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The folks at Iron Wind Metals do a good job, but they're (as far as I know) human and sometimes mistakes happen.

I'm wondering what the oddest mix ups people have ever gotten have been?  I ask because I just purchased one of the new Griffin sculpts and discovered when I got it home that it was missing the torso.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #1 on: 17 June 2020, 13:36:34 »
Had a mech show up with Two Left legs.

Can't remember which one it was tho
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #2 on: 17 June 2020, 13:45:01 »
I have a Howler with the top LRM-5 basically melted on the missile port end.

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #3 on: 17 June 2020, 13:52:13 »
who had their mechs sent to southeast asia and back? they're already the winner.

i think in about twelve years i've needed IWM to fix something about a half a dozen times (usually a missing piece or two)

the oddest mixup was getting a reseen wolverine with longbow legs.

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #4 on: 17 June 2020, 15:19:54 »
IWM has never messed up an order of mine (but I've only ordered a few times over the years). However... I ordered a set of metal CAV minis from Reaper once and got 2 right arms for a mech. The replacement part they shipped (which took emails, pictures, and almost 2 months)... was another right arm... 😑

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #5 on: 17 June 2020, 15:30:12 »
Oh Right - I totally forgot about this.

THIS was the oddest IWM error I ever had :P

https://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=61457

Basically, made an Order with IWM and it was sent to Cambodia instead of Canada!

Eventually got it tho.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #6 on: 17 June 2020, 15:42:07 »
the oddest mixup was getting a reseen wolverine with longbow legs.

I once got a reseen Warhammer with Locust IIC arms.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #7 on: 17 June 2020, 16:01:44 »
I can't remember what it was, but I got the wrong body in a package... and then got everything but the correct body in the mail from IWM. They made it right with the second mailing, and we had a laugh (and I had more bits).

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #8 on: 18 June 2020, 07:38:55 »
Had a mech show up with Two Left legs.

Can't remember which one it was tho
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Aren't both legs Usually on one sprue?  ???



I once got a reseen Warhammer with Locust IIC arms.
So, did you make a very Odd-Looking WHM then?   ???  Maybe with the LCT arms on the shoulders or even hips?   ;D



I can't remember what it was, but I got the wrong body in a package... and then got everything but the correct body in the mail from IWM. They made it right with the second mailing, and we had a laugh (and I had more bits).
That's one of the GREAT things about IWM though.  They make corrections, you get the right bits AND you get to keep the WRONG ones!   :thumbsup:
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #9 on: 18 June 2020, 08:18:25 »
:o

Aren't both legs Usually on one sprue?  ???

not in the case of a Mech with a Multi-Part leg. Then it is a case of a separate sprue for each.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #10 on: 18 June 2020, 08:31:05 »
For my life, I can't remember what it came in, but I once got a single sprue that had gubbins on it like a Kurita crest, faceplate for a missile launcher, and samurai-style armor plates. Like a dope I incorporated these into projects instead of making GS molds that I could duplicate them again. Has anyone ever encountered the same? I know the parts weren't related to the blister they came from, I recall that much.

Otherwise, I got a Vulpes with two left lower legs, a Nyx with two torsos, and a Night Hawk with two torsos, was able to get two Nyx for the price of one with some spare legs I had + the variant arms it came with!
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #11 on: 18 June 2020, 08:38:01 »
Only ordered from them once, and eveything went great. The odddest thing about IWM is that they havew a 1933 webpage ewith a really bad way of displaying minis. The wonder is that we buy no that they make mistakes. Unless you know EXACTLY what you are looking for it is a very bad customer experience to shop there. :/

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #12 on: 18 June 2020, 09:27:34 »
The mini display is a picture but it might be better with a shot from two angles- though they get a lot of the photos from CamoSpecs folks.  The Covid kind of messed with the web update, the main page being such a jarring change from the store page kind of lets you know its a work in progress.

I want to say the weirdest one I had was missing a fist/exhaust sprue for a Legionnaire but I had 2 gun sprues- so extra RAC/5 and ERPPC.

I am not sure the shipping address is a 'part' though, lol.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #13 on: 18 June 2020, 09:44:21 »
I am not sure the shipping address is a 'part' though, lol.

No, but it was quite the 'adventure' tho ;)
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #14 on: 18 June 2020, 14:16:00 »
I bought from an FLGS a kanga kit that came with Epona hulls.

I bought an Atlas III with no hockey pads, Melissa got that sorted out fast

I bought a Warhammer 4L/9s kit with two whole sets of torsos and legs. BONUS!

