time was had by all and all four of us… Helen, Patrick, Gordon and me got the
chance to meet literally hundreds of K&C collectors from not only the
It made me realize just how international this great hobby and business of ours really is!
Finally, up to
Now enough travel news… let’s get down to brass tacks!
1. WHAT’S AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER?
As forecast in October’s “DISPATCHES” a whole big batch of Napoleonic Coldstream Guards reinforcements…
The motto of The Coldstream Guards and one of K&C’s most popular Napoleonic series… 12 brand-new Coldstreamers provide reinforcements for our earlier first British Coldstream Guards release… These new soldiers (all except one small 2-figures set) are sold individually and, for the most part, illustrate troops either a) moving into the line or b) back at barracks on parade or even c) on the march. The choice is yours!
NA185 “Walking Flagbearer”
NA187 “Marching Sergeant”
NA188 “Marching Pioneer”
NA189 “Marching Guardsman”
NA190 “Guardsman At Attention”
Here, a veteran Guardsman steps out of the battle to carry his young wounded ensign back to the Surgeon’s tent…
NA192 “Camp Follower”
NA193 “Advancing Guardsman”
NA194 “Marching Flagbearer”
K&C’s first all-new U.S. Half-Track for a few years and one of the most often requested... and here it is!
This classic armoured troop transport served U.S. Forces and their
Allies loyally throughout the War and even into the late
Our GI version comes complete with a driver and a standing .50 calibre machine gunner and his crew-served weapon. This winter-version also has a detachable canvas cover for the troop compartment.
A towing hook at the rear of the vehicle is also suitable for pulling…
superb model of the most famous field piece of the U.S. Army in WW2. Our “
2 additional Artillerymen are also available to crew-serve this great field piece. In addition we also supply extra ammo boxes and a pile of shell tubes (used for carrying the rounds).
A lone “Gunner”, rifle slung “humps” three more tubes of rounds forward to the guns.
BBA034 “Kneeling with Field Telephone”
A kneeling corporal listens for a “fire order” and grid coordinates for his buddies about to shell an enemy location.
A long overdue addition to our U.S. Forces and our first new MP on a motorcycle for many years.
This MP is on the
road, somewhere between
A really great little 3-man grouping… Two sitting GI’s and their Nazi Prisoner. These guys can be seated in a variety of ways inside our new Half-Track or posed outside in a display or diorama… very useful!
AVAILABILITY: Mid November
For a long time the cofounders of K&C, Laura McAllister Johnson and myself have wanted to design and produce a series of figures and diorama accessories that tell the story of the most unique man that ever walked this earth.
This story has been told in many different ways and in many different media… books… plays… movies… television series and, of course, in nativity scenes, for hundreds of years.
Our intention is to tell it in all-metal, hand-painted scale.
We begin the story
with “the Nativity” but that is only the beginning… We will continue the
story of Jesus through his childhood into manhood and the journey from
We will introduce many of the characters in Jesus’ life… his parents… his followers… his persecutors and even some of the bystanders who saw him pass on his journey.
K&C will also
provide some of the principal settings where many of the most dramatic events
in the life of Jesus took place… And we will try to port
In K&C’s history we’ve never attempted a project as special or unique as “THE LIFE OF JESUS” we look forward to some of you joining us on this epic journey back to The Holy Land and we begin with “The Nativity”…
A standing Joseph holds a lantern as his wife Mary nurses her new-born son.
In the field around
LoJ003 “The Three Wise Man”
In the Gospel of Mathew he says that these men came from the East to worship the Christ, born King of the Jews. With them they bring special gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh for the infant Jesus.
Because there was
no room at the
It was here, that Mary gave birth surrounded by simple farm animals… the oxen… the ass they brought with them… and some sheep.
One of the dromedaries which accompanied the “Magi”
These figures along with our typical Middle Eastern buildings and (soon to be released) palm trees form a realistic and historically accurate scene that, to my knowledge, has never been reproduced in scale before…
SPECIAL NOTE: A substantial part of the income from
“The LIFE OF JESUS” will be donated to a range of charities both in the
To help set the
scene for any kind of desert or middle eastern setting
here are two more “
A very versatile (like all the other DV structures) that can be utilized in a wide variety of settings and historical periods.
A key feature of
any small village or town in the Middle and
AVAILABILITY: Mid November
2. COMING IN DECEMBER
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 First 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
Following up last
year’s release of pre WW2
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. USN013 can accommodate 2 sets of 3 sitting sailors as well as more standing.
AVAILABILITY: Early December
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, assess 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.
“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.
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 versions 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)
Finally, in addition to all of these new Afrika Korps sets we also have a modified version of…
This is a re-release of AK030 Panzer II Tank only this time it’s just the tank… no Italian soldiers with it.
AVAILABILITY: Mid November
E. “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.
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.
G. 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.
And that’s that for December… what a month for releases… Now for retirements…
3. BEING RETIRED
With all this new “stuff” coming out other “stuff” has to move on…
FJ010 “MG34 Gunner”
FJ011 “Forward Observer”
FJ012 “Kneeling Firing Rifle”
FJ013 “Standing Firing Rifle”
FJ015 “FJ Mortar Team II”
FJ016 “FJ Grenadiers”
FJ017 “FJ Fire Team”
FJ018 “FJ Motorcycle Scout”
AK037 “Opel Blitz Truck” (Afrika Korps Version)
If you don’t have this… grab it now!
WS090 “Opel Blitz Truck” (
You can never have too many of these so get ‘em while you can!
And so, another “bumper” DISPATCHES comes to an end… and what a mammoth one at that. I hope all of you guys are doing well… We always appreciate your support, business and loyalty.
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country