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Aurora model kits

A Blast from the Past, M-109 1/48 Atlantis

In my youthful early modeling days I think I built the entire Aurora 1/48 armored vehicle series. I remember them being pretty decent (for the time) easy-to-assemble kits. They were pretty enjoyable projects. I remember the M109 kit, [...]

Type 97 Chi-Ha Japanese medium tank. Atlantis/Aurora 1/48.

Used by the Japanese during WWII and were used by Chinese post WWII. A nice basic kit by Atlantis, Ex Aurora molds. I believe they got the molds by way of Monogram/Revell. I asked a gentleman from Atlantis at a long island model show about [...]

Did someone say "vintage"?

Here are a few of mine. I like building the older kits, partly for nostalgic reasons and partly because I don't like having to build a landing gear strut out of ten plastic parts and two pieces of photo etch! Lindbergh 1/48 XFY-1 Pogo in [...]

Let's see your vintage kit builds

Tom's most excellent build of Aurora's Red Knight made me think maybe folks would like to share their vintage kit builds. These have all been seen here before, and are not all my vintage builds. Some are true antique kits, others [...]

1/8 Aurora "Red Knight of Vienna"

This model of Medieval jousting armor is Aurora's 1963 reissue of their 1958 kit. The red color is the kit's metallic red plastic. The blue-green is Army Painter's "Wizards Orb." The gold is a 50/50 mix of Testors' Metallic Gold [...]

Cold War misfitTemco TT-1 Pinto, Aurora 1/48

The Temco (Texas Engineering and Manufacturing Company) was based in Dallas, and specialized mainly in producing aircraft parts for various other manufacturers. In the mid 50's The US Air Force issued a specification for a jet primary [...]

1/8 Aurora "Black Knight of Nurnberg"

This is Aurora's 1963 reissue of their 1957 kit. Though molded in black, I sprayed all the armor with Tamiya TS-40 Metallic Black (rattle can). The decoration is Army Painter Pure Red, dabbed on with an 18/0 brush, mostly following the [...]

1/8 Aurora "Gold Knight of Nice"

Completed in 2013. This is the 2011 Monogram reissue of Aurora's "Gold Knight of Nice," first released in 1959. I added the base. The armor is hand brushed with a 50/50 mix of Testors Metallic Gold and Metallic Copper, and the [...]

1/8 Aurora "Blue Knight of Milan"

Completed in 2022. This is a bagged kit of the Blue Knight, first released in 1957. The nameplate on the base said "Sir Galahad," so it was part of the 1967 "Camelot" reissues. Fortunately, I was able to get a pre-1967 [...]

Innovative, superior, ahead of its time- and rejected: the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne

The original: Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne Some aircraft are astonishing - and the AH-56 Cheyenne undoubtedly belongs to this category. The appearance of this aircraft is astonishing, the flight performance amazes and the short but intense [...]