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Aurora Fokker D-7 - (D-VII DVII), 1/48, 106-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

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Rare and still factory sealed. This is the second issue of this kit. It retains the original 1956 Jim Cox art but the square 'Northern Lights' logo has been replaced by the Sunburst 'Famous Fighters' oval. The price extension is 69 cents. The third issue is identical except for a 79 cent extension. This kit was Aurora's 6th 1/48 scale World War I aircraft model. All six original kits were released in 1956. The line proved so popular that new models were added yearly into the 1960s.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

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Early 1960s John Steel box art issue exceptional in 'near mint+' condition. This is only the second box artwork used for this kit, as Steel replaced Cox for the Aurora's 'new look'. NOTE: this kit has minor and 'professional' quality assembly to two parts: engine to cowl. There is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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 Sopwith Camel, 1/47, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

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Rare early 1960s issue. This release has turned up less than any of the other issues and was only made for a year or two at the most before the new artwork release. This is the only issue with the full, original artwork due to the 'transparent' new simplified oval logo at the lower right. The side logos do not have 'Famous Fighters' in the border. One side has the original printed '102-79' part number while the other end has a factory-applied '100' sticker over the 79. 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. Please NOTE that the box displays much closer to 'Excellent++' but is graded lower because there is a small tape pull on the lower long side and some missing litho at the right short side.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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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' Sunburst Oval. The artist was Jim Cox, the first model box artist for Aurora. (Please read his biography on this website) This Camel was part of a very successful and large WWI aircraft line in 1/48 scale that Aurora introduced that year. The line sold so well that new kits were added well 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 Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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From about 1959. Rare and seldom seen true third issue, numbered 102-69. Aurora blotted out the rectangular Northern Lights logo with yellow and applied the 'new'(for 1957) 'Famous Fighters' sunburst oval logo and no '69' price circle and no Parents' Magazine seal. Aurora retained the colorful Jim Cox box art from the original 1956 issue. (Mr. Cox was Aurora's first box artist; please read his biograpny on this website) This model 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. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Spad XIII, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

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First issue hardbox in exceptional 'Excellent+++' condition. Dated 1957 with great Jo Kotula artwork. Please note the 69 cent price extension and oval 'Famous Fighters' sunburst logo. This is part of a popular and very successful series of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft that Aurora started in 1956 and added to well into the 1960s. Many of the line were in production right up until the demise of Aurora in the mid 1970s Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Spad XIII, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

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First issue hardbox is dated 1957 with great Jo Kotula artwork. Please note the 69 cent price extension and oval 'Famous Fighters' sunburst logo. This is part of a popular and very successful series of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft that Aurora started in 1956 and added to well into the 1960s. Many of the line were in production right up until the demise of Aurora in the mid 1970s Molded in correct high-gloss olive drab and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Nieuport 28 - Blue Tint / Medium Blue Logo Border, 1/48, 108-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

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First issue from 1957 in investment-grade 'Near Mint-' condition. Please note that 108-69 was issued several ways; this one has the blue-tinted box art and medium blue logo border. It has yellow box sides. Please note there is no Parents' Magazine seal. Molded in gloss light gray and black. The kit has never been 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 some of these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business in '76.

Aurora Nieuport 28 - Green Tint / Dark Blue Logo Border, 1/48, 108-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

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First issue from 1957 in investment-grade 'Near Mint-' condition. Please note that 108-69 was issued several ways; this one has the green-tinted box art and dark blue logo border. It has yellow box sides. Please note there is no Parents' Magazine seal. Molded in gloss light gray and black. The kit has never been 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 some of these kits were included in the 'mold upgrade' in the 1970s before Aurora went out of business in '76.

Aurora Fokker E-III Eindekker - (E111), 1/48, 134-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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1963 issue with Jo Kotula artwork. This kit was part of Aurora 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.

Aurora Fokker E-III Eindekker - (E111), 1/48, 134-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

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1963 issue with Jo Kotula artwork. This kit was part of Aurora 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.

