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Comet Auth Part-Color Logo Comet Auth B&W Logo

Comet Auth Full Color Logo Comet Auth Waterline Logo (Logos from 1945 Catalog)


Please refer to the Ordnance page, et seq.

INDEX:

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Because the indexing of Comet AUTHENTICAST information has gotten too complex to keep up to date on each of the many individual pages,
a Master Index will be used for currency and the indices on each individual page may not be kept current.   new (14 Jan 2013)

On the main Authenticast/Comet page:
  Comet Metal Products, Inc.
  AUTHENTICAST

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 1:
  Comet Metal Products History

(collected and moved there 02 Jul 03)
  1945 Comet Metal Products AUTHENTICAST Catalog
Tank Scale of 1:108
  1945 Comet Metal Products AUTHENTICAST Price List
  AUTHENTICAST Ship Models.
  AUTHENTICAST Miscellany.

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 2:
  1950s Fitted Case of Tanks

(continued on Cont. Page 5).
  Atomic Cannon
  Honest John
  USS Northampton - CLC-1
  South Salem Studios
  Comet, AUTHENTICAST, South Salem, and Related Links

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 3:
  Comet Then and Now and Map.
  The Greater World of Comet AUTHENTICAST - A History.   Red, White, and Blue Boxes.

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 4:
  WWII Tank ID Box.
  1:500 Ships Price List.
  Old AUTHENTICAST Photos.

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 5:
  1950s Fitted Case of Tanks, 1-50 (continued from Cont. Page 2).

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 6:
  1950s Fitted Case of Tanks, 51 - 100 (continued from Cont. Page 5.

On this Authenticast/Comet continuation page 7:
  1950s Fitted Case of Tanks, comments (continued from Cont. Page 6).

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 8:
  South Salem Studio's U. S. Ships Navy Case
  Comet Authenticast HELP!

On the Ordnance Continuation Page 1:
  MORE ORDNANCE APOCRYPHA

On the Ordnance Continuation Page 2:
  RAILROAD GUNS.
  ATOMIC CANNON.
  SMALL ARMS.

On Ordnance Continuation Page 3:
  CALIBER (Calibre).
  Anzio Annie.
  SMALL ARMS (moved from Page 2 on 13 Apr 00)
  BIBLIOGRAPHY
  Russian Armor.
  HELP!

Comet "Authenticast" 1:432 Aircraft Models,

and see Airplanes on the main Comet/AUTHENTICAST page.


Comet Metal Products Co., Inc.
AUTHENTICAST

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Comet Auth Full Color Logo Comet Auth Waterline Logo (Logos from 1945 Catalog)


1950s Fitted Case of Tanks

Comments

Almost as promised on Comet/AUTHENTICAST Continuation Page 2, "{I will add the other pictures here}", I hauled out that fitted case yet again, again (30 Dec 2004) and opened it for the THIRD time in perhaps six or more years.  Here is the commentary for each individual image:

Auth Tanks 01 Auth Tanks 02
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[These photos (only) are thumbnailed, click on images for larger pictures]

The little ball-headed pins on the table hold Plexi/Perspex/acrylic panels in place to protect the models; the panels are resting against the backs of the case halves but not visible in these shots.

The cubbies have (or had) tiny, typed labels, numbered from 1 to 100 from upper left, across and down on each side:

   1  2  3  4  5  |  51 52 53 54 55
   6  7  8  9 10  |  56 57 58 59 60
  11 12 13 14 15  |  61 62 63 64 65
  16 17 18 19 20  |  66 67 68 69 70
  21 22 23 24 25  |  71 72 73 74 75
  26 27 28 29 30  |  76 77 78 79 80
  31 32 33 34 35  |  81 82 83 84 85
  36 37 38 39 40  |  86 87 88 89 90
  41 42 43 44 45  |  91 92 93 94 95
   46 47 48 49 50  |  96 97 98 99 100
which are (or were) held in place by the old, shiny clear tape which is browning and drying out out after all these years.

The German "PzKw" (more properly "PzKpfw") refers to PanzerKampfwagen (armored war wagon = Armored Fighting Vehicle).

Other conventions:
WWII - GMC = Gun Motor Carriage (also General Motors Corporation)

HMC = Howitzer Motor Carriage
Later - SPG = Self-Propelled Gun
SPH = Self-Propelled Howitzer

The thirty-four detailed shots which follow are fully cross-referenced to the 100 cubby shots (hopefully).

Rather than clutter up the listings with even more codes, just be aware that the 5000-series was British, the 5050-series was Japanese, the 5100-series was German, the 5150-series was American, and the 5200-series was Russian (not a particularly open-ended numbering system, was it?).

Here, then, the detailed shots and comments

(keyed, but only in some vague semblance of logical order):

101/116/123 - M5A1 (61) vs. M8 HMC (26):
AuthTanks101
Note the same track plates but different hulls; the M5 has top access to the driver and gunner while the access is on the glacis plate on the M8 because of the larger-diameter turret ring (I had never noticed this before).  See also images 123 and 116, following:
AuthTanks123 AuthTanks116
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

123 / 116 - side view of the M5A1 (65) and M8 (26) and underside showing how I had long-since glued the track plates back on the M5A1; note also the completely different hull cavities, showing that the difference on the top front was not the only difference.

102/1o2/103 - PzKpfw I (22) vs. Panzerjäger (38):
AuthTanks103

AuthTanks102 AuthTanks1o2
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
PzKpfw I vs. Panzerjäger chassis showing the off-center hole for the MG turret and the centered hole for the cannon turret; the side views show that both share the same track plate, but Mike’s Tanks shows a different track plate for the {which?}, with the trailing sprocket on the ground.  The underside detail of the PzKpfw I turret (out of focus) was intended to show holes drilled when the guns broke off and I substituted fine wire.

104 - SdKfz 232 {234?} (28):
AuthTanks104 Mike'sSdKfz233
(30 Dec 04 photo (left) by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III, and
photo (right) courtesy of Mike's Tanks - all rights reserved)

The Mike’s Tanks photo shows the "COMET" name on the underside of a really strange SdKfz 233 SP 75mm Howitzer with a unitized body casting with integral wheels!

Oh, wow!  I didn't see it on my model but, if you look at the photo VERY carefully indeed, you can barely make out the vestiges of that same "COMET" name after all!

105 - PzKpfw III Ausf. C (1,21) vs. PzKpfw III Ausf. M (83) vs. Sturmgeschutz III:
AuthTanks105
(30 Dec 04 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Three different track plates for common-prototype suspension (note hole where IGC ate away behind a return roller on the PzKpfw III).

While we're on the PzKpfw III Ausf. C models, here they are with their with turrets flipped over: AuthTanks128
(30 Dec 04 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
This shows how I fitted a threaded stud to the original turret when the pin broke off;
what you can’t see is the 45-year-old rubber sleeve that had been over the stud to make up the
pin diameter - it disintegrated when I picked up the model for these photographs.

107 - PzKpfw IV Ausf. F (29) vs. PzKpfw IV Ausf. G (20):
AuthTanks107
(30 Dec 04 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Not only two different track plates but totally different heights for the same basic prototype hull!

106 - Four AFVs with Common Sherman Trackplates:
AuthTanks106
(30 Dec 04 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Four models all sharing a common trackplate (so does the M32 tank recovery vehicle):

Sherman VC (63) - M7 Priest (62)
M4A3 75mm Sherman (3) - 76mm Sherman (52)

111 - M4A3 Sherman (3) vs. M3 Grant (77):
AuthTanks111
(30 Dec 04 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Both with old-style vertical volute spring suspension but M4A3 Sherman (3) with later-style return rollers
on arms behind suspension brackets vs. M3 Grant (77) with earlier-style return rollers
above suspension brackets). /
NOTE - the 76mm Sherman on the M4A3 chassis became the M4A3E8 ("Easy Eight") of the Korean action
when fitted with the last-version horizontal volute spring suspension.

112 - M3 Paint:
AuthTanks112
(30 Dec 04 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Note how paint sheet has dropped off left side of M3 with all detail intact.

124 - M4A3 (3) vs. M12 (37):
AuthTanks124
(30 Dec 04 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
M4A3 (3) track plate with sand shield vs. M12 (37) without shield and with bracket.
Note that the WWII M12 "Long Tom" was NOT the "King Kong";
the King Kong was the Korean vintage M40 with the same gun on the M4A3E8 (Easy Eight) chassis.

109 - M36 Slugger (36) vs. M36B1 Slugger II (69) / 108 - Staghound Armored Cars (61,56):
AuthTanks108 AuthTanks109
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
M36 Slugger (36) with a high-velocity 3" gun in a heavy open turret on the M10A1 chassis vs.
M36B1 Slugger II (69) with same turret on an M4A3 chassis (when M10A1 chassis ran short) /
T17E1 Staghound Armored Car (61) with 37mm main gun vs. T17E2 (56) with twin 50 cal. MGs.
[Note the repaired left front fender on the T17E1, which is probably why I have a duplicate (93).]

It occurrred to me much later that I really should differentiate the M10A1, M36, and M36B1 (all three of 'em) here, so here goes:   new (30 Aug 2012)

M10A1vsM36vsM36B1

The M10 and M10A1 are the Wolverine, a 3" (76.2mm) gun motor carriage (really a tank destroyer), with a light-weight open turret on a M4A3 Sherman chassis with minimal armor to keep the weight even lower and thus afford higher speed.  The M10A1 is externally identical to the M10 but has a more powerful engine.  With the British 17-pdr gun, it became the Achilles.  The M10-series gave way to the faster M18 Hellcat.  Upgrading to the more-powerful 90mm anti-tank gun proved too much for the M10 turret and a heavier turret was developed, leading to the M36 Slugger (British Jackson).  When M36 chassis ran out, regular M4A3 hulls were substituted, resulting in the over-height M36B1 Slugger II.  There was even a visually-identical M36B2, equiped with a diesel engine.  Now you know.

