New Jenkins October Releases!

September 11th, 2016

Knights Of The Skies


The Sopwith Triplane was a British single seat fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during the First World War. It was the first military triplane to see operational service. The Triplane joined Royal Naval Air Service squadrons in early 1917 and was immediately successful. It was nevertheless built in comparatively small numbers and was withdrawn from active service as Sopwith Camels arrived in the latter half of 1917.

The Triplane’s combat debut was highly successful. The new fighter’s exceptional rate of climb and high service ceiling gave it a marked advantage over the Albatros D.III, though the Triplane was slower in a dive. The Germans were so impressed by the performance of the Triplane that it spawned a brief triplane craze among German aircraft manufacturers, resulting in the successful Fokker DR1.

Pilots nicknamed the aircraft the Tripehound or simply the Tripe.

On July 27th 1917, Raymond Collishaw achieved 2 victories in this triplane, which was one of only six Triplanes armed with twin Vickers guns.

The Triplane was famously flown by No. 10 Naval Squadron’s “B” Flight, better known as “Black Flight.” This all-Canadian flight was commanded by the ace Raymond Collishaw. Their aircraft, named Black Maria, Black Prince, Black George, Black Death and Black Sheep, were distinguishable by their black-painted fins and cowlings.

Black Flight claimed 87 German aircraft in three months while equipped with the Triplane. Collishaw himself scored 34 of his eventual 60 victories in the aircraft, making him the top Triplane ace.

For a variety of reasons, the Triplane’s combat career was comparatively brief. In service, the Triplane proved difficult to repair. The fuel and oil tanks were inaccessible without substantial disassembly of the wings and fuselage. Even relatively minor repairs had to be made at rear echelon repair depots. Moreover, spare parts became difficult to obtain during the summer of 1917, and No. 1 Naval Squadron’s complement was reduced from 18 to 15 aircraft.

The Triplane also gained a reputation for structural weakness because the wings sometimes collapsed in steep dives. This defect was attributed to the use of light gauge bracing wires in the 46 aircraft built by subcontractor Clayton & Shuttleworth.

Another drawback of the Triplane was its light armament. While contemporary Albatros fighters were armed with two guns, most Triplanes were armed with a single synchronised Vickers machine gun. Efforts to fit twin guns to the Triplane met with mixed results. Clayton & Shuttleworth built six experimental Triplanes with twin guns.

The second new allied pilot set. The two allied pilots in set ACEBP03 are designed to fit all current allied planes. Unfortunately the new ACEBP-04 wounded pilots do not fit the new
ACE-30 Sopwith Triplane.


The second new allied pilot set. The two allied pilots in set ACEBP03 are designed to fit all current allied planes. Unfortunately the new ACEBP-04 wounded pilots do not fit the new
ACE-30 Sopwith Triplane.

A Hucks Starter is an auxiliary power unit, almost always a motortruck, that provides initial power to start up piston aircraft engines. Such Hucks starter trucks can be considered a mechanical replacement for a member of the groundcrew who would have spun an aircraft’s propeller by hand. This is because of the starter truck’s position in front of the airplane when starting, much like a groundcrew member, and were commonly used when aircraft engines became too large to be easily started by hand.

The power is transmitted to the aircraft via a power take-off shaft, much like those found on the drive trains of rear-wheel drive vehicles, or agricultural machines. The shaft of the starter fits into a special protruding hub incorporating a simple projecting claw clutch on the center of the airplane’s propeller assembly. When engaged, the power of the truck’s engine is transmitted to the aircraft engine until start up, whereupon the faster speed of the now-running engine disengages the clutch, and then the starter truck clears the area prior to take-off.

The device was named after its inventor Bentfield Hucks, who was a captain in the Royal Flying Corps at the time

In the Royal Air Force service, Hucks Starters were based on Ford Model T trucks, which were in widespread use and familiar to ground crew.

The Huck Starter with 2 crew. The crew figures will be available at a later date.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

First Sudan War


From 1855 what are now known as The Royal Marines, were labeled The Royal Marine Light Infantry. They were to mainly be used in a skirmishing capacity in front of infantry. They were issued gray wool coats and trousers. The foreign service helmets were not stained, but kept white in keeping with the pristine Marine turnout.

The marines were in Gen. Graham’s square at El Teb. At Tamai in 1884 they formed the rear wall of Maj. Davis’s 2nd Brigade square. When the wild Hadenodoa warriors flooded into the square through the gap left by the Black Watch. The rear rank of the marines were compelled to turnabout and fight in both directions. At this time the Marines acted as a breakwater to steady elements of the York and Lancaster Regiment, and the Black Watch as they recovered to retrieve the situation.

The Marines were to take part in most of the major actions throughout the Sudan Campaigns.



