I just had a phone call - no names, no pack drill. I get a few calls, most of which I could do without… however. This was to do with dates, release dates, of RTR stuff. Quite honestly this is something I couldn't give a toss about, but apparently it is the most important thing in some people's lives - if they had one that is.
It goes like this: the manufacturers put out a shiny photo of a prototype and say 'we are going to make this'. Then follows a feeding frenzy of people who want one (or as I see it, want to collect four). Then the date frenzy kicks in and it becomes a guessing game. The problem with this is that there are numerous production stages that things have to go through: design, trial, re-design, 3D print, final build, shipping and so on. It's quite complicated. Which is why the manufacturers say 'expected' to try to cover all eventualities. Also different people get advised of these dates in different ways at different times by different people who all may have a differing opinion of where the finishing line may be. This means that until such time as the things appear in the shops, no one really knows.Why is this so hard to understand?
Instead people whine and moan about all this as though it's a life and death problem. Folks, it really doesn't matter - stop worrying about stupid stuff and go and make something instead.