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Aurora Model Kits: With Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis

Thomas Graham

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Hollywood movie monsters are enduring pop culture standards. Kids and adults around the world recognize Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, and the Mummy. Although monsters are Aurora’s most famous products, the company created model kits of all varieties, including historic sailing ships, sports cars, moon rockets, military and commercial aircraft, TV stars, comic book heroes, wildlife scenes, knights, and much more. Over 500 color photographs enhance this comprehensive history and guide to Aurora models, now updated to include new companies continuing the Aurora tradition. Aurora executives, sculptors, artists, and engineers who created the models tell the story in their own words. Every model Aurora made is described in detail. Today, Polar Lights, Moebius, Atlantis, and Monarch continue the Aurora tradition. Executives from these companies explain how they have added to the list of revived Aurora models, with information on reissues and current collectors’ market values.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 192 pp
ISBN13: 9780764352836

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During an elementary school hobby show, Tom Graham saw his first Aurora model: an amazing bright yellow Japanese Zero fighter plane. That chance encounter was enough to launch an enduring love of modeling. Today, like many adults, he is drawn by nostalgia back to that golden age when model making was the number one hobby of American boys. He has written extensively on the hobby industry and is the author of Remembering Revell Model Kits, Monogram Models, and Aurora Slot Cars, all by Schiffer Publishing. He also was a frequent contributor to Fine Scale Modeler magazine. A Florida native, he is a retired Professor of History Emeritus at Flagler College in St. Augustine.