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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora Bomarc Missile IM-99 with Launcher, 1/48, 377-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$550   

1958 first and only release. Nice kit of the Bomarc in 1/48 scale with a full mobile launching trailer. Trailer has rotating wheels, two bar, tool boxes and an elevating missile rail that be displayed in 'travel' or 'launch' positions. The box has four solid corners, very good color and gloss but wear as shown. The kit has never been started. The missile parts are still factory bag sealed. All parts that were not factory bag sealed have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, both decal sheets and instructions.

Aurora F-86D Sabre Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 77-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$240   

First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Kit is completely correct for the first issue, molded in high-gloss gray with no rivet detail, no landing gear/missiles and correct instructions and ecals. Also includes correct Brooklyn stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Stand has a 3/4 inch by 1/4 inch missing chip on the lower edge.

Aurora Black Knight of Nurnberg 1580 - Crown Issue, 1/8, K3-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$185   

In the mid 1950s, Crown Plastics advertised the release of a series of Knight models - some of the very first figure kits. However, before Crown entered production, Aurora marketed the line for Crown in 1956. The box side rectangular 'Northern Lights' Aurora logo has the 'Crown' logo incorporated into it, as does the logo on the instructions. The 'Crowns' were the first Aurora Knights ever issued, Aurora's very first figures kits, and Aurora gave them the kit numbers K1-98, K2-98 and K3-98. The knights sold well, and Aurora bought the three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics within the year. The kit is 100% correct down to the red and white plums. Inside, the plastic parts are mint. The kit has never been started. The gloss black plastic parts are still sealed in the factory bag. The instructions are correct with the Crown logo in the Aurora logo. The two plumes are in very good condition, which is rare.

Aurora Delta 747 Jumbo Jet, 1/156, 360-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$49   

Hardbox AURORA block letters logo issue dated 1970. Features full color Delta decals, clear windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear and large tripod stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Box is only 'Good' with various creases, bends and light stains as shown.

Aurora Convair 880 SuperJet TWA, 1/103, 384-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$225   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1961. The Convair 880 and it's near sister 990 were very high performance airliners. Unfortunately they did not find favor with commercial operators. Only 65 880s were produced from 1959 to 1962. The aircraft was designed to be smaller and faster than the DC-8 and 707 - this market did not develop, however, and if it did it could have been served with less expensive designs. The 990 was a larger and faster (mach .91) airliner, but it failed to meet it's range criteria for east to west crossings of the USA. As a result, only 37 were made. Interestingly enough, several 990s continued to be operated by private owners and NASA operated two 990s for decades after the last 990 was phased out of commercial service.

Aurora Sikorsky S-55 'Windmill' Helicopter, 1/45, 503-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$385   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This was the only year with this logo, which was quickly replaced in 1957 with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' version. Incredible 'near mint+' condition hardbox with no more wear than the kit would have upon leaving the shipping crate. This is a large 1/48 scale kit that was issued after Aurora purchased the molds from Helicopter for Industry. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora Grumman F6F Hellcat - Famous Fighters of All Nations Issue, 1/48, 40A-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG-

$125   

Second issue of this rare kit. Early square 'Aurora Line' logo and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations' logo. For this release, Aurora dropped the 'national insignia' left border and retained the original artwork. 'A' was added to the part number and the price extension was raised to '79' from '69'. Kit is molded in the correct metallic dark blue and clear and has the clear rectangular stand and correct decals and instructions. NOTE: at one point the fuselage was very neatly glued together. Due to the age of the glue, it has fallen apart. There was no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$70   

Second issue of this kit in investment-grade 'near mint' condition. It retains the original 1956 box art, but the square Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo is gone, replace by the to-be classic sunburst 'Famous Fighters' oval. Please note the Parents' Magazine Seal but lack of the price circle at the right center. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Tu-104 Aeroflot (Tu-16 Badger), 1/130, 127-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$95   

1959 issue of the military bomber turned civil transport. Molded in the correct gloss gull gray and clear with the clear triangle 'World' stand and Aeroflot decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Martin Mace TM-76 Guided Missile, 1/48, 130-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$289   

1958 'Famous Fighters' first and only release. Large 1/48 scale kit of the early guided missile. Includes display stand. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Tu-104 Aeroflot - (Civil Tu-16 Badger), 1/130, 127-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$125   

1959 issue of the military bomber turned civil transport. Molded in the correct gloss gull gray and clear with the clear triangle 'World' stand and Aeroflot decals. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$80   

First issue from 1956 with Jim Cox boxart and Northern Lights logo. Box is in 'excellent+' condition. The logo on this kit only appeared for one year. In 1957 it was replaced with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo. This kit was one of a very famous line of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits introduced by Aurora at this time. Due to the popularity, subjects were still being released into the 1960s. Molded in glossy olive green and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please read the article about Jim Cox that is posted on this website.

