Posts Tagged ‘Steampunk’

It’s time for the 2014 Preview!

I’ve been mentioning on our Facebook page that we’ve got many new products in development and that I would soon be showing them off. Well, wait no longer as the announcement time is here! This isn’t everything we’ve got coming up, but will give you a taste of what to expect.

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Adrian Majkrzak’s Black Moth [Heavy] »

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This Heavy Trooper, the first of a 3-person squad, comes from a new collaborative duo of artists joining our roster. Helmet can be displayed in place of the head, or held in the free hand with a full portrait head. Sculpted in 1/8 scale by Mike Kime of Epic Games.

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Black Moth [Heavy]‘ here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when this product is ready for preorders.

Calum Watt’s ‘The Hopper’ »

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From the concept artist behind our Freaky Gothic figure release! This 1/35 scale flyer comes with 3 figures! (1 standing and 2 pilots seated back-to back) Sculpted by the talented Stefano Bernardi.

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for ‘The Hopper’ here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when this product is ready for preorders.

Derek Stenning’s EK Cosmonaut Series »

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An all new 3-figure series by Derek Stenning and Gene Campbell, the team-up that brought you Dystopic! This series of <b>1/8 scale</b> figures will be released throughout 2014. Each will have a laser-etched base which will interlock with the other two. The first figure is 95% ready for printing so watch for him in early 2014!

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for EK Cosmonaut #1 here »
Visit iMech Sh0p Page for EK Cosmonaut #2 here »
Visit iMech Sh0p Page for EK Cosmonaut #3 here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when these products are ready for preorders.

Christophe Desse’s L’Estafette »

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Another amazing creation by Christophe Desse, designer behind the Red Star 47 and many of our figure sets. This 1/35 scale roadster comes with three figures and two different sets of tires for either mag-rims or photoetched wire rims.

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘L’Estafette’ here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when this product is ready for preorders.

Christophe Arnold’s Walrus and Figures »

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The Walrus is a large beefy APC designed and 3D sculpted by the talented Christophe Arnold. Match this up with Michael Herm’s Rook and other modern military kits for some great diorama possibilities! This large 1/35 scale armored personnel carrier and 4 figure set will be a great addition to any sci-fi or armor modelers collection!

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Walrus’ here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when this product is ready for preorders.

Solid, Liquid, and Gas Containers »

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One of the rare “real world” products we’ve developed. Each 1/35 scale set will cost $25 and be available in January 2014.

Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Solid Container Set’ here »
Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Liquid Container Set‘ here »
Visit iMech Sh0p Page for the ‘Gasses Container Set‘ here »

Click the ‘Notify Me’ link at the top of the page to get an email when these products are ready for preorders.


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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.


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.


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 »


Time for a steamy edition of iMech news! In this episode, we update you on Friday’s Steampunk preorders, show off Christophe Desse’s L’Estafette roadster, and finally show the Orb Ship I’ve been working on as well as put the 2nd Edition up for Preorders!

Fish-Fry Friday »

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First up, the new fish sub, Prof. FichtenFoo’s Implausible Long-Nose Submersible goes up for preorder on Friday March 1, 2013 along with Christophe Desse’s Submariners and the Skipper. All three of these Steampunk-styled kits are in 1/35 scale. All three will be shipping in Early April at the latest. The Skipper is the long awaited pilot for the original Fantastical Fish-Shaped Submersible (which is in stock now) and comes with a new seat and control sticks. Will be great for ships, balloons, etc!

Prof. FichtenFoo’s Implausible Long-Nose Submersible » $99 + Shipping

Christophe Desse’s Submariners » $35 + Shipping

Christophe Desse’s Skipper » $18 + Shipping

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L’Estafette Renders »

Christophe Desse has posted some fantastic renders of his upcoming 1/35 scale L’Estafette. I love these because they look like finished plastic figures. Cool stuff coming in May 2013!

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FichtenFoo’s Orb Ship Build-up »

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I finished up my Orb Ship build-up last week after putting it aside for several months while working on other masters and product launches. It’s a really fun build and if you haven’t had a chance to get one, you can preorder the next edition on Friday. Here’s the pics of my build-up and more detailed info/tutorials on the build can be found on my blog at FichtenFoo.com.

Scott Robertson’s Orb Ship 2nd Ed Preorder »

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The Scott Robertson 1/48 scale Orb Ship‘s 2nd Edition will be available for PREorder on Friday 3.1.2013 as well. This very large ship is $155 + Shipping.


Back in 2011 when I first announced that I was starting Industria Mechanika, one of my first collaborator announcements was for Adrian Smith. We wanted to do something slightly different from his normal artwork… something that we thought you guys would love and I had an idea in my head I’d been toying with. I gave him a few rough ideas in text form and what he came back with was more amazing that I ever dreamed up. We initially teamed up with a clay sculptor, but the result was… not good, suffered many many delays, and we missed out on this being one of our first releases. But after Adrian introduced me to the uber-talented 3D artist Rishi Nandlaskar, the modeler for our Frankenstein (email me if you want a potential 2nd Frankie edition!) and Deckhands releases, we finally can bring this release to reality and to you!

