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Aurora Grumman F4F Wildcat, 1/65, 497-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$42   

Second issue - has the 50 cent price extension and no 'Famous Fighters' in the logo border. Dated 1962 but is from 1963 or the mid 1960s. Molded in dark blue and clear. Never started. Inventoried with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora Grumman F4F Wildcat, 1/65, 497-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$42   

First issue dated 1962. John Steel hardbox artwork. Has 'Famous Fighters in the border of the Aurora Sunburst logo and the 49 cent price extension. This is the rarest of all issues as it was only one year; in 1963 Aurora dropped the 'Famous Fighters' in the border. Molded in correct gloss dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$55   

First issue dated 1957. Note 29 cent circle at the upper right, Parents' Magazine seal at the lower right and 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the logo. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Douglas F4D Skyray, 1/88, 292-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

Dated 1957 and very likely the first issue. Please note the '.29' price circle at the far right and the Parents' Magazine seal at the lower right. This kit was issued with the 'simplified' logo with no 'Northern Lights' in the oval logo. Molded in gloss light gray and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora 1904 Curved Dash Olds (Oldsmobile) - 'Old Timers - Famous Cars of All Times' Issue, 1/16, 576-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$149   

Still factory sealed. 1963 issue in fantastic condition. Well detailed, large 1/16 scale kit. Molded in black, chrome, red and with real rubber tires. Aurora was renowned for turning a profit and for keeping expenses down. In researching new kit subjects, they came upon a forgotten jewel - the Hudson Miniatures line of 1/16 scale wooden kits. Hudson had discontinued this line due to lack of sales of wooden kits. But the Hudson models were second to none in quality, research and documentation. Aurora was quick to realize this and used the research and layout from these kits to create the subjects for this 'Old Timers' series. It is fortunate for us that they did, because in most cases this is the only injection molded kit of these rare and classic early automobiles.

Aurora USS Iowa BB61 Battleship - (With Decals for Iowa / Missouri / Wisconsin / New Jersey), 1/600, 705-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$139   

Dated 1957. This is the first issue of this kit; please note the 'Famous Fighters' northern-lights oval Aurora logo. The box is in unusually good condition with like-new colors and gloss, four solid corners, no creases, tears or missing litho and no price tags or tag marks. Flaws include light general wear and scuffing (mainly on the sides) and some age spotting. Features one piece full hull, rotating triple 16" gun turrets, 5" secondary turrets, pom-pom guns, lifeboats, prop and rudder detail, 2 float planes with catapults, display stand and decals for the Iowa, Missouri or New Jersey. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora German Gotha G-V Bomber, 1/48, 126-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$85   

Ross Abare issue Gotha. Mr. Abare contracted with Aurora to produce a copy of the original 1958 kit. However, the non-'Famous Fighters' logo was used, thus forever separating the Abare issue from the original issue. Mr. Abare was reportedly quite upset, as he wanted exact copies. Never started. The black parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The maroon parts were never sealed and have been inventoried complete. With 'near mint' decals and instructions.

Aurora De Havilland DH-10A, 1/48, 1125-300

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$65   

1972 issue with revised molds. Much better kit that previous releases. Never started. NOTE: missing one small part: flat upper windshield (easily made, I have included plenty of clear plastic). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora M8 Munitions Carrier and 8 Inch Howitzer, 1/48, 333-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$185   

Hard-to-find 1/48 scale model includes both kits. M8 features movable tracks and bogie wheels, movable bulldozer blade and ammunition loader. The Howitzer has a movable breech and wheels, recoil mechanism, limber and gun trails and 7 figures. The kit has never been started. The Carrier is still in the internal factory sealed bag. The gun was not sealed and has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts including decals and instructions. Aurora did not issue a terrain base with this kit.

Aurora Boeing P-12E, 1/48, 121-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$59   

First issue with the 69 cent price extension and 'Famous Fighters' sunburst oval. Dated 1958 with Jo Kotula box artwork. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing P-12E, 1/48, 121-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$79   

Still factory sealed. Second issue with the 79 cent price extension and 'Famous Fighters' in the sunburst oval. Dated 1958. Features fantastic Jo Kotula artwork.

Aurora Nieuport II Sealed, 1/48, 101-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$42   

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Factory sealed. 1960s issue. 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 Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$49   

Still factory sealed. 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. 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 Grumman F9F-6 Cougar - (F9F6), 1/82, 293-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$49   

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 Old Timers 1911 Buick Bug, 1/16, 574-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$129   

1963 first issue of Aurora's 'Super Detailed Museum Model with Plated Parts.' Done in a big 1/16 scale, this kit and the other 'Old Timers' in the series represented a significant leap forward in quality for Aurora. The kit features full engine, transaxle and driveline detail. It builds up a rolling chassis like the real car, and includes full exhaust and a detailed interior. Molded in gloss dark green, gloss ivory and with plated parts and real rubber tires. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Aurora was renowned for turning a profit and for keeping expenses down. In researching new kit subjects, they came upon a forgotten jewel - the Hudson Miniatures line of 1/16 scale wooden kits. Hudson had discontinued this line due to lack of sales of wooden kits. But the Hudson models were second to none in quality, research and documentation. Aurora was quick to realize this and used the research and layout from these kits to create the subjects for this 'Old Timers' series. It is fortunate for us that they did, because in most cases this is the only injection molded kit of these rare and classic early automobiles.

Aurora 1914 Stutz Bearcat Old Timers, 1/16, 571-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$119   

1961 first issue of Aurora's 'Super Detailed Museum Model with Plated Parts'. Done in a big 1/16 scale, this kit and the other 'Old Timers' in the series represented a significant leap forward in quality for Aurora. It builds up a rolling chassis with transaxle, suspension, exhaust and driveline detail and includes a detailed interior with separately molded instruments. Molded in gloss yellow, dark wood tan and with plated parts and real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bags. The parts that were not factory sealed have been inventoried complete including instructions. Aurora was renowned for turning a profit and for keeping expenses down. In researching new kit subjects, they came upon a forgotten jewel - the Hudson Miniatures line of 1/16 scale wooden kits. Hudson had discontinued this line due to lack of sales of wooden kits. But the Hudson models were second to none in quality, research and documentation. Aurora was quick to realize this and used the research and layout from these kits to create the subjects for this 'Old Timers' series. It is fortunate for us that they did, because in most cases this is the only injection molded kit of these rare and classic early automobiles.

Aurora N-156 Freedom Fighter (F-5A Tiger), 1/48, 140-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$65   

1962 first issue with 98 cent price extension on the part number and 'Famous Fighters' in the box top oval sunburst Aurora logo. This was the the only year for this logo on this kit, making it the rarest of the issues. Features fantastic Jo Kotula box artwork. Kit includes pilot, cockpit and instrument panel, three drop tanks and early AIM-9 Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missiles. Molded in white and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. This kit is a very good representation of the rare 'Freedom Fighter' prototype N-156. It developed into the F-5, which was widely exported and saw service in over 30 countries. Only three of the N-156 prototypes were built. The design centered around two GE J85 turbojets which originally powered the ADM-20 Quail decoy carried by the B-52 fleet. Initially there seemed to be little demand until President Kennedy's Military Assistance Program required a low-cost fighter that could be provided to US Allies. The N-156 was easily the top choice. It was renamed the F-5 and the rest is history - it became one of the most widely used fighter/bombers in post-WWII history and is still in service in some air forces.

Aurora The Blue Knight Of Milan, 1/8, 472-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$85   

Classic and very popular Aurora knight kit from the original molds. This example is from the 1963 release. The box is in exceptional condition. The only flaws are light creasing on the sides and general light wear. Large 1/8 scale kit is molded gloss dark blue and has the original blue plume. The kit has never been started. It has been 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 Sikorsky HH-3 Jolly Green Giant, 1/72, 505-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$75   

1969 hardbox issue in 'excellent' condition. The box has factory-new color and gloss, four perfect corners and no tape or price tags. There is only light general wear and the main flaw is that the box litho is on crooked. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, Aurora realized that it needed to produce new and better kits if they were to stay in business. Several helicopters, aircraft and ships were released with markedly improved mold quality from the older kits. The HH-3 is one of those kits. The result is a very nice scale kit with fine molded detail. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the instrument panel is a slightly different shade of green. It is from a later issue of this same kit.

Aurora Japanese Sub I-19, 1/275, 728

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$49   

1972 'Big A' box issue. Large scale kit is almost 16 inches long when assembled. This is an excellent model from Aurora's efforts of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Aurora knew that the old 1950s kits were outclassed by the late 60s and cut a new series of molds including several ships, helicopters and subs. The result was high mold quality and very good detail for that time, as represented by this kit. Includes large display stand, decals, periscope and cranes, conning tower and deck guns. Never started. NOTE: missing Glen seaplane body (floats are present). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. The I-19 is famous for firing history's most successful torpedo spread off Guadalcanal. On September 14, 1942, the I-19 was patrolling of the Solomons when she fired a 6 torpedo spread. Three hit and sank the US Carrier CV-7 WASP, and the remaining three exploded against the BB North Carolina and the destroyer O'Brien. The destroyer sank and the North Carolina had to be repaired at Pearl till November 16, 1942. The I-19's Glen seaplane also flew night reconnaissance on February 23, 1942 over Pearl Harbor for the planned second attack by Emily flying boats on that base.