Category Archives: Michael Fichtenmayer

iMech News 11.12.2016

Hello everyone and sorry for the news hiatus. It’s been a rather busy year for restocking existing designs, but now we’re gonna end 2016 on a high note and show off some of the upcoming products we’ve been working on. I’m trying to not announce items too far away from their actual releases as it causes confusion as to what’s already been produced and what may be out of stock. Everything below should be ready during the 1st qtr of 2017. Unless a master is ruined (like Frankenstein) we’ll always make more of your favorite designs provided there is enough interest to justify the expense. Better to put the funds towards new designs rather than stuff that might sit on our shelves. So if you want to purchase OOS designs, please let us know so we can gauge interest properly. With that being said, now onto the news!

Michael Herm’s Knight »

I know it’s been a while, but the Knight, Michael Herm’s follow up to the Rook and Pawn Brigade, is currently at the caster, photoetch is in production, and print materials will be here tomorrow so that when the resin and PE arrives I can hit the ground running. Preorders will start any day now, just waiting on one more vendor’s costs to finalize the pricing. I’m not sure that it will arrive before Christmas, but at the latest we should be shipping out preorders in January.

Knight Arms

I can’t stress enough that one of the Knight’s coolest features is also one you need to pay attention to when placing your order. There are 7 different arm combinations/load-outs you can select from when ordering the Knight based on its 3 different arm types. (while supplies last) 3 are double of the same weapon, 3 are two different weapons, and 1 is 1x of each arm type (3 total arms) so that you can select your choice later and have a spare for whatever you desire. The 3x option has an additional charge. Please be certain to select the load-out you want before adding to the cart to avoid additional shipping charges.  Each arm will work on the left or right so no need to worry about that.

Knight Preorders

Preorders will start soon. Watch this spot for updated information on when they go live. Order yours as soon as possible so you don’t have to wait on a restock to get the load-out you want. Thanks! Restocks of the Rook and Pawn Brigade (as supplies are currently low) are already in the queue! Visit the shop page to add your email address to the notification form to get an email when stock is added.

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Ben Mauro’s Gorilla »

Also at the caster is Ben Mauro’s Gorilla with 3D sculpting by Stefano Bernardi. Preorders for this fantastic posable 1/35 scale mecha drone will begin in December and should start shipping in January 2017. The Gorilla comes with 1 figure and a custom deluxe decal set. Visit the shop page to add your email address to the notification form to get an email when stock is added.

Adrian Smith’s Scrap Goblins »

And now for the first of our new upcoming kit announcements! First up we’ve got the Scrap Goblins: Engineer and Lackey. This pair of tech hunters was conceptualized by Adrian Smith with 3D sculpting by Rishi Nandlaskar. This same pair designed our Mushroom Goblin and Chrononaut kits! This pair will be sold separately with the “Engineer” being the first release with preorders starting in January 2017. Following soon after him will be his “Lackey”. The Engineer has already been printed and is at the caster with the Lackey (of course) following right on his heels. These are considered 1:1 scale, the same as the Mushroom Goblin with a head height each of approximately 175mm (7in) not including the Lackey’s backpack. I’m looking forward to seeing build-ups of this pair together with additional scrap parts. At 1:1 scale, you can go crazy with scenic extras from your own junk drawer! Visit the shop pages to add your email address to the notification form to get an email when stock is added.

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Ian McQue’s Wasps Set »

The next Ian McQue airship kit is actually a two-ship set! The Wasp Scout Flyers, sculpted by Michael Fichtenmayer with figures sculpted by Rishi Nandlaskar, will come two to a kit with each ship featuring a different pilot and upper engine configuration. The result is a perfect Ian McQue look and feel of cobbling together ships from scrap. Not only will you get 2 ships, but the set also includes an additional standing pilot, deluxe decal sheet, photoetch details, and laser-cut windscreens. Watch out for more details and the Wasps preorders to begin early this winter! (late Dec/Jan) Visit the shop page to add your email address to the notification form to get an email when stock is added.

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New Animal Sets »

Continuing with our line of 1/35 scale animals, next up are two slightly larger sets. Sheep & Goat and Dogs sculpted by Lee Williamson. Watch for preorders to begin early this winter! (late Dec/Jan) Visit the shop pages to add your email address to the notification form to get an email when stock is added.

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New Decal Sets »

Three new deluxe decal sets will be coming to the Industria Mechanika shop soon! Gauges and Screens, Chess Piece Markings, and Ian McQue Markings. Watch for preorders to begin early this winter! (late Dec/Jan) Visit the shop pages to add your email address to the notification form to get an email when stock is added.

 

Restocks »

The following items are in the restock queue in the following order and should be back soon, if not already. Visit the shop pages to add your email address to the notification form to get an email when stock is added.

