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  Aurora Model Kits

Aurora Dick Tracy Figure, 1/16, 818-100

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+

$240   

1960s issue. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts decals and instructions.

Aurora Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, 1/110, 291-50

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+++

$80   

Later issue with simplified logo; possibly mid 1960s. Condition of the box is almost as it left the factory, with beautiful gloss and color and four perfect corners. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.

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

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc+++

$70   

Hardbox issue dated 1957 but probably from the early 1960s since the oval Aurora logo does not have 'Famous Fighters' in the outline. The box is in excellent condition. 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. Internal factory sealed bag or 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 Spitfire - Famous Fighters of all Nations First Issue, 1/48, 20-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$375   

Rare first issue with minimal surface detail and molded in the non-metallic medium blue and clear plastic, with a clear two-piece display stand with the early rectangle-shaped base. The second and all later issues had greatly increased rivet detail and were molded in a metallic blue plastic. The kit has never been started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions present.

Aurora Wall Bracket Display Stand

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Sealed Mint

$55   

Factory Sealed Aurora Line logo from about 1954.

Aurora Messerschmitt ME-109 Famous Fighters of All Nations - (Bf-109), 1/48, 55A-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$850   

Very rare version with the Bf-109s flying over a period town. Second issue of this famous kit, most likely from 1954 and possibly into 1955. Last Aurora Bf-109 with swastikas on the box art, molded into the vertical stabilizer, on the instructions and on the decals. Aurora modified the molds for this issue, including landing gear and wing-mounted bombs. Molded in the correct gloss burgundy and clear. Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. This artwork is by Jim Cox. According to his son, Art Cox, and the village is most likely rendition of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and a stylized Philadelphia skyline and older buildings in Camden, NJ in the foreground. This kit must be shipped insured.

Aurora Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet KLM, 1/156, 360

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$175   

Rare box art version. Never started and 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Includes illustrated 50 year KLM history booklet dated 1969.

Aurora Beechcraft Super 18, 1/88, 284-60

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: Exc

$145   

Rare 1964 Canadian Flip Top Box issue molded in yellow and clear plastic. Ex-Comet molds in the smaller scale. Ex-Comet molds smaller scale (1/88) issue. Features rotating props, full side and cockpit glass, and blue and red pinstripe decals with N numbers and rudder fin flash markings. Never started and inventoried 100% complete.

Aurora Jap Zero Brooklyn Issue - Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 88-59

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG+++

$650   

Rare very first issue with no landing gear, no bombs and very little rivit detail. All parts correct for this kit including Brooklyn Base, Brooklyn Instructions and correct early Tatem Decals. Box would be excellent except for slight bow inward. Box is no creases, no additional tape/tags, no litho rips/tears and no split corners. All 4 side panels as well as the bottom tray are excellent with no issues. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora SNJ Trainer, 1/48, 80-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$110   

This is the first issue of this kit, with the square Northern Lights Logo from 1956. Rare early 'ground' box art. Kit has never been started and is 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Instructions show older logo and decals do not have a stand decal. However, it has a triangle base included and not the rectangular one shown on the instructions.

Aurora F8U-1 Crusader (F-8) - (F8U1), 1/48, 119-98

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM

$189   

Very rare first issue. This box art was only used for one year (or less) in 1957, then the more common 'ground' artwork was used till production ceased. Box is exceptional with no significant flaws and brilliant colors. Model has many interesting features including retracting landing gear, removable tail section and jet engine. Never started. Inventoried 100% complete with all parts in the correct high-gloss early issue light grey. Correct 1st issue large rectangular stand and decal sheet. Correct early instruction sheet; all in mint condition.

Aurora Beechcraft Super 18, 1/88, 284

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG++

$145   

Rare with this box art. Ex-Comet molds smaller scale (1/88) issue. Features rotating props, full side and cockpit glass, and blue and red pinstripe decals with N numbers and rudder fin flash markings. Molded in very bright yellow. Never started. Factory sealed bag or inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions.

Aurora Aurora ATLANTIS Merchant Raider Factory Model, 1/456

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: No Box

$1400   

In the 1950s and early 1960s the major model manufacturers would create factory-built and painted display models. These were intended for hobby shops to help stimulate sales. These were disposable items that were produced in very low numbers, so they are very rare today. Here is one of the rarest of the rare: The 'Rattlesnake of the Ocean' Merchant Sea Raider Atlantis factory build up by Aurora. The unbuilt kit is among the most valuable and rare Aurora single kits, making the factory built display much more so. This one is in excellent original condition. The painting is 1950s professional quality as is the gluing. The glue has held up well and all parts of the ship are very solid. The ship is very clean. The original paint is almost flawless with some light scratches on the port side. The 'ATLANTIS' decals are perfect. The stack 'K' starboard decal is mint; the port one is missing 2mm of the white top on one leg of the 'K'. The factory cardboard wood-tone base is 100% intact with typical corner splits on the bends and edge wear. The removable covers display is mint with all 10 gun/hanger covers present. The kit is now 100% complete. It was missing 4 small parts which I am providing. I took them from an original Atlantis kit, so they are 100% correct. (they are the propeller, 'Y' rear crane, rear flag and rudder) Overall, this is an excellent and rare investment piece for the advanced Aurora collector. Shipping insurance 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 SE-5 Scout Famous Fighters, 1/48, 103-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: VG

$65   

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 Boeing F4B-4 - (F4B4), 1/48, 122-79

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM+++

$85   

Second release dated 1959. Has sunburst inside the 'Famous Fighters' Aurora oval logo. Incredible artwork with brilliant colors. Investment grade condition with no fading, stains, stickers, tape or any marks. Box have very light edge wear as the only flaw. 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 Aircraft Carrier (Ranger, Lexington or Saratoga) that the group was based on and the aircraft's position in the flight formation. Never started. 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions

Aurora Messerschmitt Me-109 (Bf-109) - Blue Short Box Ends- Famous Fighters of All Nations, 1/48, 55A-69

Plastic Model Kit,   Box Condition: NM-

$325   

I believe this is the 4th edition of this kit, and the first issue with this Jim Cox boxart. Dates from mid 1955 with small 'Aurora Line' rectangular logo and 'Famous Fighters of All Nations'. It is interesting that this issue did not carry the standard Aurora 'Northern Lights' logo for 1956 - perhaps it was designed at the end of 1955 and simply left that way. Correctly molded in metallic burgundy and clear with the correct rectangular clear stand. For this issue the factory changed the swastikas on the tail to iron crosses and decals as well. The kit has never been started. It has been inventoried complete with all parts and includes decals and instructions.