Little Armory AKM

July 31, 2016 at 9:26 pm | 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 AKM assault rifle

LA010_AKMAaah, the AK. The quintessential bad guy gun. For such an iconic weapon, I’m surprised it took this long for a Little Armory release. This kit is actually the AKM, a modernized version of the classic AK-47. Anyway, like the previous Little Armory MP7A1, this kit allows you to build a pair of AKM assault rifles.
As you can see below, they’re identical except for the magazines. There’s no bells & whistles too, just straight up Kalashnikov. At least the safety latch is moveable.
la010_001Sizewise, it’s longer than the M4A1, and comparable to the Zaku machine gun’s length.

la010_002The parts for this kit already come in the correct color. So even without painting, you can get the AK look straight out of the box.
For me though, I wanted to add some variation to this build. So for one of the AKs, I sprayed the stock, grip and foregrip with dark brown and all other parts with german gray.
For the other pair, I left the brown plastic colors as they are, but I drew some wood grain lines on them using a brown, fine-tip Gundam marker. The rest of the parts were sprayed with gunmetal. To add a weathered look to the AKs, I dabbed some black weathering pastel on the stock and magazines.  So here’s how they look like:

And some action shots with Mr Skeleton Warrior and GM Ground type:

Final word:

I really like that you get a pair of AKMs with this kit; it fits well with the cheap, mass production ethos of the real thing. Even though there no extra accessories, at least they provided different types of magazines. It’s pretty detailed and easy to assemble too. Overall I’m pretty satisfied with this Little Armory release.

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HGUC GM Semi Striker

July 18, 2016 at 6:47 pm | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:
The GM Semi striker has long been on my to-build list. I purchased a HGUC GM II kit and some GM Striker parts from Yellow Submarine with plans to make my own GM Semi Striker. But then Bandai released the official HGUC GM Striker kit on the Premium Bandai website and so I gave up on my original plans and bought the P-Bandai kit.
Although the GM Semi Striker looked nice out of the box, I wanted to add more ‘Striker’ elements to its design. The secondary aim was to improve the looks and proportion of this kit.

Materials & methods:

To read about the changes I made to the kit, click here.

For painting, I went for a very simple color scheme: the GM command colony type colors. It involves only two colors: dark grey for the feet and torso, and a kind of pale khaki for the rest of the body. I mixed my own paints as follows:

  • Torso & feet: ~60% German gray + ~30% white + ~10% orange yellow
  • The rest the body: ~80% white + ~10% yellow brown + ~10% smoke gray

For the joints & hands I sprayed Dark Grey (2) from a spray can. The weapons were painted with various combinations of German Grey, Light gull gray, and gunmetal also from spray cans.

After all parts were painted, I proceeded to apply some decals which are mostly warning & numeric types. Then I sprayed gloss topcoat over the parts with decals, and this was followed by an enamel wash using black enamel.
Some additional light weathering were applied, mostly paint scratch and rust effects. After that it’s the final flat topcoat layer. Like the HGUC GM III, I attached some reflective mirror finishes on the left shoulder and forehead sensors, then dabbed some clear enamel paints on them.

Results:

Some action poses:

And some group photos. The modifications I made means that this GM Semi Striker is the tallest GM kit I have.

Since I outfitted the GM Semi Striker with Hobby Base hands, I thought I’d pose it with some Little Armory weapons.

Discussion:

Overall, I felt that I have accomplished what I set out to do with this project. The GM Semi Striker now looks nicer, to my eyes at least. My only regret was not modifying the elbow. It looks a bit weird when bent. Even though the proportions were improved, it’s still not the most posable and flexible kit I have. It therefore wasn’t easy to pose it with the twin beam spear.

To conclude, I have no regrets purchasing this P-Bandai GM Semi Striker kit. It was a lot of fun modifying it to look how I want. Now I have to think about what to do with my abandoned GM II kit…

Little Armory MP7A1

July 9, 2016 at 10:57 am | Posted in Little Armory | 1 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 MP7A1 submachine gun

LA009_MP7This is the first Little Armory kit that’s a submachine gun (SMG). I wouldn’t rank the MP7 as my favorite SMG designs, but I’d thought I’d give this kit a try. The good thing is that you can build two MP7s from this kit, but they won’t be identical. The stock, front grip and iron sights come in two configurations: folded and unfolded. You also get two spare magazines, a scope, a laser module, and a supressor. So I assembled them into the following configuration:

la009_001The original plastic is black, so I painted one of them in olive green and the other in german grey. For detailing, I just added some decals and panel-lining. In terms of size, the MP7 with the stock extended and suppressor attached is as long as the M4A1. The folded version is half the length.

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Here’s some close-up photos:

And in the hands of my go-to models:

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Final word: As mentioned earlier, I’m not a big fan of the MP7. That opinion hasn’t changed after building this Little Armory kit. On the plus side, you get two of them in one box. But overall, this release just feels a bit ‘meh’.  With that I leave you with the box-art pose:

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