iMech 2014 Model of the Year Contest Entries!

Thanks for a great 2014! To celebrate, we held a 2014 iMech Model of the Year contest and now that the deadline has passed, here are the entries. A small team of judges will take a look at these and pick the top 3 to 5 build-ups featuring Industria Mechanika products. These will then be judged by the public  to choose our winning entry. The winner gets a cool trophy and a gift certificate code.

So without further adieu, here are our entries in order received:

Nick Ogden [Remora Island]

Remora Island is what happens when Avatar meets Roger Dean meets Para Handy . (If you are unfamiliar with the last two names a quick Google search will enlighten you more ).  It is what I came  up with after a throw away remark several years ago by Marc Reusser on the Finescale Railroader as to why a flying ship would need sand ladders . To make it easier to get ashore onto a floating Island , obviously! The story I have made up is that at some point in the past the Island was attached to the mainland and over time large chunks detached themselves from it , until the section I built came adrift . Over time the edges eroded giving a more rounded shape . At the time that it broke away the mine winch was hauling up a rake of mine tubs to the surface . The winch was on the mainland side and the tubs were on what became the Island , which resulted in the tubs being hauled up to the surface faster than normal . Just as they were about to plunge over the edge of the newly formed Island the cable snapped leaving them dangling half on and half off . After a number of years being subject to various extremes of weather the mine tubs are showing distinct signs of being passed their best , and it won’t be many more years before they disappear altogether .  The Island hopping tramp steamer Lorelei has just moored up to have a look around and the crew are having a look down what is left of the mine . Hence there is no one in sight . For construction I started with a disc of half inch ply attached to a large dowel through which I bolted it to the base . The basic shape was made with styrofoam sheets glued top and bottom onto the ply base and then numerous home made plaster castings of rock work were fixed to the styrofoam . After painting , various scenery techniques and materials were employed to give a well vegetated feel to the Island .  The mine tubs were scratch built using aluminium foil and acid etched to give the rusty look .  The ruined block building was constructed with individual concrete blocks from a mould acquired from Diorama Debris .


Andrew Hall [Down at the Docks]

Base is foam covered in five layers of sand. Dockside is part of a Revell `dock` kit. Sub you know. Portholes replaced with acetate sheet. Crane is scratchbuilt from a plastic vintage car – a Rocket train model kit by Dapol and lots of spare parts. The sea is clear plastic sheet with carving and glass paints over the top.


Nicolas Rouanet  [Sky Mark]

The Chameleon corp. is a major freight company in south west. They operate a large park of Skymarks to guide their air ships. Bob is a Chameleon corp. maintenance operator, he came on his jet side car to replace some cabling on the C-3 platform that was damaged during a recent storm. This diorama was my main project for the World Model Expo in Stresa (Italy). The Skymark’s engine is scratch built, the jet side car is converted from a US army side car. It was the first time I worked with so much photo-etch parts, I learned a lot. Mainly painted with airbrush and Vallejo acrylics and weathered with Ammo products.


John Jenkins [Her Majesty’s Estafette]

Model built with very slight changes. Working headlight added into the model. Hand controls were slightly modified but overall the kit is stock. added a traditional flying scarf to the driver to give the impression of speed, And as the figures have a cat like theme to them, I added a Jaguar mascot from my spares box. Base is all scratchbuilt with some lovely photo etched gates from Promodell, look carefully at the 2nd window, and you will see a IMEC symbol in there!. the scene was done to depict a daring escape with the documents from a nefarious group intent on world domination… think Avengers. hope you like it.


Thomas Martin [Fantastical Fish-Shaped Submersible]

I’m a submarine nut, especially the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  Have built versions of the Nautilus from 16” to 66”. I wanted a change and ran across this submersible.  Instantly had to have one. Started by drilling the solid resin hull for wiring as I just have to have LED’s in all my builds, one overhead yellow and a micro green on the deck of the wheelhouse.  The detailing in the wheelhouse was next.  Actually hinged the “bow” so you can see the interior.  On to the hull, liked the original and painted a variation.  Used a combination of spray, hand an airbrush for the hull and PE.  Only thing I replaced are the view ports.  These are ports from a Brodeen 31” Nautilus that fit perfectly.


