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  • daz9284
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    No problem. Cheers mate

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  • Joel Dapol
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    Not at the moment I am afraid. As soon as I have shipping details, I will let you know.

    Kind Regards

    Joel

  • daz9284
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    That's great news. I don't suppose you know when I will receive an email / call to pay for my pre-order sound fitted 59 from yourselves?

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  • Joel Dapol
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    We are just checking production samples now, so hopefully they will ship any day now and August delivery should be achievable.

    Cheers

    Joel

  • lyneux
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    Hi Andy and Joel. I note that some retailers are confirming that these are now going to be delivered in August. Can anyone from Dapol confirm this please?

    Finally our long wait for these is over!

    Thanks,

    Guy

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  • Joel Dapol
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    I'm afraid not, but we will have production samples fairly soon. We are well aware of the prolonged lead time on this and we can only apologise. These things sometimes happen, you hit a snag and it throws the project into a long delay and unfortunately, we have hit a couple of snags with this. I take your point about other manufacturers and we have ourselves have delivered products in a shorter time frame .However, I also have to point out other manufacturers also experience delays, it is unfortunate but sometimes a factor of small batch manufacturing in the Far East. My apologies once again.

  • daz9284
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    Originally posted by Andy Dapol View Post
    Andy shaw , LaGrange ,
    At the moment production is slowly progressing, manual printing is about to start, but in general the production situation is very unpredictable as all factory areas are still affected by covid and power issues. Once we have finished assembly and have arranged shipping we will issue a more detailed estimate of delivery.
    Please keep an eye on the press, facebook etc. for the official Dapol announcements.
    is there any pictures of the updated colour samples. I don't want to receive models with the wrong colours on them. I know there had been problems in the factories etc but at about 5 years it is a bit of a joke how long the model has taken. Other manufacturers have developed, manufactured and delivered items in about half the time.

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  • Andy Dapol
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    Andy shaw , LaGrange ,
    At the moment production is slowly progressing, manual printing is about to start, but in general the production situation is very unpredictable as all factory areas are still affected by covid and power issues. Once we have finished assembly and have arranged shipping we will issue a more detailed estimate of delivery.
    Please keep an eye on the press, facebook etc. for the official Dapol announcements.

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  • LaGrange
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    There were new samples at Ally Pally, I wasnt there myself but am reliably informed that Dapol want to get them out 'as soon as possible'

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  • Andy shaw
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    Andy Dapol are there any updates on this yet, anything at all?

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  • Andy Dapol
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    HI, Martin Jones. Our Chinese colleagues are facing many difficulties which are reflected across our industry. This fact makes a pre-CNY production very unlikely, as Joel and I mentioned we will issue an update once we have a tangible date for this model.

  • Martin Jones
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    Lets hope it's before the Chinese New Year, I think everyone is so looking forward to this model with high expectations.

  • Joel Dapol
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    Hello there, thanks for the comment. Andy is on holiday at the moment and I am sure he will respond himself next week on his return. If it helps though, I know there has been quite a bit of toing and froing from China and that now, as far as we are concerned all issues have been resolved and we are just waiting for production. This has been (infuriatingly) delayed because of events in China, but it will happen soon for sure.

    Kind Regards

    Joel

  • SteveNewSiding
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    Andy Dapol many thanks for the update. the delays are understandable. Just looking for the positives (ie. this is not a criticism!).... in your previous update you said 'waiting for decorated samples of the revised versions' and in your latest update say 'only production is to be completed'. Does that mean you have received the latest decorated samples? If so then that is some good progress.

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  • Andy Dapol
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    lyneux , Hi Guy, Thanks for the question. I understand your frustrations as they mirror ours. The short reply is that, we will announce progress when we are sure there is something to announce, since it is not helpful for us to restate that there is 'no news'.

    Of course the long reply is more complex, and I hope helps explain the general situation.
    As with other models and manufacturers our estimated release dates are just that and can be affected by many factors, a few days delay can translate into weeks as production schedules are revised to accommodate. We have however publicised dates as at the time we believed that they were achievable. This model does seem particularly affected as it was announced long before I joined the company and in fact before development had commenced. The good news is that only production is to be completed.

    The difficulties our Chinese colleagues and their various subcontractors all face due to power cuts and an ongoing labor shortage and other supply chain difficulties conspire towards making any long term promises regarding dates impossible to keep.
    As I've commented elsewhere, as it's very difficult to project project key stages with any degree of accuracy at the moment, our policy is to provide updates only when landmark events (e.g. EP, production etc.) have been reached, ensuring that we are accurate to within a few weeks, this does mean that there are periods of 'no news' as a result.
    Overall, this is not a situation which can be tolerated, but one we fear will not resolve overnight, so we are adapting our 'pipeline' by ensuring future releases are brought forward and are in development before we even release the 1st batch of models. A strategy which we used with the JHA wagons and other projects to minimise any perceived delays.

    I do hope that we will be able to start reporting more positive progress with this and our other projects both announced and, as yet unannounced (as we have many exciting developments in progress).

    Kind regards
    Andy

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