New Thomas Gunn September Releases!

September 17th, 2017

Spartans



Spartans

Romans



Glory of Rome

Byzantines


Around 286 AD, Diocletian divided the Roman empire into four district administrative entities. The west had capital cities in Milan and Trier, with the east finally settling on Constantinople as its capital. When the Roman Empire in the west collapsed, the territory in the east continued for another thousand years until the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453.

Constantinople was a city designed for defence, it formed a triangular shape with 2 sides on water and the 3rd on the land side. Over time the city was considerably fortified and it withstood multiple sieges during its history, its walls once being breached by the 4th Crusaders in 1204 and then finally by the Turks as previously mentioned. The Romans in the east became popularly known as the Byzantines and were renowned for the beautiful artwork in their churches and opulent clothing. There was a strong tie with the Pope in Rome which worked for and also against the Byzantines.

Our first 3 Byzantines will feature an imperial guardsman, Heraclius the Emperor who defeated the Persians at Nineveh and a Byzantine officer, all of these will be suitable for the 7th century era. More Byzantines to follow later in the year as well as some Persians, as we expand this exciting offshoot range of our Romans. Unfortunately we only have the imperial guardsman available this month, but he sure does give a taste of things to come.



Byzantines

WWII


  • ACCPACK004 Parachute Weapons and Accessories set – Parachute Weapons and Accessories set. Brimming with goodies this set comprises 2 x Sten Guns, 2 X Enfield Rifles, 2 different drop canisters, 2 x Webley pistols, 2 airborne style helmets, 1 x wicker basket with removable lid, 1 x Bren gun and 2 x mortar Containers. As you can see it looks great laid out as per a pre-drop inspection or can be dispersed around your battlefield diorama as you see fit. We have only made 100 pieces and this 14 piece set.



WWII Allied Forces

New John Jenkins September Releases!

September 9th, 2017

THE ANCIENTS COLLECTION – ARMIES AND ENEMIES OF ANCIENT ROME




Enemies of Rome

ROMAN AUXILLIARY CAVALRY


Roman Auxiliary Cavalry were drawn from a wide range of warlike peoples throughout the provinces, especially on the fringes of the empire. They were generally not citizens of the Roman empire.

These auxilia cavalry provided a powerful fighting arm, they were well organized, disciplined, and well trained.

The four horned saddle, which was originally of Celtic origin, was an important part of cavalry equipment.

The four tall horns closed around and gripped the riders thighs, but did not inhibit free movement , which was especially important to spear armed horsemen. In an age which did not have the stirrup, the adoption of the four horned saddle allowed the horsemen to launch a missile effectively, or use both hands confidently to wield a shield and sword, during a melee.



Roman Auxiliary Cavalry

THE WARS OF THE ROSES 1455-1487




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

THE BATTLE OF BUSHY RUN 1763




Battle of Bushy Run

RAID ON ST. FRANCIS 1959




Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

FIRST SUDAN WAR 1884-1885


The Naval Brigade was a generic term used to define a body of Seamen, and Royal Marines, drawn from their ships and landed for active service under the orders of an army commander. Numbers were immaterial and it did not relate to an army Brigade. Often it would not even be of battalion strength.

Generally the armament of the Naval Brigade was made up of what was available from the parent ships, from where the Brigade was drawn.

The Gatling gun or its variants was the main weapon of the Naval Brigade in Egypt and the Sudan.



First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

AIRCRAFT CARRIER BASES


The Aircraft carriers during the second World War mainly had wooden decks.

The colour depended on the class of ship and when it was commissioned

It also depended on whether the ship received upgrades or had battle damage repairs.

To better camouflage the carriers from the air, the decks were treated with a dark blue stain, called “Deck Stain #21”.

It was approximately the same colour as the “Sea Blue” that the tops of the aircraft were painted during the tri colour scheme, but not as dark as the overall “midnight Blue” which aircraft were painted towards the end of the war.

Please note “BH CARRIER BASES” can be used as single, double or as a triple display.

