Here are a
few pictures and comments from those that have purchased my costumes.
You can also check out other Testimonials in my Blog.
"I recently purchased a Spulse MkIII from Spat. I was impressed with the friendly updates Spat sent telling me when it was ready to ship and to when it shipped.
In fact I was so please I have now just ordered the Armor set from him, once again great communications from Spat as usual.
Michael Larson, Security Officer | Fargo, North Dakota |
"I purchased a set of Spat armor a couple of years ago.
It has held up and is just fantastic to wear.
All you have to do is open the box and put it on.
If you are looking to get into USCM costuming, talk with Spat first."
"I got armour. I wore it to a Halloween party. I met the Pixie. She has boobs (now famous in Spat Gone Wild Vol 4)."
||"As soon as I saw the armour advertised in the Spatcave store I knew there and then I had to buy it - having already spent hours trawling through the web to find decent replica armour!
Well, I ordered it at the start of the new year and sure enough after just 7 weeks I had the letter from customs asking me to pay the release fee which I duly did and the next day received my Spat Armour!
Needless to say I was in it before you could bat an eyelid! I cannot describe the pure pleasure it gave me to see myself in the mirror wearing it at long last - suffice to say I am still grinning now several hours later.
The attention to detail is brilliant - the armour fits well and feels nice and solid when wearing it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much movement you still retain even when strapped into it - certainly enough to go out on fancy dress nights etc! I would certainly recommend this armour choice to anyone out there looking for some - for the money you pay the return in quality and detail is unparalleled.
Many thanks for your hard work Spat - I will try and get some photos of me wearing it to you when I can."
||"I have some armor.
Spat made it.
It is good.
Gooder than other armor I have seen."
"Made from a real, surplus, military helmet the Spat USCM helmet is perfect for playing one of my favorite all time games: Head butt the douche bag! In all seriousness though Spat has taken a lot of time and effort to put together a fine, quality, movie prop in this helmet. I love that it has a removable camera lens, so I can later add a real one. It makes a fine display piece, and certainly a great conversation starter. Thanks Spat"
"Cooter Davis" ~ From the Aliens Legacy Message board.
||"Being a big fan since seeing it six times at the movies in 1986, getting
Spat armor and helmet was a dream come true for me!
Especially as the armor can fit even funny-shaped people like me. ;-)
Spat is always looking to improve on the design, even getting advice from Terry
English, the creator of the original armor used in the film!
The recent upgrade of the shoulder section allowed me to fine tune the fitting of the
armor, so now it almost feels part of me. 8-)
I recommend the armor to anyone who wants to look and feel like a Colonial Marine!
Chris "Tex" Tiedemann
This is a picture from the Carnival in Asturias, in the north of Spain. No comments, people just let us pass with their mouths wide open. The Xenomorph behind us obviously didn´t appear in my motion tracker (maybe the squirrel exoskeleton helped him).
Thank you for your armour, Spat... your job is incredible. Thanks from Spain.
David "Number Six" Gannon
has made an incredible simulacrum of the U.S. Colonial Marines' M3
Body Armor system. It's completely adjustable, fits most people M-XL
and is really lightweight! It's durable, the paint job looks great,
and it goes on and off within 3 minutes.
Spat has put a lot of work into this armor and he takes utmost care
in shipping it, too. Some assembly is required when you first get
it, but it takes all of 5 minutes to put in the nuts and bolts and
once it's in, you're set!
I wore mine to work on Halloween and I was the talk of the office.
One guy in the parking lot actually asked me what branch of the service
I'm in! Of course, I told him, 'United States Colonial Marines!' Now
that I have a Pulse Rifle to go with the armor, I'm set for going
to Gen Con, Origins, and any other convention you can imagine. Plus,
I'm never going to have to figure out what to wear for Halloween again!
If you're a fan, this is a MUST-have!"
- David Gannon
"Sgt. Draino" Beckert
when you blow a bunch of money on some mail-order fan-built movie
item, when it arrives, you're a bit disappointed. At least that's
been the case for me. It's never quite as good as it looks in the
Well people, this is the exception. It is such a rarity for an item
to turn out even BETTER than you hoped it would be, and that is the
case here. Spat's work is exceptional in every detail, utterly faithful
to the movies.
His methods are constantly evolving, improving. It shows. I can honestly
say, my armor was worth every penny I spent on it.
My set of Colonial Marines armor, made especially to my specs, was
nothing short of perfect. It looks great, feels great, and was much
more durable than I expected it to be. But Spat still took great care
in packing it. It arrived in good order, and is plotting to kick some
serious arse at the Origins and GenCon gaming conventions, this July
and August. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give Spat a full 5 rounds of 10mm
explosive-tipped case-less, standard light armor-piercing round. Why?
Because he does good work."
-Jon "Sgt. Draino"
another note, Sgt. Draino's armor took 2nd place in the
category at the Gen Con Costume Contest!! Way to go, Jon!!
have been a fan of the movie since its release in 1986.
This is one of the greatest sci-fi Action/Suspense movies of all
time. The characters are amazing, the special effects are incredible,
and set and prop designs are some of the best ever captured on film.
I decided I wanted to go full out this year for Halloween and pay
homage to this outstanding film. I decided to go as a US Colonial
Marine for Halloween 2000.
I did A LOT of shopping around trying to find a craftsman to smith
my M3 Body Armor. Initially I was looking to get a full suit constructed
out of lightweight aluminum sheeting, but the cost would have been
prohibitive. I looked at other online prop shops such as www.goldenarmor.com,
but their costs also were prohibitive. I stumbled upon an E-bay
add for two suits of USCM Colonial Marine Body armor being auctioned
by Spat at a very reasonable price. The suits were fully assembled,
painted, and came complete with authentic Vietnam Issue M1 Helmets
(the exact helmet the ones from the film were modeled from). I placed
a bid on one of the suits. Within two weeks my new costume arrived
and I was absolutely AMAZED at the level of detail that had been
put into its craftsmanship.
Cast in .080 gauge Styrene plastic, this armor has pieces that are
hand crafted to match the film versions almost exactly. It is very
lightweight and durable, and can stand up to a lot of abuse. It
is padded on the inside for a comfortable fit and the shoulder epaulettes
are padded with felt to prevent scratching the other chest pieces.
The whole suit is riveted together using steel rivets and high quality
nylon strapping. It is highly adjustable and can easily fit anyone
5'4'' -6'2". This armor looks so realistic looking, you'll
literally look like you stepped out of the Movie and into the real
world. You'll take one look in the mirror and say, 'I am the ULTIMATE
Bad @ss! You do NOT wanna f*ck with me!' 8^)
Because I am such a stickler for detail, I wasn't quite satisfied
with the existing paint job. The suit I purchased was hand crafted
by Spat for a buddy of his for Halloween '99 who cancel the order
just prior to the weekend. It featured a big smiley face with a
bullet through its forehead painted on the chest plate. I wanted
a paint scheme more similar to the ones used in the film. Using
production photos of suits used in the film, I repainted the suit
accordingly. I also purchased 'Safariflage' BDU's from www.Soldiercity.com,
which are the closest pattern and color match for the ones used
in the film that you can get commercially. The finished result can
be seen in the 'AFTER' pictures posted on Spat's website.
Spat has been an absolute JOY to deal with. A consummate professional
who takes his customers seriously and is committed to their satisfaction.
He delivers a quality product at ABSOLUTELY UNBEATABLE prices and
is always eager to help a customer with any special requests or
concerns. If you're looking at doing a movie related costume, particularly
one based on the movie, look no further...Spat is your
for making the lowest priced high quality marine armor on the
market! Your work holds it's own against armor costing three times
what you charge. I still feel it is the best deal I have ever
gotten on a movie related prop. Most people who see it assume
it is an original movie used piece. Not only does it look good,
it’s also very durable. I wore the armor during some hardcore
bar hopping last Halloween. After plowing thru crowded bars, dancing,
and spilling a few beverages on myself, I was sure the armor would
be trashed. After careful examination the next morning I couldn’t
find a single scratch in the paint! I can’t wait to see what else
you’ll make. What ever it is put me down for one! You have a customer
for life! Thanks again!"
armor- Bitchen. This is some of the best movie replica work I've
seen done. It fits just about any size, from thinner Marines like
myself, or the larger built lads. Every time I put it on, I can
barely bring myself to take it off again. Excellent job Spat,
you've made me a happier man."
Building the 'Spat' Blade MAC M11.
I live on a little Island close to France called Guernsey - amazingly
the kit parts from Spat took only 3 days to get to me 3,400 miles
- 1,133 miles per day, it was faster than getting stuff from the
UK mainland only 90 miles away!
