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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora British Churchill Tank, 1/48, 327-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$62   

1969 Big A hardbox issue in amazing investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Features elevating gun, rotating turret, figures, operating treads and bogies and battlefield display stand. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Bristol F.2B Brisfit Fighter (F-2B) - Western Front No. 48 Sq R.F.C. Pilot Keith Park / No. 22 Sq Pilot Vert Galand, 1/48, 776

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$42   

Still factory sealed. Later issue dated 1976 with greatly improved mold quality, full rigging instructions and decals for both aircraft listed.

Aurora Fokker DR-1 Triplane Newspaper Issue, 1/48, 105

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$65   

1964 hardbox release of the classic 1956 kit with the box in investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition. Gloss and color are as new with four solid corners and no price tags or tape. Very light wear is the only flaw. Molded in red. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. NOTE: the mechanic and ground chock base are burgundy (not red) plastic - they are from an earlier issue of this same kit.

Aurora French Nieuport 11 - Canada Issue, 1/48, 101-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$55   

Rare hardbox issue is dated 1964 and includes the third issue artwork with French instructions announcement. This is the final issue to retain the original Jim Cox artwork. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. The box displays much higher than the 'excellent' grade but is rated as such due to a hard-to-see flaw on the lower wing of the foreground lower wing. Thanks to Eugene DuBey, we know some history on the aircraft that Aurora modeled. The tail # on the kit rudder is 1354, the number of a Nie 16 that served with "CAM de Dunquerke / St Pol sur Mer", 1916-17.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/47, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$55   

Rare early 1960s issue and harder to find than the original 1956 release. This was only made for a year or two before the new artwork release. Please note the full, original artwork (the only issue with such) due to the 'transparent' new simplified oval logo at the lower right. The side logos still have the old 'Famous Fighters' in the border. Molded in the correct gloss olive drab and black plastic and with the chock ground base and pilot & mechanic figures. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora French Nieuport 11, 1/48, 101-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+

$65   

Still factory sealed. Rare, and even more so in sealed condition. Third issue with the original issue artwork still dated 1956 -but actually this kit is from the early/mid 1960s. This is the final issue to retain the original Jim Cox artwork. In this issue, the post-'Famous Fighters' blue oval has been placed in the upper left, allowing us to the see the complete artwork. (The first issue had the square Northern Lights logo in the lower left; the second issue replaced it with the early famous oval logo sunburst.) Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the box is graded 'Sealed Exc+' because there is very light foxing on the left side below the 2nd aircraft. Thanks to Eugene DuBey, we know some history on the aircraft that Aurora modeled. The tail # on the kit rudder is 1354, the number of a Nie 16 that served with "CAM de Dunquerke / St Pol sur Mer", 1916-17.

Aurora Bell AH-1G Assault Copter, 1/48, 501-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$85   

1967 issue. After the sales slow down in the mid 1960s, Aurora realized that it must put out higher quality models to compete; this AH-1G is one of those highly improved kits. Features very fine raised surface detail, very good dual cockpits, crew of two, external ordnance, rotating main and tail rotors and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora DC-9 Series 10 Hughes Airwest, 1/72, 386

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$45   

1974 issue. Still the only 1/72 scale DC-9. NOTE: this kit has 'professional' quality sub-assembly as follows: wings halves are built, engine halves are built. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried with all aircraft parts present, as well as the decals and instructions. Decals are in amazing 'near mint' condition. NOTE: missing display stand.

Aurora Silver Knight of Augsburg 1560 Valiant Warriors - Crown Issue, 1/8, K1-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$165   

Very rare 2nd 'Crown' issue. This issue is dated 1956, but is from 1957 judging from the new 'Famous Fighters' oval logo and the fact that 'CROWN' is moved up to the top, just below Aurora. Inside, the kit is also correct for the second issue. The instructions still have the 1956 rectangular logo, but Aurora has removed copyright on them that said 'Crown Plastics, Inc Princeton, New Jersey'. Molded in a beautiful gloss silver and with a feather plume. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. In the mid 1950s, Crown Plastics advertised the release of a series of Knight models - some of the very first figure kits. However, before Crown entered production, Aurora marketed the line for Crown in 1956- the first issue of this kit (this is the second issue). The first issue had a copyright on the instructions as 'Crown Plastics, Inc Princeton, New Jersey'. These were the first Aurora Knights ever issued and Aurora gave them the kit numbers K1-98, K2-98 and K3-98. These were the very first Aurora figure kits. The knights sold well, and Aurora bought the three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics within the year. The first issue had the early Aurora 'Northern Lights' rectangular logo has the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it.

Aurora Avro CF-100 All Weather Fighter, 1/67, 137-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$55   

Dated 1960 with Jo Kotula box artwork Features recessed panel lines and good detail for that time. Decals are for 18244, a Mk.4A and an armament evaluation aircraft at CFB Cold Lake, AB, 1954-62. Molded in white and clear and includes the famous Aurora clear 'world' stand with the triangle base. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, 1/260, 432-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$45   

Excellent builder kit. Nicely molded, smaller scale full-hull kit. Kit features molded rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, display stand and rigging instructions. Molded in green, wood tan and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including flag sheet and instructions. NOTE: the smallest yard has 1/3 of the tip broken off and that tip is missing.

Aurora British Churchill Tank, 1/48, 327

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$95   

Still factory sealed. 1972 Big A softbox issue is in investment-grade condition. Features elevating gun, rotating turret, figures, operating treads and bogies and battlefield display stand.

Aurora Boeing 727 TWA Jetliner - (727-100), 1/96, 354-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$64   

Block letters 'AURORA' issue dated 1971. Still a very popular kit because it is the only short (727-100) in very near 1/100 scale. Molded in white and clear with the triangle stand and full color TWA decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the decals are 97% intact but are 3% but damaged and have typical age microcracking. Please read the article located on this website about restoring old decals like these.

Aurora Tiger Moth DH-82, 1/48, 110-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$65   

1958 issue with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork. The kit has not been started. Inventoried with all plastic parts, decals and instructions present.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$175   

Final issue box design from 1957 to the final year in 1959. Please note that the factory eliminated the old rectangular logo with a yellow triangle and put the new 'Famous Fighters' oval logo in the center. The box is in very nice 'Excellent' condition with like-new color and gloss, no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (not even factory tape marks!) and four solid corners. Flaws include very light corner wear and a very light crease at left and light impact damage on the upper short side. 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. The decals are 'very good++' with the only flaw being the typical yellowing and the instructions are also 'very good' with edge wear to the lower side.

Aurora F8U-1 Crusader (F-8) - (F8U1), 1/48, 119-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$125   

Very rare first issue. This box art was only used for one year (or less) in 1957, then the more common 'ground' artwork was used till production ceased. A nice kit for that time, it features including retracting landing gear, removable tail section, detailed and removable jet engine, pilot, some cockpit detail and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts in the correct high-gloss early issue light grey. Features the correct 1st issue instructions showing the early stand, large rectangular-based stand and decal sheet correctly lacking the stand decal.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$48   

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 German Sea Raider Atlantis 'The Rattlesnake of the Ocean', 1/456, 710-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$765   

First issue. The hardbox is dated 1959 and has 'Famous Fighters' in the oval border of the logo, with 'Aurora' over the 'Northern Lights.' Dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. This is the only model ever made of the famous (or infamous) German WWII converted merchant raider which was the subject of several books and a major movie called 'Under Ten Flags'. The long WWII voyage was legendary, and the ship is well represented in this full hull model. Covers can be removed to reveal hidden guns, torpedo tubes and the Ar-196 float plane. The box has four solid corners, no repairs and 'very good' gloss and color - there is wear as shown, especially at the corners. The model has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Shipping insurance is required. From modeler Stephen Payne: Recommend that the builder or collector of this kit add the following books to their collection-The German Raider Atlantis by Captain Bernhard Rogge & Wolfgang Frank & Sea Raider Atlantis, Story of a German Surface Raider by Ulrich Mohr & A.V. Sellwood. The first book is by the ATLANTIS commander, Kapitan zur See Bernhard Rogge. He oversaw the transformation and outfitting in Bremen and captained the ship during her 602 day operational voyager which sank or captured 22 ships totaling 144,384 t (142,104 long tons). Rogge also was one of the few German officers of flag rank who was not arrested by the Allies after the war due to the way he had exercised his command of Atlantis. Captain J. Armstrong White, captain of the British CITY OF BAGHDAD, which Atlantis sank in July 1941, stated, "His treatment of prisoners left respect, instead of hatred."The second book is by the ATLANTIS First Officer, Ulrich Moher. Both books read much the same as the events related are the same, but it is interesting to see these events from the two perspectives. Captain White (see above) wrote the foreword to Atlantis, the Story of a German Surface Raider, written by U. Mohr & A. V. Sellwood.The German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis (HSK 2), known to the Kriegsmarine as Schiff 16 (SHIP 16) and to the Royal Navy as Raider-C, was a converted merchant vessel to German Hilfskreuzer (auxiliary cruiser) used for commerce raiding. Commerce raiders did not seek to engage warships, but rather attack enemy merchant shipping; the measures of success are tonnage destroyed (or captured) and time spent "at large" holding up enemy resources. Atlantis had the longest raiding career of any German commerce raider in either world war.

Aurora The Black Knight of Nurnberg, 1/8, 473

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$59   

From Aurora of England, 1969 or very early 1970. Classic and very popular knight kit from the original molds. This example is from the 1963 release. Large 1/8 scale kit is molded gloss black and has the original plumes. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes instructions. 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 and they sported the 1956-only rectangular 'Northern Lights' logo with the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it. The sales success of the Knight prompted Aurora to launch an entire line of figure kits. The knights themselves stayed in production long after many other figures were discontinued.

Aurora F-86D Sabre Jet, 1/48, 77-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

Hardbox is dated 1960. Note the 'Famous Fighters' oval logo which is hard-to-find on this box art. Furthermore, there is no Parents' Magazine seal, so this issue is likely from 1961 or 1962. This model is a modification of the original Brooklyn U-Ma-Kit molds, featuring landing gear, two wing drop tanks, 8 wing-mounted missiles, extended rocket tray, clear triangle display stand and decals for 'YF-578.' 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.