The Double Base 19 ½” x 15” x ¾” (using any 2 of the 3 BH bases) can accommodate most 1/30 scale carrier fighters.

The Triple Base 29 ¼” x 15” x ¾” (using any 3 of the BH bases) can accommodate one 1/30 scale carrier fighter and 1 “parked” carrier fighter.

Please note BH Carrier Bases are designed to be displayed in sets of 3, “running Vertically”, as opposed to the IWA Carrier Bases which are designed to be displayed “running horizontally in sets of 2.


JJ WWII
Collection

New King and Country September Releases!

September 3rd, 2017

BLACKADDER COMPLETE…


Perhaps so, with the addition of the final leading character of the ‘BLACKADDER GOES FORTH’ series that depicted, in very black humour, the absurdities and humour of the trenches in World War One.

  • FW229 Lieutenant George – Lieutenant The Honorable George Colthurst St. Barleigh M.C. is a frontline Infantry Officer, second-in-command to Capt. Edmund Blackadder.In both manner and personality he is a very close relative to P.G. Woodehouse’s Bertie Wooster. George joined the Army on the day war was declared on Germany in 1914.Although lacking any clear military skills, competence or authority as an officer, his upper-class social status and educational background meant he was commissioned immediately with virtually no military training.Among Lieutenant George’s many saving graces… He is always cheerful, exceedingly ‘keen’, generally kind, an inveterate optimist and filled to the brim with the public school ‘tally-ho’ attitude to the horrors of war and death.Superbly played by Hugh Laurie, (later of ‘House’ fame) he is the perfect addition to the ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ collection!



France 1917

ON THE STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG


Hong Kong from its earliest days has been (and is) one of the great trading ports of the world. As such it relies on a veritable army of laborers to transport goods, products and everyday essentials around the city 24 hours a day 365 days a year… Today, of course, that’s mostly done by vehicle but back in the days of ‘Old Hong Kong’ these tasks were performed by legions of “Coolies” of all shapes, sizes and ages. Here is one such figure.

  • HK267M The Vegetable Coolie – In days of long ago there were hundreds of small, independently owned farms all over Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories.Most of the fruit and vegetables consumed in the Colony were grown on these farms and transported on foot by ‘Coolies’ such as this man directly to local markets.Work could be back-breaking and long (at least 12 hours-a-day) but at least it kept you fed!
  • HK267G The Vegetable Coolie


Orient

WORLD OF DICKENS


One of Charles Dickens most famous literary creations was Mr. Wilkins Micawber, a fictional character in his 1850 novel, ‘DAVID COPPERFIELD’. He was modelled on the author’s real father, John Dickens, who like Micawber was put into the ‘Debtors Prison’ after failing to meet his creditors’ demands.
Here we see the nattily attired Micawber in the company of his long-suffering spouse, Emily.

  • WoD050 Mr. & Mrs. Micawber – Another of Dickens most memorable characters along with his patient and loving wife take a stroll on the “Streets of Olde London”.In popular culture, Micawber was famous for his many quotations. Among the most famous is… “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds and six pence, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds naught and six, result misery!”



World of Dickens

WHEN KNIGHTS WERE BOLD…


There are many legends surrounding the events that led Arthur to become King and to eventually establish his castle at Camelot and to form his ‘Knights of the Round Table’.

One of the greatest is Arthur drawing the sword from an unyielding stone thus proving his suitability to become King. In some tales he is still a young boy… In others a Knight’s squire… In another version he is the Knight himself!

Here, Arthur stands four-square behind the sword in the stone, his hands resting on its hilt… He is about to draw the sword out and be acclaimed… King!

