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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora US Army 8 inch Howitzer, 1/48, 307-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$75   

First issue from 1958 with incredible artwork and the oval 'Famous Fighters' sunburst logo. Well detailed model for that time which features 96 pieces, moving wheels, breech, recoil mechanism, limber and gun trails. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions present. Even includes the original factory tissue packing paper. Aurora did not furnish decals with this kit.

Aurora German Tiger Tank, 1/48, 312-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$69   

Hard-to-find 1964 1/48 scale armor kit with box art by the famous artist John Steel. When introduced, all of the Aurora armor series met with rave reviews in the modeling magazines; they are still favorite 'Classic Builders' today. Features working bogies and sprokets, flexible tracks, optional position hull and turret hatches, separately molded exhaust, tow rings, spotlight, spare treads and more, elevating main gun & rotating turret, tank commander figure and three soldiers. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora SSN Nautilus SSN-571 First Under The North Pole, 1/242, 708-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$110   

1958 issue with fantastic 'North Pole' box artwork by Jo Kotula. Molded in the correct high gloss black plastic. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora Albatross D-3 Red Dot Issue - (Albatros D.III / DIII), 1/48, 104-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$48   

Rare very early issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo and the 69 cent price circle on the right of the box top. What is most unusual is that the price is within a red-filled circle; this is the second instance of this that I have seen in more than 26 years. Just when you think you have Aurora's kit history figured out, they throw you another curve ball! Molded in the correct glossy dark green and black. Decals and instructions are correct for the first issue as well. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Even includes the original factory tissue packing material.

Aurora Boeing P-26A Peashooter, 1/43, 115-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

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Very rare 1957 issue with the original artwork and the then-new Sunburst Oval logo with 'Famous Fighters' in the border. This was a one-year only issue because in 1958 the new Jo Kotula artwork was introduced. The P-26A was originally issued shortly after Aurora moved to the West Hempstead facility on Long Island, NY. Molded in the correct glossy light blue and clear with the early style Aurora rectangular stand, correct Tatem Company decals and the correct instructions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The box has wear as shown and is only 'good.' Aurora was the only early US model company known for consistently turning a profit. They never wasted anything and that included instructions, stands and decals. If any were left, they were used (in the new style box, like in this case) until they were used up.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$42   

First issue from 1956 that still has the 1954/55 early logo. This was a well-reviewed and fine kit for that time. It features moving ailerons, elevators and rudder, 'good' cockpit, pilot figure, clear windscreen, rotating wheels & propeller and more. Molded in the correct gloss dark green and clear & includes the correct large rectangle-based early Aurora stand. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Even includes the original factory tissue packing paper.

Aurora Grumman S2F Hunter Killer - Tracker, 1/111, 288-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$36   

Hardbox issue from 1964 and from quality ex-Comet molds. Features fine recessed surface detail, rotating propellers, clear windows and a display stand. Comet has two S2F models; this is the smaller of them. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing P-12E, 1/48, 121-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$39   

SALE!! First issue dated 1958 with Jo Kotula box art, 69 cent price extension, 'Famous Fighters' sunburst oval and Parents' Magazine Seal. This model was reviewed highly when released in magazines and features 'good' cockpit and engine detail, wing mounted bombs, clear windscreen, pilot figure, 'ground base' with chocks, mechanic figure and more. The decals are for the colorful box art aircraft. Molded in the correct gloss olive and clear plastic with the rectangle-based clear Aurora stand. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$200   

Very rare 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 Russian Nuclear Powered Bomber - (M-50/M-52 Bounder), 1/182, 128-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$179   

1959 one-and-only release with colorful Jo Kotula artwork. This kit bears much resemblance to the 'Bounder' bomber. In the late 1950s, a drawing of the Bounder appeared in a popular aviation magazine; it is widely assumed that Aurora made the kit from that drawing. Aurora's push to always be first with new subject matter resulted in some errors in judgment which resulted in some incredibly rare kits like this one. Molded in the correct gloss light gray & clear. Never started. Inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. The decals intact, fairly flat (with one corner starting to curl) and the normal yellowing. The instructions are in 'excellent++ condition with light yellowing as the only flaw. The box top is solid with great color and gloss, no repairs, no price tags or tape (or marks from either), no rips, tears or fading but it has edge wear and general wear as shown.

Aurora HMS King George V British Battleship, 1/600, 712-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$110   

Rare 1959 first issue hardbox; please note the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval 'Sunburst' logo. This is an excellent model for that time and features full hull with propeller and rudder detail, separately molded superstructures & upper decks, motor launches, rotating main turrets with elevating guns, separately molded secondary armament & AA guns, gun directors, cranes, searchlights and more. Includes a display stand and name plate. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions present.

