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Were Aurora kits of the 50s-60s factory sealed?

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    January 2022
Posted by RadBat-25 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 10:30 AM

Thanks so much--that was an awesome reply!

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  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 10:15 AM

This is a quote from a discussion on the 'Hobbytalk' forum...just the poster's recollection, it seems, but apparently well-informed:

"Monogram and Aurora were the first to wrap kits for security against pilferage and parts loss--they both used Cellophane, machine wrapped (in the pattern of gift wrap) until about 1964-65, when they went to a polywrap material, still machine wrapped and sealed. AMT, MPC, JoHan, Revell and most others didn't take this up until pretty much the advent of the modern shrinkwrap machinery in the late-60's early 70's, preferring to use various tape or label seals on the sides, or sometimes even the end-panels of model kits."

As a 10-year-old in 1966...having built models since around the age of 6...this roughly accords with my memories. The early Aurora jets I had had no shrinkwrap; but by the time the 'Batman' (and superhero/monster) kits were coming out from 1966 on, the shrinkwrap seemed to be common.

Still, I view 'factory sealed' kits on auction sites with skepticism; most I have ever purchased...some actually with cut-marks on sprues and paint smears on the instructions...were poly-wrapped instead of the cellophane I so-well remember. And as I understand it, most collectors prefer unwrapped kits...figuring that being able to make sure kits are complete -- obviously not an option on an auction site, I realize -- is more important than an alleged 'factory seal.'

Like the rest of modern life, it's a matter of balancing risk v. reward. Always a challenge. Wink

Good luck.



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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."
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Were Aurora kits of the 50s-60s factory sealed?
Posted by RadBat-25 on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:59 PM

I'm looking at old Aurora kits on eBay and seeing a number of them claim to be "factory sealed" in plastic that looks like every other kit I've seen sealed up at the LHS.  I suspect these sellers are mistaken in their assumption that this sealing is original. 

Every LHS on earth has a machine in back for re-sealing old kits, so my question is: what manner of closure was used originally on Aurora kits of this era?


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