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In Jan 2019 Vernon Kerswell announced he was producing a drone that was full tested and production ready with estimated delivery of June 2019. In May 2019 Vernon stated that they were ready to start production in June 2019 (right on schedule). In July it was announced that they were delaying production for several months to test the drone design. In August 2019, still making changes to the drone. In November 2019 they announced the start of "mass production". In January 2020 they announced the completion of 40 drones (out of 300 possible). On February 10, Vernon stated they were ready to start production and begin shipping drones as soon as production resumed from COVID. In Mar 2020 Vernon announced he was making changes to the drone (remember when it was ready for mass production and shipping in February?). In April he wasn't sure if he could sign off on the changes made to the drone (that was ready for manufacturing and shipping in Feb). In May 2020 Vernon just needed to make some final adjustments in in June. But in the July update (missed the June one) they were still "working through technical issues" (remember when it was ready for mass production and shipping in February?). Vernon complained that he couldn't be in China for the final portions, but he was in China in February when he was ready to produce and ship. Then he changed the drone. In August he uploaded a video where his drone almost crashed whenever it changed direction, and barely stayed in the air in a 3 minute video. He said there was a high error rate that caused the drone to shake itself apart. In October (missed September update) it was revealed that the problems were caused by a material that was too flexible (he specifically made an update about choosing it), the placement of the rotors (he designed where they are), and crashing (the drone doesn't have obstacle avoidance, gps, or auto land/return). They were trying to figure out how to fix it. In November 2020, it was determined that they would have to change the frame to make it more rigid and to fill in holes that Vernon had put in the frame to cool the motors so they wouldn't melt the drone. Vernon now says alternately that they will have a finished product soon, they are delivering soon, they are shipping soon. He refuses to answer questions with factual data, and in almost 2 years has only uploaded a grand total of 18 minutes of footage. None of which is as good as the footage from his advertisement. He routinely says that his company is doing well, but they cannot afford to refund backers because then the whole campaign will fall apart. He won't do interviews and when one person asked for comments on a report they were doing, all he would say is "everything is going according to plan and coming together". He is 18 months past his delivery, lies constantly, refuses to give substantive answers. In addition he misrepresents facts and leads people to make false assumptions. On his LinkedIn profile he lists two patents, what he says in the small print is he "applied" for two patents. Much of what he says falls apart under any scrutiny.

User's recommendation: Avoid Vernon Kerswell.

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