Thanks, Rog, for the clarification. I was told the FWs were on deep back burner.
My point is not to slag off on them, and I apologize if it appears I did. It's just that they were suggested as a possible "out" for the dilemma of two AM makers converging on the desire among the denizens of this forum for a G-4. Perhaps Gary has been in touch with them, I have no idea with whom he has talked, and I don't want to speculate one way or the other. But until ZM says "we're working on a G-4," I think we need to resolve whether Gary is going forward (it sounds like he is NOT despite many here asking him to stay the course), and if there is room in the hobby for two conversions sets.
lol ... no worries there ... Perhaps it was in the wording? ... at the very least, If ZM was to take up the task it might well be years before they could bring a kit to market.
I have no idea on the timeframe needed to develop and produce a kit ... to their exacting standards ...
Kevin mentioned some time ago that during a discussion with Neil (HK Model) the G-4 was mentioned and he seemed enthusiastic about the idea.
But he has a Lancaster to finish which has been 5 years plus in the making ... as well as a P-51B and a Ju-52 which are currently in development.
Our best short term hope remains as a conversion for the Dragon kit.
According to the post made by Pastor John - only 2 days after your poll thread started here - he had put off doing a conversion himself some time ago as there was already one in the works?
I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that he might be referring to the one that I was attempting to push along ... regardless, the timing of the recent post would indicate a rush to bring something to market ahead of any competition.
If you recall my initial post outlining my basic requirements for a conversion, you'll see that I referred to HpH and AIMS (without knowing about their plans, obviously).
In order to market any product successfully it must at least look professionally done ... and have very specific instructions in order to make the task idiot proof, while requiring the bare minimum of modification to kit parts.
While AIMS conversions can be made to look spectacular when finished, the skill level required to wrestle them into that position - not to mention the knowledge required on the subject matter - is beyond most ... even here - And this for a number of reasons.
This basic requirement needs to be understood by anyone bringing a product to market ... we're not all elite super scratch builders!
I speculate that perhaps unclear guidelines, along with missing parts, poor choice of mediums used and an expensive exit price has probably lead to reduced sales outcomes (a total of 7 for the previous one I believe?)
As has been indicated on this thread ... if AIMS is the only product to go to market - more than a few interested parties will bow out ...
Certainly I'll be one of them! ...
There are 30-40 people here who would have been willing to offer up some form of downpayment in advance - on a GOOD workable product ... right from the opening bounce!
Edited by Artful69, 21 September 2017 - 11:05 PM.