Sorry for the delay - you sent me a dumb eMail, but it has been nothing to do with that whatsoever: simply my own set of challenges and obstacles (y'know?). Nothing like yours - so sorry to hear about those - but enough to bring all my modelling to a standstill, except for straight filling of orders for parts still in-stock.
I still love the Marlin, and it remains Top-of-the-Short List for Matty's Models. In fact, I was just starting back in on it, when Hurricane Irma hit last September - and that brought EVERYTHING to a halt (yet again). And right now there's more (that I won't even get into).
But thanks for staying in touch - again, don't worry about me being "offended" with you - and you will be the first to hear of the next progress I can make, when I can make it, on the Marlin.