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AUTHENTICAST/COMET
Continuation Page 9


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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)

Gaeltacht Full Color Logo Gaeltacht Blue Logo [Logos from Comet Gaeltacht Industries (Irish) sets - see below]


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 the 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.
  Comet Authenticast HELP!

On this Authenticast/Comet continuation page 9:
  Comet Authenticast ODD LOT!, with Gaeltacht sets.
  Odd Ship.   new (03 Jun 2013)

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)

Comet Auth Waterline Logo (Logos from 1945 Catalog)

Gaeltacht Full Color Logo Gaeltacht Blue Logo [Logos from Comet Gaeltacht Industries (Irish) sets - see below]


Comet Authenticast ODD LOT!,
with Gaeltacht (Irish) sets

A gentleman who's not even a collector inherited an odd lot of Comet Authenticast items, namely two 1:108 tanks, eight 1:432 airplanes, thirteeen 1:1,250 ships (one of which may not even be Authenticast), and six sets of Gaeltacht 54mm HE soldiers (and a farm set).  In addition, although they don't appear to be Comet AUTHENTICAST items, he also got forty loose 54mm soldiers (and a few large-scale aircraft parts) that are solid-cast and bear no maker's mark (but I'll show them here anyway, referencing them elsewhere on my site as appropriate).

So, we have tanks, planes (and parts), ships, and soldiers (sets and loose) and let's see them in that order.

The two 1:108 tanks are decidedly strange; they are either unfinished or have been stripped to bare metal; the first (left) is marked "BRITISH Mk. III" but is actually a #5005 "Valentine Infantry Tank, Mark V" and the second is marked "COMET PZKW I" and is the #5101 German "PzK{pf}w I Light Tank":

Tank01
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photo by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Next, we'll look at the 1:432 (1" = 36') planes; they are also odd in that they are unpainted and do NOT show Comet or AUTHENTICAST, although they mostly SEEM to match the catalog cuts:

Planes25
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photo by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

O. K.; these are from top left to bottom right, as marked:
TOP ROW - JU90 T 5/43 - SHORT STIRLING 1/43
CENTER ROW - DO217 F 3/43 - U.S. B26 3/43 - - - J-2F-4 5/43
BOTTOM ROW - - - MACCHI C200 2/43 - SM 79 B 5/43 - P38 4/43
These are, more fully, the German Junkers Ju90, the British Short Stirling, the German Dornier Do217, the U.S. B-26 Martin Marauder, the U.S. Grumman J2F-4 Duck, the Italian Maachi C200, the Italian Savoia-Marchetti 79, and the U.S. Lockheed P-38 Lightning.  Some of these are a bit odd, other than being unpainted; the Maachi C200 has a hole though the center for hanging from a thread, as noted in the catalog, but the others do not, and the Grumman J-2F-4 is missing its upper wing - here these two are up close:.

Planes26MaachiBot Planes29MaachiTop Planes27DuckRS Planes28DuckFront
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photos by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
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Most of these have their casting flash intact; the Maachi is immaculate.

While we're on aircraft, here are the miscellaneous large-scale parts (my guesses) - a bomb-cum-wingtank-cum-Zeppelin (upside-down, in that case), a large air-cooled machine gun, a medium water-cooled machine gun, and an early aerial bomb:

PlanesMisc24
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photo by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Now, let us turn to the 1:1,250 ship models; one picture shows major U.S. ships:

Ships02
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photo by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Unfortunately, I forgot to note which was which or to jot down their markings; the big carrier at the top is definitely the Saratoga and the auxiliary at the bottom is a Cimarron class fleet replenishment oiler.  The cruiser above the oiler lost its port catapault but it was in the box.

The second picture shows three Japanese destroyers (the top two are duplicates), all of which are missing their deck details, and an unidentified and unmarked fleet submarine which I doubt is a Comet AUTHENTICAST model:

Ships03
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photo by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

The masts on the sub were stuck in by the owner; we don't know which should be where.

Gaeltacht Full Color Logo Gaeltacht Blue Logo [Logos from Comet Gaeltacht Industries (Irish) sets

Here are the pièces de résistance, the six Irish-made Comet Gaeltacht Industries boxed 54mm soldier (and farm) sets!  The outer label and inner packing sheet logos are repeated above.  First, a typical box cover and the six end labels:

SetBoxTop04 SetEndLabels06
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photo by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
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The labels read Top down):
FRENCH FOREIGHN LEGIONNAIRES - 1940 - 1025 {?} SWEDISH HORSEGUARD - ??? - 19?? - 2206 U.S. INF. WITH BAZOOKA - 1946 - 2605 {?} U.S. INF. MARCHING - 1946 - 2643 U.S. INF. CHARGING - 194? - 2660 FARM SET NO. 1 - 4500
[I have to verify some of the missing information.]

The logo reads:  Comet Gaeltacht Industries, Made in Ireland.

The label reads:

HISTORY IN MINIATURES
by
TRADE MARK
Authenticast

Comet Gaeltacht Industries
MADE IN IRELAND

The soldier sets follow:

SoldierSetFrForLeg07 SoldierSetSwedHrsGrds08 SoldierSetUSInfBaz09
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photos by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
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	FRENCH FOREIGHN LEGIONNAIRES - 1940 - 1025 {?} /
			SWEDISH HORSEGUARD - ??? - 19?? - 2206
						U.S. INF. WITH BAZOOKA - 1946 - 2605 {?}
SoldierSetUSInfMarch10 SoldierSetUSInfCharg11
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photos by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]
	U.S. INF. MARCHING - 1946 / 2643 | U.S. INF. CHARGING - 194? / 2660
These 54mm soldiers were designed by Holger Eriksson, whose initials appear on the bases of most of the figures; these sample images show, left, a base rubber-stamped "EIRE" over the HE, the same base under different illumination showing the cast-in "HE", and another base with a much clearer "HE":

SoldierBaseEire13 SoldierBaseHE14 SoldierBaseHE15
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photos by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

Lastly, we come to the "FARM SET NO. 1 - 4500":

FarmSet12
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photos by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Much more on Eriksson and Comet's Irish and South African suppliers can be found on Comet AUTHENTICAST page 3.  "Gaeltacht" means those districts in Ireland where the Irish language is predominant.

Finally, we have the loose 54mm soldiers, of no known origin.  As noted above, they all are solid-cast, unlike Britains, Ltd./W(m). Britains miniatures which are hollow-cast, presumably to save on the cost of lead and on shipping weight.  They sure LOOK like Britains to my untutored eye, though.  The groupings which follow are "somewhat" arbitrary; I placed the pieces together by looks - old-style uniforms, Colonials, "exotic" uniforms, Brits/U.S. marchers and prone, German/Italian?/ANZAC?/gas mask, and Brits/U.S. advancing.

Old-Style Uniforms (left) and Colonials (right):

SoldiersOld17  SoldiersCol18
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photos by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

"Exotic" Uniforms (left) and Brits/U.S. Marchers and Prone (right):

SoldiersExotic19  SoldiersMarch20
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photos by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
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German/Italian?/ANZAC?/Gas Mask (left) and Brits/U.S. Advancing (right):

SoldiersMisc21  SoldiersAdv22
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photos by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

In case you're not convinced that these are, in fact, 54mm figures, here's that same image with a figure lying down on a metric rule:

SoldiersAdv54mm23
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photo by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
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Also as noted previously, there are no markings under the bases and most show evidence of having been glued down on some board:

SoldierBase30
(cropped from 21 Oct 2008 photo by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Hopefuly, more knowledgeble collectors than I will come forward (or I'll seek them out) to identify the dubious identifications above.


Speaking of odd, here's an odd ship from across the pond; it's the (U. S. S.) Fulton-Class at 1:1200 and, except for some somewhat-sloppy highlighting - tan on the life boats and rafts and AA gun tubs and black on the funnel tips - sure looks like a Comet:   new (03 Jun 2013)

Fulton3 Fulton4x
(Left {full} and right {cropped from} 02 May 2013 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
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BUT - look again.  The 3' and 5" deck guns APPEAR to be cast in place, whereas those on the original Comet model are moveable.  Also, look underneath; there are no markings at all:

Fulton4
(02 May 2013 photo by owner - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

This is NOT a Comet model; it's more likely a Superior or Alnavco.  If anyone knows for sure, please let us know.



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