The parts were relatively clean and well cast - dismantling the
M11 model, sanding the parts, building and finishing and painting
took about 6 hours.
I decided that my model would be a fully working airsoft version.
After watching the movie I found it difficult to see if the holes
and fixings for the stock had been filled in the same way as the
front-site - so I decided to leave them there - if you add the folding
stock back to the model it balances the weapon nicely. :)
As I wanted the weapon to 'fire' I haven't shortened the airsoft
magazine - I'll make a shorter false mag at some point - If I had
shortened the magazine this would have left room for only about
I wrapped electricians tape around the barrel to make a tight fit
after drilling the hole in the barrel extension and I used epoxy
resin as 'CA Glue' isn't available here - neither by the way is
'Plumbers Putty' so I used car-body filler instead. Also we use
the metric system so I have absolutely no idea what 1/8" or
5/8" drill bits are!
Although in the movie the Blade MAC looks almost unused I wanted
my weapon to look 'weathered' and I am very pleased with the final
My daughter thinks it's pretty cool too!"
recently asked Spat to pour a mold for my "Mommas Little Helpers"
1/8 scale facehugger eggs. As soon as I opened the box I knew I
had made the right choice in Spat. Spats' molds are made with the
quality and professionalism that any special effects artist in Hollywood
would be proud of. Spats' work FAR SURPASSED my greatest expectations!!
Watch for Mommas Little Helpers coming to a nightmare near you!!!"
Keith ( RADAR ) West
AGAIN THIS IS KEITH ( RADAR ) WEST
I HAVE BEEN A FAN FROM DAY ONE. ONE OF MY BEST DAYS WAS
THE DAY I RECIEVED MY ARMOR FROM " SPATCAVE " THE FIRST
THING I THOUGHT AS I WAS UNPACKING WAS " FANTASTIC "
IT WAS EVEN BETTER THAN I HOPED FOR.
ONE THING I WOULD LIKE TO TELL THOSE OF YOU LOOKING FOR THE USCM
ARMOR, YOU HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT SPOT. " SPATCAVE "
I DO NOT ORDER OVER THE INTERNET BECAUSE OF ALL THE CONS OUT THERE.
I READ SOME OF THE THINGS SAID BY OTHERS ABOUT " SPATCAVE
" AND I DECIDED TO TAKE A CHANCE. AFTER TAKING ALL PRECAUTIONS,
BECAUSE I AM STILL WORRIED ABOUT THE INTERNET. ALL OF MY WORRIES
WERE A WASTE OF TIME.
WHEN SPAT RECIEVED PAYMENT HE E - MAILED ME AND THEN BEGAN TO
WORK. WHEN THEY WERE READY TO SHIP, HE E - MAILED ME AGAIN. ANY
TIME I HAD A QUESTION, HE WOULD ANSWER FAST.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK " SPATCAVE " FOR THE FANTASTIC
QUALITY WORK THEY HAVE DONE. THE ARMOR IS WELL WORTH THE MONEY."
KEITH ( RADAR ) WEST
I just wanted to say that I was completely blown away by the quality
of Spats work! The detail of the suite is incredible! The first
question I get from people who see the suit is "Isn't all that
metal heavy to wear?". They are shocked when I tell them its plastic!
The paint job is that good! I would highly recommend his work
to anybody! Thanks again Spat!
armor is the best! For the price nobody can beat it! I have the
armor and I just built his "Spulse Rifle" last week which by the
way is easily one of the best resin kits I have seen!. I am extremely
happy with my purchase and would highly recommend his stuff to
just finished Spat's Spulse Rifle last week just in time for Halloween.
Thought I would give you guys a little review.
kit is made up of 14 pieces that fit together really well. I only
had to do a little bit of sanding to get everything to line up
and most of the major pieces go together in a way so that they
hide the seems. I liked that! Once I got the pieces (screwed and
glued) together I puttied a few seems and did a light sanding
job for the paint. That was it! And the best thing.....drum roll
please!........it only took 3 hours from start to finish! I built
and painted in one night! I am a total moron when it come to building
stuff like this but it was easy because Spat provided instruction
that took you through the entire process step by step with pictures.
I give it a thumbs up!
am the proud owner of the prototype "Spulse Rifle". Spat finished
it just in the nick of time before Halloween festivities began
for me in late October. The rifle kicks major Arse! I think one
of the coolest things about it is its weight. It has a VERY real
heft to it, and from 10 feet away it looks like a real weapon.
