My Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Collection video

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My Aurora Prehistoric Scenes Collection video

I put together this video to showcase my Aurora Prehistoric Scenes model kits. All the kits were built and painted by me. Most of the ones in this video are original 1970’s kits, not reissues. Many of these were damaged and had missing pieces that I refurbished. For some I made minor modifications. I have more kits yet to be built that I will be working on in the coming year. Part II of my video will be made when they are complete. I did a voice over in my 1950’s style narration voice. it came out hokey but I left it in anyways. It was my dry attempt at humor…

Kits: Cro-Magnon Man, Cro-Magnon Woman, Neanderthal Man, Sabertooth Tiger, The Tar Pit, The Giant Bird, Allosaurus (2 kits), The Wooly Rhino, Dimetrodon

You can see photos of these kits and more here: Model kits by Mike K

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Model Kits – Cro-Magnon Woman and Sabertooth Tiger refurbish – Aurora Prehistoric Scenes

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Aurora Prehistoric Scenes

Cro-Magnon Woman
Sabertooth Tiger

Once again, these kits are no longer available, have never been reissued and haven’t been made since the 1970’s.

The Sabertooth Tiger was part of a ‘used lot’ collection that I had purchased from eBay with missing and broken pieces. The Tiger itself was in- tact and had minimal painting done to it. It was missing the base and accessories. I was excited to get this because when I was young I had won a model building contest with this kit, second place; I got a trophy and a gift certificate.

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The base I used was in the ‘used lot’ box and I’m not sure what kit it comes from. I made some changes, adding a big rock on one side and a small tree. I originally planned on putting leaves on the tree but decided I liked the way it looked without them. I made the deer leg with clay to match the one in the original kit.

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I sprayed the kit with gray primer so I could start painting from a neutral color. The original color of the kit is a tawny orange and many people leave it unpainted but I wanted to go with a more natural color of today’s Mountain Lion.

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The Cro-Magnon Woman I purchased separately. It was a complete kit, previously used and partially painted but not built.

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I didn’t care for the paint job so I sprayed it with primer and started from scratch.

She came with two sets of legs for the builder to choose from. Most people go with the flat footed stance because it’s easier to place her on the base. I used the ‘action’ legs which look more animated.

It is impossible to get her standing on one foot using glue. To solve the problem, I positioned her right foot on a grass clump. I took a straight pin and heated it until it was glowing. I pushed the pin up through the base and into her foot and leg. A little crazy glue to keep her from spinning and you get a nice action shot of her jumping away from the snake.

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The snake is usually positioned in the tree on the base, but I never liked the way it looked – it always looked unnatural. So, I found a Sabertooth Tiger skull in my ‘used lot’ box which I believe is from The Cave kit and positioned it on the base to form with the contours of the snake.

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In my next post, I will show the Allosaurus with my own custom base.

 

Horror Art – Aurora Model Kit box art

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Horror Art – Aurora Model-Kit box art

The box art of the original Aurora models painted by artist James Bama, have become prized collector items. Bama was commissioned for the newly emerging line of Aurora Horror Models creating the box art that many of us know. His oil paintings of the classic Universal Monsters really brought the kit boxes to life. Dave Cockrum took over much of the duties in the 1972, painting the box-art as well as designing some of the models. His reign in the art department developed the Monster Scenes line in the mid-1970’s.

The Cro-Magnon Woman original art recently sold at auction for $2,000. For much of the Aurora Prehistoric Scenes, the box artist is unknown. Some of the original design sketches are credited to HMS Associates and B. Brown but it is unknown if Brown did the actual box art. These kits were designed and released between 1970 and 1972 – after Bama left the illustration field and before Cockrum had began working at Aurora.

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Here is a look at some of the great artwork from the Aurora model kit collection, as well as a few Aurora Fantasy Boxes and the Aurora Prehistoric Scenes line.

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Some companies have commissioned new artists to paint Aurora style boxes of model-kits that many of us wished were made, in what are called, Aurora Fantasy Boxes. So you can find a box for Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, but realize the model was never made; the box is new artwork made in the old Aurora style.

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The Prehistoric Scenes became my favorite collection just because of the size and scope of the models.

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Credit for some info relayed here attributed to:
www.tylisaari.com
www.morbidmonster.com
www.universalmonsterarmy.com