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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora Republic F-105 Thunderchief, 1/78, 123-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Good

$59   

Still factory sealed, but please note that that box has a split on the upper left under the seal. Dated 1958 with classic Jo Kotula box art; this issue is probably from the mid 1960s however from the logo variation. This is a rare kit of the prototype Thunderchief, with the long nose probe and early configuration nuclear weapons pod.

Aurora Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, 1/74, 374-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$135   

First issue artwork from the early 1950s. Rare. Kit features retracting pontoons and rotating props. Includes correct early logo instructions which show the clear 'Triangle World' stand. That stand is correctly 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/gray and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the back half of the pitot tube has broken off and is missing. Only the front part is present. 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 corrected Aurora. Then the '1/4' was blotted out with a dark blue oval or cicle and '5/32' was added after the word 'SCALE.' it was now correct, but the appearance was not completely professional. On the next box order, they kept the '1/4' blotted out but added a proper looking 5/31" in front of the blot. That is this issue.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$45   

1958 first issue with fantastic Jo Kotula boxart. This is the Parents' Magazine issue with the seal located in the lower right. In the day this was considered a fine kit and rated highly in reviews. Classic 1930s Navy Biplane Fighter that is still famous for their colorful paint jobs at that that time. 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. NOTE: has minor assembly. The seat and floor have been neatly glued to the cockpit. Quality of assembly is professional. There is no other assembly and zero painting. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing 747 - Air Canada, 1/156, 391-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+

$55   

Late 1960s or early 1970s Aurora of Canada kit. This is Aurora's near 1/144 scale kit that features full landing gear, large display stand and an extensive Air Canada decal sheet with full red rudders with Maple Leaf logo, fuselage script and logos, glare shield and full side stripes. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions. NOTE: the decals have micro-cracked. Please read the article on this website about saving old decals before using these or any older kit decals.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$115   

Dated 1963 with box art by John Steel. Fantastic condition box with nearly perfect color and gloss. A very nice kit in its day with good detail and flexible treads. Molded in green with flexible black tracks. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$135   

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 Sikorsky S-55 Helo - (ex-Helicopters for Industry), 1/45, 503-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$225   

Second issue, likely from around 1962/63 because of the logo and 98 cent price extension. Has the same box art as the original issue but with the newer style logo (with no 'Famous Fighters' in the boarder) at the upper right. From the ex-Helicopters for Industry molds. Features fine raised detail, cockpit seats, instrument panel and control sticks, opening cabin door, floats with wheels and decals for US Air Force, Navy, Army or Marines. Molded in a stunning gloss dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora HC-1B Chinook (CH-47), 1/48, 350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc-

$155   

Still factory sealed but the seal has split on the right short side. Second issue hardbox is dated 1961 with classic Jo Kotula artwork. The actual issue date is likely 62/63 since there is no 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the Aurora sunburst logo. Very large 1/48 scale kit with good cockpit and rotor detail, moving rotors, clear side and cockpit windows and full decals.

Aurora Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet - United Air Lines, 1/156, 362-350

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Exc

$95   

Still factory sealed. The seal is 85% intact and has two splits and some cellophane missing on the bottom and side. Aurora Canada issue dated 1968. Includes full color decals.

Aurora De Haviland DH-10 Bomber - 'Parents Magazine' Seal Issue, 1/48, 125-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$125   

Dated 1957 with classic Jo Kotula box art. This is the edition with the Parent's Magazine approval seal on the box and the instructions. Box is in excellent condition with like new color and gloss, four solid corners and no tape or price tags. Flaws include a ding at the top left corner and very, very light discoloration. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Even includes the original tissue packing paper.

Aurora Bell AH-1G Huey Cobra - Assault Helicopter, 1/72, 501-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$135   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. First issue hardbox dated 1967. In the late 1960s Aurora realized that the older molds were out of date and modelers were demanding more realism. They made a new set of molds for ships, airplanes and helicopters. These were significant improvements as the new molds were on par with current offerings. This Cobra kit is one of the improved new mold kits.

Aurora North American P-51 Mustang, 1/48, 118-130

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$79   

Hardbox issue dated 1964 with dramatic artwork by John Steel. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowling, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. Molded in olive drab and clear. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Boeing 737 Commercial Jet United Air Lines, 1/72, 359-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$175   

Still factory sealed and in investment-grade condition. The seal is present and intact except for a 1/2 inch split on the bottom. The box has no damage at all. Rare 1/72 scale 737 dated 1966 with great Roy Grinnell boxart. This is the first issue artwork but the third price extension change. This kit has the 2.50 price instead of the earlier 1.98 or 2.49. Given the 250 price extension, this exact kit was likely issued around 1967/68. Molded in white and clear, with the large clear 'Triangle World' display base.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$525   

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+

$95   

The first owner left the shrinkwrap on the top, keeping the box top in near mint condition. (The wrap was deteriorating and has been removed). Dated 1961 but a few years later than that due to the lack of 'Famous Fighters' in the logo border. Features movable control surfaces and excellent detail for that time. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

Aurora Avro CF-100 Canuck - All-Weather Fighter, 1/67, 137-175

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$115   

Fantastic factory sealed investment-condition box. 1964 issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the oval sunburst.

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 P-51 Mustang with 'Horse' Artwork, 1/48, 118-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$110   

Classic boxart with the famous 'Bucking Airborne Horse'. The artwork is dated 1956, but this kit is likely about 1959 - note the 'Famous Fighters' in the border of the sunburst Aurora logo. The artwork is the original issue P-51 with a slight downward angle and the horse added. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowling, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. Molded in gloss olive drab and clear. This kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Lockheed P-38 Lightning - Canadian Issue, 1/48, 99

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed NM

$95   

Still factory sealed. Aurora of Canada issue from the early 1960s with dramatic Jo Kotula artwork. The box is in investment-grade 'sealed near mint' sealed condition.

Aurora Sikorsky S-55 Helo - (ex-Helicopters for Industry), 1/45, 503-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$285   

Second issue, likely from around 1963/64. Has the same box art as the original issue but with the newer style logo at the upper right. From the ex-Helicopters for Industry molds with fine raised detail, cockpit seats, instrument panel and control sticks, opening cabin door, floats with wheels and decals for US Air Force, Navy, Army or Marines. Molded in a stunning gloss dark blue and clear. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.