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AUTHENTICAST/COMET
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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:

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.
  Mystery Model - 1:48 ELCO PT Boat.
  Old AUTHENTICAST Photos.

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 5:
  1950s Fitted Case of Tanks, 1 - 50,
    (continued from Cont. Page 2, and continued on page 6, 1950s Fitted Case of Tanks, 51 - 100, on page 6).

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 6:
  1950s Fitted Case of Tanks, 51 - 100,
    (continued from Cont. Page 5, 1 - 50.

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

On this Authenticast/Comet continuation page 8:
  South Salem Studio's U. S. Navy Ships Case.
  South Salem Studio's Navy Ships Box.
  South Salem Studio's Merchant Ships Box.
  Another South Salem Studio's Merchant Ships Box.   new (12 Oct 2015)
  Comet Japanese Ships Box.
  Comet Authenticast HELP!

On the Authenticast/Comet continuation page 7:
  Comet Authenticast ODD LOT!, with Gaeltacht sets.

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

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

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


South Salem Studio's U. S. Navy Ships Case

SSSships1
(photo cropped and enhanced from owner's picture - all rights reserved)

A Floridian sent me photos of a South Salem Studios cased set of U. S. Navy World War II ship models (a U. S. Navy WWII set of U. S. Navy WWII ships, that is); here are close-ups of the top of the box and the nameplate:

SSSships14 SSSships13
(owner's photos - all rights reserved)

Blow-ups of the top:

SSSships14x

which reads:

U. S. NAVY MINIATURE MODELS

and of the nameplate:

SSSships13x

which reads:

SPECIAL DEVICES DIVISION
USN BUREAU of   AERONAUTICS
DEVICE		  SERIAL
NUMBER		  NUMBER
5-A		     193
U. S. MINIATURE SHIP MODELS
CONTRACT NO. NO(s)-1846
MFRD. BY SOUTH SALEM STUDIOS
SOUTH SALEM, N. Y.
Note how the rope handles retract into slots for packing; I shouldn't think that bodes well for the models in the compartments where the knots are.

The rest of the pictures:

SSSships02 SSSships03 SSSships04 SSSships05 SSSships06

SSSships07 SSSships08 SSSships09 SSSships10 SSSships11 SSSships12
(owner's photos - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed images - click on pictures for larger images]

Here's the lead photo again:

SSSships01
(photo cropped and enhanced from owner's picture - all rights reserved)

There are TWO ships in many compartments; some are from
    "South Salem Studios" (labelled S) and some from
    "Comet Metal Prod N. Y." (labelled C) .

I have arbitrarily labelled the compartments as follows:

A1	B1	C1	||	D1	E1	F1
A2	B2	C2	||	D2	E2	F2
A3	B3	C3	||	D3	E3	F3
A4	B4	C4	||	D4	E4	F4
A5	B5	C5	||	D5	E5	F5
B6		||		E6
and, in the listing, added a letter "(S)" or "(C)" to each ship to indicate its manufacturer; these listings are reproduced verbatim, as received, without editing:
A1 (S) - EVARTS (DG5) CLASS (US-DE)
   (C) - ATLANTA USCLASS (CL)
A2 (C) - OMAHA CLASS - US-CL
   (S) - SOMERS CLASS -(US-DD)
A3 (S) - NEW ORLEANS CLASS - (US-CA)
   (C) - RAVEN CLASS - (US-AM)
A4 (S) - COLORADO - COLORADO CLASS (US-BB)
A5 (C) - DIXIE CLASS - (US-AD)
   (S) - PENSACOLA CLASS (US-CA)

B1 (C) - YORKTOWN CLASS (US-CV)
B2 (C) - IOWA CLASS (US-BB)
B3 (S) - ESSEX CLASS (US-CV)
   (C) - SARASOTA CLASS (US-CV)
B4 (C) - RANGER CLASS (US-CV)
B5 (S) - NEW MEXICO CLASS - (US-BB)
B6 (?) - ??? {to follow}

C1 (C) - CLEVELAND CLASS - (US-CL)
   (C) - MAHAN CLASS - (US-DD)
C2 (S) - SANGAMON CLASS (US-CVE)
C3 (C) - CHICAGO CLASS - CA - NORTHAMPTON CLASS (CA)
   (C) - PHOENIX CLASS -(US-CL)
C4 (S) - PORTER CLASS (US-DD)
   (C) - INDEPENDENCE CLASS (US-CV)
C5 (C) - BOGUE CLASS (US-CV)

D1 (C) - Barnegat Class (US-AVP)
   (S) - DD186 Class (US-DD)
D2 (C) - Curtiss Class (US-AA)
   (C) - Farragut Class (US-DD)
D3 (C) - Sims Class (US-DD)
   (C) - Benson Class (US-DD)
D4 (C) - Livermore Class (US-DD)
   (C) - St Louis Class (US-CL)
D5 (C) - Fletcher Class (US-DD)
   (S) - Portland Class (US-CA)

