Category Archives: Ian McQue

iMech News 2.25.2014

This month we talk about delays, more delays and some more delays… eventually. For whatever reason, for things out of my control, seemingly everything has been suffering from some manner of delay recently. This will change shortly however as I have 4 new products printed and ready for the caster. Plus more news….

The Walrus and Porpoise Assault Troopers »

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It’s only been up in the store for a week or two now for preorders, but I just got word that the Walrus and Porpoise kits are either already in the mail to me or will be in the next few days. Regardless, they’re done so we’re ahead of schedule!

Preorder the Walrus APC ($130) and the accompanying Porpoise Assault Troops ($35) together and save $5!

Black Moth Preorder Date »

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Since the Walrus is done, the caster is moving on to the Black Moth [Heavy] next. I asked them to delay casting a few weeks so everything doesn’t come to me (and you) at once (been there, done that, everyone hated it) so I’ll begin preorders for the Black Moth [Heavy] 1:8 scale figure on March 7th 2014. Get on the notification list here »

1/35 Sea Birds »

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Sea Birds are being cast as we speak. They will be $15 for a set of 8 birds, 2 Pelicans and 2x each of the gulls, and most will have photoetch feet and/or legs. Click here to preorder!

Her Majesty’s Estafette »

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Always something delaying the Her Majesty’s Estafette kit, but we’re finally in the home stretch. The caster will have the last of the parts today (was missing the headlamp lens) and production will begin in a few weeks if it hasn’t already. Stay tuned for the final price and preorder date some time in March.

Restocks »

I’ll have some Chrononauts and Rooks back in-stock in a few weeks for those that have preordered and are waiting for the next batch, or for those that are waiting for it to be here. Will have the pilots for the last of the current Red Star 47 batch soon as well and will be able to ship those to everyone who’s been waiting.

Remora, Frankenstein, and Other Delays »

The caster for the Remora and Frankenstein has been having some random issues and set-backs. The Remoras should be in-hand this weekend however and he’ll start Frankenstein’s next batch right after it. He’s been working alone and with a new rubber (which he says will mean better castings) which has been the main cause of the delays. So it’s for a good reason I think. Better is always… better… even if it’s a little late.

Also been waiting on the valve wheels for the Gasses set so I can start shipping those sets out. They were not added to the original fret so it’s caused some delays. I’ll have them in 2 weeks. Thanks for your patience!

Amazing Figure Modeler #56 »

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And ending on a high note, check out Amazing Figure Modeler #56 not only for their typically awesome build-ups and articles, (seriously… every issue is gold!) but because there’s a 7-page interview with me about Industria Mechanika and our way of doing things.

Thanks for your support!

iMech News 10.30.2013

Happy Halloween everyone! I have a few treats for you, and perhaps a trick as well… we’ll see!

Chrononaut Update! »

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I got a treat yesterday in the form of a photo from the caster of the Chrononaut casting (sans T-Rex) for me to confirm all the parts are there. Looks great and means we’re still on schedule for mid-November. Also am done with the instructions/label designs! Preorder the Chrononaut here while you can!

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Preorder the Chrononaut here while you can!

Walrus Update »

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Another treat is the final figure for Christophe Arnold’s Walrus and Figure Set. This will be up for preorders in early December if all goes well.

Her Majesty’s L’Estafette »

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This is turning into quite the trick… I’m waiting to hear back from the 3D printer on the status of this, so as soon as I know more, you will too. Get on the notification list by clicking Notify Me here.

Ian McQue Waldo 2nd Edition Preorders »

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Surprise! The Waldo is coming back! Preorder the 2nd Edition here. ETA Mid December… probably will not arrive in time for pre-xmas shipping. Sorry! In related news, we’re going to have 50 of the Waldo figure available as a stand-alone figure when the Waldo comes in. No preorder available for him yet, but stay tuned!