First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

French Militia 1759


For the campaign of 1759 the militia companies were amalgamated into 3 brigades by region of origin. They wore the knitted “tuque” or stocking cap typical of the French habitant, in different colours according to their brigade. Red was for Quebec, White for Trois Rivieres, and blue for Montreal.



French Militia 1759

Raid on Saint Francis




Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

Wars of the Roses




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Battle of Monongahela




Battle of Monongahela, 1755

Peninsular War


For October we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with THREE more “BOOSTER/STARTER” Sets!

These sets will only be offered for sale to dealers until the end of NOVEMBER, or until stock runs out.



Peninsular War 1807-1814

Battle of Chippewa




Battle of Chippewa – War of 1812

New Thomas Gunn September Release!

September 5th, 2016

WWII – Allied


  • CAN001 W Commando, Canada – Commando were Canada’s Beach Commandos. They were specially trained Commandos set up to create and maintain order on Normandy’s Juno Beach during the landings. Such was the uncertainty of what they would find, that they were trained for all conceivable contingencies ranging from protection against chemical warfare to clearing obstacles and even driving Sherman tanks! However, their main task was to keep the traffic of men, machines and supplies flowing through the beach area during those crucial early days of the liberation. Our figures show some of Canada’s finest on parade before heading off for France.


WWII Allied Forces

WWII – German


  • LUFT008 The German Footballer: Fritz Walter – Fritz Walter played 61 caps for Germany during his football career, a career which was somewhat rudely interrupted by WW2! He was fortunate to be drafted into a Luftwaffe unit ‘Rote Jager’ under coach Herberger, a unit designed to keep men like Walter out of danger. Walter was captured by the Russians at the end of the war but managed to escape a long term prison sentence. He went back to Germany and captained the team that won Germany’s first football World Cup in 1954.


WWII German forces

WWII – Pacific


  • RS035A Type 1 Ho-Ni – The Type 1 Ho-Ni I was the first self-propelled gun design (SPG) of this type employed by the Japanese army. The design was developed using an existing Type 97 tank chassis and replacing the current revolving turret with a 75mm Type 90 Field Gun mounted on a cut out chassis. The gun mounting gave ten degrees of traverse and -5 to +25 degrees of elevation; it could also traverse 20 degrees to either side, meaning the vehicle did not have to be turned to engage targets. The Type 1 Ho-Ni I carried 54 rounds of ammunition but had no defensive machine gun which made it vulnerable to close combat assault by enemy infantry. We have fielded 2 versions for collectors, RS035A in a 3 tone camouflage scheme and RS035B in a dark green Japanese army paint scheme.
  • RS035B Type 1 Ho-Ni
  • RS044 Australian Sentry – An Australian Sentry who will look absolutely superb in a group parade setting or on his own as a sentry figure.


WWII Pacific

WWI


  • GW064A The British Footballer: Albert ‘Ben’ Butler – Albert ‘Ben’ Butler was in the Pals Battalion the 17th Middlesex which was known as the First Footballers Battalion. He played professional for Reading & Queens Park Rangers before enlisting, unfortunately he was wounded by enemy shelling in 1916 and like so many young men died from his wounds. Our figure of Butler denotes him in a relaxed pose with a football, perhaps remembering happier days before he enlisted? Limited to 100 figures.
  • GW064B The Aussie Footballer: Daniel Minogue – Daniel Minogue was an Aussie rules footballer who played for Collingwood prior to enlisting in 1915. He survived the war and went on to coach 5 Clubs, a record that has never since been equalled. In 1996 Minogue was inducted into the Australian football hall of fame. Limited to 100 figures.
  • GW065A Allied Orderly – An Allied clerk takes 2 minutes out from typing out orders as he takes a drag from his cigarette.
  • GW065B German Orderly – A
    German version of GW065 that will look great in an airfield or camp setting.
  • GW066A Muirhead Bone, British War Artist – Muirhead Bone was a Scotsman who was the first official British war artist appointed by the War Office to capture life in France with his pen and paper. He produced some 150 Lithographs with 2 volumes of his work being published. After WW1 Bone was knighted for his services, he then went on to work with the Ministry of Information during WW2 in a similar role. We have made 100 pieces of Bone in relaxed dress sketching an aeroplane as he would have done during the course of his career.
  • GW066B George Lambert, Australian War Artist – George Lambert was an Australian War Artist originally from Russia, but who emigrated to Australia in the late 19th century. He produced several notable works including the charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba in 1917 and the landings at Anzac Cove. His artistic works have made him one of the best known Australian war artists of all time.
  • GW067A Allied Tinker – An Allied soldier repairs some pots and pans behind the lines. A unique set with lots of accessories.
  • GW067B German Tinker
  • GW068A Allied Tailor – An Allied soldier carries out some field repair maintenance on his clothing, comes complete with OXO sewing tin and pencil behind ear!
  • GW068B German Tailor


World War One

New King and Country September Releases!