Crusaders


  • MK166 Brother-In-Arms – Among the priests who journeyed to ‘The Holy Land’ there were some who in their previous lives, before taking their vows, had been fighting men themselves … even some Knights.This ‘Brother’, from a humble religious order may have taken his vows some time before but he has forgotten none of his military training and skills… Sword in one hand, hand-made cross in the other he is ready to do battle.
  • MK167 Knight Standing Ready – This warrior may look casually-relaxed but he is also ready at a moment’s notice to cut his enemy down.Great house, castles and noblemen have always had the requirement for additional professional roving Men-at-Arms. Travelling bands of mercenary soldiers would often be hired by nobles and great houses to provide extra protection and security.As such they would be dressed in the colours and livery of their ‘master’ or household… as this fellow and his fighting comrades are.
  • MK168 Knight About to Strike – With his large long Norman-style shield protecting the length of his body this fighting Knight is about to strike a deadly blow!
  • MK169 Knight Fighting Double-Handed – One hand is good… two even better to grip your sword handle and ‘parry’ an aggressive enemy.



Crusader – Cross & Crescent

NOTTINGHAM CASTLE ALTERNATIVES


For those ‘Robin Hood’ enthusiasts out there here is a second version of two of the above figures… This time, wearing the colours of the dastardly villainous ‘Sherriff of Nottingham’

  • RH032 Brother-In-Arms (Nottingham Castle) – As those taking ‘Holy Vows’ had, at least, a fair modicum of education and intelligence they were, in addition to their military duties often given the task of tax collecting… record keeping and even educating their ruler’s young sons.
  • RH033 The Sherriffs Man… At The Ready – The same pose as MK167 but somehow more threatening… He is, after all, one of the Sherriff’s ‘enforcers’.



Robin Hood

THE MIGHT OF ROME


  • ROM023 Roman Soldier Throwing Pilum – Holding his shield to the front this Legionary prepares to throw his ‘Pilum’ at the enemy.
  • ROM024 Roman Soldier Kneeling w/Pilum – Preparing to repel an enemy assault this kneeling Legionary has ample protection behind his shield with the ‘Pilum’ sitting forward at a 45∘angle.
  • ROM027 Marching on Guard Duty – On duty inside his Roman Fort or perhaps pacing along the raised walkway behind the fort’s walls this soldiers has no need of a large shield… but he still has his sword and ‘Pilum’.



Romans

BLOODY TARAWA


This is K&C’s Third ‘landing’ of U.S. Marine ‘Leathernecks’ in action.

Our first 2 x releases, back in the late 1990’s and 2005 focused on the epic battle of IWD JIMA, immortalized in both countless books and several major motion pictures.

This time we are producing a ‘prequel’, a battle that was, in its own way, just as bloody and bitterly fought… TARAWA.

The Battle of TARAWA was fought between 20-23 November 1943 and was part of the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands in the central Pacific region.

Although not the first time U.S. forces had met the Japanese in battle it was the first time they had faced serious opposition to an amphibious landing.

On the tiny Tarawa Atoll more than 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and expertly dug-in and fought virtually to the last man.

Opposing them were the men of the 2nd Marine Division, U.S.M.C., some of America’s toughest and best fighting forces.

Of approximately 12,000 Marines who assaulted Tarawa 3,146 became casualties with almost 1,000 killed and over 2,000 wounded. That was the deadly toll of just 76 hours of bloody, brutal, non-stop combat.

K&C are proud to launch an initial first wave of 7 fighting Marines in dramatic, dynamic action poses many more are on the way including a magnificent looking LVT(A)-1 ‘Alligator’.

All of our ‘Leathernecks’ have shed their backpacks and are equipped with a mixture of weapons… the M1 ‘Garand’ rifle, the Thompson SubMachine Gun the M1 Carbine, the 1911 Colt Automatic Pistol and a Flame Thrower.

