Last month we
talked about just getting back from
We’ll be showing them a whole big bunch of new releases… Here’s some for you…
1. WHAT’S ON RELEASE IN DECEMBER?
As we indicated in November’s “DISPATCHES” this month’s releases are very wide ranging and, we hope, will appeal to a broad spectrum of collectors…
This is the
beginning of an occasional new series that will focus on the soldiers of the
Our first small
release shows three members of one of
Raised in 1803 by Capt. James Skinner the Regiment, by 1903, became known as the 1st. Duke of York’s Own Lancers (Skinner’s Horse).
Our first mounted figure shows a “Subahdar” (or Indian Lieutenant) in parade dress.
SOE002 “Skinner’s Horse Lancer”
Carrying a long, steel-tipped bamboo lance complete with cavalry pennant this Lancer looks great alone… or in multiples!
All British Indian
Army Regiments had a mixture of British and Native
In last month’s “DISPATCHES”
we made a small error… it should have said “
Built from the
turn-of-the-century up until the late
Utilized to ferry
crew and supplies between ship to shore and for patrol purposes these
feisty little craft were a familiar sight from
Our version comes with a cox’n and a sailor manning the forward firing Lewis Gun.
More sailors can be added as passengers or as armed Naval Landing Parties.
Dressed in their “winter-blues” these three sailors are armed and ready for action. USN012 can accommodate 2 sets of 3 sitting sailors as well as more standing.
In support of our
fighting sailors are a great new batch of “
tumultuous and turbulent Twenties and Thirties at least one Battalion of US
Marines was always stationed in
A young, confident USMC officer, swagger stick in hand, assesses the situation.
Standing holding his pump-action trench shotgun this young Marine corporal is afraid of nothing… and noone!
With either rifle or pistol all Marines are expected to be “Marksmen”. This campaign-hatted Marine squeezes off a round from his COLT 1911 Automatic.
Fitted with a telescopic sight this Springfield-armed sniper prepares to pick off an enemy combatant.
A Marine Lance Corporal takes a break from “humping” that big, heavy Lewis Gun.
USMC007 “On Guard”
A standing Marine, with bayonet fixed stands at ease… but still alert.
A walking Gunnery Sergeant armed with a Thompson Sub Machine Gun.
Manning his water-cooled, .30 cal. Browning machine gun this Marine watches the situation develop…
Every Marine, no matter what his specialty, is, first and foremost a Marine Rifleman.
D. STOP PRESS!
Hawker Hurricane in
new markings “SDN” of 501 Squadron “
“ROMMEL’S LONG-AWAITED & MUCH-NEEDED REINFORCEMENTS”.
This desert version of our recent BBG release was always planned as a “double-release” and here it is… the second one!
A dust-weathered, mottled-brown on sand camouflaged radio truck is a welcome addition to Rommel’s Signals unit.
Our vehicle comes with an Afrika Korps driver.
Rommel (and Goebbels) always recognized the value of good publicity for the folks back home. Here a standing, mike in hand, German War Correspondent makes his report. Filming nearby is his cameraman complete with movie camera on tripod.
Watched over by a kneeling NCO this MG34 gunner and a rifleman put down some “heavy fire” on the enemy.
Two AK riflemen in action.
Firing his Schmeisser Machine Pistol from the hip this NCO also gives out orders to a kneeling, firing rifleman.
During the war in North Africa, Erwin Rommel believed in being in as many places as he could, in meeting as many of his men and commanders as possible and seeing for himself what the situation was really like… either in or behind the frontline.
He made ample use of the Luftwaffe’s resources to get him all over the battlefield and
Among his most
useful “Desert Taxis”, as he often referred to them, was the Messerschmitt
108 “Taifun”. Designed and
developed in the
Our Afrika Korps version is in typical worn and weathered Luftwaffe tropical paint scheme of dark mottle over sand colour. Through the clear canopy you can see a fully detailed cockpit.
