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Sailback Reptile

Kit # 745
Designed by - ???
Sculpted by Bill Lemon
Box Art - ???
Instruction Illustration - Dave Cockrum

The sailback aurora model
37 pieces. Molded in coper with clear green parts.
Part of the 74 line. Reissued several times

The sailback aurora model

The sailback aurora model

Revell sailback model

To veiw a parts list for this model, click on the link. It is in .txt format. You are more than welcome to copy this list.




Aurora sailback parts
Click image for numbered parts list

Aurora sailback parts
The Aurora model

Head pivots up and down, jaw and tongue move, legs swivel, and tail is moveable.
Another well designed and produced kit. Lots of detail and pretty easy to do a very nice build-up on.
Very desirable in original edition. The reissues are missing a lot of the accessories.
Some only have 1 base piece. The large rocky part. All reissues are missing the green pieces.Build-ups are usually missing some of the small parts. Expect to pay quite a bit, especially with a nice box.
Reissues go by the name Dimetrodon. Revell recent issue called Sail Back.

The Aurora model
Picture should give you an idea of how big the kit is.
As well as how it compares to the mini-dino

Aurora 1974 sailback box
Aurora box
  Aurora 1974 sailback box
Aurora box back side
Aurora sailback contents    
Monogram 1979 sailback box
Monogram 1979 - #6046
  Monogram sailback contents
Monogram '87 sailback box
Monogram 1987 - #6080
  Monogram sailback contents
Monogram '87 sailback box   Another version of the Monogram kit.
This has a sticker advertising a "Free T Shirt" offer. To check out the offer, see the
Interesting Items page.
Revell-Germany 1993 sailback parts
Revell-Germany 1993 - #6473
  Revell-Germany 1993 sailback contents
Revell-Germany 1993 sailback box
Revell-Germany GLOW - #6480
  Revell-Germany 1993 sailback contents
Revell 2007 Dawn of Time box
Revell 2007 - #6511
  Revell sailback model
Revell Germany
Revell 2015 - #6473
  Revell sailback model

aurora and reissue bases
The base on the left is from the Aurora kit. The one on the right is from the Monogram version.
The Aurora is a coppery color, where as the Monogram is brown.

Revell-Germany missing parts
Here is a picture showing the parts from the RG armored dinosaur
and one of the original aurora pieces.
Revell-Germany 1993 missing parts
Note, in the picture below, you can see that the sprue still says Aurora.

2 versions
A Revell-Germany allosaurus with a sailback base.
So, as you can see, they had all the pieces available,
and could have reissued a complete kit,
but didn't.

This is one of the later issues, so you can see a little more detail and better fit with the parts.
Kind of on the smallish side compared to some of the other kits in the series. Even with the
size, it is a very nice kit. It comes with a nice detailed base that really opens up some options
on how you want it to look when done. I have seen some very interesting paint combinations
used on this. Everything from extremely colorful to very muted and subdued. They all look very
natural and fitting, which makes this model very versatile. Also has a place on the base where a
tree from the swamp can be added.

I remember having this one as a kid. The color of the plastic really stuck in my mind. I do know that it has a 2 part base.
The 79 Monogram only has one base piece.
The '87 Monogram comes with both bases.
Neither had the clear green parts.
I know at least one of the Revell-Germany issues came with both base halves. The one with the
glow paint and the black plastic.
Revell 2007 issue only has the one base half.
No idea about the other reissues yet. This is usually a pretty high priced model. Luckily, I found
an affordable reissue. I already had the other base piece and the clear green parts.
Unfortunately, the clear green parts I have are more of a olive color instead of the originals
shown above. They came from the Revell-Germany Anklosaurus.

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Here are some detailed pics of the Monogram second base half.
It has the Monogram copyright, and is in the brown plastic.
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The first base half has had the holes closed up, from the 79 reissue without the second base.
But the location for the holes can still be seen on he underside.