  • USMC011 Marine Flame Thrower – The ‘M2 Flamethrower’ was the U.S. made, man-portable backpack flamethrower used in WW2.Although its ‘burn-time’ was just 7 seconds and its range a mere 20-40 yards it was a very useful weapon… especially in close-quarter battle situations such as the ‘island-hopping’ campaign in the Pacific during WW2.The Marines used it extensively against pill-boxes, bunkers and trenches defended by determined, die-hard Japanese.
  • USMC012 Marine Radioman – As this kneeling Marine operator receives instructions on his ‘SCR-300’ portable radio transmitter he cradles his M1Carbine next to him. This back-packed radio was the first to be nicknamed a ‘Walkie-Talkie’.
  • USMC013 Marine Officer w/Tommy Gun – This junior officer is barking out orders as he holds his ‘Tommy Gun’… He also carries a side-arm… The 1911 Colt Automatic Pistol.
  • USMC014 Marine Firing his Garand – The U.S.M.C. has always believed that first and foremost every Marine must also be a ‘Marine Rifleman’. Great value has always been placed on ‘skill and marksmanship’ in the Corps and, in WW2, that was immeasurably assisted by the M1’Garand’ Rifle.A.30 caliber, semi automatic rifle it weighed 9.5 pounds was gas-operated with a rotating bolt, had an effective firing range of 500 yards and was loaded with an 8-round clip. Tough, reliable and accurate it was a Marine’s best friend! Our standing Marine fires off a few rounds at the enemy.
  • USMC015 Marine Grenadier – Holding his M1 ‘Garand’ in one hand, this ‘Leatherneck’ expertly pitches his MK2 Grenade at the opposing Japs.In appearance the Mk2 Grenade had a series of grooves and knobs cast in its casing that gave it the appearance of a ‘Pineapple’. Naturally, that soon became its nickname.
  • USMC016 No Marine Left Behind – A badly wounded, unconscious Marine is dragged to safety by one of his buddies.Whenever possible Marines will always try to rescue a wounded fellow Marine or at least recover his body. There is a strong tradition in the Corps that whenever or wherever Marines are in battle they will always do their level best (and more) to recover their dead and wounded.



Battle of TARAWA

WHERE’S RYAN…


From battles in the PTO (Pacific Theatre of Operations) to other battles elsewhere… In the ETO (European Theatre of Operations) and one particular operation… to save the lone surviving brother of a family called RYAN.

“SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” is a very special war drama film for many of us history movie buffs and especially so for myself and K&C.
Back in 1997, through a Hollywood friend and fellow collector, I heard about a big new D.Day movie that was already being filmed in Britain and Ireland by none other than Steven Spielberg. At the time all we knew was that it featured American paratroopers and U.S. Rangers and was centered around Normandy and Omaha Beach.
And so, K&C produced some of its very first American D.Day soldiers which began our entire D.Day range which continues to this day.

Journey forward quite a few years to when we met Capt. Dale Dye U.S.M.C. ret’d., the military advisor on ‘Ryan’ and countless other great war movies and discussions about doing a special ‘tribute’ to a fantastic movie and the real ‘heroes of D.DAY’.
This 4-figure set (the first of 2) features the perilous journey through the fields and bocage of German-occupied Normandy to try and find PFC James Ryan, 101st Airborne.
Capt. John Millar, 2nd Rangers takes the lead carrying his Thompson sub machine gun.

Backing him up is PFC Reiben with the BAR ( Browning Automatic Rifle). Next to him is Cpl. Upham, not a Ranger but an interpreter borrowed from another unit. The final member of this first 4-man squad is Pvt. Jackson, a left-handed sniper holding his bolt action M1903 Springfield with telescopic sight.
All four men will be joined next month (October) by our second ‘Searching for Pvt. Ryan’ set which includes Sgt. Mike Horvath, Pvt. Mellish, Medic Irwin Wade and PFC Caparzo…

Don’t miss out on a terrific movie and … 2 x outstanding sets of D.Day soldiers!



D-Day ’44

… AND THE POOR BLOODY CIVILIANS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE


  • FoB098 The Refugee Horse & Cart – A wooden, 2-wheel cart is loaded up with the bare essentials as well as a few, treasured family heirlooms… The family horse is between the shafts to hopefully pull the cart and its owner out of harm’s way.
  • FOB099 — Refugee Mother & Son – Carrying a suitcase in one hand this refugee leads her tired old horse and its heavy load down the road.
  • FoB-S02 Refugees On The Road – Combine the horse, the cart and the woman… and you can save yourself a few dollars!



