New First Legion February Releases!

February 6th, 2016

Glory of Rome


The backbone of the Roman Empire was certainly her Legions. For our initial release of Imperial Romans, we presented Legio I Minerva and Legio VI Victrix. Due to the success and rapid sellout of these figures, we are now following them up with Legio I Adiutrix and Legio II Augusta. The new legions feature unbleached tunics and skirts, Adiutrix with the classic “wreathe” shield and Augusta with the Eagle on a black shield. Legio I Adiutrix was formed in 68 AD and took part in a variety of battles and campaigns including Germanic/Marcomannic Wars under Marcus Aurelius, the final battle of which was featured in the opening of the film “Gladiator.” Legion II Augusta was one of the longest serving Legions, formed in the late republic and serving through the 4th Century most notably participating in the construction and defense of Hadrian’s Wall. Both are are a wonderful complement to Minerva and Victrix and allow for dioramas to now feature multiple legions each with a unique look deployed side by side.

Glory of Rome – Legio VI Victrix

Crusader Knights



Crusader Knights & Allies

Thirty Years War


The Thirty Years War was from 1618 to 1648 and was one of the bloodiest, most destructive conflicts in human history.     The roots of the war grew out of conflict between Catholics and Protestants but over time the war spread to involve most of the great European powers of the age and became much less about religion and much more about political hegemony.      The destruction brought by the war had a far reaching effect and was one of first examples of the concept of total war where civilian loss of life far outpaced battlefield losses through a combination of disease and famine.   In some nations, total population had been reduced by as much as 25% over this thirty year period.   As such a
militarily diverse period of history with so many belligerents involved, the types of figures we can create is limitless.   And of course all will be done to our extremely high levels of sculpting and painting.   We have launched the range with a release a bit on the lighter side with our rendition of the “Three Musketeers.”   These figures have an even higher level of sculpting and painting then our normal figures

Thirty Years War

Retreat from Russia


This is an incredibly atmospheric piece perfectly capturing the “feel” of Napoleon’s Retreat from Russia. This peasant’s sledge is being driven by an Artillery Train driver and the passengers consist of a wounded Italian infantry officer being held by a Cantiniere while a wounded French soldier sits on the rear conveying the misery he is enduring in the sub-zero temperatures.


Retreat from Russia

Stalingrad Germans


The winter version of our PzKpw IV Ausf F1 of the 14th Panzer Division! This incredibly detailed vehicle adds to your display options for the tank Battalions of the 14th Panzer Division. Winter crew figures which will complement the vehicle nicely will be coming soon.


Stalingrad Germans

New Collectors Showcase February Releases!

February 6th, 2016

Roman Collection



Roman Collection

Iroquois Indian




American Revolution

Napoleonic – Prussians




Napoleonic – Prussians

German WWII




German WWII

Masterworks Collection




Masterworks Collection

New King and Country February Releases!

February 6th, 2016

A Big Welcome to the Bent-Wing Bird!


As K&C moves further into WW2 in the Pacific and South East Asia there is one American fighter aircraft that will forever be associated with that mighty struggle against the military forces of the Empire of Japan… The Chance Vought F4U Corsair.

Nicknamed the “bent-wing bird” this U.S. fighter saw service with both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. In addition it flew with Britain’s Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Postwar it flew on with the USMC in Korea (1950-53) and the French Aeronavale during the conflicts in Indochina… Algeria… and the Suez Operation. It also served with several South American nations.

Our first-released version is, however, a Corsair flown by one of the most famous USMC “aces”… Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington.

