 12th, 2014

New Airfix Arrivals

Airfix

New Corgi Arrivals Expected Next Week!

April 12th, 2014

WWII European Theater Bombers & Fighter Planes

Scale 1:72

WWII European Theater Bombers & Fighter Planes

Helicopter Legends

Helicopter Legends

New Corgi Releases In Stock Now!

April 12th, 2014

1:32nd Scale Aircraft

1:32nd Scale Aircraft

WWII European Theater Bombers & Fighter Planes

WWII European Theater Bombers & Fighter Planes

Thomas Gunn April Releases

April 6th, 2014

The French Foreign Legion

A few more additions to the FFL range in the form of a ‘C Version’ from last months releases in very limited numbers wearing Pith hats. The Pith hat was very common headwear in the Legion from the late 1800 onwards and despite Hollywood’s
best efforts to portray Legionnaires only wearing Kepis, this is not historically accurate. We have therefore made FFL 17/18/19/24 all in Pith hats with FFL16 HMG set also to follow in this format. These figures will make an interesting addition to your fighting square/ firing line and give it that extra touch of authenticity. Please note that very shortly we expect to see more Tuareg’s make an appearance to balance things out slightly. Designs have been submitted to the sculptor and will be ready soon.

French Foreign Legion

African Wars

Another successful series for us with some great looking additions this month as below.  Some mounted figures and personalities to follow shortly but as they say loose lips sink ships so no more information at present! However I can announce that a remake of SFA001 is on its way with a whole host of other redcoats which will be available in May/June 2014.

  • SFA004 — Running 60th Rifles – Our first Zulu War 60th Rifles release with many more to follow. Two soldiers charging and dressed in their distinctive green uniforms with black webbing, the 60th Rifles will make a great addition to your Zulu War battlefield diorama. Limited to 100 in number.
  • SFA007 — British Infantry firing downwards – Switching back to the more traditional 24th Regiment of Foot we have 2 firing downwards riflemen. These will look great on top of a building or firing down from the William Britain’s sandbag redoubt, which is still available from us. Limited to 100 in number.

African Wars


The Great War

  • GW019A — Corporal York – Moving on with the Americans we are delighted to introduce Cpl Alvin York in action winning his Medal of Honour for action in France. York’s unit the 328th Infantry Regiment was a member of the 82nd All American Division, the forerunners of the now world famous 82nd Airborne Division. During this action York along with 7 other members of his platoon managed to capture 132 Germans, kill 28 more and take possession of 32 machine guns. York seemed to lead a charmed life during this engagement and despite having a German officer empty his pistol at York, whilst York was busy shooting 6 Germans with his pistol, all the German officers shots missed! The
    German officer then promptly offered to surrender along with the remainder of his men. After the engagement York was promoted to Sgt and went onto worldwide fame. We have limited this edition of York to 100 in number.
  • GW020A — Sergeant Early – Sgt Early was the platoon leader during the engagement but was wounded forcing York to take command. Our all action ‘All American’ figure shows Early about to throw a grenade, limited to 100 in number.
  • GW021A — Private Percy Beardsley – Lying in the prone position Beardsley provides covering fire during the epic action. Limited once more to 100 in number.
  • GW022A — Private Fred Waring – Unfortunately Waring was one of the platoon casualties during the assault and did not make it back ‘Stateside.’ Our depiction of Waring is limited to 100 in number

We have made a B version of all of the above American figures wearing gasmasks and as such can be used in any late war action featuring American troops. I am not sure if any American troops have been made in 1/30 scale wearing gasmasks so these will make a very unique offering for sure!

Priced as per the A versions and once more limited to 100 in number. More 82nd ‘All American’ troops are in the pipeline, enabling you to build a full battle scene in the near future. An American aircraft is also planned to accompany this series and should be available very soon.

World War One


World War 2

  • SS037 — Maiale manned torpedo – Developed by the Italians prior to WW2 and used with some success against British warships in Alexandria harbour, with 3 British ships being badly damaged during the action. Other raids were not so successful but the British thought there was enough merit in the idea to copy the Maiale and renamed it ‘Chariot’ where they also had some minor successes.
    The Germans trained with their Italian Allies on the Maiale, but decided to develop their own manned torpedo which they named the Neger, used with limited success during the latter stages of the war. Two Axis Diver figure compliment the set and as such rarely seen in 1/30 scale. One of them features Friederich
    Hummel an SS officer awarded the Knights Cross for his actions as a diver during the Allied Market Garden operation. Hummel trained with the Italians from their base outside Venice during WW2 and here we depict him suiting up for another training mission. Limited to 130 in number. A British version will be available later on in the year for all you Allied fans.
  • SS042 — Politzei Staff Car – A wartime variant of our recently released BER009 staff car, this time complete with SS driver and plenty of mud! Vehicle also comes with a spare steering wheel in order that the driver can be removed and displayed without driver if required. Will make a great accessory as a standalone piece or with the Feldgendarmerie officer from V007! A guardhouse, barrier and plenty of other accessories are due to follow for this series in the near future. Limited to 100 in number
  • V007A — Light Staff Car 1937 Model Normandy – A beautiful little staff car complete with driver and a Wehrmacht Feldgendarmerie officer waiting patiently to see the drivers papers. This product is the first vehicle from our new factory and is a very high quality product. The A version comes in a late war 3 tone camouflage pattern with the benefit of rotating wheels. Limited to 100 in number. The B version  comes in a fantastic looking winter camouflage whitewash over grey, with SS officer and is limited to 100 in number. Our final ‘C Version’ comes in a desert colour scheme and is limited to 50 in number. All of these models are beautifully made and as such will take Thomas Gunn into a new era of quality not seen before.
  • V007B — Light Staff Car 1937 Model Winter
  • V007C — Light Staff Car 1937 Model Desert

WWII German forces


Club Figure

The Carabinieres were famous in Belgian for their dark green coats and black webbing, much like other Rifle Regiments around the world. This uniform was quickly replaced in 1915 when the reality of trench warfare and even basic cloth shortages made such beautiful pre-war uniforms untenable. Our Carabiniere proudly marches off to war with his French and British Allies to take on the Hun! More Belgians to follow and also some Eastern Front figures later on in the year as the war slowly spreads around the globe! Please note a yellow line has now been added down the side of the trousers, the above photo is a preproduction shot and has not been amended yet.

King & Country April 2014 Releases!

April 6th, 2014

Cannons for the Crimea

This latest “Crimean War” release shows one of the coastal Artillery pieces utilized by the Russians to defend their mighty fortress of Sevastopol, the home port of the Tsar’s Black Sea Fleet.

For month after month British and French forces laid siege to this great port city. Opposing them were many batteries of defending cannon among them these large guns mounted on heavy steel swivel carriages firmly ensconced behind the high, thick walls of the city’s many fortresses.

Crimean War 1854-1856

“Little Battle at Little Big Horn”

Here’s another great little two-figure “action” set portraying the life and death struggle between one of Custer’s corporals and a Cheyenne Dog Soldier.

Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

Russian Front

One great little tank and three great looking girls…pity they are all so lethal – at least to Germans!

  • RA054 — Russian T-70 Tank – These small, recce, tracked vehicles were perfect for scouting in advance of the heavier T34’s and Josef Stalin tanks. Introduced in late 1942 and early 1943 captured versions were also utilized by the Germans.
    Our model comes with a partial body tank commander.
  • RA055 — Standing Guard Female Sniper – The Russian Army of WW2 was the only army to employ women in a full combat role. This female sniper with her hessian-camouflaged rifle edges closer to the enemy.
  • RA056 — Steady, aim…Fire! – These two female soldiers are working as a sniper team…The sitting woman observes the enemy and selects
    a suitable target…Her comrade takes careful aim and gently squeezes the trigger!

Russian Front and Berlin 1945

Russian Front 1941 – German

“Operation Barbarossa” erupted in the June of 1941 Hitler issued his infamous “Commissar Order” that authorized German troops to kill every and any Soviet political officers that fell into their hands…

  • WS270 — Goodbye Commissar – A Wehrmacht officer, pistol in hand, pushes a “political officer” towards his unfortunate fate…the Russian, still defiant, already suspects the worst!
  • WS273 — German Sniper – This standing Wehrmacht rifle expert takes careful aim.
  • WS274 — German Officer being shot! – Elsewhere, a officer reels backwards…A female Russian sniper has found her mark –
    “One bullet…one dead fascist!”

Russian Front and Berlin 1945

D-Day 1944

  • DD125 — US Military Policeman – An always useful USMP directing traffic somewhere near Normandy, June 1944.
  • DD225 — US M20 Armoured Car – Fast, agile and always ready these speedy, lightly-armed vehicles were often the eyes and ears of battlefield commanders throughout the European Theatre of Operations. This “summer” version of the M20 comes with a standing vehicle commander plus a partial body M20 driver.
  • DD226 — Sitting Machine Gunner -  In support of the reconnaissance vehicle the infantry have provided the heavier .30 caliber machine gun.
  • DD227 — Tommy Gunner – Backing up the machine gun is a standing U.S. infantryman with the Government-issued M1928 Thompson Sub-Machine Gun.

D-Day ’44

British Commandos

On yet another covert mission somewhere on the enemy occupied coast of France…

  • DD231 — Dead and Gone – A commando has “taken-out” a lone German sentry…Here he drags the body away to conceal the evidence as other
    Germans wonder “What happened to Fritz?”
  • DD232 — Kneeling with Rifle – Crouching down, this Commando is on the alert for the approach of any other German sentries or patrols.
  • DD233 — Kneeling with Sten Gun – One more Commando, kneeling this time, with the ubiquitous Sten gun at the ready.
  • DD234 — Sten Gun with Silencer – Commandos used all kinds of weaponry…One of the most useful was the Sten Gun equipped with a “silencer”.
  • DD235 — A Quick Knee to the Groin – The polite way of saying…”a swift knee to the balls!” Fighting in a non -conventional manner demands utilizing all methods of hand-to-hand fighting…none of them nice…as these two figures amply illustrate.

British Commandos


John Jenkins – April Releases

March 18th, 2014


THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

The Gun Carrier Mark I was the first piece of self-propelled artillery ever to be produced.

During 1916 it became clear that in case of a breakthrough, the very purpose of the first tank, the Mark I, artillery would have great trouble following the advancing troops. Any successful offensive would therefore be in danger of stalling immediately. To solve this problem Major Gregg, an engineer working for the main tank producing company Metropolitan, Carriage, Wagon and Finance, proposed to build special mechanised artillery, using parts of the Mark I. The production of a prototype was approved on 5 June 1916; the actual design began in July. The first prototype was ready to participate in the Tank Trials Day at Oldbury on 3 March 1917. An order of fifty vehicles was given to Kitson & Co. in Leeds. Deliveries to the army started in June and ended in July.

The vehicle bore little resemblance to the Mark I. The tracks weren’t tall but low, almost flat. At the back a rectangular superstructure covered the Daimler 105 hp engine together with the transmission of the Mark I, the latter now in a reversed position. Sharing it were the vehicle commander, a mechanic and two gearsmen. The original double tail wheel of the Mark I, intended to aid steering and attached to the rear of the vehicle, was retained. The front was an open area with either a 60-pounder (5-inch) field gun or a 6-inch howitzer.

For transporting the gun only the wheels had to be removed from the gun carriage – these were attached to the side of the carrier until needed again. In theory, the field gun could be fired from the vehicle; in reality only the howitzer could be so used. Alternatively the guns could be unloaded through a pivoting cradle assisted by two winding drums driven by the engine. Above the front of the track frame at each side was an armoured cab for the driver on the left and the brakesman on the right. In the prototype these driving positions were directly in front of the superstructure; moving them forward improved visibility, but made communication very difficult – a problem as, in the Mark I, four men (including the gearsmen) had to cooperate to steer the tank.

In July 1917 two Gun Carrier Companies were formed of 24 vehicles each. Probably none of them ever fired a shot in anger

**PLEASE NOTE, THE GUN CANNOT BE REMOVED TO CREATE A COMPLETE SEPARATE ARTILLERY PIECE.
A SEPARATE 6”HOWITZER ARTILLERY SET WILL BE AVAILABLE IN A FEW MONTHS …ONCE I FINISH THE FIGURES TO ACCOMPANY THE SET.


THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 – French Army

The French army was manned by conscription , and every 20 year old male was liable for three years’ service. Most men would go into the infantry, and these were men primarily from an agricultural background, with those who had worked on railways, public works, shipyards and telecommunications going into the artillery.

Infantry Regiments were created on a local basis, similar to the British Pals battalions.

The peacetime army had a strength of 817,000 men, augmented on mobilization to 2,944,000.

During the war 7,800,000 men served with the “colours”, about 80% of the population of men eligible to fight.

Water was scarce in the front line, and the growing of facial hair led to the nickname “Poilu” (hairy one). The traditional nickname of the infantry was “Les Biffins” (the rag and bone men), initially to each other they were “Les bonhommes” (the lads), or as the war drew out, “Les pauvres cons du front” PCDF, (the poor bastards at the front).

Great War 1918

John Jenkins – April Releases Annoucement 2

March 18th, 2014


THE RAID ON ST. FRANCIS

Raid on Saint Francis, 1759


Battle of the Plains of Abraham

During the reign of Queen Anne of Great Britain the English Army had become very disorganized and undisciplined. The Hanoverians (George I) who succeeded Queen Anne in 1714 reorganized the English Army, requiring the troops to march in step to proper military music. Thus fife & drum music was adopted by the British military (except for the Scottish regiments).

A company of about 100 men would have one or two fifers, and one or two drummers. When 8 or 10 companies were gathered together to form a regiment, their fifers and drummers were “banded” to form a regimental band.

The musicians provided music for the army on the march. As Napoleon would prove, music would be very effective in motivating an army to march long distances. The musicians were also used to broadcast various signals. Military camp life required a succession of daily signals: time to get up, breakfast call, sick call, assembly, lunch, duty calls, dinner, evening retreat, lights-out (curfew).

