For anyone wanting the patterns I've attached them to this instructable now, "pdfs.rar"
My current project, the Alphonse Elric suit of armor from the anime Full Metal Alchemist. I have no particular interest in making armor but I thought it would be a great way to pratice my metal shaping. I also learnt to make chainmail so I could fill some of the gaps, in between the arms, legs armpits etc. it won't be wearable, more of a static display. Once finished it will stand at about 2 metres tall.
I started out with a plastic model of Alphonse, using it to make patterns for all the parts I would have to make. I merely used masking tape to replicate each face of the parts. Then I scanned them in and scaled them up, tracing them in solidoworks to make the patterns. I then had them printed out 1:1 scale on A1 paper. It was then a simple matter of cutting out and sticking them on to the alu sheet and cutting them out.
Note though: Some of the simpler parts I did not make patterns for. There is about 25-30mm of excess on some of the pattern edges but not others. Hopefully I'll have it finished by the end of the year, time permitting.