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New Thomas Gunn January Releases!

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Napoleonic

The 1st (Emperor Alexander) Guards Grenadiers were an elite infantry regiment of the Guards Corps within the Prussian army and a Guards Grenadier regiment of the Imperial German army.

The regiments tradition dates back to 1626 when the regiment was established during the 30 years war as a permanent mercenary unit. The 1st Grenadier regiment was formed towards the end of the Naploeonic wars in 1814 by Fredeick WIlliam 111 of Prussia and named in honour of Alexander 1 who was its first Colonel in Chief.

The regiment later saw action in the Franco-Prussian war and also during WW1.

Thomas Gunn are proud to introduce this new range of figures resplendent in their parade uniforms, with officers, drummers and flag bearers to accompany these in the near future, much like we have done with the Pavlowski grenadiers. As the uniforms for this regiment date for the period 1900-1914 we have included them in the GW series for file reference.

Napoleonic

WWI German

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WWII Allied

The Super Snipe was introduced by Humber in October 1938, it was derived by combining the four litre engine from the Humber Pullman with the chassis of the Humber Snipe. The enhanced power made the Super Snipe a fast car for its day, capable of reaching 79 MPH. The design is attributed to American engineer Delmar Roos, something of a engineering genius who worked for Studebaker at one time.

The Super Snipe was marketed to upper-middle-class managers, professional people and government officials. It was relatively low-priced for its large size and performance, and was similar to American cars in appearance, concept and in providing value for money.

Within a year of introduction, WW II broke out in Europe, however the car continued in production as a military staff car. The Car as a 4-seater 4×2, while the same chassis was used for the Humber armoured reconnaissance car. The Humber was generally used by higher ranking officers and as such we have decorated ours in the colours and markings of one of Britains most famous Field Marshalls Bernard Montgomery. However it will fit well in any diorama be it Normandy, the middle eastand the far east.

The A and C versions are in a middle east/Italian front colour scheme and the B and D versions in a NW Europe/far east olive drab colour scheme. Monty nicknamed the Desert vehicle ‘Old Faithful’ and once he left for Europe it was used by various other British officers, it now stands in the Imperial War Museum where it has just undergone a major renovation.

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WWII German

An SS infanteer with ammunition bandolier and ammunition case stands on parade, works as a great accompaniment to the previous SS parade figures we released last month.

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Thomas Gunn December Releases

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Glory of Rome


Limited production of 100.



Glory of Rome

Thomas Gunn Club


Limited production of 80.



Thomas Gunn Club

WWII German forces


Limited production of 80.



WWII German forces

Wings of War New Releases

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Wings of War


These are large birds even at 1/43 scale measuring in with a 12 inch (30 Centimetres) wingspan and an 18 inch (46cm) fuselage length. They are bigger than most of our WW2 1/30 scale fighter models! We have 2 samples available at the moment, in the markings of the ‘Sundowners’ and the ‘Jolly Rogers’ both veterans of the Vietnam war.



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Thomas Gunn November Releases

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

World War One




World War One

Home Front



Home
Front

WWII – Pacific




WWII Pacific

Romans




Glory of Rome

Ancient Britons




Ancient Briton and Celts

Spartans




Spartans

Thomas Gunn – Wings of War September Releases!

Saturday, 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 Thomas Gunn May / June Releases!

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Romans


We have a beautiful all metal Onager with four crew figures that can be used in a variety of settings. Because these legionnaires are not being used in a formation setting we could individualise them a little more than we normally do, hope you like the little touches these figures have. There will be more crew to follow later on in the year please note.



Glory of Rome

Ancient Egyptians


The start of a mini series featuring the Ancient Egyptians in the time of Ramses, a Pharaoh who ruled Egypt around 1300 BC during what is now known as the 19th Dynasty. Ramses is still considered one of the most successful Pharaohs of his time and established Egyptian military control in parts of Canaan, Nubia and most spectacularly at Qadesh where he defeated the Hittite King Muwatallis despite being ambushed, Ramses rescued victory from the jaws of defeat and crushed the Hittites. During the early part of his reign Ramses also defeated the Sea People who were ravaging ships travelling to Egypt and plundering their cargoes. Our first four figures comprise a scene from this historic defeat where the King of the Sea People was executed along with other elite officials. However, his soldiers who had so impressed Ramses during the battle, were pressed into service with the Egyptian army where willing or executed along with their King. Later on in this series we will produce an Egyptian chariot as well as some fighting Egyptians and more enemies of Egypt to combat them.



