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Today’s Resin Arrival!

I received 10x huge boxes of resin today! Below is my current list of stuff that’s been ordered versus received. You can also see when I placed these orders versus when I actually received them (today) to get an idea of the headache I’ve had this year. Everything has been packaged except the Dystopic kits. That I will package tomorrow. Once Dystopic is packaged, I can start shipping everything in green that’s been a preorder. It should all be out the door by Monday. Watch your spam folder for a shipping notice from Stamps.com.

As for the items in red…

The die cast steel photoetch has been cancelled. I sold the design to Secret Weapon Miniatures so please buy it from them. If you have an outstanding preorder for it, I will be refunding those. I was assured I would have this etch November of last year and started preorders way back then. Rather than keep pushing it back, and under the circumstances, it’s better to cancel/refund them.

Derek Stenning EK Cosmonaut 1 is the only EK kit to not arrive. It should be here next month.

Sea Bird etch isn’t here, but I have enough leftover etch to cover outstanding preorders and maybe a few in-stock kits. When it arrives I’ll be able to list it as in-stock.

Clyde.A isn’t in red, but it will be before I send this to the casting/etch vendor. I was expecting it this shipment too.

Everything else is here and will be shipped by Monday! Thanks for your patience!

 

Regarding Delays

I’m not quite a control freak, but I’m as near to it as one can get before crossing the line into bad behavior where my business is concerned. If there’s work to be done, I do not wait, I do it. I hate that sinking feeling in my gut that comes with procrastination. So if instructions need designed, customers need replied do, packages need packaged and shipped, I’m on it the day the resin arrives. However, I cannot exert that same mindset on my various vendors. I don’t want to be an asshole to them and ride their asses until I get what I want as that’s never good for any relationship. (I’ve had to do it before with excuse-ridden suppliers and it sucks) Plus, I know what goes into the different links in my supply chain. I’ve worked with/toured paper printing companies as a graphic designer. I understand that getting a good 3D print takes time to break-up the parts properly as well as printing and clean-up time. And I cast my own small batch resin stuff here at home for my own projects. Not as good as my vendor, but good enough for my own use, and better than most amateur casters. And my vendors all really know their stuff and do great work for me. This was not always the case, but I eventually got to a point where my having to apologize to customers was rare at best.

The past year has been a bit rough and pretty much out of my control in the casting department. A few newer designs for larger kits ended up pushing other things around as they took more time to cast. Then my caster not only had to move to a new facility in May due to environmental regs, the price of mold material skyrocketed causing more issues and work-arounds making the delays take longer. I’m used to getting a large shipment of resin from them every 6-8 weeks, but recently it’s not been as frequent.

This has caused me to start apologizing again for the recurring delays in our preorders. And I am truly sorry about them. I don’t like to start preorders more than 6-8 weeks before I expect to have kits in-hand to ship out. I am quite efficient, and if I start preorders earlier, it causes a lot of extra customer service related work explaining to customers that the ETA (estimated time of arrival) is just a glorified best guess on my part, but their kits should arrive shortly. Having to do this once sucks. Having to do this several times sucks infinitely more.

Please check individual item page for updated ETAs!

I just changed the ETAs on all the preorders to the end of July, 2019. (later for the Duchess as it’s HUGE and takes additional time, is causing other kits to be delayed) This is just an estimate however based on what my caster told me the past few days. (FedEx/US customs could increase that slightly, but resin production is now in good shape) I explained to him that I REALLY need my kits and “I can’t run a business like this”, and he came through with a detailed-enough status update to make that guess. I really don’t want to change that date again, so fingers crossed!

Other Measures:

This isn’t all I’ve been doing to decrease delays either. I’ve been scaling back on releases that don’t sell well enough to justify keeping them in-stock/restocking. Some kits sell well for a while, then the interest wanes. Some new designs just never sell well and take forever to move a full run of. In both cases, kits sitting on my shelf is capital I could be using to design and produce cool new products that could be better sellers. Plus not producing designs that don’t sell frees up casting resources/time for those that do. Now this upsets some customer who are late to the parts, but I cannot justify re-releasing a kit with just one or two requests. But if a kit garners enough rekindled interest, then I’ll definitely try to do another small run. If the kit is on the site and it says Restocking or In-Development, then I’d be open to entertaining another batch. Let us know! If the kit is no longer in the shop however (Frankenstein) that means it’s never coming back. Sales were either incredibly dismal (Vampire, Centurion, Dustbuster…), or the master was damaged beyond reasonable repair. (Frankenstein, 1/20 Sasha)

I’ve also decreased the number of new releases. At one time I was releasing over a dozen a year. We’ve got a pretty large catalog now, so restocking and new designs are both competing for the same casting resources.

