New Hobby Master October Arrivals

September 30th, 2018

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




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

Modern Air Power




Modern Air Power Collection

New Corgi September Arrivals – In stock Now!

September 30th, 2018

New Corgi September Arrivals
German Fighter Aircraft



German Bomber and Fighter Aircraft

American Bombers




British and American Bombers plus other large Aircraft

Modern Aircraft




Modern Aircraft and Fighting Vehicles

New First Legion October Announcement

September 30th, 2018

Russia – Vladimirksy Musketeers


The Russian Infantry of the period were renowned for their steadfastness and stoicism under fire. They were well acclimated to the hardships of military campaigns from the terrible cold weather to the scantiest of rations. However, in defending their homeland during the 1812 French invasion of Russia, these characteristics reached new heights and the Russians soldiers were able to outlast their French adversaries even though they had to deal with the same extremes and hardships of a winter campaign in Russia. As part of the Retreat Series, these figures are painted to a very high level and make an excellent addition allowing for a broader range of dioramas such as the Battle of Berezina to begin to take shape.



Retreat from Russia – Vladimirksy Musketeers

King Tiger


First Legion is extremely pleased to present the first set in our Late War German sub range of our WWII figure series.Panzer Abt. 509 was an was an independent tank battalion operating on the Eastern front. It was equipped with King Tiger tanks in December of 1944 and took part in the failed relief attampt of Budapest in January 1945 as part of Operation Konrad III. During this action, the battalion lost some 40 of it’s tanks. The King Tiger was the successor to the Tiger I as Germany’s Heavy Tank and combined the thick armor of the Tiger I with the sloping armor of the Panther along with the firepower of the 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 anti-tank cannon. Ours is depicted with the Henschel turret and a superbly detailed “winter whitewash”. This tank is a real beast for sure at 70 tons and our rendition of it is modeled and painted to the very highest standards including additional weathering.



Battle of the Bulge

New John Jenkins October Releases!

September 30th, 2018

Chicago Treasure Hunt and Future Releases

During the Chicago Toy Soldier Show, John arranges a Treasure Hunt, which keeps a large number of Big Kids fully occupied.  This year was no exception.  Here are the details of the treasure hunt and a peek into
releases coming in 2019 plus a couple of new series.  The link is to a PDF file, which requires Adobe Acrobat to open on your computer.  If you have trouble opening it, let me know and I will send you a separate file.
Hope you like them as much as I did.



Chicago Treasure Hunt

Roman Army of the Late Republic


The Scutum was a type of shield used among Italic peoples in antiquity, and then by the army of ancient Rome starting about the fourth century BC. The Romans adopted it when they switched from the military formation of the hoplite phalanx of the Greeks to the formation with maniples. In the former, the soldiers carried a round shield, which the Romans called clipeus. In the latter, they used the scutum, which was a larger shield. Originally it was an oblong and convex shield. By the first century BC it had developed into the rectangular, semi-cylindrical shield that is popularly associated with the scutum in modern times. This was not the only shield the Romans used; Roman shields were of varying types depending on the role of the soldier who carried it. Oval, circular and rectangular shields were used throughout Roman history.



Roman Army of the Late Republic

War of the Roses – Artillery


By the start of the WARS OF THE ROSES in the late 1450s, artillery had been in use in northern Europe for over a century, and most armies included at least a small artillery force.

Because one pound of powder was required to throw nine pounds of shot, and because the barrel had to be washed with a mixture of water and vinegar after every firing, ten shots per hour was considered a good rate of fire. During the Wars of the Roses, this slow rate meant that cannon were used mainly on the eve or at the start of a battle, firing one volley at the enemy before the hand-to-hand combat commenced.

Experts in medieval gunnery suspect that the artillery played a role at the beginning of the battle – but may have become less useful tactically as the battle progressed. It was notoriously difficult to turn the artillery pieces round to face new directions – so adapting to the progress of the battle would have been difficult for these early gunners. Their artillery pieces and carriages would probably have weighed between 400 and 1000 kilos each.

Cannon appears to have been used extensively by both sides at the Battle of Bosworth Field. The present position of the battlefield is based on the discovery in a field by Fenn Lane Farm of a large quantity of battle relics including many cannon balls.

One account mentions 140 cannon, while the archaeological searches of the battlefield have found more than 30 cannonshot – more than any other discovered on a European medieval battlefield.

