Paper card boat models began in the 1940's and continues on today. Wilhelmshaven was one of the premier producers of these hobby items and at the bottom of this is a short history of the company if you are interested. Finding the old boat card models is extremely rare because these were cut up and built, then played with and they finally wound up in the trash or waterlogged in a lake somewhere (those paper subs lob some pretty good torpedos!!). This is an early 1960s Hafenfhreuge ship that is in excellent condition. We have the instructions for this peice. No rips or tears to any of the boat pieces. All printing and documentation are in German. Each of the four single side sheets measure 16 3/4" X 12". Don't miss the chance to add this rare piece to your collection today.
Company info from the Wilhelmshaven website: The History Unofficial records date the Lehrmittelinstitut, a predecessor of Wilhelmshaven back to the 1940's. This predecessor company was producing models for the army, who used it as visual training tool for recognition. But no official record exist to date back the founding of the company. So Wilhelmshaven is dating itself back to the first official record of 1953, which is the registration of the Lehrmittelinstitut. In 1953 the Lehrmittelinstitut Wilhelmshaven GmbH was founded and started with production and publishing of card models for ships (1:250) and planes (1:50). Soon harbor scenes, sea markers, Christmas krips, cars, trains and a gasoline station were added.
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