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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 7.22.2014

So much to talk about this month! You might have noticed (because I’ve been promoting it!) our new look, especially our completely redesigned store. Also new and upcoming mecha designs by Christophe Desse and Kallamity, disappointing news about iMech going to JerseyFest, and more!

About Our New Look »

For the past 10 days or so I’ve been redesigning the iMech Shop and Blog. (The forum is next!) This update adds a lot of new functionality and improvements to the store, both in look and function. It should be a better shopping experience for everyone with far less bugs than the old shop. The trade-off however is that the store needed to be done from scratch. That means all user accounts for the old store are not accessible in the new store, but so are the hassles of lost password retrieval. The accounts and orders still exist in the old store which I’m keeping for now in an undisclosed location for taking care of existing preorders, but all new accounts and orders will go through the new and improved shop.

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We hope you enjoy the new site! It’ll make adding an upcoming, totally secret product line that’s in development a LOT easier. ;-) News on that in a few months when it’s further along.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter! »

For now, to receive product preorder and restock notifications, sign up for our newsletter either by entering your email in the shop footer or by making a new shop account.

KRBL-TR-47 [Krabbel-Tiere] »

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With the new look comes a new product: Christophe Desse’s upcoming KRBL-TR-47 scout walker! Coming later in 2014 from the Red Star 47 and Her Majesty’s Estafette. Note: The figures shown are from our Ground Crew and Flight Ready figure sets. KRBL-TR Scout Walker will come with new figures for driver, and turret, but the KRBL-TR will work many of our figure sets. Final product
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Kallamity News »

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It looks as if Kallamity‘s Briegel is going to be coming to the iMech store after all! So watch this space and subscribe to our newsletter for more news and details about the Briegel!

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We have a few Kastor Hovertank kits back in stock. Get them while they last!

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Hopper Decals »

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We are now offering the decals that come with Calum Watt’s Hopper as a stand-alone product. They’re cool enough to use on a variety of project ideas, or to associate another build-up with your Hopper via markings.

SavageForged Mini’s Black Moth Heavy Build-Up »

Check out this fantastic paint-up of our Black Moth [Heavy] by SavageForged Minis! He’s selling it so contact him for more details!

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About JerseyFest »

I really wanted to make it to JerseyFest this year, purchased a table, made reservations, but it just wasn’t in the cards. Most don’t realize that I’m a very small business and as such almost everything that needs done is done by me. It piles up. Now factor in that Wonderfest and a few resellers depleted most of my stock that I would had been taking to JF and well… I could either spend the money and drive 6 hours to go to JF and stand behind a table apologizing to everyone, telling them to preorder on our website, or I could do that here and on Facebook and use the saved time and money to do some amazing things. This website redesign is just one of many things I had planned for the summer that I am able to work on now. More coolness is on the way!

But I’m not “a monster” who’s going to leave the attendees at JF hanging. Prove that you were there and I’ll give you free shipping on orders placed after the show between 8.3 and 8.8.2014. The “Best of iMech” trophy will also be awarded there still, just not judged by me as planned. No worries though, the judges are awesome!

iMech News 6.5.2014

So much going on! SO MUCH!!!! It’s been a crazy couple of months with preparing for Wonderfest and failing to complete 2 out of 4 of the planned new releases in time for the show. BUT… these releases are still coming and soon. So let’s get to the good stuff….

WonderFest USA 2014 Wrap-Up »

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Wonderfest was a few days ago and it was a total blast… what I got to see of it anyway as most of my time was spent behind the table. But I got to see a lot of you that I met last year and meet a bunch of you for the first time. I’ve already purchased my table for next year (moving from #7 to #80) so will get to see everyone again. There was only one iMech product in the show which was pretty disappointing (discussing it with everyone here) so I’m looking into doing a Best iMech award if only in an unofficial fashion. Stay tuned for that!

JerseyFest Aug 1-3 2014 »

I didn’t make it to Jerseyfest last year for a variety of reasons, but this year it’s going to happen. I already booked the hotel and table so it’s on! The Best iMech award is going to happen at that show for sure so get your build-ups done and on the tables in the contest! I’m not sure what the award will be yet… at least a trophy… probably a gift cert for the shop too, but it should be fun regardless to see a bunch of our build-ups in one place! Hope to see you there!

Online iMech Contest? »

And to not leave our VERY large international contingent in the lurch, we’ll be doing an online contest soon as well. This will likely be an end of the year contest, something like a Best iMech build-up of 2014 and will happen in early January. Start your build-ups now, take GOOD photos of the entire process (because that’s awesome for everyone), and details will come.

The Hopper »

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Preorders for the Hopper start in less than 12 hours from now! This large and very cool aircraft by Calum Watt and Stefano Bernardi will retail at $160 each + Shipping. Preorders will be eligible for a $10 discount. More on this in our Hopper special post tomorrow! Get on the list and prepare to preorder here.

Bella »

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Our 1/35 scale Bella, by Pedram Karimfazli, is now available for orders. There are not too many left from this first batch of 50 so I put in an order for another batch which should be here in about 30 days. She’s only $15 for a limited time so get her here.

Sasha in 1/20! »

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Our all-new 1/20 scale Sasha the Welding Girl is also now available! This time she’s in injection plastic and only $20 for a limited time so get yours here.

Project X by Eric Chu »

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We announced this at Wonderfest 2014 this past weekend and now we’re announcing it to the world! Eric Chu, the concept artist behind the new Battlestar Galactica designs is redesigning a classic spacecraft for us in this fun upcoming 1/72 scale release. More details to come, but get on the NOTIFY ME list here.

More Product Announcements! »

Stay tuned for more upcoming product announcements as we’ve got at least 4 coming up in the next few months!

iMech News 2.25.2014

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!

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 12.10.2013

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.

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!

 

 

3D Modeler Needed for Vehicle Concept

Usually I wouldn’t do this, but I have an idea that, with the help of a fantastic concept artist, is being fleshed out and in need of a 3D modeler to complete for an early 2014 release. I can’t say what the idea is just yet, but we’re looking for someone who specializes in mechanical, hard-surfaces modeling to collaborate with us on this project/product line.

I’m looking for someone who can do that over-detailed modern sci-fi look like one might see on movies such as Transformers, Battleship, Pacific Rim, coupled with smoother elements like those from Tron Uprising, Metal Gear Solid 4, etc…for a vehicle design.

Compensation is based on profit sharing. It’s not a lot (depending on the release), but most of us just do this on the side of our day jobs because we love modeling and seeing cool new ideas come to life. It’s like a labor of love with a cash bonus. :-)

Contact me (Michael Fichtenmayer aka FichtenFoo) here with a link to your online portfolio and any other details I should know. Thanks!

iMech News 5.21.2013

Been a while due to prepping for Wonderfest USA, which was this past weekend, but here’s some news!

Wonderfest Update

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First up, my first ever Wonderfest trip was awesome! The dealer table was a huge success, but best was meeting a lot of our customers and getting to know all of you. I was behind the Industria Mechanika table for most of the show, however I did manage to get a midnight screening of the model contest room and Sunday morning I made my way quickly around the dealer room to see all the goodies. Even picked up a few things for myself if I ever have time to build them. Thanks to all of you who stopped by from all over the world to say hello and introduce yourselves. It was also cool meeting the guys from Kaibutsuya who traveled from Japan as they’re one of our regular dealers. Overall, it’s mostly a blur, so send me an email and a facebook friend request if we chatted! Also special thanks to Jason Eaton, Jimi Glancy, Mike Salzo, and Quincy Cutshaw for helping me out with the booth!

 

The Centurion

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The Centurion, a 1/4 scale bust by Fabio M. Silva, the teased item that was supposed to be available at Wonderfest is still in production due to a delay, but I can show it off finally so that you can get on the notification list. This awesome 1/4 scale armored alien bust was designed by Fabio M. Silva. It will feature clear eye inserts to make potential lighting easier if that’s your thing. Look for it to be available in the next month. Click here to get on the notification list.

 

New Products Pushed-Pack/Delays

We’ve been really pumping out the releases one after the other and it’s gotten a little crazy to say the least. So for a number of reasons, a few items have been delayed which will be pushing our release schedule back a bit. I apologize for this, but it’s best if we want to produce the best products we can AND stay in business in the long run. Thanks for understanding. The Centurion and the Steam Car will be available for preorder in the next few weeks as well as the 2nd Edition of Frankenstein, another run of the Hornethopter, and more!

Wonderfest USA This Weekend!

In a few hours I’ll be leaving for Wonderfest USA. Hope to meet some of you there during the 3 day event in Louisville, KY, USA. While I’m away I won’t have time to respond to emails and won’t be here to pack and ship so any orders that are not preorders will go out on Tuesday the 21st.

Look for me (Michael Fichtenmayer aka FichtenFoo) at the Industria Mechanika dealer table (Table 7). Jason “Roboterkampf” Eaton will be helping me out Saturday morning for an hour before his demo at 10am so be sure to check out his gig!

When I return (and during the event) you can get a sneak peak at our next release (a 1/4 scale bust) which was supposed to be ready for the show, but due to quality assurance it wasn’t. Better done right than done fast though!

Thanks!