ok I got a real big problem with all this. And I know not where its going.
The people who do know are being fairly quiet?
But its amazing what a few minutes on the phone with a friendly stranger, can change how you think
No matter what , we have one huge positive.
The folk at Ixion have the rights to build for sale 1000 30T engines and tenders and they have agreed to supply every customer of Shrike, their ordered locomotive under two conditions.
The first is they pay to Ixion an extra $85, a loss Ixion are unable to cover. Think about this, please?
Shrike made their decision on price by using 2000 models as their calculator. Ixion must charge more because their calculator is 1000 units. Its a bargain!! The higher the number, the lower the unit cost.
The second being that some numbers and versions will not be built and the Shrike customers will be able to pick another version or number.
I know that Ixion are also a small company, not much different from Shrike.
I note they say that their 32 Class is ready for production and a date is set.
Ixion will not go ahead with the 30T if the 32 Class is a failure, and it must be assumed that Shrike will not be paid for their interest in the 30T till the 32 Class has been successfully released and sold?
Those that have no money invested in Shrike models should just shut up and go away. You (we) may cause Ixion to walk away, and that will be a disaster for the Shrike customers (and payday for the lawyers)
Those that are customers of Shrike need the two engines to sell well and for honest businessmen to make refunds or supply models as promised.
It is highly mischievous for those here without a financial interest to cause harm, and put at risk the opportunity for those who have the opportunity of getting a loco in hand and not sustaining a loss, the noisy ones here are not going to sustain.
And before you ask, I will lose my two models as I have no chance of recovering a special arrangement done between friends.
We should now sit back and let the Lawyers gobble it all up, or not?
But I certainly wish I had never posted anything here, as Geoff is still my friend, and I have not been doing him a service as I always thought. And no, I have nothing more from Geoff since last time.
Rod Young (hoping he can leave the room)