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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora Focke-Wulf Fw-190 Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 30A-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$195   

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Rare kit and even rarer in investment-grade 'Near Mint' box condition like this example. The box is exceptional with four solid corners, no stains, no fading, no price tags or tape (except one tape mark from the thin factory sealing tape), no tears and no litho damage. The only flaws very slight surface and corner wear. Likely the 2nd issue of this kit. The first issue had the landing gear, etc but had swastikas on the tail and decals. This version has the iron crosses. Dates from the mid 1950s (probably 1954/55) with small 'Aurora Line' rectangular logo and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations'. Molded in correct gloss black and clear with rectangular clear two-piece stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Instructions are 'excellent++' with yellowing as the only flaw. Decals are 'good++' with typical yellowing and a slight curl (not rolled up, but curled into a 1/2 circle.

Aurora United States Sailor, 1/8, 410-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$155   

First issue dated 1957 and with artwork by Marinelli. Part of the famous early Aurora 'figure' kits, which were launched with the purchase of the Crown knight molds. The kit has never been started. The parts are still in the internal factory sealed bags and includes decals and instructions.

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 Republic F-105 Thunderchief, 1/78, 123-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$125   

Still factory sealed and in rare 'near mint' investment-grade condition. The only flaws are very slight and tiny general seal wear and slight fading on the right short end panel. Dated 1958 and features dramatic Jo Kotula artwork.

Aurora 12 O'Clock High P-38 Lightning, 1/48, 346-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc++

$175   

Still factory sealed. Dated 1965 and the one and only hardbox issue from the tie-in promotion with Twentieth Century Fox Televisions smash hit "12 O'Clock High". Some of the most valuable models are linked to TV or movie promotions and the "12 O'Clock High" series from Aurora is no exception. This example is in investment-grade 'Sealed Excellent++' condition. The only flaws are a seal split on the left short side and very slight fading on that panel. Other kits in this series included the B-17, P-51, Me-109 and FW-190.

Aurora Lockheed P-38 Lightning, 1/48, 99-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM++

$145   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Near Mint++' condition. The only flaw is a tiny split in the seal on the left short side. The Jo Kotula box artwork is dated 1959, but the kit is from about 1964 due to the '100' price extension & lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the oval logos.

Aurora F8U Crusader (F-8), 1/50, 119-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+

$75   

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Still factory sealed and in investment grade 'near mint+' condition. Dated 1957 but is actually the third issue with the 'ground' artwork and oval logo. Box is exceptional with no significant flaws and brilliant colors. This kit has many interesting features including retracting landing gear, removable tail section and jet engine.

Aurora 1914 Stutz Bearcat Old Timers, 1/16, 571-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$119   

1961 first issue of Aurora's 'Super Detailed Museum Model with Plated Parts.' 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 builds up a rolling chassis with transaxle, suspension, exhaust and driveline detail and includes a detailed interior with separately molded instruments. Molded in gloss yellow, dark wood tan and with plated parts and real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes 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 C-119G Flying Boxcar, 1/77, 393-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$67   

1969 'Big A' hardbox issue. Even today it is a favorite 'Classic Builder' because of the large size and features including cargo doors open and close, good cockpit and cargo interior, removable loading ramps, scale field gun with parachute and drop sled, scale jeep with parachute and drop sled, rotating props and more. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora USS Independence CV-62 or USS Ranger CV-61 - Aircraft Carrier, 1/600, 700-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$95   

1962 issue with dramatic John Steele artwork. Has markings to build either ship. Full hull kit includes prop and rudder detail, detailed island and guns, flight deck decals and an air wing of Cutlass F7U, FJ Furys, F11F Tigers and helicopters. Molded in dark gray with a light gray air wing. The model has never been started. The airwing is still in the factory sealed bag. All other parts have been inventoried 100% complete, including decals and instructions. NOTE: one flight deck support leg is broken, but is included. It fits back perfectly for an easy fix.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$95   

1969 Big A hardbox issue. 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 Regulus II Guided Missile with Launcher, 1/48, 378-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$325   

1958 release of this kit featuring classic Jo Kotula boxart. The large 1/48 scale missile comes with a fully operational scale launcher. The hardbox has very good color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tag or tape tears and no torn or missing litho. Flaws include the scratch at the top and general wear and edge & corner wear as shown. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions in 'very good+' condition. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Japanese Sub I-19, 1/275, 728

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$49   

1972 'Big A' box issue. Large scale kit is almost 16 inches long when assembled. This is an excellent model from Aurora's efforts of the late 1960s/early 1970s. Aurora knew that the old 1950s kits were outclassed by the late 60s and cut a new series of molds including several ships, helicopters and subs. The result was high mold quality and very good detail for that time, as represented by this kit. Includes large display stand, decals, periscope and cranes, conning tower and deck guns. Never started. NOTE: missing Glen seaplane body (floats are present). Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals and instructions present. The I-19 is famous for firing history's most successful torpedo spread off Guadalcanal. On September 14, 1942, the I-19 was patrolling of the Solomons when she fired a 6 torpedo spread. Three hit and sank the US Carrier CV-7 WASP, and the remaining three exploded against the BB North Carolina and the destroyer O'Brien. The destroyer sank and the North Carolina had to be repaired at Pearl till November 16, 1942. The I-19's Glen seaplane also flew night reconnaissance on February 23, 1942 over Pearl Harbor for the planned second attack by Emily flying boats on that base.