Deckhands Series 1 Reprint »

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The 1st Edition Deckhands are sold-out and before I can do more I need to have them reprinted. The previous caster for those (who I no longer employ) broke some of the masters. The next edition will be all new prints and from the same caster I’ve been using for our newer figures such as the latest Sasha relrelease, Pawn Brigade, Flight Ready, Ground Crew, Aviators and Submariners. Not to mention the Waldo and it’s figure. They specialize in tiny parts so these will be an improvement over the originals. Not that the originals is bad, but these will certainly be better. Get on the Notify Me system for these here.

I’ve been begging Ian for a Series 2 of Deckhands and hope to have those with the next new ship release. Stay tuned!

iMech News 6.21.2013

Far past time for another edition of iMech News! It’s been a crazy few months. April/May was the lead-up to Wonderfest USA so lots of prepping to do. Then when I returned I have several large commission paint-jobs for a toy company. Now that those are out of the way however I’m trying to get back on track.

Existing Preorder Statuses »

Currently on the site we have the Remora and Frankenstein up for preorder. Since the caster for these was also sidetracked by Wonderfest USA and playing catch-up, they’re slightly behind. Thanks for your patience and support with these!

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Remora: Estimated shipping date is between 7.6.2013-7.13-2013. The Remora needed all new molds so it’s taking a little longer than expected, however it’s better to wait for good casts than to rush it with old molds and be disappointed.

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Frankenstein: Again, Frankenstein needs all new molds so we’re looking at end of July as an estimated shipping date.

Dystopic: Kits are on their way. Should be shipping out on 2 weeks.

New Product/Upcoming Preorders »

We’ve had to adjust our release schedule because of a show we’re not even attending! The San Diego Comicon is a beast of a show and eats up resources world-wide. As such, our 3D printing vendor is swamped with rush projects for SDCC related clients. This has pushed back a few ouf our releases such as…:

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Manchu’s Steam Car (1/35): It is my understanding that this is printing this week, so once it happens, gets cleaned-up and casting ready, I should have a set price and preorder date. I can’t even guess at a price until I get the printing and casting quotes as those are the variable and largest expenses. More Info »

Dr. Torque (1/35): He is in the same boat as the Steam car. The final price should be around $18, same as Sasha due to the additional equipment and amount of small parts. More Info »

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The Chrononaut: The files are at the 3D printer and he’ll start production soon. More pics and info next week! More Info »

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L’Estafette: Coming up right after the Chrononaut! Still need to finalize a few things such as the wheels then we’re good to go. More Info »

Upcoming Restocks »

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The Rook: This amazingly detailed Rook walking tank will be available for preorder today! Click here to preorder your copy. Estimated shipping date: 7.12.2013.

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The Hornethopter: Right after Frankenstein, the Hornethopter will be back for a 5th edition! I have everything but the resin on-hand so when it’s closer to the delivery date I’ll start a preorder for these.

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FichtenFoo’s Fantastical Fish-Shaped Submersible: When I designed this Fish-Shaped Sub, I never thought I’d do 2 runs let alone this upcoming 7th edition of this steampunk inspired favorite! Expect the Fish to make a return sometime in August. Meanwhile we have the Long-Nose Fish-Shaped Submersible in-stock and ready to go!

 

 

Ian McQue’s Waldo Preorder!

Ian McQue’s Waldo, sculpted by Michael Fichtenmayer (aka FichtenFoo) is now available for preorders! This kit sports a fantastic laser-cut wood deck and plastic windows, full photoetch wheelhouse (2 large sheets of etch for this and other details), waterslide decals, pilot figure, and hollow hull with full engine visible from the deck grating and from the bottom of the hull’s thruster opening. Pics, art, instructions, etc on the shop page here.

PREORDER The Waldo Here »

Price: $125 + Shipping
Shipping Estimate: Late May 2013

Save $5 on a set of Ian McQue’s Deckhands (1/35) when you order them with the Waldo.*
(*while supplies last)

 

Also Available for PREORDER:

Ian McQue’s Remora 4th Ed!

