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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora DeHavilland DH-4 (DH4), 1/48, 112-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$125   

First issue dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula artwork. The kit is still factory sealed and in near mint condition. The seal does have one split on a short end.

Aurora Albatross CIII (Albatros C-III), 1/48, 142-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$125   

Rare still factory sealed kit from 1963. The model is in investment grade condition and as just as it left the Aurora shipping box. The seal is still mint. The hardbox is in fantastic condition with like-new color and gloss.

Aurora Halberstadt CLII (CL-II), 1/48, 136-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$125   

Rare still factory sealed kit dated 1959. The model is in investment grade condition and as just as it left the Aurora shipping box. The seal is still mint. The hardbox is in fantastic condition with like-new color and gloss. Although dated 1959, the lack of 'Famous Fighters' within the boarder of the sunburst logo dates this kit from the very early 1960s.

Aurora Superboy Comic Scenes, 1/8, 186

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$125   

This is the 1974 issue which includes the comic book with the backdrop mural to create a 3-D Action Display. This kit has never been started. It is either still in the internally sealed factory bag or has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora The Mummy Glow, 1/8, 452

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$55   

1970s issue. Never started. Complete with all non-glow parts but is missing one small optional glow wrappings (part #16).

Aurora Nieuport II, 1/48, 101-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$65   

Second issue still dated 1956 but actually from 1957/58. Jim Cox artwork. The square Northern Lights logo has been replaced with the first famous oval logo sunburst, but the square background remains. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Flying Sub Test Shot - Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (Seaview Submarine) Bagged, 1/60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$275   

Very rare item for the advanced collector. This item was from the estate of Dave Cockrum, the world-famous Aurora box artist, sculpture and kit designer. However, he is even more famous for his long history with DC and Marvel Comics. When working at Aurora, Dave had access to 'The Room'. In it were test shots from almost every Aurora kit ever made; employees were welcome to come in and take a kit when they pleased. This Flying Sub came from that room. It is a rare test shot molded in the usual test shot color - white- and includes the clear parts. Although the kit is complete, it does not have a box or instructions like most all test shots.

Aurora Panzer VI King Tiger - Heavy Tank (Henschel Turret) SS Panzer Divisions, 1/48, 064

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$85   

Still factory sealed. 1976 Aurora 1/48 armor issue with improved molds. Kit features Zimmerit anti-magnetic finish, working bogies and flexible tracks, opening hatches, tank commander, rotating turret, three troops and decals for six different SS Panzer groups including 5th and 9th SS Panzer.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$100   

1969 Big A hardbox issue. Features elevating gun, rotating turret, figures, operating treads and bogies and battlefield display stand. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Japanese Type 97 Chi-Ha Medium Tank - With Army or Navy Decals, 1/48, 325-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$100   

Late 1972 softbox issue. Has markings for either variant. Kit features flexible treads, tank commander and three ground troops, two rifles, rotating turret, elevating gun optional position top hatch and working tracks/wheels. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Grumman F9F-6 Cougar - (F9F6), 1/82, 293-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$55   

Dated 1957 but likely from 1959 due to the 29 cent price extension, 'Famous Fighters' in the oval and lack of a price circle and Parents' Magazine seal. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora P-38 Lightning Texas Ranger Noseart, 1/84, 498-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$49   

1964 issue hardbox. Earlier issue with 49 cent price extension. This is the kit with the 'Texas Rangers' nose art decal. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

$65   

Mint condition hardbox. This is the 4th known issue of this classic kit, and the second one to share the 102-100 kit number. The blue oval logo dates from the early 1960s. This is only the second box artwork used for this kit, and John Steel replaced Cox for the 'new look' from Aurora. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This is part of the famous Aurora WWI series of 1/48 scale aircraft. The series began in 1956 and Aurora added new kits into the early 1960s. The line proved incredibly popular, so these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business.

Aurora A-37 Strike Jet, 1/43, 147-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$79   

1968 hardbox issue. Features detailed cockpit and extensive under wing loadout. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$175   

Rare 1960s issue retaining the same artwork as the 1956 issue. This is likely the 4th issue. I believe the 3rd issue is almost identical but has "Famous Fighters" in the oval logo. That would date this kit as 1963 and up till the 'Big A' box issue. Note the square 'Northern Lights' logo has been replaced with the Aurora sunburst oval logo. This kit has arguably the most dramatic and fanciful B-29 artwork from the 'Golden Era' of modeling. The box is in excellent condition. There are no split corner and no repairs. Responding to market information that boys wanted larger kits, Aurora introduced the B-26 followed by the B-29 and B-25, all of which sold well for many years. Missing stand. Never started. Otherwise complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Lockheed F-90 - West Hempstead Issue, 1/48, 33-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$255   

Very, very early West Hempstead F-90 molded in Brooklyn gray. When Aurora issued it's first two plastic kits, they were copies of the Hawk Model Company's F9F and F-90 fighters. The first Aurora issue was in the rather plain and very rare flip-top one-piece box with the kit molded in gray with no landing gear and missiles from the Brooklyn factory. The second issue was also from Brooklyn and molded in gray with no landing gear or missiles but was in the new two-piece hardbox. The third official issue is the West Hempstead issue and is molded in silver with landing gear and missiles. But this is where it gets interesting. Aurora ran a tight ship and was famous for letting nothing go to waste. If there were extra boxes laying around after the new issue came out, there were used. The same went for old stands, old decals and even old injection molded kits. This gives the collector some very interesting scenarios. This kit is one of those. This is a Brooklyn 'Famous Fighters' box for the F-90. However, under the original tissue paper is a GRAY molded West Hempstead issue with landing gear and missiles- a case of using up the old plastic after doing a mold change. Plastic was delivered by rail car and stored in silos - a silo could last a long time and feed several mold machines. The decals are old Brooklyn with the correct large TATEM COMPANY script on the back. The stand is the large, clear rectangular Booklyn two-piece version, but during the mold modifications, Aurora machined the 'Brooklyn' markings from the mold and of course the stand. The instructions are the modified Brooklyn- they show the landing gear and missiles but with 'West Hempstead' under the old logo. An interesting piece for the advanced collector. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Me-109 (Bf-109) Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 55-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$695   

Very rare first issue. Of the Brooklyn series, this is usually considered the hardest kit to find. Inside, the kit is 100% correct with no rivet detail, no bombs and no landing gear. The color is the unique first run non-metallic medium red with clear canopy and stand. The stand is the correct square one marked 'Brooklyn.' The instructions are correct Brooklyn also, and the decals are the proper early 'Tatem Company' issue with the swastika. The box grades 'excellent' overall. The colors are bright and beautiful. The flaws are edge wear at the top left, a 3/4" by 1/4" tape tear on one long side, and a 1" x 1/2" tear on one short side and other light wear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 'excellent' instructions and 'very good++' decals. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$475   

Rare first issue from the early 1950s. Correct gloss silver color with square original-style clear base and arm. Correct first issue instructions and decals. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$425   

First issue early 1950s from the Aurora Brooklyn factory. Molded with correct light gloss blue and clear plastic with correct Brooklyn stand, decals and instructions. Even has original packing tissue paper. Decals are in beautiful condition and are still flat. Box is excellent with light scuffing as the only flaws. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$290   

First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Kit is completely correct for the first issue. Molded in high-gloss gray, no rivet detail, no landing gear/missiles (the rivets and gear/missiles did not come till later issues) and correct instructions/decals. Also includes correct Brooklyn stand and original packing tissue paper. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.