In recent months there has been an increased interest in the Jon Smith Modell (JSM) individual spare parts. This area has now been updated with many items taken form the various model figure kits. In the sequences of photos displaying the parts, there will be views showing the resin as unpainted.
Check out the Spare Parts start page
I have recently updated the Gallery page with photos of US modeler Andy Gulden’s 1:16th Takom kit FT17 French Tank vignette. This appeared in the July/August 2014 edition of AFV 77 magazine. The vignette shows two of the JSM figures with numerous other parts added to the third figure and groundwork. In addition the diorama won gold at this MMSI Chicago show this year.
4 new kits and some individual spare packs have now been released. The newsletter will be going out over the weekend. A big thank you to all customers & friends for being so patient in waiting for these latest releases………they were quite long in the making. There have also been changes to the site layout with a web shop installed to ease ordering. Please do not hesitate in contacting me direct if there are any queries or questions concerning anything to do with JSM.
A special thanks goes to David Youngquist from the Last Cavalry, USA for creating the step-by-step video (see below) on constructing a WW1 trench. There are some good and practical tips on painting figures here.
Jon Smith, June 2014
The 4 new kits are all in 120mm and are based around the FLAMGA Gunner:
This 5 part YouTube video series is centered on creating a WW1 German trench and has been created by David Youngquist from the Last Cavalry, USA. This gives some good information on painting techniques, groundwork and other useful modelling tips. Additionally, Dave will show some original equipment and explain specific details.
The JSM website is currently being updated with new releases and an internet shop. There will be 2 x new figure kits and 2 MG08 Weapon Set variation releases; all in 120mm. Pictures will follow shortly.
Some of the items have still not been linked to the shop. This will be undertaken in the next few days. If there are any enquires or difficulties, then please do not hesitate to contact me direct: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past few years a lot of thought has gone into bringing out a WWI vehicle in the 120mm scale. A preliminary research on the basic measurements for 3 or 4 subjects has taken place and no final decision has been taken. Also, many questions are still unanswered in respect to casting techniques, amount of detail to be shown, or basically where to stop and will it be affordable.
German MG08 Gunner ca. 1915 (Code: 26MGP)
A standing figure with the larger MG08 Maxim. This project is still in the master construction stage, with many of the numerous MG08 items still to be produced. As always the figure will have a choice of 2 heads, with spiked and shako helmets. Photos of the master model will be uploaded as soon as possible.
Release date and price still to be announced.
French Figure 120mm
The creation of a new 120mm French figure has always at the back of my mind and various French equipment items have already been produced. The smaller 54mm Poilu in the JSM range have always been popular and it would be pleasing to experience the same amount of positive feedback in this larger scale.
A decision as to what type of figure is still to be made.
German Sentry, Infantryman, Western Front 1917 (Code: 25SP)
The figure depicts a German Infantryman on duty in the Front Line area during the winter 1917/18. He wears the armoured plate body armour associated with troops on guard duty, snipers or MG personnel within exposed areas of the Front.
This figure has now been released after some set-backs in production – so apologies to all who have waited so long.
German NCO Veteran, Western Front 1917/18 (Code: 27AH)
The figure depicts a German veteran near to the Front during late 1917 or early 1918 and was taken from a black & white photo on a book cover. Although it is hard to distinguish any forms of rank with the group of soldiers, one would assume that they are at least all Non Commissioned Officers (NCO) or Senior NCOs.
This figure has now been released.