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Have you ever seen an auction for a kit you were interested in, but couldn't tell if it was a 1971 or 1972 issue from the picture? Well, you could email the seller and ask. Then hope he knows the answer. Or, you could take a look at some of the information I have put here.

1971 or 1972 box?
First thing to look at, the 72 boxes are bigger than the 71 boxes.
Only problem is, unless they are side by side, it's really hard to tell which is which from a picture that way.
If you can see one of the sides of the box, then you can know for sure.

The 71 is on top, and the 72 is on the bottom.

1971
Cool picture on the one side, then the text panel on the other
Back and front are identical.

1972
Pictures of all 14 kits on the side panels
Back has text box over the graphics.

Ok, what if you can only see a crappy picture of the front?
No problem it you know what to look for.

2 Aurora boxes

Take a good look at the picture to the left. The 71 is on top, 72 on the bottom.
What do you see that is different?

71 - Aurora name is in color on the 71
Prehistoric Scenes is in white.
Model name in center

72 - Aurora name is white
Prehistoric Scenes is in black
Model name towards the bottom

Lets move on to the top/bottoms now.
To the right are the
71 on top and 72 on bottom.
Besides the date

71
kit name printed in color
"snap together" in bold,

72
kit name printed in white.
"no cement needed" in bold


What country is it from?
1971 Series

USA
"PRINTED IN CANADA
MADE IN USA"

Canadian
"MADE AND PRINTED IN CANADA"

European
says nothing.
No MADE, or
PRINTED info

1972 Series
Canadian
"MADE IN CANADA"
"PRINTED IN CANADA"

also says
"INSTRUCTIONS EN FRANCIAS A L'INTERIEUR"

USA
"MADE IN USA"
"PRINTED IN CANADA
European
"PRINTED IN CANADA
but no MADE info
It also says "INSTRUCTIONS EN FRANCIAS A L'INTERIEUR" which I belive says instructions in French. Now the middle one is tricky unless you know what to look for. That's because it doesn't say anything. No "MADE IN" or "PRINTED IN". Which means is wasn't made in the US or Canada. That only leaves elsewhere. The only elsewhere that Aurora made kits was Europe.
 
All 3 of these boxes are Canadian.
The left (71) and center (72) both say
"INSTRUCTIONS EN FRANCIAS A L'INTERIEUR"
above Prehistoric Scenes.

The one on the right is a 1972 Canadian. How can you tell?
You can't from this picture. The only reason I know is because I have the box and it says made in Canada on the top flap.
I don't know why there are some that have the printing on the front and others don't. My only theory so far is that the 71 kits, in 72 boxes have the French on the front,
While the 72 kits do not.

Now you're probably wondering about the Eurorpean versions. Well I don't know any way to tell from the front. The all the European I have look identical to the US version.

If anyone has any other information they would like to share, I would be glad to hear it.
If you have anything that shows I am wrong on any of this, please let me know.

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