  • AF032 — USMC F4U Corsair – This model is painted in the style and markings of one of the F4U’s flown by “Pappy” Boyington while he commanded Marine Squadron VMF-214.
    The three-tone colour scheme is typical of the 1942/43 period and has Boyington’s girlfriend’s name “Lucybelle”, painted just under the cockpit along with 16 of his eventual 26 “kill markings”.
    This model comes complete with the standing “Pappy” Boyington figure. Please note this figure is also available individually.
    PLEASE NOTE: Just 250 of this “Boyington Corsair” are being released… Other versions will follow.
  • AF033 — Lieut. Chris Magee USMC – Another top ace of VMF-214 was Chris Magee (1917-1995) a colourful character credited with 9 “kills” he was awarded the Navy Cross. After the war he dabbled in bootlegging and flew for Israel in the 1948 War of Independence. With his rakish moustache, baseball cap and easy grin he was a popular member of the squadron.
  • AF034 — Lieut. (later Lieut. Col.) John Bolt USMC – One more “pilot” of VMF-214 was John Bolt (1921-2004), a double ace with 6 victories in the Pacific War followed by 6 “kills” in the Korean Conflict. Here, he demonstrates how he shot down one of his Zero opponents.
  • AF035 — Airstrip Leathernecks – Two battle-worn “Mud-Marines” on guard duty to protect these precious F4U’s on their island airstrip. One carries the trusty “Garand“ M1… the other the Winchester Model 1912 shotgun… better known as the “Trench Gun”.
  • AF038 — VMF-214 Signpost – “Pappy” Boyington was well-known for his “salty” language and sense of humour and irreverent attitude to authority… This little squadron sign personifies it!
  • AF039 — Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington USMC – To say that “Pappy” (1912-1988) had a chequered military career would be a slight exaggeration. A hell-raiser and defiant of authority by nature he was also a fine pilot and a born-leader. His active flying services took him to China where he flew with the “Flying Tigers” and also to the Pacific where he led VMF-214 and shot down the majority of his Japanese “kills”. Among
    his many awards were the “Medal of Honor” and the “Navy Cross”. He was eventually promoted to full colonel before retiring from the Marine Corps in 1947.

War in the Pacific – USMC

Heading Back to Dunkirk!


Six more French “Poilus” from the Fall of France head for the beaches… and, hopefully, safety.

Fields of Battle

First World War Fragments


France 1917

ARTILLERIE FRANCAISE


Four more French Line Artillerymen to join our previously released figures.

French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.

Back to the Little Big Horn


Three Indian warriors plus three named “personalities” of the famous battle.

  • TRW084(P) — Flying Hawk – A kneeling warrior complete with buffalo head dress and a captured cavalry carbine.
  • TRW085(P) — Grey Fox – A sitting wounded Indian with warshield and Winchester repeating rifle. From someone, somewhere he has acquired an old Confederate Army tunic.
  • TRW086(P) — Bear Cub – One of the youngest participants in the battle… just 13… but with bow and arrow and ready to fight for his tribe and family.
  • TRW087 — Captain Frederick Benteen – One of the most controversial figures of the battle… He and his command were supposed to ride to Custer’s aid… He held back, preferring to support Major Marcus Reno’s beleaguered position than ride forward to almost certain death with Custer. Although he lived to tell the tale his military career was effectively over.
  • TRW088 — Major Marcus Reno – At the same time Custer and his men attacked the great Indian village, Reno and his troops were supposed to mount their own diversionary attack on a different part of the village. Forced to retreat to up above the village the attackers soon found themselves under attack from all sides. As stated earlier Benteen now joined them to reinforce their position. Reno’s career and military career suffered a similar fate to Benteen.
  • TRW089 — Bugler John Martin – Corporal / Bugler John Martin, was an Italian-American soldier who was attached to Custer’s force that attacked the great Indian village on the Little Big Horn. Just prior to the fateful charge Custer sent Martin back to Captain Benteen urging him to bring forward reinforcements and more ammunition. That lone mission undoubtedly saved Martin’s life as Custer and the rest of his 210 man command perished in the coming battle.

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

WEHRMACHT WOUNDED


  • WH046 — Battlefield Rescue – As one soldier almost lapses into unconsciousness his comrade pulls him to safety… the enemy are close on their heels!

German Wehrmacht

WEAPONS & EQUIPMENT


Individual weapons and accessories are always welcome to those collectors who enjoy creating their own dramatic scenes and dioramas… especially with WW2 themes. Here are K&C’s first two small sets…

  • DD290 — Allied Weapons Set – Three U.S. Army weapons… A Browning Automatic Rifle, a Thomson SubMachine Gun and an M1 “Garand” Rifle are joined by three famous British guns… the trusty “Bren” Gun… the Lee Enfield .303 and the basic “Sten” Gun PLUS 2 x U.S. Army “Jerricans”.
  • WS321 — German Weapons Set – Five fine examples of Nazi weaponry include the “classic” MP40, the Schmeisser Machine Pistol… the Panzerfaust, anti tank rocket… the MG34 and MG42 machine guns and the great Kar98 rifle. PLUS, this set also includes 2 x German “Jerricans”.

New Thomas Gunn February Releases!

February 6th, 2016

Glory of Rome


ROM001 features a front rank legionnaire with Pilum lowered as he prepares to close with one of the many enemies that were Rome’s, at the height of its empire.