Announcing Adrian Smith’s Chrononaut!

This steampunk inspired time-traveling hunter will be released as a 1/8 scale resin/multimedia kit early this summer. In fact if all goes well, it might even be done in time for Wonderfest 2013 in Louisville.

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What you see above in 3D is about 95% complete. Rishi is adding and refining the textures and should be done with the 3D by this weekend. Below I’ve added some of the original concept sketches as well as the final concept art. The price is TBD of course and due to the large (and awesome!) T-Rex head base will be a little more expensive than what I intend our 1/8 scale line-up to be as the base will make up almost 1/2 of the kit bulk in printing and casting costs. He’ll also have some photoetch, chain, wire, etc in the box to complete the kit.

And of course he’ll look awesome alongside of our upcoming Freaky Gothic figure by Calum Watt/David Richardson!

I’ll add him to the shop for notifications in a day or two.

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As promised before my vacation last week, here’s some almost done renders of the upcoming Calum Watt “Freaky Gothic” modeled by the amazing David Richardson. Originally slated for 1/12 scale we’ve decided to increase that and do 1/8 scale instead. Seems that most of you want the figures to be larger and that’s fine. 1/8 scale should be a nice balance between size and costs making them more affordable than our 1/6 scale figures were. Price details to come. David is currently tightening up details and textures since we increased the scale. I’ll show close-up views of this when they’re available.

 


The winner and undisputed champion is…

To be announced in a bit… first let’s play the reality TV game and not get right to the point shall we? Sorry for not getting these results up sooner. I’ve been pretty much inundated here at iMech central and haven’t had a chance. I had also given the Collaborator judges until July 5th to submit their results. I did the tallies yesterday based on the three divisions: Public Poll, Select Collaborators, and Contestant Votes.

Public Tally: This was based on the poll seen here.
Collaborators Tally: I asked about 10  trusted collaborators/staff to vote based on what would make for the best kit. Point values were: 1st 3pts, 2nd 2pts, and 3rd choice 1 pt. Thanks to Ian McQue, Rishi Nandlaskar, Derek Stenning, and Brent Curtis! All of whom have opinions I value.
Contestant Tally: Each contestant got to vote for 3 entrants worth 1 point each.

Actual Scores:


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Congrats to our winner: Chris Lee!

Chris got the top score in each caregory making him the hands-down winner. Chris will get his likeness made into a 1/35 scale figure kit. (2in. / 50mm tall) Chris wins his likeness in costume made into a 1/35 scale (50mm) figure kit. Two copies of your kit with the option to have one pre-painted by a figure modeler. Also one copy of the upcoming Squid-Shaped Submersible model kit.

Character Name: Dr. Mortimer J. Torque, Inventor, Tinkerer, and Steamologist of the Apparition Abolishers
Information: SOFT: Soft pieces similar to gentleman of the day include boots, pants, fancy button up shirt w/ sleeve holders, vest and top hat.
GEAR: Gear is all found and repurposed objects. The Portable Power Pack is designed to generate steam on demand for The Device (an energy field detector). The pack derives its power from a vertically-mounted Emeraldic Energy Extrapolator which provides the wattage to heat the water in the small boiler at the bottom of the rig. The steam can then be safely dispensed as needed to the other team members’s weapons and gear through the removable high-pressure injectors, shown hanging on the left of each pack in the photos.
OTHER: Signature pieces include brass duck head cane and goggles, gun and holster belt, plus skeleton keys for accessing various areas of his secret laboratory. Famous for several mechanical inventions such as Scrappington Hauley (mechanical mule), H.A.R.O.L.D.E. (Heavy Ambulatory Rider Operated Load Dispatching Equipment, steam powered exosuit), and A.T.T. (Automatic Torque Telegrapher, communication device). (If chosen, can send photos of each of these as a larger accessory reference.)

Runners Up »

As stated a few will be chosen, not based on the voting, but on what we think our customers would like as a kit. These choices are still TBD (although I have at least 2 in mind already, pending contact with contetants) and will be based on what looks best, can get the most use in a variety of scenes, etc… and will be determined by Industria Mechanika. It is not based on the voting scores as iMech did not participate in the actual voting.  Those entrants will receive: Their own runner-up’s likeness in costume made into a 1/35 scale (2in. / 50mm) figure kit. Two copies of the runner-up kit.

Thanks!

Thanks to all of the entrants for showing off their amazing costumes. We’ll certainly do this again in the future as we like to promote artists, modelers, sculptors, and their original works.


Really big update today ladies and gents! Three new designs and one announced a while ago seemingly risen from the dead. And of course the usual preorder/restock updates.

