Little Armory M4A1 2.0

December 19, 2019 at 12:37 | Posted in Little Armory | 3 Comments
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Little Armory M4A1 2.0

The first Little Armory kit was the M4A1, and now some years later, they released a version 2.0. It comes with a slightly different set of accessories: forward grip with bipod, new optics, iron sights, rail covers, carrying handle, laser module.
Gone are the night vision goggles from the first version. I decided to customize it using spare parts I had lying around. I used the extended buttstock from the Mk.18 mod 0, and the forward grip, laser module and controller from the SOPMOD Block 2.
The color scheme is inspired by the rugged-looking M4A1s used in desert warfare. The base layer is Gaianotes Grey Brown, then I airbrushed lines using IJN green and olive drab over a metal mesh, similar to what I did for the P90 TR.
The magazine is neutral gray, with some paint chipping effects added using enamel silver.

On the surface level, there’s nothing much between the first version and this current 2.0 version, other than the accessories.

And here’s all the Little Armory M4 carbine variants I have so far:

Finally some close ups and poses:

Final word:
If I’m not mistaken, there’s 5 Little Armory M4 carbine variants (the watergun doesn’t count) released so far. The main reason I bought this one was to experiment on the desert camo paint job, and to customize it using lefotver parts.
The paintjob is not perfect, but it was fun customizing the M4A1.

Overall, I’m hard pressed to find any significant differences or improvements over the first M4A1 version. I guess it comes down to the choice of accessories. The boxart is quite nice though.

Little Armory MP5K

December 13, 2019 at 23:56 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory MP5K briefcase gun

This is the third MP5 variant, and it’s the briefcase gun. More specifically, it’s the MP5K, the short version of the MP5. The kit includes one briefcase with a fully functional hinge, and the MP5K comes with a spare magazine.

The MP5K was painted in black and german grey, with the fire indicators directly painted using enamel red and white paints. With the short barrel and lack of buttstock, the MP5K is one of the smallest Little Armory kit that I have.

Here’s a comparison with previous versions of the MP5:

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
I think that this might be my favourite MP5 variant so far. Not a big fan of the briefcase, but the MP5K by itself just looks really nice. I actually bought two of them, just for those dual-wielding poses.
Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with this kit, I only wish they included two MP5Ks in a single kit instead of the briefcase. The boxart is also a bit underwhelming, though.

Little Armory Steyr AUG

December 10, 2019 at 02:30 | Posted in Little Armory | 3 Comments
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Little Armory Steyr AUG

After the FA-MAS, we have another bullpup assault rifle in the form of the Steyr AUG. It has a unique design, easily recognizable by its shilouette. This little armory kit comes with only one magazine, made of smoke-colored clear plastic. The forward grip is swappable between a folded up or down version.

I painted the body in IDF Gray 3, and the barrel in gunmetal. The insides of the magazine is painted in gold, like the P90 kit. Some fine details were directly paint brushed. The length is about the same as the M4A1, and the barrel makes it longer than the FA-MAS.

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
I really like the Steyr design, and it was a fun build. But there’s not much details or interesting gimmicks, and it wouldn’t hurt to have another spare magazine. The whole barrel assembly also feels somewhat fragile; it’s so thin I worry that it might snap anytime I handle it.
The Steyr looks nice in a shooting pose from the shoulders. The Skeleton & Synthetic Human can do this pose quite well, but the GM… not so much. I still think the real life Steyr AUG looks nice, but in this instance it doesn’t look nice with 1/144 scale Gunpla.

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