September 5th, 2016

Robin Hood


  • RH020 The Banners Set – A trio of Medieval Banners to decorate any castle, tournament or even an Archery Contest … Goes very well with our recently released Archery Targets and Robin Hood figures.


Robin Hood

English Civil War – Pike & Musket


Perhaps in this case it should be renamed “Drums & Drummers” … Collectors of this series have requested different colour variations of these English Civil War drummers to be used with different regiments … Here they are …

  • PnM069 Phillip Skippon’s Regimental Drummer – Raised in London for the Earl of Essex’s Parliamentary Army they were easily recognized on the battlefield by their red coat with blue cuffs.
  • PnM070 Henry Tillier’s Regt. Of Foote Drummer – Henry Tillier was of a French Huguemont family and an officer in Charles I’s army when it fought in Ireland in 1642. In 1643 he was promoted Colonel and raised his own regiment from the Dublin garrison which crossed over to England in 1644 on the King’s side. Their green coats marked them out as proud Irishmen … as is our drummer.



English Civil War – Pike & Musket

ANOTHER GANG … ANOTHER TIME … ANOTHER PLACE.


THE WILD BUNCH was an epic 1969 American Western about an aging outlaw gang trying to exist on the Texas / Mexican border in 1913 as the world changes about them … Directed by Sam Peckinpah it was one of the most controversial and violent movies of its time … and one of my all time favourites!

  • TRW098 The Pike Bishop Gang – In the climactic scene of the movie Pike Bishop (Willian Holden) leads three of his gang, “Dutch’ Engstrom, (Ernest Borgnine) and two brothers, Lyle and Tector Gorch (Warren Oates and Ben Johnson) to bring back another member of
    their gang who has been held and tortured by a rebel Mexican General. This leads to the final ‘shoot-out’ which is one of the bloodiest in film history. But
    before that there is the long tension-filled sequence where the gang make their way, guns in hand, towards the General’s headquarters. This is the image we’ve
    chosen to portray … Now you’ve seen the figures … Go watch the movie again or see it for the first time.


The Real West

TERROR ON THE STREETS OF LONDON


In 1888, on the mean streets and darkened alleyways of London’s impoverished
Whitechapel District a series of gruesome murders took place that have become a grim legend in criminology. Five unfortunate female victims fell foul of the
still unidentified killer who, till this day is known only by his terrible nickname … “Jack The Ripper”. Even the Victorian era’s most famous detective.
Mr. Sherlock Holmes, could not find the killer … But K&C have discovered him lurking on “The Streets of Olde London” …

  • WoD044 Jack The Ripper – The most infamous serial killer in British criminal history … complete with a doctor’s bag full of sharp implements … a deadly-looking knife and a nasty, evil look about him – obviously up to no good!
  • WoD045 Whitechapel Molly – This young lady could well have been “Jack’s” next victim … fortunately for her she met a friend and together they hooked up with a pair of sailors and went off for a spot of gin in a local pub.
  • WoD046 Smithfield Sally – Another “Lady of the Evening” and Molly’s good friend, if occasional competitor … Sally also had a lucky escape from the clutches and knife of “ The Ripper” that evening.


World of Dickens

D-Day ’44


  • DD295 General Omar Bradley – This is the third “Bradley” figure K&C has produced and, I believe, the best one yet! Standing, hands on hips, General Bradley is dressed as he was on the morning of June 6, 1944 at the time of the Invasion of Normandy. As commander of the US First Army he won the respect and admiration of his soldiers as well as the nickname … “The GI’s General” He had a long and distinguished military career eventually becoming Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and General of the Army. He died in 1981.
  • DD299 The US Army Medical Tent – Where there are wars and battles you’re going to need medical services … even in miniature actions. This latest version of the typical WW2 US Army Square Tent carries large red crosses denoting either a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital or a First Aid Tent. Whichever you choose it’s the perfect backdrop for any of K& C’s many military medic sets (figures and vehicles).


