Little Armory M79

March 22, 2017 at 22:17 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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#For a brief intro about the Little Armory series, refer to this earlier post for the M4A1 assault rifle#

Little Armory M79 grenade launcher

The M79 is the first grenade launcher of the Little Armory series. The kit comes with a standard M79 and a sawed off ‘Pirate Gun’ version. Also included are a total of 24 grenades, (6 x 4 types).

I painted the M79 with german gray and the buttstock with dark brown. For the Pirate gun, I sprayed it with sand brown. I also took the liberty of painting all the grenades with different color schemes.

The standard M79 is about the same length with the M4A1, while the Pirate Gun is half the length.

The standard M79 has a flip-up leaf-type sight whereas the Pirate Gun has a reflex sight. Both M79s can break open for reloading, but the grenades can’t actually fit inside the barrel.

I didn’t take too many photos of the M79 with the revoltech Skeleton and HGUC GM, as I’ll discuss later.

Final thoughts:
The M79 looks quite nice, if not a little too basic. It has some nice gimmicks as well, plus you get to build two of them. The problem is that I find it difficult to get good poses with the Skeleton and GM. The problem stems from the lack of a gun grip. The Pirate Gun was slightly better in this regard.
Overall, this might be my least favorite Little Armory release to date. At least it looks good enough on displayed on my Gun Rack.
On the plus side, I managed to nail the box art pose:



Little Armory Gun Rack A

November 5, 2016 at 00:54 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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I noticed that my arsenal of Little Armory kits has been steadily increasing. Instead of stuffing all my assembled and painted kits into a ziplock bag and stashing it somewhere, I decided to give this Gun Rack A a try.

Little Armory Gun Rack A boxartThe Little Armory Gun Rack A actually consists of two parts: a gun wall for the top half and a cabinet at the bottom. The cabinet requires some assembly, but no glue is required. All parts come in the same shade of gray plastic, so I used my various gray spray cans to remove the monotony.

The gun wall has holes for you to attach various pegs to hold the weapons. At the back, there’s some small pegs to secure the cabinet to the gun wall. Once everything is assembled, it feels quite robust and is almost twice as tall as a HGUC kit.

The cabinet comes with a cute little padlock, and inside you can attach additional pegs and holders to arrange various weapons. I use it to store most of my assault rifles.

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You can also fit a skeleton inside the cabinet, should you be inclined to.

Little Armory Gun Rack A revoltech skeleton

For the gun wall, I use it for the larger weapons like the M240 machine guns and M82A1 rifle.

Little Armory Gun Rack A Little Armory Gun Rack A Little Armory Gun Rack A

Final thoughts:

This Gun Rack A is nice to have if you have plenty of Little Armory kits and are in need of a display rack. However, as a display piece, it’s kind of limited because the gun wall can only hold so much. The cabinet can hold more weapons, but they will be obstructed from view by the doors. Of course you can keep the doors open but the weapons won’t look that nice arranged that way.

For me, it serves its dual purpose as a display piece and storage space for my ever growing Little Armory collection. Unfortunately the storage capacity won’t be able to keep up with my steady rate of armory accumulation. Another problem for me is dust accumulation since I put it on top of my shelf, exposed. Maybe I should give it a regular blow from my air canister. With that I leave you with the recreation of the box art pose:

Little Armory Gun Rack A boxart


56th All Japan Model & Hobby Show

September 26, 2016 at 22:18 | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Rather than staying indoors all weekend due to rainy weather, I decided to have a look at this year’s All Japan Model & Hobby Show. Instead of heading straight to the Bandai section like always, I detoured towards the Junk City section to look for gunpla spare parts. Then I navigated towards the Hasegawa section to buy some aircraft spare parts and waterslide decals. Also managed to grab a 1/72 scale VF-1 Valkyrie Battroid kit. Now that shopping’s done, I could finally take a leisurely stroll with my camera.

The Kotobukiya section was dominated by Frame Arms Girls, with some Zoids kits as well.  At the Max Factory section, there’s the 1/350 scale Cherno Alpha and Gipsy Danger from Pacific Rim. It’s gonna be a plastic model kit instead of a ready-made figure so I’m looking forward to its release. The Little Armory section has the upcoming MP7A2 and M134 minigun kits on display, which will be followed by MP5 SD6 and M4A1+M203 kits. Still no release date for the KLX250 motorbike though.

And then finally I made my way to the Bandai section. I was greeted by a plethora of Iron Blooded Orphans (IBO) kits, possibly to coincide with the 2nd season of the anime. Also there were the same stuff seen during the previous C3Hobby show, namely the RG Build Strike, HG Guncannon, HG Zaku I Origin (Char), HG Bugu, HGUC GM Ground Type, RE/100 Bawoo and MG Psycho Zaku.
Then there’s the pleasant suprise which was the MG GM Sniper II. I would’ve been happy with a RE/100 version, but an MG kit is even better.
Finally there’s the Premium Bandai stuff: HG Sword Impulse, MG Nu H.W.S pack, and extra armor & weapons for the MG Fullarmor Thunderbolt Gundam.  Someone should tell Bandai they managed to misspell ‘hangar’ twice: ‘hanger’ on the background art, and ‘hunger’ on the boxart. It’d be hilarious if they kept the spelling error on the official box art.

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