Comet Authenticast plane collection

These small scale wartime ID {identification recognition} models were produced in plastic and soft metal. After WWII Comet Authenticast reissued their products as boxed toys

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Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby baggermcguirk » Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:59 am

Hello to all plane enthusiast. I wanted to share a recent collection of comet Authenticast planes that I recently acquired. There are over 320 planes in this collection from all the countries except Netherlands. They all have the original boxes and most have never been taken out of the boxes. This was an overstock from a hobby shop. I am in the process of cleaning some of the boxes. The planes seem to be in excellent condition no rusting or paint chipping . I was hoping to get some imput on the rarity of certain planes compared to others. I am adding some pictures but can add more upon request.
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Re: Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby MichaelB » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:26 pm

That is just so amazingly awesome! I am so jealous!
Congratulations on a super buy!
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Re: Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby baggermcguirk » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:53 pm

Thank you very much Michael, I don't see these with boxes to often. Do you know what they sell for on average with a box? I am sure it depends on the rarity of the plane?
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Re: Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby hovermd » Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:33 am

Does the series feature any helicopter or autogiro/gyroplane toys?
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Re: Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby MichaelB » Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:38 am

I don't think so. Here's a list from the later civilian releases.
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Re: Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby ramseyd » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:41 am

Here is a list of all the Lead models made in 1/432 scale. The authenticast catalog list in each of the 6 catalogs was slightly different with some models not available in later catalogs and some newer models added over time. If anyone wants a spreadsheet of this information let me know and I can send you more information than you probably will ever want. I still own the remaining comet / authenticast brass masters (and pewter masters for some of the models for which the master was destroyed in making the molds). These were used to make the molds that the authenticast models were made from. The first models made after a mold was made were in pewter to preserve a "master", as the mold making process often destroyed the brass master.

Produced by Comet/Authenticast (later)
Blohm-Voss B&V Ha 139
Dornier DO-17 Z (172?)
Dornier DO-217E
Fock-Wulf FW-187 Falcon
Fock-Wulf FW-189 Owl (1/43 2/42)
Fock-Wulf FW-190
Fock-Wulf FW-200K
Heinkel HE-111k
Heinkel HE-113
Heinkel HE-115K
Henschel Hs 126
Junkers JU-52
Junkers JU-86K
Junkers JU-87 Stuka
Junkers JU-88
Junkers JU-90 T
Messerschmitt ME-109e
Messerschmitt ME-109F
Messerschmitt ME-110
Caproni CA-133
Cantiere CA Z1007z Bis
Cantiere CA Z506B
Fiat BR-20 Stork
Fiat CR-42 (date side)
Fiat G-50 Falcon (650?)
Macci C-200
Piaggio P 32 Biz
Savoia Marchetti SM-79 B Hawk
Savoir Marchetti SM-82 B Kangaroo
Adam NakaT97 NOS Monoplane seaplane
Babe/Babs Mitsu T-97 (ALB)
Betty G4M T-01-11B M/B
Claude Mitsu T-96 F (ANMB
Dave Naka T95 NO Sea Plane NOSB
Ida (MitsuT-98 ALB)
Jill (Ione) Aichi T98 NTB (B6N) Float Plane 3 eng
Kate (Naka T-97 NTB B5N To7 MkIII) T/B (1/43 6/42)
Mary T-97 ALB &R Kawa
Mavis Kawa T97 Npb Flying Boat (w& wo supprts)
Nate ("97" Fighter Ki-27) (T97 NF)
Nell (G3M or Mitsu T-96 NHB
Ruth T98 AHB Fiat BR20
Sally (Mitsu T-97 MK I M/B)
Sonia Mitsu T-99 Ki-51 ALBR Dive Bomber (catalog T98)
Topsy Mitsu MC-20 T
Val II (T-99 Mk 2) D3A2
Zero Zeke (A6m5) "T 001 NF" Mitus
Fokker T-8-W (w & w/o laddr)
DB 3 F (IL-4)
IL 2 Stormovik
Mig 3
Pe 2
Beaufort
Beaufighter II
Blenheim IV
Defiant (Bolton Paul)
Fairy Albacore
Fairy Fulmar
Handley Page Halifax B
Hawker Hurricane
Blackburn Skua
Spitfire (*Supermarine)
Short Sunderland
Stirling (Short)
Vickers Wellington IIIB
A-20 Havoc
A-24 (SBD Dauntless)
A-29 (Hudson PBO-16)
A 31 Vultee Vengence A35?
AD-3 Skyraider
AF2-S Guardian
B-17 Flying Fortress
B-24 (D Liberator)
B-25B (Mitchell)
B-26B Marauder
B-29 SuperFortress
B-45 Tornado Bomber Jet
C-47 Skytrain (R4D)
C-54 Skymaster (R5D)
F4F-4 Wildcat
F4U Corsair
F8F-2 Bearcat
F-84 Jet (P-84)
F9F-2 Panther Jet
F2H-1 52 Banshee
J2F-4 Duck
Os2U-1 Kingfisher
P-38 Lightning
P-39 Aircobra
P-40 WarHawk
P-47 Thunderbolt
P-51 Mustang
P5Y-1 Flying Boat
PBM 3c Mariner
PBY Y-5 Catalina
PO-1W Lockheed Connie Constallation
PV-1 Ventura (B34)
S-44 Sikorsky JR24(25)-1 Excaliber
SB2C-1 Helldiver A25
SNJ-2 Texan
SO3C-1 Seagull
Stenson Reliant SR10-B
TBF Avenger