E1 (S) - Wichita Class (US-CA)
E2 (S) - NEW YORK Class (US-BB)
E3 (S) - Tennessee Class (US-BB)
E4 (C) - Buckley Class (US-DD)
   (C) - Terror Class (US-CM)
E5 (C) - Gridley Class (US-DD)
   (c) - Fulton Class (US-AS)
E6 (C) - Cimarron Class (US-AO)

F1 (S) - NEVADA CLASS - (US-BB)
F2 (C) - Baltimore Class -(US-CA)
F3 (C) - South Dakota Class (US-BB)
F4 (C) - North Carolina Class (US-BB)
F5 (S) - Pennsylvania (US-BB)
A correspondent has (Nov/Dec 2008) a very rare similar cased U. S. Navy set of 1:1200 American WWII ships from BOTH Comet AND South Salem Studios; this cased set is now available - see Comet Authenticast Page B (on sbiii.com).


South Salem Studio's Navy Ships Box

Here's a new one (new to me, at any rate); it's a set of WWII ships from several countries, packed in pasteboard boxes and overwrapped in a corrugated box (the pictures are too faint to process):

SSSshipBox1 SSSshipBox2 SSSshipBox3
(photos cropped from owner's pictures - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

The outer box measures 9" wide by 5" high, with 6½" sides and it was sealed with brown paper tape.  The back panel has an anchor with the letters "U" and "S" on each side.  The front label is 4¼" wide by 3" high; it has a black line 5" by 2½" around the printing:

DEVICE 5-A-3
SHIP MODELS
SOUTH SALEM STUDIOS
SOUTH SALEM, N. Y.
CONTRACT NXsa-I4747
STOCK NUMBER (R) 93-I50565

The middle photo above shows Illustrious (undamaged) and King George V (missing the catapault); the right photo above shows Renown and Fiji (undamaged).

The left photo below shows Dido, an L class, and Charybdis (undamaged).  The middle photo below shows Tirpitz missing her main mast, Atago missing her #2 turret, and Shokaku broken in two.  In the right photo below, I blew up the preceding photo and doctored it to try to show the crack more clearly:

SSSshipBox4 SSSshipBox5 SSSshipBoxShokaku
(photos cropped, and far right enhanced, from owner's pictures - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures (left and center) for larger images]

All the inner boxes are printed:

MADE BY SOUTH SALEM STUDIOS
SOUTH SALEM, N, Y. APRIL 1943

I assume that Shokaku suffered from the dreaded IGC!

The owner would like to know more about what appears to me to be a rather rare find; so would I, please.


South Salem Studio's Merchant Ships Box

Now, HERE's a set of which I know nothing (or forgot); a Feb 1945 boxed set of merchant ships from South Salem Studios under United States Army Air Force contract (Don't bomb our stuff!):

SSSMerchShipBox
(photo cropped and enhanced, from owner's picture - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Removing all the shelves from the right side of the box reveals the full list of the contents:

SSSMerchShipList
(photo cropped from owner's picture - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Cropping away the background, here's the list, itself:

SSSMerchShipList
(photo cropped from owner's picture - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

And here is what it says:

NOTE

    A number and the name of the ship
type is imprinted on the wooden panel on
which each model is mounted. The number
only appears on the bottom of each model.
The following code list gives the type of
ship represented by each number.

  1.  PASSENGER-New (two stacks)
  2.  PASSENGER-New (one stack)
  3.  PASSENGER-Old
  4.  PASSENGER-Coastal
  5.  LIBERTY SHIP
  6.  STANDARD FREIGHTER-Old
  7.  MODERN FREIGHTER (split
	Superstructure)
  8.  OLD THREE-ISLAND
	FREIGHTER
  9.  ENGINES AFT CARGO
 10.  COMBINATION PASSENGER
	CARGO-Old
 11.  COMBINATION PASSENGER
	CARGO-Modern
 12.  TANKER-Modern
 13.  TANKER-Old
 14.  COLLIER
 15.  TRAWLER
 16.  WHALER

SOUTH SALEM STUDIOS South Salem New York

Don't strain your eyes; here are the left and right sides with their ships listed to match:

LeftSide
(photo cropped from owner's picture - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Left Side
1. Passenger-New (two stack)		4. Passenger-Coastal
2. Passenger-New (one stack) 6. Stand Freighter-Old
3. Passenger-Old 7. Modern Freighter (Split Superstructure)
10. Combination Passenger Cargo-Old 5. Liberty Ship

RightSide
(photo cropped from owner's picture - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Right Side
8. Old Three-Island Freighter		11. Combination Passenger Cargo-Modern
9. Engines Aft Cargo			12. Tanker-Modern
13. Tanker-Old				14. Collier
15. Trawler				16. Whaler

[Whoa!  These appear to be all wrong - I'll post it as is and sort it all out later - SB,III]

The top of the case has both stenciling and chicken-scratching:

TopofCase
(photo cropped from owner's picture - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Top markings:

RESTRICTED			Property of A.A.F.
Miniature Metal Models of Merchant Ships
  S / N 5300 - 717798-6		2/45
Made by So. Salem Studios	So. Salem, N.Y.