Since about 1415, the English Crown had appointed a master of ordnance to supervise the king’s artillery. In 1456, John Judde, a LONDON merchant, won appointment to the post by offering to supply HENRY VI with guns and powder at his own expense. Judde’s ambitious program of collecting and manufacturing guns for the Lancastrians so alarmed the Yorkists that they ambushed and killed him in June 1460 as he was supervising delivery of a new shipment of weapons. Edward IV also appreciated the importance of artillery, and his Masters of Ordnance (like John Wode, who held office from 1463 to 1477) were trusted members of the royal household. Edward was said to frequently inspect his ordnance, and his campaigns usually included a sizable artillery train.



Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Brunswick Grenadiers




Brunswick Grenadiers

Morgan’s Riflemen




Morgan’s Riflemen

Knights of the Skies


No squadron could have gotten into the air if it were not for the very large number of support crews, which ranged from riggers, mechanics, fitters, and carpenters.

These men were not only assigned to the combat squadrons, but there were also specific, “Aircraft Park” units, which were composed of nothing but such support staff.

Some units consisted of entirely nothing else besides lumberjacks who went into the woods to find and cut the spruce used to make and repair the aircraft.

The propellers were not carved out of one piece of wood, but made of thin planks glued together. This made the result very strong and easy to make with the wood working skills available then.

In Michael Fox’s “Knights of the Skies” book, he mentions that a BE.2C used during the Somme in 1916 by 15 Sqn. “ in three months it was fitted with no fewer than eighty new wings and many other components.”
Wooden parts which were damaged such as struts, ribs and propellers could be replaced, usually overnight. Larger jobs which would take longer meant the plane would probably be taken to the Airfield park, where after repair it often found its way to a different squadron.

Small tears and bullet holes in the fabric were one of the most common repair jobs. With fabric covered machines this could easily be patched. The dope would first be removed from the fabric around the tear, or bullet hole, and a suitable sized patch with serrated or frayed edges would be prepared. The area would then be re-doped and the thoroughly doped new patch added and smoothed down. A second coat of dope and a final coat of pigmented dope would finally be applied.
Larger tears would be stitched together, or if there was too much damage then the old fabric would be removed and replaced.

Sometimes patches were not used on bullet holes. A small cross or roundel was painted over the hole, which stabilized the threads, and strengthened the fabric.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

Royal Airforce


To keep the many men and machines in fighting shape during the World War II invasion of France, logistics technicians had their work cut out for them. Bombs, bullets, planes and tanks were top priorities, so there was little room for luxury items that would keep the troops in good spirits while fighting .
In the early days after the Normandy invasion of June 1944, the retreating German army were suspected of poisoning the water sources. British and American troops also noticed an acute shortage of alcoholic beverages — namely beer. Many British soldiers complained that a watery cider was the only drink available in recently liberated French towns.
When a British brewery donated gallons of beer for troops on the front, there was no way to get it to the men by conventional means.

Luckily for them, the Royal Air Force was able to solve the problem.

With no room for cargo on their small fighter planes, RAF pilots arrived at a novel solution – using drop tanks to transport beer instead of fuel. The drop tanks of a Spitfire each carried 45 gallons of gas, meaning a plane could transport 90 gallons of extra liquid.
imparted a metallic flavor to the beer.

To counter this problem, ground crews developed Modification XXX, a change made to the wing pylons of Spitfire Mk. IXs that allowed them to carry actual kegs of beer.

These kegs, often called ‘beer bombs,’ were standard wooden beer kegs attached under the wing of the Spitfire. Though they carried less beer, it arrived tasting like it just came out of the tap at the pub, chilled by the altitude of the flight over the channel.
To ensure their compatriots remained satisfied, pilots would often return to England for rudimentary maintenance issues or other administrative needs in order to grab another round. As the need for beer increased, all replacement Spitfires and Typhoons being shipped to airfields in France carried ‘beer bombs’ in their bomb racks to the joy of the thirsty crews manning the airfields.

When the Americans learned of what the British were doing they joined in, even bringing over ice cream for the GIs as well.

As the practice gained popularity, Britain’s Custom and Excise Ministry objected and attempted to shut it down. Thankfully by that time, there were more organized official shipments of beer making it to the troops.

Air Vice Marshal James Edgar Johnson, CB, CBE, DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Bar (9 March 1915 – 30 January 2001), nicknamed “Johnnie”, was a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot and flying ace.

