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New John Jenkins May Releases!

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Knights Of The Skies


The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. It was the pre-eminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance known as “Bloody April” 1917.

Early D.IIIs featured a radiator in the center of the upper wing, where it tended to scald the pilot if punctured. From the 290th D.III onward, the radiator was offset to the right, on production machines while others were soon moved to the right as a field modification. Aircraft deployed in Palestine used two wing radiators, to cope with the warmer climate.

Von Richthofen and most other German aces won the majority of their victories on the D.III, and it even turned out to be more successful than its alleged successor, and continued in production for several months after the introduction of the D.V.

Peak service was in November 1917, with 446 aircraft on the Western Front. 1,866 Albatros D.III planes were produced.

The D.III did not disappear with the end of production, however. It remained in frontline service well into 1918.

As late as March 1918, there were still nearly 200 D.IIIs in service on the Western Front, eight months even after the introduction of its successor.
identified as the machine flown by Ltn. Erich Lowenhardt of Jasta 10. This DIII had a white wavy “snake –line” applied to the fuselage sides and top surface of the upper wing. The standard yellow Jasta 10 nose colour was also applied, as well as a small personal number “15”.

** PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A RE-STOCK of ACE-07 BUT UPGRADED WITH NEW DETAILS AND MATERIALS**



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

Wheels of the Desert


The 1st Light Car Patrol was formed in Melbourne during 1916 as part of the Australian Imperial Force during World War I.

First named the 1st Armoured Car Section, it was also known as the 1st Armoured Car Battery.

The unit fought against the Senussi in the Sudan and Western Desert. The 1st Armoured Car Section became the 1st Light Car Patrol on 3 December.

As their original three armoured car vehicles became worn out from hard use in the Western Desert and were irreparable due to shortages of spare parts, the unit was re-equipped with six model T-Ford light cars.

The cars were given names: Anzac, Billzac, Osatal, Silent Sue, Imshi and Bung.

These were traded in for six new Fords on 11 December 1917.

In May 1917 the unit was redeployed to Palestine by rail, and served throughout the campaign there. Like similar British units of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force it was used to conduct long range reconnaissance and patrol duties, often operating well in advance of forward cavalry units. By November 1918 they had reached Aleppo with the British Indian 5th Cavalry Division, where they were believed to be the furthest advanced Australian unit at the conclusion of the campaign.

The Long Range Desert Group was the brain child of Major Ralph Gagnold, Royal Signal Corps. To understand how the LRDG came about we must go back to 1916.

Italy had occupied Lybia in 1911, and although had been at war with the Senussi, an Islamic Religious sect, with Germany’s help they were able to persuade the Senussi to join the fight against the British.

The Senussi were expert raiders who could seemingly strike from nowhere and then disappear. Their usual method of attack was on camel back, and the Senussi were better fighters on camel back and they knew the desert well than the British camel mounted regiments which were initially formed to combat the Senussi threat.

The senussi camels were however vulnerable to artillery and machine gun fire. But mobility was needed to chase down the raiders. The answer came from the use of armoured cars, specifically the Rolls-Royce, but they could not keep pace with the fast moving camels, and were quick to bog down in the desert.

What was needed was a lighter more reliable car, that could move swiftly and carry the additional fire power. This was the modified Ford Model T and gave birth to the Light Car Patrols.
The LCP patrols operated in modified Ford Model T’s armed with Lewis machine guns, had wider tires, radiator condensers, and primitive sun compasses.

By a combination of LCP’s, Rolls Royce armoured cars, camel corps, and BE2 aircraft, the British were able to defeat the Senussi. With the end of WW1 the LCP was disbanded, however the lessons were not forgotten.


Egypt
1915

Conestoga wagon


The Conestoga wagon is a heavy, covered wagon that was used extensively during the late eighteenth century and the nineteenth century in the eastern United States and Canada. It was large enough to transport loads up to 6 tons.

It was drawn by horses, mules, or oxen.

It was designed to help keep its contents from moving about when in motion and to aid it in crossing rivers and streams, though it sometimes leaked unless caulked.

The term “Conestoga wagon” refers specifically to this type of vehicle; it is not a generic term for “covered wagon”. The wagons used in the westward expansion of the United States were, for the most part, ordinary farm wagons fitted with canvas covers. A true Conestoga wagon was too heavy for use on the prairies.

