Little Armory PKM

December 3, 2019 at 23:55 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory PKM machine gun

The PKM is a Russian general purpose machine gun. This Little Armory kit is in all black plastic, except for the grip, carrying handle, stock, and bullet case. The black parts were painted with gunmetal and the bullet case with Russian Green. I randomly brushed enamel dark brown on the stock, grip and carrying handle, and dabbed some black weathering pastel. The bullets were individually hand painted using enamel gold. With everything assembled, the only spare part is the bipod.

The length is about the same as the M240 machine gun, but the PKM looks less bulky.

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
At first glance, the Little Armory PKM doesn’t look that impressive and the design looks somewhat generic. But closer inspection reveals some fine details, such as on the bullet case. The carrying handle can be rotated as well, unlike the M249 and M240 machine guns.
But overall, that is still not enough to put the PKM on my favourites list.

Little Armory AS Val

November 28, 2019 at 22:24 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory AS Val

To be honest, I have never heard of the AS Val prior to the release of this kit. Apparently it’s a Soviet-designed rifle with built-in suppressor. This also marks the first Little Armory kit which doesn’t feature artwork by Fuyuno Haruaki.
Anyway, the kit comes with a spare magazine, and a scope.

I roughened up the surface of the handguard(?) piece using this technique. I used a combination of german gray and black for painting, with masking applied to give some sort of color variation. The scope was painted in burnt iron. Some reflective stickers were attached to the scope for some extra detail. Finally, I applied some light dry brushing using enamel silver.
The AS Val is approximately the same length as the AKM.

There’s two configurations to choose from: 1) a no scope version in which a plate is attached to the left side of the body; 2) a scope can be attached via the same holes on the left side of the body

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised by this Little Armory AS Val kit. The design itself is unique, and the level of details is also impressive. For example there’s notches on the magazines, and the safety lever is also movable like in the AKM kit.
The buttstock is rather long, so it’s not so easy to pose with the GM. Overall, this is a unique-looking and solid kit, and a bit of a fresh air amidst the various AR type rifles. Not a fan of the new boxart though, no offense to the artist.

Little Armory P90

November 22, 2019 at 15:40 | Posted in Little Armory | 3 Comments
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Little Armory P90 submachine gun

The P90, along with the MP5, is one of my submachine guns. So when the Little Armory P90 kit was released, I got a bit overexcited and bought two of them. The kit comes with two magazines, made of smoke-colored clear plastic.
There’s a choice of a short barrel, or a suppressed barrel. Also included is a short Picatinny rail attached to the right side. Both P90s were painted german grey & gunmetal, and I painted the insides of the magazine with gold enamel to simulate bullets.


You can see the difference it makes:

The P90 looks tiny and is almost half the length of the M4A1:

Not too long after the kit was released, I bought the Little Armory Miniature Gunsmith School booklet:

Included with the booklet is a P90 TR version. The main difference is addition of rails on the top, left and right sides (Triple Rail, TR). The color of the plastic is slightly olive, and the suppressor also looks different.
I painted the body with Mr Color Dark green (2), and then I airbrushed some lines over a metal mesh using IDF Gray. The plan was to make a camo pattern that looks like snake scales, but the result was not that obvious.


Anyway, for the TR version I attached the suppressor, while the standard P90s were given short barrels.

Here’s some closeup shots:

And some poses.

Final word:
The Little Armory P90 kit is simple to build and nicely detailed kit. Of the 3 models I used for posing (Skeleton, Synthetic Human, GM), I think the P90 looks best on the skeleton. Maybe that’s due to the Little Armory hands I used.
The Synthetic Human and GM hands hardly fit into the P90 grip. But for one handed shooting poses, all of them look OK with the P90.
I think the only downside is the obvious seam line that runs through the middle of the body. But that’s easily fixable with some glue. Personally I prefer the P90 TR version, just because of the rails give some options for customization.
So overall, this is a pretty solid release, based on my biased opinion. Unfortunately this is the last kit that features boxart by Fuyuno Haruaki.

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