Last month we talked about just getting back from Chicago and this month K&C is heading off in a few days for Europe. While we’re there (Helen and me) we’ll be visiting London… for the big show and Durham (up near Newcastle) to see for ourselves K&C UK’s own operation.

After UK we fly to Paris to meet up with Fred our French National Distributor and meet a whole bunch of K&C Collectors Francasie… From France it’s on to Italy… first to Florence and then Rome. We’ll be meeting up with our Italian National Distributor, Stefano and meeting groups of collectors in both Florence and Rome. From Rome it’s back to Hong Kong for Christmas. So, it’s going to be a very hectic two weeks but it’s all in a good cause… meeting up with dealers and distributors and, of course, collectors.

We’ll be showing them a whole big bunch of new releases… Here’s some for you…




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…


A. “Sons of the Empire”

This is the beginning of an occasional new series that will focus on the soldiers of the British Empire during its zenith between 1880 and the beginning of the Fist World War. It will portray Infantry, Cavalry and, occasionally, Artillery as they would have appeared on parade (and in the field) at that time.

Our first small release shows three members of one of British India’s most famous cavalry regiments… “Skinner’s Horse”


SOE001 “Skinner’s Horse Indian Subahdar

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!


SOE003 “Skinner’s Horse Officer”

All British Indian Army Regiments had a mixture of British and Native Officers in charge. Many of the British officers adopted the same colourful, full dress Indian Army uniform… especially for parades!


Available NOW!


B. “SHANGHAI 1927”

In last month’s “DISPATCHES” we made a small error… it should have said 1927” not 1926”. Because the US Navy had been in China for many years we naturally assumed the Marines had too! Unfortunately NOT! Apart from some US Embassy and Consular Marines the first major deployment of USMC was in 1927!!! Hence the change.


USN012 “US Navy Steam Launch”

Built from the turn-of-the-century up until the late 1920’s these little water craft served the U.S Fleet up until the outbreak of WW2.

Utilized to ferry crew and supplies between ship to shore and for patrol purposes these feisty little craft were a familiar sight from Shanghai to the Panama Canaland all points in between.

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.


USN013 “Three Sitting Sailors”

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.


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“Where the Navy goes the Marines are sure to follow!”

In support of our fighting sailors are a great new batch ofCHINA MARINES”.

During the tumultuous and turbulent Twenties and Thirties at least one Battalion of US Marines was always stationed in China. Here are our reinforcements for the “China Station”…



A young, confident USMC officer, swagger stick in hand, assesses the situation.


USMC002 “Shotgun”

Standing holding his pump-action trench shotgun this young Marine corporal is afraid of nothing… and noone!


USMC003 “Pistol Marksman”

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


USMC004 “Marine Sniper”

Fitted with a telescopic sight this Springfield-armed sniper prepares to pick off an enemy combatant.


USMC005 “Lewis Gunner”

A Marine Lance Corporal takes a break from “humping” that big, heavy Lewis Gun.


USMC006 “Staff Sergeant”

A Springfield ’03 on his shoulder this Marine NCO issues some orders.


USMC007 “On Guard”

A standing Marine, with bayonet fixed stands at ease… but still alert.


USMC008 “Gunny with Tommy Gun”

A walking Gunnery Sergeant armed with a Thompson Sub Machine Gun.


USMC009 “.30 cal. Machine Gunner”

Manning his water-cooled, .30 cal. Browning machine gun this Marine watches the situation develop…


USMC010 “Rifleman”

Every Marine, no matter what his specialty, is, first and foremost a Marine Rifleman.


Available NOW!



RAF007-01 Hawker Hurricane in new markings “SDN” of 501 Squadron County of Gloucester”.


Available NOW!


E. From Shanghai in the 1920’s we journey to North Africa in the 1940’s… Time travel in the world of toy soldiers is so easy!!!




At long last the “Desert Fox” has something to smile about…


AK052FunkKraftwagen Afrika Korps”

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.


AK054 “Afrika Korps Newsreel Crew”

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.


AK055 “NEW Machine Gun Crew”

Watched over by a kneeling NCO this MG34 gunner and a rifleman put down some “heavy fire” on the enemy.


AK056 “Rifle Section”

Two AK riflemen in action.


AK057 “Attack Group”

Firing his Schmeisser Machine Pistol from the hip this NCO also gives out orders to a kneeling, firing rifleman.


And now for a wee Christmas surprise…


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

his command.

Among his most useful “Desert Taxis”, as he often referred to them, was the Messerschmitt 108 Taifun. Designed and developed in the 1930’s by Willy Messerschmitt this little 4-seater was the fore runner of the world-famous Me.109 fighter.

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”

From the Middle East in 1942 to the Middle East in 1917 with the initial launch of our eagerly awaited “Australian Light Horse at Beersheba.

