I'm not a pre-order customer of Shrike though I have watched and greatly admired what Geoff has striven to achieve over the last couple of years. Like many others I am sure, I sincerely wish him better health, lowered stress and fresh fulfilment as 2016 delivers whatever it will to each of us.
As for the unfortunate saga that's unfolding with his business, and my only exposure to it is what I'm reading here, two old truisms come to mind. While neither offers much consolation either to Geoff in his current strife or to his pre-paid customers, there may be a salutary lesson here for others harbouring similar and equally praiseworthy aspirations:
1. When a hobby becomes a business, the world changes;
2. This one is a bit lighter, and I've paraphrased it from (I think) an old airline industry riddle
"How do you make a small fortune from a model railway business?"
"By starting out with a big one".
Chin up chaps, the sun will rise again in the morning, even if a cloudy day is forecast.
Meanwhile, best wishes to all and no animosity to anyone.