ROM005 are the second rank advancing, with Pilum raised marching in close formation behind the front rank.

The A version carry the classic Imperial Roman red shields and the B version carry the 30th legions black shields.

The A version is not limited and we will make as many as there is a demand for, the B version are limited to 100 pieces worldwide.

A signifier, an Imaginifer, an Aquilifer and a Centurion are all planned to accompany these advancing legionnaires

Glory of Rome

WWI


  • GW063 — Turkish sentry figure – Turkish sentry figure will look just the part in your WW1 collection, could be on parade or guarding a high ranking General, the choice is yours.

World War One

WWII – German


WWII German forces

WWII – Pacific


WWII Pacific

John Jenkins February Releases!

February 6th, 2016

jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY


The Saint-Chamond was the second French heavy tank of the First World War, with 400 manufactured from April 1917 to July 1918. Born of the commercial rivalry existing with the makers of the Schneider CA1 tank, the Saint-Chamond was an inadequate underpowered design. Its principal weakness was the “caterpillar” tracks. They were much too short in relation to the vehicle’s length and heavy weight (23 tons ). Later models, however, attempted to rectify some of the tank’s original flaws by installing wider and stronger track shoes, thicker frontal armor and the more effective 75mm M1897 field gun. The Saint-Chamond tanks remained engaged in various actions until the late summer of 1918, belatedly becoming more effective since combat had moved out of the trenches and onto open ground . Eventually, however, the Saint-Chamond tanks were scheduled to be entirely replaced by imported British heavy tanks.

On 11th June 1918, during a French counterattack triggered by the German offensive on the Matz River on the 9th June, Char St. Chamond No. 62668 of the second battery of AS 38 was captured by the German Infantry Regiment No.91 at Lataule. The vehicle which displayed the name “Petit Jean” (Little John), also the slogan “Pas Kamarad” (No Mercy) and the image of a crocodile, had apparently got lost and finally became stuck in a cemetery wall.

Luckily for the French crew, the Germans did not heed the slogan, “Pas Kamarad”, and Marechal de Logis Durand and his crew went into captivity unharmed.

The tank was salvaged with the assistance of an A7V, and sent to B.A.K.P 20, where it was recorded as being under reconstruction. Apparently the intent of the German mechanical engineers, was to study the vehicles petro-electrical transmission, rather than converting it into a German fighting tank.

FRENCH TANK CAMOUFLAGE: THE “CAMOUFLEURS”

The French army pioneered the use of pattern-painted camouflage in the first World War. At the start of the war most heavy equipment was painted an artillery grey. Tanks were part of the artillery therefore the first tanks were painted artillery grey. This was quickly overpainted with garish camouflage colours. French interest in camouflage painting had been inspired by Guirand de Scevola, an academic painter who was serving in the artillery near Metz. The painter was familiar with artistic theories especially cubism, and persuaded his unit’s officer to let him try disguising the unit’s gun batteries. His effort was so successful that the Ministry of War established the “Section Camouflage” which recruited artists and craftsmen. These early camouflage attempts tended to be quite intricate and fussy, involving multiple paint colours, and required considerable skill to apply. By late 1917, this changed to simpler patterns that could be applied by minimally skilled workers which could be applied at the factory or depots.

French Army

Provincial Regiments 1759

Provincial Regiments 1759

WWI – German

The STURMPANZER A7V was a tank introduced by Germany in 1918, during World War I. One hundred chassis were ordered in early 1917, ten to be finished as fighting vehicles with armoured bodies, and the remainder as cargo carriers. The number to be armoured was later increased to 20. They were used in action from March to October of that year, and were the only tanks produced by Germany in World War I to be used in operations.

Unlike modern tanks, the A7V has no turret. Instead, it has a cupola for the commander and driver, and its main gun, a 57mm Maxim-Nordenfelt, is carried in a mounting in the front, allowing limited traverse. Six Maxim 08 machine guns are carried in mountings, two on each side and two to the rear.

The crew normally consisted of up to seventeen soldiers and one officer: commander (officer, typically a lieutenant), driver, mechanic, mechanic/signaller, twelve infantrymen (six machine gunners, six loaders), and two artillerymen (main gunner and loader).

