Archive for January, 2019

New Hobby Master July Releases

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Air Power – 1:32

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

Air Power – 1:48

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

Modern Air Power

Modern Air Power Collection

Ground Power

Ground Power Collection

Sea Power

Scale 1:700

Sea Power Series Scale 1:700

New John Jenkins February Releases!

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Second World War

The iconic Sturmgeschütz III (Assault Gun) was conceived by none other than Field Marshal Erich von Manstein. Created by mating an armored casemate to a Panzer III chassis, the StuG III was intended to support infantry forces with direct fire. Originally armed with a short barrel, low velocity 75mm cannon, it served admirably in this role. However, following German encounters with the heavily armored Russian T-34, KV-1 and KV-2, in 1942 the StuG III was modified to mount the powerful long barreled, high velocity 75mm StuK40/L48 cannon. With this heavier armament, the StuG III shifted roles to that of a tank destroyer, where its powerful cannon, heavy armor, and low silhouette made it a deadly opponent for Allied armor.

The most prolific model StuG was the Ausf G, with 7,720 produced from December 1942 until March 1945. It remained in service due to it’s reliability, excellent combat performance, and inexpensive cost. In 1944, a StuG III cost 82,500 Rechsmarks to produce. In contrast, the Panther cost 117,100 Reichsmarks and a Tiger 250,800 Reichmarks. The StuG III served on all fronts, and even after the introduction of more advanced tanks by the Allies, the StuG III’s 75mm cannon and 80mm of armor protection still proved a deadly combination, especially when used in ambush positions. By wars end, thousands of Allied tanks fell victim to the StuG III.

The GA-20 model represents a StuG III Ausf G produced by Alkett in early 1943 and employed by Panzergrenadier Division “Grossdeutschland” at the Battle of Kursk. Grossdeutschland was the German Heer’s elite formation and from the beginning of Operation Barbarossa it fought exclusively on the Eastern Front against the Russians. Lavishly equipped, at Kursk Grossdeutschland possessed a full Sturmgeschütz Abteilung in addition to its Panther Brigade and a company of the legendary Tiger tanks. Sturmgeschütz Abteilung “GD” fought admirably at Kursk (arguably better than the division’s Panzer units) where it was ably led by Knight’s Cross winner Hauptman Peter Frantz.

The Grossdeutschland StuG III Ausf G features a two-color camo pattern of Dunkelgelb and Olivgrun common at Kursk, individually removable schürzen side armor panels (meant to protect the StuG from Soviet anti-tank rifles), opening loaders hatch, and two machine-gun mounts. Additionally, it has common modifications StuG Abteilung “GD” made to their vehicles, including extra track links mounted on the front as additional armor, extra road wheels that can be mounted on the sides of the StuG, and a stowage rail on the rear engine deck

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Second World War Aircraft

Planes returning from combat missions often carried wounded pilots and crews on board. Flight deck medical teams were always on alert to administer first aid on the spot or to rush the wounded to the ship’s hospital bay. Medical teams often wore a white jersey marked with a red cross.

JJD Aircraft Collection

American Revolution – Drums along the Mohawk

The Breymann Redoubt guarded the British right flank, it was defended by 200 German soldiers. It was overwhelmed and captured in an assault led by Benedict Arnold.

Drums along the Mohawk

Raid on St Francis

In Eastern Woodlands society, there were clear-cut family roles for both the men and women.

Men were responsible for all the hunting and fishing, and sometimes traveled great distances to catch food.

Women generally stayed near the home to look after the children. They tended to any crops, and collected food, nuts, berries and edible plants. Women prepared the animal skins and made and repaired all the clothing.

A moccasin is a shoe, made of deerskin or other soft leather, consisting of a sole (made with leather that has not been “worked”) and sides made of one piece of leather, stitched together at the top, and sometimes with a vamp (additional panel of leather). The sole is soft and flexible and the upper part often is adorned with embroidery or beading. Historically, it is the footwear of many indigenous people of North America; moreover, hunters, traders, and European settlers wore them.

The moccasin derives from the Algonquian language Powhatan word makasin.

Moccasins protect the foot while allowing the wearer to feel the ground. The Plains Indians wore hard-sole moccasins, given that their territorial geography featured rock and cacti. The eastern Indian tribes wore soft-sole moccasins, for walking in leaf-covered forest ground.

Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

Aztec

The Peasant levy made up the core of the Aztec army. These commoners had no access to extravagant armour, and usually wore simple quilted cotton armour. The majority of these troops were armed with a bow. These archers were sometimes accompanied by shield-bearers, who were trained to defend the archers and were experts at deflecting arrows with their shields.

Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

Roman – Late Republic

Roman Army of the Late Republic

Gauls

Enemies of Rome

Conquistadors

Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

American Revolution – 2nd New York Regiment

2nd New York Regiment

American Revolution – Hessian Jager

Hessian Jager Corps

Inter War

Inter-War Aviation

New Thomas Gunn January Releases!

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Napoleonic

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

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

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

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

Napoleonic

WWI German

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WWII Allied

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

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

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

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

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WWII German

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

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King & Country January Releases!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Romans and Celt’s

Additional Celts, Britons and Gauls enthusiastically rush forward to come to blows with their Roman invaders… what they lack in military discipline they more than make up with fighting ferocity and fierce, blood-curdling battlecries!

  • RnB030 Victory! – This Gallic Warrior is feeling supremely confident as, sword and shield in hand, he charges towards the enemy!
  • RnB032 Celtic Spearman – Rushing forward one spear in hand, two more held behind his shield.
  • RnB036 Gallic War Chief – This local Chieftain urges his men forward… “You have nothing to fear except death itself!” Brave fighting words indeed.
  • RnB038 Celtic Axeman – Wore betide any Roman soldier who gets within striking distance of this axe-wielding, blood-thirsty savage.
  • RnB040 Death to the Romans – Another Barbarian warrior who, for a brief moment, is content to scream defiantly at the Romans before closing for battle.
  • ROM032 Standing Senior Officer – One of the most senior officers in the Legion as can be seen by his richly-decorated body armour and fine quality uniform. Here he confidently stands observing the antics of his enemies and plotting their destruction.

Romans

Battle of Little Big Horn

These 4 re-releases came about because many new collectors of ‘Custer’s Last Stand’ could no longer find these early-released, now-retired pieces and wanted to add them to their collection. At the same time other existing collectors requested alternative variations to the ‘originals’ to help boost their cavalry numbers! So, to please them (and ourselves) we bring you these new adapted versions…

  • TRW147 The Wounded Bugler – One of Custer’s trumpeters blows a forlorn bugle in the vain hope that either Major Reno or Captain Benteen or perhaps both of them will hear the call and ride with their commands to the rescue of Custer’s besieged and beleaguered troopers.
  • TRW150 Dead Cavalry Horse – Although some of the 7th Cavalry’s mounts were killed in action many were actually shot by their riders in order to provide some kind of ground defence against the Indian assaults.
  • TRW152 Corporal Lying Firing Carbine – This Cavalry NCO hugs the ground to make the smallest target for the Sioux and Cheyenne marksmen… Unfortunately no firing position is completely safe from Indian arrows fired up and down on top of the soldiers defences.
  • TRW153 Taking a Fall – This 7th Cavalry trooper prepares to fight on foot, carbine in hand, as his horse is shot from under him!

Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.

Afrika Korps

  • AK127 Desert Trench Fighters – Five AK infantry ‘half-body’ soldiers taking cover behind their long, sand-bagged trench. Included in this set is the full curved trench itself sand-bagged on all sides. Inside are a section commander observing the approaching enemy through his field glasses… the section ‘Gefreiter’ with his MP40 Schmeisser machine pistol and a firing MG34 machine gunner. Backing them up are two different riflemen aiming their KAR98 rifles towards their 8th Army opponents.
  • AK128 Battlefield Communications – A kneeling AK Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) on the field telephone telling his command centre that the enemy is approaching and, perhaps, requesting artillery support or more reinforcements.
  • AK129 MG42 Gun Support – This 2-man team provides additional machine gun fire to help hold off any British, Australian or American advance.
  • AK130 Attacking AK Combat Team – They say ‘attack is the best form of defence’ and these 4 Afrika Korps soldiers are going on the offensive! As the AK officer cautiously moves forward he aims his pistol at one of the enemy. Joining him are 2 different riflemen, one of whom has just been shot, plus one AK trooper with that famous or infamous, MP40 Schmeisser machine pistol.

Afrika Korps

Luftwaffe

During WW2 German Luftwaffe day and night fighter pilots ‘claimed’ over 70,000 aerial victories over Allied-flown aircraft… Approximately 25,000 were British and American losses and more than 45,000 were Soviet.

Of all those ‘kills’ most were ‘scored’ by ‘aces’, that is pilots who shot down 5 or more enemy aircraft during their aviation career.

It is almost certain that at least 2,500 Luftwaffe airmen achieved ace status between September 1939 and May 1945. Of that number about 500 pilots shot down between 20-40 enemy aircraft.

Another 360 claimed between 40 and 100 ‘victories’ and just 103 destroyed more than 100 Allied opponents.

Major Hermann Graf was a very special member of that exclusive club…

Hermann Graf (1912-1988) served on both the Eastern and Western Fronts during WWII. He became the first pilot in aviation history to claim 200 aerial victories – that is, 200 aerial combat encounters that resulted in the destruction of 200 enemy aircraft.

Graf, a prewar soccer player joined the Luftwaffe in 1936. He was initially selected for transport aviation, flying the legendary Junkers 52 before volunteering and being chosen to join the famous Jagdgeschwader 51 (JG51) in May 1939, just 4 months before the invasion of Poland and the outbreak of the Second World War.

During the so-called ‘Phoney War’ of late 1939 and early 1940 he was stationed on the Franco-German border flying uneventful patrols. He was then posted as a flight instructor to Romania in order to help train that country’s small air force. At the end of this period he even saw a little action in the closing days of the German invasion of Greece at the end of May 1941.

