Archive for January, 2016


Sunday, January 17th, 2016


This coming year, there will be a choice of 6 Membership figures, released over 2 months.
The first three figures will be available in January.
The second three figures will be available in February.

2016 will be the tenth anniversary of jjDesigns. As a small thank you to those who have supported, encouraged, collected and contributed to the success of jjDesigns, over the last ten years, I have dedicated this year’s Membership figures to a few of the collectors who I have had the pleasure to get to know. I apologize to the many that I have not been able to include, but please be assured that I am extremely thankful and grateful to everyone, without whom I would not have been given the opportunity to produce and develop my work over the last ten years.

Each Membership set purchased for the price of us$45 also includes the following;


For those collectors wishing to purchase additional membership sets, and not wanting any additional Annuals, Product lists and calendars, the membership sets this year will be offered at a lower price, without the Annual, Product list, and Calendar.


In 1915, Egypt was the centre of the war effort in the near East. Units would strike westwards into the Sahara desert to deal with dissident tribes who were goaded into action by the Turks, or were sent northwards into Gaza to confront the Turkish army itself.

The Sennussi were a warlike Arab religious sect encouraged by the Turks to tie down as many British troops as possible. Model T Ford cars, escorted by Rolls- Royce armoured cars were used to patrol the desert, and to launch daring raids against the Sennussi.

The most important British armoured car of the first World War was undoubtedly the Rolls-Royce. In terms of the numbers built, effective design and all round quality it was unequalled, and is now taken to typify the vintage armoured car.

The Hedjaz Armoured Car Section, was an unit of three Rolls Royce armoured cars, which operated alongside the irregular forces inspired and guided by T.E Lawrence. This unit also acted independently and mounted long range raids, such as the succesful raid against the Amman railway bridge in September 1918.

The armoured cars earned Lawrence’s respect for their reliability and effectiveness, and in his “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” he mentions that “a Rolls in the desert was above rubies”.

Raid on St Francis

Fort William Henry was a British fort at the southern end of Lake George in the province of New York. It is best known as the site of notorious atrocities committed by the Huron tribes against the surrendered British and provincial troops following a successful French siege in 1757, an event portrayed in James Fenimore Cooper’s novel, The Last of the Mohicans, first published in January 1826.

The fort’s construction was ordered by Sir William Johnson in September 1755, during the French and Indian War, as a staging ground for attacks against the French fort at Crown Point called Fort St. Frédéric. It was part of a chain of British and French forts along the important inland waterway from New York City to Montreal, and occupied a key forward location on the frontier between New York and New France. It was named for both Prince William, the Duke of Cumberland, the younger son of King George II, and Prince William Henry, Duke of Gloucester, a grandson of King George II and a younger brother of the future King George III.

A military engineer’s position in the 18th century can be reduced down to two things, building and destroying forts. An engineer in the 18th century were mainly classically trained military engineers. They constructed forts, and if attacking forts, their job was to determine the most effective method of destroying the fort.

They were also architects, since an engineer also designed the buildings inside the fort.

There were three basic levels of engineers — the lowest level built houses and such mundane buildings, then the military engineer who built forts, and the top level, the castle builders. None of these engineers really had the social position we associate with engineers today. Today, an engineer holds an elevated and respected position in society. In the 18th century there was a real prejudice against men who worked with their hands rather than their minds. A Gentleman would not condescend to do that. People of the middle or lower class who labored were hired for these positions. An engineer in the 18th Century would rank somewhere around a master stone mason or a master carver.

Knights of the Skies

James Bigglesworth, nicknamed “Biggles”, is a fictional pilot and adventurer, the title character and main hero of the Biggles series of youth-oriented adventure books written by W. E. Johns (1893–1968).

Biggles first appears as a teenaged “scout” (fighter) pilot in the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during World War I. He has joined the RFC in 1916 at the age of 17, having conveniently “lost” his birth certificate. Biggles represents a particularly “British” hero, combining professionalism with a gentlemanly air. Under the stress of combat he develops from a slightly hysterical youth prone to practical jokes to a calm, confident, competent leader. He is occasionally given “special” (secret) missions by the shadowy figure of Colonel (initially Major) Raymond (Wing Commander/Air Commodore in later books, reflecting the creation of the Royal Air Force with its own ranks), who is already involved with the intelligence side of operations. Biggles is accompanied by his cousin Algernon (‘Algy’) Lacey and his mechanic Flight Sergeant Smyth, who are to accompany Biggles on his adventures after the war; added to the team in 1935 is the teenager Ginger Hebblethwaite.

Algernon Montgomery Lacey or “Algy” is a cousin of Biggles, who is posted to Biggles’ flight in 266 Squadron by the influence of his aunt. Despite initial misgivings, the two soon become very close friends and eventually Algy adopts the role of Biggles’ second in command. In the books set in the 1930s, Algy, Ginger and Smyth become Biggles’ regular companions.

W.E. Johns was a First World War pilot, although his own career did not parallel that of Biggles particularly closely. The author’s initial war service was with the infantry, fighting at Gallipoli and on the Macedonian front. He was commissioned, seconded into the RFC in September 1917 and posted back to England for flight training, serving in England as a flying instructor until August 1918 when he transferred to the Western Front. On 16 September 1918 his De Havilland DH4 was shot down on a bombing raid. His observer, Lieutenant Amey, was killed (in two of the stories in Biggles Learns to Fly observers flying with Biggles are killed or badly wounded) but Johns survived to be taken prisoner of war. Johns remained with the RAF until 1927, although his final rank was Flying Officer (equivalent to Lieutenant in the RFC) rather than the “Captain” of his pen name.


Berserkers (or berserks) were Norse warriors who are primarily reported in the Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word berserk.

They were said to wear the pelt of a wolf when they entered battle and are sometimes described as Odin’s special warriors: “[Odin’s] men went without their mailcoats and were mad as hounds or wolves, bit their shields…they slew men, but neither fire nor iron had effect upon them. This is called ‘going berserk’.”


In 1758, the 80th Regiment of Light Armed Foot, otherwise known as Gage’s Light Infantry became the British army’s first light infantry regiment. They were unique in the fact that the soldiers of the 80th were issued brown uniforms instead of the traditional madder red worn by all of the British regiments at the time. The headgear of Gage’s Light Infantry was different from the cocked hat or “tricorn” hat that most regiments of foot wore, the men of Gage’s were given caps or helmets of leather, and they would receive their nickname from their distinctive headgear – “the leathercaps.”


The Carignan-Salières was formed from two existing regiments: the Balthasar Regiment, formed during the Thirty Years’ War and becoming the Salières when Balthasar died in 1665, and the Carignan Regiment, formed in 1644 in Piedmont. Following the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, both regiments avoided disbandment by merging to form the Carignan-Salières Regiment.

In 1664, following the request of the Sovereign Council, the French finance minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert ordered the Carignan-Salières to reinforce the existing 100 man force in New France.

The arrival of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, accompanied by De Tracy’s companies, marks an important moment in Canadian history. In 1665, 1300 soldiers landed in the small colony of barely 3000 inhabitants to establish peace with the Iroquois who were terrorizing the colonists. But this was not their sole aim: Louis XIV hoped the soldiers would settle in New France. Indeed, some 400 elected to stay, thereby saving the colony and becoming the forefathers of thousands of Quebecers and other North Americans.

This regiment was used between 1665 and 1668 to combat the Iroquois threat to the struggling colony of New France.

John Jenkins Collectors Club


This coming year there will be several special promotions to celebrate the tenth anniversary of jjdesigns,

Throughout 2016, a limited number of “GOLDEN TICKETS” will be inserted into random new releases every month during the year.

If you are lucky enough to have a “GOLDEN TICKET” included in your purchase, you will be entitled to claim a complimentary prize!

Details of how to claim your prize will be shown on the rear of the “GOLDEN TICKET”.

New John Jenkins Releases January 2016

Sunday, January 17th, 2016


The SPAD S.XIII was a French biplane fighter aircraft of World War I, developed by Société Pour L’Aviation et ses Dérivés (SPAD) from the earlier highly successful SPAD S.VII. It was one of the most capable fighters of the war, and one of the most-produced, with 8,472 built and orders for around 10,000 more cancelled at
the armistice.

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.”

French Ground crew, coming in 2016!

Knights Of The Skies – WWI


Mack AC “Bulldog” haulers are legendary workhorses. During their 20-plus years of production (1916-1939), they were employed in many heavy industries including logging, petroleum, construction, and nearly anywhere a rock-solid chassis cab was needed. They were available with up to a 7.5-ton load capacity. The U.S. military made extensive use of the AC during WWI. Many of them remained in the countries where they served and were put to use by civilians for decades afterward.

Mack delivered over 6,000 trucks, both to the United States and Britain’s military. A legend surfaced that British soldiers would call for Mack Bulldogs to be sent when facing adversity.

Mack Trucks, Inc., is an American truck–manufacturing company and a former manufacturer of buses and trolley buses. Founded in 1900 as the Mack Brothers Company, it manufactured its first truck in 1907 and adopted its present name in 1922.

In 1916 The Mack ACs are introduced and over 40,000 of these trucks were produced.

The model truck, will come with two “Tank Loading Ramps”. These will slot onto the rear of the truck, and can be stored under the RENAULT tank.

American Expeditionary Forces


Battle of Gallipoli 1915


The 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot, better known under its later name, The King’s Royal Rifle Corps, has long been associated with Canada. After Braddock’s defeat by the French and Indians in 1755, authority was granted to raise a regiment of four battalions to be recruited in Germany and from German colonists in North America. The regiment was named the 62nd, or Royal American, Regiment of Foot; but it was re-designated the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot in February 1757. Recruiting for the Royal Americans in North America was disappointing, and more than half its strength was drafted from men rejected by British regiments in Ireland. From this unlikely collection of foreigners and cast-offs was fashioned one of the most renowned corps of the British Army.


The Jersey Blues were raised in 1755, by the New Jersey provincial government. It was originally composed of five companies, and was sent to the northern frontier, to guard it against the French. They were known as the “Jersey Blues”, partly from the blue coats of the regiment, and partly from the similarlity of the uniform to that New Jersey used in the war of Jenkin’s Ear.

On April 4 1758, the General Assembly of New Jersey voted to increase the regiment to a strength of 1,000 officers and men, including 100 grenadiers.


Provincial Regiments 1759


Coming in 2016!

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.

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

New King and Country January Releases!

Sunday, January 10th, 2016


The Royal Navy is well represented this January with no less than 8 important releases that add on and extend the previously launched (if you will pardon the expression) ‘whale boats’ for the Gallipoli Landings. Please note: moustaches on their own…goatee style beards or lower beards (no moustaches) were and still
are banned in the Royal Navy. Either “a full set” or “completely clean shaven” is the order of the day.

  • GA012 — Royal Naval Officer – A standing Lieutenant, issuing orders to his boat crew.
  • GA013 — Sailor w/ Telescope – Here, in this classic naval pose, a long-serving ‘matelot’ (two stripes on the left arm denoting 8-13 years of service) observes the enemy.
  • GA015 — Oarsmen Rowing – A set of two sailors manning the oars of the whale boat.
  • GA015(B) — Oarsmen Rowing – As above but with two bearded sailors.
  • GA016 — Up Oars! – As a whale boat was alongside either before or after a trip the order would be given to hoist the oars up into the vertical position allowing passengers to board or alight from the craft more easily.
  • GA016(B) — Up Oars! – As above but with sailors sporting what was termed by the Royal Navy “a full set” meaning a complete beard and moustache…
  • GA017 — Royal Navy Steam Launch – Painted in “battleship grey” this little vessel can accommodate some passengers and comes complete with a bosun at the wheel and a gunner manning the Vickers Machine Gun at the bow.
  • GA029 — Sailor w/Boathook – Another classic naval pose for this sailor figure.


Imperial Russian Army

In late July 1914 when the Imperial Russian Army mobilized it was the largest in the world…over 5,000,000 men!

Although massive it lacked many of the most modern and up-to-date military equipment and artillery…particularly transport. It did however possess an amazing capacity for hardiness, bravery and loyalty to both the Czar personally and “Mother Russia” itself.

Here we present the mounted figure of Nicholas II displaying a religious icon to men of one of his own Lifeguard Regiments as they parade before him prior to departing for the front.

  • FW202 — Czar Nicholas II – Dressed in the traditional dark green coat of the Russian infantry the supreme leader of the Imperial Army provides a “blessing” for the departing regiment.
  • FW203 — Marching w/ Rifle – This soldier of the 1st Lifeguard Regiment marches forward his “Mosin-Nagant” bolt action rifle with fixed bayonet held before him.
  • FW204 — Saluting Officer – Standing stiffly to attention this smartly-dressed officer salutes the Czar…Although wearing the khaki field jacket he still wears the traditional
    dark green, red striped trousers of his dress uniform.
  • FW205 — Present Arms – Dressed as FW203 complete with folded grey greatcoat slung over the left shoulder.
  • FW206 — Standing at Attention – As above but with rifle at the side.
  • FW207 — Kneeling being Blessed! – Many photographs of the early war period show Russian soldiers bareheaded, cap in hand, receiving a blessing from the Czar or an Orthodox priest.

Imperial Russian Army

English Civil War – Pike & Musket

English Civil War – Pike & Musket

German Wehrmacht

Two German officers on the lookout for action…but are they who they appear to be..?

  • WH057 — Where Vultures Fly! – As you know at K&C we love war movies of all shapes and sizes and one of our favourites involved a mountain-top fortress in southern Germany…a ski lift and a pair of Allied officers tasked with rescuing a captured American general…
    Here are two suitably armed “Germans” ready to take on the task!

German Wehrmacht

Gang of Heroes

Still fighting WW2…but from inside and outside a tank…

  • DD279 — FURY – From our experience of over 30 years there is only one WW2 tank that comes close to rivalling the popularity of the German “TIGER” tank and that is…the American “SHERMAN”.
    Here is the latest addition to our K&C Sherman “stable”…An M4A3E8 “Easy-Eight” aptly-named “FURY”.
    We’ve based our model on the one that appeared in the recent movie of the same name that starred Brad Pitt as the tank Commander.
    As you can see this model is both “battle-worn” and full of character. Its tracks and wheels covered in mud there’s plenty of crew gear and supplies stowed all over the hull and turret as well as extra logs attached to the sides…just like real life…and the movie.
    Armed with the 76mm main gun our model comes with additional .30 cal. and .50 cal machine guns on top of the turret and a vehicle crewman in the open turret hatch.
    This vehicle also looks great with our previously released “Wardaddy” figure (DD262) standing alongside.
  • DD280 — Tank Crews Set #1 – Two U.S. Army “Tankers” enjoy a brew of coffee while they take a brief respite from battle.
  • DD281 — Tank Crews Set #2 – Another two dismounted “Tankers” take a break to eat some chow and stretch their legs.
  • DD282 — Tank Crews Set #3 – Although these guys have dismounted they’re taking no chances…There might be some Krauts still around…Hence the “Grease Gun” and the “Tommy Gun” close at hand.

Gang of Heroes

World of Dickens

Now, whether Mr. Sherlock Holmes ever actually said those words to Dr. John Watson might remain a mystery as they have entered the list of memorable quotes and sayings attributed to the fictional detectives created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the last decades of the 19th Century. However there’s no denying that Holmes and Watson have gained worldwide recognition through the original books and stories and multitude of films and television series that have followed on.

Here at K&C we’ve extended our popular “World of Dickens” series to include an additional range that explores “The Streets of Olde London” and all its many character both real…and fictional.

And so we’ve started our journey on one of London’s most famous streets…Baker Street!

  • WoD030 — Mr Sherlock Holmes – The most famous fictional detective in the world…and one of the most easily recognized thanks to the “Deerstalker Hat”…the “Inverness” caped coat and…that pipe. The physical image of Holmes has been further immortalized by actors in both film and television. Most notably Basil Rathbone in the 1930’s and ‘40’s films and Jeremy Brett in the TV series during the 1980’s and ‘90s. Both portrayals have inspired the K&C adaptation.
  • WoD031 — Dr. John Watson – Watson is Holmes’ best friend, assistant and occasional flatmate at 221b Baker Street. He is typically described as a Victorian-era gentleman who served as a surgeon in the British Army and saw active service on the North West Frontier during the Second Afghan War and was wounded at the Battle of Maiwand in 1880. Again our interpretation is a combination of some of the well-known actors who have portrayed him…Nigel Bruce, Edward Hardwicke and…Jude Law.
  • WoD033 — 221b Baker Street – A handsome “façade” rendition of one of London’s most famous addresses. The Georgian-style building was the address of the fictional duo but can actually be seen in London today. There really is a “Baker Street” although the building that now houses the “Sherlock Holmes Museum” is actually located between 237 and 241 Baker Street! Our model reflects the colour and style of a typical Georgian built but Victorian-era “row house” of the kind that Mr. Holmes would have occupied.

World of Dickens


  • HK247G — The Tangerine Tree – A colourful feature in many Chinese homes at this time of year is the potted “Tangerine Tree”. This symbolizes good fortune and good health in the coming year and can be seen not only in China but everywhere there are Chinese communities all over the world. The Chinese character on the pot means “Good Luck” and “Good Fortune”.
  • HK247M — The Tangerine Tree


Hobby Master – New Releases For April / May 2016!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) – 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

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

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

Modern Air Power Collection

Modern Air Power Collection

Star Trek – New Releases for 1st Half of 2016!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Star Trek

New Corgi Releases for 1st Half of 2016!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

British & USA Fighter and Reconnaissance Aircraft

New Corgi Releases for the 1st Half of 2016!

British & USA Fighter and Reconnaissance Aircraft

British and American Bombers plus other large Aircraft

British and American Bombers plus other large Aircraft

German Bomber and Fighter Aircraft

German Bomber and Fighter Aircraft

Helicopter Legends

Helicopter Legends

Modern Aircraft and Fighting Vehicles

Modern Aircraft and Fighting Vehicles

World War I Aircraft

World War I Aircraft

New Britain’s January Releases!

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Rorke’s Drift

Rorke’s Drift – Matte Version

Battle of the Somme

Battle of the Somme

WWII Collection

WWII Collection