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 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

 

Little Armory AKM

July 31, 2016 at 21:26 | 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

Little Armory AKM BoxartAaah, 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.
Little Armory AKMSizewise, 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.

Little Armory AKM Revoltech Skeleton

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