Our second new release of this week is related to the first; this is the German Schleswig-Holstein class battleship, a huge steel-framed dirigible. A number of Schleswigs were sold to the Ottoman Aerial Navy, which promptly converted them into the Abdül Aziz class.
This replaces the old Schleswig model – the new version is a single piece resin casting.
The Schleswig is discounted by 7.5% (64p), 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 April 24th.
VAN-310 – Schleswig-Holstein class Dig Battleship – was £8.50, now £7.86
So, here we have it – the first of this year’s not-Salute releases. As an opener, we have the might of the Ottoman Air Fleet – the Abdül Aziz class Dig Battleship. This model replaces the older design of the same vessel.
The Aziz is large semi-rigid airship with an armoured superstructure. The main armament consists of two huge circular turrets, with an impressive secondary battery in the superstructure and the lower gondola.
As mentioned earlier this week, all of our new releases which had originally been intended for Salute will be discounted for the first three weeks of sale by 7.5%; in addition, the same amount will be donated to HEROES, a fund set up to help frontline NHS staff as they battle the Covid-19 outbreak. So the Abdul Aziz will be discounted by 68p, and for each sale we’ll donate the same amount to HEROES – this will run until April 24th.
Regular Brigade watchers will know that we like to go all out each year for Salute, with an array of releases across our various ranges. This year was no different, with loads of shiny new models ready to roll. But, thanks to circumstances beyond everyone’s control, it’s not to be this time. We were all dressed up, but there’s nowhere to go.
So we’re going to roll the releases out onto the website over the next few weeks, with most weeks featuring two or even three items or sets of items. We had also hit on the idea of running a promotion for each one, with 15% off the new models for the first three weeks after release; that’s the same discount level we normally offer during our Christmas sale. But then we had a rethink and thought better of it.
Instead, we’re only going to offer you half the discount – 7.5% – off the new releases; the other 7.5% we’ve decided to give to HEROES, an organisation set up to support NHS workers. We have no idea what this will amount to – sales of new items are impossible to predict, some fly off the shelves immediately while others are slow burners (and some just don’t sell!). Even if we just donate a tenner, it’s something – but we hope we can do far better than that.
The releases will start later this week; with each one we’ll let you know how long it’ll be on offer, and warn you when they’re about to expire.