Crews for the small German Tank Arm were drawn from the various branches of the Army, all according to their usage: gunners from the artillery, signallers from the communications branch, machine-gunners from the infantry, drivers, mechanics and commanders from the motor troops. They had no special uniform or insignia, and used the standard field uniform. Neither did they have any special insignia, but used the ones of their original organisations. Leather patches were worn on knee and elbow

Also the German Tankers were issued overalls. These were one-piece suits, made either in heavy cloth or in leather; they were normally restricted to drivers, and sometimes to the mechanics as well. They were often worn together with a low, padded, dome-shaped crash helmet. These overalls came with buttons and loops on the shoulders, to allow for the attachment of shoulder straps. German Tankers also used the same type of strange mailed face mask as the British, and often these masks seems to have been captured equipment.


German Army

WWI- British


British Forces

Battle of Gallipoli 1915


Battle of Gallipoli 1915

THE QUEBEC LANDING BARGE THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM 1759


The Quebec landing Barge, 1758 (c). This type of barge was used during General Wolfe’s landing at Quebec in 1759. It was developed around 1758 for use in seaborne attacks on French ports. Assault landing techniques were devised with the aid of Royal Navy officers, and as well as at Quebec, spectacularly successful results were achieved during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) at Louisbourg (Cape Breton, Canada) in 1758 and at the Spanish fortress of Havana (Cuba) in 1762.

The boat has 13 crew and 24 Grenadiers.

The boat is produced in 3 main pieces, so that the set can be displayed on its own stand, or as a waterline model.

Captain James Cook the famous British Explorer was a young MASTER on HMS Pembroke during the Quebec Siege, and was placed in charge of organizing the Landing barges.


The 15th Regiment of Foot was raised in 1685 under Sir William Clifton, and was known as Clifton’s Regiment of Foot. In 1702, the regiment formed part of Marlborough’s Army, distinguishing itself at the battles of Blenheim, Ramilles, Malplaquet and Oudenarde. The regiment was numbered the 15th Regiment of Foot in 1751 and was heavily engaged during the French and Indian War. The 15th Foot “took the fort” at Louisburg in 1758 and was part of General Wolfe’s Army fighting on the Plains of Abraham, above the city of Quebec, on September 13, 1759. The 15th Regiment of Foot saw action during the defense of Quebec and took part in the expedition against Montreal in 1760


Battle of the Plains of Abraham

John Jenkins COLLECTORS’ CLUB 2016, MEMBERSHIP FIGURES

January 17th, 2016

JJ DESIGNS COLLECTORS’ CLUB 2016, MEMBERSHIP FIGURES

This coming year, there will be a choice of 6 Membership figures, released over 2 months.
The first three figures will be available in January.
The second three figures will be available in February.

2016 will be the tenth anniversary of jjDesigns. As a small thank you to those who have supported, encouraged, collected and contributed to the success of jjDesigns, over the last ten years, I have dedicated this year’s Membership figures to a few of the collectors who I have had the pleasure to get to know. I apologize to the many that I have not been able to include, but please be assured that I am extremely thankful and grateful to everyone, without whom I would not have been given the opportunity to produce and develop my work over the last ten years.

Each Membership set purchased for the price of us$45 also includes the following;

THE 2015 COLLECTORS CLUB ANNUAL, PRODUCT LIST SUPPLEMENT, AND THE 2016 CALENDAR.

For those collectors wishing to purchase additional membership sets, and not wanting any additional Annuals, Product lists and calendars, the membership sets this year will be offered at a lower price, without the Annual, Product list, and Calendar.

WHEELS ACROSS THE DESERT


In 1915, Egypt was the centre of the war effort in the near East. Units would strike westwards into the Sahara desert to deal with dissident tribes who were goaded into action by the Turks, or were sent northwards into Gaza to confront the Turkish army itself.

The Sennussi were a warlike Arab religious sect encouraged by the Turks to tie down as many British troops as possible. Model T Ford cars, escorted by Rolls- Royce armoured cars were used to patrol the desert, and to launch daring raids against the Sennussi.

The most important British armoured car of the first World War was undoubtedly the Rolls-Royce. In terms of the numbers built, effective design and all round quality it was unequalled, and is now taken to typify the vintage armoured car.

The Hedjaz Armoured Car Section, was an unit of three Rolls Royce armoured cars, which operated alongside the irregular forces inspired and guided by T.E Lawrence. This unit also acted independently and mounted long range raids, such as the succesful raid against the Amman railway bridge in September 1918.

The armoured cars earned Lawrence’s respect for their reliability and effectiveness, and in his “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” he mentions that “a Rolls in the desert was above rubies”.