After the beginning of ‘Operation Barbarossa’, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Graf finally claimed his first ‘kill’ in August 1941.

45 victories later Hermann Graf was awarded the prestigious Knights Cross of The Iron Cross in January 1942. By September of that same year his victory score had risen to an incredible 172 for which his honour was upgraded to the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds!

At the time of this presentation this was Nazi Germany’s highest military decoration.

On 26 September 1942 he shot down his 200th enemy plane. Now, a national hero he was withdrawn from combat flying and posted, once more, to a fighter pilot training school.

In November 1943, as British and American bombers and fighters continued to build up their aerial assaults on the Third Reich, Graf, once more returned to combat operations and was appointed Geschwaderkommodore (Wing Commander) of JG11 of the 11th Fighter Wing. It was with this unit that Hermann Graf scored his 212th and final aerial victory on 29 March 1944.

He was severely injured during that final encounter and spent many months recuperating before taking over command of JG52 in early 1945.

He remained in charge of JG52 until Germany’s surrender on 8 May, 1945.

Although Graf and his men surrendered to the Americans he and his men were then handed over to the Russians. Hermann Graf continued in Soviet captivity until 1949.

After his return to Germany Graf lived a fairly quiet life and died in his home town of Engen on 4 November, 1988.

ABOUT THE K&C MODEL

Of all the many aircraft Hermann Graf flew his personal favorite was Willy Messerschmitt’s Bf.109 ‘Gustav’.

Graf himself stated that the ‘Gustav’ was the best fighter aircraft he ever flew even after flying captured British ‘Spitfires’ and American ‘Mustangs’.

Our K&C model depicts just one of several ‘Gustavs’ that Hermann Graf flew during the middle part of the war. It is easily recognized by the red ‘tulip’ nose and the white tail complete with ‘kill’ markings and his Knight’s Cross award.

This model also has a canopy that can open and close. Each aircraft comes in a specially-designed box with a spectacular cover painting and a free full-colour print by noted Australian artist, Ian Hill plus an information card on Graf himself.

Just 300 of this very Special Edition Hermann Graf Bf. 109 ‘Gustav’ are being released.

Luftwaffe

Vietnam

This particular VIETNAM Section of ‘DISPATCHES’ could just as easily (and accurately) been headlined, “NO MARINE LEFT BEHIND”.

The Battle of Hue, during the TET offensive of 1968, has justly gone down in the annals of the U.S. Marine Corps as one of the fiercest and most bloody conflicts of the 20th Century.

Sitting proudly alongside Belleau Wood… Iwo Jima and The Chosin Reservoir the battle clearly illustrates why the Marine Corps can be both your best friend… and your worst enemy!

Many courageous acts of brave marines were on display during the days and weeks that the fighting raged across the city. One however stands as almost a memorial in itself to the bravery of all… The exploits of Gunnery Sgt. John Canley USMC.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Canley served multiple tours in South Vietnam between 1965 and 1970. In January 1968 he was with Alpha Co., 1st Btn., 1st Marine Regt., 1st Marine Division stationed near the old Imperial Capital of Hue in central Vietnam.

While serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant, he was part of the USMC forces sent into Hue to help recapture the city and releave the beleaguered American and South Vietnamese troops then being besieged by the joint NVA and VC offensive which had captured most of the city.

On numerous occasions, despite being wounded himself, ‘Gunny’ Canley ran across fire-swept terrain to rescue and recover other wounded Marines and bring them to safety.

When his own Commanding Officer was seriously wounded and no other officer was available the ‘Gunny’ took command of the company and continued to lead it forward.

For three whole days he continued in command of Alpha and at the same time, led a number of assaults on enemy bunkers and defences often exposing himself to direct enemy fire.

On February 6, 1968, on two separate occasions the Gunnery Sergeant climbed over a wall, in full view of the enemy to pull and carry casualties to a more protected position.

For this kind of inspired and dedicated leadership and courage ‘Gunny’ Canley was at the time awarded the Navy Cross.

Many years later, in 2017, this award was belatedly but well-deservedly upgraded to the Medal of Honor when in 2018 President Donald J. Trump presented John Canley with his medal.

Although a Gunnery Sergeant in Vietnam in 1968, John Canley eventually rose to the rank of Sergeant Major before retiring from the USMC in 1981 after 28 years of loyal and courageous service to his country and his beloved corps.

King & Country is proud and privileged to dedicate this special ‘Vietnam’ figure set to a very special and courageous Marine.

  • VN035 Gunny John Canley
  • VN038 Kneeling Marine Rifleman – Every Marine, regardless of rank and Corps specialty is, first and foremost, a Marine Rifleman! This ‘Grunt’ goes down on one knee to take up a firing position and ‘take-out’ one of the enemy.
  • VN039 Marine Grenadier – Holding his M16 in his right hand and about to throw his M18 Red Smoke Grenade with his left.

Vietnam – Tet’68