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Model WWII Ships

[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)

A rare cased set of 47 Comet Metal Products AND South Salem Studios U. S. WWII ship (1:1200) models is now available for sale.  All of the models are screwed to the shelves/slats/bases and are in fairly good shape.   new.gif (12 Nov 08)

{ships do not bear model numbers}

The ships can only be bought as one single cased set; individual pieces will NOT be sold separately.


Owner's photos of the case and ship models follow; all have been cropped and lightened to bring out detail.  Lighting was apparently not ideal and focusing seems to have been a problem on some pictures.  The first set of pictures is random and unidentified, as received (unless I happened to do so); the second set of pictures was identified by the owner.

I have made no attempt to present these to a common scale but have tried to show some or all of the shelf in each instance for reference.  As you can see from the case photo, there are two sets of cubbies or compartments, 16 in each half of the case, left and right.  Each half is divided in thirds; the left and right thirds have 5 cubbies each and the center has 6 wider ones, for a total of 32 cubbies.  There are, however, 47 ship models; most of the smaller (outer) cubbies hold two ship models, screwed to shallower plywood shelves and inserted in the cubbies together, side-by-side.  Each ship model has the name and class of the ship molded in the model.

The 12 large bases are approximately 10½" long (wide) by 2½" deep (front-to-back).  The smaller bases are approximately 7½" long by 1¼" deep.

So, the original set of photos, with the full case first and then the left and right sides separately:

702
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photo by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the image for a larger picture]

702left 702right
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]

703 704
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photo by owner - all rights reserved)

Next, some blurred shots of the Comet and South Salem labels and of the handle and stenciling and a sample photo showing the three different sizes of ships (small, mediium, and large):

705 706

707 711

The distinction of size only matters in relation to the cubby sizes; the biggest ships had to go in the center cubbies.

The underside of the "left" (Comet) half of the case is rubber stamped with the Navy's "U. S." and anchor device:

746

I asked for and got a better shot of this device:

anchor16

Here are far better shots of the contract labels:

747 748

The white labels or information tags appear to be plastic (probably a form of Bakelite) with thin red and gold colored outer bands and are attached with four screws (one in each corner).  They are fitted to the right tops of the case halves; the top of the left half bears a black stencil reading:

U. S. NAVY MINIATURE MODELS".

The left tag reads:

5-A U. S. MINIATURE SHIP MODELS
[SER. N
O.
2732]
[CONTRACT NO.
NOa(S)-2246]

with golden winged emblems on either side, Air Corps. on the left and Navy on the right; below this information the tag continues to read:

MFG. BY. COMET METAL PRODUCTS CO.
RICHMOND HILL, L. I., N. Y.

The second white tag opposite on the top of the right half of the wood case, which has no stencil, reads:

5-A U. S. MINIATURE SHIP MODELS
[SER. N
O.
3730]
[CONTRACT NO.
NOa(S)-2351]

with golden winged emblems on either side, Air Corps. on the left and Navy on the right; below this information the tag continues to read:

MFG. BY.    SOUTH SALEM STUDIOS
South Salem, N. Y.

Now, we have the balance of the unidentified model photos ():

709 710
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]

712 713

This last (right) image is of one of the largest ships and was rotated to fit this page; I left some of the ends of the 10½"-wide shelf showing to give some idea of the size.  It is an Essex Class carrier (U.S.-C.V) from South Salem Studios and measures 8¾" long by 1½" wide.

714 715
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]

716 717

718 719

720 721

722 723

724 725
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]

726 727

728 729

730 731

732 733

736 737

739 740 741 742

743 744

745 749

750 751

752 754 (Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]

755 756 757 758

759 760

761 763

764 765

766
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]

Well, so much for the unidentified pix; on to the identified ones (perhaps I'll just bring this page up on my laptop alongside my desktop and compare the foregoing pix with those that follow to identify the first batch (unless someone out there cares to do it for me).

The code numbers (such as #787 or #4207) are based on photo numbers and
CMP = Comet Metal Products while
SSS = South Salem Studios;
L = Left and R = Right:

787 788
L - #787 Benson CMP | R - #788 Somers Class (US-DD) SSS

789 790
L - # DD 186 Class (US-DD) SSS | R # - New Orleans (US-BB) SSS
[Evarts (DE-5) is on the wooden base of DD 186 Class (US-DD) #789]

791 792
L - #791 Colorado Class (US-BB) SSS | R - #792 Pensacola Class (US-CA) SSS

793 794
L - #793 Farragut CMP | R - #794 Livermore Class (US DD) CMP

795 796
L - #795 DD 186 Cl. (US-DD){who - SSS?} | R - #796 Sims CMP
[DD 186 Class (US-DD) is on the wooden base of Evarts #795]

797 798
L - #797 Portland (US-CA0) SSS | R - #798 Raven CMP

799 800
L - #799 Gridley (US-DD) CMP | R - #800 Dixie Class US AD CMP

801 401
L - #801 Yorktown Class US CV CMP | R - #401 Fletcher Class US DD CMP

402 403
L - #402 Barnegat US AVP CMP | R - #403 Omaha US CL CMP

404 405
L - #404 Fulton Class US AS CMP | R - #405 Wichita (U.S.-CA) SSS

2101
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]
#2101 Nevada (U.S. BB) SSS

2102 2103
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]
L - #2102 Iowa CMP | R - #2103 New Mexico class (U.S.-BB) SSS

2104 2105
L - #2104 Baltimore CMP | R - #2105 Sangamon (U.S. CVE) SSS

2601 2602
L - #2601 North Hampton (Chicago class US CA) CMP | R - #2602 CURTISS US AV CMP

2603 2604
L - #2603 New York ( U.S. BB) SSS | R - #2604 Arkansas (US BB) SSS

2605 3101
L - #2605 Terror class US CM | R - #3101 Porter class (US-DD) SSS

3102 3103
L - #3102 Independence Class US CV CMP | R - #3103 Buckley Class US DE CMP

3104 3105
L - #3104 Card CMP | R - #3105 Pennsylvania (U.S. BB) SSS

3901 3902
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]
L - #3901 Saratoga CMP | R - #3902 Ranger CMP

3903 3904
L - #3903 North Carolina CMP | R - #3904 South Carolina CMP

3905 4201
L - #3905 Essex class (U.S.-CV) CMP | R - #4201 Cimarron CMP

4202 4203
L - #4202 Brooklyn CMP | R - #4203 Cleveland CMP

4204 4205
L - #4204 St. Louis CMP | R - #4205 Tennessee class (U.S. BB) CMP

4206 4207
(Cropped from Oct-Nov 2008 photos by owner - all rights reserved)
[All photos are thumbnailed; click on the images for larger pictures]
L - #4206 Mahan CMP | R - #4207 Atlanta CMP

That does it; if you're interested in this rare and unique full set, drop me an e-mail or give me a call - SB,III.



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