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Aurora British SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$80   

First issue from 1956 with Jim Cox boxart and Northern Lights logo. Box is in 'excellent+' condition. The logo on this kit only appeared for one year. In 1957 it was replaced with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo. This kit was one of a very famous line of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits introduced by Aurora at this time. Due to the popularity, subjects were still being released into the 1960s. Molded in glossy olive green and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Please read the article about Jim Cox that is posted on this website.

Aurora SE-5 Scout, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$55   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. This logo only appeared for one year. In 1957 it was replaced with the famous oval 'Famous Fighters' Sunburst logo. The artwork is by Jim Cox. This kit was one of a very famous line of 1/48 scale WWI aircraft kits introduced by Aurora at this time. Due to the popularity, subjects were still being released into the 1960s. Molded in glossy olive green and black. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora North American P-51D Mustang - With Aurora Glue, 1/48, 118-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$145   

Contains still sealed Aurora glue with the early 'Aurora Line' logo. The kit is the first issue from about 1956 with the Northern Lights logo. Has many working features: detailed engine with removable cowlings, full cockpit and retractable landing gear. Molded in gloss olive green and clear. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$125   

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good++

$125   

Rare. Third issue with rectangular 'Aurora Line' logo and Famous Fighters of All Nations. Molded in correct gloss medium blue plastic and clear with rectangular clear stand. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. NOTE: decal were previously stuck to the instructions in several small areas. The damage is to the backing paper - the actual transfers are 'excellent.'

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$59   

1957 hardbox issue with the Parents' Magazine seal. Please note that this is an earlier issue with 'Famous Fighters' in the oval border of the Aurora logo and is has the '.29' cent price extension. Small scale kit with dramatic Jo Kotula box artwork. Nicely molded kit with 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.

Aurora Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, 1/260, 432-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Fair

$45   

Excellent builder kit. Nicely molded, smaller scale full-hull kit. Kit features molded rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, display stand and rigging instructions. Molded in green, wood tan and black. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts including flag sheet and instructions. NOTE: the smallest yard has 1/3 of the tip broken off and that tip is missing.

Aurora Lockheed F-94C Starfire, 1/82, 495-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$42   

Dated 1961. Dramatic Jo Kotula box art. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete including decals and instructions. The decals have some light damage affecting several of the transfers as they were once stuck to the instructions.

Aurora Piasecki H-21 'Work Horse', 1/49, 504-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$165   

Third issue of this classic kit. The box is dated 1956 but you can see the new oval logo moved to the lower right with 'Famous Fighters' in the border which would date this kit to 1958-59. Earlier in the 1950s a company called 'Helicopters for Industry' created a line of large early kits. In 1956 Aurora bought the molds and quickly reissued these models with new box artwork. Large kit features cockpit, spinning rotors, rotating wheels and opening doors. Molded in the correct gloss silver and clear plastic. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Cutty Sark Clipper Ship, 1/260, 432-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$75   

First issue from 1959. Nicely molded smaller scale full hull kit. Includes molded rat lines, detailed deck and fittings, display stand and rigging instructions. Molded in green, black and wood tan. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, flag sheet and instructions.

Aurora The Black Knight of Nurnberg, 1/8, 473

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Excellent

$48   

Aurora of Great Britain issue from the late 1960s. Classic and very popular Aurora knight kit from the original molds. Large 1/8 scale kit is molded gloss black and has white and yellow plumes. The kit has never been started. It is still sealed in the factory bag and includes the 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 in the USA and overseas long after many other figures were discontinued.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$120   

1972 Big A softbox issue still mint and factory sealed. Features elevating gun, rotating turret, figures, operating treads and bogies and battlefield display stand.

