New WWI Enfield available for preorder now!

Ti-Lite has announced a new wood and metal 1/6 Lee Enfield Mark III rifle, expected to be released in August, that is now available for pre-order. The SMLE Mark III rifle was the go-to rifle for the US Army in WWI and saw wide ranging use through WWII.

We need to get our order in by July 14th, so please try to place your pre-order with us by then. It helps us watch our inventory, and makes sure we have enough to go around.

How-To: The PDF Assembly Guide for the 1/6 Imperial German Infantryman

Those collectors who purchased their CalTek Imperial German Infantryman from Timewalker Toys received a printed assembly guide in their box. Since some of this equipment is new to 1/6, we’re making that assembly guide publicly available to those who purchased their figures elsewhere.

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Assembly How-To: Building the Pack for the CalTek 1914 Imperial German Infantryman

The CalTek 1914 Imperial German Infantryman figure includes a complete tent square and bed roll, rather than the typical half-cloth facsimiles. This can cause challenges in building the pack. Follow these steps for a perfectly arranged marching pack.

1) Find your equipment. You’ll need the knapsack, tent equipment bag, tent poles (3), tent stakes (3), tent rope, knapsack straps (3 short), knapsack straps (2 long), tent square. You’ll also need the scrap of grey woolen fabric that simulates the bedroll or greatcoat for the pack construction.

2) The knapsack needs a stiffener to maintain its form during construction and simulate the rigidity of the original wooden frame. Cut several cardboard squares: 3cm wide x 3.5cm high.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 1

3) Stack 2 to 3 pieces of cardboard to achieve 1cm thickness. Bind pieces together with tape.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 2

4) Insert the cardboard stiffener into the main storage compartment of the pack, then close the flaps of the pack.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 3

 

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 4

5) Load the tent equipment bag with tent poles, tent stakes, and tent rope.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 5

6) Attach tent equipment bag inside the knapsack as shown, then close the pack and buckle at the bottom.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 6

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 7

7) Find the three short knapsack straps and insert them into the external knapsack loops on the top center and right and left sides as shown.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 7

8) Find the bedroll (gray woolen square) and roll it into a tight roll. Set aside. Find the tent square, and fold it into 8 folds as shown here.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 8

9) Combine the length of tent square and bed roll, and center them at the top of the pack. Wrap the knapsack strap loosely around the tent square bed roll, then run the strap through the buckle. Press the tent square and bed roll with your finger tightly to the knapsack (hence the reason for the internal stiffener), and gently tighten the strap and buckle.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 9

10) Wrap the tent square and bedroll around to the side of the knapsack. The tent square will be longer than the bed roll on each side of pack, and should be wrapped around the bottom of the bed roll.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 10

11) Wrap the knapsack strap loosely around the cloth and tighten the strap while pressing FIRMLY with your finger on the cloth. Buckle firmly, but don’t pull so tightly as to break the strap. Now repeat on the other side.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 11

12) The thickness of the tent square and bedroll may pull the bottom of the pack out a bit. To improve the appearance of the pack as seen from the back, pinch the sides of the assembled pack and apply clear tape as shown. The clear tape will not be seen when the pack is on, and it will create a more squared appearance of the pack when viewed from behind.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 12

Attach the mess kit to the back of the knapsack with the two long leather straps. Finally, pass the Y-Straps over the shoulders of the figure and attach the two large hooks to the D-Rings on each ammunition pouch. The side straps attach to the bottom of the pack.

Imperial German Infantryman Pack Assembly 13

The knapsack’s supporting Y-straps can either be run over the shoulder boards or pass through them. Either method was common at the time.

Order your Imperial German Infantryman today from TimewalkerToys.com!

Assembly How-To: Apply the Helmet Cover on the CalTek 1914 Imperial German Infantryman

This is the first installment of an assembly guide we are putting together for the Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman figure. Follow along as Steve puts the helmet cover over the Pickelhaube. Note that the helmet is delicate and the fit is tight, but if you put the hooks on in the right order it goes on just fine.

1) The helmet cover has five small hooks sewn into the inside rim–three in the front and two in the back. The hook at the front center is at the top of this image.

Imperial German Infantryman Helmet Cover Assembly 2

2) The helmet cover slips over the top of the Pickelhaube. Push the spike of the helmet firmly into the cloth cone of the cover with the numbers facing front

Imperial German Infantryman Helmet Cover Assembly 1

3) Hook the front center hook to the front of the helmet rim.

Imperial German Infantryman Helmet Cover Assembly 3

4) Hook first one rear hook then the other to the back rim of the helmet. Smooth the helmet cover as you go.

Imperial German Infantryman Helmet Cover Assembly 4

5) Attach the one front side hook, then the other. Be mindful of the helmet chin strap, as it may get in the way.

Imperial German Infantryman Helmet Cover Assembly 5

6) Carefully slide the cover down over the cockades.

Imperial German Infantryman Helmet Cover Assembly 6

Voila! Your helmet is ready for use.

Imperial German Infantryman Helmet Cover Assembly 7

Watch this blog for more assembly tips, and order your figure today from TimewalkerToys.com.

New Photos of Battle of Liege German Infantryman Final Product!!

We had the opportunity to take some up-close photos of the finished Battle of Liège figure before we took it over to the National World War I Museum for display. Expected arrival for this figure is the end of December. Place your pre-order for the Battle of Liège figure today!

(Lots of pictures!)

 

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman with Box

Assembled figure in tunic and gear, posed with box.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman Full Figure

Battle of Liège German Infantryman at attention.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman with helmet cover

Ready for combat with helmet cover.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman with field cap

Detail of field cap.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman Pickelhaube

Absolutely stunning Pickelhaube (spiked helmet) detail.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman with wappen detail

Yes, there is text on the scroll.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman with cockade detail

Detail of correctly colored Reich cockade and collar (gefreiter) disk.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman with helmet vent and spine

Detail of simulated stitching and helmet spine.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman with head sculpt detail

Detail of simulated brass crowned buttons and feldgrau tunic.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman with facial detail

A mustache Wilhelm II would be proud of.

Battle of Liege Imperial German Infantryman with gefreiter disks

Detail of realistic head sculpt.

Check out the box art here. And watch this blog for more pictures, assembly tips and more as we approach the figure arrival date (expected at the end of December).

 

Battle of Liege on Display in the National World War I Museum Bookstore

Yesterday, Steve installed a display for the new CalTek Battle of Liége WWI figure at the National World War One Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. The museum provided Timewalker with special assistance with research and development of this figure, and is offering it for pre-sale in their bookstore. The bookstore is packed with WWI-themed books, movies, gifts and collectibles. Stop by and take a look!

National WWI Museum has Groupon deal for 50% off!

Do you Groupon? If so, the National World War I Museum has a Groupon deal for a limited time – get 50% off admission to the museum for up to 5 people. Best of all? The deal’s good until February 2013.

We can’t recommend the museum enough to anyone who has an interest in US History, Military History, or the development of the modern world.

http://www.groupon.com/deals/national-world-war-museum-6

Let us know if you’re coming into town – we can recommend restaurants/other fantastic places to see in Kansas City!

Margaret

Moment in History: The Battle of Liège

Imperial German Infantryman in One Sixth Scale

Imperial German Infantryman in One-Sixth Scale

The first figure in the line of premium quality World War I figures produced by CalTek and Timewalker, in collaboration with the National World War I Museum, is an Imperial German Infantryman of the 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Company, as he would have appeared at the Battle of Liège in August of 1914.

Timewalker-CalTek 1/6
Imperial German Infantryman
Now Available for Pre-order!

At the outbreak of the First World War, Germany implemented a strategy to march northwest through Belgium and into France, encircling Paris and crushing the French army. This plan, called the Schlieffen plan, demanded quick passage through neutral Belgium so German forces could advance into Northern France in one sweeping  arc before the French and British could consolidate their defenses.

The German 1st army, commanded by General Alexander von Kluck, and the 2nd army, commanded by General Karl von Bulow, formed the northernmost end of the German advance. German troops in excess of 400,000 men crossed into Belgium on August 4th, 1914.

The first resistance the Germans faced in Belgium was the heavily fortified city of Liège. The fortifications consisted of a series of twelve forts around a central citadel manned by 35,000 men. The rapid German advance ground to a halt in the face of a fierce and unexpected defense from the Belgian army.

German soldiers on edge of forest

Our figure represents a soldier in the 27th Infantry Regiment of the 14th Infantry Brigade, which was a part of the bloody offensive that took the heights over the citadel of Liège on August 6th. The successful attack allowed Major-General Erich Ludendorff to move heavy artillery guns in and begin bombardment of the city.

Ludendorff was in command of the 14th Infantry Brigade of the 1st Army since the death in combat of its original commander, Major-General von Wussow. He entered the city on August 7th, 1914, and demanded the surrender of the central citadel. The citadel capitulated, but the outer ring of fortresses continued their resistance.

Krupp Siege Howitzer

Krupp 402mm Siege Howitzer

The massive Krupp 420mm siege howitzers, called “Big Bertha” guns, were not available until the last days of the siege, but as soon as they were installed, the remaining forts were quickly reduced. The final fort in the ring, Fort Lantin, surrendered on August 17th just as the first British forces crossed the channel and the French armies moved north.

The Battle of Liège slowed the German advance long enough to allow the French forces to move into defensive positions to the northeast of Paris, ultimately preventing the German 1st Army from surrounding and taking the French capital.

Sources:

Where to begin? On the internet, check out Photos of the Great War, Wikipedia, Ludendorff’s war memoir on Google Books, the map of army movements at FirstWorldWar.org.

Photos of the Imperial German Infantryman, Battle of Liége

Take a look at the first one-sixth scale figure in the collaboration between CalTek and Timewalker Toys: an Imperial German Infantryman, Battle of Liége, August 1914.

The exceptional historical accuracy and detail of this figure recently received the endorsement of the National World War I Museum in Kansas City.

Watch this blog for more pictures, articles and stories about the production process and the historical context of this figure.

Learn more about this figure at TimewalkerToys.com!