Johnson was credited with 34 individual victories over enemy aircraft, as well as seven shared victories, three shared probable, 10 damaged, three shared damaged and one destroyed on the ground.

Johnson flew 700 operational sorties and engaged enemy aircraft on 57 occasions.

Included in his list of individual victories were 14 Messerschmitt Bf 109s and 20 Focke-Wulf Fw 190s destroyed making him the most successful RAF ace against the Fw 190. This score made him the highest scoring Western Allied fighter ace against the German Luftwaffe.

MK329 was used by Johnnie Johnson, which according to his memoirs he flew twice. Rumor has it that he brought beer to his men in Normandy flying MK329. Johnson mentions that Spitfire MK329 was assembled from wrecked airframes and was a mix-and-match airframe, cobbled together out of spare parts.

Johnson scored the bulk of his victories flying two Spitfires Mk. IX. The first one was EN398 JE-J, in which he shot down 12 aircraft and shared five, plus six damaged while commanding the Kenley Wing.
His second plane , MK392, was an LF Mk.IX, in which his tally increased by another 12 aircraft, plus one shared destroyed on the ground. For the purposes of ferrying beer, ground crews set about steam cleaning the tanks for their special deliveries. These flights became known as “flying pubs” by the troops they served. A few British breweries, such as Heneger and Constable, donated free beer for the RAF to take to the front.
The drop tanks had a serious disadvantage. While they could carry large amounts of beer, the initial runs still tasted of fuel. Even after the tanks had been used several times and lost their fuel taste, they still
.

He was to end the war flying another Spitfire Mk XIVe MV268.



JJD Aircraft Collection

Bunker Hill


Flight clothing was largely left up to the individual’s personal preference. Most pilots wore a khaki shirt and trousers, instead of the one piece flying suit, as the one piece flying suits were deemed too hot or uncomfortable.

The QAC (Quick, Attach, Chest) or QAS, parachute harness was worn by pilots. When not in the plane the leg straps are normally snapped to the sides of the harness to keep them out of the way. The parachute pack, pararaft kit and seat cushion are not attached to the harness, as these were most often left in the plane. As the pilot climbed into the seat, it was then easier for them to be attached to the QAS harness.



JJD Aircraft Collection

Conquistadors


From the moment that the first Horse was put ashore in November 1493, horses were the key to Spanish success in the Americas. They gave the Spanish not just distinct tactical and logistical advantages, but a moral advantage as well, because the native Americans had never seen such creatures before, and were initially scared to death of them.

At first the Aztecs thought that each cavalryman and his horse were one supernatural creature, with 4 legs, 2 arms and 2 heads! They were so relieved when they discovered that the horse was just an animal like any other that when the first one was killed , it was cut up and portions circulated throughout their lands, to demonstrate that such creatures were mortal.

It is therefore no wonder that horses captured by the Aztecs were sacrificed as if they were human, and their heads ended up alongside those of Spanish soldiers on the temple racks!



Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

Hobby Master March 2019 Releases!

September 9th, 2018

Air Power Collection




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

Modern Air Power Collection




Modern Air Power Collection

Hobby Master – Ground Power




Hobby Master – Ground Power

New Corgi Arrivals

September 8th, 2018

New Corgi Arrivals!
British Bombers




British and American Bombers plus other large Aircraft

British Aircraft




British & USA Fighter and Reconnaissance Aircraft

Thomas Gunn – Wings of War September Releases!

September 8th, 2018

Thomas Gunn – Wings of War


New
September releases, available for order. Exclusive hand carved 1/30 scale Mahogany Warbird for a limited time only. Each of these aircraft take 60 hours to manufacture and as such are very limited in number.

Scale 1:30 / 60mm.



Wings of War

New King & Country September Releases!

September 8th, 2018

Romans and Gauls


In warfare ‘ferocity’ is nothing new… Back in the 1st. Century AD the Romans had their hands full dealing with rebellious tribes all over their empire.

