Little Armory M4A1 SOPMOD Block 2

August 31, 2019 at 14:01 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory M4A1 SOPMOD Block 2

For such a long name, the M4A1 SOPMOD Block 2 is essentially an M4A1 with a longer barrel rail to accommodate more accessories. The main draw of the M4 rifle is the modularity, and so I decided to make my own custom M4A1 using parts from Guns Accessory A. I used the short scope, small capacity magazine, foregrip, and bipod from the Guns Accessory A kit, shown below:

Because I already used the SOPMOD2 muzzle on my M249 Winter Soldier version, I built another one using spare parts from the Water Gun kit. I also used the spare suppressor from the SCAR-H kit. I painted the grip and buttstock with IDF Gray 3, the rails with copper, and the rest with german grey.

As a result of the customization, I was left with plenty of spare parts. These include the Elcan Specter DR optics, laser module, foregrip, torchlight, magazines, and a couple of iron sights.

The original SOPMOD 2 should have the same overall length with the M4A1, but my custom muzzle slightly increased its length.

The addition of the suppressor further elongates it.

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
Like the real thing, this Little Armory SOPMOD Block 2 kit has plenty of room for customization. Even without the Guns Accessory A parts, there’s plenty of parts included to play around with.
Of the several M4A1 variants that I’ve got so far, I think this SOPMOD 2 version is one of my favorites. I’d recommend getting this one over the vanilla M4A1 kit.

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Little Armory Kriss Vector CRB

August 23, 2019 at 22:21 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory Kriss Vector CRB

This is a carbine (CRB) variant of the Kriss Vector. Superficially, that just means the buttstock and barrel are different. Like the previous kit, all parts were black plastic and so I decided to give it the Alpine White paintjob.
To make it easier for the white to stand out, I first primed the necessary parts with grey primer, followed by Mr Color off-white paint. All other parts were painted with german grey. In addition, I decided to add the holosight from the Guns Accessory A kit.

The spare parts are the same with the first Kriss Vector kit: some iron sights, spare magazines, and a shorter barrel. The long barrel shroud felt a bit flimsy when attached, so I permanently glued it to the body. Finally I added some decals to the barrel shroud and sight.

As you can see, it’s longer than the original Kriss Vector with a suppressor attached.

Details & poses:

Final word:
The stock Kriss Vector has a sci-fi feel to it already, and I felt that the Alpine White paintjob further enhances that feel. The painting part was a bit tricky; masking was needed, and some small details had to be directly paint brushed.
But I’m glad I went with the white color scheme, because now the fine details stand out and are easier to appreciate. It fits the 1000 toys Synthetic Human quite nicely, but on the HGUC GM it’s a bit trickier to get nice poses.
Overall, it was a fun build and I felt a bit more sense of accomplishment compared to my previous Kriss Vector kit.

Little Armory M249 PARA

August 22, 2019 at 22:29 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Little Armory M249 Para

This is the third M249 I’ve built after the vanilla version and the Winter Soldier version. This one is the M249 Para, a compact version for Paratroopers. This kit is a Limited edition, meaning it’s only sold at certain hobby events in Japan.
The differences with the standard M249 include: shorter barrel, buttstock, sights, ammo pouch, and barrel rails. Extra parts include a bipod and an extended buttstock.

Except for the ammo pouch, I painted everything in a combination of burnt iron, german grey and black. For the ammo pouch, I gave it a camo pattern using IDF Gray 3, Russian Green, and enamel brown. The ammo was painted in gold and the ammo clips were black. Size-wise, it’s about the same length as my M249 Winter Soldier version.

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
This Little Armory M249 Para shares the same gimmicks with the standard M249, but the different parts give this version a unique feel to it. I actually prefer the short barrel and buttstock of the M249 Para, and it was fun painting camo patterns on that tiny ammo pouch.
In general, I’m pretty happy with all three M249 kits I’ve built so far, but I don’t think I’ll build another one after this.

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