Ha Ha ToadEventually got a reply from Steven:
Thanks for your email. Cut off will be once we have a delivery date with product enroute (mid 2021).
Difficulties in China presently as their production deadlines are being decimated with no labour available and skilled labour even harder to find.
All the factory owners we are presently talking with expect even worse staff shortages after the Chinese New Year period, with less people returning to the Dongguan region.
Presently it’s impossible to be more specific, unfortunately.
We may receive a sample of the new gearing we have made for the T before CNY, but no certainties.
Haha, thanks for the tip, I just ordered and paid for mine! At least they are covered for, with another six months to go, probably 'at least', it will allow time for maybe an extension to the order. I've had the C class diesels ordered and paid for for just over a couple of years now, and I just extended that order as they 'must be close'!
But they were "very close" over two years ago, after SDS announced their look-a-like C Class re-release.
I really get annoyed when fibs like this are issued and repeated release after release. It was unnecessary to try to hurt another company. Especially as we were asking for an Auscission C Class for at least 6 years before this. The SDS release would never have happened if a "real" C was released when we asked for it
It was also good to see SDS selling so many of their inaccurate "entry level" repaints anyway.