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Early Subscriber Gift

The subscription-based version of our Fanhome 1:3 scale Iron Man Mark III Armor partwork build-up includes five FREE gifts along the way. However, if you were one of the first subscribers to sign up, you will receive an extra gift along with Issues 59-62: this fantastic 1:2 scale Iron Man Helmet Portable Bluetooth Speaker!

Sitting at about 5″ tall and colored in the iconic hot rod red and gold, this rechargeable iHome speaker also includes a short charging cable (USB A to USB Micro). It can be connected to any 5V USB power source that can supply at least 500mA. It is highly recommended to charge it for at least 8 hours before the first use. If the power switch on the bottom of the speaker is in the OFF position, the red LED above the USB port will go out once fully charged. However, if the speaker is turned ON and powered, the red LED will stay on all the time.

Connecting this speaker to a Bluetooth-enabled (1.1, 1.2, 2.0, or 2.1+EDTR with A2DP AVRCP supported) media player such as your mobile phone is quick and easy. The first time this speaker is turned ON, it will automatically enter ‘pairing mode’ and the LED near the USB port will flash red and blue. Then, simply connect your player to the device named iHome B72 IM. The speaker will remember this device and always try to pair with it from then on. Once paired, the LED will light solid blue. If you need to pair it to a new device, hold down the button on top of the head for three (3) seconds to enter ‘pairing mode’ manually.  This button can also be used to pause/play your media player.

NOTE: Volume and Previous/Next Track features must be controlled from the media player. However, the button on top of the head can be quickly pressed to Pause and Resume playback. If for any reason, the speaker becomes unresponsive, press the top button for nine (9) seconds to hard reset it. The Bluetooth pairing process will need to be repeated.

I was quite shocked at how good this speaker looks and sounds! When turned ON, the eyes of the helmet light up a cool white and the audio is played through an Avengers logo-shaped speaker grille at the back of the head. The sound output is quite clear and even has decent low frequency (bass) response. This has to be one of the best gifts I have ever received with a partwork model subscription!

One last thing – I thought it would be interesting to see how this 1:2 scale speaker compares to the ‘1:3 scale’ head of our actual partwork model. Just imagine how big our Iron Man Armor build would be at half scale!

Product Support: While this speaker is distributed by Fanhome/DeAgostini specifically for our Iron Man build, is actually manufactured by eKids LLC (model number Vi-B72IM.UEXV1). Therefore, if you need any additional support, you can reach out to them at https://ekids.com.

Free Gift #4

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 three gifts were the PostersBaseball Cap, and T-Shirt. This fourth gift is this handy USB Powerbank that has been printed with a nice full-color Iron Man graphic!

This Powerbank is rated at 2600mAh. It includes a power switch, 4-LED charge indicator, and a short cable to charge it from another USB power source. While not high-capacity by today’s standards, it does output 2.1A at 5V so it can power/charge most modern devices for a short time. I will likely end up using it to test my Central Lighting and other small devices.

Issues 39+ Delayed

My latest shipment should have contained Issues 39-42 of our Fanhome 1:3 scale Iron Man Mark 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 support@usa.fanhome.com 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.


UPDATE July 25, 2022: I just received a new package from Fanhome, but it contains Issues 43-46, the Power Bank gift, and the first part of the Premium Base. I am still missing Issues 39-42. I emailed Fanhome and asked about this. They responded with “The issues 39-42 will be included to one of the upcoming packages as there happened a switch up between packages.” I am hoping this is the case as I cannot build anything until then.


UPDATE August 30, 2022: I received another package from Fanhome on August 18th, but it contained Issues 47-50 and another part of the Premium Base. Yet Issues 39-42 are still nowhere to be found. I emailed Fanhome who told me that the missing Issues 39-42 will be included in the next shipment. However, this was supposed to ship on August 27th, and as of today this has not shipped yet. This means I am still in a holding pattern with our Iron Man partwork build.


UPDATE September 24, 2022: Today, I received Issues 51-54 and, low and behold, my missing Issues 39-42 were included. Finally, work can resume on this build. Expect new build pages soon!

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.

To hold the oil, I use this fantastic 4 oz dispenser bottle with a built-in pump and metal lid. I fill it up and pump the lid when I need a little oil to work with. Additionally, it has a nice wide base to reduce the possibility of spills:

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 Mark III Armor ordering page!