Flying Tigers Releases from King & Country

King & Country has an upcoming series of toy soldier releases of the “Flying Tigers” from World War II.

Flying Tigers P-40 with Sharks Teeth by King and CountryItem No.: AF018
Name: Curtiss P-40 Flying Tiger
Desc.: Originally intended to be part of very large order going to the Royal Air Force, one hundred of the planes were sent to the Flying Tigers in China. Still sporting British camouflage, the P-40s were then adorned with the famous “Shark’s Teeth” insignia and a cartoon flying tiger courtesy of Disney. This model aircraft is painted with the personal #88 markings of former USMC pilot Kenneth A. Jernstedt who shot down 10.5 Japanese aircraft while flying and fighting with the Flying Tigers. Planned Production Run: 250 aircraft.
Price: $229.00 (U.S.)
Status: Scheduled to be released in early December.
Flying Tigers Ace Pilot with Map, Toy SoldierItem No.: AF024
Name: Flying Tiger Pilot: David “Tex” Hill
Description: One of the most famous of Tiger pilots “Tex” Hill had a long and distinguished flying career. Beginning in the U.S. Navy he flew dive bombers before being recruited by Claire Cheunault to fly in China. He shot down 12 Japanese aircraft with the Flying Tigers before transferring over to the U.S. Army Air Corps. Eventually “Tex” Hill retired as a Brigadier General in the U.S.A.F. many years later. The figure shows him consulting his map and wearing the leather flight jacket with the famous “blood chit” on the back.
Price: $41.00 (U.S.)
Status: Scheduled to be released in early December.
Flying Tigers Pilot by King and Country Toy SoldiersItem No.: AF025
Name: Flying Tiger Pilot: Kenneth A. Jernstedt
Description: Ken Jernstedt was another “double-ace” while flying in China with the American Volunteer Group. Like “Tex” Hill he also transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 after America entered the war. The Ken Jernstedt figure is wearing the leather flight jacket with the “blood chit” and a flying helmet.
Price: $41.00 (U.S.)
Status: Scheduled to be released in early December.

New WWII Releases from Tank

Tank has just released five new 1/35th-scale German and Soviet figures in their line of WWII Eastern Front figures, including two figure sets devoted to crews camouflage painting their vehicles.

  • T-35126 — Wehrmacht Sniper Team, Summer 1943-1945. (Two figures.)
  • T-35127 — Soviet Machine Gunners with 7.62-mm MG DP-28 Machine Gun, 1941-45. (Two figures.)
  • T-35128 — Soviet Tank Crewman, Summer 1943-1945.
  • T-35129 — German Tank Crewmen with Paint Spray Gun, Summer 1943-1945. (Two figures.)
  • T-35130 — German Tank Crewman with Air Compressor for Spray Painting Vechicles, Summer 1943-1945.

T-35126 Wehrmacht Sniper Team T-35127 Soviet Machine Gunners T-35128 Soviet Tank Crewman WWII Eastern Front T-35129 German Tank Crewmen T-35130 German Tank Crew Man with Compressor

MiniArt U.S., French and Italian Tank Crews

MiniArt has announced several welcome 1/35th scale plastic model kits to add to their “WWII Military Miniatures Series”. Each crew set includes five figures in various clothing ready to deploy in U.S., Italian, and French armor kits: 35093: Italian Tank Crew, 35070: U.S. Tank Crew, NW Europe, and 35105 French Tank Crew.

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Best Value Models MG 151/20 Set

MG-151/20 German Cannon ErdkampflafetteBest Value Models (distributed by Azimut Productions) has announced a set of MG 151/20 cannons on late-war antiaircraft mounts, ground mounts, and Erdkampflafette. The 1/35th scale resin and photoetch kit includes a 2.8 cm wheeled mount, a Flakdrilling mount, and an Erdkampflafette. A Luftwaffe figure is also included.

See Also: 20 mm M.G. 151/20 (Mauser) Aircraft Machine Gun (Catalog of Enemy Ordnance), German MG-151 Type 15-mm and 20-mm Aircraft Weapons, M.G. 151/15 und M.G. 151/20 Drilling auf m. S.P.W. (Sd Kfz. 251/21) (Catalog of Enemy Ordnance)


New WWII Kits from MiniArt

Several new WWII 1/35th scale plastic model kits have been announced from MiniArt. MiniArt continues to offer new subjects with interesting figures which offer a variety of diorama opportunities.

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New Mid Tiger I

New “Mid” Tiger I announced from Cyberhobby — full name: Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. E Tiger I MID Command Version January ’44 Production.

Befehlstiger -- Tiger I Command Version

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M2 Accessories from Black Dog

New 1/35 resin accessories kit from Black Dog for the U.S. M2 halftrack. The kit includes heavy storage and tarpaulins for front, sides, and rear of the vehicle along with winter tires with chains.

U.S. M2 Halftrack Resin Storage Black Dog Resin Accessories U.S. M2 WW2 Halftrack Accessories Set Black Dog M2 Kit Parts Resin 1/35th

New Dragon Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.G Kit

With the latest Dragon announcement, the model kits of Pz.Kpfw. IV variants are now getting down to almost single months of production. Dragon will be releasing a 1/35th scale Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf. G April-May 1943 Production. Even if well-covered ground, the kit looks outstanding with Volstad’s artwork of a 2nd Panzer Division vehicle.

DML Dragon Panzer IV Ausf G April-May 1943 Production

Cyberhobby 1/35th German 3-ton Truck

Cyberhobby has just announced their upcoming plastic model kit 1/35th Sd.Kfz. 305 German 3t 4×2 Truck.

Cyberhobby Sdkfz 305 German 3-ton 4x2 Truck

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New WWII Dragon Kits

Three new WWII model kit announcements from Dragon for release in December 2010:

  • 1/35th Gebirgspioniere, Metaxas Line 1941 (4 Figures Set) — DRA6538
  • 1/35th M4 (105) Howitzer Tank — DRA6548
  • 1/350th U.S.S. Chevalier DD-805, 1945, Gearing Class Destroyer — DRA1046

Gebirgspioniere Metaxas Line 1941 U.S. M4 105-mm Howitzer Tank USS Chevalier Destroyer