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1/32 Aurora

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As there some people on here who have a vast knowledge of tooling and history for old companies, I'm wondering if anyone knows if any tooling for the old Aurora 1/32 hot rod kits are still around. I remember there being some cool little kits. If you can find any, they seem to go for ridiculous prices. Is there any chance we will ever see these kits re-released?

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I doubt any of them still exist. Not much from the Aurora purchase seems to have survived, which IMHO isn't too surprising considering how off-the-wall some of the subjects were -- I mean, '37 Packard and a '39 LaSalle hot rod hearse kits?

If you want them, buy originals now.

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10 hours ago, Casey said:

I doubt any of them still exist. Not much from the Aurora purchase seems to have survived, which IMHO isn't too surprising considering how off-the-wall some of the subjects were -- I mean, '37 Packard and a '39 LaSalle hot rod hearse kits?

If you want them, buy originals now.

I'd much rather have a Packard or LaSalle  than a reissue of  a custom rod with a dog house body. There were many cool hot rods from that era, Sad Sack, Chariot,  Ram Rod, Wolf Wagon, Tee for Two, and more.

21 minutes ago, SfanGoch said:

Off-the-wall but cool. If you haven't seen this before, here are Aurora catalogs from the early '50s to 1977:

The Aurora Catalog Pages 1950's Thru 1977!

What a great record of the history of Aurora kits. Thanks for posting that.

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9 hours ago, Casey said:

If you want them, buy originals now.

And as Mr. Zevon said, "Bring lawyers, guns and MONEY."  I just checked the 2006 edition of Tom Graham's book "Aurora Model Kits." 

So 12 years ago, original 1/32 hot rod kits were going for an estimated $45-70. Except for the '39 La Salle "Hearse With A Curse" and '37 Packard Ambulance "Meat Wagon."  Their prices were $85-90, with the note "Collectors seek this (kit) because of unusual subject and short production."

Graham says: Aurora originally released 22 hot rod kits in 1/32 scale.  All used the same 409 Chevy-based engine except for kit #603, the '27 Ford T Coupe "Snap Dragin." It has a Ford 390.  And the 409-based kits had different carburetors, manifolds and exhausts to make them look a little different.

Your best/cheapest bet is to find one of the 6 kits from the final re-issue before Aurora shut down, with photos for box art:  the Dune Buggy, '32 Ford Sedan, '22 T Sedan, T Dragster, '24 Buick Touring and '32 Ford Pickup.  Their kit numbers were #620-625.  The Dune Buggy was a re-issue of the earlier 1/32 Hurst Baja Boot, without the roof and spare tires.  Those kits were going for $25-30 back in 2006.

As you can see, Graham's book is a treasure trove of Aurora trivia, and it has small color photos of all the kits (including the 1/32 sports cars).  The latest 2017 edition also covers Moebius, Polar Lights and Atlantis re-issues of Aurora kits. I don't have that book yet, but may have to fix that...

https://www.amazon.com/Aurora-Model-Kits-Moebius-Atlantis/dp/0764352830

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At least three of the Aurora 1/32s survived for a while--the '65 Mustang, Barracuda, and GTO. Monogram sold the GTO in its boxes--I have one. Never saw the Cuda in boxes but I bought a couple of them unboxed and "bagged" from Squadron in the '80s or early '90s. And I never saw the Mustang, but I did see ads for it; Monogram (or somebody) was using it as a giveaway to join some kind of modeling club. 

I have a Mako Shark left over from my childhood--still have the box, too. I remember building the Triumph Spitfire and it was a cool little kit. 

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21 minutes ago, Snake45 said:

At least three of the Aurora 1/32s survived for a while--the '65 Mustang, Barracuda, and GTO. Monogram sold the GTO in its boxes--I have one. Never saw the Cuda in boxes but I bought a couple of them unboxed and "bagged" from Squadron in the '80s or early '90s. And I never saw the Mustang, but I did see ads for it; Monogram (or somebody) was using it as a giveaway to join some kind of modeling club. 

I have a Mako Shark left over from my childhood--still have the box, too. I remember building the Triumph Spitfire and it was a cool little kit. 

It was the "Young Model Builders Club" and they used to send out both Revell and Monogram kits. I had the mustang once, and I had not idea it was an Aurora kit

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Is this box art scene supposed to depict someone picking up his girlfriend after her shift is over at the hospital, or...? I can't imagine she would be to eager to ride in a car with "MEAT WAGON" on the doors.

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I appreciate the counter-culture/rebellious hot rodder theme in the box art, and I bought the mako shark box myself strictly because of the art, but this is really corny:

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Casey, you have to remember it was the mid 60's(?) when these came out.

