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GimpLizard

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Aurora Red Ball Express
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:40:45 PM »
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Anyone interested in one of the worst "pre-packeaged" N Scale train sets ever produced? New-in-box. (No. I'm not the seller.) Though I would consider buying it... at a much lower price.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1977-AURORA-POSTAGE-STAMP-TRAIN-DISPLAY-layout-Red-ball-express-Never-used-/161284521672?ssPageName=ADME:B:WNA:US:1653

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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2014, 01:49:50 PM »
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I had one of those, it was hand me down from my cousin once he started building his own layout a year after he got this for Christmas.

It was ok for what it was at the time.  I'd get one for nostalgia.  But not for $200.  Maybe $20.   :D

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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2014, 02:19:19 PM »
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I really dig the slot car speed controller, which seems appropriate for this type of layout. I really wish I still had my old slot car track. I had one of the Richard Petty Plymouth Superbird cars and that thing couldn't be beat.

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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2014, 03:00:41 PM »
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Man, that's hot! Love the blue yellow and red Santa Fe scheme. So gaudy, so 70's.
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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2014, 03:12:56 PM »
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Nice find!  we have couple of threads related to silly eBay items in the Crew Lounge.  This would have been right at home in those.  But if people never look in the lounge, they would never know... :trollface:

The Crew Lounge is a very amusing section of this forum - worth visiting.   :)
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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2014, 03:52:45 PM »
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 Anybody remember another ready made RR like that,but in a suitcase? Didn't come with track or switches,but it was two levels,maybe a twisted figure 8 or something like that? I had one,got it with my first N scale set..

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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2014, 04:12:11 PM »
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I think the suitcase layouts were made by Faller. I always wanted to use one while on a plane.
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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2014, 04:21:44 PM »
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I think the suitcase layouts were made by Faller. I always wanted to use one while on a plane.
I'm thinking more like Matchbox or Hotwheels..It wasn't so much a layout in a suitcase,it was a cheesy plastic "suitcase",like a soft Hotwheels case,that folded out,and you put track in it..The inside was blowmolded plastic,where the folds were,you were supposed to put bridges.You couldn't leave the track on it when you folded it up..The outside was bright colors,yellow,blue,red..Got it probably 1967?

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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2014, 04:40:04 PM »
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Date on the eBay listing is wrong. Aurora was gone by '71 or '72.
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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2014, 06:16:45 PM »
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Date on the eBay listing is wrong. Aurora was gone by '71 or '72.

Interesting history here -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_Plastics_Corporation

Cheers,
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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2014, 08:17:30 PM »
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No one has mentioned the $320.95 postage, a bargain in it's own right!

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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2014, 02:29:55 AM »
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I'd get one for nostalgia.  But not for $200.  Maybe $20.

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Was wondering why I never saw this (I'm always on the lookout for nostalgic bargains), and it's listed in Z Scale, under Micro-Trains no less... :facepalm:

No one has mentioned the $320.95 postage, a bargain in it's own right!

Say what? I see it as $43.95.
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Re: Aurora Red Ball Express
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2014, 03:08:07 AM »
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Cut and past from the ebay ad;
Shipping:
$320.95 USPS First Class Mail Intl / First Class Package Intl Service

Maybe just a special deal for us foreigners?

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Re: Aurora Reb Ball Express
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2014, 04:29:18 AM »
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I'm thinking more like Matchbox or Hotwheels..It wasn't so much a layout in a suitcase,it was a cheesy plastic "suitcase",like a soft Hotwheels case,that folded out,and you put track in it..The inside was blowmolded plastic,where the folds were,you were supposed to put bridges.You couldn't leave the track on it when you folded it up..The outside was bright colors,yellow,blue,red..Got it probably 1967?

Wow... what a memory jog... I had something like that back in the day.  I think it was Matchbox.  I'd totally forgotten about that.
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