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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.

Sea Birds
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 8.25.2016

Yes, I know… totally been a while since I’ve updated this blog, but we’re still here, making and shipping kits. With the massive restock we’re still doing, as well as restocking the restocks that sell out, it’s been difficult to get new items through the queue and as such, there hasn’t been a lot to report.

Michael Herm’s Knight »

Michael Herm’s Knight is currently in the final stages of production and should be ready for preorders within the next month. The resin is being cast, etch is done, and instructions/labels are being designed as we speak. This 1/35 scale resin and PE bipedal walker supports a variety of optional armaments. We’re working out the “how” but you will be able to select which two weapon arms you’d like to receive (depending on supplies on-hand) when ordering the base Knight mecha kit. The 3 initial weapons, Vulcan Gun, Howitzer, and Rocket Launcher Pod can be made to work on either side, so select two of the same or mix and match! Additional weapons may be available in the future. Mecha is posable with an opening cockpit. New pilot figure with opening mask included. We’re expecting this to be available for preorders by early 2016. Click here to visit the Knight shop page and add your email address to the notification form to get an email when initial stock is added.

 

Ben Mauro’s Gorilla »

Here’s a first look at the upcoming Gorilla mecha by concept artist Ben Mauro and 3D sculpting by Stefano Bernardi. The Gorilla comes with 1 figure and will be posable. Click here to visit the Gorilla shop page add your email address to the notification form to get an email when initial stock is added.

1/20 Figures »

Our 1/20 scale figure sets for Christophe Desse’s Ground Crew and Christophe Arnold’s Porpoise Troopers are now in-stock and available! Order yours today!

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T.O.A.D. Update (CANCELLED) »

The TOAD is cancelled. The master, while amazing and precision hand-sculpted, just isn’t castable as-is. Lots of thin hollow pieces which are fine on a one-off model would get destroyed during the high pressure mold-making process. Better to to have Atan get it back so he can make the necessary fixes to it so that it doesn’t get destroyed in the mold making process. Thanks for your understanding.

A Note About The Thieving Recasters & Business in General »

This is a touchy subject and one I’m not even sure how to discuss. On one hand you want to point out the jerks who are stealing from you and your fellow artists. On the other, you don’t want to give them free advertising.

Seems not a week goes by these days without my having to report a recaster on one site or another. Let me start off with my feelings on the matter. If you are a recaster, then you are a thief. You are stealing ideas and property for your own selfish gains from the artists and people like myself who put in their own time and money to create garage kits. If you are buying recasts, then… well, that’s a pretty scummy thing to do as you are supporting a criminal enterprise which preys on artists, sculptors, and model-makers and puts/has put many many many legitimate creators out of business with their inferior knock-offs. It’s not fair to the artists and creators such as myself who put so much time and money into developing our original creations. I pay my artists 50% of the profits of every kit of theirs I sell. That’s more than I was ever offered for masters… much more. I also keep my prices ridiculously low for original kits in order to to make them as affordable as I can. Developing kits is not cheap… most people don’t factor in all the development costs involved with creating a new product and that’s how recasters can sell their shoddy goods cheaper. They don’t pay the artists and vendors original involved with the product development. I do. And I need to spread that out over a few runs of kits in order to make any profits at all. It’s a stupid balancing act and the result is that the profits are so slim that we tend to not be able to offer enough of a discount to resellers. So you can imagine how much recasters digging into our already slim margins hurts us and other original GK producers.

Not selling to certain countries doesn’t work as the recasters just use proxies and you lose legitimate sales and anger legitimate buyers. And it doesn’t matter where one produces either I’ve found. I cast in China, (because the quality is amazing. Any savings is offset by shipping unfortunately, but anyone who’s bought one of my kits cast there knows the quality of my original castings is stunning) but the recasts are definitely not coming from my caster as my kits use different suppliers around the world for the other items (etch and laser-cut) that are also being reproduced. You can tell in the photos that the resin and casting are inferior and misaligned, bubbly crap.

So if you know someone who is buying recasts and supporting the thieves instead of the original artists, enlighten them. If you are someone who buys recasts, stop. Don’t use the excuse “they don’t make it anymore so it’s okay”. That’s bullshit. The reality is that if more people would buy originals over recasts, the original artists would be able to produce more and not have to compete with thieves. Don’t let your personal “gotta have it” feelings fuck over everyone else. If you love a design so much that you HAVE to have it, buy the original. Ask for more originals to be made. I might be out of stock on some items, but if there’s interest, I’ll always make more as will other GK producers. Don’t let greed and kit-lust be a motivator in buying stolen goods.

If your love the artists work, support the artist who’s work you love. Don’t support criminals who could care less about the many artists they’re stealing from.

Thank you.

Michael (FichtenFoo) Fichtenmayer

iMecha Monday! aka iMech News 10.26.2015

It’s been a while since I posted an iMech News update, but I can’t think of a better way to start a Monday than by posting news about our new and upcoming mecha kits! I started this hobby as a giant robot modeler with Evangelion, Macross, and Gundam kits so being able to produce exciting new mecha designs as model kits for myself and all of you to enjoy is simply awesome.

Note regarding webstore:

Please excuse our temporary webstore redesign. Our theme/skin doesn’t work with the latest version of the shop software so I am currently redesigning the look. It’s only cosmetic issues though and the rest of the shop functions perfectly fine if not better. Thanks!

NEW » Michael Herm’s Knight »

The Knight, Michael Herm’s (visit his page) follow-up to the Rook and Pawn Brigade sets is almost here. This 1/35 scale resin and PE bipedal walker supports a variety of optional armaments. We’re working out the “how” but you will be able to select which two weapon arms you’d like to receive (depending on supplies on-hand) when ordering the base Knight mecha kit. The 3 initial weapons, Vulcan Gun, Howitzer, and Rocket Launcher Pod can be made to work on either side, so select two of the same or mix and match! Additional weapons may be available in the future. Mecha is posable with an opening cockpit. New pilot figure with opening mask included. We’re expecting this to be available for preorders by early 2016. Click here to visit the Knight shop page and add your email address to the notification form to get an email when initial stock is added.*

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Mitutake Nishimura’s Zero (update) »

We announced this piece a few months ago, but have been waiting on the pilot prints to be complete before moving on. The 3D designed pilot by Christophe Desse for Mitutake Nishimura’s Zero mecha is done, printed and on its way to me for final fitting before it goes off to the caster for production. Here’s a peek at the really cool pair of figures that will come with each kit. Click here to visit the Zero shop page and add your email address to the notification form to get an email when initial stock is added.*

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Atan Abenir’s T.O.A.D (update) »

We meant to have the T.O.A.D. ready over the summer but a scheduling conflict with the Briegel pushed it back. I finally opened the box of master parts last week and frankly am floored by how precise and clean they are. The fits are amazing and this guy is going to be a big fun beast to build. Atan included seating for both 1/35 and 1/20 scale pilots, however in order to save time and costs we won’t be selling the pilot figures with the kit. Mostly because we just don’t have one designed yet. For now, our 1/35 scale Female Pilot figure and Aviator figures will both fit nicely into the seat and are sold separately. For 1/20 scale, we’ll print out our Female Pilot figure in that scale as well and sell her as a separate kit. This lets you customize your pilots easier and allows us to release a number of cool pilots than can be used for this and other modeling uses. Plus it gets the T.O.A.D. into production much sooner. Click here to visit the T.O.A.D. shop page and add your email address to the notification form to get an email when initial stock is added.*

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NEW » Ground Crew and Porpoise Shock Troopers in 1/20 Scale »

You asked for more 1/20 scale figures and you’ve got them! We selected and detailed-up 2 figures from Christophe Desse’s Ground Crew set and 2 figures from Christophe Arnold’s Porpoise set to create two 2-figure set in 1/20 scale. Both sets are printed and on their way to the caster for release later in 2015. Click here to visit the Ground Crew 1/20 and Porpoise 1/20 shop pages and add your email address to the notification forms to get an email when initial stock is added.*

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Preorder and Restock Updates »

1/35 Sasha » This figure should be back in-stock in 2-3 weeks.

1/20 Sasha » Due to a fire at the producer’s physical store, I’m not sure if I can get any more of this plastic kit. If not I’ll switch to a resin version.

