Little Armory Hecate II

July 2, 2020 at 23:40 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory Hecate II

The Hecate II is an anti-materiel rifle of the French military. Hecate is apparently a goddess of magic & witchcraft, among others. Anyway, this Little Armory kit comes in black, and dark brown plastic for the stock & grip.

I painted it in a combination of burnt iron, dark iron, black, and propeller color. I also attached HiQ parts reflective stickers inside the scope. With everything assembled, the spare parts are a rear monopod and two bipods.

Here’s a size comparison with the M24 and M4A1 rifles:

Details shots & poses:

Final word:
This Little Armory Hecate II kit has an interesting gimmick: the bolt is actually movable, all the way back to the stock. The carrying handle is also movable, but is held in place by a thin plastic peg. So handle with care.
The overall design looks a bit plain and unassuming, and there’s not many surface details to admire. The size fits 1/144 Gunpla nicely, though.

Little Armory Mk14 Mod 0 EBR

June 28, 2020 at 22:24 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory Mk14 Mod 0 EBR

Simply put, the Mk14 is an upgraded version of the M14 battle rifle. This Little Armory kit came in two shades of plastic color: black and silverish-grey. I didn’t like the color, so I repainted it using Burnt Iron, black & German gray.
The vertical fore grip was fused to the handguard, so I decided to cut it off. With everything assembled, the only spare parts are a magazine and an elongated butt stock.

The Mk14 is just a bit longer than the M4A1.

It doesn’t come with a bipod, so I used one from the Guns Accessory A kit. Also, I attached pre-cut polarized stickers by Hi-Q Parts into the scope.

Some poses:

Final word:
At first, I wasn’t too impressed with this Mk14 EBR kit. But after painting and a couple of mods, it looks much nicer (to my eyes, at least). The size also fits well with 1/144 Gunpla, much better than the various M4A1 variants. Some caution, though. The scope can fall off easily, and it should be permanently glued to the rail.
Overall, a solid kit, and maybe one of my favorites (after painting & mods).

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.

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