Fields of Battle

VIVE L’EMPEREUR!


  • NA390 Bicorne Grenadier Advancing – Not all of the ‘Old Guard’ wore their famous ‘bearskins’ at the battle… During the ‘100 Days’ Campaign there were many supply shortages and even some of the ‘Old Guard’ were affected.Although he may have lost his ‘Bearskin’ cap… he has not lost any of his fighting spirit.
  • NA393 Wounded Guardsman Shoulder Arms – This Grenadier has suffered a headwound but still advances forward.
  • NA394 Bicorne Grenadier Firing Musket – Another of the Guard, wearing his great coat and the bicorne cap taking aim at the enemy.
  • NA396 Saving His Officer – An ‘Old Guard’ sergeant attempts to pull his seriously wounded officer to safety. These 2 x figures were inspired by a painting showing the same action.
  • NA-S06 Blood, Mud & Dust – The complete 5 x figure set featuring ALL of the above figures at a very affordable and fair price!


French
Imperial Guard

Afrika Korps


Following the success of the most recent “Rommel’s Command Car” set (AK107) featuring the sand / grey camouflaged ‘ADLER’ Sd. Kfz. 251 we have had a large number of requests to extend this particular camouflage scheme to some other Afrika Korps vehicles that were being shipped over to North Africa to supplement the Desert Fox’s meagre armoured force…

  • AK116 Pz. Kpfw. 35R(F) Self-Propelled Gun – Mounted on the tracked chassis of captured French Renault tanks these small SPG’s make a fine addition for Rommel’s Afrika Korps.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. A few even saw action in Normandy in June 1944.
  • AK117 Panzerjager 1 – Another old favorite but this time with the distinctive 2-colour camo. This set also includes the relaxing Afrika Korps figure.



Afrika Korps

New First Legion Expected September!

September 3rd, 2017

Battle of Normandy


New Expected September!



Battle of Normandy

Greek Hoplites




Greek Hoplites

New King and Country August Releases!

August 6th, 2017

Romans




Romans

Crusaders


  • MK170 Crusader Archer (kneeling) – This English bowman kneels down to let fly an arrow at his Saracen opponents… A large ‘Cross of St. George’ on his surcoat.
  • MK171 Crusader Halberdier – A fighting Man-at-Arms wields his mighty and cruel-looking halberd towards the opposition.
  • MK172 Crusader Archer (standing ready) – Facing the enemy this English bowman is about to open fire.
  • MK173 Richard the Lionheart (mounted) – One of England’s most famous and revered Kings, even today. This mounted figure is dressed in full “Crusader” garb and thrusting his sword skyward.

    The figure itself is modelled on the famous equestrian statue of King Richard that stands proudly outside the Palace of Westminster in London opposite Westminster Abbey.

    Last December, when K&C attended the ‘London Show’ myself and the K&C team saw this statue for the first time and all agreed it would make a fine ‘Royal’ addition to the ‘Crusader & Saracen’ series.


Crusader – Cross & Crescent

Napoleonic – Old Guard



French Imperial Guard

Beginner Gift Sets




Beginner Gift Sets

Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers


  • TRW112 Watching & Signaling – A pair of lying prone Apache warriors observing the approach of a U.S. Cavalry patrol… As one warrior uses a pair of captured (or stolen) binoculars the other signals the rest of the war party using a simple disc of polished metal.
  • TRW112 Chato – As K&C collectors already know… I love movies … ‘war movies’ and ‘westerns’ in particular. This figure is based on a great little movie called “Chato’s Land”, starring the late Charles Bronson. Bronson plays a half-breed Apache and many of the posters for the movie featured this pose… which is a great one for an Apache warrior.
  • TRW114 Sgt. Robert H. Hughes – From a fictional Apache to a factual character from real history … Sergeant Robert Hughes carrying the’ National Flag’ at the Battle of the Little Big Horn on that fateful day in June 1876. Here, holding his Army Colt in one hand and the 36-star flag in the other he reels back from a fatal shot during the battle.
  • TRW126 Errol Flynn’s Custer – And now we mix ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’ with this figure of swashbuckling Errol Flynn as he appeared in the classic 1941 Warner Brothers Movie, “They Died With Their Boots On”. This highly fictionalized life of George Armstrong Custer climaxes at the Battle of the Little Big Horn with Flynn /Custer dressed in his buckskin jacket (and being the last man standing) as the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors prepare to make their final charge. And that’s how we show him.
  • TRW127 The Stranglehold – This is the third installment of this first release of “Buffalo Soldiers”… A black Cavalry Corporal grabs a marauding Apache around the neck as he prepares to use his pistol butt to ‘brain’ the knife wielding warrior! A great little 2-man ‘fighting’ set.



Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers

WWII


  • WS334 Marder III M Tank Destroyer – This little Marder III was based on the Czech Panzer 38 (T) chassis and wheel arrangement. The K&C model is in the same camouflage style and markings (#102) as the Marder III seen in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Pvt. Ryan” movie. Our model also includes a crew member who can stand outside or inside the vehicle… as you prefer.
  • WS342 Standing Tiger Crewmen – This 2-figure set wears the ‘classic’ short black ‘Panzer’ jacket and trousers and fits well alongside any of K&C’s Tigers or other German armour.
  • WS343 SPG Officer w/Pistol – A single grey-clad Self-Propelled-Gun officer stands cocking his pistol… Virtually all German vehicle commanders carried a side arm and this one is no exception.



Normandy ’44 – Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht

Wehrmacht


  • WH073 Additional Artillery Crew #3 – This 2 x figure set (1 x with short ramming rod plus 1 x shell fuser) goes perfectly with the other previously released artillery gunner sets such as theWH062 The 10.5cm Light Field Howitzer and its crew.


German Wehrmacht

Berlin 1938



Berlin’38 Leibstandarte

New Jenkins August Releases!

August 6th, 2017

Enemies of Rome


The Gauls were Celtic peoples inhabiting Gaul in the Iron Age and the Roman period (roughly from the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD).

The Gauls emerged around the 5th century BC as the bearers of the La Tène culture north of the Alps (spread across the lands between the Seine, Middle Rhine and upper Elbe). By the 4th century BC, they spread over much of what is now France, Belgium, Switzerland, Southern Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic by virtue of controlling the trade routes along the river systems of the Rhône, Seine, Rhine, and Danube, and they quickly expanded into Northern Italy, the Balkans, Transylvania and Galatia. Gaul was never united under a single ruler or government, but the Gallic tribes were capable of uniting their forces in large-scale military operations. They reached the peak of their power in the early 3rd century BC. The rising Roman Republic after the end of the First Punic War increasingly put pressure on the Gallic sphere of influence; the Battle of Telamon of 225 BC heralded a gradual decline of Gallic power over the 2nd century, until the eventual conquest of Gaul in the Gallic Wars of the 50s BC. After this, Gaul became a province of the Roman Empire, and the Gauls were culturally assimilated into a Gallo-Roman culture, losing their tribal identities by the end of the 1st century AD.

The carnyx may be described as a type of war trumpet. This instrument was a valveless horn that was made of beaten bronze, and can be easily recognized due to its shape. Another distinct feature of the carnyx is its bell, which often depicts the head of some animal. Such animals include boars, dragons, serpents, birds and wolves. The bells of the carnyx were fashioned after these animals so as to strike fear into enemy warriors. Additionally, some bells were made with joints at the jaws, which would cause the animal’s head to move when the instrument was blown, thus adding to the psychological effect it had on the enemy. Whilst the sight of the carnyx struck fear into the hearts of the enemy, it was the sound of it, which has been described as lugubrious and harsh, that probably had a greater impact on enemy morale. The instrument’s significant height also allowed it to be heard over the heads of the participants in battles or ceremonies.



Enemies of Rome

THE SECOND WORLD WAR – GERMAN ARMOUR


The Panzer I was a light tank produced in Germany in the 1930s. The name is short for the German Panzerkampfwagen I (“armored fighting vehicle mark I”), abbreviated PzKpfw I. The tank’s official German ordnance inventory designation was SdKfz 101 (“special purpose vehicle 101”).

