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.

Little Armory G36

August 21, 2019 at 23:12 | Posted in Little Armory | 2 Comments
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Little Armory G36 assault rifle

The G36 is an assault rifle made by the German H&K company. What’s interesting about this kit is the magazine that’s made of transparent plastic. Other than a spare magazine, there’s no extra parts. I painted it with a combination of black, german gray and gunmetal to break the all-black monotony.

The overall length is quite long, probably the longest in the assault rifle class.

Closeups and action shots:

Final word:
The G36 design gives off a very smooth, streamlined feel. There’s not much surface details to admire, and no extra parts to play around with. The buttstock can be folded to the side, and the transparent magazine looks nice.
In hindsight, I should have painted the inside part of the magazine to make it look like there’s bullets inside. Overall, this feels like a boring kit and one of my least favorites.

Little Armory MP5A4/5

August 20, 2019 at 21:27 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory MP5A4/5 submachine gun

This is another variant of the MP5 submachine gun. The difference between the MP5 A4 and A5 variants is the buttstock. Unfortunately, you can only build one MP5 from this kit, but you have a choice of fixed stock, or a retractable stock.
I went for the fixed stock variant (A4) and painted it with german grey, and gunmetal. The safety and fire indicator labels were painted with enamel paints.

As you can see, the main difference with the MP5SD6 version is the barrel and stock. Otherwise, they’re essentially similar.

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
This is another simple build, with not much to offer in terms of gimmicks and extra parts. But I’m a fan of the MP5 design, so I’m not complaining much. Personally, I prefer the looks of the MP5A4 version over the SD6 variant.

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