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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora Grumman F6F Hellcat - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 40A-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$179   

Third issue of this rare kit. Oddly enough, this one is the rarest of them all. The box is in remarkable 'Excellent++' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, no tears or missing litho, no tape or tape marks (other than the factory sealing tape, of course), no price tags or tag marks, no fading and no stains. The flaws are general very light edge wear. The 4 box sides are in the same condition as the top; the box tray (bottom box) is in 'near mint' condition. The box top is copyrighted 1956, but this issue is from 1957 for the debut of the new logo. For this release, Aurora kept the original issue box art but with these changes from the second issue: the old logo was replaced with the 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst Oval on a yellow rectangle background and the white 'price circle' was removed. The kit is molded in the correct beautiful metallic dark blue and clear and has the early rectangular clear display stand, correct decals and correct instructions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/48, 102-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$39   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Mint' condition. This is the 4th known issue of this classic kit, and the second one to share the 102-100 kit number. The blue oval logo dates from the early 1960s. This is only the second box artwork used for this kit, and John Steel replaced Cox for the 'new look' from Aurora. 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. Even Monogram released a few of these kits after purchasing Aurora's molds.

Aurora Porsche 904GT, 1/25, 561-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$139   

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Rare kit from 1965. This is a very highly detailed and well engineered model for that time. It features an engine that is made up of 29 parts, a complete frame assembly, complex rear suspension with separate upper and lower A frame and arms, backing plates, brake discs, shocks, drive axles, wheel brackets & rear stabilizer bar. The front suspension has separate wheel spindles, upper and lower A frames and shocks with stabilizer bar. The front compartment includes the battery, fuel tank, firewall, full spare tire and well. Includes a complete interior, the front trunk opens forward as it should, and the rear tilts back accurately with a detailed hinge and pivot set-up. Molded in dark glossy gray, chrome, black and clear and with real rubber tires. NOTE: this kit has very minor and 'near mint' quality subassembly as follows: block halves and small drive valves are assembled (4 pieces); transmission halves assembled (2 pieces); clutch pieces assembled (2 pieces). Only these 8 small parts are built; there is no other assembly. Inventoried 100% complete with all pieces, instructions and 'excellent+' condition decals present.

Aurora M4A3E8 Sherman Medium Tank, 1/48, 072

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$39   

Hard-to-find 1/48 scale armor kit in the block 'AURORA' logo box from 1976. Features elevating gun, rotating turret, figures, opening hatches and operating treads and bogies. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the antenna is broken in two; both parts are present.

Aurora US Army M109 Howitzer Tank - Self Propelled Gun, 1/48, 314-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$89   

Box is in exceptional investment-grade'Near Mint' condition with as new color and gloss. Hard to find 1/48 scale armor kit with John Steel box art dated 1963. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora British SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc+++

$49   

1963 issue with Jo Kotula box art. Still factory sealed but the seal has split, and there is minor box wear on the center of the far left side.

Aurora Fokker D-VII - (D7), 1/48, 106-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$58   

Still mint factory seal and in investment-grade condition. Kit is dated 1958, but still has original 1956 box art. The actual issue date is from the mid-1960s due to the 1 dollar price extension and the blue oval logo. Aurora's 1/48 scale WWI line debuted in 1956 with six new kits, and the D-7 was #6. The line proved so successful that Aurora added kits almost every year well into the 1960s. Many of them sold well right up until the end of Aurora in 1976.

Aurora Gotha G-V Collectors Series - (G.V), 1/48, 1126-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$64   

1972 issue with painting and rigging guide and Battle Terrain Display Base. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora McDonnell F-4H Phantom, 1/48, 394-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$85   

First issue dated 1961 with oval sunburst logo and 'Famous Fighters' in the logo border. Large 1/48 scale early Phantom kit with great Jo Kotula box artwork. Nicely detailed kit for that time with cockpit, full landing gear, four AIM-7 Sparrow missiles, a tiny additional F-4H scale model (measuring only 1.5 inches long) and a large, clear 'Triangle World' display stand. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the instructions have some bug damage on the surface (not all the way through) of the cover page. The decals have bug damage to the backing paper only; they did not damage the actual transfers. The box may display slightly better than 'good' but is rated as such because of the litho chip at the upper right hand corner as shown and very similar chips on the three lower side corners. There also general additional wear as well.