Design of the Panzer I began in 1932 and mass production began in 1934. Intended only as a training tank to introduce the concept of armored warfare to the German Army, the Panzer I saw combat in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, in Poland, France, the Soviet Union and North Africa during the Second World War, and in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Experiences with the Panzer I during the Spanish Civil War helped shape the German Panzerwaffes’ invasion of Poland in 1939 and France in 1940. By 1941, the Panzer I chassis design was used as the basis of tank destroyers and assault guns. There were attempts to upgrade the Panzer I throughout its service history, including by foreign nations, to extend the design’s lifespan. It continued to serve in the Spanish Armed Forces until 1954.

The Panzer I’s performance in combat was limited by its thin armour and light armament of two machine guns. As a design intended for training, the Panzer I was not as capable as other light tanks of the era, such as the Soviet T-26. Although weak in combat, it formed a large part of Germany’s tank forces and was used in all major campaigns between September 1939 and December 1941. The small, vulnerable light tank would be surpassed in importance by other German tanks, such as the Panzer IV, Panther, and Tiger; nevertheless, the Panzer I’s contribution to the early victories of Nazi Germany during World War II was significant.

Lesson learned from the Panzerkampfwagen I provided the German designers and manufacturers with valuable experience in designing and producing the next generation of new panzers that were soon to come. Although, Panzerkampfwagen I was not a truly valuable combat tank, it proved to be an excellent training tank and most of the panzer crews were trained on Panzerkampfwagen I until the end of the war or operated it in combat as their first armoured vehicle.

There have been many requests over the years for jjDesigns to produce Pz 1A’s for the Second World War. Although GA-10A has generic markings, there will be other tanks produced with specific unit markings, to represent tanks from The Invasion of Poland through and even Chiang Kai-shek’s National Government Army in China.

THE INVASION OF POLAND, 1st September 1939


On 1 September 1939, Germany invaded Poland The invasion was swift and the last Polish pockets of resistance surrendered on 6 October. The entire campaign had lasted five weeks and the success of Germany’s tanks in the campaign was summed up in response to Hitler on 5 September: when asked if it had been the dive bombers who destroyed a Polish artillery regiment, Guderian replied, “No, our panzers!”

GA-11A represents a Panzer Division tank from the opening of the war in Poland. The Panzer I Ausf A represents a fighting vehicle of the 5. Kompanie while the Panzer I Ausf B (available at a later date) represents a staff tank of the I. Abteilung, Panzer Regiment 35.

The 4th Panzer Division, as part of the XVI. Armeekorps, was one of the first divisions of Heeresgruppe Süd (Army Group South) to cross the Polish border on September 1st, 1939. It fought against Polish cavalry at the Battle of Mokra and was the first German unit to reach Warsaw. It suffered heavy casualties in its initial direct assault to take the city and in subsequent attempts to take the city fighting alongside the Liebstandarte SS Adolf Hitler Regiment. Later it fought in the Battle of the Bazura (Battle of Kutno), the largest battle of the Polish campaign.

After Poland, the division fought against the British Expeditionary Force during the Battle of France and then on the Eastern Front for the remainder of the war.

Jagdpanther


I apologize that many customers were not able to get the first Jagdpanter. I have decided to re-stock this item, but as I had already made several small changes to the original prototype I was unable to produce an exact replica of the GA-01 model.
For example the front machine gun on the original GA-01 did not move. I have now re-worked the prototype so that the front machine gun now moves. Therefore I have decided to re-stock the model and re-number the tank #121.
If you are still interested in purchasing this new version, contact us. All pre-orders for GA-01(121) received by the 31st August will be produced.


JJ WWII
Collection

Interwar Aviation


The Boeing P-12/F4B was an American pursuit aircraft that was operated by the United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy. Though best known in later years for producing large bomber or transport aircraft, Boeing produced a series of excellent fighters from 1923 to 1933. The most famous of those biplane fighters, the F4B, was the refinement of design experience gained from its FB, F2B and F3B predecessors. Nimble, rugged and reliable, the F4B-4’s debut coincided nicely with advances in carrier operations aboard the new carriers Lexington (CV-2) and Saratoga (CV-3). The aircraft remained the Navy and Marine Corps’ first-line fighter until replaced by faster and more powerful Grumman biplanes.

VF-6B, known as the “Fighting Six” had as their mascot, “Felix The Cat”, a well known cartoon character of the time. The lit bomb he carries relates to when the squadron first started as a Bombing Squadron in 1929. “Felix The Cat” is one of the longest serving squadron insignia in the US Navy.

The white tails of the aircraft were the squadron’s carrier identification colour during their service aboard the USS Saratoga.

The Navy Bureau Number (BuNo.) 9020 was the Section Leader in the Squadron’s Fourth Section, whose identification colour was black. The Section leader carried a full black cowl, the second aircraft displayed a top half black cowl, and the third a bottom half black cowl. All aircraft displayed wing chevrons in the section colour, and their individual aircraft number on their upperwing.

SECTION MARKINGS OF SQUADRONS

In December 1930, the US Bureau of Aeronautics directed that all aircraft under construction be painted using a scheme of section markings that would visually identify their position in the squadron. The normal squadron strength was 18 aircraft. This was divided into two divisions of three sections, and each section was made up of three aircraft. The first division was made up of sections, 1,2,3 and the second division was made up of sections 4,5,and 6. Normally the squadron Commander would lead the first division as Section Leader of Section 1, and his Executive officer would lead the second division as Section Leader of Section 4.

CARRIER TAIL MARKINGS

The first instruction to allocate a colour to all squadrons operating from the same carrier came in 1935, as it was creating confusion by the different tail colours that squadrons were selecting. In the 1935 directive the colours were white for USS Saratoga.

INTERWAR AVIATION AIRCRAFT CARRIER BASES

USS Saratoga (CV-3) was a Lexington-class aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1920s. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy’s first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. The ship entered service in 1928 and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet for her entire career. Saratoga and her sister ship, Lexington, were used to develop and refine carrier tactics in a series of annual exercises before World War II. On more than one occasion these included successful surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She was one of three prewar US fleet aircraft carriers, along with Enterprise and Ranger, to serve throughout World War II.



Inter-War Aviation Collection

War of the Roses




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Battle of the
Plains of Abraham


The 78th Regiment, (Highland) Regiment of Foot otherwise known as the 78th Fraser Highlanders was a British infantry regiment of the line raised in Scotland in 1757, to fight in the Seven Years’ War . The 78th Regiment was one of the first three Highland Regiments to fight in North America.
The regiment was raised in Inverness by Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Fraser of Lovat as the 2nd Highland Battalion and ranked as the 62nd Regiment of Foot in 1757. It was re-ranked as the 63rd Regiment of Foot later in the year. The regiment embarked for Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 1757 and, having been renamed the 78th (Highland) Regiment of Foot, or Fraser’s Highlanders in June 1758, it took part in the Siege of Louisbourg later that month, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1759 and the capture of Montreal in August 1760. It was disbanded in Quebec in December 1763. In the Seven Years’ War, the regiment at 103 soldiers killed and 383 wounded.



Battle of the Plains of Abraham

WWI – Egypt 195




Egypt 1915

New Britain’s Summer 2017 Catalogue

August 6th, 2017

Vikings




Wrath of the Norseman

Dirty Shirt Blue


The first figures in the new series! It will focus on the people and events of the American West from 1860s to 1890s.



Dirty Shirt Blue

Museum Collection




Museum Collection

Jack Tars




Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

New Corgi – Arriving in August!

August 6th, 2017

Corgi – Arriving in August



Corgi

New Hobby Master Arrivals!

August 6th, 2017

Hobby Master – New Arrivals



Hobby Master

Century Wings – Latest Releases!

August 6th, 2017

Century Wings




Century Wings