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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver, 1/48, 117-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$54   

Dated 1961 but because of the non-Famous Fighters logo and 130 cent price extension, this kit is from more around 1965. Features movable control surfaces, full cockpit, pilot and navigator figures, bomb load, drop tank and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions present.

Aurora Avro CF-105 Arrow, 1/80, 124-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$89   

Rare 1958 hardbox issue with fantastic Jo Kotula artwork. For the time, this was a very nice kit with good detail. Molded in white and clear with the Aurora 'Triangle World' base. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Curtiss SBC-3 Helldiver, 1/48, 117-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$69   

Dated 1961. This was a fine kit for that time, featuring movable control surfaces, a very good cockpit and engine detail, bomb load, drop tank and two crew members. Includes the clear triangle-based 'world' stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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 Fokker DR-1 Triplane Newspaper Issue, 1/48, 105-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$42   

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1964 hardbox release that retained the classic 1956 first issue artwork. Molded in a deep gloss maroon and black plastic. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: Missing pilot figure. Otherwise includes all other parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Albatross D-3 - (Albatros D-III), 1/48, 104-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$65   

Third issue of this kit and much rarer than the first (1956) issue. Box is dated 1956 but this is the ~1959 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 Fokker E111 Eindekker - (E-111), 1/48, 134-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$38   

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Issue is dated 1963 with Jo Kotula artwork. Never started. Inventoried and NOTE: missing tail skid. Otherwise inventoried complete with all other parts and instructions present. One foot step is broken but all those parts are present.

Aurora Bell UH-1B Cobra Copter, 1/48, 500-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$125   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'near mint' condition. The only flaws are very light general seal wear and slight creasing to the box bottom (tray). Dated 1966, and this is the first issue longbox. Very nicely molded and detailed for that time - this kit was part of Aurora's new line designed to compete with Monogram and Revell for quality. Features full cockpit and interior, positionable pilot and copilot figures, two other positionable crew members, optional position crew doors, detailed rotor head, small or large rocket loadout, machine guns and US Army Vietnam-era decals.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$75   

First issue dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula artwork. Molded in deep burgundy and black plastic. Never started and inventoried 100% complete with all 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 onlyh 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 Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, 1/74, 374-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$95   

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Rare, first issue artwork from about 1955-56. This was a fine effort by Aurora for that time and an impressive model when assembled. Features retracting pontoons and rotating props. Includes correct early logo instructions which show the clear 'Triangle World' stand. This correct stand is included. This must be one of the first instances of the 'Triangle' stand being used as it is normally associated with oval 'Famous Fighter' logo kits. 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. NOTE: one small "US NAVY" decal is cut out and missing. The rest of the decals are intact and in 'very good+' condition. The box displays better than the 'good' rating but is graded as such because of there is general wear as shown, fading on the right short side panel and some creasing on the lower long side panel. It is interesting to note that the early Aurora PBY issue has at least three small variations to the box top. The very first issue says '1/4 SCALE MODEL' at the top right. Clearly, this kit is not 1/48 scale and someone at Aurora corrected it. Following that, there are two known corrections: early and late. On the early version, the '1/4' was blotted out with a dark blue oval or circle and '5/32' was added after the word 'SCALE.' It was now correct, but the appearance was not completely professional. This box is the later version - on the next box order, they kept the '1/4' blotted out but added a proper looking '5/32' in front of the blot.

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 Ryan X-13 Vertijet With Trailer And Launcher, 1/48, 376-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$345   

Very rare kit dated 1957; first and only issue. Very nice, large-scale model for that time with a fully operational mobile operations trailer. The aircraft is molded in gloss silver & clear while the trailer/launcher is bright yellow. The kit has never been started. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Decals are in 'excellent++' condition with light yellowing as the only flaw and the instructions are in 'near mint' condition. The box has four solid corners, excellent color and gloss, no repairs, no price tags, tape or marks from either. It is graded only 'good' because of the stain in the area of the rudder of the aircraft (see photo).

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$74   

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 Eastern Boeing 727 Whisperjet - Photo Boxart Issue, 1/96, 351-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$129   

Rare 1968 hardbox issue with a beautiful box photo of a Eastern 727 at night on the ramp, ready for boarding forward and aft with airstair door extended. Inside, the kit is molded in the correct white and clear with the clear Aurora 'Globe' stand base and arm. The decals are intact, flat and 'excellent++' but have typical light yellowing. The instructions are excellent and correct for this issue as well. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$79   

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 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 British Churchill Tank, 1/48, 315-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$95   

Long box Canadian issue dated 1967. In those days, it was said by reviewers that Aurora made the best tank kits - this one is no exception. Features all moving bogies and drive wheels, flexible black treads, elevating main gun, rotating turret, one tankman, three soldiers and decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.