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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
may vary.

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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Kastor

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!

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!

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*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!

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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.

Preorder News: VIVA FACEBOOK!

Rook, Pawn, Fish II, Submariner, Sasha, Skippers, Deckhands, Orb Ship 2nd Ed Preorders »

From our Facebook post 23 hours ago: [the best place for these small tidbits of info so PLEASE "like" us!]

Looks as if everything that I have on preorder is arriving between Friday the 5th and Tuesday the 9th. Which means everything should be shipping be the end of next week. I’m one man, with several hundred boxes to pack and ship…. so please be patient and give me a couple days to get it all done. Thanks all!

iMech News 1.14.2013

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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iMech News 12.31.2013

The last iMech News update of 2013! Hope 2012′s been good to you and that you enjoyed everything we’ve had to offer in the past 12 months. 2013 is going to be HUGE! More releases, cool new ideas, new collaborators, and more!

So to kick off 2013 with a slightly louder than usual noise… not necessarily a bang, but certainly not a wimper, we’re having a little sale and bringing back one of the favorites of 2012.

Luca Zampriolo’s Kastor 2nd Edition!

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The Kastor’s 2nd edition is in production and will be shipping in early February along with the Red Star 47. This edition will be just like the first with the included art-cards, quality casting, photoetch and figures! Preorders start approximately 12:00 Noon (EST) on 1.1.2013. So recover from your hangovers and get your preorders in. I have a looooong notification list and only 50 available this time around.

Preorder your 2nd Ed. Kastor here »


iMech News 11.18.2012

Hi Everyone! I’m not even sure where to begin this time as so much has been happening. I’ll start off with an upcoming product announcement, detail some changes/additions to the store, touch on the upcoming changes to the “notify me” system, talk about sales, and finally the usual housekeeping in regards to preorders, restockes, etc…

Christophe Desse’s ‘Estafette’ »

If you follow Industria Mechanika or Christophe Desse on Facebook, you may already be aware of this one. For those not in the loop, we present “Her Majesty’s Estafette” by Christophe Desse! Christophe Desse is the same artist that’s bringing us the Red Star 47, Flight Ready, Ground Crew, Aviators and Submariners! In other words, he’s doing a LOT of stuff for iMech and there’s lot’s more to come! Look for this to be available in April 2013.

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New iMech Release Schedule »

Speaking of April 2013, I’ve been checking over everything we’ve got in production currently and making a more structured release schedule. This first year of our business has been hit and miss with the release schedule due to various things, but one can either learn from the mistakes or keep repeating them. I’ve always valued the mistakes as they help us evolve. I feel like we’re finally at a point where we can reliably meet our schedule thanks to our now utilizing 4-5 different casting firms and having a backlog of completed projects to pull from. Now we can with some degree of certainty hit our scheduled preorder/release dates. We’ve got 40+ different pieces current;y in production, most of which we’ve not announced! So stay tuned (and start saving) for an amazing 2013!

The New iMech Store »

I don’t know about you guys, but the new store is making things a LOT easier and more organized. One of the new features for those that register with the store is the ability to sign-up for an upcoming newsletter as well as recieve real-time notifications to changed made on the individual products. This means we’ll be phasing out the old “Notify Me” system and start using the built-in store one. You’ll have to register, but it’ll be worth the trouble. This also means that any new product we announce will also be entered into the store system. It’ll say out of stock, but you’ll be able to see the expected release date so you can plan ahead. The main list is at the bottom of the store home page. Here’s what’s listed so far:

Item Name Date Expected
Her Majesty’s Estafette 04/01/2013
The “Squid-Shaped Submersible” 03/01/2013
Manchu’s Steam Car 02/01/2013
Calum Watt’s Freaky Gothic 02/01/2013
Mike Jensen’s Drone Sniper 02/01/2013
The Rook 01/01/2013
1/35 Pawn Brigade 01/01/2013
1/35 Submariners 01/01/2013
FichtenFoo’s Implausible Long-Nose Submersible 01/01/2013
1/35 Ground Crew 12/15/2012
1/35 Flight Ready 12/15/2012
Red Star 47 12/15/2012
The T-Zero 12/01/2012
1/35 Aviators 11/16/2012
The Hornethopter 11/16/2012

 

Aviators and Hornethopter!

The Hornet is back, and this time has an all new pilot sculpted by Christophe Desse! Also check out our new Aviators set to go with it! I’ll have these in stock by December 7th so will be starting preorders now!

Order both and save $5!

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Preorder the Hornethopter »

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Preorder the Aviators »

November Specials »

Dmitry Parkin’s Vampire $15 off!
Dustbuster + Barrio Guy 1/35 Save $15 on the pair! (limited time left!!!)
Fish-Shaped Sub + Sea Life Etch! Save $10 on the pair!
Ian McQue’s Sky Mark Save $10 on Two!
The Hornethopter and Aviators Save $5 on both! (limited time offer!)

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.
Deckhands 1/35: Available Now
Deckhands 1/24:
Available Now
Sasha 1/24:
Available now!
Barrio 1/24:
Avialable now!
Barrio 1/35:
Available Now!
Chompbot #5, Troopers, Pilots: Now Shipping and Available!
The Dustbuster: Shipping by 12.7.2012
Ian McQue’s SkyMark: Shipping by 12.7.2012
Hornethopter: Shipping by 12.7.2012
Aviators: Shipping by 12.7.2012
Dystopic: Shipping by 12.7.2012

 

iMech News 10.28.2012

Big news everyone! A newly designed online store and two preorders starting on 10.31.2012!

