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My little project.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Daedalus, Sep 16, 2003.

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  1. Daedalus

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    Was not sure whether to post this in the hunting forum, the accessories forum, or here, but here is my latest project. :cool:

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    Eventually I plan to do a set of pants to go with it. The color doesnt match my backyard well, but I am not planning to hunt in my little 1/4 acre :D

    Some things I learned during this project:
    1. It takes a hell of a lot of time to do all the sewing and knot tying
    2. Ghillie suits are hot and heavy
    3. It is incredibly hard to take a decent picture of a ghillie with a digital camera.

    Has anyone else tried to make their own DIY ghillie suit?
     
  2. cool45auto

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    What are you talking about, man? All I see is a big bush!:D
     
  3. MLH

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    That's something

    That's both cool and HOT!:D
     
  4. BeLikeTrey

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    Throw it into the dryer a few times

    Those strips should work better once they are frayed more. Not bad so far! I bet that took a bit of time to do!;) A little natural foliage added and you should be good! Did you put some canvas patches in the key wear spots? elbows, knees, chest, and etc? Send some pics once you are done!
     
  5. Daedalus

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    Thats a good idea about the dryer, I am going to go try that out right now. There is some canvas on the elbows, but none on the chest because I am not sure how I want to go about it while keeping the buttons and pockets accessible, and I also would prefer to keep some kind of camoflage pattern on the non-"ghillied" areas.
     
  6. AJ Dual

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    Nice job!

    I've been wanting to make one for some time.

    I can see that color matching the location and season is indeed difficult. I would have to think that making 3-4 suits of different types and colors is the only real answer.

    Maybe a Spring/Summer, a Fall/Dry Brush, and a Winter would cover all the angles. Although except for pure snow, any ghillie is probably superior camoflauge than BDU's and the like.

    You could just throw the whole thing into a pot of Rit brand dye to darken and green yours up a bit. That would knock down the brightness on the un-printed light sides of your cloth strips without having to re-do the whole thing. When you wash it, be careful, as many detergents carry UV dye in them which they call "brightners" and these may make you stick out to animals, and "others". :D

    You might also want to get some brown, tan, and green jute burlap strips and comb out the strands halfway to add some stringy looking "grass".
    If you plan on doing some serious crawling in it, you should sew some heavy Cordura Nylon patches onto the chest, elbows and belly, and the knees on your planned pants to aid in crawling.

    Under the knees and elbows placing a pad of thin dense foam could even aid in avoiding the "owies of gravel and twigs caught between the ground and your bones.

    A ghillie suit is a water magnet, and I've seen the Marine Sniper school giving their suits a heavy spraying with Scotchguard, although be advised it makes you even more of a tinderbox than before. (I also think Soctchguard is "banned" voluntarily by 3M because of teenage "huffers"/paint sniffers, so I don't know what the substitute is.)

    Without delving into black-helicopter territory too much, I'm wondering what the suit looks like under near IR night vision, or even a Sony "nightshot" camcorder. I also wonder what to do about a thermal heat signature, that dosen't involve reflective mylar, or extra insulation that won't eventually just make you "hotter" from a personal and a detection standpoint.
     
  7. Daedalus

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    The way I figured I would handle the unprinted side of the burlap was to lay the sheet out and spraypaint half of it with flat black spraypaint and leaving the other bare. That gave me 4 basic patterns of burlap to work with: Black, tan, dark camo, and light camo.

    After I do a little more work on it (the jute is a good idea) I plan on getting some more spray paints olive, brown, and black and doing some blending work on it. Before I do more blending I want to get a better idea of what the colors are in Florida forests in late fall as that is going to be my primary hunting season wearing this thing.
     
  8. Daedalus

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    In addition, my father has a camera with "Night-Shot". Maybe later I will do a little test.
     
  9. Mal H

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    Feeling trapped? Want to get away from it all? Didn't the original Daedalus try that and wound up losing a son? :D

    Seriously, good job, but I bet that was time consuming. It may be my monitor's rendition of colors, but it looks like you have too much blue (ignoring the blue shirt) - a relatively unnatural background color.
     
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    Big Bird in camo?


    Nice work!
     
  11. 4v50 Gary

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    Swamp Thang!

    I'm talking major league Black Lagoon from the '50s.

    Naw, it does need to be frayed more. Don't forget to dress up your gun to match. Remember, it's "tacky" if the gun don't go with the clothes. ;)
     
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    LOL @ work!
     