Aurora Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet United Air Lines, 1/156, 362-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$65   

First issue hardbox dated 1968. Features big 15 inch wingspan, clear cockpit windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear and a large display stand. Includes full color, complete United decals. Molded in white and clear plastic with the large, clear 'triangle world' based stand. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes the correct early decals and instructions.

Aurora Centurion V - Great Britain or Israel, 1/48, 061

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$52   

Still factory sealed. Hard-to-find 1/48 scale armor kit in the block 'Aurora' log box from 1976. Improved molds. Features elevating gun, rotating turret, figures, opening hatches and operating treads and bogies. Markings for Great Britain or Israel.

Aurora British Churchill Tank, 1/48, 315-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$59   

Hardbox 'long' issue dated 1966. At that early date in modeling history, reviewers wrote 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.

Aurora Japanese Type 97 Chi-Ha Medium Tank - With Army or Navy Decals, 1/48, 325-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$85   

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Late 1969 hardbox issue. Has markings for either variant. Kit features flexible treads, tank commander and three ground troops, two rifles, rotating turret, elevating gun optional position top hatch, working tracks/wheels and vacuformed 'Battlefield Display Stand." Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora German Tiger Tank, 1/48, 324-150

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$54   

1969 Big A hardbox issue. This model features working bogie wheels, flexible treads, rotating turret and elevating gun and crew. The kit has never been started. The tank has been inventoried with all parts including decals and instructions; NOTE: missing display base.

Aurora German Sea Raider Atlantis - The Rattlesnake Of The Ocean, 1/456, 710-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$795   

First issue hardbox is dated 1959 and has the "Famous Fighters" in the oval 'Northern Lights' logo. This is the only kit made of the 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. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. The box is graded 'excellent+' which is rare. It has very nice color and gloss, four solid corners, no repairs, fading, staining or tears, no tape or tape marks and no price tags or tag marks. Flaws include light general wear, edge wear (as shown at the top) and corner wear. NOTE: this kit must be shipped insured. From modeler Stephen Payne: I 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 Fokker D-VII - (D7), 1/48, 106-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+

$52   

Still in the factory sealed and in investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition. The box art is from the original 1956 issue, and the date on the kit is 1958. However, due to the one dollar price extension and blue logo we know this is from the mid 1960s. Aurora's 1/48 scale WWI line debuted in 1956 with six new kits, and the D-7 was #6. The line proved so successful that Aurora added kits almost every year well into the 1960s. Many of them sold well right up until the end of Aurora in 1976.

Aurora Nieuport 28, 1/48, 108-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$48   

First release dated 1957 with the yellow panels on the short box sides and no Parents' Magazine Seal. This is just one of the many incredibly successful 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits from Aurora. A few years after settling into the new plant at West Hempstead, one of the the major projects was to launch this line in 1956. New subjects were added as late as the early 1960s. The line was so successful that many were selling right up until the end of Aurora in 1976. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora German Pfalz D-3 - (D-III), 1/48, 109-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$64   

Dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula artwork. This is the second issue; please note 69 cent price extension, 'Famous Fighters' logo border and the Parents' Magazine Seal at the right. 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 British Churchill Tank, 1/48, 315-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$85   

Hardbox 'long' issue dated 1966. At that early date in modeling history, reviewers wrote 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.

Aurora American Astronaut - Gemini Program, 1/13, 409-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+

$225   

Still factory sealed and in amazing,investment-grade 'Near Mint+' condition. First release from 1967. Well detailed kit has Extra-Vehicular Life Support System (ELLS), Astronaut Maneuvering Unit (AMU) and unique Earth/Moon backdrop and Gemini Capsule base.