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Ian McQue’s Remora’s 4th edition is also available for PREORDERS. Start your fleet now!

PREORDER the Ramora 4th Ed Here »

Price: $150+ Shipping
Shipping Estimate: June 2013

 

Ian McQue’s Sky Mark Buoy

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Ian McQue’s Sky Mark buoys are also available. These buoys will look great guiding your other Ian McQue airships into port.

ORDER the Sky Mark Here »

Price: $60 each (or two for $110) + Shipping
In-Stock Now!

iMech News 3.28.2013

Time again for a little news! Today we finally show off the Ian McQue Waldo as well as some housekeeping with release dates, etc.

Calum Watt’s Freaky Gothic »

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First-up is Freaky Gothic by Calum Watt and David Richardson. We’ve of course shown this before, so this is just a reminder that the tentative preorder start date is next Friday, 4.5.2013. I say tentative because I don’t have a casting quote yet as the master is in port-print clean-up and the caster hasn’t seen it yet. As always, as soon as I know, you’ll know! Until then, enjoy the pic and tell your friends! Click here to get a notification when the preorder starts.

Ian McQue’s Waldo »

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I finished the master and etch design a few weeks ago and sent this to the caster for production. The tentative preorder start date is 5.1.2013 with the price being somewhere around $120 if all goes well with the casting quote. The Waldo has many resin parts, as well as 2 LARGE photoetch frets to make up the wheelhouse as well as other details, laser-cut windows that will be sandwiched between PE frames as you can see in the etch design image below, and a laser-cut and etched wooden deck. It’ll also come with string and wire to complete it. There’s a lot of detail and multimedia packed into this kit so it’ll be a lot of fun to construct and weather. The hollow 2-part hull has a full engine design inside of it that you can see through the grates on the deck or from the thruster hole below. The Waldo also comes with a 3D designed pilot by Ian McQue and Rishi Nandlaskar who sculpted the Deckhands set. More info on the actual price when info comes in. Click here to get a notification when the preorder starts.

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1/35 Barrio Guy used for size reference.

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FichtenFoo’s Implausible Long-Nose Submersible »

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I started my pre-release build-up of the Implausible Long-Nose Submersible on FichtenFoo.com. Check out the pics and place your preorder today!

Preorder Updates »

The following PREorder items should be shippigng by 4.8.2013:

iMech News 2.11.2013

Hi. How are you? Good? Awesome. Now that that’s over, let’s get onto the news! This time: SASHA’S BACK! Yup! Also finished pics of FichtenFoo’s Sky Marks and Luca Z’s Kastor build-ups as well as a Rook preorder update.

Sasha The Welding Girl in 1/35 and 1/32! »

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Sasha the Welding Girl is back in 1/35 and 1/32 scale looking better than ever thanks to a new caster for the project. Get her while she lasts!

Order Sasha in 3 Scales!

1/35 Scale Sasha »
1/32 Scale Sasha »
1/24 Scale Sasha »

Ian McQue’s Sky Mark »

I finished up these Sky Mark build-ups a month or so ago, but finally photographed them this week. They look great alongside of the Remora. Check out my blog-post at FichtenFoo and order your Sky Marks here.

Kallamity’s Kastor »

Luca Zampriolo sent us the final and progress images of his Kastor build-up. I love how he used putty to create the rough-cast texture. The Kastor is back in stock so order your Kastor here.

Michael Herm’s Rook »

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The Rook and Pawn Brigade masters have been printed and are at the caster. As soon as they send me the quote I can get the final price together and start preorders. I should be able to start preorders this Friday, Feb 15th at noon EST if all goes well. If not, then Tuesday, Feb 19th at noon EST will be our make-up date.

 

 

iMech News 1.14.2013

Hi everyone. So it’s been about 1 year now since our first official Industria Mechanika product, Ian McQue’s Remora started shipping out. Since then we’ve done two more editions of it and a LOT of other products. Thank you all again for your support. I know the economy is crap right now, but our collaborators, vendors and I appreciate your business and loyalty as many of you are repeat customers, some of whom have bought every kit we’ve released. I know our release schedule is… random at best. I really try to keep the schedule on track, but with different collaborators (with full-time jobs aside from this), casters and vendors all contributing to the same products, plus with 30+ different products in production at any given time, that can be difficult. The holiday season has wreaked havok on it as well, but we adapt and carry on! So without further adieu, the news…

Michael Herm’s Rook »

Sorry, sorry, sorry!!!! This has been pushed back a little more, so for those of your emailing me, concerned that you missed it (about 50 of you so far, LOL!) no worries! I reset the preorder start date to 2.15.2013 (Be sure to click the notify link on the order page to get an email when it’s ready and add our sales@ address to your NOT SPAM filter.) and that should be the last reset.

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There was a few items that needed last minute tweaks noticed by the 3D printer… parts that were too thin to cast properly. I love that they check our work to help ensure a great end product! We’re also working on finalizing the box art and I should be able to start on the instructions this week as well. What I don’t want to do is start a preorder-period that ends up extended with production delays. That’s happened a few times and it’s a hassle for you guys. Better we have a good idea on the actual release date and do the preorder start a few weeks (not months) before that. Again, sorry for the delays, but this will be an amazing kit. So to summarize:

Rook/Pawn Preorder Start Date: No later than 2.15.2013
Rook/Pawn Shipping Date: No later than 3.15.2013
Rook Price: TBD (depends on casting/print costs)
Pawn Price: TBD (depends on casting/print costs)

Ian McQue’s Waldo First Look »

I’ve been hinting at this one for a while now and finally you can see what’s coming up!

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The 1/35 scale Waldo is a smaller airship than the Remora with a hull length of about 14cm/5.5in and width of 5.5cm/3in. It’s more of a tug/maintenance craft than a hauler, but will feature a cargo rack on the transom that you can fill up with all manner of storage. This kit will be a truly multimedia experience with a laser-cut wood deck (prototype seen below), photoetch wheelhouse/roof and details, resin parts, decals, and various threads and wires.

I (FichtenFoo) am working on the master currently which is why I haven’t done a paint-up of many of our recent releases yet. The Waldo is about 60% done I think. I had the hull 3D-printed without details so that I can add those myself. I’m doing it this way mainly because it’s a difficult hull shape and I wanted the laser-cut deck to fit nicely. I also needed the hull to be hollow so that I can add a full engine inside of it since you should be able to see through deck grating, all the way through the ship creating a really nice layered effect.

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I expect to be finished with the master in February at which time it’ll go immediately into production. Not sure of the final price yet as there’s a lot of components to price as you can imagine. Hopefully the Waldo will be shipping some time in May. Watch for it to be added to the store for notifications soon!

Red Star 47 Print Materials »

The Red Star’s print materials are going to the printer today and will be back early next week in plenty of time for the release. Here’s a preview and be sure to preorder yours here »

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iMech News 10.28.2012

Big news everyone! A newly designed online store and two preorders starting on 10.31.2012!

Check out our new online store. The old store software was a good temporary fix, but this new store is a better customizable and scalable solution for the long term. We’ve got LOTS of upcoming plans and new items and this store will be able to accommodate them. Sales and multi-item discounts will be easier to implement and shipping costs, especially to Canada, are more exact and based on product weight. And there’s a new notification system built-into the shop for upcoming items we’ve added to the catalog.

Visit the new shop now! »

Ian McQue’s Sky Mark Preorder»

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The Sky Mark buoy will be available for preorder on 10.31.2012 (weather permitting… a Hurricane is coming our way and power could go out). The Skymark comes with your choice of LED colors. Preorder here »

Sky Mark Price: $60 USD   Buy Two and Save $10!