Aurora German Albatross D-3 In Red Plastic - (Albatros DIII), 1/48, 104-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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1960s issue hardbox issue that has a rare feature: the kit is molded in a stunning bright red plastic to match the box art. I always wondered why Aurora did not do this; but they did at least one run. The small parts are still black as they were from a different mold. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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 German Albatross D-3 - (Albatros DIII), 1/48, 104-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM++

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1960s issue hardbox in investment-grade 'Near Mint++' condition. It has factory-fresh color and gloss and very light wear is the only flaw. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, 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 Albatross D-3 - (Albatros D-III), 1/48, 104-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

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In investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition with very light wear as the only flaw. Third issue of this kit and much rarer than the first (1956) issue. Box is dated 1956 but this is the late 1950s issue with the 'Famous Fighters' logo, 79 cent price extension and no Parents' Magazine Seal. This is a true 79 cent box - there is no 'stamp out' of the old 69. Molded in gloss green and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

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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, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

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Very rare version. Of all the Aurora SE-5, this one and the 'yellow' version turns up the least. The two are identical other than the background color for the rectangle behind the logo. The hardbox is dated 1956 with the original Jim Cox box art but with the 1957 oval 'Famous Fighters' logo. The original rectangle 'Northern Lights' logo has been neatly blotted out with a white rectangle of the same size. The fact that the price is still 69 cents (as the original issue) means this issue is early 1957 and predated the 'completely yellow' box art issue. Molded in gloss olive green and black. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the box has the large tear as shown just behind the engine exhaust.

Aurora SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

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First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo only appeared for one year. In 1957 it was replaced with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo. The artwork is by Jim Cox. Molded in glossy olive green and black. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This kit was one of a very famous line of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits introduced by Aurora at this time. Due to the popularity, subjects were still being released into the 1960s.

Aurora French Nieuport 11, 1/48, 101-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

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This is is in investment-grade 'Near Mint-' condition. Very light wear is the only flaw. First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo, 69 cent price extension and great Jim Cox art. This 'NL' Rectangular logo was used for this one year only - in 1957 the oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo was launched. This kit is one of a very successful line of 1/48 WWI aircraft that Aurora launched in 1956. The line sold so well that new kits were added into the 1960s. Molded in the correct gloss olive drab green and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. 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 German Pfalz D-3 - (D-III), 1/48, 109-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

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Dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula artwork. This is the first issue of this kit; note 69 cent price extension and 'Famous Fighters' in the sunburst logo. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the box displays slighter better than the 'good' rating, but it is graded as such because there is a stain on the right short side panel. 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 Fokker D-VIII Flying Razor, 1/48, 135-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

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Second issue dated 1959 with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork and Famous Fighters Sunburst logo. A nice kit of the dreaded 'Flying Razor' of WWI. Molded in a beautiful metallic high-gloss green and black plastics. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please note that this box exists in two versions; one with the PM seal at the extreme lower right and one with it an inch or so to the left. The Fokker D-VIII was a great performer but it came too late to change the tide of the air war. It started life as the Fokker E.V, one of the first warplanes to have the cantilever wing. This advancement was the result of a long-term Fokker project to perfect this technology. In addition to greatly reducing drag, a properly built cantilever wing is very light and strong. This wing was first used on prototype V17 and then on V28 which took part in the Second Fight Competition (July 6-14 1918) where the most experienced German front line pilots chose new fighters for late war service. V28 was chosen for it's excellent flying properties and 200 of the production aircraft, known as the Fokker E.V, were ordered. Over 289 aircraft were delivery. The E.V began front line service on August 5, 1918; Lt. Emil Rolff of Jasta 6 reported an aerial victory on August 17. However, the day before, an E.V suffered catastrophic wing failure. Two days later, the same failure cost Lt. Rolff his life. All E.Vs were immediately grounded. A detailed investigation showed that there were fatal defects in the wing assembly caused by slack manufacturing processes. Although it was not his fault, Fokker took this opportunity to re-design and strengthen the wing. Existing E.V aircraft received new wings and newly built aircraft were designated D.VIII. Modified aircraft made it back to the front in November, too late for service. However, the aircraft saw active service after that war with the Freikorps air units, the Polish Air Force against Russia, the Dutch Air Force and an unspecified number went to France and the USA.