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Re: 1250 Ships and Comet-Authenticast
San Diego ship man is the authority on this, but IIRC, wartime ships were cast with several parts and assembled, as payment from the govt. was cost plus. Postwar, to simplify and reduce costs, they came out with one piece casts on DD size. When Superior bought the molds (60s-70s) they enhanced the one piece models with extra details (AA guns, etc). Since the mid seventies, Superior has progressively made newly designed models with seperate secondaries in CA and larger, then started casting in those again to reduce costs later. Superior has recently re-designed the US and IJN DD’s again with multiple parts I believe.
Chances are this is a Superior, not a Comet Authenticast. Superior used the CA molds and did a number of iterations. It is true that CA did more than one version of some ships, as they originally issued models in 1” to 110’ which were so crude that the U.S. government rejected them. After supplying CA with good plans, CA produced better models which were used in the wood boxed sets supplied to military.
Chris Dailey has a bunch of new used models (oxymoron?) up on his website - which, by the way, is becoming an excellent photo collection site for various maker's models. Anyhow, he has a bunch of Comet Authenticast models newly available, and I learned something new from them.... there were differing versions of the same ship modeled at (apparently) different periods. For example, one of my earliest models was the CA Hibiki, and the model I had is in Chris' new group. But he also has a second one, just like the first, save for it having light AA mounts abreast the A and Z 5" mounts. I've never before seen that model. There are several others like that, mostly destroyers as far as I could see. Anyhow, it's a fun and informative exercise to go through the new offerings and compare!