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  Aurora Model Kits

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.

Aurora US Army Special Forces Green Beret, 1/8, 413-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$225   

Hard to find kit from 1966 in excellent condition. The box has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tags and no tape or tape/tag marks. There is light general wear as shown. The kit is very nicely molded in dark green and includes the Green Beret with his knapsack, canteen, first aid kit, machete, hand grenade and rifle as well as a display base with rocks, a fence, tree stumps, palms, various plants and name plate. Inside, the kit has not been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions.

Aurora Piasecki H-21 'Work Horse', 1/49, 504-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$165   

Third issue of this classic kit. The box is dated 1956 but you can see the new oval logo moved to the lower right with 'Famous Fighters' in the border which would date this kit to 1958-59. Earlier in the 1950s a company called 'Helicopters for Industry' created a line of large early kits. In 1956 Aurora bought the molds and quickly reissued these models with new box artwork. Large kit features cockpit, spinning rotors, rotating wheels and opening doors. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear plastic. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$75   

First issue from 1959. Nicely molded smaller scale full hull kit. Includes molded rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, display stand and rigging instructions. Molded in green, black and wood tan. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, flag sheet and instructions.

Aurora The Black Knight of Nurnberg, 1/8, 473

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Excellent

$48   

Aurora of Great Britain issue from the late 1960s. Classic and very popular Aurora knight kit from the original molds. Large 1/8 scale kit is molded gloss black and has white and yellow plumes. The kit has never been started. It is still sealed in the factory bag and includes the instructions. In the mid 1950s, Aurora bought three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics and issued them as K1, K2 and K3. These were the very first Aurora figure kits and they sported the 1956-only rectangular 'Northern Lights' logo with the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it. The sales success of the Knight prompted Aurora to launch an entire line of figure kits. The knights themselves stayed in production in the USA and overseas long after many other figures were discontinued.

Aurora USAF 4 Stage Lunar Probe SM-75 Thor - with Launch Pad and Service Tower, 1/72, 385-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$650   

Very rare kit. First and only issued dated 1959. This is the SM-75 Thor kit with additional parts for the top end to change the IRBM to a Pioneer Satellite Launch Vehicle. Features removable nose cone to show the satellite, retro-rocket and 'Pioneer Rocket'. Full launch pad, service tower, launch crew and flexible fuel and control lines are also included. Never started. The launch pad and service tower is complete with all parts. The missile is missing one of three tiny 'Control Cable Connector'. I had a resin reproduction made of the missing part and it is included. Includes all three decal sheets and instructions in excellent condition. Original tissue paper is included as well.

Aurora British Churchill Tank, 1/48, 327-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$120   

1972 Big A softbox issue still mint and factory sealed. Features elevating gun, rotating turret, figures, operating treads and bogies and battlefield display stand.

Aurora Beechcraft Super 18, 1/60, 83-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$140   

Ex-Comet molds from 1964 and the first release from Aurora of this kit. Comet made two molds for the Beech 18, a small one and this one, the larger scale (1/60) version. Features clear windows, recessed panel lines, rotating props and pinstripe decals with N numbers. Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Fokker D-7 (D-VII DVII), 1/48, 106-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$55   

Third issue of this kit. 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. The price extension is 79 cents. The second issue is identical except for a 69 cent extension. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora The Black Knight of Nurnberg, 1/8, 473-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$68   

Desirable hardbox issue from 1963. The box is in exceptional 'near mint' condition. The only flaw is light corner wear - the box is also free of all tape and price tags as well as tape and tag marks. Classic and very popular Aurora USA knight kit from the original molds. Large 1/8 scale kit is molded gloss black and has the original white plume. The kit has never been started, and is inventoried complete with all parts, plume and excellent instructions. In the mid 1950s, Aurora bought three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics and issued them as K1, K2 and K3. These were the very first Aurora figure kits and they sported the 1956-only rectangular 'Northern Lights' logo with the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it. The sales success of the Knight prompted Aurora to launch an entire line of figure kits. The knights themselves stayed in production long after many other figures were discontinued.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther - 1st Brooklyn Issue, 1/48, 22

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$1500   

Rare 1st issue from 1952 in the one-piece flip top box. 100% original and correct. The model is molded in the correct gloss dark blue with a clear square 'Brooklyn' stand, stand arm and canopy. Being the first issue, the model does not significant rivet detail, nor was it molded with landing gear or missiles. The entire kit is 13 parts including the stand and stand arm. The instructions are the correct early small Brooklyn version with very minor bug damage. Decals are correctly marked 'The Tatem Company' and are in excellent condition with some curl and minimal yellowing. The box is one of the better I have seen. It is intact - there are no missing parts and no repairs. As is typical with this issue, the fragile box has some small tears, creases and edge wear as shown. In summary, a 100% correct, never started and complete kit for the advanced collector of Aurora or military aircraft models. This kit must be shipped insured. Kit History: In the early 1950s Aurora was making children's toys. Since they were always looking for new avenues of business, the three founders were interested in the new fad of 'plastic models'. They were shown the Hawk F-90 and F9F kits in 1/48, and the rest is history. Aurora copied the F9F and F-90 to issue their very first plastic kits. The boxes were two color one-piece flip top boxes of very thin cardboard; the damaged so easily that the kits were immediately reissued in the more familiar 'hardbox' of a litho slick glued to heavy cardboard.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$58   

AURORA block letters logo issue dated 1972. 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 Martin B-26D Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$155   

1961 issue of the popular kit. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large bombers. All kits released up to this time had been fairly small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. The first issue box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year. This is the second issue box art and the more famous of the two. Note the 'Famous Fighters' in the oval Sunburst logo. Correctly molded in silver and clear and with the large, clear triangle base stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther Jet - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 22A-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Rare 'Aurora Line' logo version. This is actually the 3rd release of this kit and is the first West Hempstead issue - from the logo, it is from 1954/1955. This model is correct in every way with high gloss deep blue and clear plastic, landing gear and rockets, clear rectangle stand and stand arm, instructions say 'West Hempstead' and have the Aurora Line logo, and the decals are made by 'Tatem Company'. Kit has never been started and is 100% complete with all correct parts, stand, decals and instructions.