It's been a year since I've received any emails. This thread started over two years ago. I'm afraid none of us will see this pack or our money. I hope I'm proven wrong.
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I can understand your frustration with a lack of communication on whatever your project is. I don’t know the details of your communications with Curtis, of course. I can acknowledge that he’s had a rough year and it’s probably led to him giving all of these projects less love than he’d have liked. I think after many years in the hobby, he knows that things can be derailed for many reasons though, which is why he sets the terms he does at the outset of projects like this one: it’s a hobby gig for him and simply doesn’t come ahead of his real job or real life. When we sign on, it’s with the understanding that we’re making non-refundable deposits to fund the work and materials and that the schedule could change - could even be delayed beyond what some on the list feel is reasonable. I’m sure Curtis would be the first to say he should be more communicative and share more photos to reassure customers, but that is a world away from ripping anyone off in the long run. Maybe your terms/agreement with him was different, on whatever that project is - am i understanding correctly that it isn’t this project, though? If that’s the case, do you feel this is this the best place to air those grievances? This thread is meant for this Rocketeer project, slow as that conversation may be right now, and one side of a personal dispute between you and Curtis without any context isn’t really appropriate to lay out here. In the meantime, I’ve still not heard of Curtis not following through on a run here, nor delivering subpar work on any of his projects. I’m as excited as anyone for this to be completed; I still believe it will be and will be done extremely well.I think Mr. Hoines probably screwed up with me, yes.
You see, i’m waiting for my project more time than this one(Like, one year more) and besides the total lack of communication, i’ve been blocked on Rocket’s other media without good reason. I was always very polite when asking for my helmet and i e-mailed him like, once in 7 months?? He can’t brag i was being annoying or insisting too much.
I haven’t received eved a single progress photo, i don’t know even if he really started my project...
Hopefully I'm not letting you know about those terms - I didn't get the usual deposit/signup message on this project because I came into it from another direction, but every time I've bought from him it was explicit that the project calendar was subject to change and that deposits were non-refundable. I'm not excusing the lack of communication, but yes - assuming that usual language was there then we all signed on for the potential delays that come with a project of this scope and complexity, with the agreement that we wouldn't pull our deposits which funded the run at its established size. He's always been up front about those particular conditions in the past.I would disagree..
If one is refusing to communicate at all.. what other recourse is there?
If there said 'builder/seller' is not fulfilling old projects.... and starts a new one.. I would think I that is a GREAT place to draw attention to the problem. (as well as let other know whats going on)
I get you are his friend.. but let HIM chime in if he doesnt want it to be a one side of a dispute.
And, really? (thanks for letting me know I guess)
When you 'get in bed' with Rocketeer.. you are signing up for:
* no refunds
* changing schedules
* delays beyond what was originally promised when payment was taken.
* bad communication
* Sounds a bit like Anovos comments! LOL
I sure HOPE that is not how Rocketeer wants his reputation to be thought of..
Don, you're free to post wherever you like, of course. And maybe you're totally in the right with your dispute with Curtis. I don't know anything about your situation, the terms you've agreed to regarding whatever your project is, your relationship with him and the dynamics of that through your dispute. I don't know why he's not responding to you. The responses I get are very intermittent, and as far as I know I'm on good terms with him. Maybe you can prove everything you're saying with screengrabs. I just wish you'd take it outside our project's thread - start another if you want to address it on the RPF, or talk to your attorney. Have you asked an admin about addressing it somewhere else? There may be complaints about the timeline or refund requests in this thread, but they ought to belong to people with a vested interest in this project. I can't stop you from airing your outside complaints here. It's just a polite request/suggestion from someone who'd like this thread to stay on topic.Is this supposed to be a joke, Westies?
In law, we have something called “contract”.
Hello everyone and sorry for the MIA.. I have had about the worst 3 months of my life.. and the last year and a half were not great either.. family, health, finance etc...But I think I am past the worst of it now..I still have faith in this project.
A update will be greatly apreciated.
Thank you for your reply.Hello everyone and sorry for the MIA.. I have had about the worst 3 months of my life.. and the last year and a half were not great either.. family, health, finance etc...But I think I am past the worst of it now..
I have been working on the pack as much as I can, and I am not making excuses, I was expecting to be done by now and have it all shipped out...but that hasnt happened, but it will. I have used money from the deposits and from various other small runs I have done to pay for everything that needed to be done, 3D work, supplies for molding, casting, finishing, printing, materials and parts/pieces for all the little buts that go into each pack.. and expenses have considerable.
Anyway I think the main hull of the pack is ready to start the molding process, the radiator/grill at the top needs a few more tweaks to be ready.. the fins for the top of the hull (24 for each pack) are printed and prepped for molding, the grill (4 bottom grills) are ready as well. I have been trying to get the thickness right where each grill would attach/slot into the hull so when I mold it the process will be easy to just glue them into place.
I have also sent off a couple prototype flaps in for bending.. once they are back and the bends are correct for width and fit I will get the rest done and sent in for bending as well.
The tube, rod ends, threaded rod, braided hose, nuts, bolts, fans, caps, grommets, copper tubing, steel mesh, 1/2 round (for flap finishing) and anything else I may have missed in this sentence has been ordered or is already here.
Here are some pics of the pack and a few other pieces I have been working on.. the back "egg" piece is now complete, which was almost completely graphed in without damaging the rivets..as the stunt pack had the rods cast into the pack, not clean like the hero packs.
Anyone can always email me, you all have my email address, and I will answer as quickly as I can.
I will be prepping the hull for molding, finishing up the top grill, molding the fins and small bottom grills this week and next.. I will try to get a picture of all the pieces that will come with a kit before I get that started, should be picking up the flaps in the next couple days, so by Thurs/Fri this week I will update with those pictures.
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Looking awesome buddy, can you keep us posted how far you are with molding?Hey guys. Sorry it’s been a day. Took these pics this morning. But just have the chance to post them.
All the pieces in the pics would be what you would get in a kit. A couple things would be different and a few things are missing.
So the rods and tubes for the flaps would be cut to length.. so cut into about a 1/4 of the length in the pics.
There would be a couple of small copper/brass tubes that attach to the engine bits.
There is only 1 set of fitting for the engine tubes in the pics, you would get 2 sets.
I only have the one grill for the engine covers, you would get 4 grills
Other than that it would be 1/2 round pieces to glue on the engine flaps.
Also I wanted to mention the fins for the top of the hull have pour spouts attached. They will need to be trimmed off..this is why they look like that in the pictures.
I think that’s it, so there are close to 100 pieces to this kit. Maybe more. I will get a list of things included once everything is molded up and ready to go.
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