Especially if its got a good paint job. Like the pics of the one
posted above. Nice job by the way.
the rifle is TITS! And for the price Spatman is offering them
at, its a perfect blend of looks and weight. Easy to assemble
(of course mine came pre assembled because I'm "Special"...Nana
na na na na! Actually, I think Spatman just wanted to assemble
it to see what it would look like finished and painted before
selling it...hehe). An absolute BEST CHOICE for your Colonial
Marine outfit, especially if you are on a tight budget. Lets face
it, how many of us have $4000 to drop on a SD Studio PR...or the
est. $1000+ for a GEM PR Ver 5.0 (Don't get me wrong, if I had
the cash, I'd do it in a heart beat, both rifles ROCK!) The quality
you get for the price is unbeatable.
you all head over to Spatcave.com and look under armor shots,
that is my armor under custom work, with the Hudson graphics,
which I head over to pick up this Friday from the Spatman.
you can see, the Hudson skull is dead on, even to the point he
has the skull on the exact same spot Paxton drew his in the film.
I can't believe how awesome it looks. And the bug eyes are dead
on too. The name Justina is my own wife's name, rather then me
have Louise on my armor like Paxton wrote, which would cause my
wife to probably bash the armor on my head repeatedly, demanding
to know just who is that hussy.
experience in ordering from Spat has been a delight, a definite
plus considering I have encountered many a obnoxious dealer in
the past. But Spat not only was very helpful, but also put up
with the god knows how many revisions I wanted in the camo pattern.
(By the way Spat could you add maybe a little more green? JUST
the price I am paying, I am still in disbelief that something
that price looks so damned good. Thanks a lot Spat and looking
forward to seeing you on Friday!!!
Very Happy Customer,
AKA The Ultimate Badass
at about 10 PM EST, I picked up my Spat armor in person at the
Spatcave. Mine is the set on his site with the skull on the front
like Hudson has in the film, along with the bug eyes on the back
of the shoulder and my wife's name on the front.
most Prop Dealers I have encountered over the years in fulfilling
my collecting craves, Spat was actually a genuinely nice guy.
That was an added plus, considering most dealers I have met usually
act like all they care about is your money, and have that "Simpsons
Comic Book Guy" attitude which really leaves a bad taste
in yer mouth when having to deal with them.
armor itself was a lot stronger than I thought it would be, and
yet flexible enough, and light enough that it doesn't distract
or impede movement. The camo pattern was also a lot more distinguished
when you see it in person, the pics Spat has on his site appeared
a lot more washed out than they really are (I guess this is due
to the flash of the camera).
also liked the fact that Spat told me to try it on, and made some
last minute adjustments for me, and even offered to let me use
the paint gun if I didn't lake the camo pattern, but I was totally
satisfied. All in all, I got to say that if you want a great set
of armor to sport at a con, get your Spat Armor today!
AKA The Ultimate Badass
your armor came, hehe to my brothers house of all places! But
I can say this, I cannot, I repeat, cannot get over how absolutely
bad ass I look in this awesome stuff! I can't take it off. I am
in love with it man!! If you will be making these in the next
few months I am in for a second set in flat black for a USCM black
ops costume. Thanks for making this suit so absolutely beautiful
man, I am almost in tears at the quality and great paint job on
both the armor and the helmet! Spat, my hat's off to you man,
you have been the best person to deal with bar none since I have
been collecting props and that's saying a lot, man. Thanks again,
Spat and I think everyone else who hasn't bought a set of your
armor, even if they have a set of John Riddels fiberglass set
should still buy your armor. Its just that damn good!
friend and very satisfied customer,
Williamson AKA Head Hunter USCM
got my Spulse Rifle on Monday, and built it last night. Took me
about 2 hours. I was really concerned about doing it well, but
it was a lot easier than I thought. I used epoxy putty to fill
the seems and I need to sand them down tonight. I will primer
it tonight and try to get the black on and get some pictures.
Man, I'm so jazzed! This thing is great! Weighs a good amount,
feels like a real gun. I love it! Thanks, Spat!
was so fun! I started around 8:30 pm and before I knew it, my
wife was pounding on the wall from inside, I looked at my watch
and it was 10:30! But the entire rifle is together and just need
to be painted and sanded. Not in that order. Beware. Resin smells
horrible when heated by drill bit and the dust tastes like sh!t
if you inhale some through the mouth! Ick!
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