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Issues 39+ Delayed

My latest shipment from Fanhome should have contained Issues 39-42 of our 1:3 scale Iron Man Mk III Armor build, but instead they sent me Issues 35-38 again. I opened a ticket with their support team and they resent the shipment. This replacement shipment ALSO contained Issues 35-38. I was very confused as to what was going on.

Then today, I received an email from Fanhome regarding this problem and that it should be fixed soon…

Hi Collector,

We hope you are enjoying your Iron Man Mark III Armor. We at Fanhome strive for excellence in everything we do and we are committed to bringing you the best fan experience possible. In your 11th package, you have recently received a second set of the same components from your 10th package instead of the correct components. This was caused by an administrative error in one of our systems. We have corrected this and you will receive your missing pieces with your 14th package shortly.

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused by this, and we would like to remind you that you can contact our customer service team on if you have any further questions or concerns.

Thank you once again for choosing Fanhome, and we hope you enjoy your collection!

Kind regards,

Fanhome Team

This means the build is delayed again. I will update this post when I have any new information.

Free Gift #3

The subscription-based version of this Fanhome 1:3 scale Iron Man Mark III Armor partwork build-up includes five FREE gifts along the way. The previous two gifts were the Posters and a Baseball Cap. This third gift is this very cool T-Shirt!

It came in XL so I gave it to a friend, but the T-shirt is a really nice black with a silk-screened Arc Reactor graphic on the front. What most people may not realize is that this graphic is actually glow in the dark! Thank you Fanhome!


Free Gift #2

The subscription-based version of this Fanhome 1:3 scale Iron Man Mark III Armor partwork build-up includes five FREE gifts along the way. The first of these gifts was a set of Posters. The second is this Baseball Cap.

I was actually surprised at the quality of this hat. The front panel is not silk-screened, but embroidered! It also is not a plastic/foam hat, but made of a very nice cloth.

The rear of the hat has a nice buckle adjustment and a screened MARVEL logo.

I don’t wear hats, but I have friends that do, so this will find a good home!

Issues 11+ Delayed

I just received an email from Fanhome regarding a delay in our next batch of issues for this build. Hopefully we will see the parts soon!

Hi Collector,

Thank you for your loyalty to Iron Man Mark III Armor.

Unfortunately, due to logistical issues because of congestion at the port of Los Angeles, we are experiencing a delay in the delivery of your 4th shipment.

We are working hard to solve this situation and get your package to you by the end of this month.

UPDATE October 4, 2021: I checked my Fanhome account and this still has not shipped. No idea when it will arrive…

UPDATE October 11, 2021: It still has not shipped.

UPDATE October 18, 2021: These issues are still in the ‘processing’ status and have not shipped.

UPDATE November 1, 2021: Nothing new to report, my next package has still not shipped yet.

UPDATE November 2, 2021: I have finally received a shipping notification from Fanhome. Issues 11-14 should be on the way!

UPDATE November 9, 2021: While I do have a tracking number, FedEx shows they have not received it yet. I wonder where it is…

UPDATE November 16, 2021: The tracking number never changed from ‘awaiting package’ so I emailed Fanhome. They think it must have been lost in transit, so they are sending me a new shipment at no charge.

3-in-One Oil

If you are building any of the die-cast metal large scale models out there, you are probably familiar with the pain around driving screws into metal parts. In my experience, some of these screws have a tendency to bind up, strip threads, or simply snap off. Not only does it cause frustration, but it could cause a long delay in your build waiting for replacement parts.

For a while now, I have read about other builders that were using a little oil on their metal screw threads to help reduce the risk of damage and the effort needed to seat these screws fully. Up until this point, I had taken my time to carefully pre-thread metal screws, but it turns out they were on to something. I recently picked up some 3-in-One Multi-Purpose Oil (from the WD-40 Company) and it has changed everything!

I simply dip the tip of each metal screw into a tiny drop of this stuff and they go right in and without any drama. I should have done this sooner! If putting a little oil on the end of a metal screw is not feasible, you can also use a toothpick or other small tool to apply the oil directly into a screw hole before installing the screw.

I highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this oil (or other similar lubricant). It will surely save you time and headache!

Shop is Open!

I have had many visitors ask about the tools and supplies that I use to build my partworks, so I have created a ‘Shop‘ over at my main build site with Amazon links to most of the items I have used along the way. All proceeds go towards supporting my site costs, not for profit. I hope you all find this helpful!

Go to Shop

If you want to build this specific partwork, check out the Fanhome 1:3 scale Iron Man Mk III Armor ordering page!

A Fanhome First!

Fanhome is a new name in the partworks build-up world. In reality, it is just another face of DeAgostini, but I love the color scheme they are using on their website. So, I decided to go with purple accents on my new build site to give them a nod of appreciation!

Fanhome has recently started this 1:3 scale Iron Man Mark III Armor partwork build-up subscription and I thought I would give them a try. This will be first model from them. I am looking forward to it, so I hope we all really enjoy this one!