Little Armory M32

May 1, 2017 at 14:18 | Posted in Little Armory | 2 Comments
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#For a brief intro about the Little Armory series, refer to this earlier post for the M4A1 assault rifle#

Little Armory M32 grenade launcher

The M32 is a modern update of the M79 grenade launcher, with its rapid fire capability. In addition to the regular release, I managed to get my hands on a limited version that came together with the Little Armory box cover artbook.

The regular M32 comes as olive drab & black plastic, whereas the limited version (I’ll call it M32A1 from here on) is all black plastic. Both kits include the same set of 4×6 grenades like the M79 kit.

For some reason the barrels were not hollow, so I drilled the holes myself. Also did the same for the sights, allowing me to insert some clear lens from Wave option parts. The M32 was painted with a mix of sand brown & german gray; the M32A1 was painted black & german gray. I didn’t feel like painting the grenades again, so I just reused the ones from M79.

The main differences between the M32 and M32A1 are the buttstocks and barrels, with the M32 having a longer barrel.

So here’s some closeup photos:

And now with some poses:

Final thoughts:

This build is as straight forward as it gets. Not so many gimmicks either. But it does look good, waaay better than my attempt at making one for my HGUC Jesta Cannon build. And it fits nicely in the hands of Revoletech Skeleton & my HGUC GMs, thanks to the standard grip. The only major complaint is that the barrel is not hollow. So I leave you with the now mandatory box art pose:

HGUC RB-79/K Ball

April 4, 2017 at 20:35 | Posted in 1/144 scale | 1 Comment
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Introduction
What’s better than having a Ball? Having a pair, of course. The previous HG Thunderbolt Ball got me interested in more Balls, but the HGUC Ball set looked too plain to my liking.
So I purchased a different Ball set, this one from Premium Bandai. This kit features the orange RB-79K Ball from 08th MS Team, and the RB-79 Sharkmouth Ball from MS Igloo. I decided to keep to the orange color scheme for the RB-79K, but for the RB-79 Sharkmouth, I went for the MG Ball ver. Ka color scheme.

Materials & methods:
Not much modifications this time; I simply added some detail-up parts just to spruce things up. I used clear lens from Wave for the RB-79K headlights.
For the RB-79, I removed the extra thrusters from its bottom and added extra rings inside the side thrusters.

Painting:
This time, painting was done wholly by airbrush. For some colors, I used the remaining paint that I decanted from almost empty spray cans. They can be used directly on the airbrush without thinner. I sprayed gray surfacer on all parts and proceeded with painting like so:

  • Arms: MS Gray, Dark gray 31, dark gray 32
  • Weapons: ~80% German gray + ~20% dark gray 31
  • Verniers: gloss black, followed by starbright duralumin
  • RB-79K body: 90% orange yellow + 10% red
  • RB-79 body: 80% dark gray 31 + 20% off white

After that it’s panel lining, decals, and flat topcoat, in that order. No weathering this time; I wanted to go for a clean look.

Results:

First up, the pseudo ver. ka Ball:

And now the Orange Ball:

And finally, Balls:

Discussion:

Some plus points about this kit:

  • Parts separation is very good, making painting a relative breeze.
  • Arms have several points of articulation, increasing the range of movement
  • Canopy cover is clear plastic (yay!)
  • Comes with two extra head cannons

I don’t have anything negative to say about this kit, other than the small stand. I guess it’s better than nothing, but I still prefer the Thunderbolt Ball stand. Overall, it was really fun building something different.

Little Armory M79

March 22, 2017 at 22:17 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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#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.

Final thoughts:
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:

 

 

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