Aurora Nieuport 11 Bebe Revised Molds - Lafayette Escadrille or French Ace Jean Navarre, 1/48, 754

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$34   

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1976 issue with revised molds. A much better kit than previous releases. Includes full rigging details and decals for both aircraft listed. Molded in silver and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. NOTE: a small "V" shaped brace is a different color. It is from an older issue of the exact same kit.

Aurora Regulus II Guided Missile with Launcher, 1/48, 378-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$425   

1958 release of this kit featuring classic Jo Kotula boxart. The large 1/48 scale missile comes with a fully operational scale launcher. The hardbox is 'very good++' with great color and gloss, four solid corners, no price tag or tape tears, no torn or missing litho and no creases. Flaws include edge and corner wear as shown and light general wear. The kit has never been started and is factory new inside right down to the original tissue packing paper. Aurora factory sealed the silver parts and the red missile parts; these are both still sealed. The deep blue parts were not sealed but have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions in 'excellent' condition. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora N-156 Freedom Fighter (F-5), 1/48, 140-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$125   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'near mint' condition. The only flaw is a split seal on the right short side. 1962 issue with fantastic Jo Kotula box artwork. This kit is a very good representation of the rare 'Freedom Fighter' prototype N-156. It developed into the F-5, which was widely exported and saw service in over 30 countries. Only three of the N-156 prototypes were built. The design centered around two GE J85 turbojets which originally powered the ADM-20 Quail decoy carried by the B-52 fleet. Initially there seemed to be little demand until President Kennedy's Military Assistance Program required a low-cost fighter that could be provided to US Allies. The N-156 was easily the top choice. It was renamed the F-5 and the rest is history - it became one of the most widely used fighter/bombers in post-WWII history and is still in service in some air forces. Kit includes pilot, cockpit and instrument panel and three drop tanks and early AIM-9 Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missiles.

Aurora 12 O'Clock High P-38 Lightning, 1/48, 346-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$135   

Very rare first and only hardbox issue from the tie-in promotion with Twentieth Century Fox Television's smash hit "12 O'Clock High." Dated 1965. Some of the most valuable models are linked to TV or movie promotions and the "12 O'Clock High" series from Aurora are no exception. This example has very nicecolor and gloss, four solid corners, no tape or tags and zero fading. Flaws include light wear, a factory 'bunch' in the litho and general scuffs and shown. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Other kits in the series included the B-17, P-51, Me-109 and FW-190.

Aurora Lockheed P-38 Lightning, 1/48, 99-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$110   

The Jo Kotula box artwork is dated 1959, but the kit is slightly later (early 1960s) due to the '130' price extension and the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the ovals. The box is 'excellent++' with like new color and gloss and four solid corners. Molded in silver and clear the the 'triangle' clear stand and stand arm. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The Aurora issues of the 1/48 scale P-38 are interesting to say the least. The first issue is the Brooklyn kit with the P-38/B-24 box artwork. Inside, the plastic is light blue with minimal surface detail and a clear canopy and rectangular stand that says 'Aurora Plastic Corp. Brooklyn, 4, N.Y.'. There are no landing gear, gear doors or mass balances. The second issue has identical box art, plastic color, decals and rectangular stand, but the box and instructions says 'West Hempstead' instead of Brooklyn. The clear stand mold has had 'Brooklyn' milled out, and there is no location on the stand. The third issue has the same artwork, but the full color 'Aurora Line' logo is used - but the big changes were on the inside. Aurora modified the molds, adding a pitot tube, elevator mass balances and landing gear struts, wheels and doors. The decals and stand remain the same, but the new instructions reflect the changes to the molds. This time the kit is molded in an attractive metallic blue. The fourth issue dropped the Jim Cox artwork in favor of a new P-38 flying from right to left across a threatening sky. The plastic still metallic light blue and the decals and stand remain unchanged. The new details were retained. The fifth issue was 1959. The oval 'Famous Fighters' logo was used with Jo Kotula artwork of two P-38s. The detail level of the kit remained the same, but it was molded in olive drab and clear. The newer 'Triangle' base was added at this time. Further issues kept this box artwork, but the oval logo changed as well as the price extensions. This is a 6th issue due to the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the oval, and the 99-130 price.

Aurora Sikorsky HH-3 Jolly Green Giant, 1/72, 505-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed VG++

$68   

Factory sealed. 1969 hardbox issue. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, Aurora realized that they needed to produce new and better kits if they were to stay in business. Several helicopters, aircraft and ships were released with markedly improved mold quality from the older kits. This HH-3 is one of those kits. The result is a very nice scale kit with fine molded detail. Please NOTE that the kit display better than the grade but it is rated 'Sealed VG++' because the seal has a split on the right short side panel and a slight crush to the lower long side panel which bowed it out a very small amount.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$165   

First issue from the early 1950s. Rare, big 1/48 scale kit. Please note the early Aurora rectangular logo, which was used from about 1953 to 1955. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions.