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Gauls




Enemies of Rome

Aztec Empire – Conquest of America


The Aztec Empire flourished between c. 1345 and 1521 and, at its greatest extent, covered most of northern Mesoamerica. Aztec warriors were able to dominate their neighbouring states and permit rulers such as Motecuhzoma II to impose Aztec ideals and religion across Mexico. Highly accomplished in agriculture and trade, the last of the great Mesoamerican civilizations was also noted for its art and architecture which ranks amongst the finest ever produced on the continent.

The empire continued to expand from 1430 and the Aztec military – bolstered by conscription of all adult males, men supplied from allied and conquered states, and such elite groups as the Eagle and Jaguar warriors – swept aside their rivals. Aztec warriors wore padded cotton armour, carried a wooden or reed shield covered in hide, and wielded weapons such as a super sharp obsidian sword-club (macuahuitl), a spear or dart thrower (atlatl), and bow and arrows. Elite warriors also wore spectacular feathered and animal skin costumes and headdresses to signify their rank. Battles were concentrated in or around major cities and when these fell the victors claimed the whole surrounding territory. Regular tributes were extracted and captives were taken back to Tenochtitlan for ritual sacrifice. In this way the Aztec empire came to cover most of northern Mexico, an area of some 135,000 square kilometres.


The War suit, called an OCELOTOTEC, was woven to resemble an animal skin.

In the case of noblemen, this was made from feathers. Men of non-noble birth attaining the rank of Jaguar warrior, usually had to make do with suits made from actual skins. These usually had the clawed paws around the wrists and ankles.

Otherwise Jaguar War Suits came in a variety of colours, mainly blue , but also yellow , red and white.

In most armies uniforms are used to differentiate units. In the Aztec army uniforms served to differentiate men with different levels of military experience within the same unit.
Rank descriptions in uniforms between warriors depended on how many captives each individual hed taken. A soldier who succeded in capturing four of the enemy was awarded a Jaguar suit and helmet.
It was believed that to capture an enemy, honored their gods in a way far greater than killing enemy soldiers in the battlefield. For a warrior to kill an enemy was considered clumsy.
The captured prisoners were offered as a sacrifice to the Aztec gods.



Aztec Empire – Conquest of America

War of the Roses




Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Wheels Across The Desert



Egypt 1915

WWI- Gallipoli




Battle of Gallipoli 1915

WWI- British


A despatch rider (or dispatch) is a military messenger, mounted on horse or motorcycle (and occasionally in Egypt during World War I, on camels

Despatch riders were used by armed forces to deliver urgent orders and messages between headquarters and military units. They had a vital role at a time when telecommunications were limited and insecure. They were also used to deliver carrier pigeons.

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

Flight Stands

There are now available 2 new flight stands.



Flight Stands For John Jenkins WWI Aircraft

WWII



JJ WWII Collection

German WWII


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

Mounting the deadly 8.8 cm PaK 43/3 L/71 cannon and protected by well-sloped 80 mm frontal armor, the Jagdpanther proved its worth as the most fearsome German tank destroyer of the war. Although too few were produced to affect the outcome of the war, the Jagdpanther represented an ideal blend of lethality, armor protection, and mobility that could destroy any allied tank with ease.

The GA-01(121) Jagdpanther is painted in a factory tri-camo pattern and features the choice of cannon barrel painted in factory heat resistant grey lacquer, or tri-camo.

During WW2, German tank cannon barrels were delivered to the tank factories and to combat units finished in both grey and Dunkelgelb (dark yellow) heat resistant lacquer.

While the Jagdpanther’s markings are historically accurate for numerous Jagdpanther units, this model is meant to represent a Jagdpanther from schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 560 (Heavy Tank Destroyer Battalion 560). This German Heer (Army) unit was originally armed with Nashorn tank destroyers but converted to a mixed unit composed of one company of Jagdpanthers and two companies of Jagdpanzer IV L/70 tank destroyers in preparation for the Battle of the Bulge. It was attached to the 12. SS-Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” and fought with this famous division in the final German offensives against the allies on both the West and East Fronts. First, against the Americans during the Battle of the Bulge and later in 1945 against the Russians during Operation Spring Awakening, the offensive near Lake Balaton in Hungary meant to relieve the siege of Budapest.

This model represents a late production Jagdpanther Ausf. G1 as produced by Mühlenbau und Industrie A.G (MIAG) in October 1944, and includes interior detail, removable schürzen side armor panels, and opening crew hatches, engine compartment, and a choice of Grey or Camouflaged gun Barrell.


JJ WWII Collection

Inter-War


A U.S. Navy Aircraftcarrier’s deck crew exists to do one thing: to consistently put aircraft into the air and safely recover them after they launch. In order to make this happen, there exists a small army of flight deck facilitators, and each individual has their own role primarily designated by the color of the shirt they wear.

A Landing Signal Officer (LSO) is a naval aviator with additional specialized training to better facilitate recovery operations on the ship. LSOs provide guidance for aircraft making approaches to the carrier. They monitor the approach and remain in contact with the pilot during the approach by hand signals.

Carrier approaches or ‘passes at the boat’, while analogous in technique to an approach to land at a terrestrial airport, require much more precision and have far less margin for error due to the landing area’s small size (75 x 600ft). And the requirement that the plane must impact the deck on speed and on angle of attack within a small area to snag an arrester wire and trap successfully makes this even more difficult.

The Navy has adopted this policy of the landing signal officer as well trained LSOs can quickly dissect problems with the approach and alert the pilot to correct prior to the pilot even becoming aware that there is a problem developing.

In the U.S. Navy, aircraft carrier operations began with USS Langley (CV-1) in 1922. Langleys initial flight operations were on an experimental basis to learn what worked and what didn’t. The first pilots had no signaling system for assistance from shipboard personnel. Langleys first executive officer, Kenneth Whiting, had a hand-cranked movie camera film every landing to aid in evaluation of landing technique. When not flying, Commander Whiting observed all landings from the aft port corner of the flight deck. Commander Whiting’s position remained visible to landing pilots in critical touchdown attitudes when the nose of the aircraft might obscure the pilot’s view straight ahead. Pilots found Commander Whiting’s body language helpful and suggested an experienced pilot be assigned to occupy that position, using agreed signals which evolved with experience. These Landing Signal Officers or Landing Safety Officers (LSOs) faced the incoming plane and held coloured flags for improved visibility. Because LSOs used coloured paddles, flags, or wands well into the jet age, the officers became unofficially known as “paddles” (US), or “batsmen” (UK). They are still referred thus to this day, and the LSO trade is referred to as “waving”.

Life on the flight deck is dangerous and taxing. Spinning propellers, grease everywhere, and a stiff sea wind that never stops are just a few of the things that must be endured for many hours at a time. The night and bad weather throw a whole other set of problems into the mix.

Yellow shirts are also worn by aircraft handlers and aircraft directors that shuttle aircraft around the carrier’s tight and chaotic deck.

Plane Handlers, who work under the direction of the yellow shirt wearing aircraft handlers, assist in moving aircraft around the deck. They also can operate the carrier’s massive aircraft elevators, drive tractors and work as messengers and verbal liaisons.



Inter-War Aviation Collection

Diorama Bases


A series of new diorama bases will now be available for pre-order over the next few months.

The first piece will now be available for pre-order. Please place your order by the end of NOVEMBER, and the diorama piece will be available to ship with the JANUARY 2018 releases.



John Jenkins Diorama Bases

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