I’ve started building the USCM (United States Colonial Marine) M3 Pattern Personal Armor from the Aliens movie. A common problem is that the Colonial Marine pepakura design templates are often necro links.
So here are the files I’ve managed to track down. The ZIP file contains files both for the pepakura (eg those wanting to go down the papercraft/fibreglass route) and those who like to use foam. There’s also a facehugger, M41A Pulse Rifle and 2 helmet designs. Sadly they don’t contain the helmet camera.
These are not my files. I’m just sharing them.
Scaling your USCM Armour to Your Size
Oh, very important note when it comes to scaling this armour to your size. Measure yourself, add some extra for clothing, thickness of your chosen material (eg foam), breathing room, then SCALE THE BACK FIRST. The reason for this is the chest plate .PDO has the shoulder pieces floating off to the side, making the model wider and completely ruining the scalability. So scale the back, and use the scale measurement not the mm measurement to scale the front.
Since I was using the original Humbrol enamel hobby paints I needed to stiffen the armour. With the above attempt I tried to fibreglass the inside to stiffen the EVA foam. This failed so I started over, with high quality EVA foam and a couple of different types of thermoplastic – Worblas Finest Arts, Lumiflex and probably even some Cosplayflex. This was much more time intensive but the results (below) came out pretty good.
A Final Note on Screen Accuracy
Note I have found these aren’t quite screen accurate, especially the knee pad. I think I saw a snippet of conversation somewhere suggesting these were modeled from an Alien video game. There are differences if you know what to look for, and I had to modify the design to fit me properly. But they certainly put you on the road for an awesome costume.