The chicken scratching on the top, below "So. Salem, N.Y.", is hash marks in groups of 5, a total 23; we have no idea how or why they are there.

Now, some detailed shots -

The #1 two-stack modern passenger ship data, side, and top:

1PassData
1PassSide
1PassTop
(photos cropped from owner's pictures - all rights reserved)

The #2 single-stack modern passenger ship data and side:
2PassData
2PassSide
(photos cropped from owner's pictures - all rights reserved)

The #5 Liberty ship data and side:
5LibData
5LibSide
(photos cropped from owner's pictures - all rights reserved)

The owner's father bought this set during the 1950's for $1.00 from the brother of someone in the Navy who had quite a few similar sets to sell.  Unfortunately, the father didn't have the money to purchase them (then).

This set seems to be a rarity; if you have any information regarding production numbers and the serial number it would be greatly appreciated.


Another South Salem Studio's Merchant Ships Box

If the South Salem Studio's Merchant Ships Box is such a rarity, then a two-year gap in occurrences is pretty amazing - a lady in Maryland wrote on 12 May 2015 that her daughter had just bought a house and found a set of Merchant Marine models by South Salem Studios which matches a photo on this website of a set I called a "rarity".  The daughter contacted the previous owners and they said it did not belong to them (how honest can one be?).  The lady most thoughtfully even provided photos:   new (12 Oct 2015)

Warner1288

Warner1285

Warner1286
(cropped from photos courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)

As you can see, this set, unlike the Army Air Force one above, is a U. S. Navy set and is identified as MERCHANT MINIATURE SHIPS - MARK I.  The printed list of the ships exactly matches the Air Force set.


Comet Japanese Ships Box

An e-correspondent sent me these photos of what to me is a relatively-unusual set, unusal in that it is the smallest I recall seeing, with only eight (8) models and in that it is in "flat" format (as opposed to "book" format):   new (14 Jan 2013)

JapShp59
(photo by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)
JAPANESE MINIATURE SHIP MODELS

The side{?} of the case has the usual U. S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics placard:

JapShp62
(photo by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)

which reads:

SPECIAL DEVICES DIVISION
USN BUREAU of   AERONAUTICS
DEVICE		  SERIAL
NUMBER		  NUMBER
 5-A	   4143
JAPANESE MINIATURE SHIP MODELS
CONTRACT NO. NOa(s)-2470
MFRD. BY COMET METAL PRODUCTS CO., INC.
RICHMOND HILL, L.I., N. Y.
Here is the full set, showing the struts in the lid which keep the panels in place when the lid is shut and the knotted ends of the rope handle:

JapShp57
(photo by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)

The front (handle end) of the box has a lock (with original key) in the base and is ink stamped on the lid and the base:

JapShp61
(photo by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)


U. S. MINIATURE MODELS

JAPANESE NAVY{?} SUP. #1

Next, here are photos showing a close up view of the cubbies and the underside of the sliding panels on which the models are mounted, rubber-stamped with the name of the model (duplicate Kuma models in this instance) and Comet's name and address and showing the mounting screws

JapShp58  JapShp60
(photos by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)

The underside of each ship model bears the word "COMET" cast in, a number that looks like "14/44", and the name of the class or boat scratched on (in this case "Kuma" duplicates):

JapShp06
(cropped from photo by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)

Unfortunately, this underside photo tried to show the writing on the bottom but didnít really show it.

The rest of the photos show the information on the bottom of each mounting plate; each ship also has its name cast in the side of the hull.

Now, to the specific models and the undersides of their respective panels, starting with one of the duplicate Kuma ships:

JapShp7  JapShp6
(photos by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)
KUMA

JapShp8  JapShp9
(photos by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)
MIZUHO

JapShp10  JapShp11
(photos by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)
IZUMO

JapShp12  JapShp13
(photos by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)
HOSYO
[I'm fairly sure this SHOULD have read HOSHYO]

JapShp14  JapShp15
(photos by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)
#18

JapShp16  JapShp17
(photos by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)
KUMA
[duplicate model]

JapShp18  JapShp19
(photos by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)
KATORI

JapShp20  JapShp21
(photos by and courtesy of owner - all rights reserved)
JINGIE {sic}

This set is available to a serious collector, if you're interested (let me know).


Comet Authenticast HELP!

I will post requests for help about Comet and Authenticast Models here, at my sole discretion:

A gentleman bought a 1:1200 USS Alaska to be part of a memorial to honor his grandfather, who served aboard her aboard her in WWII, after going through boot camp in Sampson, NY:

USSAlaska1:1200
(owner's markup of SB,III photo - all rights reserved)

He is missing the two midships catapaults (as circled in the red loop); can anyone out there help him (spares, casts)?

- - - * - - -

There is also a mystery 1:48 PT boat model on Comet AUTHENTICAST page 4; please take a look and let us know if you know the real story behind this model.



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