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Hepcat

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #45 on: February 02, 2018, 12:15:39 PM »
I can see where a really dedicated model collector who has practically every Aurora model he ever wanted still in their unopened boxes wouldn't blink at the opportunity to have one.

Me I think I'll go after every Aurora kit that's captured my fancy over the last sixty or so years first.

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #46 on: February 05, 2018, 10:26:36 AM »
Agreed. A nice, boxed kit is something I would much rather put my money toward.

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #47 on: February 09, 2018, 05:30:39 PM »
Maybe they're made by LAPCO.

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #48 on: February 09, 2018, 06:44:31 PM »
I'd lean towards real-- because after a pretty extensive search into making a promo thermometer I came up with dozens but none match this style.  It would make sense that a case or two of these could turn up and even if they had been used in a store how much wear does a thermometer get?  Second to that-- and I wasn't around in the 60s-- but what kid would even notice this?  The graphics are so small I doubt it would grab someone's attention.

Would I pay $5 for one?  Maybe-- but even then I'd be hesitant, but this kind of stuff turns up from time to time.  If these were giveaways there would have been a lot of them.

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #49 on: February 13, 2018, 02:39:19 PM »
AndyFish: They would appear to have been made at least 25-30 years ago, so the design's present unavailability is not necessarily definitive proof of much. And if they are in fact vacuform copies (as descriptions of it as "thin plastic" suggest), all one needs is a real one to use as a form, and that could have been done at any point. It's certainly not out of the realm of possibility that they could have been a later production run made for Aurora (or Nabisco)from a print shop that had switched to an identical molded plastic design in the place of the stamped, enameled metal, and who no longer had access to the same typefaces... but I wouldn't bet the farm on it! If they are old stock, then they'd pretty much have to be from unopened cases, because that sort of plastic would certainly yellowed after any significant time under sunlight or fluorescent light fixtures.

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #50 on: February 14, 2018, 01:55:21 AM »
It turns out these are real and from the 1960s - 70s. The Seller is a very well known Aurora Collector who actually owns the prototypes to some unreleased  Monsters of the Movies Aurora kits...The Metaluna Mutant and the Godzilla/Tokyo Tower kits.
.... His collection is massive. The Sellers name is Phil Ceparano and I'll post some pictures tomorrow of some of his collection with both the Metal and Plastic thermometers on one of his shelves.....
Here was his first response to me about these thermometers
Hi
I got them over 20 years ago from an employee who worked for aurora . he was a truck driver for them.
I also have the metal ones they are older the plastic one is newer my be the 70s?
I think the plastic one are like you say cool.
the metal ones go for more money on ebay l only have 2 or 3 of the metal ones and they are not for sale.
I am lucky to live in aurora land and had two aunts that worked for aurora in the 60s but never had anything to give me.
get one before they are gone if you want one.
they have been going for more then the 145.00 I am asking.
hope this helps
mysailday

So there you have it....
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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #51 on: February 14, 2018, 10:44:15 AM »
I guess that also proves Phil was the guy who popped the Mutant in plastic. Come on, Godzilla!

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #52 on: February 14, 2018, 12:13:03 PM »
Yep that was him....
Here are those photos I mentioned.... You can see the Thermometers to the right of the Frankenstein Award Plaque...
There is a good link to all his photos of his collection if you'd like I can post that link here...?
http://www.bucwheat.com/base/mod0.html

and here is a link to the Mutant Story.....
http://www.bucwheat.com/metaluna/metaluna.htm






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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #53 on: February 14, 2018, 01:03:38 PM »
So it looks as if this Phil fellow focuses on specifically Aurora figure and character models.

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #54 on: February 24, 2018, 04:18:57 PM »
You know you got an impressive collection when you have to put shelves over the window!

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #55 on: February 24, 2018, 11:38:33 PM »
I knew Phil many years ago, met him at the early Gilbertsville model kit shows, bought many items from him. Wish those shows still existed, you never knew what you would find there, usually always found a rarity or special kit there, it was basically car kits, but you just never knew what the dealers would have, many monster toys were found there.

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #56 on: February 24, 2018, 11:46:11 PM »
oops, my bad!    Might have been a different "Phil", with a close similar last name!!

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #57 on: February 25, 2018, 10:04:45 AM »
I knew Phil many years ago, met him at the early Gilbertsville model kit shows, bought many items from him. Wish those shows still existed, you never knew what you would find there, usually always found a rarity or special kit there, it was basically car kits, but you just never knew what the dealers would have, many monster toys were found there.


Isn't this the same show?

Super September Showdown XIX

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #58 on: February 25, 2018, 03:26:47 PM »
Hey Hep!!  The model kit shows were located at the Gilbertsville Fire Company, and they were then hosted by John Carlisle. Your link shows a similar show with maybe the same format of the earlier kit shows but I haven't attended any of the newer shows at the new locale. The earlier John Carlisle shows were always eagerly anticipated events, we just could hardly wait for the next one, they used to be that good!!  The earlier Macungie shows used to be like that too.  I can't begin to tell you of the "treasures" that were found at this particular show back in the day. These kit dealers knew the value of their car kits, which was ok, but many times they would bring other items, along with other kits that they knew little about, or just didn't care much about,which was where you could really "score" something special. For example, it was at one of these shows where I purchased a few header bags of the palmer monster and gun sets, along with a carded example of all the figures (like the one currently on e-bay) for around 20 bucks each!!!  You just never knew what you would find there, I always paid for early admission which usually always paid off.  Sometimes I would bring home box loads of Aurora kits, space kits, figure kits, toys and hobby displays and catalogs.

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Re: “1960s Aurora Plastics Thermometer”
« Reply #59 on: February 25, 2018, 05:33:04 PM »
oops, my bad!    Might have been a different "Phil", with a close similar last name!!

This is a picture of Phil Ceparano , well in 1999 so about 19 years ago...





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