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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.


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!

 

 


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!


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!


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!


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.

 

 


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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News! News! News!!! Lots of news today, but all good! Chompbot Sale, Ian McQue’s Sky Mark, Christophe Desse’s Aviators and Submariners, Dawn of the Apocalypse, FichtenFoo’s Long Nose Fish Sub, and Miguel Lopez Dustbuster!

Chompbot #5 Preorder Event

Don’t miss out on saving $10 on the Chompbot #5 and Chomp Troopers! Sale ends Friday at Midnight! (EST) Also check out my build-up pics of the Chompbot pre-release sample parts I’ve received so far from the casters.

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Ian McQue Sky Mark Print Materials and Art!

The Sky Mark production is coming along nice and quick! I’ll have 50 (out of 100 first ed) kits in a few weeks. No preorder for these so first come first served when the sale page starts. Meanwhile, enjoy this new Ian McQue art for the Sky Mark buoy as well as the instructions/box label pics.

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Dustbuster Print Materials

Dustbuster coming in another month or so! Meanwhile enjoy these packaging pics:

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Christophe Desse’s Aviators

Coming in about 30 days, Chistophe Desse’s Aviators! These 4 Steampunk inspired figures are sold as a set. The seated pilot will also be included with the Hornethopter’s next edition (also coming soon!) to replace the old pilot.

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Christophe Desse’s Submariners

This maritime quartet will also be sold as a set and is the perfect accessory for our submersible releases! Set includes two swimmers and two “land-lubbers”. Available in about 60 days!

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Longnose Fish Submersible Pilot Print

And the inspiration behind the Submariners is of course the Long Nose Fish Sub pilot that Christophe Desse also did for us. Here’s a few shots of the pilot print. Christophe is also working on a seated pilot that can be used for the original Fish Sub as well!

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Dawn of the Apocalypse!

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Finally… Announcing Dawn of the Apocalypse! These figures were designed and produced by us at Industria Mechanika for Dark World Creations. Check out the sexy and zombified creations below. More figures and post apocalyptic car kit mod sets on the way! The girls Ginger and Krystal were sculpted by David Richardson. Zombies Jared and Jessica were sculpted by Pedram Karimfazli. Show these guys some love and get yourself some fantastic 1/24 scale End of Civilization goodness!

 

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.
Ian McQue’s Remora 3rd Ed:  All Units Shipped!!!
Deckhands 1/35: All preordered units in-stock and shipping now!
Deckhands 1/24:
Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Sasha 1/24:
Available now!
Barrio 1/24:
Avialable now!
Barrio 1/35:
Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Chompbot #5, Troopers, Pilots: Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Orb Ship: Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.


Upcoming Preorders »

Upcoming preorder items: Dystopic, Dustbuster, and Ian McQue’s Sky Mark.

 

Restocks! »

Sasha 1/35, 1/32: Next batch coming soon for preorder!
Hornethopter: Lots of interest in this little beastie after we sold the last 10 at Wonderfest. I’ll attempt to restock these in October…. need to get some of our new scheduled releases out the door first and get the new pilots and pilot set cast.
FichtenFoo’s Fish-Shaped Submersible: Available Now!
Kastor: Same as the Hornethopter… planning to restock this one early December 2012.

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