Enemies of Rome

Pavlovski
Grenadiers


Our first Russian for the Napoleonic wars and also from one of the elite regiments, the Pavlovski Grenadiers. This regiment was one of the few allowed to keep their old style Mitre hats following uniform changes from early to the later empire uniform regulations. After the 1812 campaign they were made part of the Russian Imperial Guard, a great honour for a Line Grenadier Regiment.

NAP045 our first Grenadier will be the first parade style Grenadiers released before we move onto action and fighting poses.

The master for this figure was painted in Russia and we hope the extra cost was worth it for what is a great looking figure. These Russian Napoleonic’s should fit in nicely size-wise with your First legion Russians.



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World War One




World War One

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  • GB009 Bantam Jeep – Mickey Mouse
    Camoflage
  • CLUB024 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery – Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery as he should be done. A fine looking figure with the master for this piece commissioned in Russia. Montgomery as most history buffs willl know commanded the 8th Army to victory at El Alemein and led British forces during the Normandy campaign. He was famous for sporting 2 badges on his beret and we have faithfully captured his unique look in this great looking figure.



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WWII Pacific




WWII Pacific

New Thomas Gunn Wings of War

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

Thomas Gunn Wings of War
Soviet Sopwith Snipe


The Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe was a British single-seat biplane fighter of the Royal Air Force (RAF). It was designed and built by the Sopwith Aviation Company during the First World War, and came into squadron service a few weeks before the end of the conflict in late 1918.

The Snipe was not a fast aircraft by the standards of its time, but its excellent climb and manoeuvrability made it a good match for contemporary German fighters. One of the most famous incidents in which the Snipe was involved occurred on 27 October 1918 when Canadian Major William G. Barker attached to No. 201 Squadron RAF flew over the Forêt de Mormal in France.

Barker’s Snipe (No. E8102) had been brought with him for personal evaluation purposes in connection with his UK-based training duties and was therefore operationally a “one-off”. The engagement with enemy aircraft occurred at the end of a two-week posting to renew his combat experience as Barker was returning to the UK. While on his last operation over the battlefields of France, Major Barker attacked a two-seater German aircraft and swiftly shot it down. However, Barker was soon attacked by a formation of at least 15 Fokker D.VIIs, an aircraft widely considered to be the ultimate German fighter design of the First World War. The ensuing melee was observed by many Allied troops. In the engagement, Barker was wounded three times, twice losing consciousness momentarily, but managing to shoot down at least three D.VIIs before making a forced landing on the Allied front lines. Barker was awarded the Victoria Cross for this action. The fuselage of this Snipe is preserved at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.

Following the Armistice with Germany that ended the First World War, Sopwith Snipes formed part of the British Army of Occupation, returning to the United Kingdom in August/September 1919, while Snipes replaced Camels in four home defence squadrons based in the United Kingdom. This force was quickly run down, however, and by the end of 1919, only a single squadron, No 80 was equipped with the Snipe.

  • WOW182 Soviet Sopwith Snipe – In 1919, the Snipe took part in the Allied intervention on the side of the White Russians during the Russian Civil War against the Bolsheviks, twelve Snipes being used by the RAF mission in north Russia. At least one of the RAF Snipes was captured by the Bolsheviks and pressed into service which is also one of our featured models.
    WOW182 One of the best known post-war Snipes was serial number E6351, which was assigned to the 1st Fighter Detachment of the newly formed Soviet Air force. Ace Pilot Grigoriy Stepanovich Sapozhnikov with 5 kills to his credit, had the name “Nelly” painted on the starboard side of the fuselage behind the cockpit, Stepanovich was later killed in a flying accident. This variant of the Snipe comes with a free figure of Lenin as per the pictures attached.



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RAF Sopwith Snipe


WOW195 Features a late variant Snipe operating from RAF Hawkinge in 1923 in a colourful post-war silver colour scheme. Comes with free sample of GW085 ‘Aircraftsman Lawrence’ (of Arabia) as he might have appeared in the 1920’s painting an aircraft. Lawrence a distinguished soldier of the Great War sought anonymity in the newly formed RAF in 1922, he was interviewed by Flying Officer W.E. Johns (The Biggles books author) who rejected Lawrence for using a false name. Lawrence left the recruiting station and returned some time later with an RAF messenger and a mystery hand written note ordering Johns to admit Lawrence to the RAF. Lawrence was enlisted under the name of Ross and by all accounts thoroughly enjoyed his time until he was discharged in 1925 and joined the Tank Corps. Lawrence died in a motor bike crash in 1935 shortly after leaving the army. GW085 will be available later this month as a separate figure for those of you who wish to purchase him



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Mitsubishi A5M Navy Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter


The Mitsubishi A5M Navy Type 96 Carrier-based Fighter, company designation Mitsubishi Ka-14, was a Japanese carrier-based fighter aircraft. It was the world’s first monoplane shipboard fighter to enter service and the direct predecessor of the famous Mitsubishi A6M “Zero”. The Allied reporting name was Claude.

The aircraft entered service in early 1937, and soon saw action in aerial battles at the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War, including air-to-air battles with the Republic of China Air Force’s Boeing P-26C Model 281 “Peashooters” in the world’s first aerial dogfighting and kills between monoplane fighters built of mostly metal.

Chinese Nationalist pilots, primarily flying the Curtiss Hawk III, fought against the Japanese, but the A5M was the better of almost every fighter aircraft it encountered. Though armed with only a pair of 7.7 mm machine-guns, the new fighter proved effective and damage-tolerant, with excellent manoeuvrability and robust construction. Later on A5M’s also provided much-needed escorts for the then-modern but vulnerable Mitsubishi G3M bombers. The Mitsubishi team continued to improve the A5M, working through versions until the final A5M4, which carried an external underside drop tank to provide fuel for extended range.

The A5M’s most competitive adversary in the China air war was the Polikarpov I-16, a fast and heavily armed fighter flown by both Chinese Air Force regulars and Soviet volunteers. Air battles in 1938, especially on 18 February and 29 April, ranked among the largest air battles ever fought at the time. The battle of 29 April saw 67 Polikarpov fighters (31 I-16s and 36 I-15 bis) against 18 G3Ms escorted by 27 A5Ms. Each side claimed victory: the Chinese/Soviet side claimed 21 Japanese aircraft (11 fighters and 10 bombers) shot down with 50 Japanese airmen killed and two captured having bailed out while losing 12 aircraft and 5 pilots killed; the Japanese claimed they lost only two G3Ms and two A5Ms shot down with over 40 Chinese aircraft shot down.

Almost all A5Ms had open cockpits. A closed cockpit was tried but found little favor among Navy aviators. All had fixed, non-retractable undercarriage, wheel spats were a feature of standard fighters but not training aircraft.

A5Ms remained in service at the beginning of the Pacific war, US intelligence sources believed the A5M still served as Japan’s primary Navy fighter, when in fact the A6M ‘Zero’ had replaced most of the Claudes on first-line aircraft carriers. However Japanese carriers and Kōkūtai (airgroups) continued to use the A5M until production of the Zero caught up with demand. On 1 February 1942, the US carrier USS Enterprise launched air-strikes at Japanese air & naval bases on Roi and Kwajalein Atolls in the Gilbert Islands. During these actions, Mitsubishi A5Ms shot down three Douglas SBD dive-bombers, including the aircraft of Lt-Cdr Halstead Hopping, CO of VS-6 Squadron. The last combat actions with the A5M as a fighter took place at the Battle of the Coral Sea on 7 May 1942, when two A5Ms and four A6Ms of the Japanese carrier Shōhō fought against US aircraft that sank their carrier. In the closing months of the war most remaining A5M airframes were used for kamikaze attacks.

Our 1/30 scale Claudes come in 2 different liveries, WOW192 in the very colourful markings of an aircraft based on the Carrier Soryu during the Pearl Harbour attack and WOW193 in more traditional muted Japanese naval colour scheme, flown by Boatswain Kuniyoshi Tanaka an ace with 17 aerial victories who later went onto fly the A5’s successor, the mighty Zero. Limited to 8 each in number, each model is also supplied with Japanese sentry figure RS053 to add more realism to your diorama.



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New Thomas Gunn April Releases!

