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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