Miguel Lopez’s Dustbuster Preorder »

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The Dustbuster will also be available for preorder on 10.31.2012 weather permitting. This cool little buggy comes with 60+ parts, photoetch and a laser-cut windscreen! Preorder here »

Dustbuster Price: $99 USD

iMech News 10.18.2012

Welcome to another edition of iMech news! This time we talk about the recent iHobby show in Cleveland, OH which I attended last weekend, Ian McQue Sky Mark Preorders, Derek Stenning’s Dystopic Preorders, Orb Ship shipping and build-info, and upcoming restocks.

Ian McQue’s Sky Mark Preorder Date, Price »

The Ian McQue Sky Mark buoy will be available for preorder on 10.31.2012 aka Halloween! I received my tests of both the photoetch and the resin so expect unpainted build-up pics next week some time. Watch the Facebook page for the usual first-look. This kit comes with two large frets of photoetch for construction, brass rod, and blinking red LEDs for those wanting to light it.

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Sky Mark Price:

This little guy is best in pairs IMO so we’ll offering the kit’s first edition of 100 kits at $60 each or two for $100 USD + Shipping. We suspect these will go fast due to the amount of notification requests, amount of Remora’s sold, and the low price. They should be shipping some time in November.

 

Derek Stenning’s Dystopic Preorder »

We’re getting close on Dystopic! I should have the first batch of resin in a week to two. After that I can begin the instruction sheet and boxing. I’m having two casters work on this to keep the costs as low as I can manage. We’re estimating that Dystopic will cost $210 USD + shipping. What you get though is well worth it! A large 1/6 scale figure kit overflowing with fine detail and texture, wire, decals, laser-cut clear flower, and possibly PE as well. We’ll start the preorder event on 11.5.2012 as by then we should have a better idea of the final costs.

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Scott Robertson’s Orb Ship Build Info »

I received the initial samples of the Orb Ship resin this weekend as well as the production photoetch frets. It’s going together really well and I’ve already got the lighting done and the laser-cut windows in place with their PE frames. Check out the video and images of my pre-release build below.

I’ll have the rest of the resin on Saturday and will be shipping Orb Ships on 10.22.2012.

Order your Orb Ship here »

 

Jake Parker’s Chompbot Canopy Redo »

Originally we had planned for the canopy to be a vacuformed piece. Well, that didn’t work out so well so we’ve decided to go with a resin canopy. Blappy is doing an amazing job on it so I thought I’d share the results.Production is ongoing but we hope to be shipping these in about 3 weeks from today.

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Preorder your Chompbot and Chomp Troopers!

 

iHobby 2012 Report »

I was invited by one of my distributors, Tom Grossman of Tag Team Hobbies, to come to the iHobby Expo in Cleveland, OH and display, sell some of our wares. The show was a lot of fun and the Tag Team guys couldn’t have been nicer. I got a chance to meet some of you, shocked a few that didn’t realize that I am also FichtenFoo, and got some great ideas from the other exhibitors for future releases. Here’s a few pics.

 

Luca Z’s Kastor Restock »

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Luca Zampriolo’s Kastor Hovertank is going back into production this week. We should have them restocked in about 4-6 weeks so watch this space and fill out the Notify Me to get an email when the restock preorder starts.

 

Sea Life Photoetch Restock »

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The Sea Life photoetch set is back in stock! The perfect accompaniment to our original Fish Shaped Submersible (in stock now!) and our upcoming Long Nose Submersible and Submariner sets. Order your sea-life photoetch here »

 

Preordered Item Updates! »

First up is the preorder info. I have several casters working diligently on getting these done so that I can get them out the door and into your hands.
Deckhands 1/24:
Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual. Should be this week!
Sasha 1/24:
Available now! (waiting on new batch of casts coming this week)
Barrio 1/24:
Avialable now!
Barrio 1/35:
Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual. Should be this week!
Chompbot #5, Troopers, Pilots: Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Orb Ship: Shipping on Monday 10.22.2012!