The first known mention of a “Conestoga wagon” was by James Logan on December 31, 1717 in his accounting log after purchasing it from James Hendricks.It was named after the “Conestoga River” or “Conestoga Township” in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and thought to have been introduced by Mennonite German settlers. The Brethren of Lancaster County, an offshoot sect of the Mennonites, said that there was a local Native American tribe called the Conestoga.

The left horse near the wagon was referred to as the wheel horse and was sometimes ridden. The Conestoga wagon began the custom of “driving” on the right-hand side of the road.

**PLEASE NOTE THE WAGON COMES PACKED WITH SEPARATE WHEELS ….. and a pair of tweezers**

**PLEASE NOTE HORSES ARE NOT INCLUDED, PLEASE USE BAL-03 HORSE SETS**



Battle of Monongahela, 1755

Birch Bark Canoes


Birch Bark Canoes were the main type and mode of transportation used by the Native American tribes who inhabited the Northeast woodlands, and eastern Canada. The design and style of the birch bark canoes were based on the natural resources that were available to the tribes, in this instance the people made use of the numerous birch trees found in the forests and woodlands of their tribal lands. The tribes built canoes made from the bark of the birch trees over a wooden frame. These canoes were broad enough to float in shallow streams, strong enough to shoot dangerous rapids, and light enough for one man to easily carry a canoe on his back.

The birch bark canoes were built in many different sizes. They could be used by a single person but were usually built for 4 – 6 people. Some of the war canoes could take up to 12 Native Indians

The Huron canoes measured about 21 feet long (7 metres) and 3 feet wide (1 metre) and could carry four or five men and about 200 pounds of cargo (91 kilograms). Their ability to travel long distances was seen as great assets by the French who quickly allied with the Huron to gain an advantage in the lucrative beaver fur trade

These sets are perfect for collectors wishing to add some extra elements to their dioramas. Also the canoes can be used with the additional Indian sets CAN-04 and CAN-07.

Additional Woodland Indian and French militia sets will be added in the future.


Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

Wars of the Roses




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Battle of Bushy Run


The Battle of Bushy Run was fought on August 5-6, 1763, in western Pennsylvania, between a British column under the command of Colonel Henry Bouquet and a combined force of Delaware, Shawnee, Mingo, and Huron warriors. This action occurred during Pontiac’s Rebellion. Though the British suffered serious losses, they routed the Native American Tribesmen and successfully relieved the garrison of Fort Pitt.

It was to become a situation that closely resembled the predicament of Braddock years earlier at the Battle on the Monongahela. An advance guard ran into hostiles, then support was sent forward, musket fire broke out, from the woods on both flanks and the rear of the main British force.

It seemed it was Braddock’s Defeat all over again. The difference it seems was the maintenance of order and the troops’ confidence in their commander.

Colonel Henry Bouquet formed up in a near-hollow square on a hillside.

During the second day of fighting, Bouquet decided upon trickery. He feigned a retreat, lured the woodland Indian tribesmen in, then hit them on the flanks with his light infantry companies.

The maneuver was successful. Though Indian casualties were lighter than that of the British, the Battle of Bushy Run, August 5 & 6, 1763, was over, and broke the back of Indian resistance in these parts. Fort Pitt was relieved. The settlements came and a great city would one day stand at this fork in a wilderness river.

The relief column under Colonel Henry Bouquet, consisted of about 500 British soldiers, from the 60th Royal Americans, 42nd Highland Regiment, and the 77th Highland Regiment.

The 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot was a Scottish infantry regiment in the British Army also known as the Black Watch. Originally titled Crawford’s Highlanders or The Highland Regiment and numbered 43rd in the line, in 1748, on the disbanding of Oglethorpe’s Regiment of Foot, they were renumbered 42nd and in 1751 formally titled the 42nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot.

The 77th Regiment of Foot (Montgomerie’s Highlanders) was a Highland Regiment raised in 1757. The regiment was raised at Stirling by Major Archibald Montgomerie as the 1st Highland Battalion and ranked as the 62nd Regiment of Foot in 1757. It was renamed the 77th Regiment of Foot (Montgomery’s Highlanders) in June 1758. The regiment participated in the capture of Fort Duquesne in November 1758. It sailed for the West Indies in June 1761 and took part in the Invasion of Martinique in January 1762 and the Battle of Havana in June 1762. It went on to New York City in October 1762 and saw action at the Battle of Bushy Run in August 1763 after which it was disbanded later in the year.



Battle of Bushy Run

10th Anniversary


Another of John’s aims for the 10th Anniversary was to release a 2006/2007 Collectors Club Annual. Unfortunately, again due to circumstances beyond his control he was unable to produce the Annual. The Annual was to be accompanied by a special 44th Regiment of foot, Grenadier figure, to commemorate the first set that was released. Since he had managed to produce the figure, this has now been released on its own without the Annual. The 2006/2007 Annual will not now be produced.



Battle of Monongahela, 1755

John Jenkins's Fokker DVII

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

John Jenkins’s Fokker DVII


We thought you may enjoy 3 paintings inspired by John Jenkins World War One Aircraft. The paintings are by a very talented artist and a great customer Robert Horvath. He was nice enough to share these with us. Hope you enjoy.

My association with John Jenkins and Sierra Toy Soldier Company goes back a number of years. One of the first of John’s AC I purchased was the Nieuport 17. After I received the model I had some email back and forth with John about the plane and told him I was going to use it as my “model” for a few paintings dealing with the Lafayette Escadrille. I prepared sketches for the first painting and sent them along to John. He suggested I write something for his annual about the creation of that painting and I did.


We also discussed German AC with Lozenge Camouflage and he sent me photos of the prototype of Wilhelm Leusch Fokker DVII emblazoned with the dragon. I wanted to do a painting for John and I decided to do this particular Fokker. I started the painting a year and a half ago. In the process of painting it I was preparing to retire, sell our home (with studio) and move. The painting was put on the back burner for a long time and was finally finished last Fall.

I love WWI aviation and the models John is making are really beautiful pieces of art. I have all of WWI aircraft except the Sopwith Camel and I should rectify this.


Bob Horvath

New John Jenkins Future Releases – Announced at the London Show!

Saturday, March 25th, 2017



NEW – ARMIES AND ENEMIES OF ROME
Coming soon, Ancient Celts!

The first wave of Ancient Celts/Gauls will start to be available soon.
I have split the release into two, half the figures (7 pieces) will be previewed at the March London show, with the other 8 figures previewed at the June London show.

NEW – WARS OF THE ROSES PROTOTYPES
Five new prototypes for the Wars of The Roses series were previewed at the March London show.
These will be available in the second half of this year.



The first of several casualty figures, will be the mounted knight on the falling wounded horse.
This period was interesting as it was the domination of the longbow, which led to a major change in medieval warfare tactics. Knights now would only ride their mounts to the battlefield, as it was impossible to fully armour the horses to protect against the arrows, during the actual battle.
Therefore the Battle Of Bosworth Field is fairly unique in that there was a cavalry charge!


Apart from a couple of casualty figures, these will be the final archer figures.




As the series progresses I will plan to add a few new retinues.
This new figure will represent Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk (1443 – 21 May 1524), who was the only son of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, by his first wife, Katherine Moleyns.

NEW – WHEELS ACROSS THE DESERT
The first three Model T Ford cars with crews were previewed at the London show.


The 1st Light Car Patrol was formed in Melbourne during 1916 as part of the Australian Imperial Force during World War I.
First named the 1st Armoured Car Section, it was also known as the 1st Armoured Car Battery.
The unit fought against the Senussi in the Sudan and Western Desert. The 1st Armoured Car Section became the 1st Light Car Patrol on 3 December.
As their original three armoured car vehicles became worn out from hard use in the Western Desert and were irreparable due to shortages of spare parts, the unit was re-equipped with six model T-Ford light cars.

The cars were given names: Anzac, Billzac, Osatal, Silent Sue, Imshi and Bung.
These were traded in for six new Fords on 11 December 1917.
In May 1917 the unit was redeployed to Palestine by rail, and served throughout the campaign there. Like similar British units of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force it was used to conduct long range reconnaissance and patrol duties, often operating well in advance of forward cavalry units. By November 1918 they had reached Aleppo with the British Indian 5th Cavalry Division, where they were believed to be the furthest advanced Australian unit at the conclusion of the campaign.
The Long Range Desert Group was the brain child of Major Ralph Gagnold, Royal Signal Corps. To understand how the LRDG came about we must go back to 1916.


Italy had occupied Lybia in 1911, and although had been at war with the Senussi, an Islamic Religious sect, with Germany’s help they were able to persuade the Senussi to join the fight against the British.
The Senussi were expert raiders who could seemingly strike from nowhere and then disappear. Their usual method of attack was on camel back, and the Senussi were better fighters on camel back and they knew the desert well than the British camel mounted regiments which were initially formed to combat the Senussi threat.
The senussi camels were however vulnerable to artillery and machine gun fire. But mobility was needed to chase down the raiders.
The answer came from the use of armoured cars, specifically the Rolls-Royce, but they could not keep pace with the fast moving camels, and were quick to bog down in the desert.
What was needed was a lighter more reliable car, that could move swiftly and carry the additional fire power.
This was the modified Ford Model T and gave birth to the Light Car Patrols.


The LCP patrols operated in modified Ford Model T’s armed with Lewis machine guns, had wider tires, radiator condensers, and primitive sun compasses.
By a combination of LCP’s, Rolls Royce armoured cars, camel corps, and BE2 aircraft, the British were able to defeat the Senussi.
With the end of WW1 the LCP was disbanded, however the lessons were not forgotten.

NEW – WW2 SERIES


SCALE 1/30
The first WW2 German Tank, by jjDesigns, will be a JAGPANTHER G1(Late Version)
This will have, opening doors and hatches, interior detail, engine detail, and removable/interchangeable side panels.

The Jagdpanther (“hunting panther”) was a tank destroyer built by Germany during World War II based on the chassis of the Panther tank. It entered service late in the war (1944) and saw service on the Eastern and Western Fronts. The Jagdpanther combined the very powerful 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon of the Tiger II and the characteristically excellent armor and suspension of the Panther chassis


It was manned by a crew of five: a driver, radio-operator, commander, gunner and a loader. Figures will be available separately at a later date.


A total of 415 Jagdpanthers were produced from January 1944 by three manufacturers. MIAG produced 270 from January 1944 until the end of the war. Maschinenfabrik Niedersachsen-Hannover (MNH) produced 112 from November 1944. Maschinenbau und Bahnbedarf (MBA) produced 37 vehicles from December 1944. Planned production had been 150 a month, but the disruption to German manufacturing had made this impossible.


Jagdpanthers equipped heavy antitank battalions (schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung) and served mainly on the Eastern Front.
In the West, they were first encountered in very small numbers late in the Battle of Normandy, where the German 654 schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung (“654th Heavy Antitank Battalion”) deployed about 12 Jagdpanthers against British units.
Later, significant numbers were concentrated in the West for the Ardennes Offensive.






New John Jenkins April Releases!

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

KNIGHTS OF THE SKIES


The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. It was the pre-eminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance known as “Bloody April” 1917.

Early D.IIIs featured a radiator in the center of the upper wing, where it tended to scald the pilot if punctured. From the 290th D.III onward, the radiator was offset to the right, on production machines while others were soon moved to the right as a field modification. Aircraft deployed in Palestine used two wing radiators, to cope with the warmer climate.

Von Richthofen and most other German aces won the majority of their victories on the D.III, and it even turned out to be more successful than its alleged successor, and continued in production for several months after the introduction of the D.V.

Peak service was in November 1917, with 446 aircraft on the Western Front. 1,866 Albatros D.III planes were produced.

The D.III did not disappear with the end of production, however. It remained in frontline service well into 1918.

As late as March 1918, there were still nearly 200 D.IIIs in service on the Western Front, eight months even after the introduction of its successor.

The WW1 German lozenge patterns are some of the most interesting and distinctive camouflage schemes ever devised.

During the early stages of the Great War, the Germans were looking for a way to effectively camouflage the aircraft of the Luftstreitkräfte to inhibit enemy observation of the aircraft while it was in the air as well as when at rest on the ground. Large, irregular blotches with two or three colors were used on the upper surfaces of the wing which led to the development of the Buntfarbenanstrich, the lozenge camouflage made up of repeating patterns of irregularly shaped four-, five- or six-sided polygons. Because painting such a pattern was very time consuming, and the paint added considerably to the weight of the aircraft, the patterns were printed on fabric, and the fabric was then used to cover the aircraft. This printed fabric was used in various forms and colors from late 1916 until the end of the war.

Lozenge camouflage was a German military camouflage scheme in the form of patterned cloth or painted designs, used by some aircraft in the last two years of World War I.

It takes its name from the repeated polygon shapes incorporated in the designs, many of which resembled lozenges.

In Germany it was called Buntfarbenaufdruck (multi-colored print) but this designation includes other camouflage designs such as Splittermuster and Leibermuster, and does not include hand-painted camouflage.

Some modern German sources refer to lozenge camouflage as Lozenge-Tarnung, as tarnung means concealment, cloaking or camouflage.


GEORGES GUYNEMAR ,24 December 1894 – 11 September 1917 missing) was a top fighter ace for France with 54 victories during World War I, and a French national hero.