Raid on St Francis


Fort William Henry was a British fort at the southern end of Lake George in the province of New York. It is best known as the site of notorious atrocities committed by the Huron tribes against the surrendered British and provincial troops following a successful French siege in 1757, an event portrayed in James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, The Last of the Mohicans, first published in January 1826.

The fort’s construction was ordered by Sir William Johnson in September 1755, during the French and Indian War, as a staging ground for attacks against the French fort at Crown Point called Fort St. Frédéric. It was part of a chain of British and French forts along the important inland waterway from New York City to Montreal, and occupied a key forward location on the frontier between New York and New France. It was named for both Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland, the younger son of King George II, and Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, a grandson of King George II and a younger brother of the future King George III.

A military engineer’s position in the 18th century can be reduced down to two things, building and destroying forts. An engineer in the 18th century were mainly classically trained military engineers. They constructed forts, and if attacking forts, their job was to determine the most effective method of destroying the fort.

They were also architects, since an engineer also designed the buildings inside the fort.

There were three basic levels of engineers — the lowest level built houses and such mundane buildings, then the military engineer who built forts, and the top level, the castle builders. None of these engineers really had the social position we associate with engineers today. Today, an engineer holds an elevated and respected position in society. In the 18th century there was a real prejudice against men who worked with their hands rather than their minds. A Gentleman would not condescend to do that. People of the middle or lower class who labored were hired for these positions. An engineer in the 18th Century would rank somewhere around a master stone mason or a master carver.

Knights of the Skies


James Bigglesworth, nicknamed “Biggles”, is a fictional pilot and adventurer, the title character and main hero of the Biggles series of youth-oriented adventure books written by W. E. Johns (1893–1968).

Biggles first appears as a teenaged “scout” (fighter) pilot in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during World War I. He has joined the RFC in 1916 at the age of 17, having conveniently “lost” his birth certificate. Biggles represents a particularly “British” hero, combining professionalism with a gentlemanly air. Under the stress of combat he develops from a slightly hysterical youth prone to practical jokes to a calm, confident, competent leader. He is occasionally given “special” (secret) missions by the shadowy figure of Colonel (initially Major) Raymond (Wing Commander/Air Commodore in later books, reflecting the creation of the Royal Air Force with its own ranks), who is already involved with the intelligence side of operations. Biggles is accompanied by his cousin Algernon (‘Algy’) Lacey and his mechanic Flight Sergeant Smyth, who are to accompany Biggles on his adventures after the war; added to the team in 1935 is the teenager Ginger Hebblethwaite.

Algernon Montgomery Lacey or “Algy” is a cousin of Biggles, who is posted to Biggles’ flight in 266 Squadron by the influence of his aunt. Despite initial misgivings, the two soon become very close friends and eventually Algy adopts the role of Biggles’ second in command. In the books set in the 1930s, Algy, Ginger and Smyth become Biggles’ regular companions.

W.E. Johns was a First World War pilot, although his own career did not parallel that of Biggles particularly closely. The author’s initial war service was with the infantry, fighting at Gallipoli and on the Macedonian front. He was commissioned, seconded into the RFC in September 1917 and posted back to England for flight training, serving in England as a flying instructor until August 1918 when he transferred to the Western Front. On 16 September 1918 his De Havilland DH4 was shot down on a bombing raid. His observer, Lieutenant Amey, was killed (in two of the stories in Biggles Learns to Fly observers flying with Biggles are killed or badly wounded) but Johns survived to be taken prisoner of war. Johns remained with the RAF until 1927, although his final rank was Flying Officer (equivalent to Lieutenant in the RFC) rather than the “Captain” of his pen name.

THE AGE OF ARTHUR


Berserkers (or berserks) were Norse warriors who are primarily reported in the Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word berserk.

They were said to wear the pelt of a wolf when they entered battle and are sometimes described as Odin’s special warriors: “[Odin’s] men went without their mailcoats and were mad as hounds or wolves, bit their shields…they slew men, but neither fire nor iron had effect upon them. This is called ‘going berserk’.”

RAID ON ST. FRANCIS 1759


In 1758, the 80th Regiment of Light Armed Foot, otherwise known as Gage’s Light Infantry became the British army’s first light infantry regiment. They were unique in the fact that the soldiers of the 80th were issued brown uniforms instead of the traditional madder red worn by all of the British regiments at the time. The headgear of Gage’s Light Infantry was different from the cocked hat or “tricorn” hat that most regiments of foot wore, the men of Gage’s were given caps or helmets of leather, and they would receive their nickname from their distinctive headgear – “the leathercaps.”

