Latest News!! 06/16/2018 ~ Forces of Valor Update & New Chintoys Knights Templar & Hospitaller sets. Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show and some hobby news.

 

I hope all you Fathers enjoyed Father’s Day today.

This is the first year that my Father is not here to share with us. He passed away last year. He was a US Navy Veteran and served 28 years in the New York City Police department. He liked discussing historical topics of World War I & II, Medieval history and the American Civil War. Most of the things that I collect are based on history. I would say I got that from my Father. So today I reflect and Honor his memory.

 

Logo2Forces of Valor shared some more information with us this week. They are revamping their website and future product releases. http://forcesofvalor.com/new_website/index.php

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The next release schedule is as follow:

– (FoV-801013A) T-34-85 Heavy weathering effects

(FoV-801013B) T-34-85 Moderate weathering effects with different marking

(FoV-801007A) Jagdpanther early production with big size display base **88mm display base is considered as medium size, new camouflage patterns. Have you guys discover many of the old 1/32 scale FoV camouflage patterns had not fully covered the vehicles, that probably had to do with extra costing in paint templates, again another issue with outsourcing:( This new one should be much improved)

(FoV-861010A) Chinese Liaoning 16 aircraft carrier, the story background is based on its visit to Hong Kong during 2017 July

– (FoV-861010B) Chinese Liaoning 16 aircraft carrier, the story background is base on a military exercise in South China sea during 2016 December, we added moderate weathering effect to the deck to show aircrafts take-off and landing traces

– (FoV-801024A) JagdTiger Henschel road wheels, we are working on the camouflage paint scheme at the moment, it is very challenging because it is two tones colour but we are quite confident that it will set new benchmark in our industry

– (FoV-801008A) 88mm Flak gun with Flak 36 gun barrel and 36 cruciform, story background is Stalingrad.

After all the above would be new Tiger I family and the new member, SturmTiger, a model that worth waiting because we eventually did about 70% of full interior, many open parts and full die-cast hull top.

We will begin developing die-cast tracks from Tiger I family because technically it is not difficult and we would be acquiring a new zinc alloy casting machine in early July.

 

Chintoys

Chintoys released pictures of the latest sets coming out soon. It is two sets of religious orders of Medieval Knights. The Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller.

 

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The first set is CHT017 Knights Templar. There are 8 figures in 8 different poses in 1/32 scale.

 

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The second set is CHT018 Knights Hospitaller. There are 8 figures in 8 different poses in 1/32 scale. 

Both sets look very nice. I like the different types of medieval weapons displayed with these figures. I guess we shall see some Arabic Warriors coming next…

 

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I was told and it was announced last week that Steve Connell and the Midwest Toy Soldier Group will now be promoting the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show besides the 3 others shows that they promote. Midwest Toy Soldier Show

John Stengel Jr. had told me that he was slowly getting away from promoting the shows because of all his other responsibilities. He still will be selling at the shows and has plans of releasing new products for years to come.

I will continue the page for the Gettysburg show on my site for now, until it is not needed anymore. The Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show

Steve posted this on Facebook about the show dates.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FOLLOWING SHOWS, SPONSORED BY MIDWEST TOY SOLDIER GROUP………..

THE COLUMBUS OHIO TOY SOLDIER SHOW, OCTOBER 20, 2019

THE MIDWEST TOY SOLDIER SHOW, MARCH 29, 2020, ROOM TRADING ON THE 27TH & 28TH, Lafayette, IN.

THE GETTYSBURG TOY SOLDIER SHOW, APRIL 19TH, 2020….SAME LOCATION, EISENHOWER INN

THE OHIO TOY SOLDIER SHOW, MAY 17TH, 2020, WADSWORTH, OHIO

MORE DETAILS CONTACT: STEVE CONNELL, 734-455-0724 OR sconnell51@comcast.net

Rick Keller, 765-430-6289

Rod Chapman, 740-924-2531

 

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That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

 

Latest News!!! 06/08/2019 ~ Toy Soldier Previews & Hobby News ~ Mars Panzergrenadiers, Forces of Valor LCM-3. Plus Hat, Conte & Plastic Platoon & more.

D-Day

“On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.”

I took this statement above from https://www.army.mil/d-day/

D-Day (1)D-Day_2_largeThe 75th Anniversary of D-Day was a couple of days ago. One of the most iconic images we have of that day is that of the brave boys landing on the beaches and the LCM landing craft.

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On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Forces of Valor announced the are going to release new Landing Craft Mechanized, LCM-3 in 1/32 scale. The released a statement the other day too. I have added that below.

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We would like to take this special opportunity; 75th anniversary of D-Day Normandy landing, one of the most important battles during WW2, to announce our new 1/32 scale project, Landing Craft Mechanized, LCM-3. Forces of Valor / Unimax had produced the 1/72 scale LCM-3 back in 2008 and since we had taken over the FOV brand, we have always wonder why a 1/32 scale version had not been made in the past? So we began conducting some researches about the LCM-3 and eventually found out that a 1/32 scale LCM-3 version has a dimension of 47.6cm (Length) x 13.6cm (Width) and 13.5cm (Height), that would probably cost a fortune to make the molds, however since 8 months ago, we started our new 1/32 scale Sherman tank program, we have planned to release 2 variants of Sherman M4 and 8 variants of Sherman M4A3… (Sherman tanks have way too many variants so for M4A1 and M4A2 we have to reluctantly leave it until 2020)

That said… with nearly 10 models of 1/32 scale Sherman variants that would be rolling out in the next 12 months, a landing craft seems to be more than necessary to join our iconic 1/32 scale family and so 5 months ago, we had chosen the LCM-3 as a kick start of our landing crafts series.

One of the major concerns of FOV enthusiasts is how much metal parts would be used in every new product. We can firmly tell you that at least with 2003 FOV level, which means turret, gun barrel and top hull and for this particular LCM-3, at least the ramp, certain body parts would be made of die-cast metal.

Following post would be about the new FOV 1/32 scale US Sherman tank series.

Respect and praise to all the D-Days heroes!! http://www.forcesofvalor.com/

Mars

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Here are some preview pictures of Mars’ new WW2 German Panzergrenadiers. There are 1/32 in scale and should be released in a few months. I like the color and some of the poses are nice. The last picture above is my favorite pose from this set.

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Here are a few more pictures that Conte released of the Romans that will be released in plastic hopefully by the end of the year.

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Here are some pictures of Seven Years War Austrians by Hat in 1/32 scale. No release date on these. If we are lucky they will be released by the end of the year. It has only been almost 2 years now……

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Mikhail of Plastic Platoon sent me some more pictures of the 7th Cavalry figures that they are making. The details are excellent. There is a debate going on with collectors about the uniforms and poses of this set. 

 

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Michael sent me some more pictures his latest projects.

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You can read more about Michael and Warring Warbirds here Interview with Michael Sreckov of Warring Warbirds. Plus some hobby news..

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So far this year has been exciting with all the news and new releases. We didn’t even get to Chicago yet. Almost every week some one or something new pops up. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.