The “Tattoo” comes from the Dutch die den tap toe which was a signal for the beer sellers to “turn off the taps” so that the soldiers could finish their beers and report back to camp. This signal consisted of the fifes and drums marching up and down the streets of the garrison town or camp, playing as they marched – at the end, they would stop marching, and conclude with a hymn.
While the army was encamped (or billeted in a city) the “officer of the day” (supervising at that moment) would always have a drummer with him to give impromptu and emergency signals: to sound “alarm” at an imminent attack or to call for a conference of the officers.

Contrary to common opinion, signals generally were NOT given during battles, excepting “cease fire” and related signals. The battlefield was too noisy and confusing, and, as the French discovered when they experimented with the idea in the 1750’s, the enemy can hear your signals.


The Regiment de Bearne saw much action under Montcalm, and was present at all major engagements of the war.

Battle of the Plains of Abraham


Jacobite Rebellion 1745

The 2nd Battalion of Lord Ogilvy’s Forfarshire Regiment was present at the Battle of Culloden. When the battle ended, the defeated regiment retreated south to Glen Clova, where it was disbanded.

All the Jacobite flags captured by the Hanoverian troops at Culloden were taken to Edinburgh and burnt.

Legend had it that Captain John Kinloch, who carried the flag at Culloden, hid the banner at Logie House, near Kirriemuir.

The flag survived and is now on display at the McManus Gallery in Dundee.

The Latin words on the flag translate into the old Scottish motto: ‘No one provokes me with impunity’.

The emblem on the flag is the Scottish thistle, rather than a symbol or a coat of arms associated with the deposed Stewart dynasty. However, it is believed that the Scottish thistle was the crest used by Lord Ogilvy’s Jacobite regiment.

**PLEASE NOTE THE FLAG IS PRODUCED IN RESIN**

Jacobite Rebellion 1745


Peninsular War 1807-1814

**Please note there are 3 variations of the advancing sets**

Peninsular War 1807-1814

First Legion – New Releases Expected April 2014!

March 16th, 2014

American Civil War – Union 2nd Wisconsin

The 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry consists of sets ACW070-ACW087 and are a solid mix of advancing and firing depicting their counterattack at McPherson’s Ridge where they beat back Archer’s Brigade. After several hours of fierce fighting against an ever increasing number of Rebels, the 2nd Wisconsin took 77% casualties and retreated back to Culps Hill. Certainly one of the most iconic regiments of the Civil War, these figures are a must have for any serious Civil War Toy Soldier collection! We’ve also included with this release set ACW087 John Burns. Though Burns fought primarily with the 7th Wisconsin and 24th Michigan, we felt that any release covering the actions of the Iron Brigade during Day 1 of Gettysburg should include the heroic citizen turned soldier. Burns fought valiantly and was wounded several times and was eventually captured and treated by the Confederates, convincing them that he hadn’t taken part in the fighting, but merely been caught up in it. A close call indeed!

Union 2nd Wisconsin

Samurai – Takeda Staff

Age of the Samurai

John Jenkins Future Releases – March Announcement

March 6th, 2013

COMING SOON!…..a sample of some of the offerings coming this spring and summer! The following releases are all in production. I hope there will be something for everyone?

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  • British Medium Tank, Mark C, “Hornet” – More Great War armour, and artillery pieces are on the way! The British Medium Tank, Mark C, “Hornet” will also be on display at the London show

  • 35th Regiment of Foot will be Marching Grenadiers
  • French Regulars – There will be plenty of New French Regulars, suitable for Ticonderoga, as well as the Seven Years War in Europe.
  • Roth Wurzburg Infantry Regiment – to defend the Gateway at Leuthen
  • British Artillery crews – Suitable for both the War of 1812 and the Penninsular War.
  • Woodland Indians

John Jenkins Collectors Club March 2013 – Update

March 6th, 2013

Collectors Club

  • JJCLUB-SET#15 — Roger’s ServantSTATUS –IN PRODUCTION, DELIVERY APPROX MAY 2013 – Limited Edition (232)
    Rogers’ servant had been with him for many years. During the Battle of Snowshoes they became separated, and the servant found himself travelling with Captain Henry Pringle, and Lieutenant Boyle Roche. Pringle wrote that during the retreat , “one night the servant, straggled from us, where he sat down, fell asleep and died immediately, tho a very strong man.”
  • JJCLUB-SET#16 — English Travelling Blacksmith’s ForgeSTATUS –IN PRODUCTION, DELIVERY APPROX. MAY 2013 – Limited Edition (221)
    In Ideal situations, each British field artillery battery would have a travelling forge. The forgehad to be light and portable, in order to be able to properly repair any carriage or artillery piece that had become disabled.