Had a good trip to the US and renewed old acquaintances at the March Meet - sold or traded most of what I wished to move and bought some nice gear at the show. Can't wait to assemble the new Modern O scale kits and I hope that enough were sold to guarantee future projects coming to fruition.
However at the risk of introducing some negativity to the thread I would like to take this opportunity to record my thoughts and ascertain how others feel without descending into rancour and taking into consideration the webmaster's posts concerning uninformed criticism.
For the past several years I have had a deposit with a well known importer and paid the second installment on the proposed model. I was assured, at various March Meet shows from 2015, that the model would be here - which I inferred would be in the US - by the 'next year'. This I took to be 2016.
I was again related the same assurance that the model would be here the following year in 2016, i.e 2017. I did not attend the show in 2017, but the model was not delivered nor had construction begun.
At the March Meet 2018 I was personally promised in a direct face to face conversation with the importer that the model would be here next year. (2019)
This year, I flew to the US in eager anticipation of catching a glimpse of the sample model in which I have had $3000 dollars invested for some years now.
When the show opened I made my way to the importer's table to be yet again disappointed that the only tangible progress on this project was the locomotive's tender. This despite an assurance on the importer's website only a month ago that the completed sample model would be here fresh from Korea.
I again had a direct conversation with the importer who stated that the models non appearance was due to the shipping company. At my behest, he assured me that pictures of the completed sample model would be posted on his website this week. i.e. March 17-23 2019.
Living in the UK I am interested in how this is perceived by US modellers. The situation has caused me some degree of frustration and I am eager to hear the experiences of others, both in the US and elsewhere.