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  Aurora Model Kits

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$95   

1961 issue. 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. The kit features full suspension, transaxle and driveline detail. It builds up a rolling chassis like the real car, and includes full exhaust and a detailed interior. Molded in gloss ivory, gloss black and with chrome plated parts and real rubber tires. The kit has never been started. Inside, it is exactly as it left the factory. The black and chrome parts are still in the factory sealed bags. The ivory and clear were never factory sealed and have been inventoried complete including the 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 Nike Hercules Missile - With Launching Platform MIM-14, 1/48, 379-129

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$325   

1958 first and only release. Large 1/48 scale missile includes an elevating launcher, many moving parts and a crew of four. Molded in the correct white and olive drab. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. The decals are in amazing 'near mint' condition and the instructions are 'excellent++.' The Aurora "Missile Line" is legendary. In the late 1950s, the first missile model kits sold briskly, so Aurora and Revell both planned extensive lines. However, the missile modeling craze disappeared as quickly as it started. Models that were in the works were canceled or completed if they were far enough along. Those that were completed, like the Nike Hercules, were fine efforts but sold poorly and had very short lives, making them rare collector items today.

Aurora Mace TM-76 Guided Missile, 1/48, 130-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$189   

1958 'Famous Fighters' first and only release. This large 1/48 scale model of this early guided missile is molded in gloss white plastic and includes the booster engine & clear triangle-based display stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The box has wear as shown and hobby shop stamp on the top.

Aurora Boeing Bomarc IM-99 (CIM-10B), 1/48, 131-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

1958 'Famous Fighters' first and only release. Nicely done large-scale Bomarc with clear triangle-base display stand. Molded in white and clear and includes original factory packing tissue. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Bomarc Missile IM-99 with Launcher, 1/48, 377-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$259   

1958 first and only release of the famous Bomarc Surface-To-Air Missile in 1/48 scale with a mobile launching trailer. The trailer features rotating wheels, tow bar, tool boxes and an elevating missile rail that can be displayed in travel or launch positions. The missile is molded in gloss white and the launcher in gloss silver. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, both decal sheets and instructions present. Please note that the two decal sheet are curled. The box has four solid corners, very good color and gloss but significant shelf wear as shown.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$245   

SALE!! Rare 1958 first-and-only release of this famous kit featuring classic Jo Kotula boxart. This large 1/48 kit features a well detailed missile with lower booster, working mobile launcher with good suspension detail, valves boxes and covers, tow bar, servicing and access platforms with railings, elevating main pad, three figures and more. Molded in the correct deep gloss red, silver and dark blue plastic. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts. Includes decals and instructions in 'very good' condition. One small instrument is neatly broke off the pitot tube at the base, but it is present for a easy repair. This kit must be shipped insured. The Aurora "Missile Line" is legendary. In the late 1950s, the first missile model kits sold briskly, so Aurora and Revell both planned extensive lines. However, the missile modeling craze disappeared as quickly as it started. Models that were in the works were canceled or completed if they were far enough along. Those that were completed were fine efforts but sold poorly and had very short lives, making them rare collector items today.

Aurora De Havilland DH-10A, 1/48, 786

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$56   

Late 1976 issue with revised molds, making it a better kit than previous releases. Includes full rigging detail, crew, choice of markings, detailed engines and movable propellers. The kit has never been started. The black parts are still in the factory sealed bag. The parts that were never factory sealed have been inventoried complete and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora HMS King George V British Battleship, 1/600, 712-149

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$124   

1959 'Famous Fighters' logo release that is most likely the first issue. This is a full hull kit with good detail for that time. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. Even the original factory packing tissue is present. Please note that while the box top is 'excellent', the box tray (the lower box) is split along an edge and is only 'good.'

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$44   

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 McDonnell F-4H Phantom, 1/48, 394-249

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$129   

Rare and even more so in superb, investment-grade 'Near Mint' box condition. This large-scale, early Phantom kit with great Jo Kotula box artwork is dated 1961 but actually from '64 or '65 judging from the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the logo border. The box has fantastic color and gloss, four solid corners, no tape/tape marks and no price tags or tag marks. The only flaw is very light wear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts present and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Bristol F2B Brisfit - (F-2B), 1/48, 113-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$78   

1957 first issue with dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. The box is in amazing, investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Color and gloss are perfect, as are the four corners. There are no price tags or tape and no marks from either (other than the factory sealing tape, of course). There is no fading, cuts, tears, stains or missing litho. The only flaws are very light wear, mainly on the edges. Molded in the correct gloss dark olive and black plastic. The kit inside is mint and never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are both flat and 'excellent' with typical yellowing as the only flaw.

Aurora Focke-Wulf Fw-190, 1/47, 30-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$179   

Still factory sealed with the box in amazing, investment-grade "Mint" condition. The seal is 100% intact. Dated 1960 and the first issue with this artwork. Note the 79 cent price extension and "Famous Fighters" in the border of the oval sunburst logo, which is unique to the 1960 release.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$59   

Still factory sealed and in amazing investment-grade 'Near Mint' condition. Dated 1963 but is actually a mid 60s issue due to the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the box side logos. 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.

Aurora Russian Stalin Tank, 1/48, 303-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$139   

Rare first issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. The box is in beautiful "Excellent+++" condition with factory-new color & gloss and four solid corners. There is no fading, no stains, no tears or missing litho, no creases and no price tags or tag marks. It would have graded 'Near Mint' but there is a very small (11mmx 5mm) factory tape pull on the upper long side. Molded in the correct gloss deep green with flexible black treads. Never started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Curtiss Hawk P-6E, 1/43, 116-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$62   

Rare first issue from the early to mid 1950s please note the rectangular logo. It includes the correct rectangle-based stand and early instructions showing the same. Box color and gloss is as new and the box grades a very strong 'Excellent+++' overall. The model features moving control surfaces, pilot figure, clear windshield, rotating wheels & propeller and more. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions present.

Aurora Martin B-26 Marauder - Famous Fighters Of All Nations, 1/46, 371-259

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$275   

Very rare first issue from the early 1950s. When Aurora moved to the West Hempstead plant, they planned a series of very large scale bombers. All kits released up to this time had been small. Aurora's instincts were correct, and the B-26, B-25 and B-29 were a big sales success. This box art was done by Jim Cox and was only used for about one year, making it very rare. The kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, large clear stand, instructions and decals. The box has great color, four solid corners with no repairs, no creasing, no stains, fading or writing, no cardboard tears or rips, no price tags and no tape beyond the factory sealing tape. There is light general wear and please note that the box displays slightly better than the 'Excellent' grade but it is rated as such because there is light general wear not visible in the photo and a 1.5" x 3/8" factory tape tear on the top long side.

Aurora Atomic Submarine Nautilus SS571, 1/242, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$169   

Rare, Brooklyn-produced, early 1950s U-Ma-Kit. This was Aurora's first naval model. Molded in the correct glossy very dark gray plastic and includes a display stand and decals to match the box art. Never started and complete with all parts, remarkable 'excellent' condition decals and 'near mint' instructions. Even the original factory tissue packing paper is present. The box has excellent color, four solid corners with no repairs, no fading and no price tags. The only tape is the factory sealing tape on the long sides. There is light general shelf wear and edge wear as shown.

Aurora M8 Munitions Carrier And 8 inch Howitzer, 1/48, 310-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$375   

Dated 1958. Very rare dual kit that contains both models. Very well detailed for that time with 276 parts. Each has many operating features including movable tracks, gun, bulldozer blade, ammunition loader and more. Includes crew members. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present. Please note that the box looks slightly better than the 'good+' grade but is graded as such because there 1.25" x .7" section of litho missing on the left short side where a price tag was torn off. there is also other general wear and edge wear as shown.

Aurora Atomic Submarine Nautilus SS571, 1/242, 500-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Poor

$58   

NOTE: builder or parts kit only, please read carefully. Rare, Brooklyn-produced early 1950s U-Ma-Kit. This was Aurora's first naval model. Molded in the correct glossy very dark gray plastic. The kit has never been started. NOTE: missing parts. Both bow dive planes and one prop are missing. NOTE: decals have been cut out and are missing (2) eyeballs and one shark's mouth. Otherwise inventoried with all other parts, decals (separated) and instructions. NOTE: instructions are present but completely split in two down one fold seam. The box looks better than the 'poor' rating but is graded as such because there is extensive clear tape holding the top together, stains and missing litho as shown at the bottom and on the bottom long side. The tray (lower box) is present but split along most seams.

Aurora Convair F-102 Dart - (YF-102), 1/121, 290-29

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc-

$49   

1957 hardbox issue of this small scale kit with dramatic Jo Kotula box artwork. Please note that this is an earlier issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the oval border of the Aurora logo and is has the '.29' on the lower right. Nicely molded with a 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. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Around this time, Aurora issued a series of inexpensive (usually 29 cent) small scale kits that were designed to sell at almost any type of retail location. The line was successful and further expanded - when Aurora purchased the Comet molds, they fit in nicely with this established line.