I remember these. They were about 1:10 or maybe a little bigger (stood
about 8" high).
The USAF Pilot (aka "Steve Canyon" - but no copyright infringement
there, the author cut a deal to get his character made) is Korean War
era, maybe a little later. The soldier is also Korean War or early
1950s. His weapon is an M-1 and he's carrying the old "Pineapple" type
grenades. The sailor is dressed in the old Class A uniform (paint it
white or blue, your choice) and the Marine is wearing Dress Blues.
Aurora also made a Green Beret in that same scale, with an M-16 and
The problem with these figures was (IMNSHO) that they were too static.
Even with a good paint job, they came off looking like department store
BTW, you could also add Glencoe's Soldier and SEAL to this mix; they're
about the same scale and the soldier has helmets for either Korea or
the modern "Fritz" type. Not sure about the weapons carried however.
These Aurora figures are generally available most of the time on eBay,
but bring your wallet cause they ain't cheap. The pilot (the best of
the bunch in my opinion) can run as high as $250 for a complete unmade
kit with a busy auction.
What I have are six different pieces of commercial art by the the
artist Schenck. I was told they are the box art for a series of Aurora
Model Kits. There is a Japanese Foot Soldier, German Africa Corp.,
German Officer, US Paratrooper, Brithish Desert Foot Soldier, and
Russian Soldier. I bought these from the artists estate many years ago
(He also did Illustrations and cartoons for Playboy Magazine) and put
them away. I recently rediscovered them in my Basement ( Which oddly
enough has come to look like the warehouse scene at the end of 'Indiana
Jones and the temple Of Doom') and decided I should frame these up.
(which I did). It is possible that the sets were never issued, the
artwork is interesting anyway. I guess it is possible the sets were
issued by another model kit company in the chicago area, as SCHENCK
lived here. If anyone thinks a photo would help of the items, email me
and Ill shoot one off. What I was interested in doing is getting the
series to display with the work if it was published. Any help would be
Fred Marshall - FMASH on eBay - email@example.com
I think FSM did a story on Aurora's never-issued kits. I don't recall
any soldier figures but they almost got another knight figure out - the
Green Knight. There were several interesting planes that never made it
out the door, too.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
Fantasy Modeler (remember them?) did during the mid 1970s. The article,
"Project Cancelled", lists a Batcopter (based on a Bell 47), The
Phantom, Ming the Merciless, and the Rack, as well as Robby the Robot,
an original Alien Warrior, Martian War Machine, Gort (from the movie
"The Day the Earth Stood Still"), the Loch Ness monster, the Metaluna
Mutant and the Fly.
The FSM article, part of their "Kit Classics" series, talked about the
Green Knight, a Martine TM-76 Mace, A Chris-Craft Sport Fisherman,
Henry Hudson's "Half Moon", Carl Casper's "Ghost" (a show car), a Bull
Elf, Tarzan vs. a Lion (completed as Hercules), an F-14 Tomcat, an
updated "Godzilla" and a "Racing Series" program including a Chrysler
426 engine w/blower and a Donovan (?) 417 engine.
For what its worth, the prototype model of the Green Knight was on eBay
a couple of years back. I even bidded on it early on. The final price,
over $2,500, was the highest ~I~ ever saw a model go for.
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