These have been previewed on the internet and at shows in Australia and ChicagoNow, they’re ready to charge!


AL001Officer with Pistol”

Webley service revolver in hand, the Light Horse major leads his men straight towards the Turkish trenches.


AL002 “Bugler”


AL003 “Charging with Rifle”

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)


AL006 “Dismounted and still fighting”

His dead mount at his feet this Lighthorseman still has plenty of Aussie fighting spirit.


AL007A “Flagbearer with Red Ensign”

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 ForcesIrregular Forces… and other British Imperial Troops.

Fighting Turkish Infantry will be released in the latter part of the first quarter of 2010.




G. “Providing Shade and… Backdrops”

Alongwith our Desert Village these new “Palm Trees” are the perfect accessories for any Middle Eastern diorama or display ranging from biblical times right up to WW2 and even present-day Iraq and Afghanistan


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!


LW008Officer with Sword”


LW009 “Marching Officer w/ Flag”


LW010 “Marching Airman w/ Rifle”


LW011 “Standing Airman presenting arms”


LW012 “Standing Officer Saluting”


LW013 “Standing Airman w/ Rifle”


LW014 “Walking Officer”


LW015 “Standing at Attention”


LW016 “Luftwaffe General Erhard Milch

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.


LW017 “Major Gunther Rall

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.






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.


NA195 “Cannon Set”

Three different “Line Artillerymen” serve a classic 12-pounder cannon. All are wearing the uniform of 1813-1815.


NA196 “Artillery Command Set”

A standing saluting NCO awaits orders from his mounted officer.


NA197 “Alternative Gun Crew”

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”

Bonaparte in his usual battlefield dress of gray greatcoat over his Chasseur a Cheval green uniform. The Emperor surveys the scene.




B.     “From Europe to North Africa

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 Libya in 1942 and 1943…


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 S.A.S. Desert style.


EA041 “Universal Carrier”

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 Alexandria. Originally owned by a wealthy British Cavalry officer he lost it (along with a great deal of money) to a friend of “Paddy” Mayne’s. When “Paddy” saw it he had S.A.S mechanics overhaul it… paint it… and customize it (guns and all) for Desert operations.

K&C’s version comes with a seated S.A.S. driver.




C.     “Off we go into the wild blue yonder!”

From the sun bleached desert to the gray and rainswept skies over Britain in 1943…

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 U.S. fighter plane…


AF003 “Captain Brett Cutler”

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.


AF004 “Air Force MP’s

Two, at attention, U.S. Military Policemen, easily identified by the arm brassards and all-white uniform accoutrements.


AF005 “Crew Chief”

A saluting NCO in service dress, clipboard in hand.


AF006 “Army Air Corps Mechanics”

Three different GI’s going about their usual tasks on a busy airfield.


AF007 “Lt. Dick Rabb

By D. Day this young fighter “jock” had 12 “kills” to his credit flying a plane called “HOT PANTS”.


AF008 “The New Boy”

A newly-commissioned officer prepares to join his first squadron… always a nervous time.


AF009 “Flying Cowboy”

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.


AF011 “P.51B “Mustang””

This 1:30 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 China before America entered the war. He was the only U.S. fighter pilot in the European Theatre of Operations to win the Congressional Medal of Honour.

Our model comes with “gear down” and a figure of Maj. Howard in the cockpit.


P.P.* Just 500 of this particular model are being produced


*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 1850’s”

“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…

Anyway let’s make amends…

TRW009 “Standing Firing Dragoon”

A dismounted Dragoon takes careful aim with his carbine.


TRW010 “Dismounted Dragoon w/Pistol”

Another foot Dragoon… pistol in one hand trying hold on to his rearing mount.


TRW011 “Dismounted Dragoon w/Carbine”

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 Cheyenne references.





As always out with some of the older items to make way for some newer pieces.


World War Two

MG001Recce 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!

NA137 Marching Officer w/Sword”

NA138 “Marching Rifleman”

NA139 “Marching Drummer”

NA140Officer w/Flag”

NA141 “Standing At Attention”

NA142 “Kneeling Firing”

NA143 “Kneeling to Repel”

NA144 “Standing Firing”

NA145 “Standing Ready”

NA146 “Advancing w/Rifle & Bayonet”

NA147 “Advancing Wounded Officer”

NA148 “Mounted Russian Officer”

NA149 “Russian Artillery Set”

NA150 “Artillery Officer w/Telescope”


And that is that for another month. I’m looking forward to meeting up with some of you guys in Europe… Until then Very Best Wishes to you and yours and many thanks for your continued loyalty and support.

Merry Christmas!

Andy C. Neilson

Co-founder & Creative Director

King & Country