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Derek Stenning’s EK Cosmonaut 2 (female)
Zero Fighter Robot
The Walrus
Derek Stenning’s Dystopic
Manchu Steam Car
Porpoise 4-Figure Set (1/35 shock toopers)
Pawn Brigade (4 figure set)
Sasha The Welding Girl (1/35 Scale Version)
Rook

iMech News 11.2.2014

This latest edition of iMech news is also issue four of the Industria Mechanika Newsletter! Remember, you can always subscribe/unsubscribe to the newsletter in your iMech shop control panel. You can also check out the latest editions of iMech News on our blog here.

Thanks For The Support!

Seriously… for as well known as we are and as many Facebook Page Likes as we have, sales don’t always match up to that. Help us to continue bringing your the best original model designs by preordering the upcoming items you want, sharing our posts, newsletters, etc with your friends and fellow modelers. Posting build-up (progress and finished) pics is not only helpful to us as far as showing off our products, but helpful to the community as a whole by bringing new modelers into the hobby and helping existing modelers to learn and discover new designs and techniques.

Now In-Stock!

The following preorder products are now in-stock and shipping, or will be shipping the week of November 3rd 2014:

FichtenFoo’s Death’s-Head Hawkmoth
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Derek Stenning’s EK Cosmonaut #3
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Kallamity’s Wachtel Mecha
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Restocks Available For Preorders:

The following kits are now available for restock preorders!

Jake Parker’s Chompbot No. 5
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Coming Soon!

The following newly announced kits will be available later in 2014 and early 2015!

KRBL-TR-47 [Krabbel-Tiere] By Christophe Desse
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The Mushroom Goblin By Adrian Smith and Rishi Nandlaskar
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V74 HY-Auk Fighter By Eddie Del Rio
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2014 Best of iMech Model Contest

Keep building and taking photos for the upcoming Industria Mechanika best customer build-up of 2014 contest! It’s free to enter and there’s a cool trophy for the winner. Details here: http://industriamechanika.com/blog/imech-best-of-2014-contest/

Thanks for your continued support! Be sure to check out these and other new upcoming product announcements at http://industriamechanika.com/shop/

iMech News 10.7.2014

Welcome to autumn! This update we’ve got the preorder of Derek Stenning’s EK Cosmonaut #3, new/upcoming product announcements, and more!

EK Cosmonaut #3 »

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The first of three (3) upcoming Derek Stenning pieces, all in 1/8 scale is now available for preorders. The EK Cosmonaut #3 comes with resin parts, wire and a laser-cut acrylic base. Each base for the EK series figures will fit into a master display base.  Preorder now!

Eddie Del Rio’s “Space Fighter” »

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This cool 1/72 space fighter by concept artist Eddie Del Rio will be a great addition to your starfighter fleet. Preorders scheduled to begin in November. Check out the shop page for more info!

Adrian Smith/Rishi Nandlaskars Mushroom Goblin »

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By the team that brought you our acclaimed Frankenstein and Chrononaut figures come this fun 1:1 scale Mushroom Goblin figure. Scheduled for later in 2014, this figure will come with the mushroom base, additional small mushrooms, and of course real chain mail! This design by Adrian Smith and Award Winning 3D artist Rishi Nandlaskar has already won a few 3D contests (CGChoice award on “Cgtalk”, “3Dtotal Gallery” award, and Toprow on “Zbrushcentral” and “CGFeedback” sites.) and will soon be available for you! Check out the shop page for more info!

Slightly Delayed »

The Deaths-Head Hawkmoth by FichtenFoo is delayed for a few weeks due to a bad part. The master for the abdomen didn’t take to vacuum-casting really well so is being repaired and cast again. Kits will ship out when the replacement parts arrive. Thanks for your patience!

Now in-stock »

Kallamity’s Wachtel
Warehouse and Shipping Decals
Nautical Flag Decals
Ian McQue’s Waldo
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iMech News 8.26.2014

Drumroll please as we add 5 new items to the store for preorders and one for immediate shipping! Plus restocks and items almost ready for preorders.

Kallamity’s Wachtel»

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The Wachtel bipedal walker by Luca Zampriolo of Kallamity is now up for preorders. This large 1/35 scale walker retails for $150, but for a limited time you can preorder it for $135. Discount ends on 9.13.2014! This kit comes with resin and photoetched parts, plus a pilot figure! Preorder the Wachtel here »

FichtenFoo’s Deaths-Head Hawkmoth »

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Also in production and ready for preorders is FichtenFoo’s (Michael Fichtenmayer) Deaths-Head Hawkmoth. This is the latest in his line of 1/35 scale steampunk fish and insects and features not only resin and photoetch parts, but deluxe waterslide decals and laser-cut wood and natural parchment for the wings! Comes with two female pilots designed by Christophe Desse. Preorder the Deaths-Head Hawkmoth here » Act fast to get a preorder discount and save $10!