D-Day ’44

German Field Hospital




German Field Hospital

German Wehrmacht


  • WH056 Pz.KpFw. 35R(F)SPG – Large quantities of French armour were captured by the Germans in 1940 and many were adapted and pressed back into service by their captors. This particular model mounts a 4.7cm anti tank gun in an open armoured turret to become a tank destroyer… Some were used during “Operation Barbarossa” – the Invasion of Russia in 1941. Others were deployed in the occupied territories on anti
    partisan operations. A few even saw action in Normandy in June 1944.
  • WH059 German Military Policeman – A single standing “Chained-Dog” on traffic control duty.
  • WH060 SPG Crew Members – A neat little 2-man set comprising a standing vehicle commander, still wearing his black “Panzer” uniform and a shell-loading gunner. Both figures are suitable for standing inside the vehicle … or next to it. They go well with WH056.
  • WH061 Sd.Kfz.11 Special Tracked Transport – This German half-track was only previously available as an ‘Afrika Korps’ vehicle … Now you see it in ‘feldgrau’ complete with an all-new driver figure. One of the smaller German half tracks it was used for general transport duties and also as an artillery tractor … Especially to tow anti tank guns and even the 10.5cm Field Howitzer … see following. In this ‘feldgrau’ paint scheme it’s very suitable for all early-mid war operations. Driver included.
  • WH062 10.5cm Light Field Howitzer – This was the standard divisional field piece used by the Wehrmacht in WW2. Designed and developed by Rheinmetal as far back as 1929/30 it entered service with the Wehrmacht in 1935. It was also a successful export model being sold to Hungary, Spain, Bulgaria, Finland and even Sweden. The K&C model was only previously available in desert AK colours. Now, as you see it comes in standard ‘field grey’. The gun can be towed behind the Sd.Kfz.ll or with trails extended for firing duties. The barrel also elevates and depresses.
  • WH063 Artillery Officer – Standing issuing “fire orders and instructions.”
  • WH064 Gun Crew #1 – One gunner transporting the shell … the other holding the “rammer”.
  • WH065 Gun Crew #2 – One crew member checking the sights … the other holding the ‘charge’ … always loaded
    after the shell.
  • WH066 Propaganda Kompanien Kamerman – Virtually all German Military War correspondents, photographers and cameramen came under the overall control of the Propaganda Ministry. Our movie cameraman is in Wehrmacht uniform and using his “Arriflex” camera to record the action. At that time the Arriflex was considered the best camera of its kind in the world.


German Wehrmacht

Royal Airforce


Three of the Royal Air Force’s best-known fighter pilots are brought together in this little set…

Adolph Gysbert “Sailor” Malan, DSO & BAR, DFC & Bar was a South African pilot in RAF Fighter Command during WW2. During the Battle of Britain he led No. 74 Squadron. His final war tally of ‘victories’ was 27 ‘Kills’, 7 ‘shared’, 3 ‘ probables’ and 16 ‘damaged’. Our figure shows him as a Squadron Leader during the Battle of Britain.. He left the RAF in 1946 as a Group Commander.

Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, lost his legs in a flying accident in 1931 and was invalided out of the RAF in 1933. With the outbreak of WW2 in 1939 he managed to rejoin the Air Force and by June 1940 was made Squadron Leader of No. 242 Squadron. In August 1941 he bailed out over France and spent the rest of the war in various prisoner-of-war camps including the infamous ‘Colditz’. His wartime record included 22 kills’, 4 ‘shared’, 6 ’probables’ and 11 ‘damaged’. Among his awards were the DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar and … a later knighthood.
The K&C figure portrays him as a Squadron Leader in mid 1940.

Our final RAF figure is Alan Christopher Deere, known to his friends as ‘Al’. This New Zealand-born pilot joined the RAF in 1937 and flew during the Battle of France … the evacuation of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain.
In 1942 he took command of No. 403 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force and swiftly established himself as a ‘born leader’. Unlike both Malan and Bader he remained in the RAF after WW2 eventually becoming an Air Commodore. His personal awards included the DSO, DFC & Bar and the French Croix de Guerre. His wartime tally of victories … 22 ‘kills’, 10 ‘probables’ and 18 ‘damaged’ ‘Al’ Deere passed away in 1995 and, fittingly, his ashes were scattered over the River Thames from a Spitfire!


Royal Airforce

Marine Corps Mechanics


We received quite a few requests from our USMC Corsair collectors to ‘convert’ our earlier released U.S. Army Air Corps mechanics into USMC air wing mechanics … And here they are …


United States Marine Corps

Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

  • LAH203 Reichsmarschal Hermann Goring – No leading personality in the Third Reich had as many or as varied uniforms than the large and imposing figure who commanded the Luftwaffe. Goring had almost as much passion for designing uniforms and costumes for himself than creating and running the German Air Force! Here he is in one of his more restrained (but still colourful) personalized Luftwaffe uniforms.
  • LAH204 Oberst gruppenfuhrer ‘Sepp’ Dietrich – ‘Sepp’ Dietrich (1892-1966) was the first leader of the “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler” and rose from being Hitler’s personal bodyguard and driver to commander of the 6th Panzer Army. A much decorated soldier he was personally brave and devoted to his men. It was said by some other military leaders that he was promoted much higher than his actual military skills merited however at his funeral in 1966 over 6,000 former Waffen SS soldiers attended. Our newest Dietrich figure shows him striding confidently forward in his wartime parade uniform and greatcoat.


Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

Streets of Hong Kong


  • HK228M The Running Rickshaw – A running Rickshaw Puller together with his passenger … Although still wearing the traditional Chinese “Cheongsaam” (long coat) the gentleman passenger has cut his pigtail off and now wears a straw ‘boater’ and dark glasses … a sign of changing times and fashions in China.
  • HK251M The Shoe Shine Stand – A Royal Navy sailor is going on shore leave and has his shoes polished. This new version has the ‘matelot’ wearing his ‘tropical whites’
  • HK261M The Chinese Doctor Set – A new colour version of an old favorite .
  • HK264M The Street Doctor’s Helper – A young boy helps heat up one of the doctor’s potions for a waiting patient.


Streets of Hong Kong – Matt Finish

Streets of Hong Kong


Streets of Hong Kong _ Gloss Finish

John Jenkins September Releases!

August 22nd, 2016

Battle of Monongahela, 1755


The first range produced by jjDesigns was The Battle on the Monongahela Series. This mainly consisted of the “luckless,” 44th Regiment of Foot.

The other British Line Regiment at Monongahela was the 48th Regiment of Foot.

The regiment was first raised in 1741 as James Cholmondeley’s Regiment of Foot in Norwich, England during the War of Austrian Succession.

The regiment first saw action at the Battles of Falkirk and Culloden in 1745-1746.

In 1748, it was renumbered as the 48th Regiment of Foot. The 48th took part in the French and Indian War, being part of General Edward Braddock’s ill-fated expedition of 1755.

They received their first battle honour in the Americas at the Battle of Louisburg, although the Regiment did not receive their due honour for this until 1882. The 48th was also part of General James Wolfe’s force at the capture of Quebec in 1759.

As a special 10th Anniversary Release, the 48th Regiment of Foot figures released in 2016, will be available at the original 2006 prices!



Battle of Monongahela, 1755

Jacobite Rebellion 1745


For SEPTEMBER we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with two more “BOOSTER/STARTER” Sets!

These sets will only be offered for sale until the end of October, or until stock runs out.



Jacobite Rebellion 1745

Speedbirds


The Thompson Trophy race was one of the National Air Races of the heyday of early airplane racing in the 1930s. Established in 1929, the last race was held in 1961. The race was 10 miles (16 km) long with 50-foot-high (15 m) pylons marking the turns, and emphasized low altitude flying and maneuverability at high speeds. As the race was flown around a closed course, crowds in the grandstands could easily see much of the spectacle.

There were two series of Thompson races. The first series followed the award of a “Thompson Cup” in the 1929 National Air Races to the winner of the “International Land Plane Free-For-All” (that is, the unlimited class race). Thompson Products (a predecessor to TRW) decided to sponsor a trophy to be awarded for the next ten years for unlimited class racing (though a stipulation was eventually added excluding women pilots). The trophy was designed by Walter Sinz and is now at Air and Space Museum. Sinz also made a pair of 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) models of the trophy for promotional purposes. Races were held for the next ten years, ending in 1939. Further races in this series were precluded by the onset of war.

After World War II the original trophy was (according to stipulation) retired. Also, advances in airplane technology, especially the advent of the turbojet, complicated matters. It was decided to establish a new series, with “R” (piston engine) and “J” (jet-powered) divisions. The “R” class was for civilian competition; the “J” division was for military pilots and was administered by the United States Air Force. Roscoe Turner, the last winner of the pre-war trophy, refused to relinquish it, but the original molds were located, and two additional casts were made, differing only in the legend engraved at the base and by placards identifying the division. Division “R” races were held from 1946 to 1949; Division “J” races (also known as “Military Speed Dashes”) were held from 1951 to 1961, excepting 1952 and 1960.

The Thompson Trophy race was one of the National Air Races of the heyday of early airplane racing in the 1930s. Established in 1929, the last race was held in 1961. The race was 10 miles (16 km) long with 50-foot-high (15 m) pylons marking the turns, and emphasized low altitude flying and maneuverability at high speeds. As the race was flown around a closed course, crowds in the grandstands could easily see much of the spectacle.

There were two series of Thompson races. The first series followed the award of a “Thompson Cup” in the 1929 National Air Races to the winner of the “International Land Plane Free-For-All” (that is, the unlimited class race). Thompson Products (a predecessor to TRW) decided to sponsor a trophy to be awarded for the next ten years for unlimited class racing (though a stipulation was eventually added excluding women pilots). The trophy was designed by Walter Sinz and is now at Air and Space Museum. Sinz also made a pair of 10-foot-tall (3.0 m) models of the trophy for promotional purposes. Races were held for the next ten years, ending in 1939. Further races in this series were precluded by the onset of war.

After World War II the original trophy was (according to stipulation) retired. Also, advances in airplane technology, especially the advent of the turbojet, complicated matters. It was decided to establish a new series, with “R” (piston engine) and “J” (jet-powered) divisions. The “R” class was for civilian competition; the “J” division was for military pilots and was administered by the United States Air Force. Roscoe Turner, the last winner of the pre-war trophy, refused to relinquish it, but the original molds were located, and two additional casts were made, differing only in the legend engraved at the base and by placards identifying the division. Division “R” races were held from 1946 to 1949; Division “J” races (also known as “Military Speed Dashes”) were held from 1951 to 1961, excepting 1952 and 1960.

