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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora Fokker E111 Eindekker - (E-111), 1/48, 134-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Dated 1963. Nicely molded kit that was popular for decades. Feature great Jo Kotula box art, pilot and cockpit, detailed engine, ground crew member and ground display base with wheel chocks. Molded in tan and black plastic. Never 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 these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business.

Aurora Cessna 310, 1/62, 283-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$175   

Rare issue dated 1963 and from ex-Comet molds. Neatly molded with all recessed panel lines, clear side and front windows, tip tanks, rotating propellers, display stand and full pinstripe decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Aurora had started a line of inexpensive 29 cent kits in about 1957. The line was a success, and it was expanded. The line grew again when Aurora purchased the Comet molds, as most of Comet's line was very small scale kits, many of them civil aircraft like this one. It appears that Aurora was encouraged by the sale of the ex-Comet civil aircraft, as it expanded the line with it's own molds in the early 1960s.

Aurora Northrop P-61 Black Widow, 1/48, 392-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$179   

Still in the factory seal and in 'Excellent+' condition. The only flaws are corner creases at the left side as shown. Hardbox issue is dated 1960 - however, this issue lacks the 'Famous Fighters' in the oval logo boarder and has a 198 price extension, so it likely from about 1963/64. Large 1/48 scale model features some of Jo Kotula's finest artwork - the P-61 patrols over a South Pacific island base at night, destroying an intruder (or defender?).

Aurora P-51 Mustang Screwdriver Issue, 1/27, 377-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

$245   

Original issue dated 1969 and in remarkable, investment-grade 'Near Mint++' condition. The box has only a tiny bit more wear than when it came off the assembly line. This kit was originally designed as a gas powered flying model. However, Aurora discontinued the gas powered line very shortly after introduction due to returns and liability issues. Since the mold investment was already made, Aurora marketed these kits as large scale static models and they became know as "Screwdriver Kits" to collectors. For example, the 1/32 scale B-25 was issued in Gas U-Control and then static - but the P-51 may have only been issued in static. Molded in dark blue, light blue and clear & with many metal parts. Never started. The metal parts are still factory sealed in the original 'krinkle' bag. All other parts have been inventoried 100% complete. Includes decals in amazing, perfect 'Mint' condition and instructions in 'excellent' condition with yellowing as the only significant flaw. Even includes the original factory screwdriver with the clear yellow handle.

Aurora Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, 1/156, 491-70

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$165   

Dated 1961. This issue has the oval 'sunburst' logo, so the actual issue date is probably the mid 1960s. The hardbox has excellent color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading or tears, no repairs and no price tags or tape (other than the factory sealing tape). Light general wear is the only flaw. The kit is molded in olive drab and clear and contains the correct Aurora 'world' triangle stand. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The instructions and decals are both in superb 'near mint' condition with slight yellowing as the only flaw.

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 British SE-5 Scout - With Parents' Magazine Seal, 1/48, 103-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$115   

Still factory sealed and in amazing investment-grade 'Mint' condition. The seal is intact. Rare box art version with perfect color and gloss. Hardbox is dated 1960 and it appears that this design was only issued for a few years at the most.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout - Without Parents' Magazine Seal, 1/48, 103-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$89   

Rare box art version and in amazing investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition with perfect color and gloss, four solid corners, no fading, tears, tags, tape or marks from either. Very light wear is the only flaw. Hardbox is dated 1960 and it appears that this design was only issued for a few years at the most. Molded in gloss olive drab and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora P-40 Flying Tiger Warhawk, 1/48, 44-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$140   

Still factory sealed. 1964 issue with John Steel artwork.

Aurora Boeing 737 United Airlines, 1/72, 359-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$125   

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$125   

Rare 1957-1962 issue retaining the same artwork as the 1956 issue. This kit has arguably the most dramatic and fanciful B-29 composition from the 'Golden Era' of modeling. Note the square 'Northern Lights' logo has been replaced with the 'Famous Fighters' Aurora sunburst oval logo and there is a '$2.59' price circle at the upper right. I believe the 3rd issue. The box is in 'very good' condition with nice color and gloss. There are no split corner and no repairs. It does have general even wear. Molded in gloss silver and clear, with a big clear 'triangle-based' Aurora stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 'near mint' condition decals and instructions. Responding to market information that boys wanted larger kits, Aurora introduced the B-26 followed by the B-29 and B-25, all of which sold well for many years- almost right up until the end.

