Hello again! It’s a good day for news here at iMech with some great preorder and upcoming kit announcements! So without further adieu, let’s get on with it…!
Her Majesty’s Estafette PREORDER »
It’s taken a lot longer than anticipated, but the resin for the Estafette is on its way. I need to finalize the instructions and get them off to print, but otherwise we should be ready to ship around 4.21.2014! Her Majesty’s Estafette by Christophe Desse comes with wheels to do either the mag or photoetch wire wheels, bending jig, 3 figures, and a LOT of finely cast parts. Preorder now to save 5%! Sale Ends 4.20.2014.
Luca Z of Kallamity (see his Kastor here) has been posting progress images of this future iMech bipedal mecha kit for the last few weeks and now it’s official! The WACHTEL is now in the store so you can get notifications and look at preview images while we await a price and official preorder/shipping date.
Hi. How are you? Good? Awesome. Now that that’s over, let’s get onto the news! This time: SASHA’S BACK! Yup! Also finished pics of FichtenFoo’s Sky Marks and Luca Z’s Kastor build-ups as well as a Rook preorder update.
Sasha The Welding Girl in 1/35 and 1/32! »
Sasha the Welding Girl is back in 1/35 and 1/32 scale looking better than ever thanks to a new caster for the project. Get her while she lasts!
The Rook and Pawn Brigade masters have been printed and are at the caster. As soon as they send me the quote I can get the final price together and start preorders. I should be able to start preorders this Friday, Feb 15th at noon EST if all goes well. If not, then Tuesday, Feb 19th at noon EST will be our make-up date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
Ian McQue’s Sky Mark (10.31.2012).
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.
Just a few items to report on today. Kastor preorder news and a new 1/35 figure!
Kallamity’s Kastor Preorder
Kallamity’s Kastor sculpted by world renowned modeler Luca Zampriolo will be available for preorder starting March 15th. Price will be $130.00 USD + Shipping.
Sasha the Welding Girl in 1:35
Jose Alves da Silva’s Sasha the Welding Girl will soon be available from Industria Mechanika as a 1/35 scale figure kit. She’ll go on sale in a few weeks once I get the casts. Figure includes wires and photoetch to complete kit and cart. Kit will cost $16 + shipping.
Kallamity’s Kastor is coming in April so we’ve been hard at work getting the print materials ready for the kit packaging. Part of that is of course announcing the winner of the Kastor Illustration contest! We had 4 really cool entries and would like to thank all of the participants for submitting them. Congratulations and the prize of a Kastor kit and their work used in the print materials and Kastor Art Card Set is Daniel Comerci! Here is Daniel’s Entry:
All of the entries can be seen in the thumbnail gallery below.
Below are small shots of what the box label art and instructions will look like with their beautiful, large cover artworks by Scott Robertson and Ian McQue. The label and instructions will be full-color.
Kastor Art Cards
Here is the set of four 4×6 inch frame-able Kastor Art Cards that will come free with the first edition of the Kastor, and also be available as a separate purchase. Thanks again to the artists for their beautiful works! On the card fronts in order from left to right, top to bottom: Scott Robertson, Daniel Comerci, Luca Zampriolo, and Ian Mcque
On the reverse side of the cards are Luca’s early illustrations and thumbnails of the Kastor creation process.
There’s lots going on with iMech and our collaborators. A lot of projects are near completion a means we’ll start to hit our goal of one major release a month soon! Here’s some random news highlights:
Miguel Lopez Dustbuster
I’ve been getting a few emails and PMs asking when the Dustbuster will be ready. Here’s some shots of the model so far. It’s getting really close to completion and we’re hoping for a release no later than April 2012.
Adrian Smith’s Frankenstein
This wasn’t planned initially as an Industria Mechanika release, but we couldn’t resist when we saw it! The Frankenstein started as a contest for CGHub where Adrian Smith supplied a few sketches and it was up to 3D modelers to interpret them. The winner got a printed copy of their design. I asked Adrian, CGHub and the winning artist, Rishi Nandlaskar if they’d like to produce it into a model and the answer was a resounding yes! The print is on it’s way to me now so expect this “beauty” to be released in the first half of 2012.
More Adrian Smith Designs
We also have two more of Adrians designs in the works and will be collaborating with Adrian and CGHub soon on another contest. Watch CGHub for details.
Jake Parker’s Chompbot #5
The 3D portions of the Chompbot are at the printer and should get to Jeff Brewer, our modeler for hand-refinement soon. Once he gets them and takes some pics I’ll post them. We’re also working on more accompanying figures by Jake Parker and Jose Alves da Silva as seen below.
The Kastor is on its way to us from Luca and as soon as I get it and take photos to start the instructions, and send the PE files to the etch producer, it’ll be on its way to the caster. Expect it in early 2012!Luca took some inspiration from Ian McQue’s rendering and added the following figures to the kit. Woo!
Dmitry Parkin’s Vampire
The Vampire is at the caster and will begin production as soon as the 1st Edition Remoras are out the door. The Vamp is our next release so watch for preorders to begin in January!
Ian McQue’s Remora
The Remora 1st Edition kits are almost done at the caster and I’ll receive a batch next FridayThe caster has orders to keep producing more after the 1st 50 are completed so watch for the 2nd Edition to hit the site in January.
Derek Stenning’s Dystopic
The 3D model of Dystopic is just about complete and looks amazing. Derek wants to make sure it’s 100% perfect before we show it off, but it’s definitely coming soon!
TMMI’s Hornethopter Review
It’s hit the news stands and iPad so check it out!
Worlds are colliding in the most awesome way possible. Two of my favorite mecha designers & concept artists have combined to make a fantastic pieces of art to help launch one of our upcoming products. Check out Ian McQue’s awesome rendering of the upcoming Kastor Hoverank model by Luca Zampriolo of Kallamity.com.
Kastor Illustration by Ian McQue
We already posted Scott Robertson’s very cool rendering of Kallamity’s Kastor, but it’s cool so here it is again! I love the contrast between the paint schemes yet each looks completely plausible.
Kastor Illustration by Scott Robertson
Kastor Illustration Contest!
As an added promotion of Kallamity’s Kastor; Industria Mechanika and Kallamity are hosting a Kastor illustration contest. “How does it work” you ask? “What’s in it for me” you say? Basically you have until December 31st January 30th 2012 to submit an illustration* depicting the Kastor based on the master construction photos below. The winning entry** will have their artwork included in the model kit releases interior packaging and will receive 1 copy of the Kastor model kit.
How to enter: email your entry with name, email, etc, to info _at_ industriamechanika.com.
Here’s the pics of the Kastor master construction! The Kastor’s master is nearly complete and should be going into production very soon!
*Illustration must fit into a 4″ x 6″ area and be 300 dpi. (1200px X 1800px)
**Winners to be determined by Industria Mechanika and Kallamity staff. If no entries are deemed suitable for print, contest is void.
Luca Z sent me the rest of the Kastor images he has, including the beginnings of an illustration started by Scott Robertson. It’s really taking shape and has that distinctively awesome Kallamity look and feel. Price and Release Date TBD.
A few months back I mentioned that we have an upcoming release from Kallamity‘s Luca Zampriolo. The wait is over! Here are some progress images of his upcoming Hovertank model titled the Kastor. (Italian for Beaver) The Kastor is a 1/35 scale resin and photoetch model kit. Price is TBD, overall length is unknown to me at the moment, but I’ll get back to you on that, and the ETA is Early 2012. Here’s a few more pics: