Archive for February, 2018

New Collectors Showcase March Releases!

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Kharkov Dragoon




Napoleonic – Russian Guards

Berlin 1938



Berlin 1938

Vietnam




Vietnam

120MM Statues


The
new 120mm statues. They are akin to our Historical Figure category, but a little
smaller. These little gems stand just of 7.25 Inches tall and come on Walnut
finished wooden bases. They are truly exquisite. Hand painted and made of resin
and metal


120mm
Statues

Masterworks


Cast from highly detailed heavy resin. Each piece comes on a highly detailed
terrain pedestal, hard wood base.  1/6th Scale



Masterworks Collection

New John Jenkins March Releases!

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Gaul’s




Enemies of Rome

Aztec


The “tlahuiztli” was a tight fitting body suit constructed of woven cotton and then decorated with a variety of patterns and designs in feathers. It had an open back that could be tied up with ribbons.

Captains and high ranking units wore various back ornaments, constructed of bark paper, cloth and feathers. They were secured to a cane back rack which in turn was ties across the chest with leather straps.



Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

Battle of Bushy Run




Battle of Bushy Run

French Militia 1759




French Militia 1759

Knights Of The Skies


Lanoe George Hawker, VC, DSO (30 December 1890 – 23 November 1916) was a British flying ace of the First World War. Having seven credited victories, he was the third pilot to receive the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry awarded to British and Commonwealth servicemen. He was killed in a dogfight with the famous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Baron”), who described him as “the British Boelcke”

Following an initial air victory in June, on 25 July 1915 when on patrol over Passchendaele, Captain Hawker attacked three German aircraft in succession, flying a different Bristol Scout C, serial No. 1611, after his earlier No. 1609 had been written off, transplanting the custom Lewis gun mount onto No. 1611. The first aerial victory for Hawker that day occurred after he had emptied a complete drum of bullets from his aircraft’s single Lewis machine gun into it, went spinning down. The second was driven to the ground damaged, and the third – an Albatros C.I of FFA 3– which he attacked at a height of about 10,000 feet, burst into flames and crashed. (Pilot Oberleutnant Uebelacker and observer Hauptmann Roser were both killed.) For this feat he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

It has since been argued that shooting down three aircraft in one mission was a feat repeated several times by later pilots, and whether Hawker deserved his Victoria Cross has been questioned. However, in the context of the air war of mid-1915 it was unusual to shoot down even one aircraft, and the VC was awarded on the basis that all the enemy planes were armed with machine guns. More significantly, by the early summer of 1915, the German Feldflieger Abteilung two-seater observation units of the future Luftstreitkräfte, had by this time, received examples of the Fokker Eindecker monoplane, with one Eindecker going to each unit, with a fixed, forward-firing machine gun fitted with a “synchronization gear” that prevented the bullets from striking the propeller. The first claim using this arrangement, though unconfirmed by the German Army, was by Leutnant Kurt Wintgens on 1 July 1915, some 225 miles (362 km) over Lunéville distant from where Hawker had his three-victory success nearly a month later. Therefore, the German pilots like Wintgens and Leutnant Otto Parschau, another pioneering Eindecker pilot, could employ the simple combat tactic of aiming the whole aircraft, and presenting a small target to the enemy while approaching from any angle, preferably from a blind spot where the enemy observer could not return fire.

Hawker flew before Britain had any workable synchroniser gear, so his Bristol Scout had its machine gun mounted on the left side of the cockpit, firing forwards and sideways at a 45 degree angle to avoid the propeller. The only direction from which he could attack an enemy was from its right rear quarter – precisely in a direction from which it was easy for the observer to fire at him. Thus, in each of the three attacks, Hawker was directly exposed to the fire of an enemy machine gun.

On 23 November 1916, while flying an Airco DH.2 (Serial No. 5964), Hawker left Bertangles Aerodrome at 1300 hours as part of ‘A’ Flight, led by Capt J. O. Andrews and including Lt (later AVM) R.H.M.S Saundby. Andrews led the flight in an attack on two German aircraft over Achiet. Spotting a larger flight of German aircraft above, Andrews was about to break off the attack, but spotted Hawker diving to attack. Andrews and Saundby followed him to back him up in his fight; Andrews drove off one of the Germans attacking Hawker, then took bullets in his engine and glided out of the fight under Saundby’s covering fire. Losing contact with the other DH-2’s, Hawker began a lengthy dogfight with an Albatros D.IIflown by Leutnant Manfred von Richthofen of Jasta 2. The Albatros was faster than the DH2, more powerful and with a pair of lMG 08 machine guns, more heavily armed. Richthofen fired 900 rounds during the running battle. Running low on fuel, Hawker eventually broke away from the combat and attempted to return to Allied lines. The Red Baron’s guns jammed 50 yards from the lines, but a bullet from his last burst struck Hawker in the back of his head, killing him instantly. His plane spun from 1,000 ft (300 m) and crashed 200 metres (220 yards) east of Luisenhof Farm, just south of Bapaume on the Flers Road, becoming the German ace’s 11th victim. German Grenadiers reported burying Hawker 250 yards (230 metres) east of Luisenhof Farm along the roadside.