First flying on August 22, 1931, the Gee Bee Z quickly proved to be tricky to fly, but fulfilled every expectation with regards to its speed. Flown by pilot Lowell Bayles, the Gee Bee Z attained the speed of 267.342 miles per hour (430.245 km/h) at the National Air Races during the Shell Speed Dash qualifying on September 1 then went on to win the Goodyear Trophy race, run over a course of 50 miles (80 km), the next day at an average speed of 205 miles per hour (330 km/h). On the September 5, the aircraft’s engineer, Bob Hall, flew the Gee Bee Z to victory in the General Tire and Rubber Trophy race, then won again the next day in a free-for-all event.

In the Thompson Trophy Race on September 7, Bayles was triumphant, winning with an average speed of 236.24 miles per hour (380.19 km/h), winning over competitors including Jimmy Doolittle, James “Jimmy” Wedell, Ben Howard, Dale Jackson, Bill Ong, Ira Eaker, and Hall, who finished fourth in a Gee Bee Model Y.

Following the Thompson Trophy race, the Gee Bee Z was re-engined with a larger, 750-horsepower (560 kW) Wasp Senior radial, in preparation for an attempt at establishing a world speed record for landplanes at Wayne County Airport in Detroit, Michigan. Unofficially clocked at 314 miles per hour (505 km/h) on a trial run, it surpassed the previous record of 278 miles per hour (447 km/h) by attaining 281.75 miles per hour (453.43 km/h) on December 1, 1931, but the margin was too small for the record to be officially registered.A further record attempt on December 5, 1931, would end in tragedy, the aircraft suffering a wing failure and rolling into the ground, killing Bayles

It was suspected that the Model Z’s crash during a speed run in December 1931 was due to an unexpected failure of the gasoline tank cap, which may have come loose and passed through the windshield. A bullet-proof windscreen and internal fuel caps were part of the new design. Analysis of motion picture film of the event examined frame-by-frame, is inconclusive. Control surface flutter is a more likely cause. It is theorized that the gas cap struck the pilot and incapacitated him, causing a sudden upset in pitch that led to uncontrolled flutter in the right aileron which imparted undue stress on that wing, causing it to pitch up sharply and fail. In addition, tests of a reproduction aircraft have shown that the Gee Bee Z was susceptible to aerodynamic flutter at high speed. The 1932 R-1 and its sister ship, the R-2, were the successors of the previous year’s Thompson Trophy-winning Model Z.

Speedbirds

Wheels Across The Desert!


Egypt 1915

Knights of the Skies


Please note that new German pilots will also be available soon!


Knights of the Skies

American Expeditionary Forces



American Expeditionary Forces

First Sudan War 1884 – 1885



Battle of Gallipoli 1915

First Sudan War


From 1855 what are now known as The Royal Marines, were labeled The Royal Marine Light Infantry. They were to mainly be used in a skirmishing capacity in front of infantry. They were issued gray wool coats and trousers. The foreign service helmets were not stained, but kept white in keeping with the pristine Marine turnout.

The marines were in Gen. Graham’s square at El Teb. At Tamai in 1884 they formed the rear wall of Maj. Davis’s 2nd Brigade square. When the wild Hadenodoa warriors flooded into the square through the gap left by the Black Watch. The rear rank of the marines were compelled to turnabout and fight in both directions. At this time the Marines acted as a breakwater to steady elements of the York and Lancaster Regiment, and the Black Watch as they recovered to retrieve the situation.

The Marines were to take part in most of the major actions throughout the Sudan Campaigns.

First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

Madists


More Mahdist’s are also on the way!

Wars of the Roses


Richard’s most loyal subject was John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk.

The duke had served Richard’s brother for many years and was one of Edward IV’s closer confidantes. He was a military veteran, having fought in the Battle of Towton in 1461 and served as Hastings’ deputy at Calais in 1471

John Howard was slain at the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22 August 1485 along with his friend and patron King Richard. Howard was the commander of the vanguard, and his son, the Earl of Surrey, his lieutenant. Howard was killed when a Lancastrian arrow struck him in the face after the face guard had been torn off his helmet during an earlier altercation with the Earl of Oxford.



Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

New First Legion September Releases!

August 14th, 2016

Vikings


The next 6
Vikings with VIK006-VIK010 (a and b variant of VIK008). These add more shieldwall figures, a beserker, and a few archers and continue the very high quality we’ve set for this range.    More figures will follow later this year we project or early next at the latest.



