New King and Country February Releases!

A Big Welcome to the Bent-Wing Bird!


As K&C moves further into WW2 in the Pacific and South East Asia there is one American fighter aircraft that will forever be associated with that mighty struggle against the military forces of the Empire of Japan… The Chance Vought F4U Corsair.

Nicknamed the “bent-wing bird” this U.S. fighter saw service with both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. In addition it flew with Britain’s Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

Postwar it flew on with the USMC in Korea (1950-53) and the French Aeronavale during the conflicts in Indochina… Algeria… and the Suez Operation. It also served with several South American nations.

Our first-released version is, however, a Corsair flown by one of the most famous USMC “aces”… Major Gregory “Pappy” Boyington.

  • AF032 — USMC F4U Corsair – This model is painted in the style and markings of one of the F4U’s flown by “Pappy” Boyington while he commanded Marine Squadron VMF-214.
    The three-tone colour scheme is typical of the 1942/43 period and has Boyington’s girlfriend’s name “Lucybelle”, painted just under the cockpit along with 16 of his eventual 26 “kill markings”.
    This model comes complete with the standing “Pappy” Boyington figure. Please note this figure is also available individually.
    PLEASE NOTE: Just 250 of this “Boyington Corsair” are being released… Other versions will follow.
  • AF033 — Lieut. Chris Magee USMC – Another top ace of VMF-214 was Chris Magee (1917-1995) a colourful character credited with 9 “kills” he was awarded the Navy Cross. After the war he dabbled in bootlegging and flew for Israel in the 1948 War of Independence. With his rakish moustache, baseball cap and easy grin he was a popular member of the squadron.
  • AF034 — Lieut. (later Lieut. Col.) John Bolt USMC – One more “pilot” of VMF-214 was John Bolt (1921-2004), a double ace with 6 victories in the Pacific War followed by 6 “kills” in the Korean Conflict. Here, he demonstrates how he shot down one of his Zero opponents.
  • AF035 — Airstrip Leathernecks – Two battle-worn “Mud-Marines” on guard duty to protect these precious F4U’s on their island airstrip. One carries the trusty “Garand“ M1… the other the Winchester Model 1912 shotgun… better known as the “Trench Gun”.
  • AF038 — VMF-214 Signpost – “Pappy” Boyington was well-known for his “salty” language and sense of humour and irreverent attitude to authority… This little squadron sign personifies it!
  • AF039 — Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington USMC – To say that “Pappy” (1912-1988) had a chequered military career would be a slight exaggeration. A hell-raiser and defiant of authority by nature he was also a fine pilot and a born-leader. His active flying services took him to China where he flew with the “Flying Tigers” and also to the Pacific where he led VMF-214 and shot down the majority of his Japanese “kills”. Among
    his many awards were the “Medal of Honor” and the “Navy Cross”. He was eventually promoted to full colonel before retiring from the Marine Corps in 1947.

War in the Pacific – USMC

Heading Back to Dunkirk!


Six more French “Poilus” from the Fall of France head for the beaches… and, hopefully, safety.

Fields of Battle

First World War Fragments


France 1917

ARTILLERIE FRANCAISE


Four more French Line Artillerymen to join our previously released figures.

French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.

Back to the Little Big Horn


Three Indian warriors plus three named “personalities” of the famous battle.

  • TRW084(P) — Flying Hawk – A kneeling warrior complete with buffalo head dress and a captured cavalry carbine.
  • TRW085(P) — Grey Fox – A sitting wounded Indian with warshield and Winchester repeating rifle. From someone, somewhere he has acquired an old Confederate Army tunic.
  • TRW086(P) — Bear Cub – One of the youngest participants in the battle… just 13… but with bow and arrow and ready to fight for his tribe and family.
  • TRW087 — Captain Frederick Benteen – One of the most controversial figures of the battle… He and his command were supposed to ride to Custer’s aid… He held back, preferring to support Major Marcus Reno’s beleaguered position than ride forward to almost certain death with Custer. Although he lived to tell the tale his military career was effectively over.
  • TRW088 — Major Marcus Reno – At the same time Custer and his men attacked the great Indian village, Reno and his troops were supposed to mount their own diversionary attack on a different part of the village. Forced to retreat to up above the village the attackers soon found themselves under attack from all sides. As stated earlier Benteen now joined them to reinforce their position. Reno’s career and military career suffered a similar fate to Benteen.
  • TRW089 — Bugler John Martin – Corporal / Bugler John Martin, was an Italian-American soldier who was attached to Custer’s force that attacked the great Indian village on the Little Big Horn. Just prior to the fateful charge Custer sent Martin back to Captain Benteen urging him to bring forward reinforcements and more ammunition. That lone mission undoubtedly saved Martin’s life as Custer and the rest of his 210 man command perished in the coming battle.

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

WEHRMACHT WOUNDED


  • WH046 — Battlefield Rescue – As one soldier almost lapses into unconsciousness his comrade pulls him to safety… the enemy are close on their heels!

German Wehrmacht

WEAPONS & EQUIPMENT


Individual weapons and accessories are always welcome to those collectors who enjoy creating their own dramatic scenes and dioramas… especially with WW2 themes. Here are K&C’s first two small sets…

  • DD290 — Allied Weapons Set – Three U.S. Army weapons… A Browning Automatic Rifle, a Thomson SubMachine Gun and an M1 “Garand” Rifle are joined by three famous British guns… the trusty “Bren” Gun… the Lee Enfield .303 and the basic “Sten” Gun PLUS 2 x U.S. Army “Jerricans”.
  • WS321 — German Weapons Set – Five fine examples of Nazi weaponry include the “classic” MP40, the Schmeisser Machine Pistol… the Panzerfaust, anti tank rocket… the MG34 and MG42 machine guns and the great Kar98 rifle. PLUS, this set also includes 2 x German “Jerricans”.

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