Archive for November, 2016

New Collectors Showcase December Releases!

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Roman Testudo



Roman
Collection

WWII – American




American Force WWII

Berlin 38




Berlin 1938

Modern Warfare




Modern Warfare

Masterworks 1/6th Scale




Masterworks Collection

New John Jenkins December Releases!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Knights Of The Skies


The Fokker D.VII was a German World War I fighter aircraft designed by Reinhold Platz of the Fokker-Flugzeugwerke. Germany produced around 3,300 D.VII aircraft in the second half of 1918.
In service with the Luftstreitkräfte, the D.VII quickly proved itself to be a formidable aircraft.
The Armistice ending the war specifically required Germany to surrender all D.VIIs to the Allies.

Ernst Udet (26 April 1896 – 17 November 1941) was the second-highest scoring German flying ace of World War I. He was one of the youngest aces and was the highest scoring German ace to survive the war (at the age of 22).
His 62 confirmed victories were second only to Manfred von Richthofen, his commander in the Flying Circus. Udet rose to become a squadron commander under Richthofen, and later under Hermann Göring.

The D-VII entered squadron service about the time Udet took over Jasta 4. It was easier to handle than contemporary enemy aircraft and performed well compared to them, and it did not have the Albatros’ tendency to have the wings rip off in a hard dive.


During the spring and early summer of early 1918, Udet’s score rose to 35. The charmed life of this German Ace was again apparent when he took off on the morning of June 29 to intercept a French Bréguet two-seater, which was directing artillery fire over the lines. A few days before, in a fit of arrogance and impertinence, Udet had had his Fokker painted with a candy-striped upper wing and a red fuselage with ‘Lo’–the nickname of his girlfriend Lola Zink–written on it in big white letters. On the tail was the phrase, ‘Du doch nicht!‘ (‘Certainly not you!’), a taunt and challenge to Allied pilots.

Udet approached the Bréguet with great skill and precision. He fired at the observer, who sank into his cockpit. Now Udet casually swung around for a side shot at the helpless Bréguet, targeting the engine and pilot. Suddenly the observer sprang up and manned his machine gun, sending a blistering spray of bullets into Udet’s Fokker, damaging his machine gun and gas tank and shredding the controls. Udet reared away but soon found that his plane was crippled–it would only fly in circles.

By accelerating whenever he pointed eastward, Udet slowly began working his way back to the German lines.

Suddenly the Fokker nosed down into a spin from which Udet could not pull out. He was wearing one of the new Heinecke parachutes that German pilots were just being equipped with, and he stood up in the cockpit to jump. As he did so, a rush of wind knocked him backward. But instead of tumbling into the wide-open sky, Udet to his horror realized that his parachute harness was caught on the rudder. Frantically, he struggled with the harness as the earth spun closer. With a final superhuman effort he yanked himself free and floated down into no man’s land. He quickly scrambled back to the German lines and, taking his harrowing experience in stride, was flying again that same afternoon. The next day he shot down a Spad fighter for his 36th victory.

There is some controversy as to exactly how Udets “Candy Striped” D.VII was painted. This stems from the fact that only one photo is known of this specific plane and it doesn’t show the whole aircraft.

The wing stripes are traditionally depicted as red and white, but black and white stripes are also depicted, believed to have been inspired by Udet’s earlier experiences with Kirschtein’s simularily striped DR1.

Therefore 2 versions of this iconic plane have been produced.


A Nissen hut is a prefabricated steel structure, made from a half-cylindrical skin of corrugated steel. Originally designed during World War I by engineer and inventor Major Peter Norman Nissen. It was also used extensively during World War II.

The Nissen hut was put into production in August 1916. At least 100,000 were produced in World War I.

The Germans also used Nissen huts at their airfields. They were known to be painted black.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

American Expeditionary Forces




American Expeditionary Forces

French Army




French Army

Egypt 1915


**PLEASE NOTE A THIRD ROLLS ROYCE ARMOURED CAR IS IN DEVELOPEMNET, AND HOPEFULLY WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 2017**



Egypt 1915

New John Jenkins December Releases!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487


The brutal style of the medieval long sword is one of power and practical efficiency, but one with an artistry all its own. Methodical and practical methods for skillfully using the weapon were practiced for centuries and have survived in manuals from the era.
For the medieval long sword there are essentially 14 recognizable and legitimate fighting postures. They are all guards or “wards” from which to launch an attack or to parry.
There were 5 major stances or guards which were the most popular, the others were considered “secondary” guards or transitional stances , which were primarily parry positions used either for recovery to another guard or for a particular attack or parry.
YORK-21 Knight is sculpted in one of the 5 primary positions, using the “Hanging Right Guard”.

And is countered by LANC-22 using the “Hanging Left Guard”.

Two more medieval Knights in traditional long sword guards will be available in the next few months.




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Battle of Monongahela, 1755




Battle of Monongahela, 1755

Battle on Snowshoes


10th Anniversary celebrations, only available until December 31st or when stock runs out.



Battle on Snowshoes

French Militia 1759




French Militia 1759

Peninsular War 1807-1814


10th Anniversary celebrations, only available until December 31st or when stock runs out.



Peninsular War 1807-1814

King & Country Beginner Sets!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Beginner Gift Sets


Collecting Toy Soldiers is a great hobby and a whole lot of fun… They also make terrific gifts for all kinds of occasions especially for friends who may not be collecting yet… but do love history!

We’ve got 18 different combination sets on hand that represent just a small selection of the many exciting and colourful ranges KING & COUNTRY produces and make terrific “BEGINNERS’ BONUS” GIFT SETS.

Take a closer look. These will be available for a limited time only while stocks last… Don’t miss out!



