First up is a detailed 1/30 model of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter. The aircraft first saw operational service in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War and was still in service at the dawn of the jet age at the end of World War II, Along with the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, it formed the backbone of the Luftwaffe’s fighter force. Fast, maneuverable, and well-armed with machineguns and cannons, the Bf 109 and its pilots were a force to be reckoned with and a number of German fighter aces came to prominence in the skies over Europe.
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John Jenkins Designs
An iconic World War II fighter aircraft and a heavyweight from the annals of military history are among the latest new releases from John Jenkins Designs (JJD).
Guy Elliott looks at the largely unknown military history of his native land.
A leading manufacturer since 1893, Britains needs little introduction to even the most casual of toy soldier collectors. Under the leadership of Ken Osen, the company is still going strong, expanding its existing product lines and seeking opportunities to introduce even more exciting new ranges.
Thomas Gunn Miniatures
Reviews of new metal figures to arrive in the hobby by George Philips
The Last Sake
Eduardo Fernandez paints a large-scale bust.
The World of Model Soldiers, Part 1
Colin Luxford takes a tour of the world in miniature, starting with Europe and Asia.
King & Country
Reviews of new metal figures to arrive in the hobby by George Philips.
Hougoumont North Gate diorama
Dressing the Kiddies
Keith Nairn-Munro presents the second part of his study of the uniforms and history of the Scots Guards up to the Great War.
A Family Enterprise
George Phillips speaks to Abram Simon about the past, present and future of New Zealand-based Fleurbaix Toy Soldiers.
CAN SOCIAL MEDIA MAKE US BETTER WRITERS?
From sourcing and gold smelting to design and assembly, Chopard demonstrates that true luxury is a harmony of ethics and artisans
ALONE AGAIN AT 87
After the collapse of her third marriage author Emsie Schoeman has decided she no longer wants a man in her life
Your Brain Was Made For Walking
Creative inspiration is only a short stroll away
How to get Better Ideas
Bubble, Bubble, Toil & Trouble
Are we frogs in a boiling pot, or a stressed but resilient nation trying to make sense of bizarre times? Are we being ruled by an African liberation movement or a 14th-century Italian church? In his new book, Is It Me or Is It Getting Hot in Here? Great Expectations and Boiling Frogs in South Africa, columnist and political commentator Tom Eaton looks at these and other uniquely South African preoccupations and dilemmas.
Hegel Walks Into A Bar...
James V. Mead overhears Hegel mansplaining #MeToo.
When plants could cure, kill... or shock
Old folklore judged some plants medically beneficial because of their appearance, but the consequences could be dire, explains Ian Morton
Leo Tolstoy and The Silent Universe
Frank Martela relates how science destroyed the meaning of life, but helps us find meaning in life.
Pleomorphism is a biological theory which holds that microorganisms can undergo signifi cant changes in shape. It’s a theory that does not enjoy modern orthodox support but it has had some significant supporters over the years. An examination of pleomorphic theory offers some tantalizing and provoking thoughts.