So, do I have a "timeline"? Do you have a timeline on your Pine Island build??!
Seriously, though: after all this time - when I finally do roll out a Marlin - you are not going to pay anything for 6 of them, but will get those 6 for free, buddy!
As to how things are coming along: if there's but one thing I've learned from events, it's that I can't possibly promise any dates/schedule, for anything. Even in this thread already, there are documented some of the health problems that greatly slowed me down - and that was even before the struggle to avoid becoming "homeless". Or, more accurately, to ensure I didn't have to dump all of Matty's Models' supplies and tools, etc., before being able to find a new place to set them all up, again.
That last problem has finally been resolved - I have good (yea, even better) working spaces at my new location - that's the Good News.
The Bad News is that this place came saddled with urgent needs for a LOT of work: including such as air conditioning, which (especially in Florida in the summertime! ) absolutely shoves everything aside, until it's fixed (which it STILL isn't fully). AND doing all these tasks myself - crawling around in a sweltering attic, installing ceiling fans (in cathedral ceilings, on tall ladders, no less!), etc. - leaves my 60-ish A** Utterly Kicked, reduced to the abilities of a wrung-out-rag. And all this is before even getting to the "everything else" - of which there is a Veritable Mountain.
The More Good News, however, may be that all the above is popping and rearranging my vertebrae sufficiently - plus I (finally) hit on some additional exercises that may have hit on a permanent solution (knock wood!) to my hand-numbness problem: I finally got my modelling bench set back up last weekend - did a bunch of work, at it - and had almost no hand numbness, nor cramping, except maybe only once or twice, and very briefly!
The Bench is sufficient to work on masters, so finally it's beginning - slowly, very slowly - to again look good for resuming (at least some little) work on those - which is the stage at which the Marlin still remains - but not yet even close to being able to do anything (i.e., molding/casting) with them. And speaking of the Marlin master, you were of course right that the cockpit dome was too large - that was deliberate, so that it could be reshaped on the (all-resin) sub-master, without having to add any putty/different materials. What I missed, however, was a nasty mistake in making the slope of the windshield too steep - also messing up also the shape of the side-windows - and unrecoverable regarding the framing, which must be redone (using PE). Thus, I really have to back up a step, in the original Marlin master.
And not only for the canopy-framing: I also realized all the work to preserve/extend Revell's surface details from their Mariner is pointless: virtually impossible to do (well, anyway) and not worth it - given they are all way over-scale, to begin with. Once I can redo the above, however, all the remaining work on the master will actually be far easier than originally planned.
But, that all remains work I am not yet able to resume - except maybe in little bits, very slowly, on weekends only. So, again it's just not yet possible to give you any honest time frame, whatsoever.
Except to say that The Marlin appears On Track for Release in less than The Next Five Years!
Serioiusly, though: show us some pics of your Pine Island build, David!