THE CONQUEST OF AMERICA


The Carignan-Salières was formed from two existing regiments: the Balthasar Regiment, formed during the Thirty Years’ War and becoming the Salières when Balthasar died in 1665, and the Carignan Regiment, formed in 1644 in Piedmont. Following the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, both regiments avoided disbandment by merging to form the Carignan-Salières Regiment.

In 1664, following the request of the Sovereign Council, the French finance minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert ordered the Carignan-Salières to reinforce the existing 100 man force in New France.

The arrival of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, accompanied by De Tracy’s companies, marks an important moment in Canadian history. In 1665, 1300 soldiers landed in the small colony of barely 3000 inhabitants to establish peace with the Iroquois who were terrorizing the colonists. But this was not their sole aim: Louis XIV hoped the soldiers would settle in New France. Indeed, some 400 elected to stay, thereby saving the colony and becoming the forefathers of thousands of Quebecers and other North Americans.

This regiment was used between 1665 and 1668 to combat the Iroquois threat to the struggling colony of New France.

John Jenkins Collectors Club

jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY


This coming year there will be several special promotions to celebrate the tenth anniversary of jjdesigns,

Throughout 2016, a limited number of “GOLDEN TICKETS” will be inserted into random new releases every month during the year.

If you are lucky enough to have a “GOLDEN TICKET” included in your purchase, you will be entitled to claim a complimentary prize!

Details of how to claim your prize will be shown on the rear of the “GOLDEN TICKET”.

New John Jenkins Releases January 2016

January 17th, 2016

KNIGHTS OF THE SKIES,


The SPAD S.XIII was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I, developed by Société Pour L’Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) from the earlier highly successful SPAD S.VII. It was one of the most capable fighters of the war, and one of the most-produced, with 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at
the armistice.

Guynemer started flying this machine in late July, and went on to score his 53rd victory on 20th August 1917. Unfortunately this was the plane in which Guynemer was to mysteriously go missing in, on 11th September 1917.

Guynemer failed to return from the combat mission on 11 September 1917. At 08:30, with rookie pilot Jean Bozon-Verduraz, Guynemer took off in his Spad XIII S.504 n°2. His mission was to patrol the Langemark area. At 09:25, near Poelkapelle, Guynemer sighted a lone Rumpler, a German observation plane, and dove toward it. Bozon-Verduraz saw several Fokkers above him, and by the time he had shaken them off, his leader was nowhere in sight, so he returned alone. Guynemer never came back.

It was a French journalist who explained to schoolchildren, “Captain Guynemer flew so high he could not come down again.”

French Ground crew, coming in 2016!

Knights Of The Skies – WWI

THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 – THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES

Mack AC “Bulldog” haulers are legendary workhorses. During their 20-plus years of production (1916-1939), they were employed in many heavy industries including logging, petroleum, construction, and nearly anywhere a rock-solid chassis cab was needed. They were available with up to a 7.5-ton load capacity. The U.S. military made extensive use of the AC during WWI. Many of them remained in the countries where they served and were put to use by civilians for decades afterward.

Mack delivered over 6,000 trucks, both to the United States and Britain’s military. A legend surfaced that British soldiers would call for Mack Bulldogs to be sent when facing adversity.

Mack Trucks, Inc., is an American truck–manufacturing company and a former manufacturer of buses and trolley buses. Founded in 1900 as the Mack Brothers Company, it manufactured its first truck in 1907 and adopted its present name in 1922.

In 1916 The Mack ACs are introduced and over 40,000 of these trucks were produced.

The model truck, will come with two “Tank Loading Ramps”. These will slot onto the rear of the truck, and can be stored under the RENAULT tank.

American Expeditionary Forces

THE GALLIPOLI CAMPAIGN 1915


Battle of Gallipoli 1915

ROYAL AMERICAN


The 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot, better known under its later name, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps, has long been associated with Canada. After Braddock’s defeat by the French and Indians in 1755, authority was granted to raise a regiment of four battalions to be recruited in Germany and from German colonists in North America. The regiment was named the 62nd, or Royal American, Regiment of Foot; but it was re-designated the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot in February 1757. Recruiting for the Royal Americans in North America was disappointing, and more than half its strength was drafted from men rejected by British regiments in Ireland. From this unlikely collection of foreigners and cast-offs was fashioned one of the most renowned corps of the British Army.

