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TAR PIT - SNAP TOGETHER - 1:13 SCALE
Kit # 735
Designed by - ???
Sculpted by Bill Lemon
Box Art - ???
Instruction Illustration - ???
Aurora tar pit model
24 parts. Molded in a brownish-red.
Part of the '71 series. Never reissued.
Very nicely detailed, especially considering when it was done.
Others might be harder to find, but this seems to be everyones 'got to have'. Partially because so many of the other kits connect to it, partially because it is such a cool kit.
The '72 box is almost impossible to find. Make sure the meat chunk is present as it gets lost easily.

Aurora 1971 tar pit box

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Aurora box

Aurora tar pit box top
International box top

tar pit model kit contents
Note the B&W instruction sheet. The first I have ever seen.tar pit numbered parts picture

Click the above image to see a picture with the parts numbered.

Aurora 1972 tar pit box
The elusive 1972 box

camparison Aurora boxes
A side-by-side of the '71 & '72 boxescamparison Aurora boxes

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tar pit kit contents

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

PARTS LIST

tar pit model vulture

tar pit model
tar pit model

NAMEPLATE TEXT

LA BREA TAR PIT
CALIFORNIA---QUATERNARY TIME
CONTAINS THOUSANDS OF FOSSIL BONES
OF HAPLESS TRAPPED ANIMAL VICTIMS

tar pit model vulture

tar pit model
Here is a look at how the vulture from
the customizing kit looks with the model.
I am often asked
If this will work.
Thought a picture would help give people a better idea of the scale.
I guess it would work if you can't get the correct one.

This was and is my favorite model in the series. The scene is so real and lifelike. I finally broke down and spent the money to get one of these. It's already built-up and painted. The paint job isn't bad, but the assembly leaves something to be desired. I think I am going to use this model for a series on how to restore models. I'll get some pictures of the model as I got it. Then in progress pictures and descriptions of how it was dis-assembled, stripped, and rebuilt.
This always seems to be at the top of everyones favorite PS kit list. What's not to like about it? You get a really nice mini-diorama with the rhino sinking in the tar and the vulture sitting in the tree having a snack. Another thing that probably helps is that this one is pretty central to putting them all together in the big overall scheme.
This is one of the two kits that don't have any moveable parts. The other one being the Jungle Swamp.

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