 

And if you think "Meat Wagon" was bad, back in the van days, I remember a van called the "Necromancer". Could you imagine a guy coming to your house to pick up your daughter for a first date with her new boyfriend and seeing that in your driveway?:wacko:

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37 minutes ago, Casey said:

Is this box art scene supposed to depict someone picking up his girlfriend after her shift is over at the hospital, or...? I can't imagine she would be to eager to ride in a car with "MEAT WAGON" on the doors.

He's dropping her off at work.  See the blacked-out rear windows of the Meat Wagon?  Posing as a nurse, she'll spend her work shift secretly harvesting limbs and organs to stash in the back of the Meat Wagon.  They need those things for their secret medical experiments - creating an army of neatly-groomed zombies in letter-sweaters who will kill every living thing on earth with sheer boredom.

I remember those three (?) Aurora 1/32 kits in Monogram boxes.  The awesomely talented, and sadly late modeler Duane J. Pfister built a great 1/32 "Used Car Lot" diorama with them.  I know his dio used the Pontiac GTO and maybe the Mustang.  It was in an issue of "Scale Modeler" magazine.  He converted military figures into a used-car salesman wearing a Hawaiian shirt and his sucker.  The cars were rusty and dented with ridiculously high price tags.  Just like the real "Buy Here-Pay Here" car lots in Southern Calif. catering to young military personnel.  I thought I had that SM magazine but can't find it.

Starting with nothing but a set of wheels and sheet plastic from "Yard Sale" signs, Pfister scratch-built a 1/25 scale M25 Dragon Wagon tank recovery vehicle.  And its trailer.  Now THAT's scale modeling!

 

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10 minutes ago, Psychographic said:

Casey, you have to remember it was the mid 60's(?) when these came out.

I'm aware. :D The kits and box art do seem appropriate for the time period, and there was plenty of overlap between the counter-culture and hot-rodder back then, too, so it makes sense. I'm just not convinced bringing any of the kits from this series would be a wise move.

I do like the Old Ironsides and Chevy Custom pickup kits' box art, though:

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Nope, no references to anything with this one...:

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Old Ironsides is on my grail list. I just can't spend over $50 on a glue bomb. 

 

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I always liked the art for Aurora's "Demolition Demon."  The boxtop text says '57 Ford, but the art (and parts) sure look like a '56 Ford.

While looking for that, I found the the Airfix 1/32 scale Sunbeam Rapier.  With driver escaping from burning car. Quick, send the Aurora Meat Wagon!

 

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54 minutes ago, Draggon said:

Old Ironsides is on my grail list. I just can't spend over $50 on a glue bomb. 

You should build one in 1/25 scale. Nobody could say whichever pickup you start with is the incorrect one, and with all those slab sides, it wouldn't be too difficult to whip up a body shell.

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21 minutes ago, Casey said:

You should build one in 1/25 scale. Nobody could say whichever pickup you start with is the incorrect one, and with all those slab sides, it wouldn't be too difficult to whip up a body shell.

Yep, I've thought about the starting with the Monogram Jinx express for a long time. 

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8 hours ago, SfanGoch said:

Off-the-wall but cool. If you haven't seen this before, here are Aurora catalogs from the early '50s to 1977:

The Aurora Catalog Pages 1950's Thru 1977!

This is a fun site. Even beyond the catalogs. A lot to see there. I love it. Thank you Joe. 

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I think I would like to try to do a 1/25 scale clone of "The Chariot", but I'm not having any luck finding any pics of the box art. Can anyone help with a pic or link to one?

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Looks like the Butterfly Catcher and Old Ironsides are scale siblings. 

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Saw this one for $65 a few weekends ago, but not much of a Baja Boot fan:

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Darn small images in those catalogs! I just looked with stronger glasses. The one I want to do is "The Charger" I guess that explains why I couldn't find any pics of it

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10 minutes ago, Psychographic said:

The one I want to do is "The Charger" I guess that explains why I couldn't find any pics of it

I swear someone mentioned this kit or a story related to it not that long ago here on the forum, maybe something regarding all the kids being the artist's family? 

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12 minutes ago, Psychographic said:

Darn small images in those catalogs! I just looked with stronger glasses. The one I want to do is "The Charger" I guess that explains why I couldn't find any pics of it

Maybe this will help.  It was posted in one of our box art threads.  And that box art tells a great story.  The more I look at it, the more I see.  Somebody said the artist, Mort Kunstler, used his own kids as models for the rug-rats on the fence.

EDIT:  that was weird!  Casey and I posted the same thing at nearly the same time.

 

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Now you guys have me considering converting a Revellogram Jinx Expre$$ into a 1/24 scale Old Ironsides - inspired pickup.

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1 minute ago, Dirty Dave said:

Now you guys have me considering converting a Revellogram Jinx Expre$$ into a 1/24 scale Old Ironsides - inspired pickup.

Do It!

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