Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Thomas Gunn Miniatures: December Releases

Here we are at the tail end of December and I'm just about getting round to putting together one or two very brief posts about some of this month's releases from a handful of my favourite makers

All I can say in my defence, and it's not much of one really, is that I've been up to my eyes getting things ready for Christmas. Such is life when you have a wonderful young family to help raise; other things have to take a back seat from time to time

Anyway, first up, feast your eyes on these three planes of yesteryear, courtesy of the team at TGM

WOW003 - Dornier 335

The Dornier Do 335 Pfeil ("Arrow") was a World War II heavy fighter built by the Dornier company. The Pfeil's performance was much better than other twin-engine designs due to its unique "push-pull" layout and the much lower drag of the in-line alignment of the two engines, this made it one of the fastest piston driven aircraft of WW2. The Pfeil was an extremely large fighter aircraft for its time with a wingspan and fuselage length measuring over 40ft. Only a handful were produced before the end of the war with none seeing actual combat, Allied aircraft were too slow to catch the Dornier and the Luftwaffe were forbidden to engage the Allies should one fall into enemy hands! Our 1/30 scale model comes with 2 all metal figures, a Luftwaffe pilot checking his map and an elite Fallschirmjager smoking a pipe! This limited edition of 15 models is priced at $650/£450 and is available from January 2014.

WOW005 - Fokker Eindecker 

Fokker Eindecker. The Eindecker was the German Air Forces first monoplane fighter aircraft and entered service in 1915. It was also the world's first aircraft with a single machine gun that fired through the propeller, this gave the Germans a degree of air superiority over the Western front until early 1916 which later became known as the 'Fokker scourge'. Future aces such as Boelcke, Von Richoften, Immelmann, Udet, Jakobs and Otto Kissenberth all learned their trade on the Eindecker. Our aircraft photographed features and also includes a 1/30 scale weary Otto Kissenberth celebrating another aerial victory by downing a bottle of something strong! If you would like to reserve a model then please drop me an email at your earliest convenience. Priced at £315 + £15 Postage.

WOW004 - Hannover C1.11 

Hannover 2 seater WW1 Bomber. A Hannover 513/18 from FEA 11, based at Brieg/Breslau during World War 1 in a pale blue livery. Our aircraft comes with GW017 Workshop set which comprises a mechanic repairing a Maxim gun and a rookie pilot - namely Wolfram von Richthofen, the 4th cousin to the famed Red Baron. Wolfram reported to FEA 11 in March of 1918 for advanced training, he was later assigned to Manfred's JG1 on April 4, 1918 and first flew with the Red Baron on April 21, 1918, the day the Red Baron was KIA. Wolfram eventually went on to score 8 victories and survived the war, he also served in the Luftwaffe during WW2 rising to the rank of Field Marshall, only to die in July 1945 from a brain tumour. Please note we will add pictures of the GW017 figures to our website with our Hannover when they become available. The pilot figures shown at the moment are for scale reference purposes only and are not included. There are a total of 12 Hannovers available worldwide priced at £365 + £15 Postage.

Several more pictures of each of these beauties are available on the company website. Happy hunting!

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