Outside stand Rommel’s personal pilot and a brand-new portrait study of the great Field Marshall himself.
Just 999 of “Rommel’s Desert Taxi” will be available and it comes in its own special box with individually numbered leaflet.
AVAILABILITY: Mid December (The perfect Christmas Gift)
F. “From the Desert to… the Desert”
These have been
previewed on the internet and at shows in
Webley service revolver in hand, the Light Horse major leads his men straight towards the Turkish trenches.
Lee Enfield in one hand reins in the other this Aussie is in the forefront of probably the world’s last great cavalry charge!
AL004 “Charging with Bayonet”(to the front)
The classic image of the Lighthorseman… bayonet pointing towards the enemy… a sight that would frighten any “Johnny Turk”.
AL005 “Charging with Bayonet” (to the rear)
His dead mount at his feet this Lighthorseman still has plenty of Aussie fighting spirit.
This earlier Australian National flag had a red background instead of the present-day blue.
AL007B “Flagbearer with Squadron Guidon”
Please Note: These first few figures are just the “advance party” of a major WW1 Middle Eastern range which will include Turkish Forces… Irregular Forces… and other British Imperial Troops.
Fighting Turkish Infantry will be released in the latter part of the first quarter of 2010.
AVAILABILITY: Mid December
Alongwith our “
SP038 “Desert Palm Trees” (Triple tree set)
A collection of 3 easy-to-assemble trees on 1 ground-base.
SP039 “Desert Palm Trees” (Double & Single)
A 2-tree combination plus a single tree version on 2 separate bases.
H. And Finally… something completely different… Goering’s Luftwaffe… on parade!
A small selection of Luftwaffe figures in dress uniform plus a famous Luftwaffe ace!
LW010 “Marching Airman w/ Rifle”
LW011 “Standing Airman presenting arms”
LW013 “Standing Airman w/ Rifle”
LW015 “Standing at Attention”
Originally a friend of Herman Goering, Milch owed a lot to the Reichsmarschall. He was thought to be half-Jewish yet still achieved high rank in the Luftwaffe. Eventually he fell out of favour but still managed to survive both the war and a brief spell as a jailed war criminal. He died in 1972.
Gunther Rall (1918-2009) was the third most successful fighter ace in history with 275 victories (241 on the Eastern Front). He flew over 600 combat missions, was shot down 8 times and wounded 3.
He claimed all of his victories in the Me.109.
After the war he rejoined the “new” Luftwaffe in 1955 rising to the rank of Generalleutnant before retiring. In 2004 he wrote his memoirs and died, aged 91 earlier in 2009.
AVAILABILITY: Late December
2. SO… WHAT’S COMING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEW YEAR?
Like December we’re introducing a very “mixed-bag” of releases covering a diverse range of K&C series…
A. “L’artillerie à pied” or in plain English “Foot Artillery”
Napoleon often said that “artillery is the key to most successful battles”. And, to that effect K&C is releasing five very useful (and adaptable) sets add to your gun line.
Three different “Line Artillerymen” serve a classic 12-pounder cannon. All are wearing the uniform of 1813-1815.
A standing saluting NCO awaits orders from his mounted officer.
These three extra figures can be added or combined to form a larger gun crew or to serve NA198 “The French Howitzer”.
NA198 “The French Howitzer”
The short, stubby barrel is easily recognized as a 6 inch Howitzer. It utilizes the same standard gun carriage as the 12-pounder cannon.
NA199 “Classic Napoleon”
in his usual battlefield dress of g
As you all know we
like to take you on a little “Magical Mystery Tour” around the world
with our releases… Now we’re back in the Western Desert of Egypt and
EA040 “Major Paddy Mayne S.A.S.”
“Paddy” Mayne was one of the true legends of WW2… The winner of no less than 4 D.S.O.’s he served with the Special Air Service almost from the formation of the Regiment.
Brave… bold… and sometimes reckless “Paddy” Mayne was responsible for personally destroying over 130 German and Italian aircraft on raids on Axis airfields. While fighting he could be superb… out of the line he could be extremely difficult. A complex but very brave soldier.