Upcoming Preorders »

Upcoming preorder items:
Dystopic (11.5.2012)
Dustbuster (Nov.?.2012)
Ian McQue’s Sky Mark (10.31.2012).

 

Restocks! »

Sasha 1/35, 1/32: Next batch coming soon for preorder!
Hornethopter: Lots of interest in this little beastie after we sold the last 10 at Wonderfest. I’ll attempt to restock these in October…. need to get some of our new scheduled releases out the door first and get the new pilots and pilot set cast.
Kastor: Same as the Hornethopter… planning to restock this one early December 2012. In production now!

Fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available for preorders.

 

iMech News 9.26.2012

News! News! News!!! Lots of news today, but all good! Chompbot Sale, Ian McQue’s Sky Mark, Christophe Desse’s Aviators and Submariners, Dawn of the Apocalypse, FichtenFoo’s Long Nose Fish Sub, and Miguel Lopez Dustbuster!

Chompbot #5 Preorder Event

Don’t miss out on saving $10 on the Chompbot #5 and Chomp Troopers! Sale ends Friday at Midnight! (EST) Also check out my build-up pics of the Chompbot pre-release sample parts I’ve received so far from the casters.

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Ian McQue Sky Mark Print Materials and Art!

The Sky Mark production is coming along nice and quick! I’ll have 50 (out of 100 first ed) kits in a few weeks. No preorder for these so first come first served when the sale page starts. Meanwhile, enjoy this new Ian McQue art for the Sky Mark buoy as well as the instructions/box label pics.

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Dustbuster Print Materials

Dustbuster coming in another month or so! Meanwhile enjoy these packaging pics:

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Christophe Desse’s Aviators

Coming in about 30 days, Chistophe Desse’s Aviators! These 4 Steampunk inspired figures are sold as a set. The seated pilot will also be included with the Hornethopter’s next edition (also coming soon!) to replace the old pilot.

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Christophe Desse’s Submariners

This maritime quartet will also be sold as a set and is the perfect accessory for our submersible releases! Set includes two swimmers and two “land-lubbers”. Available in about 60 days!

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Longnose Fish Submersible Pilot Print

And the inspiration behind the Submariners is of course the Long Nose Fish Sub pilot that Christophe Desse also did for us. Here’s a few shots of the pilot print. Christophe is also working on a seated pilot that can be used for the original Fish Sub as well!

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Dawn of the Apocalypse!

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Finally… Announcing Dawn of the Apocalypse! These figures were designed and produced by us at Industria Mechanika for Dark World Creations. Check out the sexy and zombified creations below. More figures and post apocalyptic car kit mod sets on the way! The girls Ginger and Krystal were sculpted by David Richardson. Zombies Jared and Jessica were sculpted by Pedram Karimfazli. Show these guys some love and get yourself some fantastic 1/24 scale End of Civilization goodness!

 

Preordered Item Updates! »

First up is the preorder info. I have several casters working diligently on getting these done so that I can get them out the door and into your hands.
Ian McQue’s Remora 3rd Ed:  All Units Shipped!!!
Deckhands 1/35: All preordered units in-stock and shipping now!
Deckhands 1/24:
Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Sasha 1/24:
Available now!
Barrio 1/24:
Avialable now!
Barrio 1/35:
Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Chompbot #5, Troopers, Pilots: Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Orb Ship: Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.


Upcoming Preorders »

Upcoming preorder items: Dystopic, Dustbuster, and Ian McQue’s Sky Mark.

 

Restocks! »

Sasha 1/35, 1/32: Next batch coming soon for preorder!
Hornethopter: Lots of interest in this little beastie after we sold the last 10 at Wonderfest. I’ll attempt to restock these in October…. need to get some of our new scheduled releases out the door first and get the new pilots and pilot set cast.
FichtenFoo’s Fish-Shaped Submersible: Available Now!
Kastor: Same as the Hornethopter… planning to restock this one early December 2012.

Fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available for preorders.