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Point of clarification (Superior/Alnavco)
Actually, this is the *second* time Superior has upgraded some of the Japanese DD classes. Roughly around 1975 they re-did the Kagero and Asashio classes (at a minimum), and the re-dos at that time were the first to feature nice little details such as the degaussing cables, the torpedo reload trolley deck tracks, nicely cast tripod masts, and even a nicely done galley pipe vent. After maybe 5-10 years, it appears that they may have switched casters, because the open spaces between the mast legs, and between the forward stack and the galley pipe were filled in and cast solid - a really disappointing downgrade. I have now bought the new *re-dos* of these and the open masts are back, but are much more heavy-handedly done than they were the first time. An improvement over the more recent castings, but not as good as the earlier (first) re-do. I also purchase the re-done Sims and Gearing and they are nice little models - especially for the price. The light AA and TT mounts are especially nicely done... but the anchor chain on the Sims is God-awful... Filing it off though leads to a decent little model. Not Neptun quality, but close to Argonaut. And again, for the price.... hard to go wrong.
Superior acquired these molds and produced them long after the war. Many Superiors still feature the starboard side engraving, and I have quite a number in my collection.
I suspect that number will grow smaller though, as Alnavco/Superior give most of their ships a re-do Notably Superior has re-issued five USN DD's and three IJN DD's. None of these have the engraved class names, and I believe that this is the first attempt at upgrading the Superior DD line ever. Five more USN DD's and one more IJN are on the way.
Off the top of my head, I know I have fifteen or so US DD's with the engraved name, and I am quite sure that the German DD's have them also. Other I remember are Oregon City, the three tenders, Curtiss, Dixie, and an AS, plus the Liberty and Victory ships. There were many others in the past also, among them the treaty heavy cruisers and the Omaha. Once upon a time I set out to remove these names, but later decided that I would keep the engraved names in place. It was like owning a piece of history
These are certainly Comet Authenticast models, although in its early years Superior reissued many of them with the original molds and names still engraved on the starboard side.
Been in the process of ID’ing ships and manufacturers. Having difficulty finding the maker of ships that have the name of the ship engraved in the hull. Know Authenticast did this with some, however, not many of their ships are listed in the Sammelhafen website. Many of the ships I have are German such as Scharnhorst, Maasz Class DD, and Gneisenau. They have the names or the type of vessel engraved on the hull. Any help in ID’ing the maker would be appreciated.