Little Armory Water Gun

December 20, 2018 at 21:25 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory Water Gun A

These two watergun kits are identical, save for the color of the plastic. They’re both essentially the M4A1 with some clear plastic parts. The Water Gun A kit has a blue M4A1 and green clear parts, whereas the A2 kit has an orange M4A1 and pink clear parts. Shown below is the A kit:

The clear parts include water balloons, a pump action watergun, some water bottle attachments, and a watergun version of the Luger P08 pistol.

Here’s some poses with Mr. Skeleton:

And now for something slightly different: a Little Armory kitbash. I used the M4A1 from the Water Gun kits, as well as parts from the M870 shotgun kit. I already used up one of the M4A1 barrels for the M134 minigun build.
Like the M134, the inspiration for this build is also the first Predator film. This time I’m making something resembling the M16 with an underbarrel shotgun attachment. Instead of an M16, I’m using the Water Gun M4A1. To make it look more like an M16, I attached the rifle stock from the M870 kit to the M4A1.
It’s just a simple cut and paste job. For the shotgun attachment, I’m using the short barrel M870. It’s glued directly to the underside of the M4A1 barrel. It’s then painted with german gray, steel and black paints. With the rifle buttstock and shotgun attachment, it’s slightly longer than the vanilla M4A1.

Some closeup shots, and some poses:

Final word:
The Little Armory Water Gun A & B kits weren’t high on my wishlist. But since they’re slightly cheaper than a typical Little Armory kit, I thought they’d make good fodder for a kitbash project. Plus I was drawn in by the boxart.
The M4A1-M870 kitbash is slightly different from the one that appeared in the movie, but I had fun making it and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
So overall, the Little Armory Water Gun kits are not for everyone. Unless you like brightly colored plastic guns, that is. But for me, they served their purpose as kitbash material.

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HGUC GM Sniper II White Dingo

December 10, 2018 at 21:49 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

The HGUC GM Sniper II White Dingo is not only a mouthful to say, but it’s also the first P-Bandai kit I bought. That was a long time ago and I’ve used parts of that kit for several failed attempts at modification. I thought I’d put the remains to good use and build a kit with better proportions than the original.

Materials & methods:
You can find the work in progress page here.
Painting was very simple, it’s mostly white and dark blue.
I didn’t apply any weathering this time, just panel lining, decals, and flat topcoat.

Results:

Discussion:
Unlike the previous HGUC GM White Dingo build, I’m rather satisfied with the outcome of this one. The proportions look better than the original, and it can make a decent kneeling pose. It’s also one of the taller GMs I’ve made; the result of the thigh and torso mods I did.
Although things went generally smoothly, I had a moment of minor anxiety when it was time for decals. I realized I didn’t have the red, white dingo logo for the shoulders. You can argue it’s just a minor detail, but just like the White Ogre Zaku, the decals make or break the build. Luckily, I was able to find third party waterslide decals from Yahoo Auctions and the delivery was just on time.
So this is the 11th GM in my Year of the GM project. That leaves just one more…

HGUC GM White Dingo

December 5, 2018 at 23:13 | Posted in 1/144 scale | Leave a comment
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Introduction:

The HGUC GM White Dingo kit already exists as a P-Bandai release, but that was just the old HGUC GM with a different colored plastic. I wanted to make a modern version using the latest Origin MSD kits, but somehow the project morphed into a HGUC GM II – GM III hybrid build instead. The MG version (also P-Bandai) has a white & dark grey color scheme, but for this build, I wanted to give it the HGUC version colors, which is slightly purplish.

Materials & methods:

The work in progress can be found here.
After priming & preshading, the kit was painted as follows:
Chest, shoulders, feet: Intermediate Blue (Gaianotes).
The rest of the body: White + neutral grey + MS Purple (Gundam Color)
Joints, weapons: Dark gray (2).
I added some very light weathering using very thinned dark brown enamel paint, and some scratch marks using Gundam marker. The rest is as usual: panel lines, decals & flat topcoat.

Results:

Discussion:

I was a bit anxious about the size of this GM’s head. It’s either a slightly oversized old GM head, or the shrunken, Origin MSD head. In the end, I decided that a slightly oversized head looks a bit better than a shrunken one. From certain angles, the old GM head doesn’t look too bad.
The articulation of the upper body was improved, thanks to the torso mod I did, and the use of RX-78 Revive arms. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the lower half of the body. The HGUC GM II knee joints do not offer much movement, and as a consequence it’s not possible to get a good kneeling pose.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this build. On one hand, I’m quite pleased with the paintjob and torso mod, but not too happy with the head and knees.

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