Female Pilot [Stand-Alone] »

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We commissioned Christophe Desse to design this Female Pilot for our Deaths-Head Hawkmoth with the intent that she can also fit the Hornethopter and Dragonfly pilots seats. While two of her come with the moth kit, we are offering her as a stand-alone piece for use with those kits and anything else your imagination comes up with! Preorder the Female Pilot [Stand Alone] figure here »

Two New Waterslide Decals Sets! »

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Two new deluxe waterslide decals sets have been added to the shop for preorders. The first, the Warehouse and Shipping set is designed for use on anything shipping, cargo, or stowage related. Fits perfectly with our Solid, Liquid and Gas container sets!

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The second is our International Nautical Signal Flags set. This is made for 1/35 scale, but can be used for 1/48 through 1/20 if desired. Simply fold the wet decals over string and let set!

1/6 Scale Ninja Blades »

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I made this Shruiken and Kunai set for use with the TDM Ninja Tortoises I purchased at Wonderfest this spring, but they can be used for any 1/6 scale figure. These photoetched steel throwing stars, knives, and sword blade/guards can be blackened, sharpened and more!

Restocks & More To Come! »
 

The Rook walking tank, our Sea Life photoetch set, and the Red Star 47 are back in stock!

EK Cosmonaut #3 and the Chompbot #5 (2nd Edition) are currently in production, so expect them to hit the shop for preorders in a few weeks!

 

 

iMech News 9.18.2013

Been a while since the last update so let’s get right to it with preorder updates, build-up pics, and finally some new product announcements!

The Walrus by Christophe Arnold »

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First up we want to introduce the Walrus and a related 4-figure set designed and 3D sculpted by the talented Christophe Arnold. This 1:35 scale APC and Figure set will be available late 2013/early 2014. Match this up with Michael Herm’s Rook and other modern military kits for some great diorama possibilities! Christophe is still working on the 4th figure, but we wanted to show this off sooner than later. Price/Release Date TBD.

Click here to get on the Notify Me list for the Walrus!

Solid, Liquid, & Gas Container Sets »

Something missing from our line-up is some cool modern accessories to go with kits like the Ian McQue airships, Dustbuster, Walrus, and Rook. We enlisted Nate Clowar, the 3D artist behind the Dustbuster to create three different container sets based on Solids, Liquids, and Gasses. Mix elements from these three for your sci-fi and modern dioramas. Also worth mentioning is this is the first time we’ve done something based on reproducing real-life objects. We feel so weird doing real stuff, but in a good way as these work great for so many of our products! Price TBD. Release Date: October 2013.

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Click here to get on the Notify Me list for Solids!

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Click here to get on the Notify Me list for the Liquids!

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Click here to get on the Notify Me list for the Gasses!

FichtenFoo’s New iMech Build-ups »

The Dragonfly

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I recently finished up two of our iMech releases. The first is my 1/35 Dragonfly. As biased as I am having designed it, the kit was a joy to work on. It’s large, but not in volume thanks to the large thin wings. A Step-By-Step can be found on my FichtenFoo blog here.

Order your Dragonfly here »

 

The Centurion

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I also *finally* finished up one of my two Fabio M. Silva Centurion builds. I was waiting on LEDs and resistors, then got side-tracked with other work and projects. There wasn’t much to do to finish this up… just some soldering of the LEDs and inserting them and the small wires behind the eyes. A Step-By-Step can be found on my FichtenFoo blog here.

Order your Centurion bust here »

We’re Keeping You Updated With Our:

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Shipping by early next week: Manchu’s Steam Car, Dr. Torque, and The Rook 2nd Ed part 2.

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iMech News 8.16.2013

Sorry for the lack of news recently. In less than one week however, summer break’s over and school starts back up for my girls which means that I’ll have more time to get things done here! So you know…. woohoo!!! Now onto the news:

Manchu’s Steam Car »

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SDCC messed up our production schedule, (our vendors had bigger-named commitments than us, haha!)  but we’re getting back on track with the upcoming Steam Car by famous sci-fi concept artist Philippe Bouchet aka Manchu with 3D by Bruce Lee and Pedram Karimfazli! Check out the pics below of the printed parts ready for casting. This 1/35 scale masterpiece comes with a photoetch dash, two seated figures, map, and concept art/instruction booklet.

Preorder the Steam Car Here »

Price: $135.00
Preorder Date: Now!
Est. Shipping Date: 9.30.2013

Dr. Torque »

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The winner of last years Steampunk Costume Contest, Chris Lee as Doctor Torque is also coming up! Check out the pics below!

