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  Aurora Model Kits

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.

Aurora Boeing 747 United, 1/156, 362-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$135   

Still factory sealed. Hardbox issue is dated 1968. Features full landing gear, clear cockpit windows, a clear display stand and colorful United decals.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair+++

$89   

Dated 1961. Rare larger-scale Aurora 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 not been started. NOTE: missing nose gear door. This part is easily made from plastic stock, or is not needed if the kit if built in the 'gear up' configuration. Inventoried with all other parts and excellent decals and instructions. The Convair 880 and it's 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 737 - United Airlines, 1/72, 359-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$165   

This rare 1/72 scale 737 hardbox is dated 1966 and features great Roy Grinnell art. Molded in white and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora P-51 Mustang - (P-51D), 1/48, 118-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$89   

Hardbox issue dated 1964. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowling, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. Molded in olive drab and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander, 1/72, 85-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$119   

Factory sealed. 1968 issue hardbox. Nicely detailed kit features recessed panel lines, full interior with rear bulkhead, couch, chairs and console, cockpit with chairs, instrument panel, control yokes, forward bulkhead and clear windows. Includes optional position landing gear and colorful decals. The Jet Commander was the jet powered follow-on to the famous Aero Commander twin private aircraft. But shortly after 1121 delivery began in 1965, Rockwell bought Aero Commander. The 1121 was competition for the Rockwell Sabreliner business jet in the same class, so Rockwell sold the Jet commander to IAI. Initial releases under IAI were called the 1123. Improvements to the 1123 design lead to the IAI 1124 Westwind powered by 731 fan engines. Legend has it that these molds were lost and/or destroyed in a train wreck. Monogram bought Aurora's molds and was transporting them to the Monogram factory when the accident happened.

Aurora AT-6 Texan (T-6 Trainer), 1/48, 70-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$65   

Still mint in the factory sealed. Dated 1960. Please note the 'Famous Fighters' slogan in the logo border but the absence of the Parents' Magazine Seal, making this the 1961/62 issue.

Aurora AT-6 Texan, 1/48, 70-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$45   

Dated 1960 but actually later than that because there is no 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval logo. The box has light spots over the top. This was a good kit for the time, featuring 'good' cockpit detail, pilot and student figures, rotating prop and USAF decals. Molded in silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora AT-6 Texan Trainer, 1/48, 70-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$65   

Factory sealed. Dated 1960 but is actually later than that because there is no 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval logo.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$55   

Mid to late 1960s issue that retains the original issue box art. The box is in exceptional condition with as-new color and gloss. Molded in green and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Convair VR XFY-1 Pogo, 1/48, 60-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$165   

Final issue box design from 1957 to the final year in 1959. Please note that the factory eliminated the old rectangular logo with a yellow triangle and put the new 'Famous Fighters' oval logo in the center. The box is in exceptional 'Excellent++' condition with like-new color and gloss, no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (not even factory tape marks!), four solid corners, no fading and no litho damage. Flaws include very light corner wear and a very light crease at left. Rare large scale model features working counter-rotating props and is molded in gloss silver and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$395   

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 the original tissue paper, all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals.

Aurora MG TD Sports Car, 1/32, 511-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$34   

NOTE: builder kit only, please read carefully. From 1958. Hard-to-find second issue with classic artwork. From ex-Advanced molds. Kit features good outline, good interior with seats, dash board, steering wheel and column and floor with carpet texture, convertible top cover, gas tank and filler cap, front and rear bumpers and real rubber tires. Molded in a bright gloss red. NOTE: the wheels, steering post, w/s frame and bumpers have been neatly painted silver. There is no other painting and zero assembly. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. NOTE: the instructions have bug damage.

Aurora Regulus II Guided Missile with Launcher, 1/48, 378-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$379   

1958 release of this kit featuring classic Jo Kotula boxart. The large 1/48 scale missile comes with a fully operational scale launcher. The hardbox has 'very good' color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tag or tape tears and no torn or missing litho. Flaws include general wear and edge and corner wear as shown. The kit has never been started and is factory new inside right down to the original tissue packing paper. Aurora factory sealed the silver parts and the red missile parts; these are both still sealed. The deep blue parts were not sealed but have been inventoried 100% complete. Includes decals and instructions in 'excellent' condition. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Boeing Bomarc IM-99 (CIM-10B), 1/48, 131-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$285   

1958 'Famous Fighters' first and only release. Nicely done large-scale Bomarc with clear triangle-base display stand. Molded in white and clear and includes original factory packing tissue. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: This kit must be shipped insured.