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.
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.
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 USDBuy Two and Save $10!
Miguel Lopez’s Dustbuster Preorder »
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 »
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.
News! News! News!!! Lots of news today, but all good! Chompbot Sale, Ian McQue’s Sky Mark, Christophe Desse’s Aviators and Submariners, Dawn of the Apocalypse, FichtenFoo’s Long Nose Fish Sub, and Miguel Lopez Dustbuster!
Chompbot #5 Preorder Event
Don’t miss out on saving $10 on the Chompbot #5 and Chomp Troopers! Saleends Friday at Midnight! (EST) Also check out my build-up pics of the Chompbot pre-release sample parts I’ve received so far from the casters.
The Sky Mark production is coming along nice and quick! I’ll have 50 (out of 100 first ed) kits in a few weeks. No preorder for these so first come first served when the sale page starts. Meanwhile, enjoy this new Ian McQue art for the Sky Mark buoy as well as the instructions/box label pics.
Dustbuster coming in another month or so! Meanwhile enjoy these packaging pics:
Christophe Desse’s Aviators
Coming in about 30 days, Chistophe Desse’s Aviators! These 4 Steampunk inspired figures are sold as a set. The seated pilot will also be included with the Hornethopter’s next edition (also coming soon!) to replace the old pilot.
Christophe Desse’s Submariners
This maritime quartet will also be sold as a set and is the perfect accessory for our submersible releases! Set includes two swimmers and two “land-lubbers”. Available in about 60 days!
Longnose Fish Submersible Pilot Print
And the inspiration behind the Submariners is of course the Long Nose Fish Sub pilot that Christophe Desse also did for us. Here’s a few shots of the pilot print. Christophe is also working on a seated pilot that can be used for the original Fish Sub as well!
Dawn of the Apocalypse!
Finally… Announcing Dawn of the Apocalypse! These figures were designed and produced by us at Industria Mechanika for Dark World Creations. Check out the sexy and zombified creations below. More figures and post apocalyptic car kit mod sets on the way! The girls Ginger and Krystal were sculpted by David Richardson. Zombies Jared and Jessica were sculpted by Pedram Karimfazli. Show these guys some love and get yourself some fantastic 1/24 scale End of Civilization goodness!
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. Ian McQue’s Remora 3rd Ed: All Units Shipped!!! Deckhands 1/35: All preordered units in-stock and shipping now!
Deckhands 1/24: Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual. Sasha 1/24:Available now! Barrio 1/24:Avialable now!
Barrio 1/35:Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual. Chompbot #5, Troopers, Pilots: Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual. Orb Ship: Waiting on casts. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Upcoming Preorders »
Upcoming preorder items: Dystopic, Dustbuster, and Ian McQue’s Sky Mark.
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. FichtenFoo’s Fish-Shaped Submersible:Available Now! Kastor: Same as the Hornethopter… planning to restock this one early December 2012.
Fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available for preorders.
Yeah, I know…. FINALLY! The next Ian McQue release! I had asked Ian soon after the Remora release about doing a small release like a buoy that could be used with it and the other ships we plan to produce and here’s the result. This ‘sky mark’ buoy isn’t a ship, but is a fantastic accessory for the Remora and the upcoming and unannounced (till now) “Waldo” airship. The Waldo will be officially announced with pics in 4-6 weeks. I’m waiting on some materials to get the hull in a state that I can show off. For now though you’ll have to wait. Sorry!
The Sky Mark was conceptualized by Ian McQue and sculpted by Myself (Michael Fichtenmayer/FichtenFoo). Ian provided me with a series of sketches of different shapes and designs, then he made a rough 3D rendering of the Sky Mark for me to use as reference during the sculpting. This buoy will feature approximately 14 resin parts, wire, decals, and a LOT of photoetch for the truss frames. (Etch features push-out rivets to make it more dimensional) It’ll also come with two clear red blinking LEDs that you can use to light it up. (wiring/batteries not included, but probably a how-to in the instructions)
This 1/35 scale buoy will be approximately 12 inches/30cm tall when complete and about 3 inches/8cm wide. No idea on price or actual release date yet. The PE is in production, the master for the resin is done, but the resin parts are not yet in production and are actually sitting on my worktable waiting for one of my casters to be freed up.