Guynemer was lionized by the French press and became a national hero. The French government encouraged the publicity to boost morale and take the people’s minds off the terrible losses in the trenches. Guynemer was embarrassed by the attention, but his shyness only increased the public’s appetite to know everything about him.

Guynemer’s death was a profound shock to France; nevertheless, he remained an icon for the duration of the war. Only 22 at his death, he continued to inspire the nation with his advice, “Until one has given all, one has given nothing.”

Guynemer started flying this machine in late July, and went on to score his 53rd victory on 20th August 1917. Unfortunately this was the plane in which Guynemer was to mysteriously go missing in, on 11th September 1917.

Guynemer failed to return from the combat mission on 11 September 1917. At 08:30, with rookie pilot Jean Bozon-Verduraz, Guynemer took off in his Spad XIII S.504 n°2. His mission was to patrol the Langemark area. At 09:25, near Poelkapelle, Guynemer sighted a lone Rumpler, a German observation plane, and dove toward it. Bozon-Verduraz saw several Fokkers above him, and by the time he had shaken them off, his leader was nowhere in sight, so he returned alone. Guynemer never came back.

It was a French journalist who explained to schoolchildren, “Captain Guynemer flew so high he could not come down again.”



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

THE PENINSULAR WAR 1807-1814




Peninsular War 1807-1814

Jacobite Rebellion




Jacobite Rebellion 1745

Raid on St Francis


Birch Bark Canoes were the main type and mode of transportation used by the Native American tribes who inhabited the Northeast woodlands, and eastern Canada. The design and style of the birch bark canoes were based on the natural resources that were available to the tribes, in this instance the people made use of the numerous birch trees found in the forests and woodlands of their tribal lands. The tribes built canoes made from the bark of the birch trees over a wooden frame. These canoes were broad enough to float in shallow streams, strong enough to shoot dangerous rapids, and light enough for one man to easily carry a canoe on his back.

The birch bark canoes were built in many different sizes. They could be used by a single person but were usually built for 4 – 6 people. Some of the war canoes could take up to 12 Native Indians

The Huron canoes measured about 21 feet long (7 metres) and 3 feet wide (1 metre) and could carry four or five men and about 200 pounds of cargo (91 kilograms). Their ability to travel long distances was seen as great assets by the French who quickly allied with the Huron to gain an advantage in the lucrative beaver fur trade.

PLEASE NOTE IT IS POSSIBLE TO ADD EXTRA FIGURES TO THE LARGE CANOE. THESE ARE AVAILABLE BY USING FIGURES FROM SETS CAN-04A and CAN-04B, OR THE NEW CAN-07.

UP TO FIVE FIGURES CAN FIT INTO THE LARGE CANOE.

PLEASE NOTE IF EXTRA FIGURES ARE ADDED, THE ACCESSORY PIECES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FIT.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT CANOE SETS WITHOUT FIGURES WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH. **PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO ADD CAN-04 TO THE CAN-06 SET



Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

FRENCH MILITIA




French Militia 1759

THE WARS OF THE ROSES 1455-1487




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY


Therefore for FEBRUARY we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with THREE more “BOOSTER/STARTER” Sets!

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



Australian Imperial Force

New John Jenkins March Releases

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

War of the Roses




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Provincial Regiments




Provincial Regiments 1759

10th Anniversery Sets


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



Provincial Regiments 1759

French Militia




French Militia 1759

Peninsular War 1807-1814


Baron Dominique Jean Larrey served as Surgeon-in-chief of the French Napoleonic armies from Italy in 1797 to Waterloo in 1815. During this time, he implemented the modern method of having an Army Surgery, field hospitals and a system of ambulances. After he had seen the speed with which the carriages of the French artillery managed to maneuver around the battlefields, Larrey adapted a similar system of Ambulances for rapid transportation of the wounded, and also manned them with trained crews of drivers, and litter bearers.

Larrey also increased the mobility and improved the organization of field hospitals, effectively creating a forerunner of the modern MASH units. He established a rule for the triage of war casualties, treating the wounded according to the seriousness of their injuries and urgency of need for medical care, regardless of their rank or nationality. Soldiers of enemy armies, as well as those of the French and their allies, were treated.



Peninsular War 1807-1814

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.

This aircraft was flown by Wilhelm Leusch and featured a fire breathing dragon on the fuselage inspired by an Unterberg & Helme company advertisement.
Leusch was made commander of Jasta 19 in October 1918 and scored 5 victories. He was only 29 when he died in a glider accident in August 1921.

Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel 19 was founded on 25th October 1916, and was designated a “Hunting Group”, (i.e. a fighter squadron)
It flew its first combat patrols five days before Christmas, 1916. The new Jasta drew first blood on 6 April 1917, credit being given to Leutnant Walter Böning. On 2 February 1918, Jasta 19 was detailed into Jagdgeschwader II along with Jasta 12, Jasta 13, and Jasta 15.

The unit would score 92 verified aerial victories, including ten wins over enemy observation balloons. In turn, their casualties for the war would amount to eleven pilots killed in action, four wounded in action, and one taken prisoner of war.
Jasta 19 commander, Lt. Oliver von Beaulieu-Marconnay, was killed in action and superceded by Ltn R Wilhelm Leusch in October 1918. He led Jasta 19 until the end of the war, while the unit was based in Trier.

The overall paint scheme is typical of Jasta 19 markings, when the yellow nose was representative, while the blue fuselage was the Jagdgeschwader II marking. Jagdgeswader II units were Jasta 12 with a white nose, Jasta 13 with a green nose, Jasta 15 with a red nose and the already noted yellow nose of Jasta 19.


At the outbreak of hostilities in August 1914 Crossley Motors moved almost totally to war production. The only model made was the 20/25 which was supplied to the forces in huge numbers with production running at up to 45 a week. The first had been supplied to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in 1913 and at the outbreak of war they had 56. By the time of the armistice this had risen to over 6000.
Every squadron in the RFC was supposed to be equipped with nine Tenders and one Staff Touring Car but it seems likely that most never had the full complement. Vehicles went to France, Belgium, Mesopotamia, Salonica, Egypt, Russia, India and several parts of Africa.

The 34 cwt Tender had room for eleven men, three in front with the remainder facing each other on bench seats down each side of the rear. Weather protection was by two hoods, one for the front and one for the rear.

After the war the 20/25 continued in use by the RAF for several years and saw service in Iraq, Persia and India. The 20/25 model was also the first vehicle to be supplied to London’s Metropolitan Police Flying Squad in 1920, some of which were fitted with radio equipment.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

New John Jenkins February Releases!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Wars of the Roses




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

JJDesigns 10th Anniversary
Battle of the Plains of Abraham


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



Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Raid on Saint Francis


The Religion, Ceremonies and Beliefs of the Eastern woodland Indian tribes were based on Animism. Animism was a commonly shared doctrine, or belief, of the indigenous people of North America and Canada including the Woodland Indian tribes. Animism is based on the spiritual or religious idea that the universe and all natural objects have souls or spirits. In this religion it is believed that souls or spirits exist not only in humans but also in animals, plants, trees, rocks etc. This belief is also extended to natural phenomena such as thunder storms and rain and geographic features such as mountains, caves or rivers also possess souls or spirits.

There were various ceremonies and festivals relating to the corn crops including the Green Corn festival. These ceremonies and festivals included feasting and music using rattles and drums.

The STOMP Dance is an example of a dance performed by various Eastern Woodland tribes and Native American communities. The term “Stomp Dance” is an English term, which refers to the “shuffle and stomp” movements of the dance.

There were several other ceremonies which were important to the Woodland Indians. Notably the Cry Ceremony. When someone in a Woodland tribe died, the tribe would hold a cry ceremony. To prepare for the ceremony five knots were tied in a piece of milkweed. Milkweed was abundant in the longleaf pine forests and were plants with milky sap and light wind-blown seeds. The chief of the tribe performed dances and sang around a fire. The ceremony lasted five days and on each day one of the knots would be untied.



Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

French Militia




French Militia 1759

Jacobite Rebellion




Jacobite Rebellion 1745

New John Jenkins February Releases!

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Peninsular War


Caçadores was Portuguese for “huntsmen”, these were the elite light infantry of the Portuguese Army during the Peninsular War. They were referred by Lord Wellington, as the “fighting cocks” of his Anglo-Portuguese Army.

One of the most distinctive features of the Caçadores was their famous brown uniform . The brown uniform was chosen as a form of camouflage, considered more appropriate to the dry lands of the Iberian Peninsula than the traditional green uniforms used by the light infantry of most other countries in Europe.

During the Peninsular War, Caçadores became especially notable in the performance of marksmanship at long distances.

1st and 3rd Cazadores had the highest level of training. They were indoctrinated with British battalions and formed part of the famous “Light Division” of Major General Robert “Black Bob” Craufurd.

Both battalions are unquestionably the most famous Portuguese battalions. They were trained by British officers and were the equivalent of the 95th rifles.