Patrick Hurst [The Hornethopter]

  • The wings are made with “Japan-Paper”. I love the structure of it. It has something organic like veins…..
  • The thorn at the end of the tail is a milling cutter from my “Dremel”
  • The platform is scratch and laid with real wood (1,3mm oak). The tower was a part of a watertower from a Kit 1:87 normally used for railway-modelling. So are the tanks.
  • The Lamps are halfcut and painted Christmas-tree-balls with a glass out of Mountainbike valves
  • Lionheads around the platform are from my Warhammer spare box
  • Figures are from Taurus Miniatures and Kellerkind


George LeBras [The Hornethopter “Les Fleurs de Métal”]

the Hornethopter was a very cool project, a kind of brainless stuff. No difficult, just fun ! The building was easy and the only to think about was how to fix on a diorama. And to make it well balanced. The name “Les Fleurs de Métal ” is from a french rock song played by a popular band in the 90′ … Steampunk inspiration. No particular technica painting process except using black metallic paint with my airbrush. Brass and cupper tones with turquoise blue : nice effect. The clear Wings have been the stage that required some attention. My favourite part of the Hornethopter is the eyes … Hypnotic blue ! The first diorama was a pot of real daisies. Showed during a modelling show, nobody noticed the insect on these flowers ?!@ …. The main flowers is from a “tool” to put jewelry when removed. Just a little paint and nice place for the Hornethopter !!!!


George LeBras [Kastor 76 “Fuel addiction”]

the Kastor is the first kit bought from Industria Mechanika. My really first Sci-fi model ! I’ve been following the Kallamity’s prototype building. And the Scott Robertson’s color scheme is probably the best version I decided to paint. The building was very easy and strong enough to be handle hundreds of times during the painting process. I choose to use the hair spray technique through AK chipping fluid. Just a few added parts as the left ladder made with G guitar string and the antenna with a E guitar string. After a dark primer grey, I started to paint a rust tone with different brown, red and orange tone. Let it dry. HS. Then a white coat of paint as new camo paint. Remove it with warm water. Matt varnish. HS back. Then dual light / dark grey coat. Paint remove. This process allows some red color dots through the grey finish. Oil work and pigments for the last run ! The scene is named “Fuel Addiction” and the pilot is pointing, maybe a forthcoming storm


George LeBras [Remora “Ketchup or mustard ?”]

The Remora has been the hardest and the longest diorama I ever made !!! This was originaly dedicaced to the World Expo in Stres / Italy in July 2014. As I’m a big fan of Bruce Willis and the Fifth Element movie by Luc Besson, I’ve been hunted by this scene when Korben Dallas is ordering food from a flying Japanese restaurant !!! That was the start. The Remora boat is a huge project but the Ian McQue’s world is so imaginative and funny that it was impossible not to follow that ways !! As for the Kastor, the hair spray technique is back on my workbench. I added hundreds of new details : wires, lights, boxes, antennas, a roof for the crane, a propeller for electricity, … Remaining parts from order kits are so useful. Lot of hours to paint from creating colourful effects … A lot of paint bottles need to be refill. My mind has been searching for a long while to find the best way to handle the boat off the ground. A special attention has been taken to be able to travel by car !! Very enjoying funny work. The first idea was to build a restaurant in a world victim of precarity … But with thousands of ideas to recycle engines, corrugated irons, signs, panels … Modern Mad Max in a peaceful world !!! Only the container has been bought from Italery. The now is the frame of the restaurant. All other parts are hand-made. Around 95% scratchbuilt !!! Very funny work, lots of Evergreen cut and glued all together, hundreds of CD listened, liters of coffee, drops of blood when replacing the knife sharp blades, … No way to reach the finish line as far new ideas were coming ! And finally, the restaurant turned into a upper terrace, a lounge, a space deck, and a garage for maintenance ! Everything you need for a rest and to take the hover road back … The diesel generator, the garage, the pump, the fuel tanks, are hand-made. The base is made with plywood recovered with sheets of plastic. As for the Remora, the hair spray technique is used to create a lively scene. Deckhands and birds bring live on the platform. And as it is almost midday, it’s time to have a beer and a little rest …


Masahiro Kobayashi [1/20 Sasha]

About 1/20 Sasha
I thought I’d like to express the scene for which she’s making with weld.
I have produced a robot motif ROBODATCHI is an old plastic model of Japan.
The robot is remodeling a bottle of Yakult.
Mainly iwas painted with Laquer paint.
Carrier was coated with silicone barrier,it was painted with an airbrush.Then,I have peeled.
A logo of tank-top used a decal of a WAVE corporation.


Chris Babes [Remora]

My first experience or knowledge of Industria Mechanika was on the back pages of a book of concept art called ‘Blast – Spaceship sketches and renderings’. Well from there on in I was totally hooked and as soon as another run of Remora was available I just had to get my paws on one. (mind you, I regret not buying 2 !). Well the total build lasted about 7 months, it was completely addictive and consuming. Difficulty with this kind of kit, is the endless possibilities and knowing when to stop and call it a day. In addition the the kit, i added some 1/32 F-15 resin engines, an EOD arm from a 1/35 Buffalo MRAP, a load of aftermarket resin and PhotoEtch  stowage/boxes/crates and some home made ‘Iron Sky Industries’ cardboard boxes for the load. Chains, micro fish hooks and a bit of almost anything i could find also went onboard. A base was also scratched up, nothing fancy just a bit of groundwork, grass tufts and a landing pier. Other IMec. products  made it aboard. The ‘Deck Hands’ and ‘Waldo Pilot’ figures brought a bit of action/purpose to the scene along with the  ‘Solids’ and ‘Gasses’ container sets. What a joy to build and paint up, as you see i went for a bruised and battered example. Paint was mostly Vallejo Game Colour acrylics and AK chipping fluids/enamel washes/MIG Pigments for the work effects. Decals from the kit and spares box where also used. In the end it was renamed ‘Big Paul’ after my late brother in-law, and the bonus of it all, it picked up 1st place in the sci-fi section and ‘Best of Show’ at the 2014 IPMS Ireland Nationals, the first time a sci-fi subject had done so.


Isla Crawford [Waldo Pilot]

My entry is the 1/35 pilot figure which goes with the “Waldo” boat. I am only around ¾’s of the way finished on the boat so hopefully will have it completed in time for next year’s competition. I have really enjoyed working with the resin, finding it very easy to clean up and although I am not a big fan of cyanoacrylate glue it is worth having to use it to have models with such superb detail. I am aware that my pilot’s eyes leave a bit to be desired. When viewed normally they look satisfactory but the high definition and magnification of the photographs show they are lacking in detail but I’m afraid I have been in hospital and ran out of time to do anything about fixing them. However, I decided to enter him anyway for the fun of it. Thanks for running this contest to give us all a chance to show our enjoyment of your models.


Tuan Cuong Chu [Dragonfly]

“I would like to share my latest build: 1/35 Dragonfly  from industriamechanika. The kit’s quality is awesome and I’m very excited with my build. I tried to replicate the mech-dragonfly with metalic look and shiny. I also scratchbuild some wires to make the model look more convincing as well as “Cool”. Then, I want to paint the model with Green initially, however, after taking a short tour to insect museum, I have changed my mind and decided to paint my Dragonfly in Red to make it look masculine and strong. Lastly, I added the base for my Dragonfly because It not only ensure my model is stable but the green base also make the Dragonfly even highlighted and interesting.”


John Jenkins [Fantastical Fish-Shaped Submersible]

This has to be one of my all time favourite builds. thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. kit is stock apart from a bulb mounted inside to illuminate the cabin area. hand controls were scratchbuilt adding levers and cables. also as the eye casting were a little opaque, I drilled and carved the glass portion out and replaced them with mineral watch glasses, kindly donated by a local jewellers who was fascinated by the project and happy to assist. Model was airbrushed in Tamiya copper and airbrush shaded to give depth. base is scratchbuilt and the riveted rusting hull was done using printers Litho plate. figure is a converted Tamiya panzer repair crewman with a Kinder toy spaceman helmet!. The model won 2 best of shows and was used to advertise the 2014 IPMS Birmingham show.


John Jenkins [Dustbuster]

Built straight from the box but painted in an entirely new way for me. I wanted to emulate the “Comic book” wear and tear look seen in the computer game Borderlands. I took many stills of the vehicles from that and used them to “blend” the paints on the model directly for a faded look along with scars and patches to match. stark contrast light and dark was used along the engine parts, again emulating comic style along with “hash marks” for light damage.  Overall pleased with the result.


Adam Boyes [Waldo]

‘This was my first scale model so was a completely new challenge for me.  I have been painting wargame figures for many years but have never attempted anything so big or detailed as the Waldo.  So naturally I chickened out an painted the pilot first which turned out to be a great pleasure.   The pilot is quite a simple pose but so detailed and was a joy to paint.  I used a zenethial lighting approach using layering/two brush technique of blending.  I like to give realism to my models so i imagined he would be very grimy and dirty.  I particularly enjoyed using the airbrush to spray oil and soot all up his trouser.  Once I had the pilot I could then start to visualize what I wanted the Waldo to look like.  I did lots of research on the internet into old rusty tugboats using sites like Piniteret. The hardest thing was building the Waldo.  I  learned so many new skills.  Like etched brass details love super glue!  Joking aside this model was a real pleasure and I discovered that I could transfer my skills from wargame figures to a larger scale.  Overall I tried to obey a zenethial lighting effect as this is vital in figure painting.  With this in mind I used the airbrush with multiple layers of very diluted paint to achieve a smooth blend not only between light and shade but also between the different colours.  I had lots of fun using the salt and hair spray technique to apply rust to just about every surface.  Other areas I just used an old bit of sponge to give a random chipped effect.  Powder pigments were used for more rust effects along with soot and carbonation.  I used a dab of brown oil paint on each rivet and then dragged it down with white spirits to produce the rust effect.  For the engines I used object source lighting (OSL) principles to make them glow.  This was achieved by letting the blue paint (or glow) spill out onto areas of the hull using the airbrush. The closer to the source the lighter and more concentrated the paint/glow.  Like on the trousers of the pilot I used teh airbrush to spray through a paint brush loaded with paint to give random splatter just about every where!’


John Simmons [Remora]

This was completed and finished using a mixture of Acrylics from Tamiya and AK Interactive enamel based products for the weathering. The name on the side ‘Elliot’s Ride’ is there because of my son…….Elliot. I added detail to the interior, which now has been covered up and I added a smashed window to the wheelhouse. The chain, extra tyres, wooden crate, gas bottles, sea gulls and anchor were all added to give extra detail. I covered some imperfections in the casting of the hull with plastic card and weld beeds made from putty. This gave the appearance of new welded on plates. It was a real labour of love but I throughly enjoyed it and now it sits pride of my collection!


Victor Maestas [Drond Sniper]

[description to come]


Follet Sebastien [Long-Nose Fish-Shaped Submersible]

This kit is going to make party of a bigger project, with in particular a steam tractor. This kit in summer paints with paints(paintings) Alclad to give a beautiful metallic effect, then polish with a cotton cloth(rag). The granular effect is involuntary and is owed to a too strong pressure got out of it from the airbrush, I nevertheless used this effect to give a “unpolished”(“rough and ready”) aspect.


Follet Sebastien [The Hornethopter]

The base is made with wooden profiles of the business(trade), the plaster, the utensils for jewels…. The thrower is made with rooms(parts,plays) of an old awakening(alarm clock) Figurines were modified has to leave figurines of the business(trade). The history(story): The engineer is attended the first flight(theft) of the machine, the engine driver is ready to intervene and the experimental woman is jealous because she would have wanted to pilot this machine.


Will Vale [Drone Sniper]

“This is my take on the Industria Mechanika Drone Sniper. I bought the model because I liked the cool concept art, but tried to change the feel a little bit. I was inspired by Neill Blomkamp’s early work to build him as a police drone rather than a military combat robot. To get the right look I remodelled the sniper rifle from anti-materiel to anti-personnel and replaced the clip with an energy tank. I also hollowed out the head and body and drilled the eyes for LED lighting. The ‘rabbit ear’ sensor and cable provide the power. I painted the model with lacquers (Tamiya and Alclad) and added a lot of small stencil decals and logos to the body to give the feel of a futuristic commercial product. The base is inspired by photographs of Kliptown in Soweto, and scratchbuilt from florist’s foam and other junk. The tins of prawn flavour cat food are a little nod to District 9.”