First – a reminder that the launch offer on the first of our not-Salute releases, the Schleswig-Holstein and Abdul Aziz Aeronef, expires today (although exactly when it comes off the website may depend on exactly when I get a chance to do the update). So you have less than 24 hours left to save yourself a few pence on the model and also contribute to the HEROES NHS fundraiser.

A change of pace with our releases this week. We launched the first few models in a new range of 1/700th Coastal Fortifications earlier this year, and they’ve gone down well enough to make it worth producing some more. We had three new items lined for the show, and they’ve hit the website today.

The largest is Fort Boyard, a Napoleonic-era edifice not far from the French arsenal at Rochefort. It ended up being a bit of a white elephant, as construction took so long that it was obsolete by the time it was completed. Nowadays it’s more famous for the TV gameshow of the same name filmed there since the 90s.

To the front right of the photo we have three assorted defensive towers from the coast of Menorca, similar in design to Martello towers. Like Fort Boyard, these have been scaled up from our Small Scale Scenery range, although in this case we’ve taken advantage of the larger size and added guns to the roofs.

Front left of the picture are two diminutive Guernsey Loophole Towers. Fifteen of these were built at the end of the C.18th to help defend the coast of the channel island from the French. Many were still around during the German occupation in WW2, and some were modified and used as machine-gun bunkers.

These models are initially discounted by 7.5%, and for each sale we’ll also donate the same amount to HEROES, a fund set up to help frontline NHS staff as they battle the Covid-19 outbreak. This will run until May 15th.

B700-038 – Fort Boyard – £8.00
B700-082 – Menorca Towers (x3) – £3.50
B700-158 – Guernsey Towers (x2) – £1.00