Paulo, FWIW, you might want to try e-mailing the four Essex class CVs that are preserved as museums - Hornet CV-12, Intrepid CV-11, Lexington CV-16, and Yorktown CV-10 - to see if they have any of the kits stashed away in their gift shops. I've bought kits from museums by mail on a couple of occasions and always been satisfied. We definitely need to give props not only to Matt for getting in touch with Revell, but to the good folks at Revell for sitting down and talking with him to explain what's going on - that says a lot about the people over there and their attitude towards the hobby.
Am I correct in understanding then that the mold is repairable but it's not economically feasible to do so with the forecast sales? Also, does anyone know what the availability is on the big Lindberg Essex? I've got my Revell angle deck Essex, but I'm starting to think that maybe I need a nice postwar straight deck Essex as well. (Hint: Phillippine Sea CV-47 in full Operation Highjump rig with USAF C-47s on the deck...)
And I'm with Paulo - I can only imagine what's under development at BuStein.