I used a staggering amount of modern technology to make a novelty based on a 30 year old sci-fi movie!
When the ALIENS egg is shot by a shotgun, a shootable facehugger jumps out. Nifty!
It is based on a steel target and pigeon flipper attachment from MGM Targets in the USA. When the steel falls, it hits a lever which tosses a clay pigeon up into the air.
The additions I made to it are mainly cosmetic. The egg is attached to the face of the steel, and the clay pigeon is glued to a laser-cut cardboard cutout of a facehugger, which has been painted with a laser-cut stencil.
This project pre-exists the SCI-FI contest, so it wasn't actually made for the contest. But it was just too satisfying and too sci-fi related not to share! I used the opportunity to expand on the details, as well as provide a .DXF file if you want to try your own.
One facehugger per shoot goes by fast! Happily, cardboard stands up to birdshot / target loads quite well.
A field-expedient way to get the most out of every Facehugger is to bring some duct tape. Taping a clay pigeon onto the back of Facehuggers actually works decently, and helps get the most out of each one.
Duct tape also helps if the Egg eventually comes away from the steel plate in the field.