Little Armory G36C/K

October 11, 2020 at 18:04 | Posted in Little Armory, Model kits | 5 Comments
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Little Armory G36C/K Assault Rifle

This limited version kit includes two G36 variants: the G36K and the smaller G36C. Both are shorter than the standard G36 I reviewed earlier.
Unlike the plain G36, this kit is molded in tan-brown plastic, but I decided to paint both in black anyway. The insides of the clear magazines were painted with gold to simulate bullets.
Aside from spare magazines, the kit comes with a scope, flash light, and fore grips (which I didn’t use).

The G36K is about the same length as the M4A1, and the G36C is slightly shorter.

I also bought a HK416 kit by Orange Cat that comes with a rifle scope and rail-mounted grenade launcher:

I decided to mix and match the accessories between the G36 and HK416, and use up some leftover parts the from the Guns Accessory A kit.

Some poses:

And finally, I’d like to introduce a new toy I got: suzumebachi or giant hornet by Kaiyodo:

Final word:
I didn’t like the original G36, but these C and K variants look way better, especially the G36C. Another bonus is that you can build both variants at the same time. Unfortunately it’s a limited kit; I got mine in a hobby show some years ago.
As for the HK416, it has less parts than a typical Little Armory kit, and maybe the surface details are slightly inferior. But generally it’s very similar to a typical M4A1 kit.

Little Armory UMP 45

July 20, 2020 at 23:06 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory UMP 45

The H&K UMP submachine gun is the successor to the MP5. This is the second collaboration kit with the Dolls Frontline game. There’s an option to build it with a standard barrel or a suppressed barrel. It also comes with a swappable stock, vertical fore grip, and spare magazine. I painted in standard colors (german gray, dark iron, black), and some details were like the bullets were paint brushed. I also added a torchlight from Guns Accessory A to the left rail.

For a submachine gun, the UMP45 looks quite big :

Closeups and poses:

Final word:
This UMP45 kit has nice surface details and some customizable options in terms of the barrel and stock. The stock involves swapping parts, but I guess that’s preferable over a fragile movable hinge. The size is larger than its predecessor, the MP5, and thus looks nicer on 1/144 gunpla. Does it supplant the MP5 as my favourite SMG? Probably not.

Little Armory Type 95

July 14, 2020 at 22:58 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory Type 95 Assault Rifle

This is the first in a series of kits made in collaboration with Dolls Frontline, a mobile game. The first one is the type 95 assault rifle, the service rifle of the People’s Liberation Army. It features a bullpup design, and comes with 3 spare magazines and a bayonet. The plastic is all black, so I painted it with gunmetal, dark iron and german gray.

I purchased another 1/12 Type-95 kit, made by Orange Cat Industry, based in China. This kit comes with a lot more extras and options, shown below:

I went for the top rail and scope configuration, and painted it in the same colors as the Little Armory kit.

Here’s a size comparison:

And closeups and poses:

Final word:
Both Type-95 kits have a simple construction, although the Little Armory kit is made up of more parts. In terms of extras, I have to give the win to Orange Cat. Top rail, scope and grenade laucher beats the Little Armory’s single bayonet. But Little Armory wins by a country mile in terms of boxart.

Despite the relatively generic design, I find that the Type-95 rifle is easier to pose and looks slightly nicer on Gunpla than previous Little Armory bullpup assault rifles like the Steyr and FAMAS. If I have to pick only one Type-95 kit, I’d choose the Orange Cat because of the extras.

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