The Sulaco is named after a fictional town in Joseph Conrad’s novel Nostromo, which is also the name of the ship from the original Alien. A number of other names in the franchise are based on Conrad’s work as well.
Some scholarly research into the symbolism of the Alien franchise has considered it significant that Sulaco in Conrad’s Nostromo is the home of the owners of the silver mine figuring in the book, while the Sulaco in Aliens transports soldiers to investigate unknown troubles at a corporate outpost of Weyland-Yutani and to protect their investment—drawing parallels between the “corporate” owners in Conrad’s work and the shadowy business entity forming a central part of the Aliens franchise.
This is the USS Sulaco from Halcyon and it is 1:2400 scale. In the first set of pictures, you can see the extra detail added to make the ship realistic. Also, I begin to lay down the base colors of the ship.
In this next set of photos, I begin to mask the ship off for the first coats of paint and panel lines. Later on, filters will be added.
In this next set of photos the filters, decals and using Klear to seal the ship.
And now the USS Sulaco and its custom base.
And the final product of the USS Sulaco. I hope you enjoyed the build!