Strip will be late again. Panels 1 and 3 rendered reasonably quickly (<1 hour each) but 2 and 4 are horrendous. I left 4 running over night, and after 10 hours it had compleated 8%. I killed it. Looks like RFM's number of polygons in his bezier surface is killing the cpu. I reduced that by half (and possibly reduced his smoothness) in the panels and started panel 2, which is 2% done after 40 minutes.
Bugger. At this rate the strip won't be done until Tuesday.