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Fighting 15s has taken delivery of the latest releases from Oddzial Osmy of Poland, which are available to buy now in the online shop.
The releases are all in 3mm (1:600 scale) and are as follows:
CH-630 Chinese Type 89 tank destroyer
IS-625 Nesher/Dagger fighter
UK-642 Sea Harrier FRS.1
US-6107 MTVR military truck
World War II
WBR-671 British CMP C15A 15cwt truck
WJA-621 Japanese Type 94 truck
WJA-622 Japanese Type 97 Te-Ke tankette
WUS-663 SB2C Helldiver
Packs cost £3.30 each including VAT. Contents are as detailed on the Fighting 15s website (typically 15 vehicles or 8 aircraft).
Fighting 15s regrets that after reviewing the cost of importing these releases that prices on all Oddzial Osmy items have had to rise 10%. The previously good exchange rate allowed us to ride out two price increases by Oddzial Osmy, but the sudden collapse of the pound against foreign currencies, including the Polish zloty, has taken its toll. The resulting effect of the exchange rate on the base price of items from Oddzial Osmy and on the cost of importing them to the UK means that this price rise is unavoidable.
Fighting 15s has received its initial stocks of Eureka Miniatures’ 28mm WWII Soviet infantry, which are now available to buy in the online shop.
The figures and codes are as follows:
100WWT001 Soviet infantry in helmet with rifle
100WWT002 Soviet infantry in side cap with rifle
100WWT003 Soviet infantry in helmet with SMG
100WWT004 Soviet infantry in side cap with SMG
100WWT005 Soviet infantry LMG team in helmet
100WWT006 Soviet infantry LMG team in side cap
100WWT007 Soviet infantry Officer in helmet
100WWT008 Soviet infantry Officer in side cap
100WWT009 Soviet infantry casualties in helmet
100WWT010 Soviet infantry helmet on rifle
100WWT020 Children’s Fountain, Stalingrad
100WWT030 German infantry casualties in helmet
100WWT040 German infantry helmet on rifle
Individual figures, where available, are priced at £2.03 each including VAT. Contents of sets are as described on the Fighting 15s website. Codes 100WWT001 to 100WWT04 all have eight variants, and variants are supplied at random.
Fighting 15s has limited stocks of some of the above codes, which may take eight or more weeks to obtain if Fighting 15s is or goes out of stock.
Fighting 15s now has all the licensed moulds necessary to produce the first release of AB Figures’ 15mm 1815 French infantry. We have spent the past week running the moulds to check them and to build up some initial stock, and the figures are now available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop.
In addition to the small packs for the various codes, Fighting 15s has also created a battalion pack of 36 pieces (WF01BP) and a unit pack of 24 pieces (WF01P) to cater for common unit sizes.
Like all our licensed figures, these are cast to order. All the foot figures are cast in lead-free pewter.
AB has since released more British generals, Young Guard artillery, and an eagle-bearer and porte-aigle in bearskin. These items are currently on order and will be added to the shop once they are in stock.
Fighting 15s has received Oddzial Osmy’s releases for July, and these are now available to buy in the online shop.
The releases are all 1:600 scale (3mm):
MN-641 YPR-765 PRAT-TOW, Dutch TOW launcher on AIFV chassis
MN-642 XA-360, Finnish AMV Patria APC
SA-6122 TOS-1 Thermobaric rocket launcher
US-6105 US infantry I, standing US riflemen
US-6106 US Infantry II, US support weapons (LAWs, ATGMs, MGs, MANPADs) and command
WBR-669 A30 Challenger, cruiser tank armed with 17pdr gun
NAP-641 General staff, standing and mounted
Packs are priced at £3.00 inc VAT each. Pack contents are as described on the Fighting 15s website.
The new US infantry packs differ from the existing US-617, which contains prone infantry.
Fighting 15s is reviewing the cost of obtaining these items from Poland in light of the poorer exchange rate with the Polish Zloty and cannot rule out a small price increase in the near future, given that for an average exchange rate of around PLN5.20 to £1 on currency conversion sites, the exchange rate actually achieved after commission is nearer PLN5.00 to the pound.
Fighting 15s has at last received the moulds necessary to cast AB’s 15mm 1815 French infantry under licence. These cover the codes initially released and not the latest port-aigle and eagle bearer in bearskin..
All the moulds are currently being tested to ensure they run OK (Fighting 15s uses lead-free pewter, which behaves differently from Eureka’s choice of metal) and to build up some initial stock. Codes will be added to the shop soon. Orders for these codes will not be accepted until they are live in the shop.