Calum Watt’s Freaky Gothic »

I started talking with Calum Watt a few months ago about collaborating on some of his cool mechanical designs. (see his sites here and here) He’s working on fleshing those plans out for us, but meanwhile he updated a very old sketch I was very interested in using as the Squid Sub pilot/captain.  This cool steampunk-esque figure will be available with the Squid without the coat as the pilot. A separate coated figure will also be available in 1/35 aka 50mm scale. But not only that… the figure is so cool that I’m really considering doing a 1/6 scale (300mm, 12″) version as well. The figure will be 3D sculpted by David Richardson. David’s been collaborating with us on a number of unannounced projects already and does amazing work. (don’t ask… I can’t tell!) You can view David’s site here. No release date yet on the individual figures, but the seated pilot will come with the Squid. Fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available.

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Pre-Sculpting Plans^

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Original sketch circa 2005^

 

Alb-Lab’s T-Zero »

This one has been in the works for a while from Alb-Lab, makers of the Markov Racer. The long sleek T-Zero designed and fabricated by Alberto Longo & Daniele Cattarin is their latest anti-gravity racing endeavor. Featuring resin body and a vacuform canopy. No word yet on decals or PE parts. Expect this one to be available in Fall 2012. Fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available.

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FichtenFoo’s Fish Sub II »

Since the Squid Sub is delayed, I still wanted to have a new FichtenFoo steampunk vehicle available for 2012. A while back I saw some cool fish X-rays and one caught my eye. I finally sat down and started the master last week for a new Fish-Shaped Submersible based on the Longnose Butterflyfish. It’s a cool-shaped fish and depending on how squared back I make the fins, (do a Google image search to see how the actual fish looks) will look very sleek and fast. The eyes are set low on the body so this craft will be piloted by someone seated in a prone racing motorcycle position in order to see out the windows. I’ve just gotten the basic body shape done so far so expect more images as I detail it up. It’s slightly smaller than the original Fish Sub I did a few years ago. I do know this kit will use LOTS of photoetch, a potential white metal (pewter?) propeller, clear glass eyes like the Hornethopter, and of course resin and wire. Watch for a preorder later this year. Fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available.

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Mike Jensen’s Drone »

A loooong time ago I announced we would be kitting Mike Jensen’s “Drone” figure. He sent me the 3D files a few weeks ago, but I didn’t have any renders until now. This will be a 1/6 scale resin figure kit. Approximately 300mm/12in. tall, but no base. No info on the release date yet, but I’ll keep you updated of course when I know more and you can also fill out the Notify Me to get info when a preorder is available.

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Final Preproduction Render ^

 

Steampunk Contest Voting »

Voting continues for the Steampunk Costume Contest. Click here to submit your vote by June 30th.

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.
Sasha 1/35:
All 1/35 Sashas are shipping Monday UNLESS they’re paired with a 1/35 Deckhands set and need shipped together.
Sasha 1/32:
Replacement casts shipping by 6.20.2012 to those of you that filled out the replacement form.
Deckhands 1/35: Different caster from Sasha, the 1/35′s and some of the 1/24th’s I believe are shipping on Monday 6.18.2012 to me from the caster. Once I receive them I’ll box and ship immediately as usual.
Deckhands 1/24:
Same caster as 1/35′s, I might have a few next week to start shipping out… not 100% clear there. However I need to wait for the labels to get back from the printer. Wasn’t expecting the resin so soon!

Upcoming Preorders »

Remora 3rd Edition: At caster who will start next edition production next week. I should be able to start a preorder in Early July.
Frankenstein 1st Edition: At caster who will start molding next week. I should be able to start a preorder in Early July.
Chompbot #5 & Chomp Troopers: Both are at different casters and are in production. I should be able to start a preorder in Mid July.
Other upcoming preorder items: Sasha 1/24, Barrio Guy 1/35, Barrio Guy 1/24, Orbship, and Dustbuster.

Restocks! »

We’ve sold out of a LOT of items this past month and will be casting new editions of some of your favorites.
Remora:
We’re still aiming for a July restock of these. Fifty of the 3rd Edition kits will be available for preorder next month.
Sasha 1/35:
We’ve not got the first 100 out the door, but there’s been a lot of interest in her. As soon as I can get the first ones done I’ll start a preorder for the next batch.
Hornethopter: Lots of interest in this little beastie after we sold the last 10 at Wonderfest. I’ll attempt to restock these in August or September…. need to get some of our new scheduled releases out the door first.
FichtenFoo’s Fish-Shaped Submersible: Gave the master back to the caster to start molding for a 6th run! Planning to restock this one early Fall 2012.
Kastor: Same as the Hornethopter… planning to restock this one early Fall 2012.

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


All of the entries are in and now it’s time to vote!We have 20 really fantastic (extraordinary even!) entries. Click below to view all of the entries, read the voting guidelines, and then vote for your favorite. Remember, the winner gets a kit made from their entry to choose what/who you want to build and paint!

View Entries and Vote »

Polls end June 30th 2012. While no more entries are being accepted, you can still click here to see the contest rules and guidelines.