Preorder Dr. Torque Here »

Price: $20.00
Preorder Date: Now!
Est. Shipping Date: 9.30.2013

 

We’re Keeping You Updated With Our:

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Adrian Smith’s Frankenstein »

This kit should be shipping next week! It’s been a long time coming and I really apologize for the delay. Frankenstein needed remolding and the caster had to fire his assistant due to not doing quality checking or just ignoring it all-together. The resin should be here by Tuesday and the chain (I opened my order today to start packing and it was the wrong size!) should be here in a couple days as I have it coming overnight. Thanks for your patience!

FichtenFoo’s Dragonfly »

The Dragonfly is selling fast and should be ready for shipping in under 10 days. I just got word that the PE and Casting is complete and they’re bagging/boxing the parts for me now. When it arrives I’ll pack the product boxes and get them out the door as well as paint one myself! My daughter and I have been catching real dragonflies and damselflies at a local wetland/walking trail to pin for a potential science fair project so I have lots of colorful and beautiful examples. If you’ve been following our Facebook page, you’ve seen how cool the instructions have turned out.

Dystopic »

I’ve been waiting on another order of the large orb bases for the latest batch of Dystopic kits. They’re coming with Frankenstein (same caster) so when they do the Dystopic preorders will be shipping as well.

FichtenFoo’s Hornethopter »

The Hornethopter will be coming back after Frankenstein’s done as it’s from the same caster. I’ll start a preorder for it very soon as it’ll probably ship by the end of September.

 

The Dragonfly!

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Don’t blink and don’t bother trying to keep up. Doktor Orpheus Odanata’s Dragonfly is the fastest ornithopter in the skies. Designed and sculpted by FichtenFoo (Michael Fichtenmayer), creator of the Hornethopter, Fantastical Fish-Sub, and Long-Nose Fish Sub, the Dragonfly will add a great touch to any steampunk display. This kit boasts an impressive wingspan of 14 inches (35cm) and a length of 9.5 inches (25cm). Like the Hornethopter, the wings are two layers of photoetched brass with a laser-cut plastic wing-film insert.

Preorder The Dragonfly Here »

Price: $99.00 USD + Shipping.
Estimated Ship Date: 9.1.2013

SAVE $10 On a set of Aviators when you order them with the Dragonfly!

This multimedia kit comes with the following:

  • 40 Resin Parts
  • 1 Pilot Figure
  • 4 Photoetch Frets
  • Glass Eyes
  • Laser-cut wing film
  • Rigging Wire
  • Detailed Instructions

Special thanks to Christophe Desse for the pilot and rear fuselage 3D modeling.

iMech News 7.9.2013

Good news, bad news and ugly news… Thanks to the upcoming San Diego Comicon, everything is delayed for us since our 3D vendor has a lot of big-name rush client work to do for that show. So all of our releases got pushed back as a result and now I need to shift things around a bit to manage it. We also have a bunch of releases in the pipeline that I haven’t announced yet, so since this one will be sooner now, let’s start with it…

FichtenFoo’s Dragonfly [1/35] »

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The follow-up to the wildly popular Hornethopter (which will be back in stock late summer 2013), the Dragonfly (working title), much like its real-world influence is built for speed. Instead of making the abdomen wider to awkwardly accommodate a pilot, I moved the seating to the rear of the thorax to give it a more streamlined look of an old race car/plane look and feel. The pilot is the same as that used in the Hornethopter and Aviators set in order to reduce production costs (new 3D pilot + 3D print = $$$) Christophe Desse (Red Star/Aviators sculptor) 3D sculpted the thorax based on plans I had sent him, and the rest is hand-sculpted by me (FichtenFoo).

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Since this was just about ready to go to the caster, I finished up some details and will be sending it to the caster as soon as I finish up the photoetch and instructional design. Look for the Dragonfly to be available by late August 2013. Estimated cost is $99, but that’s an estimate until the casting and photoetch costs come back. The wings will be about 2X the size of the Hornet’s wings area-wise with each wing being a little over 6 inches giving this craft a wingspan of about 14″/35cm. The Dragonfly will also have 15mm half-sphere glass eye lenses, rigging, and laser-cut wing plastic.

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Preorder Delays »

A few weeks ago I wrote: “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!” And things haven’t gotten better… in fact they’ve gotten more behind. The issue is that both of these are using the same caster and both needed remolded. He’s just one guy and has had some health issues lately. I should have at least the Remoras on July 27, 2013 he says and Frankenstein soon after. I’m not exactly thrilled about delaying these any more than you are, but it unfortunately cannot be helped. Rest assured, they are coming.

Other preorder items, such as the upcoming Steam Car and Dragonfly will be handled by a faster casting firm so will not suffer the same delays.

Again, I’m terribly sorry for these delays. It’s not cool and not something I ever want to happen and have been striving to overcome since I started this company. Please be patient and they’ll be on their way as soon as possible.

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!