Well after what seems a 100 requests and my wife being almost attacked at Farpoint seen wearing a real screen used vest, I am finally giving in this year I started the quest to build my customers the perfect Stargate SG-1 Desert Tac-Vest. Time to get busy on this and get serious!
The story goes that production contacted Eagle Industries back in the late 90′s and ask them to make some desert vests. Four prototypes were made based on already existing materials and fabrics they used for other vests after I am sure some specification were passed down the chain. The result was a lightweight desert tactical vest.
With the gulf war ramped up already at this point a few companies even Blackhawk were making some, but for whatever reason they choice to NOT go off the shelf this time and have something unique made, thanks a lot guys! LOL
Over the years they seem to have changed a tad and we know with the introduction of Ben and Claudia in Season 9 there were more than 4 vests. So at some point production had to have re-made or copied Eagles work. I am still doing some homework on this area of my research!
A few attempts have been tried over the years. Dan Kim, President & CEO and of SFH (scifihero.net) did a small batch some years back. Also overtime a couple hardcore costumers have made some pretty good replicas, mostly in France and the UK. My goal is to put into production a cannon and close to screen accurate as possible (for those that know me already, would you expect any less) of the later season vests.
After HOURS and WEEKS of research and searching ever webbing mfg, fabric supplier and mesh out there we finally got some samples today in the mail that seem promising! We will attempt to replicate these down to some of the smallest details! Issue is there are some strange details I do not even understand.
- -Why would your two front pistol belt straps be a different type & size from the side and back of the vest?
- -Why use 4 different types of webbing on the vest?
- -Why use a small grade zipper? Why not heavy duty like on a standard BH vest?
- -Plastic Hardware really?
-Well what ever the reasons I will try to find as close as match to these oddities as I can and offer the truly FIRST screen accurate SG-1 Desert Vest! I am hoping Daniel, Cam, Sam, Jack and Teal`c would approve. You can be the judge!
After another week we have gotten few more samples in. The webbing is correct, but not the shade of color. So far we have identified two MIL-SPEC webbing’s to be 5038 & 17337. Was hoping this TAN499 would be our baby, but once again close but no cigar!
Been busy summer with projects, cons and of course the new baby! Hollee is a huge blessing to our family and we very excited to see her grow up loving our passion, but time will tell. I am still working on these when I can. The webbing is becoming the hardest part to match and I may have to cave and just get something “close” which I hate to do, but if it means getting these made it needs to happen! I did find a awesome “Sheppard” style HUSKY Blackhawk vest to use for a pattern for the larger vests and to tie me over till I get these made for my costume!
Time to get busy on this again! We thought this be good motivation for us to finish search for missing items so we can try to roll these vests out for this summer! My desert BH is working on for me for now!
The hunt for the correct webbing has been on for weeks and we think we have at least located a supplier that can help us and another $155.00 of webbing has been purchased. Still looking at couple more things we need, but we should be very close on all counts.
Am trying to work on this almost daily even if its only one more sample or phone call. On hard days I been spending about 1-2 hours following up leads. Decided to send out an email blast to this who wanted these. I have emails saved all way back to 2011. Has it really been that long?? Wow!