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  Aurora Model Kits

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$125   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'near mint' condition. The only flaw is a split seal on the right short side. 1962 issue with fantastic Jo Kotula box artwork. 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. Kit includes pilot, cockpit and instrument panel and three drop tanks and early AIM-9 Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missiles.

Aurora F-86D Sabre Jet Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 77-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$249   

First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Kit is completely correct for the first issue. Molded in high-gloss gray, no rivet detail, no landing gear/missiles (the rivets and gear/missiles did not come till later issues) and correct instructions/decals. Also includes correct Brooklyn stand and original packing tissue paper. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora Convair 880 SuperJet TWA, 1/103, 384-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$225   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1961. 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 707 Jetliner TWA, 1/104, 382-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$75   

Dated 1959 with the 'Famous Fighters' style 'Hobby Kits' logo. First issue for the TWA 707. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Please note, the actual decal transfers are 100% complete, but there is bug damage to some of the backing paper only.

Aurora Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, 1/270, 494-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$145   

Very rare and even rarer in this condition. First issue and with the one-year only rectangular logo. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art with 1956 date. The box is the finest I have seen. It has like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tape or tape marks, no tags or tag marks, no fading, and no tear or missing litho. The only flaws are the light edge and corner wear shown at the bottom right and other (even lighter) shelf wear that probably not even visible in the photo. Molded in correct silver and clear with correct rectangular clear stand. A nice kit for that time, it features full centerline landing gear and outrigger struts and gear doors as well as clear cockpit canopy, outboard slipper fuel tanks, display stand and decals. It has the correct early rectangle-base clear Aurora stand, which is also shown on the instructions. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions are mint and the decals are 'near mint.' It is interesting to note that this is not a reissue of the Comet molds - the two models are not even close to the same size or scale. This kit is original to Aurora, was made before Aurora acquired the Comet molds and also varies in a great many details. It appears that Aurora never even re-issued the Comet B-52, probably because they had a superior model already in the same low price range.

Aurora Boeing KC-135 Jet Stratotanker, 1/125, 143-175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$69   

1974 Aurora of Canada issue from ex-Comet molds. This is the largest of the two Comet molds and has clear cockpit and cabin windows, full landing gear and a 'tanker' rear end and refueling boom (although the box art does not show it). Molded in gloss silver and clear. This model was given a clear Aurora two piece 'triangle world' stand, unlike many of the other Comet kits which only had a modified version of their original stands included. Of course this is not the production KC-135 but a model of the Boeing prototype. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$115   

1972 Big "A" logo with "Aurora" written across the middle. Still the biggest injection molded Starlifter model ever made. There is no assembly but NOTE: the top of the horizontal stabilizer has been lightly airbrushed with primer. There is no other painting. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing 737 United Air Lines Short Range Jet, 1/72, 359-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$119   

1971 block letters logo hardbox issue. Still the only 1/72 injection molded 737 kit. Includes very colorful United decals, clear cockpit windshield, optional position landing gear and display stand. Molded in white and clear with the tripod display stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: decals are intact but have some visible micro-cracking. Please see the article (located on this website) on how to save or restore decals like these.

Aurora A-37 Strike Jet, 1/43, 147-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$69   

1968 hardbox issue. Features detailed cockpit and extensive under wing loadout. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Delta, 1/156, 360

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$99   

Factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. AURORA block letters logo issue dated 1972. Features full color Delta decals, clear windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear and large tripod stand.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$75   

Still factory sealed. The kit is dated 1958, but this is obviously a later issue as the Aurora logo does not say 'Famous Fighters' in the border and has no sunburst - due to the 130 price extension, it is most likely from 1961 or '62.

Aurora Boeing B-29 Superfortress, 1/76, 372-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$225   

Rare first issue from the early 1950s. Correct gloss silver color with square original-style clear base and arm. Correct first issue instructions and decals. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$219   

First issue Brooklyn kit from the early 1950. Molded in the correct light blue with little surface detail and no mass balances, pitot tube or landing gear struts, wheels and doors. Includes the correct rectangular clear stand for this issue. Decals and instructions are in excellent condition. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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 same artwork, but 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. The fourth issue dropped the Jim Cox artwork in favor of a new P-38 flying from right to left across a threatening sky. 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 F-86D Sabre Brooklyn - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 77-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$159   

First issue early 1950s U-Ma-Kit from Brooklyn factory. Kit is completely correct for the first issue, molded in high-gloss gray with no rivet detail, no landing gear/missiles and correct instructions and decals. Also includes correct Brooklyn stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Stand has a 3/4 inch by 1/4 inch missing chip on the lower edge.

Aurora Atomic Submarine Nautilus SS571, 1/242, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$179   

Rare, Brooklyn-produced, early 1950s U-Ma-Kit. This was Aurora's first naval model. Molded in the correct glossy very dark gray plastic and includes a display stand and decals to match the box art. Never started and complete with all parts, remarkable 'excellent' condition decals and 'near mint' instructions. Even the original factory tissue packing paper is present. The box has excellent color, four solid corners with no repairs, no fading and no price tags. The only tape is the factory sealing tape on the long sides. There is light general shelf wear and edge wear as shown.

Aurora Douglas M-2 Mailplane, 1/48, 111-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

First issue dated 1957 with timeless Jo Kotula artwork. Molded in deep burgundy and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please NOTE, the box displays better than the 'excellent' grade but is ranked as such because there is a .75" x .5" tape tear on one long side.

Aurora Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet United Air Lines, 1/156, 362-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$65   

First issue hardbox dated 1968. Features big 15 inch wingspan, clear cockpit windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear and a large display stand. Includes full color, complete United decals. Molded in white and clear plastic with the large, clear 'triangle world' based stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes the correct early decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$119   

First issue from the early 1950s. Rare, big 1/48 scale kit. Please note the early Aurora rectangular logo, which was used from about 1953 to 1955. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including 'excellent' condition, flat decals and instructions and even includes the original factory tissue paper. NOTE: although the kit is complete, 1/8 inch (.31cm) of one-half of a tip tank is gone - it either broke off or was short shot.

Aurora Albatross D-3 (Albatros DIII), 1/48, 104-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$45   

Still factory sealed but the seal has a split on both short sides. Box has a 1956 date on it, but this a 1960s issue hardbox. Most likely from 1963+ because of the simplified Aurora logo and $1 price extension on the part number.

Aurora United 747 Friendship, 1/156, 362

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$59   

AURORA block letters logo issue dated 1972. Features big 15 inch wingspan, clear cockpit windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear, large display stand and full United decals. Molded in white, clear and with a large black tripod stand. Decals are in rare 'excellent' condition.