Derek Stenning’s Dystopic and EK Series » EK Cosmonaut #1 has not been released yet in any form. I’m waiting on the 3D print for him and when he’s ready I’ll post more pics and updates. Dystopic is in-production and should be ready in 2-4 weeks. EK Cosmonauts #2 will be back before the end of 2015. EK Cosmonaut #3 is in-stock.

Kallamity Products » The Wachtel is at the caster for the next edition. The casting on the second edition will be superior to that of the first edition as we’re no longer working with the last caster. Everything will now have the same consistent high-quality you’ve come to expect from us as it’ll be done by the same caster that did the Briegel. The Kastor is on its way back to Kallamity for repairs and updates. Look for the next edition of it in 2016. The Briegel will be back in limited numbers in early 2016 if not sooner.

Adrian Smith’s Frankenstein » The master for Frankenstein was unfortunately shipped back to us from its last caster poorly. His delicate 3D print was damaged to the point that the costs of repairing him outweigh the benefits of reproduction at this point. Onward and upward though as we have more Adrian/Rishi goodness incoming!

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Industria Mechanika to Collaborate with Game Studio Vaylr on Kickstarter Campaign Reward

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Last month I mentioned that we were doing a lot of client work that we were not allowed to discuss yet. The first of these client projects went live today and now I can spill some beans! (Not all the beans, but a nice sampling)

Vaylr Studios is running a kickstarter campaign to get funding for their upcoming first-person action horror game called “Pray for Dark”. “In Pray For Dark™ you play as Angel (aka Sewer Man), a rogue assassin hunter who is forced down into the “Hell” beneath a once great city now ruled by corruption and crime. Only you have the unique power to kill a massive legion of mutant beasts and their malevolent leader known as the Queen Mother …or you’ll die tryin’.

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It has a unique steampunk vibe to the setting with cool characters inspired and licensed by gothic fantasy artist BROM. As a fan of both Steampunk and BROM, as well as an avid gamer, I’m pretty excited about this title.

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Industria Mechanika’s role is to produce one of the backer rewards in their Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Angel has a cool sidearm named Lil’ J.O.E.. We’re producing a strict limited edition 1:1 scale garage kit of Lil’ J.O.E. which will be available to those who pledge the minimally required amount to get that reward.

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The Lil’ J.O.E. kit will contain resin kit parts, both clear and opaque, leather strapping, and photoetched brass. Each kit will also contain a multi-part resin stand in order to display your completed Lil’ J.O.E.!

Check out the Kickstarter campaign (watch the video!) as well as the press release for more details, and if you can, please donate to make this game a reality. looks like a lot of fun!

Relevant Links »

Pray For Dark Kickstarter Campaign
Pray For Dark Press Release
Vaylr Studios Website
Vaylr Studios on Facebook
Pray For Dark on Facebook
BROM Website

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iMech News 6.16.2012

Really big update today ladies and gents! Three new designs and one announced a while ago seemingly risen from the dead. And of course the usual preorder/restock updates.

Calum Watt’s Freaky Gothic »

I started talking with Calum Watt a few months ago about collaborating on some of his cool mechanical designs. (see his sites here and here) He’s working on fleshing those plans out for us, but meanwhile he updated a very old sketch I was very interested in using as the Squid Sub pilot/captain.  This cool steampunk-esque figure will be available with the Squid without the coat as the pilot. A separate coated figure will also be available in 1/35 aka 50mm scale. But not only that… the figure is so cool that I’m really considering doing a 1/6 scale (300mm, 12″) version as well. The figure will be 3D sculpted by David Richardson. David’s been collaborating with us on a number of unannounced projects already and does amazing work. (don’t ask… I can’t tell!) You can view David’s site here. No release date yet on the individual figures, but the seated pilot will come with the Squid. Fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available.

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Pre-Sculpting Plans^

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Original sketch circa 2005^

 

Alb-Lab’s T-Zero »

This one has been in the works for a while from Alb-Lab, makers of the Markov Racer. The long sleek T-Zero designed and fabricated by Alberto Longo & Daniele Cattarin is their latest anti-gravity racing endeavor. Featuring resin body and a vacuform canopy. No word yet on decals or PE parts. Expect this one to be available in Fall 2012. Fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available.