Beginner Gift Sets

Britain’s Fall Releases!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

New Britain’s Fall Collection – Expected Release Winter 2016!

WRATH OF THE NORTHMEN




Wrath of the Norseman

Clash of Empires




Clash of Empires

American Civil War




American Civil War

Museum Collection




Museum Collection

Zulu War




Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

Hudson Allen New Releases!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Hudson Allen Studio


A
new range of museum quality diorama items.



Hudson Allen Studio

Good Soldier – Gift Releases!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Good Soldier


A must for all William Britain’s collectors.  A unique set of Diorama Mugs
that make tremendous birthday and Christmas gifts.  A unique addition to your collection.



Good Soldier

First Legion November Releases!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

New November Releases!
Roman Command




Glory of Rome – Roman Camp Life

Continental Dragoons


The unit was raised in 1777 in New Jersey and was also known as Baylor’s Horse (George Baylor was regimental commander until his capture in 1778) or Lady Washington’s Horse (William Washington took over command after Baylor) and took part in battles such as Brandywine, Germantown, Guilford Court House, Cowpens, and Eutaw Springs.



Continental Dragoons

Afrika Korps




Das Deutsche Afrika Corps 1941-1943!


Thomas Gunn November Releases!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

New Releases for November!
Spartan


SPA001; A beautifully painted figure from our newest range of Ancients the Spartans. We have made 100 of these figures, if demand warrants it we will make another batch but for the moment this is it. Please note the spear on this figure has been amended and is pointed at both ends now to reflect a traditional style Greek fighting spear. Another 6 Spartans have been sculpted before we start moving onto the enemies of Greece namely the Persian army. This already looks like to be a heart stopping range from the poses and colour schemes that are going to be on offer in the very near future.



Spartans

Glory of Rome


Our Roman series continue to expand with some very useful and flexible additions. Although 2016 has seen some great looking Roman figures we will be adding more to this range in 2017 with a War Elephant, Testudo and Command Tent with Emperor and Praetorian guards as requested by many of you. Auxiliary infantry and cavalry are also in the pipeline as well as the long awaited enemies of Rome. For those of you collecting the black shield variants please note we are nearly out and down to single figures of all these figures and expect to sell out shortly.



Glory of Rome

World War One


  • GW069A German infanteer with Pickelhaube headdress  – A classic looking German infanteer with Pickelhaube headdress relaxes with rifle slung over his shoulder. The third figure in our ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Sailor series’
  • GW070A German Naval Ace Friederich Christiansen – German naval ace Friederich Christiansen relaxes with a cup of coffee in between aerial patrols, dressed in traditional naval dress. Christiansen had at least 13 confirmed kills including the Royal Navy airship C27.
  • GW070B German Naval Ace Friederich Christiansen Rear Gunner Bernhard Wladicka  – Christiansen’s rear gunner Bernhard Wladicka smokes a cigarette whilst chatting with Christiansen, interestingly Wladicka wears a naval blazer with the thicker wool army issue trousers!
  • GW073A The Red Baron  – After many requests we have released a pilot preparing to climb into his
    aircraft. This one none other than Manfred Von Richoften the greatest aerial ace of WW1 with 80 kills to his name.
  • GW073B Raymond Collishaw Canadian Ace – Raymond Collishaw a Canadian ace who joined the Royal Navy to become one of its highest scoring aces prepares to climb into his aircraft.


World War One

WWII Allied Forces




WWII Allied Forces


King & Country November Releases!

Monday, November 14th, 2016

THE WORLD OF DICKENS


A Christmas Carol” is one of Charles Dickens most famous and best-loved works … Here are three of the principal characters …

  • WoD037 Ebenezer Scrooge – “Scrooge” is the central character of this short 1843 novella. At the beginning of the tale he is a mean-hearted miser … During the story we see him almost miraculously reformed thanks to the intervention of the “Ghosts of Christmas” …
  • WoD038 The Ghost of Jacob Marley – This is the first Ghost to appear to Scrooge on Christmas Eve. He is Scrooge’s old business partner and now is seen covered in chains and damned to wander the earth forevermore.
  • WoD039 The Ghost of Christmas Present – According to Dickens this particular Ghost is a huge, jolly giant who wears a green fur lined robe and is seated amongst a veritable wealth of delicious food and drink.

    He is healthy, happy and full of good cheer … in one hand he holds aloft a flaming torch.



World of Dickens

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION


Our main “Christmas Release” this year are these two colouful and happy little vignettes.

  • XM016-02 The Snowman Family – A small collection of tartan-garbed snowmen made up of Mummy, Daddy and Baby … complete with very Scottish accessories!
  • XM016-03 Dickens Village Christmas Tree – This is sure to be the focal point of any “World of Dickens” display especially at Christmas time. Our all-new decorated tree (much larger than the previous one) stands proudly on a stone base surrounded by wrought-iron railings … Perfect for any Dickens town or village square.



Christmas – Limited Edition

Life of Jesus


  • SP083 Village Stable – Since we retired our original “Desert Village” Stable we have wanted to make a replacement. And now you see it. This new “Stable” is very different to the old one … A stone and half-timbered construction it can be utilized in a wide variety of historical eras and locations … from biblical times all the way up to the 1st and 2nd World Wars… the choice is yours.
  • LoJ042 The Shepherds – Again, thanks to the suggestions and ideas of collectors we have re-issued this older set but with different colour combinations.
  • LoJ043 Goat Herder – Another useful addition with a different colour combination.
  • LoJ044 In The Carpenter’s Shop – One more variation of a very popular set of Joseph the Carpenter with the youthful Jesus in his carpentry workshop.



Life of Jesus