Tags: リトルアーモリー, Little Armory, Little Armory M79, M79 grenade launcher
#For a brief intro about the Little Armory series, refer to this earlier post for the M4A1 assault rifle#
Little Armory M79 grenade launcher
The M79 is the first grenade launcher of the Little Armory series. The kit comes with a standard M79 and a sawed off ‘Pirate Gun’ version. Also included are a total of 24 grenades, (6 x 4 types).
I painted the M79 with german gray and the buttstock with dark brown. For the Pirate gun, I sprayed it with sand brown. I also took the liberty of painting all the grenades with different color schemes.
The standard M79 is about the same length with the M4A1, while the Pirate Gun is half the length.
The standard M79 has a flip-up leaf-type sight whereas the Pirate Gun has a reflex sight. Both M79s can break open for reloading, but the grenades can’t actually fit inside the barrel.
I didn’t take too many photos of the M79 with the revoltech Skeleton and HGUC GM, as I’ll discuss later.
The M79 looks quite nice, if not a little too basic. It has some nice gimmicks as well, plus you get to build two of them. The problem is that I find it difficult to get good poses with the Skeleton and GM. The problem stems from the lack of a gun grip. The Pirate Gun was slightly better in this regard.
Overall, this might be my least favorite Little Armory release to date. At least it looks good enough on displayed on my Gun Rack.
On the plus side, I managed to nail the box art pose:
Tags: ザクキャノン, kitbash, weathering, Zaku Cannon, Zeon Remnant Project
There isn’t a HGUC Zaku Cannon kit released yet; only a MG kit and some old MSV kits. I bought a 1/144 Zaku Cannon resin kit from Yahoo Auctions, but that thing was a brick. I wanted to build something with more articulation. So I decided to combine parts of that resin kit, an old 1/144 MSV kit and several HG parts to make my own version of the Zaku Cannon.
It has been a work in progress for quite some time, and now it’s finally done. Throughout the build, only one thing remained constant: the shoulder cannon. All other parts were the result of trial & error to see what works best.
Materials & methods:
The work in progress page can be read here.
For painting, I went for the color scheme that appeared in the Unicorn OVA. All these were airbrushed.
- Main body: Brown-grey (Gaianotes)
- Forearms, feet: Russian green (Mr. Color)
- Front skirt, knees: German Grey + Propellar color (Mr. Color)
- Thighs: Light gull grey (Mr. Color)
- Weapons, backpack: German gray (Mr. Color)
- Joints: Dark gray 2 (decanted from spray can)
After the paint has dried, it’s the standard course: panel lining, decals, light weathering & flat topcoat.
The main cannon and side cannons can be folded to the back
And now some action poses:
To be honest, I didn’t really know how this would turn up. During work-in-progress I just focused on each part separately, without doing any test fitting prior to painting. I messed up some of the decals but overall I think the whole thing looks quite alright. The HG Bugu legs don’t look out of place, either.
While it looks fine standing up, I had to be careful when posing it for the photoshoot. The joints were kinda stiff and I was paranoid about breaking something. Also I unintentionally scraped some of the paint off while fiddling with different poses. Fortunately they were small enough for me to disguise them as weathering, simply by drawing over them using my black, fine tip Gundam marker.
According to my initial plan, this build should’ve been the last of my Zeon Remnants Project. But I’m thinking of adding one (or maybe two) more builds to this project. Stay tuned…
Tags: kitbash, work in progress, Zaku Cannon, Zeon Remnant Project
The Zaku Cannon has been a work in progress for quite some time now. After many delays and revisions, I finally decided on the final look. This build is a combination of several HG kits, a Zaku Cannon resin kit and the old MSV Zaku Cannon kit.
I used the head from the HGUC Zaku II (Johnny Ridden) kit as the base. To it, I glued the mouthpiece from the Zaku Cannon resin kit.
On the top of the head, I glued the forehead sensor from my HGUC Ground Gundam. At the back of the head, I removed some bits that hold the power cable and added an antenna from the MSV Zaku Cannon kit.
For the top part of the chest, I used the part from the resin kit. I drilled a bigger hole on it to accommodate the shoulder joints, which were from HGBC Bolden Arms Arms. The neck joint is just simply a leftover polycap joint. At the bottom, I attached a ball-joint socket (Hobbybase) to attach it to the hips.
The midriff is another leftover part from my Char’s Zaku II Origin kit. I attached additional plaplate to add more length and girth.
The hip was from another Zaku II Origin kit but I replaced the orignal polycap socket with the one from Hobby Base. On the front skirt armor, I attached some leftover parts from the Efreet Nacht resin kit.
I used the resin kit shield on the right shoulder. I glued a socket from a HGUC Zaku II F2 shield to attach it to the shoulder. In addition, I glued some plaplate along the edges and within the shield to add some girth and detail, respectively.
On the left shoulder, I used the MSV kit shoulder armor. I replaced the original spikes with the ones from MS Spike. To make a rough surface, I smothered the part with basic putty and using a worn toothbrush, I made random strokes over the surface.
The arms were from the HG Gouf R35 kit. The biceps were elongated by 1.2mm and the gaps on the forearm were filled with epoxy putty.
This was the part where I had the most problems. In the end, I took the easy way out and just used the HG Bugu legs. No mods except for the thighs. I covered up the panel lines with basic putty.
All the main weapons for this kit are attached to the backpack, which is from the resin kit. The main cannon was actually the Bigwig cannon that came included with a very old edition of Dengeki Hobby magazine. It’s supposed to be a huge cannon, but at 1/400 scale, it fits nicely on the shoulder of my 1/144 Zaku Cannon. To attach it to the backpack, I used several joints and the dog leg from GM Sniper K9.
The side cannons are from the MSV kit. I used a series of joints from Kotobukiya MSG and HGBC Bolden Arm Arms to connect them to the backpack.
On the left side of the backpack, I attached something that resembles a smoke grenade disperser on tanks.
Lastly, I modified a Zaku machinegun from the HGUC Zaku Sniper kit. I attached a vernier at the muzzle and added the stock from the Zaku Sniper rifle.
The completed kit can now be viewed here.