Sorry for the lack of news recently. In less than one week however, summer break’s over and school starts back up for my girls which means that I’ll have more time to get things done here! So you know…. woohoo!!! Now onto the news:
Manchu’s Steam Car »
SDCC messed up our production schedule, (our vendors had bigger-named commitments than us, haha!) but we’re getting back on track with the upcoming Steam Car by famous sci-fi concept artist Philippe Bouchet aka Manchu with 3D by Bruce Lee and Pedram Karimfazli! Check out the pics below of the printed parts ready for casting. This 1/35 scale masterpiece comes with a photoetch dash, two seated figures, map, and concept art/instruction booklet.
Preorder Date: Now!
Est. Shipping Date: 9.30.2013
Dr. Torque »
The winner of last years Steampunk Costume Contest, Chris Lee as Doctor Torque is also coming up! Check out the pics below!
Preorder Date: Now!
Est. Shipping Date: 9.30.2013
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Adrian Smith’s Frankenstein »
This kit should be shipping next week! It’s been a long time coming and I really apologize for the delay. Frankenstein needed remolding and the caster had to fire his assistant due to not doing quality checking or just ignoring it all-together. The resin should be here by Tuesday and the chain (I opened my order today to start packing and it was the wrong size!) should be here in a couple days as I have it coming overnight. Thanks for your patience!
FichtenFoo’s Dragonfly »
The Dragonfly is selling fast and should be ready for shipping in under 10 days. I just got word that the PE and Casting is complete and they’re bagging/boxing the parts for me now. When it arrives I’ll pack the product boxes and get them out the door as well as paint one myself! My daughter and I have been catching real dragonflies and damselflies at a local wetland/walking trail to pin for a potential science fair project so I have lots of colorful and beautiful examples. If you’ve been following our Facebook page, you’ve seen how cool the instructions have turned out.
I’ve been waiting on another order of the large orb bases for the latest batch of Dystopic kits. They’re coming with Frankenstein (same caster) so when they do the Dystopic preorders will be shipping as well.
FichtenFoo’s Hornethopter »
The Hornethopter will be coming back after Frankenstein’s done as it’s from the same caster. I’ll start a preorder for it very soon as it’ll probably ship by the end of September.
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.
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.
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] »
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).
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.
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.