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Aurora Silver Knight of Augsburg 1560 Valiant Warriors - Crown Issue, 1/8, K1-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$165   

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Very rare 2nd 'Crown' issue. This issue is dated 1956, but is from 1957 judging from the new 'Famous Fighters' oval logo and the fact that 'CROWN' is moved up to the top, just below 'Aurora.' Inside, the kit is also correct for the second issue. The instructions still say 'Copyright 1956 Crow Plastics, Inc Princeton, New Jersey' and the oval 'Famous Fighters' logo from the box top is on the instructions as well. Molded in a beautiful gloss silver and with a feather plume. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. In the mid 1950s, Crown Plastics advertised the release of a series of Knight models - some of the very first figure kits. However, before Crown entered production, Aurora marketed the line for Crown in 1956- the first issue of this kit (this is the second issue). The first issue had a copyright on the instructions as 'Crown Plastics, Inc Princeton, New Jersey'. These were the first Aurora Knights ever issued and Aurora gave them the kit numbers K1-98, K2-98 and K3-98. These were the very first Aurora figure kits. The knights sold well, and Aurora bought the three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics within the year. The first issue had the early Aurora 'Northern Lights' rectangular logo has the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it.

Aurora Crown Logo Blue Knight of Milan 1520, 1/8, K2-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$150   

Very Rare. In the mid 1950s, Aurora was searching for faster and less expensive ways to expand their model kit line beyond simply designing new kits then cutting new molds. Aurora was able to find several such sellers, like Comet, Best, Helicopters for Industry and others. However, their most famous and profitable deal they negotiated was the purchase three 'Knight' molds from Crown Plastics. They quickly issued them as K1, K2 and K3 and these were the very first Aurora figure kits. This first issue from 1956 has the one-year-only Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo with the correct 'Crown Line' logo inside it. Inside, the kit is mint as it left the factory. The shiny, very dark blue plastic parts are complete and there is a red feather plume. The instructions are correct with the Crown logo in the Aurora logo.

Aurora The Red Knight of Vienna, 1/8, K4-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$165   

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Very rare 1957 issue with the K4 kit number and 1957 copyright date and old artwork. This hardbox is in 'excellent+' condition with like-new color and gloss, four solid and original corners, no repairs, no price tags or tape and no marks from either, no tears, or fading and no missing lithograph. Flaws include light creasing, slight age wear and light edge & corner wear. This kit is the same scale as the other Aurora Knight kits and is molded in a beautiful deep burgundy. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts 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 The Blue Knight of Milan, 1/8, 472

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$44   

1960s Aurora of Great Britain issue with great box art. This model contains a large 1/8 scale knight, base, both red and white plumes (like the box art) and instructions. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the box had a closed tear across the bottom, about 1" up from the lowest point. This has been neatly repaired from the inside but that is why the box only grades 'good-.' 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 Superboy Comic Scenes - With Base / Backdrop Mural And Comic Book, 1/8, 186

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good-

$49   

This is the 1974 issue which includes the comic book with the base and backdrop mural to create a 3-D Action Display. Superboy, Krypto and the monster are all molded in medium blue plastic. The comic book is in 'very good' condition. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Focke-Wulf Fw-190 Famous Fighters Of All Nations - First Issue, 1/48, 30-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$289   

Very rare and 100% correct first issue from 1954 with the proper swastika box art and swastika decals. This one is even rarer as it is never started and complete. The model is molded in the correct gloss black and clear, with the rectangle-based clear stand, matching instructions, decals and even the original factory packing tissue paper. The decals are flat and in stunning 'excellent++' condition with the only flaw being slight age yellowing to the backing paper only. The instructions are 'near mint.' The box has very good color and gloss, four solid original corners (no repairs), no price tags or tag marks, no tape or tape marks (other than the thin factory sealing tape of course), no fading, stains or missing litho. Flaws include general wear & scuffing as shown and light corner wear. This kit has a fascinating history. The FW-190 was among the first (or was the first) kit made at the new West Hempstead factory in 1954. It immediately followed the famous "Brooklyn 8" (Aurora's first 8 aircraft kits). It was Aurora's first WWII aircraft kit to be originally issues with landing gear and bombs but still retains the small clear rectangle stand which was also shown on the instructions. This first issue shows the swastika on the box art and decals; however, Aurora quickly realized that they could not sell the kit in Europe. So they used an ink stamp to black out the offensive mark on the box top and initially cut it out of the decal sheet; however, they were quick to make a completely new decal sheet with the 'iron cross' replacing the swastika. These alterations are often called the 'second issue' although it carried the same part number and everything else was the same.

Aurora M8 Munitions Carrier and 8 Inch Howitzer, 1/48, 333-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$169   

Hard-to-find 1/48 scale issue includes both well detailed kits. The M8 features movable tracks and bogie wheels, movable bulldozer blade and ammunition loader, drivers compartment, driver and much more. The Howitzer has a movable breech, recoil mechanism, limber, gun trails & wheels, 7 figures and more. The kits have never been started. Both have been inventoried 100% complete with all parts including decals and instructions. Aurora did not issue a terrain base with this kit.

Aurora 1931 Miller Special 1931 Indianapolis 500 Winner - (ex Best), 1/30, 523-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$149   

Very rare model from 1958 in an 'excellent+' condition box. This model is from Best molds. Aurora purchased these molds just for the Indianapolis 500 Winners and released only one issue. The kit is molded in white plastic with real rubber tires, a driver figures, some interior detail and very nice decals. It has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts, decals and instructions; even includes the factory tissue packing paper. Louis Schneider and 'Jigger Johnson' (driver and mechanic) drove the Bowes Seal Special to victory in 1931. The Miller Special had rear wheel drive, and eight cylinder 151.7 CID Miller engine and won the day averages 96.629 miles per hour. The track was dangerously unsafe that year due to a heavy drizzle that made driving over 80 mph dangerous - at one point, drivers were required to slow down to 80 mph and passing was not allowed other than the pit area. There were many spectacular accidents but the rain did relent and there were many speeds over 100 mph in the later part.

Aurora Aurora Racing Scenes Four Funny Car Drivers, 1/16, 841

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM+

$119   

Still factory sealed. Very rare and part of Aurora's incredible 1/16 scale Funny Car series that includes different kits for chassis, Vega or Pinto bodies, Donovan 417 Blown Engine, Chrysler Fuel Injection Engine, Speed Shop and Racing Mechanic With Accessories. This model includes four drivers with movable, interchangeable heads, movable arms, extra racing trophies and regular, Bell Star & Firesuit helmets, full decals and more.

Aurora Sopwith Camel, 1/47, 102-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$48   

Rare early 1960s issue. This release has turned up less than any of the other issues and was only made for a year or two at the most before the new artwork release. This is the only issue with the full, original artwork due to the 'transparent' new simplified oval logo at the lower right. The side logos do not have 'Famous Fighters' in the border. One side has the original printed '102-79' part number while the other end has a factory-applied '100' sticker over the 79. Molded in the correct gloss olive drab and black plastic and with the chock ground base and pilot & mechanic figures. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Please NOTE that the box displays much closer to 'Excellent++' but is graded lower because there is a small tape pull on the lower long side and some missing litho at the right short side.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$69   

1957 first issue in fantastic 'Excellent++' condition. The box has perfect color and gloss and four solid corners. The only flaws are very light and isolated age foxing and light wear. This issue has dramatic Jo Kotula artwork and is molded in the correct gloss olive green and black. Inside, the kit has never been started. It still includes the factory packing tissue. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora P-38 Lightning - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 99-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$159   

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Rare. This is the third issue from about 1954 with the rectangular 'Aurora Line' logo and Famous Fighters of All Nations slogan. Molded in correct gloss medium blue and clear plastic, full rivet detail, complete landing gear, correct rectangle-based clear stand and Tatem Company decals. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions prseent. The decals are almost flat and in 'excellent++' condition with sligh yellowing as the only notable flaw; the instructions are in amazing 'near mint+' condition. Even the original factory tissue packing paper is present. 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 all-new artwork shown in this photo and 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. For the fourth issue, 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.

Aurora Boeing F4B-4 - (F4B4), 1/48, 122-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$59   

1958 first issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right and the '69' price circle at the upper left. This was considered a fine model in the day and rated highly in magazine reviews. These classic 1930s Navy Biplane Fighters are still famous for their colorful paint jobs at that that time. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Cowl, tail and trim color would vary with the group's Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga and the aircraft's position in the flight formation.

Aurora 155mm Long Tom Gun, 1/48, 308-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$79   

1963 hardbox issue with superb John Steel artwork. This was a very nice model for that time with numerous working features and crew. Molded in the correct gloss olive drab green and with black rubber tires. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes instructions. Aurora did not provide decals with this kit.

Aurora US Army 8 Inch Howitzer Gun, 1/48, 307-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$64   

Second issue hardbox from 1963 of this rare kit with great John Steel artwork. This is a well detailed model for that time which features 96 pieces, moving wheels, breech, recoil mechanism, limber and gun trails. Molded in gloss olive drab green and with black rubber tires. NOTE: this kit has very minor and 'professional' quality subassembly to only two parts: the gun barrel halves. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions. The box displays higher than the 'very good++' rating but it graded as such because there is scuffing on the four sides; the sides only rate 'good+.'

Aurora US Army 8 inch Howitzer, 1/48, 307-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$75   

First issue from 1958 with incredible artwork and the oval 'Famous Fighters' sunburst logo. Well detailed model for that time which features 96 pieces, moving wheels, breech, recoil mechanism, limber and gun trails. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts and instructions present. Even includes the original factory tissue packing paper. Aurora did not furnish decals with this kit.

Aurora German Tiger Tank, 1/48, 312-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$69   

Hard-to-find 1964 1/48 scale armor kit with box art by the famous artist John Steel. When introduced, all of the Aurora armor series met with rave reviews in the modeling magazines; they are still favorite 'Classic Builders' today. Features working bogies and sprokets, flexible tracks, optional position hull and turret hatches, separately molded exhaust, tow rings, spotlight, spare treads and more, elevating main gun & rotating turret, tank commander figure and three soldiers. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora SSN Nautilus SSN-571 First Under The North Pole, 1/242, 708-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$110   

1958 issue with fantastic 'North Pole' box artwork by Jo Kotula. Molded in the correct high gloss black plastic. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora Albatross D-3 Red Dot Issue - (Albatros D.III / DIII), 1/48, 104-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$48   

Rare very early issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo and the 69 cent price circle on the right of the box top. What is most unusual is that the price is within a red-filled circle; this is the second instance of this that I have seen in more than 26 years. Just when you think you have Aurora's kit history figured out, they throw you another curve ball! Molded in the correct glossy dark green and black. Decals and instructions are correct for the first issue as well. Never started and inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. Even includes the original factory tissue packing material.

Aurora Boeing P-26A Peashooter, 1/43, 115-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$44   

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Very rare 1957 issue with the original artwork and the then-new Sunburst Oval logo with 'Famous Fighters' in the border. This was a one-year only issue because in 1958 the new Jo Kotula artwork was introduced. The P-26A was originally issued shortly after Aurora moved to the West Hempstead facility on Long Island, NY. Molded in the correct glossy light blue and clear with the early style Aurora rectangular stand, correct Tatem Company decals and the correct instructions. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. The box has wear as shown and is only 'good.' Aurora was the only early US model company known for consistently turning a profit. They never wasted anything and that included instructions, stands and decals. If any were left, they were used (in the new style box, like in this case) until they were used up.