007251 – Saturn 1B

(15 customer reviews)


Master Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 5)

The Estes Saturn 1B is a stunning 1:100 recreation of this rocket of the Apollo era. Designed to test Apollo hardware, it later served as crew launch vehicle for Skylab and the Apollo Soyuz Test Project. Build and launch this Master-Level kit for spectacular lift-offs and dazzling dual parachute recoveries.

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Master Skill
(Formerly Skill Level 5)

Before there was the Saturn V, there was the Saturn 1B, the NASA test bed for Apollo flight hardware. Versions of the Apollo Command and Service Module, and the Lunar Module were all test flown on the Saturn 1B while the Saturn V was still in development. Even the S-IVB upper stage which served as the third stage of the Saturn V was first tested on the Saturn 1B, functioning as that vehicle’s second stage. The Saturn 1B would eventually see service as the primary launch vehicle for Earth orbit missions in the Apollo spacecraft.

One of the distinctive features of the Saturn 1B is the set of cylindrical tanks that forms the rocket’s first stage. Resembling a cluster of smaller rockets, the tanks are sometimes misidentified as re-purposed Redstone missile stages. In fact, these 70-inch diameter tanks were created using the same forms that produced the Redstone rockets. So, while they share a common lineage, they were not surplus rockets themselves. The tanks fueled eight H-1 engines, four of which could gimbal to steer the rocket while under power. Eight low profile fins ringed the base of the rocket for guidance during atmospheric flight.

In February of 1966, the first Saturn 1B was launched with an early version of the Apollo Command and Service Modules – no crew was aboard. The subsequent Saturn 1B launch of Apollo 7 on October 11, 1967 certified the Apollo spacecraft for human spaceflight. It would be the last Saturn 1B launch for nearly five years.

In 1973, after the final Apollo moon landing, the last Saturn V was used to launch the Skylab Orbital Workshop. Three crews would eventually be sent to live and work in the space station, each launched aboard an Apollo Command Module carried by a Saturn 1B. The first of the three Skylab crews lifted-off on Saturn 1B vehicle SA-206 and stayed for 28 days. Their first task in orbit was to repair Skylab after an accident at launch ripped away a solar panel and sun shield. Led by Apollo 12 moon walker Pete Conrad, the crew performed a dangerous EVA and successfully rescued the space station.

The Estes Saturn 1B SA-206 is a stunning 1:100 scale recreation of the Saturn 1B and Apollo spacecraft stack as it appeared in 1973 for the launch of the first Skylab crew. Every detail is there, from the Launch Escape System atop the Apollo Command and Service Module, to the first-stage H-1 engine nozzles (remove for launch). Textured body wraps, injection molded components, and other plastic formed parts add a level of realism to this Master-Level kit that every scale modeler will appreciate. Launch your finished model using one of the recommended Estes engines for a spectacular liftoff and dazzling two-piece recovery under dual parachutes. On display or in the air, the Estes Saturn 1B is a marvelous addition to any fleet.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BUILD: Pencil, #220 #320 #400 and #600 sandpaper, ca, ca accelerator, epoxy, yellow glue, tube-type plastic cement, liquid plastic cement, putty for plastic models, sanding sealer, tweezers, hobby knife, sharp blades, masking tape, permanent spray adhesive (not artists’ or repositionable), paint (flat black, flat white, silver). (Tools, construction and finishing supplies not included.)

WHAT YOU NEED TO LAUNCH (sold separately): Porta-Pad E Launch Pad and Pro Series II Launch Controller, Estes model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding. Six C 1.5V high quality AA alkaline batteries are also required for launch controller (not included).


Additional information

Projected Max Altitude

1000 ft. (305 m)

Recovery System

1x 15 in. (38.1 cm) Parachute
1x 18 in. (45.7 cm) Parachute


26.8 in. (68.1 cm)


2.62 in. (67 mm)

Estimated Weight

6.9 oz. (196 g)

Estimated Assembly Time

10 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included)

Fin Materials

Injection molded plastic

Decal Type


Launch System

E Launch Pad and Pro Series II Launch Controller

Launch Rod Size

3/16" Maxi Rod (sold separately)

Age Recommendation

Estes model rocketry is recommended for boys and girls ages 10+ with adult supervision for those under 12, and rocketeers of all ages.

15 reviews for 007251 – Saturn 1B

  1. Dannymrmissile

    I’ve had ( and Still have !), every Saturn of every type made by Estes, Centuri and others.They may have slight variations in design, but are Always pleasers, to me and All. Keep them coming ! Please bring the Gemini Titan TWO engine cluster !!

  2. KEVIN (verified owner)

    Just placed my order…Thanks!

  3. Rob

    Please advise when available

  4. Angus Nutt (verified owner)

    Its about time. I’m getting old!

  5. Sean Mitchell

    Is this out of stock already? How long did you have it in stock – 3 days? Good grief. I guess I have to check every single day. With all do respect, you make a good product but it is very frustrating for the hobbyist that a product is always out of stock.

  6. Kevin

    How will we know when it’s back in stock?

  7. Carlos Villoch

    Please advise when the Saturn 1B is available for purchase. Would love to add this one to my collection of Estes Rockets.

    • estesrockets

      Hello Carlos, the Saturn 1B is now back in stock! Get it while supplies last.

  8. Randy Thomas

    Nice to see that Estes is bringing back all the manned space flight scale rocket kits! Also looking forward to release of the Juptier-C, Mercury Atlas, and Gemini Titan rocket kits to complete the collection of Redstone, Gemini, and Apollo rockets.

  9. Saverio Prato

    I have the original Estes Saturn 1B 4 engine cluster model and am very much looking forward to the re-issued E engine powered model.

  10. Larry Fazio

    Please let me know when available, I give you authorization to automatically order this for me.

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