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FichtenFoo’s Fish Sub II »

Since the Squid Sub is delayed, I still wanted to have a new FichtenFoo steampunk vehicle available for 2012. A while back I saw some cool fish X-rays and one caught my eye. I finally sat down and started the master last week for a new Fish-Shaped Submersible based on the Longnose Butterflyfish. It’s a cool-shaped fish and depending on how squared back I make the fins, (do a Google image search to see how the actual fish looks) will look very sleek and fast. The eyes are set low on the body so this craft will be piloted by someone seated in a prone racing motorcycle position in order to see out the windows. I’ve just gotten the basic body shape done so far so expect more images as I detail it up. It’s slightly smaller than the original Fish Sub I did a few years ago. I do know this kit will use LOTS of photoetch, a potential white metal (pewter?) propeller, clear glass eyes like the Hornethopter, and of course resin and wire. Watch for a preorder later this year. Fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available.

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Mike Jensen’s Drone »

A loooong time ago I announced we would be kitting Mike Jensen’s “Drone” figure. He sent me the 3D files a few weeks ago, but I didn’t have any renders until now. This will be a 1/6 scale resin figure kit. Approximately 300mm/12in. tall, but no base. No info on the release date yet, but I’ll keep you updated of course when I know more and you can also fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available.

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Final Preproduction Render ^

 

Steampunk Contest Voting »

Voting continues for the Steampunk Costume Contest. Click here to submit your vote by June 30th.

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.
Sasha 1/35:
All 1/35 Sashas are shipping Monday UNLESS they’re paired with a 1/35 Deckhands set and need shipped together.
Sasha 1/32:
Replacement casts shipping by 6.20.2012 to those of you that filled out the replacement form.
Deckhands 1/35: Different caster from Sasha, the 1/35’s and some of the 1/24th’s I believe are shipping on Monday 6.18.2012 to me from the caster. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Deckhands 1/24:
Same caster as 1/35’s, I might have a few next week to start shipping out… not 100% clear there. However I need to wait for the labels to get back from the printer. Wasn’t expecting the resin so soon!

Upcoming Preorders »

Remora 3rd Edition: At caster who will start next edition production next week. I should be able to start a preorder in Early July.
Frankenstein 1st Edition: At caster who will start molding next week. I should be able to start a preorder in Early July.
Chompbot #5 & Chomp Troopers: Both are at different casters and are in production. I should be able to start a preorder in Mid July.
Other upcoming preorder items: Sasha 1/24, Barrio Guy 1/35, Barrio Guy 1/24, Orbship, and Dustbuster.

Restocks! »

We’ve sold out of a LOT of items this past month and will be casting new editions of some of your favorites.
Remora:
We’re still aiming for a July restock of these. Fifty of the 3rd Edition kits will be available for preorder next month.
Sasha 1/35:
We’ve not got the first 100 out the door, but there’s been a lot of interest in her. As soon as I can get the first ones done I’ll start a preorder for the next batch.
Hornethopter: Lots of interest in this little beastie after we sold the last 10 at Wonderfest. I’ll attempt to restock these in August or September…. need to get some of our new scheduled releases out the door first.
FichtenFoo’s Fish-Shaped Submersible: Gave the master back to the caster to start molding for a 6th run! Planning to restock this one early Fall 2012.
Kastor: Same as the Hornethopter… planning to restock this one early Fall 2012.

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

The Hornethopter In Jan 2012 Issue of Tamiya Model Magazine International!

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Make sure you check out the January 2012 issue of Tamiya Model Magazine International (TMMI) for a really cool build-up and review of FichtenFoo’s Hornethopter as modeled (fantastically I must say) by Marcus Nicholls. The issue should hit news stands in a few weeks, just in time for Christmas! TMMI is the only model mag I’ve ever had a subscription to and it’s well-worth it to check out any of their issues as they’re always full of great build-ups and tips. They’ll be building and reviewing other Industria Mechanika products such as the Fantastical Fish-Shaped Submersible and the Remora so be sure to watch for those.

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Check out Tamiya Model Magazine International here »

Order the Hornethopter here »