Finding reliable production is the trickiest part. I’ve used many casters and by far this one is the best. No kit is ever perfect, but customers for the most part have very little complaints. New production can open me up for new apologies during the testing phase. Plus finding the right balance of cost, volume, and quality is trickier than you may think. I’m quite picky as I am a model-builder myself. I don’t want our products to be difficult to work on. Modeling/hobbies is about relieving stress, not causing more stress!

So that’s it for now. I really appreciate that most of you have been so patient during this hiccup in out supply chain. Thanks so much for that! I look forward to putting the heartburn meds away soon! The issues should be resolved now and we can get back to making and shipping kits on a more reliable schedule.

Thanks!

–Michael Fichtenmayer (owner, designer, customer service rep, marketing, packager, shipper…)

 

 

Michael Herm’s ‘BISHOP’ and More!

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Pawns, Rooks, Knights, and now the next in Michael Herm’s chess-named, sci-fi combat line up is the Bishop. Like many of you, I had expected the Bishop would be another cool combat mecha, but when I saw what he had in mind instead, I was honestly blown away! The Bishop is an orbital drop ship and VTOL aircraft in one. Dropping through the atmosphere it can insert Pawns wherever they are needed most.

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The Bishop is loaded with details and hidden features. An exploded view of the wing-tip engine pods shows just how much thought was put into the design. Small gears and other components work together to extend the VTOL thrusters when their side hatches open.

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Small hatches on the exterior pop-out to deploy the Bishops rocket launchers and vulcan cannons.

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Inside of the Bishop as you can see in this cut-away are seats and harness bars to seat a compliment of Space Pawns… wait… SPACE PAWNS!?

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YES! Not only are we announcing the Bishop, but Michael Herm designed a four figure set of Pawn Brigade figures dressed in their space gear. All figures in both sets have removable helmets. This Space Pawns set will look great exiting the rear of the Bishop, in a Mars setting with a Rook or Knight, or just on their own.

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Price and Release Date:

The Bishop: As usual, I don’t tend to have prices on out kits until I get all of the production quotes back. This set just left the printer and is on its way to the caster so the price is still TBD. It’s a large kit so will probably be one of our more expensive pieces as a result of the size and sheer number of parts and etch. As for an estimated release date, I’d hope to have these by the end of 2017, but it’s a large kit with many parts so I am not sure how long it will take. I’d rather it take a little longer and be correct than rushed.

The Space Pawns: The starting price for this set will be the same as our other small figure sets at $34.99. Their release will coincide with that of the Bishop.

Preorders: We’ll start taking preorders whenever a final price is determined. As always, payment for preorders is due when ordering. Estimated arrival dates are truly a best guess on our part and we want to make sure we send out perfect, complete kits the first time, not in incomplete chunks. In other words, delays can happen, but we always deliver.

Bishop and Space Pawns Media Gallery:

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

Don’t Freak Out, We’re Making More!

I’ve been getting a lot of emails lately asking when [insert random kit] will be back in stock. Right now due to the holidays (Christmas through Chinese New Year) my stock has been pretty depleted. This is good and bad. Good because it means I’m selling kits, bad because I can’t sell what I don’t have. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a full restock queue and that things won’t be coming back. Just keep in mind that we’re a small company and production takes time. So here’s a little FAQ on the subject:

Short Answer To All: Derek Stenning figures, Ian McQue ships, and FichtenFoo Fish-Subs are all coming back in the next 30-60 days for restocks!

Are you making more of [the kit I want]? Yes! Unless noted on the specific item page, we’ll make more. Some kits are harder to keep in-stock than others due to popularity, but if it’s selling, we’ll make more.

When will [the kit I want]? be back in-stock? The short answer is usually 30-60 days. If something is available for preorder, I’ll usually have the estimated shipping date (+/- 15 days due to production randomness) on the page. If a popular kit sells out or is close to it, I usually have a restock request into my various production vendors for more. If a kit is a slow-seller and sells out, I usually wait longer to make another run so that the more popular and new releases can get done faster.

Did I miss out on [the kit I want]? Never! Unless a master is REALLY damaged, we’ll make more. If the price for an item in the shop is $0.00, that means it has never been released and we’re still pricing everything prior to it’s 1st Edition preorders. It’s a placeholder so that you can use the automated notification feature.

Will you let me know when [the kit I want]? is back in stock? While I can’t manually keep track of all the random requests for the 50+ products I offer AND keep my sanity, each shop page has an email field (or of you’re registered/logged in, a link) to request an automated email when preorder stock is added for that product. Just make sure to whitelist industriamechanika.com in your email spam controls to avoid missing it in a spam box.

