Well, it’s that time again… Here in HK the weather is hot, sticky and often wet… all at the same time. Thanks goodness for air conditioning!
This past month though has also been
busy up in
At the same time there’s also lots of figures and models we’re preparing for upcoming releases in the next few months that have to be checked and evaluated…
All in all, plenty to keep us busy. So without further ado…
1. WHAT’S ARRIVING IN AUGUST…
Five all-new pieces… four figures and a display item…
NE004 “Soldier Pointing”
Another of Bonaparte’s men pointing
out the ancient wonders of the Land of the
NE005 “Soldier with Sun Canopy”
This infantryman has rigged up an ingenious way to shade himself from the blazing desert sun…
NE007 “Chef de Musique”
This colourful Napoleonic musician has definitely “gone native”… In addition to his baggy Mameluke-style pantaloons he has also equipped himself with a Mameluke sabre.
NE009 “The Monument”
Soldiers the world over, have, for centuries sought to leave their mark… On these ancient stones one of Bonaparte’s men has already carved the General’s name.
NE014 “The Graffiti Artist”
One more French infantryman cannot resist the impulse to leave his name on the “Ancient World”
Note: Look out for more “Napoleon in Egypt” releases later in the year!
Many centuries before Napoleon
AE039 “Cleopatra and Her Handmaidens”
AE040 “Court Official”
While the Queen beautifies herself one of her high court officials makes a report…
From the goings-on at court we move to a more humble duty…
AE043 “The Water Carrier”
A classic pose for an everyday occurrence and… a useful figure in any Middle Eastern scenario.
C. “SCOTS WHA HAE!”
During my schooldays (many moons
ago) every Scottish school boy knew the story of the Battle of
Bannockburn when King Robert the Bruce won
One of the most famous events of the battle actually happened the day before…
Robert the Bruce was in front of his small Scottish Army when an English Knight… Sir Henry de Bohun detached himself from the much larger English Army and charged his heavy war horse across the heath that separated both forces and headed straight for The Bruce.
De Bohun, lowered his lance and prepared to “spear” the lightly armed Bruce from his saddle… At the last minute Bruce neatly sidestepped his own mount and brought down his battle axe on de Bohun’s helmet, cleaving it and its owner’s head in two! A great cheer went up from the Scots… a loud collective groan from the English…
MK083(SL) “THE DUEL” (Robert the Bruce and Henry de Bohun)
This great two-piece vignette captures the moment when the Scottish King is about to bring his battle axe down on de Bohun’s head!
A “Strictly Limited” Edition of 750 sets
D. “THE TYPHOON TANKBUSTER”
Moving on from a time when English and Scots were fighting each other to a time when together they were fighting a much more dangerous and deadly foe…
RAF030 “The HAWKER TYPHOON MK.1B”
Widely recognized as the best and
toughest ground /attack fighter bomber of WW2 the HAWKER TYPHOON is K&C’s
most detailed warbird yet! Our version of this
powerful aircraft carries 8 underwing, anti-
tank rockets and has 4 hard- hitting Hispano cannon. A seated
pilot is in the cockpit of this Typhoon from 257 squadron, Royal Air Force.
It also bears the bold black and white “invasion stripes” of all Allied
aircraft flying over the
NOTE: Just 500 are being manufactured.
Supporting this Typhoon are a selection of RAF ground crew…
RAF031 “Rocket Primers”
Two RAF Aircraftsmen assemble one of the tank-busting rockets.
RAF032 “Rocket Handler”
A single RAF ground crew member “shoulders” one of the rockets to the aircraft.
RAF033 “Sitting Airman”
Many wartime photos show airmen “perched” on the wing of an aircraft… including Typhoons.
RAF034 “Airman Radio Operator”
Equipped with a back pack radio this airman is in touch with other RAF ground / air units in the area.
RAF035 “Typhoon Pilot”
Enjoying a welcome “smoke” and a cup of “Char” this pilot is taking a welcome breather between ops!
RAF036 “Flight Sergeant”
A “new” version of an old favourite… from our Battle of Britain set of RAF Ground Crew dating back almost 20 years!
UNIFORM NOTE: By mid-war many RAF pilots and ground crew could be seen wearing British Army battledress (with relevant RAF rank badges) while on active duty.
As these releases go with our new
Hawker Typhoon as it might be seen in forward battle airfields in
AVAILABLE: Late August
E. “RETURN TO AFRIKA”
AK078 “AK Officer with Schmeisser”
Wearing his AK greatcoat to fend off the desert chill this officer is about to fire a burst from his machine pistol…
AK079 “AK Rifle Section”
Two more greatcoat-clad infantrymen with rifles.
AK080 “AK Grenadier”
AK081 “AK Machine Gunner”
Difficult but not impossible… this gunner fires his magazine- fed MG34 from the hip.
AK082 “AK Observation Team”
This two-man set of officer and NCO… One observes the enemy position… the other uses the field telephone to call in an artillery or mortar strike.
AK083 “British Prisoner”
For this dejected Tommy a POW cage looms up!
AK084 “Panzerjager 1”
Based on a Panzer 1 tank chassis this self-propelled gun mounts a 4.7 cm Czech-made Skoda gun and was the first German tank destroyer of WW2.
Our model comes with a standing crewman.
SPECIAL NOTE: A field-grey version will be in September
AVAILABLE: Late August
2. COMING IN SEPTEMBER
A. AK077 “AK Captured Morris CS8 15cwt. Truck” (Series 250)
As virtually everyone knows the German Army made much use of “captured” enemy vehicles throughout the war… Rommel’s Afrika Korps were no exception!