Vikings

Swiss Mercenaries


We have the
completion of the Renaissance Swiss Mercenaries release with sets REN039-041 and REN048-050.    These figures add the command and specialist troops to the Swiss Mercenary Pike Block and have the usual characters – Standard Bearer, Officer, Musician, a few Halberdiers, and a stunning crossbowman.    That will bring that release to a close and allow for the creation of the display we use to highlight the release.



Renaissance

Retreat from Russia




Retreat From Russia

Vietnam


The first of the US Marine Corps for our Vietnam figure range including a USMC C-23 Disaster variant of our M48A3 Patton Tank.   The US Army variant of the Patton has already sold out and we don’t expect the USMC variant to last very long either.   To complement the tank we have USMC Infantry both with bases as combat figures and without bases as tank riders much the same as we did with the US Army Variant.   We hope to continue to add USMC figures as the ranges expands. 



Vietnam

New Hobby Master January 2017 Releases!

August 7th, 2016

Modern Aircraft 1:72




Modern Air Power Collection

1:72 Scale




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

1:48 Scale




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

Ground Power




Ground Power Collection

New Thomas Gunn August Releases!

August 7th, 2016

Glory of Rome




Glory of Rome

King and Country August Releases!

August 7th, 2016

The Return of the LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP


Back in 2007, K&C released a small selection of LRDG vehicles and men that helped tell the story of one of the most unusual irregular units the British Army ever spawned …

Originally called “The Long Range Patrol” … it was a reconnaissance and raiding group that was to operate independently far behind the Axis frontlines in North Africa.

The men for this unique unit came from New Zealand, Rhodesia and, of course, British Army battalions and regiments and all were volunteers.

At any one time the LRDG never numbered more than 350 men and contained many colourful characters with equally colourful and often dramatic backgrounds. Among them was …

  • EA113 Lieut Col. John “Jack” Easonsmith
    D.S.O., M.C.
    – John R. Easonsmith, known to his friends as “Jack”, was born in Bristol, England in 1909. He joined his local Territorial Army unit
    in 1939 as a Private and by 1940 had been promoted to Sergeant and recommended for a commission. In December 1940 he was posted to the Middle East and
    volunteered for the Long Range Desert Group. As a Lieutenant he first commanded the New Zealand ‘R1’ Patrol before being promoted to Captain in August 1941. He led the highly successful BARCE RAID which disrupted German and Italian communications as well as putting out of action an Axis airfield there and destroying over 30 enemy aircraft parked around the airstrip. In October 1942
    “Jack” Easonsmith was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in addition to a Military Cross given to him earlier … and promoted to Major. One year later, by now a Lieutenant Colonel, he commanded the entire LRDG during an ill-fated campaign in the Dodacanese Islands off Greece. Here, he was killed in action on November, 1943 during the Battle of Leros. Our figure portrays him during his earlier “Desert Days.”
  • EA114 “Double Trouble” – The men of the LRDG were definitely not “Parade Ground” soldiers. They included in their number many individualists who operated best in small unit operations. Here, an LRDG officer consults his map while his “dismounted” driver examines a captured MP40 “Schmeisser” machine pistol … Their casual and comfortable style of mixed uniforms would give any Regimental Sergeant Major a heart attack!
  • EA115 “LRDG ATTACK JEEP” – This is the first of 2 “Attack Jeeps” K&C are producing. This one mounts a heavy .50 calibre machine gun opposite the front passenger seat and a pair of Vickers .303 machine guns on the back. Plentiful supplies of water and petrol are also carried as well extra ammunition. A 2-man crew completes the set.



Montgomery’s 8th Army




Diorama and Scenic Building Collection

King and Country August Releases!

August 7th, 2016

Desert Village


  • SP036 The Desert Village Wall – The perfect add-on piece to help protect any village setting in the Middle East for virtually any historical period ….. From Biblical times right up to the present day.



Desert Village

FIGHTING GREEKS


Going back many hundreds of years before we return to the time of Ancient Greek Warriors … And their battles against Persians and Trojans.



Ancient Greece

The FALL OF MALAYA, SINGAPORE & HONG KONG


In the early hours of December 8, 1941, the Armed Forces of the Empire of Japan simultaneously invaded the British colonies of Malaya and Hong Kong. Just over nine weeks later they had conquered Malaya, captured Hong Kong and saw the rising sun flag fly over the city of Singapore … In the long history of the
British Empire this was the single biggest defeat ever suffered by military force of arms … and signaled the beginning of the end of Britain in the Far
East. By the time the Japanese entered Singapore they had suffered just 10,000 casualties … British and Empire forces losses totaled over 130,000 ….
killed, wounded and captured. Although, on the British side, there were a myriad of military disasters and blunders there were also many individual acts of
bravery and heroism …. We hope to tell both sides of this fascinating story

