Mk 50 Compression Suit — The Helmet Begins

I know I haven’t posted anything here for a while.  I ended up taking a bit of a break after DragonCon 2015, but I already had a thought in the back of my mind of what I wanted to work on next.  Unfortunately, we won’t be able to attend DragonCon in 2016, so I’ll have two years (more or less) to finish off my next Alien costuming project, so I decided to get a little more ambitious.  I’m going to make my own Mk 50 Compression Suit like the ones used by Dallas, Kane and Lambert to explore the derelict.

I’ve done some research and it seems the original suits used in the movie were not particularly comfortable for the actors to wear;  I mean to the point where people were passing out from the heat and lack of air.  Obviously that isn’t going to cut it if I plan to wear this thing for very long, so this will be my first costuming project that will require some form of life support in terms of cooling and ventilation.  One thing at a time though–I’ve decided to tackle the helmet first. Continue reading