THE NEW JERSEY PROVINCIAL REGIMENT


The Jersey Blues were raised in 1755, by the New Jersey provincial government. It was originally composed of five companies, and was sent to the northern frontier, to guard it against the French. They were known as the “Jersey Blues”, partly from the blue coats of the regiment, and partly from the similarlity of the uniform to that New Jersey used in the war of Jenkin’s Ear.

On April 4 1758, the General Assembly of New Jersey voted to increase the regiment to a strength of 1,000 officers and men, including 100 grenadiers.

** PLEASE NOTE THESE FIGURES WOULD BE SUITABLE FOR THE BATTLE OF FORT CARILLON, TICONDEROGA, 8th July 1758**


Provincial Regiments 1759

THE WARS OF THE ROSES 1455-1487



Coming in 2016!

In an effort to destroy Henry Tudor, Richard decided to leave his position on Ambion Hill, leading his household retainers down the slope, thundering towards Henry’s men with levelled lances.

A few of the key personalities involved in King Richard’s heroic last charge will be available in the summer.

King Richard III and his standard bearer, Sir Percival Thirlwall, charge towards Henry Tudor and his standard bearer William Brandon.

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

New King and Country January Releases!

January 10th, 2016

“HULLO SAILOR!”


The Royal Navy is well represented this January with no less than 8 important releases that add on and extend the previously launched (if you will pardon the expression) ‘whale boats’ for the Gallipoli Landings. Please note: moustaches on their own…goatee style beards or lower beards (no moustaches) were and still
are banned in the Royal Navy. Either “a full set” or “completely clean shaven” is the order of the day.

  • GA012 — Royal Naval Officer – A standing Lieutenant, issuing orders to his boat crew.
  • GA013 — Sailor w/ Telescope – Here, in this classic naval pose, a long-serving ‘matelot’ (two stripes on the left arm denoting 8-13 years of service) observes the enemy.
  • GA015 — Oarsmen Rowing – A set of two sailors manning the oars of the whale boat.
  • GA015(B) — Oarsmen Rowing – As above but with two bearded sailors.
  • GA016 — Up Oars! – As a whale boat was alongside either before or after a trip the order would be given to hoist the oars up into the vertical position allowing passengers to board or alight from the craft more easily.
  • GA016(B) — Up Oars! – As above but with sailors sporting what was termed by the Royal Navy “a full set” meaning a complete beard and moustache…
  • GA017 — Royal Navy Steam Launch – Painted in “battleship grey” this little vessel can accommodate some passengers and comes complete with a bosun at the wheel and a gunner manning the Vickers Machine Gun at the bow.
  • GA029 — Sailor w/Boathook – Another classic naval pose for this sailor figure.

Gallipoli

Imperial Russian Army


In late July 1914 when the Imperial Russian Army mobilized it was the largest in the world…over 5,000,000 men!

Although massive it lacked many of the most modern and up-to-date military equipment and artillery…particularly transport. It did however possess an amazing capacity for hardiness, bravery and loyalty to both the Czar personally and “Mother Russia” itself.

Here we present the mounted figure of Nicholas II displaying a religious icon to men of one of his own Lifeguard Regiments as they parade before him prior to departing for the front.

  • FW202 — Czar Nicholas II – Dressed in the traditional dark green coat of the Russian infantry the supreme leader of the Imperial Army provides a “blessing” for the departing regiment.
  • FW203 — Marching w/ Rifle – This soldier of the 1st Lifeguard Regiment marches forward his “Mosin-Nagant” bolt action rifle with fixed bayonet held before him.
  • FW204 — Saluting Officer – Standing stiffly to attention this smartly-dressed officer salutes the Czar…Although wearing the khaki field jacket he still wears the traditional
    dark green, red striped trousers of his dress uniform.
  • FW205 — Present Arms – Dressed as FW203 complete with folded grey greatcoat slung over the left shoulder.
  • FW206 — Standing at Attention – As above but with rifle at the side.
  • FW207 — Kneeling being Blessed! – Many photographs of the early war period show Russian soldiers bareheaded, cap in hand, receiving a blessing from the Czar or an Orthodox priest.

Imperial Russian Army

English Civil War – Pike & Musket


English Civil War – Pike & Musket

German Wehrmacht


Two German officers on the lookout for action…but are they who they appear to be..?

