Category Archives: Michael Herm

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 1.7.2014

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s what’s going on now:

New Years Sale! »

Select items are on sale to ring in the New Year! Sale ends for most of these items on 2.5.2014 so act fast! Click here to view sale items.

Container Sets Ready + $10 Coupon! »

The Solid, Liquid and Gas container sets are the only “real world” products we’ve developed so far. Each 1/35 scale set costs $22. Use coupon code 3SLG2014 at checkout to save $10 USD on any 3 container sets. Expires 1/5/2015. Limit one use per customer. Coupon code MUST be used at checkout… not valid for refunds if code is forgotten. Only valid on container sets.

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Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Solid Container Set’ here »
Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Liquid Container Set‘ here »
Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Gasses Container Set‘ here »

 

The Walrus and Porpoise »

Christophe Arnolds Walrus APC and Porpoise Shock Troopers will be available for preorder around the end of the month. Here’s the box art and printed master photos for each set. Get on the notification lists for each by clicking the links below!

The Walrus APC »
Porpoise Shock Troopers »

 

Rooks Are Back!

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The Rook: This amazingly detailed Rook walking tank is available for orders today! Click here to order your copy.

 

Preorder ETAs »

Chrononaut + T-Rex Head: ETA: 30 Days
Remora: ETA: 25 Days
Frankenstein: ETA: 45 Days
Deckhands: ETA: 7 Days

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!

 

 

Michael Herm’s ROOK Preorder Date

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Hi all! The official preorder date for the Rook and Pawn Brigade has been set for 2.22.2013 noon est. I will know the casting costs next week and will be able to determine and post the final price. Watch our Facebook page as usual for frequent updates on any new info as it arrives.

ROOK/PAWNS PREORDER 2.22.2013

Price: TBD    Est. Shipping Date: 3.25.2013

Again, thanks for your patience and continued support!

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 1.25.2013

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

Slight Red Star 47 Delay »

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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!) »

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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 »

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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 »

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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.

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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!

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Michael Herm’s Rook Update!

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Wow… I’m getting several emails a day asking about this kit, it’s release date, images, etc… Looks like it’ll be a hit! Make sure you get on the notification list by registering for the shop (not the forum, as that’s a separate registration as is not connected to the store in any way) and clicking the notify me link on the Rook page. I’m planning to launch the preorder in mid February, but need to finalize all the costs to come up with a retail price first so bear with me.

I received an image of the printed master parts of the rook (pilots and pawns are coming) today and it’s too cool not to share. I’m told that the joints are nice and tight with the included resin pins, and there’s only one leg printed (since we’ll duplicate that 4x in the casting process for each kit) so we can’t show a built-up version yet. However you can see the crisp printing, detailed parts, and just it’s general coolness.

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Also as you can see, the box art is finalized and will soon be going to print for both the Rook walking tank and the Pawn Brigade figure set.

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The Rook will be cast by the same firm as the Dustbuster so you can expect VERY high-quality castings with minimal plugs and almost no mold-lines. Should ship by the end of March 2013.

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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Michael Herm’s ‘Rook’ and ‘Pawn Brigade’

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Here’s a little something cool that we’ve been working on behind the scenes. A while back, Michael Herm contacted us to see if we’d be interested in producing his ‘Rook’ walking tank as a model kit. Having seen this before, as many people forwarded the video to me to show how my own FichtenFoo walking tanks would work, I immediately said YES! It’s a very cool design and as always open for all sorts of modifications and possibilities.

Scale: 1/35    Price: TBD for both sets   Release Date: Winter 2012

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Michael Herm started his profession as an animator at a games company in early 2000. He then moved on to study animation at the HFF “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam, graduating with his diploma thesis on showreels and the animated short Chump And Clump, which was shown at numerous festivals worldwide and won several awards.Michael is mostly doing freelance work and specializes in CG character design, modeling, rigging and animation for animated short films. Some of his work can be seen in renowned short films such as The Monster Of Nix, by Studio Rosto A.D, for which he sculpted rigged and animated all the villager heads among other things. And also the Talking Animals Studio productions Flamingo Pride and Rising Hope, where he was responsible for modeling, rigging and animating many characters. Check out his show-reel here.

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Michael redesigned the legs and added an interior and missile hatches to his original design. The leg internals have been simplified to be able to be produced in this scale, but he redesigned them in such a way that they’re still very nicely detailed and even posable.

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He then went about designing some figures to go with it which we dubbed the ‘Pawn Brigade’ to go with the chess-name of the Rook. This also opens up possibilities for other versions based on this walking chassis in the future. (Knight, Bishop, King and Queen perhaps? Could be cool!)

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The Rook will come with two seated pilot figures and the three Pawn Brigade figures will be sold in a separate set. The figure holding the binoculars can also fit into the hatch of the Rook as an alternative pilot.

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Images and Video »

Here’s a gallery of Rook/Pawn renders and the original video showing how this beastie would walk in real life.

ROOK Mech Walker from Talking Animals on Vimeo.