Derek Stenning’s EK Cosmonaut #2

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EK Cosmonaut #2 is now up for PREORDERS! We’re expecting her resin and other components to arrive in a couple weeks, but the official ETA is 7.20.2015. Price is$140 + Shipping. (Add item to cart to determine shipping please as it’s all calculated by destination and weight.) Thanks! Click here to PREorder!

Wonderfest 2015 For All! [SALE ENDED]

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Attention: Sale is over and the code has expired. Thanks for your continued support!

For the past two years I’ve attended/exhibited/vended at Wonderfest USA in Louisville, KY. I was to attend this year as well, but personal matters have forced me to cancel the trip. I apologize deeply to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us there again and to those whom I’ve inconvenienced with the late cancellation… it just can’t be helped. I’m also disappointed that I won’t get to see many of the great hobby friends I’ve made and eat some delicious barbeque. However…

That doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate Wonderfest in both it’s US and Japanese forms! As a way of saying “sorry we can’t be there” we’re having a WONDERFEST FOR ALL sale this coming weekend, May 15-17th*. Save 10% off your entire purchase** using the coupon code WF4ALL at checkout all weekend!*

*Sale times based on US Eastern Standard Time Zone so keep that in mind if you’re in Australia for example.
**Does not include shipping
Only orders placed during sale period* and using the code WF4ALL are eligible for discount. Discount cannot be applied to previous orders.

iMech News 2.2.2015

Happy Groundhog Day! In honor of the little psychic rodents, we’ve got a great news update featuring some upcoming animal related release announcements!

T.O.A.D. by Atan Abenir

This one is fairly big… both in it’s size and how cool it is! Designed and scratch-built by Atan Abenir this beast looks to be around 14 inches / 35cm in height. He designed it for 1/20 scale, but we might include an option for a 1/35 scale cockpit as well as figures for both. This particular design looks great as either and we LOVE options and customizations! Check out the final pics below as well as his in-progress images here.

Click here for the T.O.A.D. shop page where you can enter your email address for in-stock notifications. ETA is Summer 2015 LATE 2015 (updated release ETA) at the earliest. Price TBD… depends on casting and other quotes.

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1/35 Scale Typical Cats and Waterfowl

Coming soon from Industria Mechanika and Lee Williamson… Cats and Ducks! These assortments will be available soon. The cat set features 4 typical cat poses and the waterfowl (Ducks and Geese) will come with 10 figures and photoetch feet similar to our Seabirds set. Visit their shop pages to enter your email address to be automatically notified when these fun diorama accessories are in-stock/ready for preorders. Expected to be released in late March.

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Other Upcoming Release News

Mushroom Goblin: Still awaiting quote from 3D printer so I can begin preorders. Otherwise production is ongoing for a March release.

Krabble-Tiere: (Krab Walker) Still awaiting quote from 3D printer so I can begin preorders. Otherwise production is ongoing for a March release.

V74 HY-Auk Fighter: Awaiting 3D print and then the quotes.

Project X: Awaiting 3D print and then the quotes.

EK Cosmonaut #2: Sculpt done and at 3D printer. Awaiting print and quotes.

Restocks

Her Majesty’s Estafette (Preorder now, ETA: 2.25.2015)

Solids, Liquids, and Gas sets (1/35) (In-Stock!)

Rook (Limited Number In-Stock!)

Waldo (In-Stock)

Sky Mark (In-Stock)

Porpoise (Preorder now, ETA: 2.25.2015)

Pawn Brigade (Preorder now, ETA: 2.25.2015)

EK3 Paint-Up by Philippe Bouchet

One of our concept artist collaborators, Philippe Bouchet aka Manchu, recently finished a build-up of our Derek Stenning and Gene Campbell designed EK Cosmonaut #3 kit. I knew he was an amazing 2D painter, but his work on model kit subjects keeps impressing me! Order your 1/8 scale EK #3 kit here.

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Customer Build-ups 8.31.2014

Another month, another really great batch of build-ups of iMech to show off! I feel like I’m missing some entries so will look around to do another gallery soon. Send us pics of your iMech build-ups! Let’s get started….

Bring it on!! by Tamaki Maekawa »

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L’Atelier Fantastique – Chomp Pilot »

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Benjamin Jacob Grimm – Remora »

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David Chapman – Estafette »

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Ronan Gloaguen – Remora »

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Customer Build-ups 7.31.2014

Now that the store is the main page of the site, I want to use the blog to show off more than just news. Here’s a nice batch of customer build-ups for you!

Chris Babes » Remora and Deckhands »

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John Jenkins » Chrononaut »

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Ki-Yeol Yoon » Red Star 47, Flight Ready, and Ground Crew »

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Georges Le Bras » Hornethopter »

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Nicolas Rouanet » Sky Mark & Deckhand »

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Gil Gonsoulin » Walrus, Porpoise, and Pawn Brigade »

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Rob Norton » Her Majesty’s Estafette »

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