A Cobra In The Attic!

Like a dusty ghost from the past!

Well, we have have had Barn Finds, Basement finds, Blue Tarp Finds I think even one family room find classic boat. But in the attic? And a Cobra to boot, or boat! Yes the Ramsey Bros are amazing at this. Not sure how they keep finding this stuff, but they do. Original printing plates from Chris Craft Cans and then this. The original Mold for a Cobra model. Is this the prototype Mold for the Sterling Chris Craft Model we have talked about before?


And if so, in a really odd small world thing, we know of the whereabouts of the original illustration by Cal Smith who was a very well respected illustrator back in the day.

YUP! Signed by Cal Smith,  who is fellow Woody Boater Captian Krunch’s father.

very cool original in box


Crazy. But of course we need to know more, and that is where you come in.

Painted up. Or I think this was the color of the plastic as I recall

With the fin fixed ish

Wow! Just wow! These would be insane framed as a set on a wall. Okay, in a room your spouse, wife, husband, partner POSSLQ would not complain about. Dang this is getting tougher and tougher to make fun of your “Situation” I had to dig deep into my mental hardrive for POSSLQ. But its a thing!

This became Toledo Molding & Die Inc, which does alot of stuff still. Tang! SAME ADDRESS. So the geek in me wants to take the molds to them, have them remake the models, then use the original art for the box. Wow, the models would only cost around 5000 bucks a peice to buy. And would they really be the original? BTW, you can find them on ebay regularly .

Do you have any insight and info on this mold? Not to be confused with the mold deep inside your old ratty interior. That’s a different type of mold. This mold would have been cut by hand I suppose to be pressed for the plastic.

Still dusty in the attic

What are those numbers for? The dirt and dust of trueness. The fine art of the craftsman that.. Wait, or Craftswoman, or Craftperson, or Machinist who identifies as a craftsman, or a .. Oh never mind. Cool ship! Right

And yes, mmm I am not sure my engine will fit. What an odd mix of stories we have here, all swirling around. A huge , or small miniature cobra thanks to the Great Ramsey Bros in Toledo. Who By the way do awesome work on real sized boats. There are some cool links in this story so you may want to go back up and click. I LOVE LOVE STORIES LIKE THIS and YESTERDAYS! WOW! thanks to all for sending in this gold and love!

15 replies
  1. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Mold in the attic, mold in the fridge, mold on the upholstery and mold on the mold. It is starting to feel like Fall around here!

  2. Les Best
    Les Best says:

    I have blue prints for a Cobra model. Haven’t looked at them for years, about 2-3 feet long. I’ll dig them out if the bugs haven’t eaten them.

  3. Bilge Rat
    Bilge Rat says:

    This would have been before there were true Computer Numerical Controlled wood routers to make these molds. While some of the earliest CNC routers may have used punch tape to run a rudimentary program (look up punch tape millenials!), these were most likely hand made molds.

  4. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    cool stuff! Cool morning here in ole VA!

    keep this sort of stuff going…..neat detail that that is Captn Krunch’s father….

    John in Va

  5. Chad
    Chad says:

    Very cool. I’d send it to Crafty-B in Michigan and have it sand casted in aluminum. Better yet, take one of his classes and cast it as a project.

  6. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Cooool! I will bet if you cast it in chocolate, your wives would let you keep it in the kitchen. Did they check for a knot in the bow?

  7. Howard Beaumont
    Howard Beaumont says:

    Matt, you should check on the dimensions. That plug, mold or whatever looks like a cereal offering from years ago, a giveaway to it for me is, notice the wings aft on hull. Toy was about 4 inches or slightly less. Deck was also flat as in your pic. I could be wrong, please weigh in.

  8. steve bunda
    steve bunda says:

    The toy thought is interesting. Maybe the numbers are the ratio of the pattern to the steel mold to be cut on a Deckel GK21 3d pantograph.

  9. Martin Field
    Martin Field says:

    I think they could be “Cataforms”, which are hand made patterns which go on a pantograph engraver, albeit a 3 D one known as a die sinker and the actual steel moulds made for injection moulding. That is how all injection moulded styrene kits were made before CNC machines, computers and spark erosion was used. These are priceless artifacts. They could still be used to make models, using silicon rubber to take moulds from them and thenm polyurethane resin models made in the rubber moulds. These are not moulds, they’re patterns. Moulds are the negative of a pattern in which mouldINGS are produced. I have been a patternmaker for most of my working life and still make models for collectors.
    PLEASE find them a good home. My postal address is…..

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