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      Post #68242, posted on 09-25-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I realize that the kit is pretty much a %@# but wonder if anyone has built an Aurora 747? I picked up one from a friend pretty much just to see how bad it is. Has anyone built one?? The box is quite beat up and it is missing a wheel or two so I wouldn't consider it to sell to a collector. Don't see any photos in the database of built up ones.

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      Post #68245, posted on 09-25-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      That depends Ken,
      When I was 7 years old I had all the Aurora Airliners.
      I had one each from the different liveries for the 747 and I thought the 747 was the best model ever! Boy did I wear them out.
      Now, compared to Authentic Airliners 747? no so good!

      I actually think I loved the boxes more that I did the kits.
      Did not keep the Airliners, but to this date I still have all the General Aviation kits.

      You have to build it!
      If you were able to hold your lunch in while building the Entex 747, you will like the Aurora kit.

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      Post #68246, posted on 09-25-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      It was the coolest of the cool when I smashed it together in like 1971 Pan Am all the way, baby!

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      Post #68247, posted on 09-25-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you for the replies Walter and Jennings...

      Seems like the short answer is that no, no one has recently built the Aurora kit for obvious reasons. I'm half inclined to start mine now for a "quickie" build but realize I have an Airfix kit half done already. Motivation to get going and finish the Airfix one then won't feel guilty about starting the Aurora one.

      I'm impressed Walter you remembered my Entex 747 build. With the Aurora kit and my Entex Pocket Pak 747's I'm on the way to a collection of misshapen 747's. I have the Academy 1/288 Shuttle and Carrier kit started and it too has some shape "issues"

      I narrowed the too thick fin on the Airfix kit and filled the thrust reverser gaps on the cowlings. To be truly "authentic" to the build I guess one should build it out of the box.



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      Post #68251, posted on 09-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The only Aurora kit I've ever had was their 1/72 731, with the almost square section fuselage, amongst other strange shapes, so I can imagine the 747.

      With kits that are that inaccurate I'd be tempted to leave them in the box rather than build out of the box, there are so many good new equivalents to many of these older kits now. Leaving them in the box may be against the spirit of kitbuilding but it keeps a piece of kit history out there, albeit a terribly inaccurate piece of history.

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      Post #68254, posted on 09-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Some of those old kits were based on preliminary drawings or sales department renderings from the aircraft manufacturers. I recall that someone (Mark Cable?) once pointed out the Aurora 737 matched up almost exactly to a Boeing concept drawing from 1963. Terry Waddington's book about the DC-10 includes an artist's rendering from 1968 showing a DC-10 in American "lightning bolt" colors that matches almost exactly the funky shape of the Aurora DC-10. And I've also seen early concept renderings and models of the L-1011 that hinted they were what Revell referred to in tooling its TriStar.

      A few years ago I found two of the Monogram reboxings of the DC-10 at the Atlanta airliner get-together and bought them both, one to build and one to keep unbuilt. I remember that kit from my childhood (when American 191 crashed I wanted a model of a DC-10 in American colors, and the Monogram kit was the only one out there that fit the bill; my dad and I built it at the kitchen table over the July 4, 1979 holiday) and plan to build it as neatly as I can.

      What those Aurora kits may have lacked in accuracy, they more than made up for with the excitement of box art (I still get a thrill when I see Aurora boxes from that era) and with the colorful choices they made for the decals in the kits. The plastic may have been a mess but that beautiful National "Sun King" livery in the Aurora DC-10 kit sure made up for it.

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      Post #68256, posted on 09-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Yes the box art was exciting, and I mainly remember these kits as a kid, and that was the big part of it, the inaccuracies passed me by back then. It's an interesting point about the kits following artist's impressions of the prototype.

      Also I was criticising the Aurora 731 in my last post, but someone somewhere years back sat down and made the molds , so good on them. At least there was a 1/72 737.

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      Post #68257, posted on 09-26-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I guess they could be built up into accurate concept models then....

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      Post #68324, posted on 10-01-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      I guess they could be built up into accurate concept models then....



      That best describes Aurora's airliner kits IMHO. As for the 747 (as with the 727 and DC-10) the most obvious feature may be the slab-sided, ie flat, fuselage sides, which seems to be especially pronounced on the 747. A feature common to all of the Aurora airliner kits is their 1:fits-the-box scale. Some, by coincidence, happen to be somewhere in the general vicinity of the more common scales.

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      Post #68327, posted on 10-01-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      The Aurora kits are the worst ever but they are the ones that got me started when I saw the TWA 707 and Pan AM DC-8 built in a department store display,I had to have them. Then I went to hobby shops and saw the Revel AA DC-7, AA Electra and The AA 707 and I was hooked.

      I never got to the Aurora 747 when I realized how bad they were but I still remember them as the kits that got me started.

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      Post #68350, posted on 10-05-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I recall how I loved the 60's Aurora box art, especially the Eastern & TWA DC-9's!




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      Post #68352, posted on 10-05-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      I recall how I loved the 60's Aurora box art, especially the Eastern & TWA DC-9's!




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      In perfect hindsight, the box art alone was worth the (very modest, even in their day) price of the Aurora airliner kits.

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