Produced by Pewtercraft
Henschel Hs 129
Messerschmitt ME-109G
Messerschmitt ME-262
Blenheim I
Fairy Battle


Produced by Superior
Ann Ki.30 Mitsu T97
Nick Ki45 (Toryu T97)

Produced by DFC
Val I (Aichi T-99)
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Re: Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby MichaelB » Fri Nov 18, 2016 4:05 pm

Excellent! ...thank you!
So...who was the guy in Ft. Worth producing "new" ones from the original masters in the '90s? I think he used brass but each model was painted and finished. Lovely, attractive but about $40 each.
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Re: Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby ramseyd » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:22 pm

Michael,
It was Ed Pugh. He owns Reaper Miniatures and produced the DFC line of models. He made molds using the original brass masters. Of course, the models he produced were not in lead due to general concerns about lead models. The were made of a tin antimony mixture, I think. The lead models (comet authenticast) will also rot (called lead rot). DO NOT PLACE THE LEAD MODELS IN WOOD CONTAINERS AS THIS JUST MAKE THEM DETERIORATE QUICKER. There is a lot more information in this forum about the 1/432 scale models already cataloged, so I will just refer folks to look over the previous posts.
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Re: Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby baggermcguirk » Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:18 pm

Thank you so much for providing this list. I thought the ones I have are from the 40's but i guess they could be reproductions from the 90's since they have no lead rot. Does anyone have any wartime Comet Authenticast with boxes? All of my boxes say 1945. That is amazing on obtaining the masters are there any pictures of them anywhere thanks
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Re: Comet Authenticast plane collection

Postby ramseyd » Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:45 am

Couple points. The first Authenticast Catalog was produced in 1945. The models sold were likely combinations of models actually produced for war time but never deployed and some that were made post WW2 using the molds made during wartime. Authenticast changed paint colors a little from the comet war time models, and may or may not have the hole completely through the model which is found in the wartime issues.

The lead rot is not seen in all models, either. Just some that have had exposure to something (?) which may have caused it to start. I have seen only a few examples of lead rot, and those were a result of being stored in a wood box which leaches an acid and where there was some dampness in storage. The 1945 models are likely 1945 models which were kept safely.

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