This ship measures 16″ x 4″. The deck on this one is finished darker than the other one I have. Unfortunately someone painted the planes gray, they originally would have been red. It first appears in the 1940-1941 catalog as a “Toy Fair Blue Ribbon Winner” and continues to appear at least through the 1942-1943 catalog. When the ship is first introduced it is only fourteen inches long but increases to sixteen inches in 1941. That would make the fourteen inch a one year production run and the rarest of the C-12 Aircraft Carriers. I have only seen these designated as C-12’s but all of the catalogs show them as C-3’s. The pictures were not always true to what was actually produced but I am looking for one designated C-3.
From my private collection.