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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-15-2017, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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FLYING SUB: Monogram re-issue

Of all those “removable top” model kits made by Aurora, the Flying Sub was definitely my favorite. I built my first one when it was re-issued by Monogram in the 70’s.

I’m from greater Boston and back then “Voyage to the Bottom of Sea” re-runs were not broadcast in my area. I managed to catch it once, on WOR Channel 9, during a visit with relatives on Long Island. Fortunately, they owned a color TV with a massive 24 inch picture tube and the Flying Sub was heavily featured in that episode.

I built it, detailed it with some parts salvaged from a tank model, and painted it to the best of my memory. Like many of my old models, it was eventually lost, damaged, or just given away, while I pursued more adolescent interests.

A few years ago during a house move, I found a Flying Sub re-issue that I had purchased in the mid 80’s and stashed away in my attic. I also found my original spare parts box. I recently built it, using some the same parts to detail the interior, and I painted the exterior to match how I remember doing so over 40 years ago, in a time long before the internet provided decent references for model builders. I was really glad to get another chance to build this classic kit. I’m using it as a practice model before I tackle Moebius’s version.
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A nice clean build!

It brings back memories, I built one back in the '70s and have the same reissue as yours in my stash.

Thanks for sharing your build!
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Thanks for the compliment. It sure wasn't the easiest kit to build. The top fit was a real issue. When I built it when I was a kid, I thought this was my fault ... turns out it was Aurora's. I'd love to see it retooled and reissued someday. The scale is perfect for a bookshelf. Though Moebius's takes up a lot of space, the tooling is so amazing it practically falls together.
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I still have a couple unbuilt - when it was reissued, I decided I never wanted to be without a Flying Sub to build.


Sob story: Tsukuda of Japan was first to repop this kit. I saw it on Hobbylink Japan, and just had to have it. I ordered two at $36 (!) each plus shipping from Japan. I was so happy to have this great old Aurora kit again. As I learned later, the kits were molded in the US by Monogram, shipped to Tsukuda in Japan, boxed by Tuskuda, then shipped back to me in NJ! No wonder they cost so much! But I didn't care, $72 was a fair price for a favorite childhood model.


Then a year or two later, Monogram repopped it in the US, and I could buy it at the HiWay Hobby House for $14.


Such is the way my life goes.
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I still have a couple unbuilt - when it was reissued, I decided I never wanted to be without a Flying Sub to build.


Sob story: Tsukuda of Japan was first to repop this kit. I saw it on Hobbylink Japan, and just had to have it. I ordered two at $36 (!) each plus shipping from Japan. I was so happy to have this great old Aurora kit again. As I learned later, the kits were molded in the US by Monogram, shipped to Tsukuda in Japan, boxed by Tuskuda, then shipped back to me in NJ! No wonder they cost so much! But I didn't care, $72 was a fair price for a favorite childhood model.


Then a year or two later, Monogram repopped it in the US, and I could buy it at the HiWay Hobby House for $14.




Such is the way my life goes.
Back then around 1990, Tsukada reissued The Flying Sub, The Invaders UFO and the Buck Rogers Thunderfighter. Desperately wanted the Flying Sub but at $36 and being broke back then (still am) I could only afford 1 kit , so I bought the Buck Rogers fighter. Glad I waited and bought 3 or 4 of the Monogram reissues a couple years later.
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I still have a couple unbuilt - when it was reissued, I decided I never wanted to be without a Flying Sub to build.
Words of wisdom, John. Words of wisdom.

Given what they’re selling for on eBay, 72 bucks ain’t that bad of a price to pay to keep a commitment like that.

I just went on your site to check out your Flying Sub.

You got a real nice fit on that top. Did you glue it down or did you just will it to fit by the sheer might of your profound modeling skills? It’s rumored that you can bend styrene with your mind.

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It’s rumored that you can bend styrene (with) your mind.
I'd always heard it was the other way around.
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Words of wisdom, John. Words of wisdom.

Given what they’re selling for on eBay, 72 bucks ain’t that bad of a price to pay to keep a commitment like that.

I just went on your site to check out your Flying Sub.

You got a real nice fit on that top. Did you glue it down or did you just will it to fit by the sheer might of your profound modeling skills? It’s rumored that you can bend styrene your mind.
No, I gave up and glued it down.

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