Here he’s dressed
in typical casual
One of the war’s most famous British vehicles these little carriers usually mounted a Bren Gun… Ours however had adopted the heavier, belt-fed Vickers Machine Gun. In 7th.Armoured Division markings (“The Desert Rats”) it comes with 2 crew.
EA042 “The Desert Bentley”
How this pre war “touring
Bentley” came to end up with the S.A.S is interesting… it was won in a
poker game in
K&C’s version comes with a seated S.A.S. driver.
C. “Off we go into the wild blue yonder!”
K&C’s various Air Force series have, so far,
focused mainly on the German Luftwaffe and British Royal Air Force…
We feel it’s about time the YANKS had a go as well… And here they are…
nine sets of figures and individuals plus an iconic
This good-looking officer with movie star style is wearing the popular “Burberry Trench Coat” to ward off the damp and cold British weather. He’s also sporting a crushed “50-Mission” hat as well.
Two, at attention, U.S. Military Policemen, easily identified by the arm brassards and all-white uniform accoutrements.
A saluting NCO in service dress, clipboard in hand.
Three different GI’s going about their usual tasks on a busy airfield.
By D. Day this young fighter “jock” had 12 “kills” to his credit flying a plane called “HOT PANTS”.
A newly-commissioned officer prepares to join his first squadron… always a nervous time.
Capt. Nick “Cowboy” Magura with 11 “kills” demonstrates with his hands how he shot down his latest victim.
AF010 “Pointing MP”
This “snowdrop” indicating the way around the airfield.
scale polystone and metal model pays tribute to what many consider to be the
finest fighter plane of WW2… the North American P.51 “Mustang”.
Our “B” model aircraft is the razor-back version and is in the
personal markings of Major (later Colonel) James H. Howard
of the 354th.Fighter Group. Howard’s “DING HAO” (The Best)
sports 6 German “kills” plus 6 Japanese ones. Maj. Howard flew with the
American “Flying Tigers” in
Our model comes with “gear down” and a figure of Maj. Howard in the cockpit.
*P.P. Planned Production
D. From Americans fighting in the air in the
mid 20th.Century to other Americans fighting in the “Old West” of the
“2nd. Installment of the Real West”
Apologies for the delay in adding to this colourful historic series… We meant to “add-on” a lot earlier but got side tracked (or is that bush-whacked) by other ranges…
A dismounted Dragoon takes careful aim with his carbine.
Another foot Dragoon… pistol in one hand trying hold on to his rearing mount.
Standing next to his wounded horse this Dragoon spins around to face the enemy.
TRW012 “Mounted Dragoon Corporal w/Pistol”
TRW013 “Scout firing Carbine”
TRW014 “Mounted Warrior w/Bow and Arrow”
TRW015 “Mounted Warrior w/Lance”
TRW016 Warrior firing Musket”
TRW017 “Running Warrior w/Carbine”
TRW018 “Charging Warrior w/Axe”
TRW019 “Warrior firing Bow and Arrow”
Note: All of our Indians are painted in
Southern Plains Indian style using Comanche… Sioux and
3. BEING RETIRED THIS MONTH…
As always out with some of the older items to make way for some newer pieces.
World War Two
MG001 “Recce Jeep”
The very first of the “Market Garden” jeeps complete with two Paratroopers.
WS108 “New Panzer 1 set”
Unusual little tankette that comes with two crew figures.
As there are so many new Napoleonic items scheduled for released in 2010 something has to go…
And it’s the Russians!
NA141 “Standing At Attention”
NA142 “Kneeling Firing”
NA143 “Kneeling to Repel”
NA144 “Standing Firing”
NA145 “Standing Ready”
NA146 “Advancing w/Rifle & Bayonet”
NA148 “Mounted Russian
NA149 “Russian Artillery Set”
And that is that for another month. I’m looking forward to
meeting up with some of you guys in
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country