I disagree ... there are kits that I would pay over $1000.00 if I could
find them in the RIGHT condition. The 1/45th scale, isn't an EASY kit
to clone ... for that matter, neither is the 1/70th scale kit. Both
have an intricate escape tower, body corrugations, fairings, scale
decals, metallic bodies ... not like cloning an Alpha or Astro 1.
Semroc will be re-releasing the 1/70th "K" kit Estes's version. Its
body detailing is simpler, but still requires scale decals, and an
elaborate escape tower. I would agree that this can EASILY be cloned
with respect to the materials needed, e.g. it's all paper and balsa,
with no large blow molded fairings, CM, or escape tower. It is STILL a
challenging kit to build.
Well packaging matters, but then so does the subject within. Also the
history of the kit and its impact on the model rocket industry as a
whole. The quality of the kit.
Here is a thought ... why spend $1500.00 on a computer that within 5
years will be obsolete? So you want to play Halo 2 or the latest WWII
first person shooter ... so you spend $400 for the best video card to
make your action game as near reality as possible ... in 5 years it
will be junk compared to other video cards ... so why invest the money?
Why throw it away? Same can be said with a car. In 10 years, most
cars will be obsolete. Why spend $12,000.00 for something that only
depreciates over time? Money is a tool to get what you want and need.
$600.00 today will be worth $300.00 or less in 20 years. If you can
afford a $500.00+ Little Joe II, then good for you. Some people buy
$30,000.00 golf club sets ... good for them. Some people buy
$750,000.00 houses ... good for them. It's all about what you want
out of life and what you can afford.