  • WH057 — Where Vultures Fly! – As you know at K&C we love war movies of all shapes and sizes and one of our favourites involved a mountain-top fortress in southern Germany…a ski lift and a pair of Allied officers tasked with rescuing a captured American general…
    Here are two suitably armed “Germans” ready to take on the task!

German Wehrmacht

Gang of Heroes


Still fighting WW2…but from inside and outside a tank…

  • DD279 — FURY – From our experience of over 30 years there is only one WW2 tank that comes close to rivalling the popularity of the German “TIGER” tank and that is…the American “SHERMAN”.
    Here is the latest addition to our K&C Sherman “stable”…An M4A3E8 “Easy-Eight” aptly-named “FURY”.
    We’ve based our model on the one that appeared in the recent movie of the same name that starred Brad Pitt as the tank Commander.
    As you can see this model is both “battle-worn” and full of character. Its tracks and wheels covered in mud there’s plenty of crew gear and supplies stowed all over the hull and turret as well as extra logs attached to the sides…just like real life…and the movie.
    Armed with the 76mm main gun our model comes with additional .30 cal. and .50 cal machine guns on top of the turret and a vehicle crewman in the open turret hatch.
    This vehicle also looks great with our previously released “Wardaddy” figure (DD262) standing alongside.
  • DD280 — Tank Crews Set #1 – Two U.S. Army “Tankers” enjoy a brew of coffee while they take a brief respite from battle.
  • DD281 — Tank Crews Set #2 – Another two dismounted “Tankers” take a break to eat some chow and stretch their legs.
  • DD282 — Tank Crews Set #3 – Although these guys have dismounted they’re taking no chances…There might be some Krauts still around…Hence the “Grease Gun” and the “Tommy Gun” close at hand.

Gang of Heroes

World of Dickens


Now, whether Mr. Sherlock Holmes ever actually said those words to Dr. John Watson might remain a mystery as they have entered the list of memorable quotes and sayings attributed to the fictional detectives created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the last decades of the 19th Century. However there’s no denying that Holmes and Watson have gained worldwide recognition through the original books and stories and multitude of films and television series that have followed on.

Here at K&C we’ve extended our popular “World of Dickens” series to include an additional range that explores “The Streets of Olde London” and all its many character both real…and fictional.

And so we’ve started our journey on one of London’s most famous streets…Baker Street!

  • WoD030 — Mr Sherlock Holmes – The most famous fictional detective in the world…and one of the most easily recognized thanks to the “Deerstalker Hat”…the “Inverness” caped coat and…that pipe. The physical image of Holmes has been further immortalized by actors in both film and television. Most notably Basil Rathbone in the 1930’s and ‘40’s films and Jeremy Brett in the TV series during the 1980’s and ‘90s. Both portrayals have inspired the K&C adaptation.
  • WoD031 — Dr. John Watson – Watson is Holmes’ best friend, assistant and occasional flatmate at 221b Baker Street. He is typically described as a Victorian-era gentleman who served as a surgeon in the British Army and saw active service on the North West Frontier during the Second Afghan War and was wounded at the Battle of Maiwand in 1880. Again our interpretation is a combination of some of the well-known actors who have portrayed him…Nigel Bruce, Edward Hardwicke and…Jude Law.
  • WoD033 — 221b Baker Street – A handsome “façade” rendition of one of London’s most famous addresses. The Georgian-style building was the address of the fictional duo but can actually be seen in London today. There really is a “Baker Street” although the building that now houses the “Sherlock Holmes Museum” is actually located between 237 and 241 Baker Street! Our model reflects the colour and style of a typical Georgian built but Victorian-era “row house” of the kind that Mr. Holmes would have occupied.

World of Dickens

“CHINESE NEW YEAR”


  • HK247G — The Tangerine Tree – A colourful feature in many Chinese homes at this time of year is the potted “Tangerine Tree”. This symbolizes good fortune and good health in the coming year and can be seen not only in China but everywhere there are Chinese communities all over the world. The Chinese character on the pot means “Good Luck” and “Good Fortune”.
  • HK247M — The Tangerine Tree


Orient

Hobby Master – New Releases For April / May 2016!

January 3rd, 2016

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.




Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.




Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:48 Scale.

Modern Air Power Collection


Modern Air Power Collection

Star Trek – New Releases for 1st Half of 2016!

January 3rd, 2016



Star Trek