  • JN026 Attacking Japanese Officer – ‘Nambu’ pistol in one hand, samurai sword in the other this officer leads his men from the front.
  • JN028 Advancing Japanese Soldier – Moving forward clutching his “Arisaka 99” rifle this Japanese infantryman is already tough and battle-hardened after years of fighting in China …
  • JN029 Advancing Firing Rifle – Another Japanese soldier takes careful aim.
  • JN030 Charging Flagbearer – This infantry NCO has attached a small, personal “good luck” banner to his rifle as he advances on the enemy.
  • JN031 Kneeling Firing – This kneeling soldier also carries a small satchel of his field rations over one shoulder. The Japanese infantry were expected to “live off the Land” for most of their food carrying only the minimum of army-issued rations.
  • JN032 Type 89 Grenade Discharger – The Type 89 was colloquially known as a “Knee Mortar” and was a short-range weapon used for close-in infantry combat in urban as well as jungle warfare. Our
    crawling Japanese Infantryman moves closer to the enemy in order to get maximum results.
  • JN037 Crouching Soldier – With rifle and bayonet this infantryman moves cautiously forward.
  • JN038 “Fight to the Death” – A vicious hand-to-hand combat between a Japanese soldier and his British / Australian / Canadian opponent.
  • JN040 Type 95 “Ha-Go” Light Tank – The Imperial Japanese Army first used this Light Tank during the Sino Japanese War of the mid 1930’s. It was intended to be an infantry support tank and never
    designed to fight other tanks. Mounting a 37mm main gun and 2×7.7mm machine guns it carried a crew of 3 and saw extensive action during the Malayan campaign. This first-released version comes in typical Japanese camouflage … with an open-hatch turret and a Tank commander figure. Just 2,300 were built in 9 different variants.



Invasion of Malaya

WWII – German


For a brief moment the fighting has stopped and this Waffen SS soldier takes the time for a quick cigarette.



Normandy ’44 – Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht

New King and Country August Releases!

August 7th, 2016

RETURN TO ARNHEM


Every August and September each year K&C returns to the battle which took place in and around this Dutch town between 17-26 September 1944. As one of our best known series we have told, in miniature, many different aspects of the battle as it enfolded during those desperate days in the Autumn of 1944. Here, we show some of the British 1st Airborne soldiers that have been captured by the Germans

  • MG067 Arnhem Road Sign – Based on an actual photo this little sign makes a very useful diorama / display piece.
  • MG068 “Under New Ownership” – A captured Airborne Jeep driven by a German soldier ferries 2 x slightly wounded Paras back to a P.O.W. cage. In the front passenger seat seats a watchful guard.
  • MG070 Walking Wounded – A bloodied Glider Pilot sergeant makes his way into German captivity.
  • MG071 “Surrender and Search” – Every captured soldier has to empty his pockets and hand it all to his captors for inspection … Another Glider Pilot goes “into the bag”.
  • MG072 Marching into Captivity – Out of ammunition … food … water … and luck! This Para, hands on head, is marched to the rear accompanied by his Waffen SS captor.
  • MG073 “Comparing Notes” – A Wehrmacht officer shows his map to an NCO to find out where exactly the enemy is …



Operation Market Garden

ROBIN & HIS MERRIE MEN


  • RH012 Will Stutely – Another of Robin’s Merrie Men … this time stringing his long bow.
  • RH013 Arthur a Bland – Arthur was caught red-handed by the Sheriff’s men poaching one of the King’s deer (a hanging offence in those days). Fortunately he managed to escape and found refuge and safety in Sherwood Forest.
  • RH014 Robin in Disguise – One of the most-told tales of the legendary Robin was when, in disguise as a poor tinker, he took part in (and won) an archery contest sponsored by the Sheriff of Nottingham …. Here, Robin, with not a bit of “Lincoln Green” about him, prepares to take a shot at the target.
  • RH019 Archery Targets – A pair of straw-filled targets supported by simple wooden stands await the contestants’ arrows.


Robin Hood

New Versions of Old Favorites


A fresh new look to some still popular figures and sets …

  • HK252M Wonton Seller – Wonton soup and noodles is still a firm favorite with Hong Kong people … a Century before Wonton sellers had portable street stands to offer their delicious, hot bowlfuls to passing customers.
  • HK252G Wonton Seller
  • HK253M Mother & Child – Even just 30 years ago you could still see some Hong Kong mothers carry their infant offspring on their backs as they went about their daily business.
  • HK253G Mother & Child
  • HK263M New Sedan Chair Set – Up until the 1930’s sedan chairs and their passengers were a familiar sight on the streets of Hong Kong … Now long gone alas.
  • HK263G New Sedan Chair Set
  • WS324 “Spoils of War” – A
    young piglet is carried off by a Wehrmacht soldier … Alas for the pig it is not destined to become a pet!
  • WS327 The Apple Thief – This Wehrmacht soldier has come across a box full of apples … Perhaps they fell off the back of a truck …?