Ship model: Waterline Recognition; USS Kongo

Object Number: 
1946.178
Date: 
1944-1946
Medium: 
Lead, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 1 1/4 x 7 x 1 in. ( 3.2 x 17.8 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
impressed: in obverse: "COMET" lithographed: on one fragment of box: "AUTHENTIC SCALE MODELS O[torn]/WARSHIPS/OF THE WORLD/*/SCALE - ONE INCH TO ONE HUNDRED [torn]/MADE IN U.S.A."; "[below silhouette of warship] TRADE MARK/Authenticast/COMET METAL PRODUC
Description: 
Gray painted cast lead model battleship; scraps of cardboard box lithographed in red, white, blue, and silver, with image of warship in blue white, and banded by red edges with rows of white stars.
Gallery Label: 
This 1:1200 scale metal ship model is a military identification model made during World War II of the Japanese battleship KONGO. It was made, along with many other models of Japanese, German, U.S., British, Italian, Russian, and French ships, by Comet Metal Co., Inc. under contract to the U.S. government. Such models were used to train naval and aviation personnel in warship recognition. They were also available for public purchase after the war.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Comet Metal Products Co., Inc.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group