110 - M26 Pershing (32), SB,III's M46, and M46 Patton model (71) / 11o - M26/46 rear deck:
AuthTanks110

AuthTanks11o
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Stock M26 Pershing (32) vs. my hand-modified M26-cum-M46 Patton prototype (67) vs.
the production M46 Patton model (71).  Note recarved rear deck - Comet did NOT model
the M46 travelling lock [note also the sheet of paint lifting off the M26 turret]. The rear deck view of the three M26-cum-M46 models shows how I carved in the deck detail
and modified the exhaust mufflers and added an exhaust manifold and exhaust pipes
on the handmade prototype.

113 - M42 (59) Duster / 114 - Crusader (17):
AuthTanks113 AuthTanks114
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
The M42 Duster shows extreme IGC and separation at track plate joint. /
The Crusader showing pin replacing gun in left secondary turret,
again explaining why I have a duplicate (25). Fussy kid, wasn’t I?.

115 - Seep 4x4 amphibian Jeeps (7,54) / 119 - Jimmy 10x10 with seats (78):
AuthTanks115 AuthTanks119
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Seep 4x4 amphibian Jeeps (7,54) - note glued windshield and missing steering wheel;
as I recall, I tried to mount the windshield vertically and it kept breaking off. /
Jimmy (GMC) 10x10 with bench seats (78) with seated personnel (100).

117, 118 - Crane in M3 scout car (5):
AuthTanks117 AuthTanks118
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Close-up of crane in rear of M3 scout car (5), a home-grown modification by SB,III at age 10 or 11;
note exceedingly fine wire hook - I recall towing other vehicles with that hook. /
Close-up of swivel for crane in rear of M3 scout car, a home-grown modification by SB,III at age 10 or 11;
note the fine tubing inserted in hole for 50 cal. MG.

126 - Crane in M3 scout car (5) / 127 - Barrel for M45 105mm HMC (43):
AuthTanks126 AuthTanks127
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Detail of crane made by SB,III for M3 scout car (5). /
Closeup of hand-tapered barrel (by SB,III) for M45 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage (43).
(KV 2 gun is original; M45 is not)}

120 - LVT4 (41) / 121 - LVTA4 (42):
AuthTanks120 AuthTanks121
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
LVT4 (41) evidencing severe IGC separation of major components. /
LVTA4 (42) evidencing mild IGC separation of major components.

122 - LVTA4 (42) and M8 HMC (26) / 125 - M44 APC (46):
AuthTanks122 AuthTanks125
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
LVTA4 (42) and M8 HMC (26) showing identical 75mm howitzer turrets. /
M44 Armored Personnel Carrier (46) which disintegrated at the hull-track joint between photo sessions.

129 - PzKpfw V Panther (50):
AuthTanks129
(30 Dec 04 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
The unmasking of a legend!  This is the underside of the prow of the PzKpfw V Panther (50) marked:

GER. PANTHER
"ROYAL TIGER"

{including the period and quotation marks -
I tried many variations of lighting to little avail}

which is wrong; "ROYAL TIGER" probably refers to the "KING TIGER",
a less-rectangular variant of the regular Tiger (10), but is clearly the source of the "legend"
that the Slonim’s thought a Panther was a Tiger!

Note also that the prop is not merely a common nail, it is the gun from the Panther;
this is typical of so many Comet models of WWI vintage tanks and AFVs!

130,131 - Chevvie 4-door (90):
AuthTanks130 AuthTanks131
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
Close-up shots of the roof of the modified and repainted Chevvie 4-door (90) showing where I cut and sanded off the taxi light cluster (to the best of my recollection) and of a crack across the entire windsheld frame; I believe this happened when I tried to get more contour in the flat roof and hammered upwards too hard.

132 - M26 Pershing and M46 Patton with Commanders:
AuthTanks132
(30 Dec 04 photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
M26 Pershing (97) and M46 Patton (98) with drilled turrets and with open turret hatches
and commanders (stock , by Comet).  I wonder what the part numbers were.

133 - Crusader tank (17,25) and Japanese heavy tank (73) / 134 - Key:
AuthTanks133 AuthTanks134
(30 Dec 04 photos by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
British Crusader tank (17,25) and Japanese heavy tank (73),
each with two auxiliary turrets on the front deck for secondary armament. /
I normally look down on the fitted case but this time I was seated in front of it, looking up,
and I spotted a key held by ancient drafting tape on the left of cubby 55.

I added links which refer directly to comments on this page from Cont. Pages 5 and 6; hopefully, they will all be covered (please advise if I missed any).



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