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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$250   

Rare. Third issue from about 1954 with the rectangular 'Aurora Line' logo and Famous Fighters of All Nations. Molded in correct gloss medium blue plastic and clear with rectangular clear stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including 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 all-new artwork shown in this photo and 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. For the fourth issue, 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 Convair VR XFY-1 Pogo, 1/48, 60-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$175   

First issue from the early 1950s. Please note the early Aurora rectangular logo, which was used from about 1953 to 1955. 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. NOTE: box displays as 'near mint+' but is graded lower due to a tape tear on one long side from the factory tape.

Aurora Russian Stalin Tank, 1/48, 303-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++++

$145   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. The box is in excellent condition with as new color and gloss and four solid corners. Molded in gloss green with flexible black treads. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$55   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo was only used for this one year - in 1957 it was replaced by the 'Famous Fighters' oval 'Sunburst'. The box artist on this issue is Jim Cox, one of the first if not the first box artist for Aurora. This kit is part of a very successful WWI aircraft line in 1/48 scale that Aurora introduced this year. 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 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 Sikorsky S-55 'Windmill' Helicopter, 1/45, 503-89

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$385   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This was the only year with this logo, which was quickly replaced in 1957 with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' version. Incredible 'near mint+' condition hardbox with no more wear than the kit would have upon leaving the shipping crate. This is a large 1/48 scale kit that was issued after Aurora purchased the molds from Helicopter for Industry. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including 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 SNJ Trainer, 1/48, 80-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$65   

Still mint in the factory seal. Dated 1960. Very likely the 3rd issue of this kit because the box top oval logo does not have the 'Famous Fighters' in the border, making this the 1963+ issue. This was a good kit for the time, featuring 'good' cockpit detail, pilot and student figures, rotating prop and US Navy decals. Molded in yellow and clear.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$50   

Dated 1963 but may be from around 1965 due to the 100 price extension. Molded in gloss olive drab and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

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 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 JN-4 Jenny, 1/48, 114-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$69   

First issue dated 1957 with Famous Fighters oval logo and sunburst inside. Jo Kotula artwork. The box is in investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition with very light wear as the only flaw. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 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 Boeing F4B-4 - (F4B4), 1/48, 122-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$75   

1958 issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. The box is in exceptional condition with vibrant colors. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right. Classic 1930s Navy Biplane Fighter that is still famous for their colorful paint jobs at that that time. Cowl, tail and trim color would vary with the Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga) that the group was based on and the aircraft's position in the flight formation. Never started. Factory sealed bag or 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 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.