This is a Framburg recognition model tank used during World War II to train soldiers how to identify both friendly and enemy tanks. Below is a brief history of Framburg and a definition for recognition models. The 1 in the marking indicates this is a first generation model. The second generation is marked with a 2. The first generation is more scarce than the second generation. This Command Tank measures 4 3/8 inches long, 1 7/8 inches tall and 2 1/4 inches wide. The model is in very good condition considering the age. Please examine the photos as they become part of the description.
During WWII, Framburg was awarded contracts to build recognition models. Framburg built models for both ships and land vehicles (tanks and armoured cars). Framburg built both the smaller scale ships (1:1200) and larger scale (1:500). Framburg also build a series of large (1:36) land vehicle models. These models are hollow, with a large oval hole in the base. They were cast in one piece, so none of the parts (turret, etc.) articulate. In the mid 40's, Framburg returned to the lighting business, and ceased making ID models.
Recognition models, also referred to as ID models or spotters models, were used by the armed forces to train troops to identify ships, airplanes and ground vehicles. This aided in many areas, from preventing casualties from friendly fire, to better estimates of enemy troop strength. It was not unusual for spotter models to come in at least two scales. A small scale for students to use, and a large scale 'teachers model' to aid the instructor in describing the important aspects of a particular vehicle. Spotter models were made of many different materials, including lead/zinc alloys, plastic/cellulose acetate, and wood. In addition to recognition models, the government also issue recognition cards, pamphlets, and even used kites with airplane silhouettes to help train soldiers.
I have several US and German tank models in my shop. Take a moment and look at all of them.