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

Knights Of The Skies


The Airco DH.2 was a single-seat biplane “pusher” aircraft which operated as a fighter during the First World War. It was the second pusher design by Geoffrey de Havilland for Airco, based on his earlier DH.1 two-seater. The DH.2 was the first effectively armed British single-seat fighter and enabled Royal Flying Corps (RFC) pilots to counter the “Fokker Scourge” that had given the Germans the advantage in the air in late 1915. Until the British developed a synchronisation gear to match the German system, pushers such as the DH.2 and the F.E.2b carried the burden of fighting and escort duties.

The No.14 Squadron operated DH-2’s against the Ottoman Turks in Palestine during 1917. By this time the DH-2 was basically obsolete and no longer considered suitable for combat operations in France. The planes for the No. 14 squadron remained with their clear doped linen finish and metal surfaces painted a medium grey, as the pale tan colour was more appropriate to the near desert conditions.

This model is depicted as an early production DH-2 as it is equipped with a gravity fuel tank mounted above the wing on the port side, and has a two bladed propeller.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE STRUCTURAL POSITION OF THE UNDERCARRIAGE THE NORMAL FLIGHT STAND SCREWS AND WASHERS WILL NOT BE SUITABLE. A SPECIAL NEW LONGER SCREW AND WASHER WILL BE INCLUDED IN EACH SET. THESE CAN BE USED WITH ANY OF THE FLIGHT STANDS.**



Knights Of The Skies – WWI

British – WWI


In the British Army, motorcycle despatch riders were first used in the World War I by the Royal Engineers Signal Service. When the War Department called for motorcyclists to volunteer with their machines for despatch work at the start of August 1914, the response was huge.

The London office had 2000 more applicants than places, and a similar response was reported in regional centres around the country. If a rider and machine were approved then £10 was paid immediately, £5 to be paid on discharge (unless due to misconduct), and pay was 35s per week. The motor cycle would be taken over at valuation price, or would be replaced with a new one at the close of operations. Enlistment was for one year or as long as the war might last. The preference was for 500cc single cylinder machines and the horizontally-opposed twin cylinder. All machines had to have a “change speed gear”. A list of spare parts was also required to be carried.



British Forces

Inter-War Aviation




Inter-War Aviation Collection

WWII Collection



JJ WWII Collection

New Thomas Gunn February Releases!

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Spartans


We are now coming to the end of our Spartans/Greeks for a while as we switch production to the Persian forces. No doubt we will come back to the Spartans later but if you are wondering why we are slowing down now you know why.
The Persian Immortal designs have now been submitted, but for those of you looking for a time frame it will be around 3 months before we see any new enemy for the Spartans to battle with



Spartans

Rome


Picture the scene, the Roman army sends out a scouting party looking for the Barbarians whereabouts, only one man returns to give news to the Emperor, he points to a hurriedly drawn map on the ground showing their location. Tomorrow battle will commence, so long as the Barbarians do not find them first! Makes a fantastic diorama piece and will go well with our Roman tent and other ancillaries to follow later this year



Glory of Rome

Byzantine


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

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



Enemies of Rome

Napoleonic


The coronation of Napoleon as Emperor of France took place on December 2nd 1804 in Paris. Napoleon had wanted to establish legitimacy of his imperial reign, with a new royal family and new nobility. Therefore he designed a new coronation ceremony that was unlike the ceremony used for the kings of France. In the traditional coronation, the act of the King’s consecration was emphasised, and anointment was conferred by the archbishop of Reims in the Cathedral Notre Dame de Reims. Napoleon’s was a sacred ceremony held in the great cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in the presence of Pope Pius VII. Napoleon brought together an assortment of different rites and customs, incorporating aspects of Carolingian tradition, the old regime and the French Revolution all presented in sumptuous luxury. According to government tallies, the entire cost was over 8.5 million francs.

Among Napoleon’s motivations for being crowned were to gain prestige in international royalist and Catholic milieux and to lay the foundation for a future family dynasty.



Napoleonic

World War One


Air Commodore Harry Cobby, CBE, DSO, DFC & GM was the leading fighter Ace of the Australian Flying Corps with 29 victories, despite only seeing active service for one year in 1918. After WW1 Harry Cobby transferred to the newly formed Australian Air Force. Leaving the Permanent Air Force for the reserve, he rejoined in 1939 where by the end of WW2 he had risen to the rank of Air Commodore. Cobby survived the war to die some 10 years later in 1955 at the age of 61. Our depiction of Cobby has him in trench coat looking up at the sky, perhaps waiting for a colleague to return?



World War One

World War Two


Following on from our Australian crew release to go with our 6 pounder (ACC PACK 020) last month we are pleased to announce the release of the British variant (GB007), suitable for western Europe 1944 onwards. As a side note but worth mentioning, we found the barrel of the 6 pounder in some cases was prone to pointing upwards rather than horizontal due to the centre of gravity of the shield mounting. To counter this we found if you hold the barrel down in the desired vertical position required and then position GB008 kneeling Sten machine gunner against the back of the gun wheel as per the pictures below, then this will hold barrel in desired position. For this reason GB007 will comprise 3 figures which will include; loader with shell, officer with binoculars and Sten gunner from GB008 plus 6 pounder cannon set at a special reduced price of $179. As you can see when our 6 pounder is also combined with RS048 Bantam Jeep it creates a fantastic looking diorama. For those of you who missed RS048, we will have a new Bantam jeep out very soon in two tone black and green Mickey Mouse camouflage pattern.



WWII Allied Forces

Thomas Gunn Club Figures


CLUB 023 Daniel Daly USMC Boxer Rebellion 1900. Our first Club figure for a while we are proud to introduce Daniel Daly, a hero of the American forces in China where he was awarded the Medal of Honour for single handily defending his position against repeated attacks and inflicting approximately 200 casualties during the Boxer rebellion.

Daly earned a second Medal of Honour for his actions in Haiti during the Battle of Fort Dipitie whilst US forces were engaged against Haitian insurgents. He was also awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle of Belleau Wood in WW1, surrounded by Germans he rallied his fellow Marines by shouting “Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?”

Daly was supposed to have been awarded a third Medal of Honour for this action but it was deemed unacceptable to award one man this award three times. He died in 1937 after having retired from the USMC in 1929 with the rank of Sergeant Major.



Thomas Gunn Club Figures

New Corgi 2018 Releases!

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

British Fighters 1:72




British & USA Fighter and Reconnaissance Aircraft

British and American Large Aircraft 1:72




British and American Bombers plus other large Aircraft

German Fighters 1:72



German Bomber and Fighter Aircraft

Helicopters




Helicopter Legends

Modern Aircraft 1:72




Modern Aircraft and Fighting Vehicles

WWI Aircraft 1:48



World War I Aircraft

New King and Country February Releases – In Stock Now!

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

THE FIELD OF WATERLOO


Here are three fine and useful additions to our K&C version of the Old Guard’s last stand at Waterloo…


French Imperial Guard

SADDLE UP!


Another, fine addition to our ‘John Ford Cavalry’ series this one depicts a character from “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon”. As you can see this officer is wearing his cavalry coat and cape and stands ready with both pistol and sword.


Apaches
and Buffalo Soldiers

POLAND 1939


On September 1, 1939 Hitler launched his armies on his neighbor Poland in a dazzling and deadly military display of combined arms that came to be known as “Blitzkrieg” or… ‘Lightning War’.

As vast columns of fast moving German armour smashed across the Polish frontier aerial armadas of ‘Stuka’ dive bombers, Heinkel, Junkers and Dornier bombers backed up by swarms of Messerschmitt fighters roamed and ruled the skies above.

Descending from the clouds the German Luftwaffe bombed and strafed both the Polish military and civilians alike with merciless accuracy and devastating effect. Most of the Polish Air Force was destroyed in the first few days… both in the sky and on the ground. Long columns of civilian refugees were also attacked as they fled causing all kinds of mayhem and delays to the Polish troops attempting to make their way forward to battle the enemy.

One particular part of the Polish Army however was able to avoid much of the confusion and chaos of the roads… Poland’s famed Cavalry.

These mounted regiments and brigades could travel ‘cross country’ and use the woods and forests to provide ample cover from the eagle eyes of the German aviators.

What this meant was that, on some occasions, they had the element of surprise with them when they came upon German armour and infantry that had halted to replenish supplies or had simply gone too far ahead of their support elements.

Time and again Polish Cavalry charged forward with lance and sabre following in the centuries-old tradition of Poland’s famous horsemen. It’s no coincidence that Napoleon himself considered his Polish Lancers among his finest Light Cavalry regiments.

King & Country’s latest mounted figures portray these proud Polish Lancers at their bravest taking the fight to the hated invader…

SPECIAL NOTE:These first four Polish cavalrymen are only the ‘advance guard’… Three more cavalry figures will follow next month.



Poland 1939

AT LAST THE FOLGORE!”


  • IF041 Kneeling Machine Gunner – Crouching behind his ‘Breda M37 machine gun’ this Folgore paratrooper takes careful aim at the enemy.
    It’s an unfair assumption that ALL Italian soldiers during WW2 were badly-led, under-equipped and ill-suited to military life… Among the finest WW2 soldiers of that conflict were the paratroopers of the ‘Folgore’ airborne division. Their ‘esprit de corps’ and fighting abilities were praised and valued by none other than Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, who considered them some of the best and most reliable in the Afrika Korps.
  • IF042 Folgore Fire Team (3-man set) – A kneeling NCO firing his Beretta sub machine gun is ably supported by 2 x riflemen… Note the specially designed loose and practical uniforms worn by the Folgore and their Italian paratroop helmets.
  • IF043 Folgore Grenadier – An extra paratrooper prepares to hurl a grenade at the opposition.
  • IF044 The Desert Sahariana – The SPA-Viberti AS.42 Sahariana was the most famous Italian reconnaissance vehicle of WW2. Specially-designed for desert operations it had four-wheel steering and ample space for extra fuel, water and ammunition.
    Its origins go back to requests from Italian forces operating in North Africa for a long range, highly manoeuvrable vehicle able to perform duties and tasks similar to those used by the British ‘Long Range Desert Group’.
    It could be fitted with an array of different weapons… Our K&C model includes a 20mm Breda cannon as well as a German machine gun. Although primarily used in the Desert a number were shipped to the Eastern Front and operated by both Italian and German troops there.



Italian Forces

ON PARADE IN NUREMBURG

If any collector has seen Leni Riefenstahl’s epic documentary film “TRIUMPH OF THE WILL” they will remember the carefully staged scenes of the “Reichsarbeitsdienst” (RAD) Reich Labour Service on parade in the middle of the film.

One of the ways the Nazis helped solve Germany’s huge unemployment problem was to ‘draft’ young men into huge construction and public works battalions to build roads, dams, bridges, buildings and other structures that would serve the state and public alike.

Men would serve between 6 months and 2 years doing this kind of work within a highly regimented and organized units spread the length and breadth of the country… All under the control and auspices of the Nazi Party. After completing their stint in the RAD they were often then inducted into military service.

With the Nazi love for uniforms of all kinds… the RAD had their own unique style of dress and headgear with ceremonial, highly-polished spades and shovels replacing rifles and machine guns!

  • LAH104 Reichsarbeitsführer Konstantin Hierl (Reich labour leader) – Hierl led the RAD almost from its foundation in the early 1930’s and during WW2.
    This particular figure is a re-issue from a previously released one and is perfect to review these new pieces.
  • LAH230 RAD on Parade – Standing ‘at-ease’ with his ceremonial, highly-polished shovel in front you can see the distinctive RAD headgear as well as their brown-shaded uniform.
  • LAH231 RAD Marchpast – Same uniform and accessories as LAH230 but marching past the saluting platform.
  • LAH232 RAD Banner Bearer – A junior RAD leader carrying one of the RAD’s own colourful flags.
  • LAH233 Saluting RAD Leader – One hand holding his RAD ceremonial dagger his other raised in the Nazi salute the senior leader also marches past.



Triumph Of The Will – 1934

ISRAELI REINFORCEMENTS


  • IDF010 Israeli Para w/GPMG – One of the most important weapons in the Israeli armory was the Belgian-designed and manufactured FN General Purpose Machine Gun. Produced and in operation since the early 1960’s this belt-fed, man-carried gun has been used and operated by many of the world’s leading armies.
    Here, our paratrooper walks forward with it ready, if required, to fire ‘from the hip’ if necessary… Great backup for his squad.
  • IDF012 Sitting SniperOne of the most important weapons in the Israeli armory was the Belgian-designed and manufactured FN General Purpose Machine Gun. Produced and in operation since the early 1960’s this belt-fed, man-carried gun has been used and operated by many of the world’s leading armies.
    Here, our paratrooper walks forward with it ready, if required, to fire ‘from the hip’ if necessary… Great backup for his squad.
  • IDF013 Crouching Para – Taking cover but still battle-ready with his FN self-loading rifle.
  • IDF014 Kneeling and Taking Aim
  • IDF018 Moving Forward
  • IDF019 Over Here! – An UZI-armed squad leader directs his men.


Six Day War

STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG



Orient