Aurora SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$55   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo only appeared for one year. In 1957 it was replaced with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo. The artwork is by Jim Cox. This kit was one of a very famous line of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits introduced by Aurora at this time. Due to the popularity, subjects were still being released into the 1960s. Molded in glossy olive green and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora North American P-51D Mustang - With Aurora Glue, 1/48, 118-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$145   

Contains still sealed Aurora glue with the early 'Aurora Line' logo. The kit is the first issue from about 1956 with the Northern Lights logo. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowlings, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. Molded in gloss olive green and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Lockheed P-38 Lightning, 1/48, 99-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$125   

The Jo Kotula box artwork is dated 1959, but the kit is slightly later (early 1960s) due to the '130' price extension and the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the ovals. The box is 'excellent++' with like new color and gloss and four solid corners. Molded in silver and clear the the 'triangle' clear stand and stand arm. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The Aurora issues of the 1/48 scale P-38 are interesting to say the least. The first issue is the Brooklyn kit with the P-38/B-24 box artwork. Inside, the plastic is light blue with minimal surface detail and a clear canopy and rectangular stand that says 'Aurora Plastic Corp. Brooklyn, 4, N.Y.'. There are no landing gear, gear doors or mass balances. The second issue has identical box art, plastic color, decals and rectangular stand, but the box and instructions says 'West Hempstead' instead of Brooklyn. The clear stand mold has had 'Brooklyn' milled out, and there is no location on the stand. The third issue has the same artwork, but the full color 'Aurora Line' logo is used - but the big changes were on the inside. Aurora modified the molds, adding a pitot tube, elevator mass balances and landing gear struts, wheels and doors. The decals and stand remain the same, but the new instructions reflect the changes to the molds. This time the kit is molded in an attractive metallic blue. The fourth issue dropped the Jim Cox artwork in favor of a new P-38 flying from right to left across a threatening sky. The plastic still metallic light blue and the decals and stand remain unchanged. The new details were retained. The fifth issue was 1959. The oval 'Famous Fighters' logo was used with Jo Kotula artwork of two P-38s. The detail level of the kit remained the same, but it was molded in olive drab and clear. The newer 'Triangle' base was added at this time. Further issues kept this box artwork, but the oval logo changed as well as the price extensions. This is a 6th issue due to the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the oval, and the 99-130 price.

Aurora Lightning P-38 - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 99-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$125   

Rare. Third issue with rectangular 'Aurora Line' logo and Famous Fighters of All Nations. Molded in correct gloss medium blue plastic and clear with rectangular clear stand. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: decal were previously stuck to the instructions in several small areas. The damage is to the backing paper - the actual transfers are 'excellent.'

Aurora Convair F-102 Delta Dart (YF-102), 1/121, 290-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

1957 hardbox issue with the Parents' Magazine seal. Please note that this is an earlier issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the oval border of the Aurora logo and is has the '.29' cent price extension. Small scale kit with dramatic Jo Kotula box artwork. Nicely molded kit with clear canopy, full landing gear and display stand. This is a model of the very early YF-102 prototype with the straight (non-area rule) fuselage. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Around this time, Aurora issued a series of inexpensive (usually 29 cent) small scale kits that were designed to sell at almost any type of retail location. The line was successful and further expanded - when Aurora purchased the Comet molds, they fit in nicely with this established line.

Aurora Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, 1/260, 432-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$45   

Excellent builder kit. Nicely molded, smaller scale full-hull kit. Kit features molded rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, display stand and rigging instructions. Molded in green, wood tan and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including flag sheet and instructions. NOTE: the smallest yard has 1/3 of the tip broken off and that tip is missing.

Aurora Lockheed F-94C Starfire, 1/82, 495-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Dated 1961. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The decals have some light damage affecting several of the transfers as they were once stuck to the instructions.

Aurora Beechcraft Super 18 - with Aeroclub Metal Props, 1/88, 284-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

Kit includes two Aeroclub #AP027 Hamilton Standard two-bladed props that were used on a period PT-17/PT-13. The kit itself is the 1963 issue. Ex-Comet molds smaller scale (1/88) issue. Features rotating prop, full side and cockpit glass, and blue and red pinstripe decals with N numbers and rudder fin flash markings. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing one propeller. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts including decals and instructions. If you trim the length of the Aeroclub props they make excellent replacements for the Aurora props.