Check out our new online store. The old store software was a good temporary fix, but this new store is a better customizable and scalable solution for the long term. We’ve got LOTS of upcoming plans and new items and this store will be able to accommodate them. Sales and multi-item discounts will be easier to implement and shipping costs, especially to Canada, are more exact and based on product weight. And there’s a new notification system built-into the shop for upcoming items we’ve added to the catalog.

Visit the new shop now! »

Ian McQue’s Sky Mark Preorder»

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The Sky Mark buoy will be available for preorder on 10.31.2012 (weather permitting… a Hurricane is coming our way and power could go out). The Skymark comes with your choice of LED colors. Preorder here »

Sky Mark Price: $60 USD   Buy Two and Save $10!

Miguel Lopez’s Dustbuster Preorder »

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The Dustbuster will also be available for preorder on 10.31.2012 weather permitting. This cool little buggy comes with 60+ parts, photoetch and a laser-cut windscreen! Preorder here »

Dustbuster Price: $99 USD

iMech News 10.18.2012

Welcome to another edition of iMech news! This time we talk about the recent iHobby show in Cleveland, OH which I attended last weekend, Ian McQue Sky Mark Preorders, Derek Stenning’s Dystopic Preorders, Orb Ship shipping and build-info, and upcoming restocks.

Ian McQue’s Sky Mark Preorder Date, Price »

The Ian McQue Sky Mark buoy will be available for preorder on 10.31.2012 aka Halloween! I received my tests of both the photoetch and the resin so expect unpainted build-up pics next week some time. Watch the Facebook page for the usual first-look. This kit comes with two large frets of photoetch for construction, brass rod, and blinking red LEDs for those wanting to light it.

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Sky Mark Price:

This little guy is best in pairs IMO so we’ll offering the kit’s first edition of 100 kits at $60 each or two for $100 USD + Shipping. We suspect these will go fast due to the amount of notification requests, amount of Remora’s sold, and the low price. They should be shipping some time in November.

 

Derek Stenning’s Dystopic Preorder »

We’re getting close on Dystopic! I should have the first batch of resin in a week to two. After that I can begin the instruction sheet and boxing. I’m having two casters work on this to keep the costs as low as I can manage. We’re estimating that Dystopic will cost $210 USD + shipping. What you get though is well worth it! A large 1/6 scale figure kit overflowing with fine detail and texture, wire, decals, laser-cut clear flower, and possibly PE as well. We’ll start the preorder event on 11.5.2012 as by then we should have a better idea of the final costs.

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Scott Robertson’s Orb Ship Build Info »

I received the initial samples of the Orb Ship resin this weekend as well as the production photoetch frets. It’s going together really well and I’ve already got the lighting done and the laser-cut windows in place with their PE frames. Check out the video and images of my pre-release build below.

I’ll have the rest of the resin on Saturday and will be shipping Orb Ships on 10.22.2012.

Order your Orb Ship here »

 

Jake Parker’s Chompbot Canopy Redo »

Originally we had planned for the canopy to be a vacuformed piece. Well, that didn’t work out so well so we’ve decided to go with a resin canopy. Blappy is doing an amazing job on it so I thought I’d share the results.Production is ongoing but we hope to be shipping these in about 3 weeks from today.

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Preorder your Chompbot and Chomp Troopers!

 

iHobby 2012 Report »

I was invited by one of my distributors, Tom Grossman of Tag Team Hobbies, to come to the iHobby Expo in Cleveland, OH and display, sell some of our wares. The show was a lot of fun and the Tag Team guys couldn’t have been nicer. I got a chance to meet some of you, shocked a few that didn’t realize that I am also FichtenFoo, and got some great ideas from the other exhibitors for future releases. Here’s a few pics.

 

Luca Z’s Kastor Restock »

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Luca Zampriolo’s Kastor Hovertank is going back into production this week. We should have them restocked in about 4-6 weeks so watch this space and fill out the Notify Me to get an email when the restock preorder starts.

 

Sea Life Photoetch Restock »

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The Sea Life photoetch set is back in stock! The perfect accompaniment to our original Fish Shaped Submersible (in stock now!) and our upcoming Long Nose Submersible and Submariner sets. Order your sea-life photoetch here »

 

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.
Deckhands 1/24:
Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual. Should be this week!
Sasha 1/24:
Available now! (waiting on new batch of casts coming this week)
Barrio 1/24:
Avialable now!
Barrio 1/35:
Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual. Should be this week!
Chompbot #5, Troopers, Pilots: Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Orb Ship: Shipping on Monday 10.22.2012!


Upcoming Preorders »

Upcoming preorder items:
Dystopic (11.5.2012)
Dustbuster (Nov.?.2012)
Ian McQue’s Sky Mark (10.31.2012).

 

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.
Kastor: Same as the Hornethopter… planning to restock this one early December 2012. In production now!

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

 

Chompbot #5 Preorder Event 9.14.2012!

 

Jake Parker’s wonderful Chompbot No. 5 and the two Chomp Trooper/Pilot sets are coming soon! Preorders will begin on 9.14.2012. As a special introductory offer, you can save $10 when you order both the Chompbot #5 and Chomp Trooper sets before 9.28.2012 midnight EST. You must select the two-set option on the Chompbot #5 order page to get this offer. While supplies last!

 

The Chompbot #5 comes with 59 Resin Parts, Decal Sheet, Pins, Clear Canopy, 2 Pilot Figures, and detailed colored instructions with a free mini-poster on the reverse side! Preorder here 9.14.2012 »

The Chomp Troopers Set comes with 4 figures, instructions, and a photoetch fret for weapon straps and the bayonette blade. Preorder here 9.14.2012 »

The Chomp Pilots Set comes with 2 figures, a Standing and Seated Chomp Pilot. These are perfect for making traditional armor and aircraft models infinitely more awesome! Preorder here 9.14.2012 »

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Additional Product Images »