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Spartans


One more Hoplite to add to your collection, this time wearing a striking Corinthian style helmet and a bronze cuirass. SPA036 Spartan standing ready – can be used as a sentry, on parade or in a group formation. The A version comes with a Spartan Lambda shield, the Greek B version with a Medusa head on a black background and the Greek C version with a Centaur on a red background.



Spartans

Romans


Moving onto the Romans which is by far our most popular series, we have 2 new Imperial Romans for you to add to your collection. Next month should see the release of our Carthaginian elephant with crew and a Roman Velite to tackle it!

A Roman Onager is also set to follow and a few more surprises we hope you will like including some Praetorians.

Our last Roman this month comprises a new sentry ROM091 in scale armour as the last sentry variant now sold out. Scale armour was used throughout the Imperial era as well as chain mail and Sementa armour.

As a test run we have made a small number of these figures in the 1st Minerva and 6th legion variants. If demand warrants we can make more but at present we only have 50 of each of these in stock. If you like these new shield designs let us know and we can add more figures from our Roman range with these unique shield types. For those of you interested in the history, The 1st Minerva were raised in 82 AD by the Emperor Domitian and were based in Germany. They took part in the Dacian wars under Hadrian and are recorded on Trajan’s column. Records still show them being based in Germany in the 4th century but like many units their end is not recorded with the disintegration of the Roman empire. Their shield design featured the Goddess Minerva on a white background, probably our most attractive shield design so far.

The 6th ‘Ironclad’ Legion were raised during Republican times probably in Spain under Pompey and were then based mainly in Judea, where like the 1st Legion their records disappear around 4 AD. The 6th legions shield design featured a Bull on a green background, depicting their Spanish heritage.



Glory of Rome

Persians and Immortals


Some more Persians to add to your army with plenty more to follow soon in fighting poses. This first batch are more of a sentry style or waiting to go into battle. We had help from Thomas Shydler on the technical uniform aspects for these Persians and would like to thank him publically for all his efforts. I have also attached a picture of XE016 sculpt featuring a charging Immortal warrior so you can see what is coming in the near future.
Focussing on this months release we have XE011 a Persian heavy infanteer beautifully attired, possibly from Lydia with scale armour and metal helmet.

The Immortals were a standing force of 10,000 warriors assigned to guarding the Emperor and carrying out military actions at his behest. Should a warrior be killed then he was immediately replaced thereby keeping the units number of 10,000 warriors complete, hence the name ‘Immortals’.

New Thomas Gunn – Wings of War!

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Thomas Gunn – Wings
of War – WWII


Please click on the links for a description of each aircraft.



Wings of War


Thomas Gunn – Wings
of War – WWI


Please click on the links for a description of each aircraft.



Wings of War


New Thomas Gunn – April Releases!

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Spartans


SPA023 features a Spartan in the classic ‘thrust’ pose, comes in 3 shield variants with A version Spartan carrying a bronze patterned Lambda shield, B version Greek Hoplite carrying a shield depicting 2 black horses facing each other on a gold background and the C variant with Medusa on a black background.



Spartans

Romans


ROM083, ROM085 and ROM087 ‘The Engineers’ comprises three figures in different poses hard at work. Will look great in a camp scene or perhaps constructing a fort or defences? All three figures are available separately and each figure comes with two Pilum propping up his shield. Each engineer comes in the normal shield variations, the A with red shield, the B with 30th Legion and the C with the 9th black shield.

ROM083 comprises a Legionnaire bent down shovelling soil into his bucket.

ROM085 features a legionnaire taking a ‘breather’ whilst resting his foot on his pick axe

ROM087 our last legionnaire wipes his brow with a cloth, its hot work being an engineer! Note the helmet strapped to his belt which makes a nice touch.



Glory of Rome

Roman – Raiding
Party


The Raiding Party is a unique three figure set that can either be used as individual figures or in a group combination. Can be used in a variety of settings from an ambush to a group assault waiting for the command to go into action



Glory of Rome

WWII – Pacific


RS040B the army version of our popular naval Japanese radio set released 2 years previous. Comprises army operator with field radio and table. Sentry figure is shown for illustration purposes only, there is a top up order of this sentry figure arriving soon as well as B version of the sentry pictured with helmet. Some marching Japanese also in the pipeline and a mounted officer, now who would have thought that!



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