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And that sadly is what happens when people won't back projects, sadly this leaves only one or two importers , at least he produced the pilot before asking for a deposit, I have no desire with other importers to embark on ten year mystery tours of failed delivery schedules and explanations that stretch credibility to breaking point. Goodbye hi-end brass US steam. 

 

One needs to choose popular models to get reservations.  That means Daylight, or K4, or J1e - just like always.  Then, when you plan on a $5000 model, you get really selective.  I doubt Lee will try anything less popular than a Daylight.  I really doubt the GS-6 would bring in a tenth the reservations that a GS-4 with skirts would.

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The economy is working against Lee - think many people are cautious about parting with 5000 dollars in this depressionary environment.  I am quite concerned about the demise of high end brass in O Scale. Heck, HO, too.  Jimmy Booth mentioned that he had difficulty selling all of his HO Pennsy T1's.

Lee's website says the project will only go forward with 50% reservations in hand.

@bob2 posted:

One needs to choose popular models to get reservations.  That means Daylight, or K4, or J1e - just like always.  Then, when you plan on a $5000 model, you get really selective.  I doubt Lee will try anything less popular than a Daylight.  I really doubt the GS-6 would bring in a tenth the reservations that a GS-4 with skirts would.

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Agree, Bob. I meant besides the GS4 as optional models that may carry the project forward. Flexibility offering.

On the 72" radius requirement - it really would be senseless to put compromises into a $5000 model just so it could go around a 65" curve.  Almost all of my larger steam requires at least 70" radius, and I am not above tapering the tailbeams and lengthening lead trucks.  Discerning modelers won't put up with that.

I am surprised Lee could get it down to 72".  My Daylights protest on 74".

@Limey posted:

And that sadly is what happens when people won't back projects, sadly this leaves only one or two importers , at least he produced the pilot before asking for a deposit, I have no desire with other importers to embark on ten year mystery tours of failed delivery schedules and explanations that stretch credibility to breaking point. Goodbye hi-end brass US steam. 

 

No. None of this is the fault of customers or potential customers. It's mostly choices made by importers intersecting at final price.  If you miss the intersection, projects fail.

I don't think anyone was going to get rich off the back of this project, pre covid 19, S Korea's average wage as I understand was in the region of $30k, it may come as a surprise but people don't want to work for peanuts, especially if you have a transferable skill. Not anyone's fault per se but the window of opportunity to manufacture and import hi end brass just tangibly closed that little bit more. As I also inferred those importers who string projects out for 10 years are living on borrowed time, the impending deep recession will hopefully put paid to this nonsense. 

At least one other European importer, Steiner, has walked away from a project in an advanced state of development. 

I am just pleased to have got one of Lee's 9f's  with scale wheels, approximate to US P48. A real beauty. I wish him well with his future endeavours. 

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@mwb posted:

No. None of this is the fault of customers or potential customers. It's mostly choices made by importers intersecting at final price.  If you miss the intersection, projects fail.

Let's put the blame on the elephant in the room:

                               PANDEMIC

People aren't buying stuff like they were before the crap hit the fan, and there is a vast amount of uncertainty just how things are going to be when this mess blows over. The name of the intersection is uncertainty and confusion. Mr. Marsh's only failing is that he couldn't see all this crap coming.

Simon

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