Aurora 1931 Miller Special 1931 Indianapolis 500 Winner - (ex Best), 1/30, 523-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$125   

Very rare and from 1958. Best originally created the line of Indianapolis 500 Winner kits; Aurora purchased them shortly after their introduction and reissued them for a short time. The model features driver and mechanic figures, some interior detail, spoke wheels and very nice decals. Molded in white plastic with real rubber tires It has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please note that the box is 100% intact with no repairs, no split corners, tears or missing litho but is graded 'good-' because of the age foxing (brown tint) and general but very even wear as shown. Louis Schneider and 'Jigger Johnson' (driver and mechanic) drove the Bowes Seal Special to victory in 1931. The Miller Special had rear wheel drive, and eight cylinder 151.7 CID Miller engine and won the day averages 96.629 miles per hour. The track was dangerously unsafe that year due to a heavy drizzle that made driving over 80 mph dangerous - at one point, drivers were required to slow down to 80 mph and passing was not allowed other than the pit area. There were many spectacular accidents but the rain did relent and there were many speeds over 100 mph in the later part.

Aurora US Navy Sealab III, 721-400

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$395   

Very rare first and only issue from 1969. This large and well detailed kit of this unique US Navy underwater habitat is highly detailed inside and out and includes a clear panel to show off the complete interior. The delicate clear part is in 'near mint' condition with only light scratches; it has been protected for shipping. Molded in bright yellow, tan (display base) and clear plastic. The kit has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts and includes 'near mint' condition decals and instructions. However, NOTE: this kit has some 'professional' quality sub-assembly as noted. Step 1: floor assembly (4 beds, four side panels), side panel 53 to panel 53A; (2) beds to wall; Step 2: (4) outer frames and (4) hatches to yellow outer hull; Step 3: ballast tank halves and lid (3 pieces total); base built (3 pieces total). There is no other assembly.

Aurora Dutch Boy, 1/8, 413-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Hard-to-find issue with a 1957 date. It is even rarer in this condition, which is with an 'excellent' box, never started and still factory sealed inside. This is part of Aurora's very famous 1/8 scale figure kits. This one includes a base with a map of Holland and Dutch Box with hat, wooden clogs and skates. Molded in a very light flesh-like color. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the factory sealed clear internal bag. Includes instructions in 'near mint' condition.

Aurora 1913 Mercer Raceabout - Old Timers Issue, 1/16, 572-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$95   

1961 issue in an 'excellent' grade box. Done in a big 1/16 scale, this kit and the other 'Old Timers' in the series represented a significant leap forward in quality for Aurora. It features full suspension, transaxle and driveline detail, rolling chassis build up like the real car, full exhaust, detailed interior and more. Molded in gloss ivory, gloss black, clear and with chrome plated parts and real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. The black parts that were factory sealed are still in the sealed bag. The ivory and clear parts were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete including decals and instructions. Aurora was renowned for turning a profit and for keeping expenses down. In researching new kit subjects, they came upon a forgotten jewel - the Hudson Miniatures line of 1/16 scale wooden kits. Hudson had discontinued this line due to lack of sales of wooden kits. But the Hudson models were second to none in quality, research and documentation. Aurora was quick to realize this and used the research and layout from these kits to create the subjects for this 'Old Timers' series. It is fortunate for us that they did, because in most cases this is the only injection molded kit of these rare and classic early automobiles.

Aurora Fokker Eindekker - (E-III Eindecker), 1/48, 134-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$48   

1963 issue with Jo Kotula artwork. This kit was part of Aurora's very popular and successful 1/48 WWI series. The line started in 1956 and was expanded through the 1960s. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. This is the second issue because the box side logos does not have 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the logos. Thank to Dusty Rhodes for pointing out that the decals are for serial 419/15, Bayerische Feldflieger Abteiling 9, Autumn 1915.

Aurora Blue Knight of Milan 1520 Crown Logo, 1/8, K2-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

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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. The early Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo has the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it. Inside, the kit is mint. The shiny, very dark blue plastic parts are still sealed in the factory bag. Even the red feather plume is present and in 'excellent' condition. The instructions are correct with the Crown logo in the Aurora logo and they are in amazing 'near mint' condition. The box has wear as shown; there are a few litho chips on the upper edge, light corner wear and very general, light even wear.

Aurora Convair F-102 Dart - (YF-102 Delta Dagger), 1/121, 290-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$56   

This model is in an amazing, investment-grade 'Near Mint+' box. It is dated 1957, but from the mid 1960s due to the oval logo with the blue outline. This small scale kit with dramatic Jo Kotula box artwork is nicely molded with clear canopy, full landing gear and a 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. 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 very successful and quickly expanded. When Aurora purchased the Comet molds, those kits fit in nicely with this established line.

Aurora Breguet 14, 1/48, 141-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

Dated 1963 with artwork by Jo Kotula. Molded in gloss green and black. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing B-47 Stratojet, 1/180, 493-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$68   

Dated 1961 but the price extension and logo tell us that this kit is likely from 1964 to 65. Features classic Jo Kotula box art. Molded in gloss silver and clear featuring full landing gear and the clear 'triangle globe' stand and arm. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please note that this box actually displays 'excellent++' but is graded only 'very good+' because there are two narrow pieces of masking tape on both short sides and some clear tape on both long sides. In both cases, the tape was being used to 'reseal' the kit at home.