Little Armory M4A1 SOPMOD Block 2

August 31, 2019 at 14:01 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory M4A1 SOPMOD Block 2

For such a long name, the M4A1 SOPMOD Block 2 is essentially an M4A1 with a longer barrel rail to accommodate more accessories. The main draw of the M4 rifle is the modularity, and so I decided to make my own custom M4A1 using parts from Guns Accessory A. I used the short scope, small capacity magazine, foregrip, and bipod from the Guns Accessory A kit, shown below:

Because I already used the SOPMOD2 muzzle on my M249 Winter Soldier version, I built another one using spare parts from the Water Gun kit. I also used the spare suppressor from the SCAR-H kit. I painted the grip and buttstock with IDF Gray 3, the rails with copper, and the rest with german grey.

As a result of the customization, I was left with plenty of spare parts. These include the Elcan Specter DR optics, laser module, foregrip, torchlight, magazines, and a couple of iron sights.

The original SOPMOD 2 should have the same overall length with the M4A1, but my custom muzzle slightly increased its length.

The addition of the suppressor further elongates it.

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
Like the real thing, this Little Armory SOPMOD Block 2 kit has plenty of room for customization. Even without the Guns Accessory A parts, there’s plenty of parts included to play around with.
Of the several M4A1 variants that I’ve got so far, I think this SOPMOD 2 version is one of my favorites. I’d recommend getting this one over the vanilla M4A1 kit.

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C3AFA Tokyo 2019

August 27, 2019 at 19:44 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Here’s some photos from this year’s C3AFA, previously known as C3 Hobby. This hobby show is primarily about resin or garage kits of Gundam models and other stuff.
First off, some Gundam-related photos. There weren’t that many interesting kits on show, and most of them were the same ones as previous year’s.

And now some anime figures. The lewd ones tend to be garage kits, whereas the less risque ones tend to be official products.

And there you have it. Although I didn’t plan on buying any more resin stuff, I did end up purchasing a MG Zaku I conversion kit.

Little Armory Kriss Vector CRB

August 23, 2019 at 22:21 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory Kriss Vector CRB

This is a carbine (CRB) variant of the Kriss Vector. Superficially, that just means the buttstock and barrel are different. Like the previous kit, all parts were black plastic and so I decided to give it the Alpine White paintjob.
To make it easier for the white to stand out, I first primed the necessary parts with grey primer, followed by Mr Color off-white paint. All other parts were painted with german grey. In addition, I decided to add the holosight from the Guns Accessory A kit.

The spare parts are the same with the first Kriss Vector kit: some iron sights, spare magazines, and a shorter barrel. The long barrel shroud felt a bit flimsy when attached, so I permanently glued it to the body. Finally I added some decals to the barrel shroud and sight.

As you can see, it’s longer than the original Kriss Vector with a suppressor attached.

Details & poses:

Final word:
The stock Kriss Vector has a sci-fi feel to it already, and I felt that the Alpine White paintjob further enhances that feel. The painting part was a bit tricky; masking was needed, and some small details had to be directly paint brushed.
But I’m glad I went with the white color scheme, because now the fine details stand out and are easier to appreciate. It fits the 1000 toys Synthetic Human quite nicely, but on the HGUC GM it’s a bit trickier to get nice poses.
Overall, it was a fun build and I felt a bit more sense of accomplishment compared to my previous Kriss Vector kit.

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