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:

 

 

Little Armory Gun Rack A

November 5, 2016 at 00:54 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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I noticed that my arsenal of Little Armory kits has been steadily increasing. Instead of stuffing all my assembled and painted kits into a ziplock bag and stashing it somewhere, I decided to give this Gun Rack A a try.

Little Armory Gun Rack A boxartThe Little Armory Gun Rack A actually consists of two parts: a gun wall for the top half and a cabinet at the bottom. The cabinet requires some assembly, but no glue is required. All parts come in the same shade of gray plastic, so I used my various gray spray cans to remove the monotony.

The gun wall has holes for you to attach various pegs to hold the weapons. At the back, there’s some small pegs to secure the cabinet to the gun wall. Once everything is assembled, it feels quite robust and is almost twice as tall as a HGUC kit.

The cabinet comes with a cute little padlock, and inside you can attach additional pegs and holders to arrange various weapons. I use it to store most of my assault rifles.

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You can also fit a skeleton inside the cabinet, should you be inclined to.

Little Armory Gun Rack A revoltech skeleton

For the gun wall, I use it for the larger weapons like the M240 machine guns and M82A1 rifle.

Little Armory Gun Rack A Little Armory Gun Rack A Little Armory Gun Rack A

Final thoughts:

This Gun Rack A is nice to have if you have plenty of Little Armory kits and are in need of a display rack. However, as a display piece, it’s kind of limited because the gun wall can only hold so much. The cabinet can hold more weapons, but they will be obstructed from view by the doors. Of course you can keep the doors open but the weapons won’t look that nice arranged that way.

For me, it serves its dual purpose as a display piece and storage space for my ever growing Little Armory collection. Unfortunately the storage capacity won’t be able to keep up with my steady rate of armory accumulation. Another problem for me is dust accumulation since I put it on top of my shelf, exposed. Maybe I should give it a regular blow from my air canister. With that I leave you with the recreation of the box art pose:

Little Armory Gun Rack A boxart

 

Little Armory M82A1

September 9, 2016 at 16:53 | 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 M82A1 anti-materiel rifle

LA011_M82A1The M82A1 is one of the more ubiquitous sniper rifles in media out there, be it in video games or movies. One of the earliest Little Armory releases was the M82A2, a variant that had a bullpup design. I have no problems with bullpup designs, but the M82A2 just didn’t tickle my fancy. The M82A1 is just so much more sexy looking.
The Little Armory M82A1 has plenty of parts, but once everything is assembled, the only excess parts are some spare bullets. There’s no spare magazine this time.
Little Armory M82A1 partsThe scope lenses were made out of black, opaque plastic. So I drilled holes in the scope and inserted clear lenses from M.S.G. For painting, I just used a combination of black, german grey and gunmetal from spray cans. I handpainted the spare bullets with enamel gold. Here’s a comparison of the size in relation to other Little Armory kits:

Little Armory M82A1 size comparison

Now for some shots of just the rifle itself:

And now in the hands of the typical cast:

Final thoughts:
Overall, the Little Armory M82A1 is a very nice looking kit. In terms of size, it fits well with HGUC kits but it may not be too easy to pose with.
Although it feels generally solid, there are some flimsy and fragile parts. The muzzle brake connects to the barrel with a tiny peg so be careful not to drop it. The bipod can swivel sideways but as a consequence, it can easily be detached from the rifle with just a slight touch. Also, if you really care about details, the opaque scope lens may disappoint.
Despite its flaws, I still love this kit and have no regrets about getting it.

Little Armory M82A1 Revoltech Skeleton

 

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