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"Generally, the human race avoids doing anything radical until forced into it."
- Frederik Pohl

Plastotek  
  False skin disguise.  

Reptilian, somewhat insectile aliens need to get into a hominid base - perhaps humans could pass?

"We are within striking range of the Vegan home base now. Here's where you come in."

"What do you mean?" Lawrence asked.

The alien rose. "It is impossible, of course, for any of us to enter the Vegan base, since no disguise will conceal our fundamental physical appearance. But you—you are of the same general somatic type as the Vegans. A little eye-shadow, a bit of plastotek applied here and there to change the facial contours, and I think you could pass."

From Menace From Vega, by Robert Randall.
Published by Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy in 1958
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Compare to uniflesh from The Dosadi Experiment (1977) by Frank Herbert.

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