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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora Nieuport 28, 1/48, 108-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$45   

Dated 1957, but this is likely the 1958-1959 issue due to the 79 cent price extension on the part number. This classic Kotula artwork is one of my personal favorites for Jo's Aurora WWI series. Molded in gloss light gray and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

Aurora Spad XIII, 1/48, 107-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$54   

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 Bell AH-1G Huey Cobra - Assault Helicopter - Rectangle Box Issue, 1/48, 501

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$39   

Big 'A' logo issue is dated 1972 and this is likely the fourth issue of this kit. In the late 1960s Aurora realized that the older molds were out of date and modelers were demanding more realism. They made a new set of molds for ships, airplanes and helicopters. These were significant improvements as the new molds were on par with current offerings. This Cobra kit is one of the improved models. Features full cockpit, pilot and copilot figures, rotating main and rear rotors and optional weapons load of miniguns or rocket pods. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing one part, a horizontal stabilizer. The other one is present to use as a pattern. Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Grumman S2F Hunter Killer, 1/54, 145-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$76   

1963 hardbox issue in investment-grade "Near Mint+" condition. The original owner opened the box but very carefully left the clear plastic on the box top. This is the larger of the two Comet molds for the S2F. Molded in the correct dark Navy Blue and clear plastic. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Grumman S2F Hunter Killer - Short Box Issue, 1/111, 288-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$39   

Smaller scale model from ex-Comet molds. This is the Aurora of Canada issue dated 1964 in the 'smaller, shorter' box. Features all fine recessed panel lines, clear cockpit and fuselage windows, rotating propellers and a display stand. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Grumman S2F Hunter Killer - Tall Box Issue, 1/111, 288-80

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$44   

Smaller scale model from ex-Comet molds. This is the Aurora of Canada issue dated 1964 in the taller box (1.6 inches tall as opposed to 1 inch tall). Features all fine recessed panel lines, clear cockpit and fuselage windows, rotating propellers and a display stand. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing KC-135 Jet Stratotanker, 1/125, 143-129

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 & cabin windows and full landing gear. 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. Just like the box art, it does not have a 'tanker' rear end or boom. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the box displays better than 'good' but it graded as such because the two scuffs on the right wing are actually closed holes in the box top.

Aurora Boeing KC-135 Jet Stratotanker, 1/125, 143-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$69   

Dated 1963 and from ex-Comet molds. This is the largest of the two Comet molds and has cockpit and cabin clear windows and full landing gear. Molded in gloss gray 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 with USAF decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Bell AH-1G Huey Cobra - Assault Helicopter - Square Box Issue, 1/48, 501-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$69   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Mint' condition. Big 'A' logo hardbox issue is dated 1969 and this is likely the second issue of this kit. In the late 1960s Aurora realized that the older molds were out of date and modelers were demanding more realism. They made a new set of molds for ships, airplanes and helicopters. These were significant improvements as the new molds were on par with current offerings. This Cobra kit is one of the improved models. Features full cockpit, pilot and copilot figures, rotating main and rear rotors and optional weapons load of miniguns or rocket pods.

Aurora Convair F-102 Dart - (YF-102 Delta Dagger), 1/121, 290-39

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$48   

Hardbox issue dated 1957, but from the mid 1960s due to the oval logo with the blue outline. Small scale kit with dramatic Jo Kotula box artwork is nicely molded with clear canopy, full landing gear and display stand. This is a model of the very early YF-102 prototype with the straight (non-area rule) fuselage. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. In the late 1950s Aurora began issuing a series of inexpensive (usually starting at 29 cent) small scale kits that were designed to sell at almost any type of retail location. The line was successful and further expanded into the early 1960s. When Aurora purchased the Comet molds, they fit nicely into this established line.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$135   

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$72   

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

Rare box art version and in very nice condition with good color, four solid corners, no fading, tears, tags, tape or marks from either. Light, general even 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. There are two variations of this rare box - one with the Parents' Magazine mark and one without. The one without shows up the least, and that is this example. Molded in gloss olive drab and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$54   

Rare "Yellow" box art version hardbox is dated 1960 and it appears that this design was only issued for a few years at the most. There are two variations of this rare box - one with the Parents' Magazine Seal and one without; this one has the seal. Molded in gloss olive drab and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora King Kong - RKO Pictures - Original Issue, 1/25, 468-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$269   

Very rare original issue hardbox kit from 1964; not a common reissue. This large and famous model features a large and detailed Kong holding the Girl while his jungle display base shows his natural environment completely trashed by the Wrath of Kong - broken and trampled trees, lizards, snakes, etc. Inside, the kit is molded in the correct black plastic and all parts are in excellent, unbroken condition It has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all pieces. The instructions are in 'excellent+' condition with slight yellowing as the main flaw. Please note that the box has excellent color and gloss, four perfect corners, no tape or tape marks, no rips, tears, fading or stains but is only graded 'good' because there is a strong crease at the lower part of the "K" in King, the box sides are bowed out as shown and the lower box ('tray') has a deep 1/2" crease along the lower short side. Please note that this kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Dr. Jekyll As Mr. Hyde - Orginal Issue, 1/8, 460-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$295   

Rare first issue hardbox dated 1964 is 100% correct and complete. Not a modern reissue. This famous Aurora Monster kit shows Dr. Jekyll trying to reverse the overwhelming effect of Mr. Hyde. Features large-scale figure with lab coat and flask, laboratory base, lab table and stool, test tubes and base, beaker with spilled liquid, chemical decanter, flask with tube and stand, bunson burner, spider web, rat and name plate. Molded in the correct ivory plastic. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions in 'excellent' condition. The box has excellent color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no fading stains or price tags, no tape or tape marks and no tears or missing litho but is only graded 'good+' because the long sides are bowed out as shown, there is a crease at the lower right and there is light general wear. Please note that this kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Albatross CIII - (C.III), 1/48, 142-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$59   

First issue dated 1963 has a 98 cent price extension and 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval logos on the four sides. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts present including decals and instructions.

Aurora DeHavilland DH-4 - (DH4), 1/48, 112-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$54   

First issue dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula artwork and the sunburst oval logo with 'Famous Fighters' in the border. The kit has never been started. Inventoried with all parts parts, decals and instructions present. Besides it's distinguished career in WWI, the DH-4 saw extensive post war service in numerable ways. One of the most interesting was as a United States Post Office air mail service aircraft. The aircraft's likeness even graced an airmail stamp of the time. In about 1925, the Post Office decided to upgrade. The prototype was the Douglas M-1 and an improved version, the M-2, became the next mail carrier. The M-2 is also an Aurora kit in the same scale.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$62   

Rare third issue of this classic kit. Please note that it retains the original 1956 box art, but the square Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo is gone, replaced with the 1957 Sunburst 'Famous Fighters' oval. There is no Parents' Magazine Seal and no '69' price circle on this issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$82   

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.