Year or the GM – Final report

December 28, 2018 at 14:46 | Posted in Random rants | 2 Comments
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So with the HG GM Sniper Custom, I finally completed 12 GM kits this year. There was a late flurry in December, but on average it’s 1 HG kit a month. You can view each of them below:

   

   

   

Even though they’re all GMs, they’re pretty diverse. Therere’s a mix of straight out-of-box builds, simple kitbashes,  custom paintjobs, and quite a bit of customization; resulting in some tall, some short builds

Some have quite similar color schemes, like a white-blue or white-red combo:

or green with red visors:

In between builds, I managed to complete several Little Armory kits, including a kitbash.

To go with these weapons, I also bought some extra skeletons and a synthetic human.

2018 was indeed the Year of the GM. Twelve HG kits in a year was a daunting task for me. I probably wouldn’t attempt something similar anytime soon, but then again, it was a good motivation for me to reduce my gunpla backlog. So I leave you with this very cramped group photo:

 

 

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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.

Little Armory Kriss Vector

November 29, 2018 at 22:38 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory Kriss Vector

Another SMG from Little Armory, this time it’s the Kriss Vector. The kit comes in black plastic, and I painted it with gunmetal and german gray. I was a bit lazy and didn’t add any more detailing to it.

The good thing about this kit is that it’s quite customizable. You can swap between the extended stock or a small stub. Unfortunately the stock can’t be folded. There’s also a choice between a short barrel, or a suppressed barrel. The magazine and sights are also swappable.

With the stock extended and suppressor attached, the Kriss Vector is about as long as the AKM and the Zaku Machinegun.

So here’s some closeup shots:

And with my various models:

Final word:
The Little Armory Kriss Vector kit is very well detailed, and comes with plenty of options for customization. Personally I prefer the look with everything extended: stock, magazine & barrel.
It’s a solid kit and looks good on the figures as well as the GMs. My only regret was not doing a proper job at painting and detailing it.

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