  14. 50 Shooter

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    Here's a good source of info if you need anymore, http://www.geocities.com/stalker217/ghillie/

    Just getting ready to start one myself, waiting on the flightsuit to get here in the mail. The hardest thing to find was netting, found a Volleyball net on sale for $10 at Wally World. Should have enough for a few suits now.

    Looks good so far, what are you using for fabric? Looks like some kind of camo pattern cut into strips? I picked up a bunch of burlap for cheap at the local fabric store.
     
  15. Daedalus

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    I did all of my shopping at Wally World. The shopping list was something like this:

    Hunting Jacket : 20$
    Boonie Hat: 10$
    Head Net: 5$
    Allen brand Camoflage Burlap (3 12'x5' Packages): 27$
    Spray Paint (3): 3$

    The other Items I had lying around the house. The netting I used was old fishing netting; I had bought a couple large sections and had used them as decoration. After moving out I kept them and finally decided to use them as the netting in this ghillie. I had a pair of cheapo camoflage gloves I bought for like 5$ a few years ago. Cut the trigger and thumb fingers out of the right glove and left the other alone. I will post some pics of the gloves themselves if you are interested. Needles and thread I had on hand as well as pins and scissors.

    So at the end of this process the total cost was somethere in the neighborhood of 70$ in materials, and about 15-20 hours of construction time. I could have cut down on costs by buying cheaper unprinted burlap and dyeing it myself. I probably could have bought a cheaper BDU jacket at a local Army/Navy for 10$ and just used a regular camo cap (5$) for the headwear.

    Ive run the suit through the dryer a couple times and the fraying is improving a great deal and providing a Darwinian test to my stitching abilities :p
     
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    A long time ago as a child, I recall watching on occassion a TV show with a few animal characters. Never really got into it but the sight of the odd looking creatures stuck in my head to this day. The show was The New Zoo Revue. One of the characters was an owl named Charlie the Owl. This was the first thing that came to my mind (before even reading runt's post) when I opened this thread.

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    (He is the one in the middle.)

    Not saying your ghillie is bad, just an old flashback.
     
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    If you want some indestuctable thread, go to a flooring supply place and get some carpet thread. It's used to sew carpet back together and will hold up to any abuse.

    I found different colored burlap at the fabric store and on the plus side they had naugahyde/vinyl for the front of the suit. Just need to get a different pair of boots to use as people at work might find it strange to see burlap hanging from my work boots.
     
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    Looks great, but how do you iron it? :D
     
  19. Daedalus

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    I did a test of the effectiveness of the suit under night vision. For starters, can you see the suit in this picture?

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    Its the dark patch on the left.

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    A view of the ghillie in the open.

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    A friend of mine hiding poorly :D

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    Another easy to see pic.

    Some observations I made is that the night vision does not seem differentiate between patterns so there is not any spraypaint blending I can do to help increase the effectiveness of the suit. The ghillie appears as a much darker patch than the rest of the environment under NV. Of 3 tests where an observer, armed with the camera tried to locate a hiding ghillie user the following results:

    1. Spotted but dismissed as a pile of leaves.

    2. Spotted, primarily due to the pants and shoes protruding.

    3. Not fouund, he hid too far back in the woods and we didnt want to go in after him without aid of flashlight.

    So I would grade the effectiveness under NV as fair. Adding of local foliage to the suit would probably improve the effectiveness drastically.
     
  20. CRUSHER

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    Looks good !
    I agree you ight want to add soe jute and soe burlap strips
    and then wet it and dry it, or drag it around the parking lot to frat it up a little

    Sees your on the right track tho.

    Ive ade a couple and its a labor of love to get it just right.
     
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    Bigfoot!!!!

    BANG

    oops..

    Keith
     
  22. 4v50 Gary

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    Dunno about wearing that while hunting. Some hunters are rather cavalier about what they shoot at. We'd rather not see a post announcing a hunting accident.

    Runt - knock it off! :)
     
  23. Black92LX

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    dude have someone start a scary story pass it on to others to finish. print it out and send those pictures in with the story to one of the tabloids and you have some fast cash.
     
  24. AJ Dual

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    Of course, you know what you have to be wearing near the front porch for trick-or-treat. :D

    Now all that's left to do is call your local utility company this fall for a free home heat loss check with the thermal camera, and see if you can get the guy to look at you as a favor...
     
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    And if you do this, be sure to post pics (or vids!) here!

    Very nice suit. You know, except for the (lack of a) neck, I was reminded a lot of the 'Big Bird' character on Sesame Street. In the dutch version he's blue-whitish with a lot of ruffling feathers.

    Cheers,
    ErikM :evil:
     
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