A defect reported on one variant of AB-SAX01 Saxon infantry marching means that Nic at Eureka is, alas, again remaking the mould for this code. The remade mould should also have on it a variant that was missed off Fighting 15s’ original new mould, which in turn replaced a damaged, 20-year-old veteran of a mould. This one has been a bit of a saga…
As for the new releases for 1815, such as the Young Guard artillery crews, they are all currently on order. Fighting 15s will provide updates once they are in stock.
Oddzial Osmy’s releases for June have arrived in stock and are available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop.
The releases are all for 3mm (1:600 scale) and are as follows:
MN-640 Argentinian FMA IA-58 Pucara close-support aircraft
UK-641 UK Wessex HU.5 helicopter
World War II
WJA-620 Japanese Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha tank
WSU-652 Soviet Voroshilovets artillery tractor
WWH-6113 German FlakPz 38(t) Gepard
All packs are £3 each including VAT and contents are as detailed in the Fighting 15s online shop.
Oddzial Osmy’s releases for May have arrived in the UK and are now available to buy in the Fighting 15s shop.
The releases are:
1:600 (3mm) Moderns
FR-630 ERC-90 Sagaie, wheeled armoured vehicle armed with 90mm cannon
IS-624 Namer, heavy APC
US-6104 F-14A Tomcat, two-seat navy fighter
1:600 (3mm WWII)
WJA-619 Ki-45 Toryu (Nick), Japanese two-seat, twin-engine fighter
WUS-660 LVT-4, Amtrak with added rear ramp door
WUS-661 DUKW, amphibious transport vehicle
WUS-662 A-20G Havoc light bomber
CW-1505 Polish Cold War infantry with AT-3 Sagger
Packs are £3.00 each including VAT, with contents as described on the Fighting 15s website.
Fighting 15s is at Carronade in Falkirk on Saturday 7 May. Carronade is Fighting 15s’ only show as a trader in 2016, and Ian uses the trip to Scotland to take a short holiday to visit castles, museums, steam railways and whisky distilleries, to enjoy Scotland in the springtime, and to keep in touch with his customers in Scotland.
As a result, Fighting 15s does not intend to take stocks of figures to Carronade. He will definitely carry Coat d’arms paints and Fighting 15s’ 15mm flags for the Napoleonic and the Seven Years wars at the show. Advance orders for figures are therefore essential. If, at the last moment, Ian feels stocks of 20mm AB WWII and Eureka 28mm moderns are up to surviving the show, he will take them. The pin-up playing cards by Bartek are available at the show through Colonel Bill’s, Fighting 15s’ representative at UK shows for the cards.
Update: Ian has packed the 20mm AB WWII range for the show.
Ian will have packed the car by the evening of Wednesday 4 May, is travelling from 5 May, and any advance orders should therefore be with him by noon on Wednesday.
Fighting 15s also has planned a trip to see AB sculptor Tony Barton to find out what’s coming next from AB Figures.
Fighting 15s itself will be closed from 5 May to 12 May. Orders placed in the online shop will be dealt with on Ian’s return as his two elderly cats and his wife, Janet, will not be able to cope with orders while he is away. Do not expect miracles of wargamerly understanding from the cats or, in particular, Janet.
Anyone who cares to skip across to my personal blog (The Strange Worlds of Orun hi Kharsan) will find my personal thoughts on Brexit and its effect on small UK wargames businesses such as Fighting 15s.
In an area of debate where politicians of both sides appear to be able to get away with audacious lies about the effects of remaining in the EU or leaving, I have tried to keep simply to the economic facts regarding how VAT and tax collection works across borders where a tax frontier exists. Facts that anyone can check online using official tariff and import guides, rather than relying on a statement by a politician.
I am, of course, pro-Europe and the EU for two main reasons: first, because Fighting 15s trades extensively within the EU to the extent that 45% of Fighting 15s’ business comes from Europe (it’s about 50% from the UK and 5% from outside the EU). Second, my daughter is technically an immigrant in Sweden, and has the ability to live and work there, and pursue her sporting dreams (she ice skates at a very high level for Sweden’s Team Surprise www.teamsurprise.se) because as an EU citizen she has the right to do so.
Yet I remain proudly British, proud to be a British business actively trading with Europe and making contacts and friends across the continent, and as a result I feel that I and Fighting 15s have a strong British identity within Europe and the EU.
My own view is that Brexit would be economic suicide for the small UK wargames business that trades with Europe, based on the simple effects of VAT and import tax collection outlined at orun.wordpress.com. You may well disagree.😀