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  Aurora Model Kits

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.

Aurora Northrop N-156 (F-5 Prototype) Freedom Fighter, 1/48, 140-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$70   

Dated 1962 with fantastic Jo Kotula box artwork. However, the lack of the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the logo tells us that this issue is from around 1963-'65. Excellent condition box. Kit includes pilot, cockpit and instrument panel and three drop tanks and early AIM-9 Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missiles. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the decals are 100% intact but have some very fine visible age cracking. 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 Mummy Glow In The Dark - from the Universal Pictures Movie, 1/8, 452

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG+++

$89   

Still factory tape sealed. 1970s Aurora of Great Britain issue. This is the issue that contains optional glow-in-the-dark parts.

Aurora Bell AH-1G Assult Copter, 1/48, 501-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$95   

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

Aurora British Spitfire, 1/43, 20-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$145   

Dated 1960 with wonderful Mort Kunstler artwork. This is the first issue for this box art due to the 79 cent price extension and 'Famous Fighters' in the oval logo. The kit is molded in high-gloss metallic blue and clear and features full landing gear, bombs and a clear 'Triangle World' base. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The instructions and decals are in factory-new condition.

Aurora Forged Foil Buffalo, 1/16, 445-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

Rare 1969 hardbox issue. Features very nicely detailed Buffalo, terrain base with ground hogs, trophy stand, gold and silver (reversible) foil, original paint brush and original Aleene's black paint for antiquing. There is no glue. Inventoried with all parts present and instructions. Molded in black and brown.

Aurora Spad XIII With Aurora Glue, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$85   

First issue with dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. Includes a small tube of unopened Aurora glue. Hardbox is dated 1957 and has the oval 'Famous Fighters' logo with the sunburst. Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora C-141A Starlifter, 1/108, 376-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$225   

Factory sealed. 1969 issue with the 'Big A' logo. Still the largest injection molded Starlifter kit ever made.

Aurora Spad XIII World War I Fighter, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$85   

Hardbox is dated 1957 and has great Jo Kotula artwork. Please note the oval 'Famous Fighters logo with the sunburst and the Parents' Magazine seal at the middle right. Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora TFX F-111A USAF, 1/48, 368-349

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$95   

1966 Aurora Canada issue in big 1/48 scale. Fantastic Roy Grinnell artwork. The box is in 'very good' condition with nice color, four solid corners and no tape and no price tag marks. The only flaws are very light edge and corner wear and a crease at the top. The assembled model is 21 inches long. Features swing wings, correct retractable landing gear, good cockpit detail, pilot and radar navigator and Air Force markings. Includes the famous clear Aurora 'Globe' triangle-based stand. There has never been any assembly. NOTE: the pilots faces have been very neatly painted. There is no other painting. Inventoried 100% complete including like-new decals and instructions.

Aurora Temco TT-1 Jet Trainer - (ex-Strombecker), 1/43, 139-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Fair

$65   

Still factory sealed, but the box has damage at the upper left from other models being stored on top of it. Ideal builder. Hardbox is dated 1962. This is the nice ex-Strombecker kit after Aurora bought the molds. Features 'good' cockpit with pilots, ejection seats and control sticks, opening canopy, full landing gear and the clear triangle-based stand. Molded in bright yellow and clear.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$125   

Dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula box art. This is the edition with the '198' price circle in the upper right and no Parent's Magazine approval seal. Box is in 'excellent+' condition with like new color and gloss, four solid corners and no tape or price tags. Flaws include very, very light wear and creasing. Molded in gloss olive drab and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Even includes the original tissue packing paper.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$69   

Just when I think all the issues have surfaced for an Aurora kit, another one shows up! This is a 120-69 (same number as the first issue) 'Famous Fighters' oval logo with the '69' price circle and the Parents' Magazine seal. That makes this the second issue - it would have been put out in early 1957, with the very first re-imaging to the new logo. It also shows that the Parents' seal was used as early as 1957 on some kits. The box artist on this issue is Jim Cox, the first model box artist for Aurora. (Please read the article about Mr. Cox on this website) This kit is part of a very successful WWI aircraft line in 1/48 scale that Aurora introduced in '56. The line sold so well that kits were added to it into the 1960s. Molded in the glossy olive drab green and black. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Nieuport 28, 1/48, 108-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$65   

First issue from 1957. This is the yellow-sided issue without the Parents' Magazine seal on the box art. Molded in gloss light gray and black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 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 some of these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business in '76.

Aurora Convair 880 SuperJet TWA, 1/103, 384-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Dated 1961 and the first issue. Note the 'Hobby Kits' slogan in the border of the Aurora logo and the Parents' Magazine Seal at the lower left. Rare near 1/100 scale kit molded in white and clear with recessed control surface and door lines. Features clear cockpit windshield, full landing gear and a large clear 'Triangle World' stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. The Convair 880 and its 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 Boeing 707 Astrojet - American Air Lines, 1/104, 380-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$125   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. 1965 hardbox issue of an early configuration Boeing 707. Very near 1/100 scale. Features complete landing gear, clear cockpit windows, colorful American Airlines decals and clear triangle base display stand.

Aurora F-86D Sabre Jet, 1/48, 77-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$45   

Hardbox is dated 1960. A rather rare issue with the Parents' Magazine Seal and the 'Famous Fighters' oval logo. This is the true 1960 issue and the seal was dropped in '61 or '62. This kit is a modification of the original Brooklyn U-Ma-Kit molds, featuring landing gear, two wing drop tanks, 8 wing-mounted missiles, extended rocket tray, clear triangle display stand and decals for 'YF-578.' Molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing the front of the rocket tray. This small, flat part can be made with sheet plastic. If you are building it with the rocket tray retracted, you do not need this part. Inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora F-86D Sabre Jet, 1/48, 77-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$79   

Dated 1960 with fantastic Jo Kotula art. The box is in stunning 'Near Mint+' condition with as-new gloss and color, four solid corners, no tape or tags, no marks from tape or tags, no fading and no tears or litho damage. Very light wear is the only flaw. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.