Good news, bad news and ugly news… Thanks to the upcoming San Diego Comicon, everything is delayed for us since our 3D vendor has a lot of big-name rush client work to do for that show. So all of our releases got pushed back as a result and now I need to shift things around a bit to manage it. We also have a bunch of releases in the pipeline that I haven’t announced yet, so since this one will be sooner now, let’s start with it…

FichtenFoo’s Dragonfly [1/35] »

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The follow-up to the wildly popular Hornethopter (which will be back in stock late summer 2013), the Dragonfly (working title), much like its real-world influence is built for speed. Instead of making the abdomen wider to awkwardly accommodate a pilot, I moved the seating to the rear of the thorax to give it a more streamlined look of an old race car/plane look and feel. The pilot is the same as that used in the Hornethopter and Aviators set in order to reduce production costs (new 3D pilot + 3D print = $$$) Christophe Desse (Red Star/Aviators sculptor) 3D sculpted the thorax based on plans I had sent him, and the rest is hand-sculpted by me (FichtenFoo).

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Since this was just about ready to go to the caster, I finished up some details and will be sending it to the caster as soon as I finish up the photoetch and instructional design. Look for the Dragonfly to be available by late August 2013. Estimated cost is $99, but that’s an estimate until the casting and photoetch costs come back. The wings will be about 2X the size of the Hornet’s wings area-wise with each wing being a little over 6 inches giving this craft a wingspan of about 14″/35cm. The Dragonfly will also have 15mm half-sphere glass eye lenses, rigging, and laser-cut wing plastic.

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Preorder Delays »

A few weeks ago I wrote: “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!” And things haven’t gotten better… in fact they’ve gotten more behind. The issue is that both of these are using the same caster and both needed remolded. He’s just one guy and has had some health issues lately. I should have at least the Remoras on July 27, 2013 he says and Frankenstein soon after. I’m not exactly thrilled about delaying these any more than you are, but it unfortunately cannot be helped. Rest assured, they are coming.

Other preorder items, such as the upcoming Steam Car and Dragonfly will be handled by a faster casting firm so will not suffer the same delays.

Again, I’m terribly sorry for these delays. It’s not cool and not something I ever want to happen and have been striving to overcome since I started this company. Please be patient and they’ll be on their way as soon as possible.


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!


Two kits going up for preorders today.

The Centurion »

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The first in The Centurion, a 1/4 scale bust by Fabio M. Silva. This kit features clear eye inserts to help facilitate lighting if that’s your thing. This kit should ship by the end of June 2013. $99 + Shipping

Click here to PREORDER The Centurion »

Frankenstein »

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The next is the much requested 2nd edition of Adrian Smith’s Frankenstein. This kit has approx 50 resin parts, real chain and chain maille and is VERY large for 1/8 scale measuring about 12″/30cm tall.

Click here to PREORDER Frankenstein

Centurion and Frankenstein Gallery »


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!


Ian McQue’s Waldo, sculpted by Michael Fichtenmayer (aka FichtenFoo) is now available for preorders! This kit sports a fantastic laser-cut wood deck and plastic windows, full photoetch wheelhouse (2 large sheets of etch for this and other details), waterslide decals, pilot figure, and hollow hull with full engine visible from the deck grating and from the bottom of the hull’s thruster opening. Pics, art, instructions, etc on the shop page here.

PREORDER The Waldo Here »

Price: $125 + Shipping
Shipping Estimate: Late May 2013

Save $5 on a set of Ian McQue’s Deckhands (1/35) when you order them with the Waldo.*
(*while supplies last)

 

Also Available for PREORDER:

Ian McQue’s Remora 4th Ed!

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Ian McQue’s Remora’s 4th edition is also available for PREORDERS. Start your fleet now!

PREORDER the Ramora 4th Ed Here »

Price: $150+ Shipping
Shipping Estimate: June 2013

 

Ian McQue’s Sky Mark Buoy

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Ian McQue’s Sky Mark buoys are also available. These buoys will look great guiding your other Ian McQue airships into port.

ORDER the Sky Mark Here »

Price: $60 each (or two for $110) + Shipping
In-Stock Now!


Freaky Gothic, designed by Calum Alexander Watt and sculpted by David Richardson is now available for preorder! This 1/8 scale figure kit contains 24 resin pieces, detailed instructions, and concept art. This visitor from another world, lost in time has a head-height (not including the hat) of approximately 24cm and would be a great piece for any Steampunk or Historical Miniatures fan with a taste for the unique.

Preorder Freaky Gothic Here »

Price: $130 USD + Shipping
Estimated Shipping Date: 5.15.2013

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Preorder Freaky Gothic Here »


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!


Time again for a little news! Today we finally show off the Ian McQue Waldo as well as some housekeeping with release dates, etc.

Calum Watt’s Freaky Gothic »

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First-up is Freaky Gothic by Calum Watt and David Richardson. We’ve of course shown this before, so this is just a reminder that the tentative preorder start date is next Friday, 4.5.2013. I say tentative because I don’t have a casting quote yet as the master is in port-print clean-up and the caster hasn’t seen it yet. As always, as soon as I know, you’ll know! Until then, enjoy the pic and tell your friends! Click here to get a notification when the preorder starts.

Ian McQue’s Waldo »

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I finished the master and etch design a few weeks ago and sent this to the caster for production. The tentative preorder start date is 5.1.2013 with the price being somewhere around $120 if all goes well with the casting quote. The Waldo has many resin parts, as well as 2 LARGE photoetch frets to make up the wheelhouse as well as other details, laser-cut windows that will be sandwiched between PE frames as you can see in the etch design image below, and a laser-cut and etched wooden deck. It’ll also come with string and wire to complete it. There’s a lot of detail and multimedia packed into this kit so it’ll be a lot of fun to construct and weather. The hollow 2-part hull has a full engine design inside of it that you can see through the grates on the deck or from the thruster hole below. The Waldo also comes with a 3D designed pilot by Ian McQue and Rishi Nandlaskar who sculpted the Deckhands set. More info on the actual price when info comes in. Click here to get a notification when the preorder starts.

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1/35 Barrio Guy used for size reference.

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FichtenFoo’s Implausible Long-Nose Submersible »

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I started my pre-release build-up of the Implausible Long-Nose Submersible on FichtenFoo.com. Check out the pics and place your preorder today!

Preorder Updates »

The following PREorder items should be shippigng by 4.8.2013: