Category Archives: Michael Fichtenmayer

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 »

[singlepic id=1035 w=420 h= float=]

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 »

[singlepic id=1113 w=420 h= float=]

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.

[singlepic id=1116 w=420 h= float=]

1/35 Barrio Guy used for size reference.

[singlepic id=1114 w=420 h= float=]

[nggallery id=117]

 

FichtenFoo’s Implausible Long-Nose Submersible »

[singlepic id=1122 w=420 h= float=]

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:

Dustbuster Sale and Build-Up Images!

Since we’re finally seeing (and doing) some build-ups of the Dustbuster we’re having a sale on it! For a limited time (3.18.2013 to be exact) you pay only $90 for the kit which retails for $99.

Click here to get the 1/35 Dustbuster kit!

[singlepic id=897 w=420 h= float=]

Dustbuster Build-up by FichtenFoo »

Here’s some shots of the FichtenFoo (Michael Fichtenmayer) Dustbuster build-up along with a short SBS on how I achieved the dusty, muddy finish.

[singlepic id=1089 w=420 h= float=]

[nggallery id=113]

Dustbuster Build-up by John Jenkins »

John Jenkins posted shots of his great Dustbuster build-up on Facebook. With his permission I’m reposting them here for you to see.

[singlepic id=1066 w=420 h= float=]

[nggallery id=114]

 

Click here to get the 1/35 Dustbuster kit!

 

 

It’s Fish Fry Friday!

That’s right folks, it’s time for some oceanic fun with the all new Prof. FichtenFoo’s Implausible Fish-Shaped Submersible and Christophe Desse’s Submariners and Skipper! All three of these Steampunk-styled kits are in 1/35 scale. All three will be shipping in Early April at the latest. The Skipper is the long awaited pilot for the original Fantastical Fish-Shaped Submersible (which is in stock now @ $99) and comes with a new seat and control sticks. Will be great for ships, balloons, etc!

Implausible Long-Nose Submersible » $99 + Shipping
Christophe Desse’s Submariners
» $35 + Shipping
Christophe Desse’s Skipper
» $18 + Shipping

Buy These Items Together and Save!

Long-Nose Submersible + Submariners: $129
Fantastical Fish-Shaped Submersible + Skipper: $114

iMech News 2.19.2013

Time for a steamy edition of iMech news! In this episode, we update you on Friday’s Steampunk preorders, show off Christophe Desse’s L’Estafette roadster, and finally show the Orb Ship I’ve been working on as well as put the 2nd Edition up for Preorders!

Fish-Fry Friday »

[singlepic id=1037 w=420 h= float=]

First up, the new fish sub, Prof. FichtenFoo’s Implausible Long-Nose Submersible goes up for preorder on Friday March 1, 2013 along with Christophe Desse’s Submariners and the Skipper. All three of these Steampunk-styled kits are in 1/35 scale. All three will be shipping in Early April at the latest. The Skipper is the long awaited pilot for the original Fantastical Fish-Shaped Submersible (which is in stock now) and comes with a new seat and control sticks. Will be great for ships, balloons, etc!

Prof. FichtenFoo’s Implausible Long-Nose Submersible » $99 + Shipping

Christophe Desse’s Submariners » $35 + Shipping

Christophe Desse’s Skipper » $18 + Shipping

[singlepic id=1041 w=420 h= float=]

[singlepic id=1039 w=420 h= float=]

[singlepic id=1036 w=420 h= float=]

[singlepic id=1038 w=420 h= float=]

[singlepic id=1040 w=420 h= float=]

L’Estafette Renders »

Christophe Desse has posted some fantastic renders of his upcoming 1/35 scale L’Estafette. I love these because they look like finished plastic figures. Cool stuff coming in May 2013!