Here, complete with driver, is one of the “liberated” vehicles, the classic British Morris 15cwt. Truck still in its 8th Army colour scheme but with prominently displayed German crosses on the sides and on top of the engine.
Special Note: This little 15cwt truck is a “Series 250” release, three other versions will be available…
i) RAF (blue) with WRAF driver.
ii) 8th Army (desert splinter camo) with Aussie Driver
iii) British Army (black /Olive drab Mickey Mouse camo) with British Army driver.
AVAILABLE: Early September
B. “A FLIGHT OF EAGLES”
From the desert sands of North
Africa to the gray skies over northern
FW098(S) “Albatros DV (Von Richtofen)”
Although Manfred Von Richtofen is usually pictured in his famous all red-Fokker Tri-plane he originally achieved fame flying an all-red Albatros… and that’s how he and his aircraft are pictured here.
FW099(S) “Albatros DV (Goering)”
This particular Albatros was flown by the future Luftwaffe Chief before he took over command of the “Flying Circus” after the death of the Red Baron.
FW105(S) “Albatros DV (Voss)”
German flying ace Werner Voss flew one of the most colourful and brightly marked Albatros of any of the leading pilots. The swastika on the fuselage was originally intended as a good luck symbol…
In addition to the “pilot ‘n’ plane package” all three German Air Aces are also available as single figures…
FW106 “Lt. Werner Voss”
FW107 “Manfred Von Richtofen”
FW108 “Hermann Goering”
AVAILABLE: Early September
From the skies above
LAH139 “Marching Flagbearer”
A new-updated version of a now retired figure…. Carrying the “blood” banner.
LAH140 “Marching SS Banner-man”
LAH142 “Standing with Banner”
This particular SS officer is wearing the dress “aiguillettes and gauntlets” of the 1st company of the “SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler”.
LAH143 “Standing-At-Ease SS Officer”
LAH144 “Father & Son”
An SS officer and his Hitlerjugend son.
LAH145 “Reichsfuhrer SS Himmler”
In 1938, with the war clouds gathering, Himmler decided that he and his men should also have field gray uniforms just like the German Armyas well as their traditional black garb.
LAH146 “At-Ease “Sepp” Dietrich”
LAH149 “Panzerjager 1”
When the Leibstandarte was incorporated into the Waffen SS this was one of the first armoured vehicles they were equipped with. The set includes the vehicle commander.
For any parade or
D. “Luftwaffe Conference”
LW048 “A Squadron of Spitfires!”
At the height of the Battle of
Britain in 1940 Chief of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering was becoming
increasingly impatient with his air force’s inability to decisively crush the Royal
Air Force. At the same time the Luftwaffe was beginning to lose an growing
number of aircraft to the British. He decided to pay a visit to his frontline
Traveling on his private train the Reichsmarshall summoned Adolf Galland and Werner Molders, two of his top fighter aces, to meet him and discuss the worsening situation.
At first he berated the two leading pilots and accused them (and their fighter units) of not doing enough to protect his bombers. After a while, his mood softened and he asked them both how to succeed…and what they required?
Galland looked at Molders… Molders look to Galland… and finally Galland said, “A squadron of Spitfires!”
The Reichsmarshall was not amused. This little vignette set portrays the historic meeting…
E. “ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CHANNEL”
Four years later, the shoe is on the
other foot… now, it’s the Germans who are on the defensive as the British,
Americans and Canadians prepare to launch a mighty invasion to free occupied
DD154(SL) “The Eisenhower Staff Car Set”
This latest “Strictly Limited”
shows supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower on a tour of
inspection somewhere in southern
During this time Summersby became a
Please Note: Just 750 of this special set have been produced.
DD155 “Saluting British Military Policeman”
DD156 “Escort Officer”
Wearing the famous “IKE” jacket this U.S. Army Officer is a perfect “add-on” to accompany any senior inspecting officer.
DD157 “Escort MP”
Where the “brass” go the MP’s are sure to follow…
DD158 “Gen. Omar Bradley”
Omar Bradley the “soldier’s general” inspecting the troops…
A GI in his parade uniform being inspected.
AVAILABLE: Late September
F. CHARACTERS FROM THE “THREE KINGDOMS”…
Two striking figures from Chinese History
IC036 “Zhou Yu”
Plays an important role in defeating the enemy troops in the “Battle of Cliffs”. He’s also considered handsome, loyal and multi-talented, a poet and a musician.
IC037 “Zhuge Liang”
A well-known military strategist and statesman in the “Three Kingdoms” period. Our figure shows him in a typical pose holding a hand fan.
AVAILABLE: Late September
3. “HEADING FOR THE HILLS…”
Here’s the latest retirements list…
American Civil War
CW014 “Marching Officer”
CW015 “Wounded Flagbearer”
CW016 “Marching Rifleman w/Pipe in Mouth”
CW018 “Rifleman Marching”
CW019 “Kneeling Firing Rifleman”
CW021 “Standing Firing Rifleman”
CW022 “Standing Ready”
CW023 “Standing Loading Rifle”
CW024 “Kneeling Loading Rifle”
CW025 “Advancing Confederate”
The Age of Napoleon
NA170 “Mounted Officer”
NA171 “Marching Drummer”
NA172 “Marching Officer w/ Sword”
NA173 “Marching w/ Rifle”
NA174 “Marching Set”
NA175 “Marching w/ Flag”
NA176 “Advancing Forward”
NA177 “Shouting Corporal”
NA178 “Standing Firing”
NA179 “Standing Ready”
And so friends, that’s the story so far… I hope you find something that interest you…and your collectors.
Many thanks again for your continued support and advice.
All the best and… adios for now!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-Founder & Creative Director
King & Country