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Re: Repro Early War Groundsheet / Capes

Post by deebo on Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:30 pm

had that thought afterwards

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Post by samharris45 on Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:04 pm

TubbyBinns wrote:I understand... The SOF repro is very good... But only for the more economy type of lighter cape issued later in the war... I wish SOF wouldn't market it as a WW1 cape.

I'm hoping this coating compound will help... The capes do not need to be camouflaged - just a darker earth colour and the holes need brass eyelets.

A cape from SOF is around £50... By the time you've paid for materials for modifications it could easily cost £80...

I've called their technical department and I'm awaiting a call back... They do lots of different products so I'm hoping they can help.

Yikes that crazy money! The chances of us all finishing originals in time and without remortgaging our houses are slim then!

If we go down the modification rout do we have someone who can do the work? Let's hope a place like SOF are willing to get some made to spec.
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Post by TubbyBinns on Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:54 am

If we could find a suitable product I'd be willing to modify capes and arrange a bulk purchase...

It would be much better if someone could actually produce them (plain brown would so) with brass grommets... They'd sell plenty for WW1 and WW2...
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Post by samharris45 on Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:12 am

Yes they would! I'm surprised they haven't cottoned onto this earlier!
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Post by deebo on Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:25 pm

another thought,came across this and appears its made in the uk although the site is in usa as it says shipped from uk,if the supplier could be found maybe get a bulk deal but would just need someone to make the actual capes?

also whats is the going rate for a cape as have found an original but don't want to pay more than I should

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Post by deebo on Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:26 pm

always forget to add the links

http://www.ddayquartermaster.com/pathfinder-british-officers-ground-sheet-p-532.html

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Post by TubbyBinns on Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:03 pm

£80 to £100 I say - and that's for one in good, supple condition.
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Re: Repro Early War Groundsheet / Capes

Post by vjenkin1 on Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:20 am

Pete, I actually have a cape that I didn't bring last time, silly me. I believe it is British as it is exactly the same as ones I've seen online and in reference works. It is made of a heavy rubberised canvas but has no markings I can find and is a sickly greenish/brown colour. It does have several brass grommets set around the edges. I'll try and post some photos if I can figure out how to do it.
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Re: Repro Early War Groundsheet / Capes

Post by j.avery on Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:48 am

Here is a post-war khaki Dutch ground sheet I converted. I based it off an original WWI MK VII. I had a batch of latex based paint color matched to paint on the ground sheet with. I added brass grommets that I painted black. It has seen some moderate field use and the brown paint has shown no signs of wear, chipping, etc.

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Post by j.avery on Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:50 am

Here are some more photos of my converted ground sheet.

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Post by Admin on Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:50 am

That's pretty darned good, I wonder if a cammo pattern with green fabric paint would work and be durable ?
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Post by TubbyBinns on Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:33 am

Jesus that's good! We could convert up SoF / WPG capes with that paint... What was the paint?
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Post by j.avery on Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:03 am

Thanks guys! I purchased the paint from a local "Home Depot" over here. I'm not sure if you have them over on your side of the pond? If you can't find the same paint, I'm sure any indoor/outdoor latex paint would work if you can match the color. Maybe test it on a Dutch rain cape first? I based my color off a WWI ground sheet. With the few early WWII groundsheets I have seen, the color seems like a darker brown than mine. Here is the label for the paint.

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Post by vjenkin1 on Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:35 am

Off to Home Depot I shall go!
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Re: Repro Early War Groundsheet / Capes

Post by Blitzkrieg on Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:33 pm

Has anyone come up with a viable solution to the capes yet?
I have an original camo cape I don't mind using, however this doesn't help those who haven't got one.
Also does anyone know if the groundsheet also came in a camo pattern or was it just the cape?

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Re: Repro Early War Groundsheet / Capes

Post by TubbyBinns on Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:26 pm

I haven't got any further... Anyone else?

Did anyone get a solution to the paint?
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Post by TubbyBinns on Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:32 pm

And by my above post - did anyone get a solution here in the UK?
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