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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora Hiller Hornet Ram-Jet Helicopter, 1/48, 501-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$650   

Very rare. Although dated 1956, this is the artwork copyright date only. This issue sports the oval logo with the sunburst but no "Famous Fighters" so this hardbox probably dates roughly 1960 and the last issue for this model. This is from the old Helicopters for Industry molds that Aurora acquired in the mid 1950s. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Yak-25 Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 66-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$245   

First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Very lite pencil writing at very top of box. 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: VG

$325   

First issue Brooklyn kit from the early 1950. Molded in the correct light blue with little surface detail and no mass balances, pitot tube or landing gear struts, wheels and doors. Includes the correct rectangular clear stand for this issue. Decals and instructions are in excellent condition. 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 Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$475   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals.

Aurora Jap Zero (Carrier Artwork) - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 88-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+++

$850   

Second issue and the rarest Zero from Aurora. The first issue is the 59 cent Brooklyn, and this one is the short-term 59 cent issue from the move to West Hempstead. This box in is in Near Mint investment grade condition with as-new color and gloss. This art was only issued for one year and maybe less and with two issues - this one, 88-59 and 88-69. Molded in brilliant high gloss yellow and clear with the correct rectangular clear stand. This was the first issue with modified molds, so this kit includes the full landing gear and wing bombs, as well as the revised instructions to reflect that. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and correct decals and instructions.

Aurora F-86D Sabre Jet, 1/48, 77a-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$180   

Second issue of the Orange Sabre, and the first issue from the West Hempstead factory. Correct with landing gear and the other post-Brooklyn additions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$90   

First issue from the early 1950s. Box color and gloss is as new and the box grades a very strong 'Near Mint' overall. Has moving control surfaces and rotating wheels and propeller. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$90   

First issue from 1956 with Jim Cox boxart and Northern Lights logo. Investment-grade box in 'near mint' 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.

Aurora P-51D Mustang, 1/48, 118-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+++

$175   

First issue about 1956 with Northern Lights logo. The box is in investment-grade 'near mint' condition. 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 Convair F-102 Dart - (Delta Dagger), 1/121, 290-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

$75   

1957 hardbox issue. The box is in mint condition with as new gloss and color. Please note that this is an earlier issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the oval border of the Aurora logo. 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. Internal factory sealed bag or 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 Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, 1/110, 291-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$75   

1957 to 1959 issue. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Nieuport 28, 1/48, 108-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$69   

First issue from 1957. Near Mint box. This is the yellow-sided issue without the parents seal on the box art. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora DH-10 Bomber, 1/48, 125-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$155   

Dated 1957 and in investment-grade 'near mint++' condition. issue in investment grade condition. The box has factory-new color and gloss, four perfect corners, no tape or price tags ever and no fading. There is only general light wear as one would expect in shipping from the factory. Very nice, large-scale kit for that time. Includes an aircraft crew of three, two ground crew and a base with chocks. Molded in gloss olive drab and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora HC-1B Chinook (CH-47), 1/48, 350-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$199   

First issue hardbox issue dated 1961 with classic Jo Kotula artwork and the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the Aurora sunburst logo. Very large 1/48 scale kit with good cockpit and rotor detail, moving rotors, clear side and cockpit windows and full decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora German Sea Raider Atlantis, 1/456, 710-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc +++

$900   

First issue. The hardbox is dated 1959 and has the "Famous Fighters" in the oval 'Northern Lights' logo. This is the only kit made of the infamous German WWII converted merchant raider which was the subject of several books and a major movie called 'Under Ten Flags.' The long WWII voyage was legendary, and the ship is well represented in this full-hull model. Covers can be removed to reveal hidden guns, torpedo tubes and the Ar-196 floatplane. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. From modeler Stephen Payne: Recommend that the builder or collector of this kit add the following books to their collection-The German Raider Atlantis by Captain Bernhard Rogge & Wolfgang Frank & Sea Raider Atlantis, Story of a German Surface Raider by Ulrich Mohr & A.V. Sellwood. The first book is by the ATLANTIS commander, Kapitan zur See Bernhard Rogge. He oversaw the transformation and outfitting in Bremen and captained the ship during her 602 day operational voyager which sank or captured 22 ships totaling 144,384 t (142,104 long tons). Rogge also was one of the few German officers of flag rank who was not arrested by the Allies after the war due to the way he had exercised his command of Atlantis. Captain J. Armstrong White, captain of the British CITY OF BAGHDAD, which Atlantis sank in July 1941, stated, "His treatment of prisoners left respect, instead of hatred."The second book is by the ATLANTIS First Officer, Ulrich Moher. Both books read much the same as the events related are the same, but it is interesting to see these events from the two perspectives. Captain White (see above) wrote the foreword to Atlantis, the Story of a German Surface Raider, written by U. Mohr & A. V. Sellwood.The German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis (HSK 2), known to the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 16 (SHIP 16) and to the Royal Navy as Raider-C, was a converted merchant vessel to German Hilfskreuzer (auxiliary cruiser) used for commerce raiding. Commerce raiders did not seek to engage warships, but rather attack enemy merchant shipping; the measures of success are tonnage destroyed (or captured) and time spent "at large" holding up enemy resources. Atlantis had the longest raiding career of any German commerce raider in either world war.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E Sealed, 1/43, 116-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$110   

Still factory sealed. The kit is dated 1958, but this is obviously a later issue as the Aurora logo does not say 'Famous Fighters' in the border and has no sunburst - due to the 130 price extension, it is most likely from 1961 or '62.

Aurora Boeing 747 KLM, 1/156, 361-KL

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$175   

1960s issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$129   

Factory sealed. AURORA block letters logo issue dated 1972. Features full color Delta decals, clear windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear and large tripod stand.

Aurora F-84 Thunderstreak, 1/80, 299-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$49   

Ex-Comet molds. Smaller issue. 1960s issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Dick Tracy Figure, 1/16, 818-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$240   

1960s issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.