Archive for the ‘Armor’ Category

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!


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


It’s time for the 2014 Preview!

I’ve been mentioning on our Facebook page that we’ve got many new products in development and that I would soon be showing them off. Well, wait no longer as the announcement time is here! This isn’t everything we’ve got coming up, but will give you a taste of what to expect.

Share This Image »

First up, go to Facebook, Twitter, friends, etc and please share this Promo Image. This will help us spread the word about our upcoming (and existing) products and keep bringing these amazing pieces to life. You can share the promo image from our Facebook page by clicking here. Thanks! We all appreciate the support!

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Adrian Majkrzak’s Black Moth [Heavy] »

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This Heavy Trooper, the first of a 3-person squad, comes from a new collaborative duo of artists joining our roster. Helmet can be displayed in place of the head, or held in the free hand with a full portrait head. Sculpted in 1/8 scale by Mike Kime of Epic Games.

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Black Moth [Heavy]‘ here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when this product is ready for preorders.

Calum Watt’s ‘The Hopper’ »

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From the concept artist behind our Freaky Gothic figure release! This 1/35 scale flyer comes with 3 figures! (1 standing and 2 pilots seated back-to back) Sculpted by the talented Stefano Bernardi.

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for ‘The Hopper’ here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when this product is ready for preorders.

Derek Stenning’s EK Cosmonaut Series »

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An all new 3-figure series by Derek Stenning and Gene Campbell, the team-up that brought you Dystopic! This series of <b>1/8 scale</b> figures will be released throughout 2014. Each will have a laser-etched base which will interlock with the other two. The first figure is 95% ready for printing so watch for him in early 2014!

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for EK Cosmonaut #1 here »
Visit iMech Sh0p Page for EK Cosmonaut #2 here »
Visit iMech Sh0p Page for EK Cosmonaut #3 here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when these products are ready for preorders.

Christophe Desse’s L’Estafette »

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Another amazing creation by Christophe Desse, designer behind the Red Star 47 and many of our figure sets. This 1/35 scale roadster comes with three figures and two different sets of tires for either mag-rims or photoetched wire rims.

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘L’Estafette’ here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when this product is ready for preorders.

Christophe Arnold’s Walrus and Figures »

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The Walrus is a large beefy APC designed and 3D sculpted by the talented Christophe Arnold. Match this up with Michael Herm’s Rook and other modern military kits for some great diorama possibilities! This large 1/35 scale armored personnel carrier and 4 figure set will be a great addition to any sci-fi or armor modelers collection!

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Walrus’ here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when this product is ready for preorders.

Solid, Liquid, and Gas Containers »

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One of the rare “real world” products we’ve developed. Each 1/35 scale set will cost $25 and be available in January 2014.

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 »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when these products are ready for preorders.


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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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!

 

 


The PREORDER for Michael Herm’s Rook and Pawn Brigade starts on
Friday February 22, 2013 at noon EST!
Both kits are 1/35 scale and full of detail.

Rook: $115.00 + Shipping

Pawn Brigade: $35.00 + Shipping

Get both sets together for $145.00 + Shipping!


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.

 

 


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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.


Happy Memorial Day to those of us in the States. In this update we’ve got info on the Miguel Lopez Dustbuster, Dmitry Parkin Vampire, and Kallamity Kastor! Also preorder info for Sasha and the Deckhands.

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Ownage sent me an image today of the Dustbuster final primed print. Looks great and the Campbell’s soup can is a great universal scale device. The print looks cool and I for one can’t wait to paint up this little guy after production!

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Dmitry Parkin Vampire »

Rick Cantu sent me a few images of his finished Vampire build-up. It turned out awesome so I wanted to share. Thanks Rick!

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Kallamity Kastor »

I (FichtenFoo) finished up my build-up of the Luca Zampriolo (Kallamity) Kastor this weekend. Here’s the final images. I based my build-up on the Ian McQue painting on the instructions and art-card. Details on the build-up here.

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Preorder Info »

1/35 Sashas are in production finally and I should have those ready to ship the week of June 11th. Same with the rest of the Deckhands. That caster sent me what he could before he had to prep for Wonderfest, and now that WF is past he’s back to work on them and the 1/24 scale versions.Barrio guy 1/35 will be in production soon as well.

If you had problems with your 1/32 Sasha resin and filled out the replacement form emailed to you, that resin will be shipping out in about 7 days. If you didn’t get the email (spam box got it most likely) let me know.

 


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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.