**PLEASE NOTE, AS THE NEWER SETS WILL BE PAINTED WITH BROWN AND WHITE TROUSERS, THESE 3 SETS ARE RE_PAINTS OF THE OLDER SETS**



Peninsular War 1807-1814

Sudan War




First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

Knights Of The Skies


Hans-Joachim Buddecke (22 August 1890 – 10 March 1918) was a German flying ace in World War I, credited with thirteen victories. He was the third ace, after Max Immelmann and Oswald Boelcke, to earn the Blue Max (Pour le Mérite). He saw combat in three theaters during the First World War: Bulgaria, Turkey, and the Western Front

**More pilots and groundcrew sets will be on their way over the next few months.**



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

WWI – French


The French St. Étienne Mle 1907 (French: Mitrailleuse Mle 1907 T) was a gas operated air-cooled machine gun in 8mm Lebel which was widely used in the early years of the First World War. The “St.Etienne Mle 1907” was not derived from the Hotchkiss machine gun. Instead it was an entirely different gas operated blow-forward design borrowed from the semi-automatic Bang rifle of 1903. This Bang system was first transposed in 1905 to the French Puteaux APX Machine Gun which soon proved to be unsatisfactory. Then, two years later, the Mle 1907 “St-Etienne” machine gun followed as an improved redesign of the “Puteaux” machine gun. However the Mle 1907 “Saint Etienne” was only a partial redesign : the original blow-forward gas piston, rack-and-pinion system, and bolt mechanism of the Mle 1905 ” Puteaux” machine gun had all been kept only slightly modified inside the newer weapon. Eventually a total of over 39,700 “St-Etienne” Mle 1907 machine guns were manufactured between 1908 and late 1917. They were widely used by French infantry during the early part of World War I until their replacement by the distinctly more reliable Hotchkiss M1914 machine-gun.



French Army

JJDesigns 10th Anniversary


The 10th ANNIVERSARY celebrations will be coming to an end in MAY!

To start the second decade of jjDesigns, I am pleased to announce there will be several exciting new series to come throughout 2017. One of which ”The Armies And Enemies Of Ancient Rome”, will be a collaboration between jjD and K&C.

New John Jenkins January Releases!

Tuesday, December 27th, 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.

Carl “Charly” Degelow (5 January 1891 – 9 November 1970) Pour le Merite, Royal House Order of Hohenzollern, Iron Cross, was a German fighter pilot during World War I. He was credited with 30 victories, and was the last person to win the military Pour le Merite.

The fuselage of Carl Degelow’s early production Albatros built Fokker DVII features the white stag logo of “Dr. Lahmann’s Sanatorium” in Dresden, where Degelow had spent time recuperating from an arm wound he received in 1915 while serving in the infantry.

To find out more about Carl Degelow, the book “BLACK FOKKER LEADER” by Peter Kilduff, is highly recommended.


Otto Kissenberth (26 February 1893 – 2 August 1919) was a German flying ace of World War I credited with 20 aerial victories. He was a prewar mechanical engineer who joined the German air service in 1914. After being trained and after serving as a reconnaissance pilot, he became one of the first German fighter pilots, flying with Kampfeinsitzerkommando (Combat Single-Seater Command) KEK Einsisheim. He scored six victories with this unit as it morphed into a fighter squadron, Jagdstaffel 16. His success brought him command of Jagdstaffel 23 on 4 August 1917. He would run his victory tally to 20, downing his final victim using a captured British Sopwith Camel on 20 May 1918. Nine days later, a crash while flying the Camel ended Kissenberth’s combat career. His injuries were severe enough he was not returned to combat, instead being assigned to command Schleissheim’s flying school. Although Otto Kissenberth survived the war, he died soon after in a mountaineering accident on 2 August 1919.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

WWI – French Army




French Army

Raid on St Francis


The militia/frontiersman spirit derives from an early American dependence on arms to protect themselves from foreign armies and hostile Native Americans. Survival depended upon everyone being capable of using a weapon.

Prior to the American Revolution there was neither budget nor manpower nor government desire to maintain a full-time army. Therefore, the armed citizen-soldier carried the responsibility. Service in militia, including providing one’s own ammunition and weapons, was mandatory for all men.

Firearms therefore played a vital role in American settlement and expansion, therefore American women were no stranger to their use, and even competent in the manufacture and repair of weapons.

Both the necessity to hunt and the need for protection from the sometimes hostile native culture, made the use of firearms a crucial component in the settlement of America.



Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

French Militia




French Militia 1759

New John Jenkins January Releases!

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Jacobite Rebellion


The Royal Ecossais was raised by John Drummond in 1744 and disbanded 1763.

Their organisation was to be based on that of the Irish regiments ,to be made up of 11 companies of fusiliers and 1 of grenadiers each of 50 men plus officers for a total of 660 effectives. The officers and men used to form the regiment came from several different sources, firstly from Scotsmen serving in the Irish regiments, Scottish exiles living in France together with recruits smuggled out of Scotland. With an effective of 500 men and officers assembled at St.Omer, with John Lord Drummond as lieutenant colonel, (as for all Royal Regiments, the King of France was always the colonel ) although Lord Drummond wrote on the 29th December 1744 that he was missing only 10 men to complete the regiment.

This regiment, as many other foreign regiments in tjhe French Army were not mercenaries as is often claimed, they were more often than not political or religious refugees who could not safely return to their homeland for fear of persecution.

The regiment had a strength of 350 men at the Battle of Culloden on the16th of April 1746 were they were in the second line and later they helped to cover the retreat of the Highlanders right wing, an attempt by Argyll Militia to interfere was pushed aside but in the skirmish the two battalions became separated and one , probably the 2nd battalion, was caught and surrounded by British Dragoons and forced to surrender in Inverness, the other one, together with their colours continued its retreat towards Ruthven Barracks and did not surrender until the 19th of April.



Jacobite Rebellion 1745

Seven Years War


The Roth Wurzberg Infantry were mercenary troops in Austrian service.

The regiment was raised in 1757 from troops from the three existing Wurzburg infantry regiments.



Battle of Leuthen 1757 – Seven Years War

War of the Roses


In an effort to destroy Henry Tudor, Richard decided to leave his position on Ambion Hill, leading his household retainers down the slope, thundering towards Henry’s men with levelled lances.

A few of the key personalities involved in King Richard’s heroic last charge will be available in the summer.

King Richard III and his standard bearer, Sir Percival Thirlwall, charge towards Henry Tudor and his standard bearer William Brandon.

King Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485, at the age of 32, in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England.

When his brother King Edward IV died in April 1483, Richard was named Lord Protector of the realm for Edward’s son and successor, the 12-year-old Edward V. As the young king travelled to London from Ludlow, Richard met and escorted him to lodgings in the Tower of London, where Edward V’s own brother Richard of Shrewsbury joined him shortly afterwards. Arrangements were made for Edward’s coronation on 22 June 1483; but, before the young king could be crowned, his father’s marriage to his mother Elizabeth Woodville was declared invalid, making their children illegitimate and ineligible for the throne. On 25 June, an assembly of Lords and commoners endorsed the claims. The following day, Richard III began his reign, and he was crowned on 6 July 1483. The young princes were not seen in public after August, and accusations circulated that the boys had been murdered on Richard’s orders, giving rise to the legend of the Princes in the Tower.

There were two major rebellions against Richard. The first, in October 1483, was led by staunch allies of Edward IV and Richard’s former ally, Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham; but the revolt collapsed. In August 1485, Henry Tudor and his uncle, Jasper Tudor, led a second rebellion. Henry Tudor landed in southern Wales with a small contingent of French troops and marched through his birthplace, Pembrokeshire, recruiting soldiers. Henry’s force engaged Richard’s army and defeated it at the Battle of Bosworth Field in Leicestershire. Richard was struck down in the conflict, making him the last English king to die in battle on home soil and the first since Harold II was killed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Henry then ascended to the throne as Henry VII.

After the battle Richard’s corpse was taken to Leicester and buried without pomp. His original tomb monument is believed to have been removed during the Reformation, and his remains were lost for more than five centuries, believed to have been thrown into the River Soar. In 2012, an archaeological excavation was commissioned by the Richard III Society on a city council car park on the site once occupied by Greyfriars Priory Church.The University of Leicester identified the skeleton found in the excavation as that of Richard III as a result of radiocarbon dating, comparison with contemporary reports of his appearance, and comparison of his mitochondrial DNA with that of two matrilineal descendants of Richard III’s eldest sister, Anne of York. Richard’s remains were reburied in Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015.



Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY


It has been pointed out by many collectors that the 10th Anniversary Celebrations should continue until April 2017!

Therefore for JANUARY we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with THREE more “BOOSTER/STARTER” Sets!

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



First Sudan War 1884 – 1885

Seven Years War




Battle of Leuthen 1757 – Seven Years War

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