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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!


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 in your email spam controls to avoid missing it in a spam box.

Derek Stenning’s EK Cosmonaut #2


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]


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.


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.

TypicalCatAssortment WaterfowlAssortment

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.


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.



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 »


L’Atelier Fantastique – Chomp Pilot »


Benjamin Jacob Grimm – Remora »


David Chapman – Estafette »


Ronan Gloaguen – Remora »


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 »

Remora Final 001

John Jenkins » Chrononaut »


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


Georges Le Bras » Hornethopter »


Nicolas Rouanet » Sky Mark & Deckhand »


Gil Gonsoulin » Walrus, Porpoise, and Pawn Brigade »


Rob Norton » Her Majesty’s Estafette »

Estafette 204

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.


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] »


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
may vary.

Kallamity News »


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!



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


Hopper Decals »


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!


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!

Cyber Monday Deals! (Now Thru Tuesday!)

Don’t miss the Cyber Monday sale at Industria Mechanika! We’re not a huge retailer* but we still want to offer up some savings on select model kits. Save on favorites such as the Dragonfly, Dustbuster, Sasha, Barrio Guy, Freaky Gothic, and more! Sale ends Tuesday 12.3.2013 Midnight EST. Don’t miss out!


*Because we’re not a huge retailer, discounts apply only to purchases made during the sale period and not applicable to sales made before or after. Especially since this sale was a last-minute decision. 😉 Thank you for understanding that we’re not a huge company, and need to make sure we can pay the artists that bring you these amazing pieces!

The Dragonfly!


Don’t blink and don’t bother trying to keep up. Doktor Orpheus Odanata’s Dragonfly is the fastest ornithopter in the skies. Designed and sculpted by FichtenFoo (Michael Fichtenmayer), creator of the Hornethopter, Fantastical Fish-Sub, and Long-Nose Fish Sub, the Dragonfly will add a great touch to any steampunk display. This kit boasts an impressive wingspan of 14 inches (35cm) and a length of 9.5 inches (25cm). Like the Hornethopter, the wings are two layers of photoetched brass with a laser-cut plastic wing-film insert.

Preorder The Dragonfly Here »

Price: $99.00 USD + Shipping.
Estimated Ship Date: 9.1.2013

SAVE $10 On a set of Aviators when you order them with the Dragonfly!

This multimedia kit comes with the following:

  • 40 Resin Parts
  • 1 Pilot Figure
  • 4 Photoetch Frets
  • Glass Eyes
  • Laser-cut wing film
  • Rigging Wire
  • Detailed Instructions

Special thanks to Christophe Desse for the pilot and rear fuselage 3D modeling.