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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Little Armory M249

August 19, 2019 at 22:46 | Posted in Little Armory | Leave a comment
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Little Armory M249 SAW

The M249 is a light machine gun used as a Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). This Little Armory kit comes in all black plastic, except for the ammo box. So I painted it with a mix of german gray, steel, and black paint. The bullets were painted gold, and the ammo box with IJN green.
The various parts are nicely separated, so masking was minimal. I added some panel lining and dry brushing effects. After assembling everything, the only extra part is the bipod.

The overall length is slightly shorter than the M240 machine gun.

Here’s some closeup and posed shots:

(not so) Final word:
The Little Armory M249 was quite a fun build, especially when painting the all-black plastic to make it look like the real thing. The fine details are quite impressive, and the ammo belt is made of solid plastic, unlike the soft types used in the M240 and MG3 kits.
The barrel cover and top plate can fold up, and the barrel assembly can be removed from the body. The kit doesn’t come with any extras, but with the release of the Little Armory Guns Accessory A kit, I decided to build another custom M249…

 

M249 SAW (Winter Soldier edition)

The M249 that was featured in several movies involving the Winter Soldier had a couple of differences from the standard M249. The stock is different, the barrel is shorter, it has a scope, and uses a long magazine instead of a belt-fed ammo box. The latter two parts were from the aforementioned Guns Accessory A kit. From this list of parts, I picked the 100 round magazine, and the holographic sight and booster.

The sights were easily attached to the top plate rail, but I had to drill some holes into magazine slot to attach the 100 round mag. The original barrel was cut off, and replaced with a short one from the Little Armory Sopmod Block 2 kit.
Also, from various reference photos of the Winter Soldier’s M249, I noticed the carrying handle was folded down. However, the carrying handle on the kit was a static piece of plastic that’s facing up. So I cut it off, and repositioned it with some superglue.
Finally, the sliding buttstock was made from Kotobukiya MSG option parts mixed with some bits from the original kit. Like the real thing, the sliding buttstock can be extended or collapsed without any parts-swapping. Here’s how it looked like before painting:

I painted it in slightly different shades of gunmetal & gray to distinguish it from the stock M249. You can see the size difference between the two:

Closeup shots & poses:

Final word:
This is only the second Little Armory kit I modified after the M14A1-M203 combo. The modifications were a bit more challenging this time, especially sliding buttstock. Although not 100% accurate, but I think I managed to replicate the Winter Soldier’s M249 SAW.
Overall, the Little Armory M249 has nice details, some gimmicks, and the top plate rail offers some degree of customization. It also looks good on the HGUC GMs.

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