King & Country
By the time you get
this month’s DISPATCHES, I should already be in
Along with the OTSN Show in
Although I no longer sell at these shows – I let you guys do that
– I like to take along samples of brand-new items that are about to be released
in the next few months. This year I’m
bringing painted samples of our “
Chicago and LA are very special shows to me. I get to personally meet and talk with K&C dealers and collectors often on a “one-to-one” basis. It’s an incredibly valuable opportunity and really does have an influence on what we produce and when we produce it. I can’t wait to get there. AROUND THE WORLD IN 19 DAYS!
After LA, it’s down to Cabo in
After 4 days in
I also hope to attend a New Jersey Show on Sunday 13 March. That evening I fly to
The following day I’m off to
Now down to business…
1. AVAILABLE NOW!
“OK Marines Let’s get the hell outta here!” Dept.
For once, the stocks arrived early – all of the new
Bill Moore, our Chicago dealer did a show a couple of days ago and sold two complete sets (12 sets) to just one K&C collector!
2. SO WHAT’S NEW?
The long-awaited American Revolution British Forces are about to be released this month March – probably towards the end. As well as Redcoats, there’s our first Woodland Indians to accompany them.
Now that’s the good news… the not-so-good news is that the particular factory producing them can only manage to get a portion of our order to us. That means in fairness to everyone, that we will get you some of your order but, alas, not all of it.
I know it’s a familiar story to you by now – demand outstripping
capacity. One part of the problem is that
we are committed to releasing our “Fall of
We know “
We will continue however to seek out additional factories wherever quality and price are compatible. Many thanks for your patience and understanding. Here, though, is a list of the new Rev. War Brits and Indians…
BR33 Mounted General Cornwallis
BR37 Shouting Sergeant w/ Rifle
BR38 Marching Drummer / Fifer
BR39 Advancing w/ Rifle & Bayonet
BR40 Marching w/ Rifle Ready
BR41 Kneeling Firing Rifle
BR42 Advancing Indian w/ Rifle
BR43 Indian Ready w/ Rifle
BR44 Kneeling Indian w/ Rifle
BR45 Indian Firing Bow
BR46 Indian Firing Rifle
BR47 “Take No Prisoners!”
All of our British Forces, with the exception of the mounted General Cornwallis are from a non-specific British Line Regiment – that’s why they have George III’s Royal Cypher on their back packs and flags.
Our Woodland Indians are something else – no two are alike and some even sport red coats themselves (gifts not trophies). BR47 is especially interesting … an Indian with a club prepares to deliver the “coup de grace” to a helpless Colonial infantryman. Gruesome yes but realistic and authentic… definitely.
AVAILABLE: LATE MARCH
Many of you will already have seen the advance promotional material on this epic new World War Two series. It’s going to be a biggie… no less than 17 sets of soldiers… fighting vehicles… and diorama set pieces.
Here’s what it’s all about…
WS63 “The Defenders” Two SS troopers join up with two “Volksgrenadiers” – one of the SS men has a captured Russian machine pistol… the other looks to his rear. Meanwhile one “Volksgrenadier” prepares to throw his “potato-masher” while his fellow sniper takes careful aim.
WS64 “The Russians Are Coming!” A “Volksturm” officer with his MP44 leads a mixed group of “Volksgrenadier” (with schmeisser) and another with rifle and grenade. The fourth “Volksturm” is nearvously kneeling, rifle in one hand… grenade in the other.
WS65 “The Last Stand” This little group of Waffen SS men know the Russians are unlikely to take them prisoner! An SS officer pistol in hand tries to support a wounded comrade. Another kneeling SS trooper with a captured PPsH M.1941 sub-machine-gun and a dismounted SS tanker with his “Schmeisser” ready complete the set.
WS66 “ Anti-Tank Gun Set” Two “Volksgrenadiers” man a small 37mm Anti-Tank Gun Specially modified to fire the Panzerfaust rocket. Another kneeling Grenadier is shoulder-firing the same weapon.
WS67 “King Tiger” This is the one literally hundreds (may be
thousands) of K&C collectors have been anxiously waiting for… the
mighty KING TIGER. The most
powerful tank of World War Two comes complete with a typical late war paint
finish (and rust stains) plus three visible tank crew. Our “Porsche” turret version is simply
the largest fighting vehicle K&C has produced and is sure to be even more
popular than Michael Wittman’s last Tiger. As usual, the model is full of character and
makes a great
WS68 “Puma Armoured Car” This is an unusual one – the 8-wheel armoured assault vehicle upgunned with a short-barrel 75mm gun. Our model is again in a late-war camo finish and comes with two standing SS crew figures.
SP15 “ Reich Chancellery Gateway”
SP16 “Reich Chancellery Annex” The perfect companion piece to the gateway. Again, two Reich Chancellery windows stand
forlornly open framed by a battle scarred outer wall. This piece has been specially designed to
flank the Reich Chancellery Gateway on the left and right, thus forming an
extended façade frontage and dramatic backdrop to any “Fall of
RA08 “Attack!” Led by a wary sergeant, this 4-man Red Army patrol make their way forward towards the hated fascist beasts. With their ubiquitous PPsH sub-machine-guns, Russian troops boasted formidable fire power in any fire fight.
RA09 “Tank Riders” Because motor transport was extremely rare in the Red Army, most front-line troops rode into battle on top of their tanks and other armoured vehicles. This four-man group is led by an NCO carrying the Soviet flag complete with hammer and sickle.
RA10 “Anti-Tank Gun Set” Three Red Army artillerymen man their small anti-tank gun – the gun itself is a Russian adaptation of an earlier German model.
RA11 “Support Set” Providing covering fire for the assault is this little group. Lying prone our gunner fire his belt-fed M1910 Maxim Machine Gun. Kneeling behind him an expert sniper picks off enemy officers. Two fur-hatted Russian soldiers (one an NCO) complete the set.
RA12 “Captured!” Two Germans have had the misforture to fall into the hands of a couple of NKVD
(Soviet Secret Police) officers. The
standing “Volksturm” medic may be lucky and be
spared for a Russian prison camp in
RA13 “T34/85 Tank” Even the Germans admired the simple, robust T34 tank. Our model is upgunned with the 85mm tank gun. In addition, it has been “field-adapted” with old iron bedframes to act as anti-panzerfaust screens. Two Russian crew figures fill out the set.
RA14 “Katyusha Rocket Launcher”
One of Russian’s great “War Winners” – The “Katyusha”
or “Stalin’s Organs” was a dreaded rocket launch vehicle that was much
used by the Russians and much feared by the Germans. Our model, in the fixed-firing mode, comes
RA15 “Traffic controller” Finally, there is this solo figure – based on a great illustration in Blandford Books’ Army Uniforms of World War 2. This single female Military Police woman, flags in hand, expertly guides tanks and vehicles on their way to the front.
AVAILABILITY: All the GERMAN sets should start arriving in late April/early May
The RED ARMY is scheduled for late May/early June delivery
4. BEING RETIRED
(A) Imperial Chinese Army… The Silk Road… and SOOHK sets HK098; HK099; HK100. All of the above are being retired – However both the Imperial Chinese Army and The Silk Road are going to be re-designed, re-sculpted and re-issued at a later date.
(B) Still available but in very limited numbers are the following:-
(i) FJ02 Fallschirmjager – “The Attackers”
GHSM Gordon Highlander Sergeant Major with Rifle (Marching)
Get them now, these days there is always someone on Ebay looking out for older or retired K&C items!
In the meantime best wishes to every one and … great sales!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder and Creative Director