Some of their fiercest enemies could be found in the warlike tribes that inhabited Britannia and Gaul…

  • RnB013 No Mercy – A Roman Legionary pleads for his life to be spared as a tattooed Briton stands over him dagger in hand…
  • RnB014 Mounted Chieftain with The Draco Standard – The ‘Draco Standard’ was originally developed by the mounted nomads of the Steppes. It may have originally been used to determine the wind-direction for horse-archers.
    Roman cavalry units adopted the ‘Draco’ for their own use and here we see one that has fallen into enemy hands and is proudly displayed as a battle trophy by this mounted chief.
  • RnB015 Carnyx Horn Player – The ‘Carnyx’ was an ancient Celtic war trumpet used between 300 BC and 200 AD. The instrument and its player accompanied warriors into battle.
    The mournful sound of this ancient horn was said to both inspire its followers as well as strike fear into its enemies. It was considered a great honour among the warriors to be chosen to both play and carry the richly decorated tribal Carnyx into battle.



Romans

MORE JOHN FORD CAVALRY


  • TRW135 The Stars ‘n’ Stripes Forever – A cavalry sergeant carries the National Flag proudly… This is another in this new range of mounted figures that has the ‘moveable’ head feature.
  • TRW139 Captain Sam Collingwood – Another of the featured characters from John Ford’s ‘FORT APACHE’ (1948), a brother officer of Capt. Kirby York (John Wayne). Here Captain Collingwood scans the horizon for any sign of hostile Indians.
    He also has the ‘moveable’ head.
  • TRW146 5th Cavalry Regimental Flagbearer – A companion piece to TRW135… This sergeant has the colourful Regimental Standard of the 5th U.S. Cavalry… with ‘moveable’ head of course.



John Ford’s Cavalry

SPOILS OF WAR


From ancient times onward victorious soldiers have always collected ‘souvenirs’ from their less fortunate, defeated opponents. During the First World War ordinary soldiers had access to a first-class postal service that allowed them to collect and ship off home all kinds of battlefield mementoes and ‘trophies’ that they had come across (by whatever ways and means) after the fighting was over.

British and Australian soldiers were no exception and here is one of the most famous of the ‘amateur’ collectors…

  • FW230 Private John ‘Barney’ Hines – John ‘Barney’ Hines (1878-1958) was a British-born Australian soldier of The Great War, well-known for his skills and prowess at collecting ‘souvenirs’ from captured German Soldiers.
    A photo of ‘Barney’ depicting him surrounded by his German acquisitions after the Battle of Polygon Wood in 1917 is among the best-known Australian images of the First World War.
    This was the inspiration for our K&C figure which shows ‘Barney’ complete with ‘pickelhaub’ helmet (a much-prized souvenir for WW1 soldiers and collectors) and other bits ‘n’ bobs of German equipment. Our figure also shows ‘Barney’ taking a closer look at some saucy French postcards that he has ‘liberated’ from a German prisoner!



Aussies & Kiwis at War

ARMOUR IN WINTER


  • WH091 The JagdPanzer Pz. Kpfw. IV L/70
    – (Winter Version)
    – Whenever K&C produce a ‘summer’ version of an armoured vehicle (especially German ones) it does not take long before collectors contact us to request the same vehicle in ‘winter garb’ suitable for either ‘Battle of the Bulge’ or the ‘Eastern Front’.
    Well, here is the snow-camouflaged self-propelled gun as requested and there are just 150 of them. So, grab them while you can.
    As noted in our original version the metal mesh side-screens are removable so collectors can choose how they wish to portray the vehicle.



German Wehrmacht

BANZAI


  • JN041 Type 95 ‘Ha-Go Light Tank (2nd Version) – Our first version had the tank commander perched in the open hatch of the vehicle leading the charge… This time around we’ve closed up the hatch and allowed the commander to take cover inside the turret as the tank moves into action.
    This second-version ‘Ha-Go’ is numbered #22 allowing our Japanese opponents to put another armoured vehicle into battle alongside the earlier and now-retired #21.
  • JN045 The Japanese Light Howitzer & Crew – Compared to Allied artillerymen the Japanese Army had only a limited number of Light Field pieces. This particular Light Howitzer was ‘crewed’ by just 3x soldiers and could be ‘broken down’ and man-carried in jungle terrain and then hastily reassembled.
  • JN047 Dead Japanese Set #1 (2 x figs) – No one could deny the bravery of the ordinary Japanese soldier in WW2. Instilled with the spirit of ‘Bushido’ and willing to die for his emperor his Allied opponents could take no chances when encountering this fierce and often fanatical foe… Few Japanese soldiers even considered surrendering even when faced with imminent death or defeat…
    Better to die for the emperor than live as a coward!
  • JN048 Dead Japanese Set #2 – Another pair of dead Japanese soldiers… remnants of a failed ‘Banzai’ charge or just in the wrong place at the wrong time…?
  • JN049X A Rare Surrender (K&C Xclusive) – Towards the end of WW2 a few Japanese soldiers decided it was better to live with the shame of surrender especially when they could see they were fighting for a lost cause and Japan’s defeat was inevitable.
    Allied troops capturing them would usually make them strip down to their loin cloths to ensure they were not hiding any weapons, knives or grenades on their bodies.



