Shootable ALIENS Egg & Jumping Facehugger Target

A facehugger that jumps out of an egg when shot by a shotgun

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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.

I could do this all day.

  • 1 × Facehugger DXF file (see links to left)
  • 1 × MGM Targets "popper" falling target
  • 1 × MGM Pigeon flipper attachment
  • 1 × Cardboard to cut into Facehugger shapes
  • 1 × Paint stencil for Facehugger cutouts

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  • Re-using the Facehuggers

    Minimum Effective Dose04/28/2014 at 06:18 0 comments

    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.

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    Step 1

    Use laser cutter to cut out a Facehugger pattern and a paint stencil.

    You can download the DXF file from the links section (left side of main project page.)  Use only the outline to cut out Facehuggers.  Use all the inside holes to make a paint stencil.

    Each (blank) Facehugger will get painted via the stencil to make it look better.

  • 2
    Step 2

    Cut out a few Facehuggers and paint each one via the paint stencil.

  • 3
    Step 3

    Glue a clay pigeon to the back of each Facehugger.

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Mike Szczys wrote 05/07/2014 at 20:35 point
I must say I was skeptical at first, but seeing this baby in action make me laugh super-hard. Making the connection between the movie and clay shooting is brilliant, as was the execution!

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Minimum Effective Dose wrote 05/08/2014 at 04:46 point
Thanks! Making the animated gif under "Details" by the way was one of the smartest things I did, it really does the show & tell thing.

I used this project posting as an opportunity to flesh out the details and provide a CAD file for download. It's just as much fun as it looks!

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dave.m.mcdonough wrote 04/30/2014 at 14:28 point
I love it

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Minimum Effective Dose wrote 04/30/2014 at 17:11 point
Thanks! I love it too, and so do some friends. Had to figure out how to reuse the facehuggers as much as possible in the field, because bringing enough is never enough! (Duct-taping clays to the backs of recovered facehuggers works best - cardboard stands up to birdshot actually quite well.)

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