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #15 on: 18 June 2020, 16:33:02 »
I bought a Warhammer 4L/9s kit with two whole sets of torsos and legs. BONUS!
I've heard of that happening a few times.  Personally, I think Melissa does it on purpose every now and then, "Just Because" !   ;D
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #16 on: 18 June 2020, 16:48:23 »
I know I’m going to have to look back through my containers of ‘Mechs/‘Mech bits. I have at least one each unbuilt PP Phoenix Hawk, Warhammer and maybe Thunderbolt, and I believe I’m missing pieces from each (for instance, pretty sure I need a P-Hawk head).

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #17 on: 19 June 2020, 01:40:03 »
I had an Uziel show up without the torso - just arms and legs.  I ended up crafting a FrankenMech body out of Thumper wheels, the shoulder of a Yu Huang, and an extra Thunderbolt head.
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« Reply #18 on: 19 June 2020, 09:49:36 »
I know I’m going to have to look back through my containers of ‘Mechs/‘Mech bits. I have at least one each unbuilt PP Phoenix Hawk, Warhammer and maybe Thunderbolt, and I believe I’m missing pieces from each (for instance, pretty sure I need a P-Hawk head).

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #19 on: 19 June 2020, 12:05:21 »
I ordered a PP Battlemaster and Archer. The Battlemaster was missing a left arm which had come off the sprue prior to packaging and the Archer had no missile launcher hatches. I contacted Ironwind and they sent me a new set of Battlemaster arms and missile hatches for the Archer, but they only sent me one hatch rather than the required 2. I contacted IWM again, letting them know I only needed 1 hatch. They sent me the missing hatch...along with another full set of Battlemaster arms. Not complaining, their customer service was very good and responded quickly, and I used one of the spare BM right arms to modify a Cicada into the PPC variant by cutting off the barrel end.

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #20 on: 19 June 2020, 15:24:16 »
In the RP days, I bought a Komodo. It contained a sprue with bits I could not place for the life of me.

Years later I bought a Mackie and was disappointed to see that the miniature lacked detail, because it was missing its crotch lasers.

A little while later, idly rummaging through my bits box, I got a little shock: that Komodo sprue was the Mackie bits I didn't know I was missing, including that shoulder pad for which I definitely would never have guessed a correct function otherwise.

To this day, the coincidence freaks me out. Beyond a mispackaged Sturmfeur,  I never had a blister missing something, or containing something extra. And there were years between those two purchases. :crazy:
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #21 on: 19 June 2020, 15:38:15 »
I had the same experience - Mackie chunks in my Komodo.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #22 on: 19 June 2020, 16:36:48 »
I had the same experience - Mackie chunks in my Komodo.

This statement sounds like a complaint at a Luthien sushi restaurant....  ;D

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #23 on: 19 June 2020, 23:23:24 »
I've had a Rook blister that had two torsos and no legs, a Hoplite with 2 of the same leg (and since the two proper legs each had half of the base, and it was made to only go together one way, it made for a lot of hacking and sawing to make it work.
A friend of mine, who has me assemble his stuff, had an Agroterra that only had one arm and one leg that belonged to that mini in the blister; it did have the right torso as well, but a wrong arm and a wrong leg. We FrankenMeched the heck out of it with my bits box.
Btw Crimson Dynamo, I have that exact piece of sprue you're talking about, and part of me wants to say it came with my Hellfire... which makes it weirder, since that's a clanner of course. Though I could be misremembering.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #24 on: 20 June 2020, 10:07:06 »
I bought four of the new Flashman mini and all four were missing their arms.

I will correct it on my next order. IWM is great like that.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #25 on: 20 June 2020, 10:08:09 »
I bought four of the new Flashman mini and all four were missing their arms.

I will correct it on my next order. IWM is great like that.

Don't even need to wait for next order. Let them know now, and they will mail it out to you.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #26 on: 20 June 2020, 14:25:04 »
Back in the RP days, I once ordered an entire company of Unseen Crusaders at once. 

When the order came in, the minis I actually got were labelled Crusaders on the box, but were actually Wasp light Mechs.

As I needed light Mechs anyway and the store owner only charged me for the Wasps instead of the Crusaders, I went ahead and kept the order and ordered another company of Crusaders, but that mix up has always stuck in my head as a "how do you screw up that bad" moment.  I mean, I could understand one or two being mislabeled or boxed wrong, but an entire company worth?

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« Reply #27 on: 20 June 2020, 15:20:46 »
It's natural to assume that the people who produce the miniatures for a game are familiar with the game itself.

It's not necessarily a correct assumption, but it's a natural one.
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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #28 on: 20 June 2020, 15:44:37 »
didn't speck say recently that if you were trying to order some parts not in the scrapyard that you had to be VERY SPECIFIC because the person sent to retrieve them may or may not actually be familiar with BT minis?

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Re: What's the oddest part you've had missing/wrong in a purchase?
« Reply #29 on: 20 June 2020, 17:43:08 »
I found a reseen archer with reseen battlemaster arms at the game store once. Threw in some extra bits and turned out a pretty successful kitbash.
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