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This two-part mold with an M-shaped clamp was one part of a Buck Rogers' Junior Caster set marketed in the 1930s. Fans of the space adventure series could make their own lead figurines using the lead bars and melting cauldron included alongside this mold. The results were small, paintable, models of favorite comic characters and vehicles. Available at different levels (Electric, Miniature, and Junior), the casting kits could also be supplemented with additional molds, allowing the creation of new models. The Home Foundry Manufacturing Company offered a comparable casting set for the Flash Gordon characters.

The Buck Rogers comic strip (written by the character's creator Philip Francis Nowlan and illustrated by Dick Calkins) debuted in 1929, followed by a color Sunday strip in 1930 and a radio program in 1932.

Michael O'Harro donated this mold to the Museum in 1993.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type MODELS-Science Fiction Manufacturer Rappaport Brothers Dimensions 3-D (Each Half): 14 × 10.2 × 6.8cm (5 1/2 × 4 × 2 11/16 in.)
3-D (Clamp): 11 × 7 × 0.2cm (4 5/16 × 2 3/4 × 1/16 in.)
Materials Overall, die cast iron; clip, iron; handles (2), wood
Inventory Number A19970643000 Credit Line Gift of Michael O'Harro Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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