KING & COUNTRY
As I write this “Chinese
New Year” is just a few weeks ago. Here in
At the same time I’m
preparing for another
Anyway let’s get down to business…
1. WHAT”S NEW IN FEBRUARY…
The last few years has seen an upsurge in
interest and collectability of the “War in
These latest releases expand and explore some lesser known aspects of this Desert War.
SP028 “Desert Oasis Well”
Water is the most precious commodity in the dry arid heat of the Middle Eastern desert lands and here’s one solution… our K&C “Desert Oasis Well”. A simple stone structure, unchanged for centuries, provides liquid refreshment for weary travellers and rampaging armies.
This little well works equally good with Ancient Egyptians… Napoleonics… and, of courses, our Crusaders and Saracens as well as Afrika Korps and 8th Army.
AK030 “Desert Panzer II Set”
An upgraded version of an earlier K&C release. This nifty little German tank comes with an aerial recognition flag on the rear… an AK tank commander and… 3 fighting Italian “Blackshirt” infantry in support.
German and Italian forces in the desert had
the occasional luke-warm support of some elements of
AK032 “VF Arab Camel Corps Rider on Drinking Camel”
AK033 “VF Arab Camel Corp on Guard”
AK034 “VF French
AK035 “Afrika Korps Motorcycle Combo”
A much- requested item… Two AK riders on reconnaissance and they’ve spotted trouble.
Special Note: This is a brand- new sculpted motorcycle completely different from WS74 set released in 2006.
Finally, for this Desert War release we are releasing some badly-needed armoured forces for the British side…
EA016 “Desert Vickers”
Until the arrival of better armed and better
armoured American alternatives
2. “COMING IN MARCH”
March is a bumber month for collectors of our World War Two Germans… No less than 7 different transport vehicles—motorcycles… trucks and… a staff car or two!
Let’s begin with one of our brand-new motorcycle combinations…
WS087 “HALT!” A 2-man motorcycle combo set. Two German “Feldgendarmes” have stopped their machine to conduct a “spot check” on all passing vehicles. As the driver sits astride his bike, his dismounted partner, machine pistol at-the-ready, flags down all cars and trucks.
WS088 “ROAD BLOCK!” Two more “chained- dogs” or Feldgendarmes have dismounted and are setting up an identity check of civilians.
WS089 “Dispatch Rider” A single Feldgendarme on his BMW motorcycle delivering an important message.
From two and three wheels we go to four wheels for our next examples of German WW2 transports…
WS090 “Opel BLITZ Truck” This, the
most famous and ubiquitous German truck of WW2 has been a long-requested item
for many dedicated K&C collectors. Our first release is the “
WS091 “GESTAPO ARREST!” With their chronic shortage of motorized transport the Germans were only too happy to confiscate all kinds of vehicles in occupied lands. One of their favourites was the Traction 11CV built by the famous French auto company Citroen.
Here this little 4 door saloon/staff car is in the colours and markings of the dreaded Gestapo! An SD (Secret Police) officer and SD man closely guard a resistance suspects being taken for interrogation. Set includes a seated SD driver.
WS092 “TOUR OF INSPECTION”
This time our model is in Wehrmacht markings and camouflage and… has a very
important passenger… Albert Speer, Hitler’s favourite
architect and head of Organization TODT… the party organization tasked
with, among many other things, the design and construction of “The Atlantic
Wall”… Hitler’s chain of fortifications and obstacles
Dressed in full “fighting order”, this young Wehrmacht soldier proudly gives the “regular” soldier’s salute not the Nazi “Sieg Heil”
WS094 “Standing German Guard”
Well wrapped up in his long greatcoat this German “soldaten” with shouldered rifle is alert and ready for anything!
WS095 “Marching German
Striding forward this German
WS096 “Marching German Soldier”
Dressed in typical late war Wehrmacht uniform this rifleman looks even better in multiples!
WS097 “Medical Evacuation Motorcycle Combo”
Although short of 4-wheeled transport the Germans had a wealth of motorcycles. Here one has been specially converted to carry a stretcher and patient to the nearest first aid post.
Also coming in March!
AK037 “Opel BLITZ Truck” (Afrika Korps)
A very useful desert variation on WS090 complete with fully detailed cab interior… removable rear canopy… rolling wheels… an AK Driver and a battle-worn paint finish
HK159 “The Metal Worker”
Another superb little old
3. BEING REIRED THIS MONTH
Two 18th Century items plus two more WW2 fighting vehicles… and an Ancient Egyptian one.
BR031 British Royal Artillery Gun Crew -- sold out
AR034 Continental Artillery Gun Crew -- sold out
IWJ024 Japanese “Chi-Ha” Tank… Great little model that can be used in any WW2 Pacific War diorama or scenario.
RA014 “Katyusha Rocket Launcher”
A fixture on the Eastern Front these multi rocket launchers struck fear and terror in their German enemies whenever and wherever they were used. Sometimes nicknamed “Stalin’s Organs”.
AE003 Chariot Set
And that’s the story for this month… Here’s looking to a great February for all of us… “KUNG HEI FAT CHOY!” That’s Chinese for “Happy Chinese New Year.”
Best wishes to one and all in this “Year of the Pig”.