By Fred Boucher
In a golden age of aviation tarnished by the Cold War, many new aircraft were produced, including what became known as cruise missiles. One was the mach 2 Chance Vought SSM-N-9 Regulus II. Aurora was always quick to machine molds for injection molded kits of warfare’s latest & greatest technical achievements, and the Regulus II supersonic cruise missile was no exception. Issued in 1958 as kit 132-129, it scales to 1/48. The “129” was Aurora’s MSRP (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price $1.29), a part of the box despised by retailers since they often wanted to set their own price by demand. Aurora also issued a kit of the missile with a ground launcher, kit 378-249.
Most of these kits came out before I was born so perhaps it is not so strange that I never saw them at my childhood hobby outlets: City Cycle Hobby Shop, Bell or Davis Drug Stores, Value Village, Kresge, Woolworths, Sears, or JC Pennys. In fact, I never even knew most such kits existed until the advent of online sites!