[singlepic id=1042 w=420 h= float=]

[singlepic id=1043 w=420 h= float=]

[singlepic id=1044 w=420 h= float=]

[singlepic id=1045 w=420 h= float=]

FichtenFoo’s Orb Ship Build-up »

[singlepic id=1065 w=420 h= float=]

I finished up my Orb Ship build-up last week after putting it aside for several months while working on other masters and product launches. It’s a really fun build and if you haven’t had a chance to get one, you can preorder the next edition on Friday. Here’s the pics of my build-up and more detailed info/tutorials on the build can be found on my blog at FichtenFoo.com.

[nggallery id=100]

Scott Robertson’s Orb Ship 2nd Ed Preorder »

[singlepic id=853 w=420 h= float=]

The Scott Robertson 1/48 scale Orb Ship‘s 2nd Edition will be available for PREorder on Friday 3.1.2013 as well. This very large ship is $155 + Shipping.

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! »

[singlepic id=942 w=420 h= float=]

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.

[nggallery id=111]

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.

[nggallery id=110]

Michael Herm’s Rook »

[singlepic id=969 w=420 h= float=]

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 1.25.2013

Greetings from beyond the… something… something! Time for another iMech news update.

Slight Red Star 47 Delay »

[singlepic id=974 w=420 h= float=]

Terribly sorry as I just found out yesterday… I was expecting Red Star 47 resin around February 5th, but the delivery has been pushed a week or two back to around the 10th-15th of February. You can thank the flu for this one unfortunately. But I’ll have the boxes labeled, prefilled with etch, decals, instructions and wire and ready to go as soon as the resin is in-hand.

The Ground Crew and Pilot sets are still on-time and non-bundled orders of those will go out as planned.

Kallamity’s Kastor (on-time!) »

[singlepic id=973 w=420 h= float=]

Just an update that the resin is on-time and the Kastor preorders will be shipping on February 6th!

Preorder your Kastor Hovertank here!

Christophe Desse Submariners PLUS »

[singlepic id=972 w=420 h= float=]

Here’s a photo I received yesterday from the 3D printer of the Submariner prints. Looking cool! And what’s that seated guy on the left-hand side for? Why that’s a pilot for the original Fish-Shaped Submersible! He’ll be sold separately for those of you that want a pilot for your prior and future Fantastical Fish Sub orders. All will be available for preorder in February along with the new Implausible Long-Nosed Fish-Shaped Submersible.

Rook and Pawn Brigade Figure Prints »

[singlepic id=971 w=420 h= float=]

Last but not least, here’s another photo I received from the printer yesterday of the Rook pilot (2/kit) and the Pawn Brigade masters.

iMech 2013 Flyer #1 »

And a look at our next printed flyer for shows and packages. This is the back, but the front… the front is a secret unannounced product!

[singlepic id=970 w=420 h= float=]

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.

[singlepic id=966 w=420 h= float=]

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!

[singlepic id=964 w=420 h= float=]

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.

[singlepic id=965 w=420 h= float=]

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 »

[singlepic id=961 w=420 h= float=]

[singlepic id=962 w=420 h= float=]

[singlepic id=963 w=420 h= float=]

 

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»

[singlepic id=894 w=420 h= float=]

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 »

[singlepic id=897 w=420 h= float=]

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.

[singlepic id=894 w=420 h= float=]

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.

[nggallery id=91]

 

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.

[singlepic id=846 w=420 h= float=]

[nggallery id=58]

 

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.

[nggallery id=100]

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.

[singlepic id=931 w=420 h= float=]

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.

[nggallery id=101]

 

Luca Z’s Kastor Restock »

[singlepic id=491 w=420 h= float=]

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 »

[singlepic id=476 w=420 h= float=]

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.

 

The Fish is Back!

[singlepic id=21 w=420 h= float=]

The original is back! I just received word from my caster that the next shipment of Fish-Subs (the 6th Edition!!!) is coming on Saturday. If all goes well with my photoetch order which shipped to me yesterday, these will start shipping out next week. Preorder yours today as these never last long in the shop.

[nggallery id=2]