Aurora Sikorsky S-55 Windmill - (ex Helicopters for Industry), 1/45, 503-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$225   

Most likely the second issue from around 1962/63. Please note the oval logo where the original rectangular one was. The original issue has the same great box art but with the 'Northern Lights' logo at the upper right. The model is from the ex-Helicopters for Industry molds and was an excellent kit for the early 1950s. Features features fine raised detail, cockpit seats, instrument panel and control sticks, opening cabin door, floats with wheels and decals for US Air Force, Navy, Army or Marines. Molded in a stunning gloss dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Fokker DR-1 Triplane - Newsprint Issue, 1/48, 105-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$79   

Still factory sealed. This kit is in amazing investment-grade 'Mint' condition and the seal is completely intact. The DR-1 'Newspaper' issue is a a reissue of the classic 1956 kit. James Cox, who did much of the early artwork for Aurora, created a timeless classic for the original issue and this artwork was used well into the 1960s and possibly up till the final 'White Box' release before Aurora's demise. Mr. Cox also did unique artwork for the early Aurora Catalogs as well.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther Jet, 1/49, 22-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$65   

Dated 1960, but I believe this is actually a later issue due to the 100 cent price extension and no 'Famous Fighters' logo on the short box sides. Molded in a brilliant gloss deep blue and clear with the clear triangle 'World' stand. These molds are from one of Aurora's first two kits - the F9F and F-90. Aurora simply went out and purchased the early Hawk F9F and F-90 kits and copied them almost exactly. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$49   

Early 1950s first issue with old 'Aurora Line' rectangular logo. This kit was issued shortly after moving to the West Hempstead facility on Long Island. The side logos are the old Brooklyn style but with the new address in the lower bar. 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 is only 'good' and has wear on the top as shown and a very small litho pull from the factory sealing tape located on the long lower side.

Aurora F-4J Phantom II Blue Angels, 1/48, 367-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$125   

Still factory sealed and very rare in this condition. The seal is 100% intact and the colors are like new, but the box has the crease shown on the far left. 1969 hardbox 'Big A' logo issue. Big scale F-4 model includes a large Blue Angels decal sheet. Kit features cockpit detail, optional position landing gear and four AIM-7F Sparrow missiles. Normally molded in blue, clear and with a large display stand. Naturally, I cannot verify that since it is factory sealed.

Aurora De Havilland DH-10 Bomber, 1/48, 786

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$69   

1976 issue with revised molds. Much better kit than previous releases. Features choice of markings, painting guide, rigging instructions and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$48   

Mid to late 1960s issue that retains the graphic box art from the original. 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. Please note that the box displays better than the 'excellent++' grade but is rated as such because there is very light age foxing on the left short side panel.

Aurora Boeing B-47 Stratojet, 1/180, 493-49

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$129   

From 1956. Very rare first issue with 'Famous Fighters' square 'Northern Lights' logo. Classic Jo Kotula artwork. This issue only lasted one year, as in 1957 the new oval logo box was used. The box is in excellent condition with all solid corners, no fading or stains, no price tags or marks . Somehow, this box escaped the factory thin tape, as there are not even any marks for that. Inside, the model is as new down to the original packing tissue. The parts are high gloss silver. The instructions are dated 1956 and correctly show the old style logo and square clear stand. The decals and stand are correct for this issue also. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts, decals, instructions and correct square clear 2-piece stand.

Aurora German Gotha G-V Bomber, 1/48, 785

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$75   

1976 issue with revised molds and a much better kit than the previous releases. Includes full rigging instructions, crew figures, choice of markings for two aircraft and lozenge paint guide. Never started. Inventoried complete and includes decals and instructions.