Fellas, the problem is this: There would be plenty of demand from guys like us, the thing is, there are not enough guys like us out there, i.e. people who would go for a true "builder's kit." The easy to build and ready to fly stuff is what the masses will buy. For Estes to justify the costs of tooling, molds etc, they would have to sell a lot more than they're going to sell, or price it way too high. Just not feasible I'm afraid, but I'm with you on the sentiment, as I sit here casting an admiring glance at my Estes Space shuttle, Mercury Atlas, and LTV Scout....
Both Semroc and Estes *may* introduce a 1/100 scale Saturn 1B this year. Estes did have one in the works, but it is not clear if they will commercialize it (there was a rumor of a 1/70th scale kit that never did see the light of day). Estes was recently sold to Hobbico, which may or may not result in more "builders" kits. The sale may (or may not) delay planned new releases.Still waiting impatiently for a 1:100 Saturn 1B.
semroc has the saturn 1-bI see one of these on Ebay, seems these have been pretty sought after for years. Im puzzled why estes doesnt reproduce some kits for which there is obviously high demand. This and the shuttle?