Saturday, 23 March 2013

JJD: March Releases

Back again with news of forthcoming releases and, indeed, re-releases from JJD

Rickenbacker’s SPAD XIII

The highly anticipated first of the SPADs, in the form of Rickenbacker’s SPAD XIII was revealed, to much aplomb, at the London Toy Soldier Show 9th March 2013. Visit JJD UK TV now to see a full preview of this stunning new aircraft

March Releases

With Chinese New Year over the new releases resume their regular schedule

Limited Edition Polikarpok I-16

Over the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War soars the Polikarpov I-16 as flown by Frank Glasgow Tinker. This model will be made as a limited edition of just 100 models. Additionally, on the back of two of the limited edition certificates you may be informed that you have won one of two prizes. John Jenkins will be giving away the following two books:

“Some Still Live” by Frank Glasgow Tinker

This rare book was decorated with original photos shot in Spain by the famous photographer-reporter Robert Capa. It also contains a map of Spain where the locations of the landing grounds of Campo Soto and Campo X, used by the Andres Garcia La Calle squadron Tinker flew with, appeared for the first time to the public. It remains unique on the description of a number of other figures of the Lacalle squadron team for whom no other recorded evidence was left. The book has today an historical value and was used as a main reference for studies on the adventure of the Americans who flew with the Spanish Republican Air Force during the civil war

“Five Down No Glory, Frank G Tinker, Mercenary Ace in the Spanish Civil War” by R. Cargill Hall

This first in-depth biography of Tinker covers his experience in combat, culminating with his commanding a Soviet squadron and terminating his contract with the government of Spain. Tinker would become the top American ace during the Spanish Civil War after downing eight enemy airplanes in combat. On returning to the United States, he wrote a memoir about fighting for Republican Spain (“Some Still Live”) and in June 1939 died under mysterious circumstances in Little Rock, Arkansas. The authors, well-known aviation historians, also offer a rare discussion of the aerial tactics introduced in the Spanish Civil War that became standard procedures in World War 2


For the Peninsular War we have the first of three French Line marching figures – most likely marching straight into an ambush set by Spanish Guerrillas. Each pose is available in white or brown trousers and they are also available in a four figure set to help get your marching column underway

The Knights of the Skies range sees a number of exciting new releases. The British Hanger has finally arrived. As with the German Hanger the highly detailed model comes with three separate number plates to display on the model, a fitting backdrop to any Allied WWI airfield scene

Outside the British Hangar, a British ground crew painter keeps the British liveries bold and brigh

A Rolls Royce Armoured car crewman pops his head out of the hatch to keep lookout

Meanwhile, not far away across enemy lines, a German pilot and telescope keeps a close eye out for the RAF

1812 collectors get a treat with the introduction of U.S. Marines Marching sets a welcome return to the War of 1812

In the Sudan, a British Naval Brigade soldier fends off an assault in the night, clutching sword and lantern


Back in Production

It doesn’t happen very often, but we are always grateful when it does. Back due to popular demand, the following four sets are once again available to pre-order:

GGC-02 – Knights Of The Skies - Ehrhardt E-V/ German Armoured Car – available from March 2013

ACE-12 – Knights of the Skies - Nieuport 17 N 1895 (Nungesser) – shipping May 2013

SRNGUN-01 The Sudan - British Naval Brigade, Gatling Gun – shipping May 2013

ACE-10P Knights Of The Skies - Capt. Roy Brown – shipping May 2013

And the following set is also going back into production:

TT-01 Ticonderoga - French Defences 1 – shipping June 2013

Club Set Releases

JJCLUBSET-12 Lieutenant Francis James Buchanan and Light Coehorn Mortar and JJCLUBSET-14 Mortar Wagon are in production and delivery of these limited edition sets is expected in April 2013

JJCLUBSET-15 Roger’s Servant and JJCLUBSET-16 English Travelling Blacksmith’s Forge are in production and delivery of these limited edition sets is expected in May 2013

Intel and Reconnaissance

John revealed an exciting selection of future releases shortly before the London Toy Soldier Show including French line and more Woodland Indians

You can see full details of these forthcoming sets on the JJD UK Intel and Reconnaissance section.

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Happy collecting

James and Adam


That's all folks. Until next time, happy hunting!

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