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Geek Chic

March 25th, 2008 (08:30 am)

current location: Fairfax, VA
current mood: geeky

A while back, I got some replica patches from Intergalactic Trading Company that emulate the insignia worn by the characters in the movie Aliens. I'd sat on them for a while, but one day I decided to put them to use.

Basically, I bought a flight jacket (an MA-1, to be exact) and put the patches on it. Seeing as it's a flight jacket, I decided to theme it after the drop ship crew in the movie; namely, the characters Ferro and Spunkmeyer. In the movie, the two of them only wear flight suits, not jackets, so it was all an extrapolation. I patterned the insignia lay-out based on how they had their flight suits laid out.

So, this is basically what I have. The only thing that's different is the red "Bug Stomper" patch on the right breast. It's a patch never portrayed in the movie, but it matches the name of the drop ship that the crew pilots down to the surface of LV-426. Everything else (the Colonial Marines rocker w/Regimental Patch, the US Flag, and the blue "Victory by Wings" patch) is positioned just like in the film.

I mentioned I got the patches from Intergalactic. Well, all except for the Victory by Wings patch. For some reason, that one isn't available there, and I ended up getting it on Ebay. According to the Aliens Colonial Marines Technical Manual, it's the "unofficial unit badge of the 3rd Marine Aerospace Wing."

The jacket isn't an official MA-1. It's a knock-off produced by Tru-Spec, a company in Korea. I bought it from US Cavalry. While the first jacket they sent was the wrong size, they replaced it with a jacket in the correct size that fits well. It's sturdy, warm, and very comfortable.

Problem is, it's going to be too warm come summer. I'd like to find a light all-weather field jacket to put the other patches on, and model it after something the ground troops were wearing. That's a project for another time.

I guess it's pretty geeky, eh? The average person won't know what they're looking at, I reckon; they'll figure it's just a flight jacket with patches on it. So much the better.


Posted by: dungeon_grrrl (dungeon_grrrl)
Posted at: March 26th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC)
Heavy machinery

That is the geek-sexiest jacket I have ever seen!

But you SHOULD add a Team Bonzai patch.

Posted by: Gary Astleford (gastleford)
Posted at: March 26th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Team Banzai

I don't think I could do Team Banzai justice unless I used a leather jacket for it!

Posted by: dungeon_grrrl (dungeon_grrrl)
Posted at: March 26th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Team Banzai
Just a taste

Maybe a banzai irregular, then. :D

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