Aurora Fokker D-7 (D-VII DVII), 1/48, 106-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+

$55   

Third issue of this kit. It retains the original 1956 box art, but the square Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo is gone, replace by the to-be classic sunburst 'Famous Fighters' oval. The price extension is 79 cents. The second issue is identical except for a 69 cent extension. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther - 1st Brooklyn Issue, 1/48, 22

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good+++

$1500   

Rare 1st issue from 1952 in the one-piece flip top box. 100% original and correct. The model is molded in the correct gloss dark blue with a clear square 'Brooklyn' stand, stand arm and canopy. Being the first issue, the model does not significant rivet detail, nor was it molded with landing gear or missiles. The entire kit is 13 parts including the stand and stand arm. The instructions are the correct early small Brooklyn version with very minor bug damage. Decals are correctly marked 'The Tatem Company' and are in excellent condition with some curl and minimal yellowing. The box is one of the better I have seen. It is intact - there are no missing parts and no repairs. As is typical with this issue, the fragile box has some small tears, creases and edge wear as shown. In summary, a 100% correct, never started and complete kit for the advanced collector of Aurora or military aircraft models. This kit must be shipped insured. Kit History: In the early 1950s Aurora was making children's toys. Since they were always looking for new avenues of business, the three founders were interested in the new fad of 'plastic models'. They were shown the Hawk F-90 and F9F kits in 1/48, and the rest is history. Aurora copied the F9F and F-90 to issue their very first plastic kits. The boxes were two color one-piece flip top boxes of very thin cardboard; the damaged so easily that the kits were immediately reissued in the more familiar 'hardbox' of a litho slick glued to heavy cardboard.

Aurora Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet Delta, 1/156, 360-250

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Good

$58   

AURORA block letters logo issue dated 1972. Features full color Delta decals, clear windshield, detailed 18 wheel landing gear and large tripod stand. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions. Box is only 'Good' with various creases, bends and light stains as shown.

Aurora Grumman F9F Panther Jet - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 22A-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$185   

Rare 'Aurora Line' logo version. This is actually the 3rd release of this kit and is the first West Hempstead issue - from the logo, it is from 1954/1955. This model is correct in every way with high gloss deep blue and clear plastic, landing gear and rockets, clear rectangle stand and stand arm, instructions say 'West Hempstead' and have the Aurora Line logo, and the decals are made by 'Tatem Company'. Kit has never been started and is 100% complete with all correct parts, stand, decals and instructions.

Aurora Convair 990 Jet Mainliner United Air Lines, 1/107, 397-198

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc++

$1299   

Very rare kit from 1962. First and only issue. This is the largest injection molded kit ever made of the very fast Convair 990 airliner. The box has as-new color and sheen with four solid corners and no repairs. There are no price tags, tape or price tag/tape marks. The only flaw is light edge wear. The model is molded in the correct white and clear plastic, with the large clear triangle display stand and full color United decals. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried 100% complete including all parts, decals and instructions. Decals and instructions are both flat with slight yellowing being the only flaw. NOTE: shipping insurance is required with this kit. The Convair 990 and its near sister 880 were very high performance airliners. Unfortunately they did not find favor with commercial operators. The commercial failure of the 990 caused Aurora to pull these molds from production shortly after the introduction of the kit. The 990 was a larger and faster (Mach .91) airliner than the 880, but it failed to meet it's range criteria for east to west crossings of the USA. As a result, only 37 were made. Interestingly enough, several 990s continued to be operated by private owners and NASA operated two for decades after the last one was phased out of commercial service. Only 65 880s were produced from 1959 to 1962. The aircraft was designed to be smaller and faster than the DC-8 and 707 - this market did not develop, however, and if it did it could have been served with less expensive designs.

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

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

$145   

First issue from 1956 with Northern Lights logo. The box is in excellent condition with as new color and gloss and four solid corners. Molded in gloss green with flexible black treads. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

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

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

$55   

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 Grumman F9F Panther Jet, 1/49, 22-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Mint

$79   

Investment-grade condition box and kit. Dated 1960. This is actually a newer kit, likely from 1962-64 as it lacks the 'Famous Fighters' logo in the oval border. These molds are from one of Aurora's first two kits - the F9F and F-90. Aurora simply went out and purchased the early Hawk F9F and F-90 kits and copied them almost exactly. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions and decals are in exceptional NM condition.