Battle of TARAWA

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM


  • VN002 USMC Sniper – During the Vietnam conflict the U.S. Marine Corps used 2 x main ‘Sniper’ rifles… the M40 bolt-action rifle and the Winchester Model 70, also a bolt-action weapon based on the sporting rifle made by Winchester.
    Our K&C Marine sniper has adopted the seated firing position as he takes aim at a distant enemy figure.
  • VN009 Corpsman & Wounded Marine – This Kneeling Navy Corpsman has done his best to bandage up a seriously wounded ‘Grunt’… Now, they’re waiting for the transport to get the injured Marine back to the nearest Aid Station to have his wounds properly seen to.
  • VN012 Marine Lying Prone Firing – While one Marine awaits evacuation from the battlefield another ‘gets down on the deck’ to shoot up some of the opposition!



Vietnam – Tet’68

Viet-Cong


The National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, commonly known as the Viet Cong were locally recruited South Vietnamese peasants and workers that fought against its own government and the United States during the conflict.

The Viet Cong or ‘VC’ was made up of both part-time militia and regular full-time army units. Many of those militia were farmers by day… guerrillas by night… They often had the advantage of knowing the local countryside and area well compared to both the U.S. and ARVN units sent against them. Although the US and ARVIN forces had the firepower and the wealth of military equipment the V.C., or ‘Victor Charlie’ had the element of surprise and the long-term commitment that ultimately led to the collapse of South Vietnam and the victory of the North.

  • VN019 Lying Prone Viet Cong Sniper – In the Viet Cong there was a very strong female element who played an active role in all aspects of the fighting. This lying prone female sniper is ample proof of that as she draws a bead on some distant enemy target with her Czech-made, Soviet supplied SKS rifle.
  • VN021 VC Kneeling firing AK47n – A male comrade of this little VC ‘sniper’prepares to fire off a burst from his AK47. The Soviet-designed AK47 has long been a favorite weapon (and symbol) of guerrilla groups worldwide… Easy to use, difficult to jam and able to withstand all kinds of weathers and conditions it is, quite simply, described by friends and foes alike, to be a superlative Assault Rifle!
  • VN024 Crouching Uncle Ho – Look closely at this older member of the Viet Cong group and you will see that he bears more than a passing resemblance to Ho Chi Minh, the legendary revolutionary leader of North Vietnam.
    Looks aside however, it would seem unlikely that the ‘great leader’ would be operating down south with a small guerrilla band. Our ‘doppelganger’ carriers the ubiquitous SKS rifle.
  • VN026 Dead Viet Cong – Taking the fight to the enemy also comes with a cost… 2 x dead V.C., one male, one female lie sprawled on the ground, their weapons by their side.
  • VN028 Moving Supplies – A female V.C. shoulders a box of supplies while still keeping her rifle close at hand.



Vietnam – Tet’68

Colonial Hong Kong
On Parade!


For 156 years Hong Kong was a British Crown Colony until 30 June, 1997 when it was ceremonially handed back to the People’s Republic of China.

Two years previously, in 1995, a unique military unit held its final parade before being disbanded and ending 143 years of loyal service to the British Crown and the people of, what was originally, a small port city on the southern coast of China – Hong Kong.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (The Volunteers) was a militia formation founded in 1854 and tasked with the defense of the small Colony alongside the regular British Army garrison stationed there.

For many years it would join with other British Forces in taking part in the Queen’s Birthday Parade held annually in the city.

Taking the official salute on behalf of the Queen would be her representative, His Excellency, The Governor, resplendent in his ‘Tropical Whites’ and saluting as the different units marched past.

Here are some great new additions to our fond memories of a Colonial Hong Kong now long gone…

  • CE021 British Guard Box – A once familiar sight outside many Army barracks in Hong Kong and around the world wherever the sun never set on the British Empire… Usually painted either black or green, our K&C model comes in a very fetching ‘British Racing Green’ colour. Can also be utilized with our ‘Ceremonial’ Coldstream Guards figures.
  • CHK006 RHKR Staff Sergeant Present Arms – This smartly-turned out NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) presents arms with his SLR (Self Loading Rifle) and fixed bayonet.
  • CHK007 RHKR Corporal Present Arms – Similar to the previous ‘Volunteer’ but a junior NCO this time… with just 2 x stripes.
  • CHK008 His Excellency, The Hong Kong Governor – Always a trusted and experienced Civil Servant, appointed by the British Prime Minister, the Governor would put on his white tropical uniform only for special occasions, such as the Queen’s Birthday Parade.
  • CHK009 The Governor’s RHKP Aide de Camp – Every regular and volunteer military unit in Hong Kong Provided H.E. The Governor with an ADC, however to avoid any inter service rivalry between the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force the senior ADC was always provided by the Royal Hong Kong Police.
    Here we show the Governor’s RHKP Aide de Camp in all his ceremonial finery including the white ‘Solar Topee’ sun helmet adorned with black feathers.
  • CHK010 Ceremonial Flag Base & British Crown Colony of Hong Kong Flag – The Colonial Hong Kong flag comprised the British Blue Ensign with the Colony’s ‘Coat of Arms’ in a white circle in the fly of the flag. The shield shows two junks upon blue and white stripes representing the sea topped by a lion holding a pearl, a reference to Hong Kong’s nickname as ‘The Pearl of the Orient.’
    The shield as a whole is supported by a British Lion and a Chinese Dragon. The Flag and its staff fit neatly into a sturdy grey stone base.
  • CHK011 RHKR Trooper Present Arms – Same parade position as CHK006 and 007



Ceremonial

ON THE STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG


Still wandering around Hong Kong in ‘The Good Old Days’ we come across a pair of street vendors… In those faroff days before supermarkets virtually anything and everything was sold on the street… and for cash, no credit allowed!

The Hakka people are Han Chinese who originated from the lands bordering the Yellow River who migrated to China’s southern provinces as well as overseas.

During the late Ming and Qing dynasties a substantial proportion moved to what became Hong Kong and took up farming in the less accessible and more hilly areas of the territory. Most of this agricultural work was done by women as their menfolk often took laboring jobs in the nearby urban areas of Kowloon and Hong Kong.

After cultivating and tending their crops it was the women who would journey into the city areas to sell their produce.


Orient

John Jenkins New September Releases!

September 8th, 2018

Gauls




Enemies of Rome

Romans


For set-piece battles, the heavy infantry were usually drawn up in three lines.

However, the vast majority of the heavy infantry were stationed in the front two lines, the HASTATI and PRINCIPES. Contained in these two lines were the younger recruits who were expected to do all the fighting. The rear line (TRIARII), was a reserve consisting of older men who formed a line of last resort to provide cover for the front lines if they were put to flight (and also to prevent unauthorised retreat by the front ranks).

The three lines of maniples were drawn up in a chessboard pattern (dubbed quincunx by modern historians, after the Latin for the “5” on a dice-cube, whose dots are so arranged). In front of these three lines of heavy infantry, would be stationed the legion’s VELITES.



Roman Army of the Late Republic

Aztec


  • AZ-017A Aztec Warrior – Soldiers who succeeded in capturing two enemies were awarded a uniform consisting of a body suit called a “tlahuiztli”, a tall conical cap called a “copilli” and a shield marked with black designs described as “hawk scratches”.
    The Tlahuiztli was made of sewn cotton. Red, yellow, blue or green feathers were meticulously stitched to the cloth in the workshops of conquered city-states and sent to Tenochtitlan each year as tribute.
  • AZ-017B Aztec Warrior – The Huaxtec area held a particular fascination for the Aztecs because it was rich in cotton. The goddess of spinners and weavers was called Tlazolteotl.
    For this reason the soldiers thought it appropriate to wear hanks of un-spun cotton through their ear spools, as well as the “Yacameztli” or “nose moon” in gold in honour of her role as a patron of the moon.



Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

Conquistadors


From the moment of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of lands previously unknown to Europe in 1492, the New World captured the imagination of European adventurers. Thousands of men came to the New World to seek fortune, glory, and land. For two centuries, these men explored the New
World, conquering any native people they came across in the name of the King of Spain (and the hope of gold). They came to be known as the Conquistadors.

Conquistadors claimed that they were attacking the New World natives in order to spread Christianity and save the natives from damnation. Many of the conquistadors were, indeed, religious men, but history has shown that the conquistadors were far more interested in gold and loot.



Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

War of the Roses




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

American Revolution – Battle of Saratoga 1777
1st Canadian Regiment




1st Canadian Regiment

2nd Massachusetts Regiment




2nd Massachusetts Regiment

2nd New York Regiment




2nd New York Regiment

Morgans Riflemen




Morgans Riflemen

Knights Of The Skies


Jagdstaffel 49 was formed on 23rd December 1917, with Ltn. Franz Ray, named as the Commanding Officer, who already had 9 victories. Franz Ray had previously been with Jasta 28.

He was also the first pilot to obtain 5 victories with the new unit, and shot down his 14th victory on the 2nd July 1917.

On the 22nd October Ray was ordered to Berlin to test a new aircraft design, and command of the Staffel went to Ltn. Hermann Habich.

During the time Ltn. Ray was with Jasta 49, which was from the 15th December 1917 untill the 22nd October 1918, he was to shoot down 8 machine, for a total of 17 victories.

** PLEASE NOTE THIS FIGURE CAN BE USED WITH ANY OF THE JJD ALBATROS DIII MODELS.**



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

Second World War Aircraft


The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy in 1940, where it was initially known by the latter as the Martlet.

The F4F was Grumman’s first monoplane fighter design and was to prove to be one of the great naval fighter aircraft of World War 2.

In 1939 Grumman were successful in obtaining a Navy order for 54 F4F-3’s. The RAF also received 81 F4F-3’s which were named the Martlet I.

The initial deliveries to the US navy were in December 1940, with the first of the planes going to the USS Ranger, and USS Wasp.

These were the only carriers which had the F4F-3’s when war broke out.

First used in combat by the British in the North Atlantic, the Wildcat was the only effective fighter available to the United States Navy and Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during the early part of World War II in 1941 and 1942; the disappointing Brewster Buffalo was withdrawn in favor of the Wildcat and replaced as units became available. With a top speed of 318 mph (512 km/h), the Wildcat was outperformed by the faster 331 mph (533 km/h), more maneuverable, and longer-ranged Mitsubishi A6M Zero. However, the F4F’s ruggedness, coupled with tactics such as the Thach Weave, resulted in a claimed air combat kill-to-loss ratio of 5.9:1 in 1942 and 6.9:1 for the entire war.

Lessons learned from the Wildcat were later applied to the faster F6F Hellcat. While the Wildcat had better range and maneuverability at low speed, the Hellcat could rely on superior power and high speed performance to outperform the Zero. The Wildcat continued to be built throughout the remainder of the war to serve on escort carriers, where larger and heavier fighters could not be used.

By late 1941 nearly all of the colourful squadron markings were either gone entirely or existed as quite small examples close by the cockpit area. VF-3’s famous “Felix The Cat” emblem is thus reduced to a 6” diameter circle forward of the cockpit on BuNo 3973.

The first WILDCAT F4F-3’s to be delivered to the USS SARATOGA in late 1941 were painted in overall “non-specular Light gray”. The transition to the Blue Gray/light gray camouflage scheme often came as and when each aircraft reached its major service and over haul point. Thus each Carrier Air Group at this time may have had a mix of overall Light Gray and Blue Gray/Light Gray squadrons aboard.

The Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat BuNo 3982, is based on an U.S. Naval Historical Center photograph, depicting the aircraft on the elevator of USS Saratoga in early October 1941. This aircraft was piloted by ensign Gayle Hermann. The photograph shows that at this time squadrons were operating with aircraft of mixed paint schemes. BuNo 3982 is seen in overall Light gray while other Wildcats on the deck are painted in the Blue Gray/ Light Gray scheme.



JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

Collectors Showcase New September Releases!

September 8th, 2018

Viet-Cong


The National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, commonly known as the Viet Cong were locally recruited South Vietnamese peasants and workers that fought against its own government and the United States during the conflict.

The Viet Cong or ‘VC’ was made up of both part-time militia and regular full-time army units. Many of those militia were farmers by day… guerrillas by night… They often had the advantage of knowing the local countryside and area well compared to both the U.S. and ARVN units sent against them. Although the US and ARVIN forces had the firepower and the wealth of military equipment the V.C., or ‘Victor Charlie’ had the element of surprise and the long-term commitment that ultimately led to the collapse of South Vietnam and the victory of the North.



Vietnam – Tet’68

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