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Snow is finally gone and starting to get caught up from the Christmas rush! Spring Jacket orders about to go in and need to get back on the ball. I also acquired a desert HUSKY Molle type BH vest to use for the HUSKY template for the larger Desert Vest so I will have TWO Sizes for everyone!
Have some more samples in and doing some photos tests and samples look to be about as close as we can get right now… Still looking for one more MIL-SPEC webbing but may have to substitute for something close there! Hoping to have prototype done by Summer of 2016 and be able to start talking orders by the Fall…
So the mesh is perfect but the wrong color was going to let that details go but way too dark! So wife suggest painting it? At first I was like Noooooo! What you thinking woman? Then I was like well? Maybe… Did some test sprays and ya know what it worked… No to find the right color! Left a sample outside all WINTER it was -32* at one point… Didnt affect the mesh or the webbing when recovered the samples this spring… WOW!
The color I thought would be perfect not even close… so I tried the ALMOND and its not bad!
Haven t updated in while but there has been more webbing progress and really only have ONE more to identify! Good news ran into a guy that knows some people at Eagle Industries so that might reveal some long waited secrets or information…
More good news we found that draw cord stop last night with some more searching! Ordering these this week!
Still fighting this webbing mess~! Finding Mil-Spec webbing from 15 years ago proves to be much harder than I had guessed in the beginning!The side and rear belt loops as well as shoulder adjustment clip wedding was thought to be a MIL-W-17337, but after samples the weave and thickness is not correct!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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. the UK and Australia… 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.
This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. I have few things to say about this topic!!! Going to get on my soap box here some and hope no one minds… A fellow costumer brought up this topic on a forum and I commend him for it and I wanted to give my take on it as well! He said he has a issue with the word COSPLAY and also costume Nazis who often bash “rookie” or new costumers…
Now I consider myself and few others in this community as “professional costumers”, you may be asking well what is that now? In my book if you have been PAID to make it or to wear it or to do it… then in my book you are semi or professional costumer.
The word COSPLAY also sends a shudder down my spine when used incorrectly…. Now before anyone get offended I have no issue with COSPLAY its getting big attention these days, but its often used in slang or incorrectly by those who do not see the difference between that and a costumer! I am sorry but I am not into role-playing or anime, those that are that’s fine, just not my cup of tea and that to me thats what COSPLAY or running around in character is all about…
Costumers do research and work on the details… that mean getting what matters right whether someone sees it or not, to me it’s all in the details… I was soldier and sailor and Stargate is in my blood for life. I enjoy doing Star Wars and few other things I dabble in but you all know my passion for Stargate. Now since I loved it so much I decided to turn it into a business. Now unfort it is a real business and I do have to treat it as such. I try not to be pushy about things and always offer deals when I can. Its fine line I have to walk between work and fun! My father always taught me do what you LOVE and you will never have to work a day in your life!
I loved being a Rigger in the Navy, yes it was a lot work and I dealt with a lot BS over 20 years but I am proud my service and I show that pride whenever I can. I have been lucky with the opportunities that have come my way and I am grateful for each and everyone one of them. I started back at SG-Command back in 2005 and knew nothing. Over the years of dedication, countless hours of research and study I have but my blood sweat and precious metal into this being huge part my life. I love making costumes for others and making them feel proud to wear something that to some looks perfect! Over the years I think a few have mistaken my passion for trying to be salesman and that’s not what its about for me. I much rather cut someone a deal and put them in costume that would be proud to wear than worry about making that extra $20 dollars! Those that know me well I think know that, those that do not, have to deal with me and I guess learn that in time! Even Rice and I have banged heads about how far do we have to take it, does matter what underwear the actor wore, but we do it all in fun and most I think know that!
Some of you may or may not know this… but earlier this Spring a few members of a 501st UK group started to smear my name and talk trash about me on FB over a WEP jacket issue, it got VERY BAD… This all started because a guy that was ALREADY one my customers posted on group that I was member of he was looking for a SG-1 jacket. He said he was on budget and I always try to steer people to whatever stock Dan has left to get those sold, then if they cannot find the correct size I try to help them out.
Right off the bat this guy said he wanted mine but really couldn’t afford mine so he had written that idea off totally not even asking me if there was a way. What many fail to understand due to lack of shipping experience that especially overseas there is much cost in doing costumes, we are very luck in the USA for what we often pay… yes the exchange rate at time maybe in their favor but they get screwed in other ways… For instance by the time you paid G&B for the “proper” jacket not mountain cloth, if you knew enough to ask for it to begin with, and THEN paid them shipping to the UK and then got hit the VAT tax because of the invoice they are going to enclose with it you were within about $20-30.00 of one of mine and with patches AND a few more bells and whistles than the one you would be getting from them with Velcro if you were knowledgeable enough to ask for it…
So before I even had chance to explain that to him and see what his budget was and offer to try to help him out he was going to G&B and anyway. At this point I didn’t even try and offered to order it FOR him so he would get the “correct” jacket and size, they often have people overseas order the wrong size then shipping is insane for exchanges or refunds! So someone is stuck with something they cannot wear or hate. THEN I offered to ship it to me and ship it over to him at COST, thus saving him much more than the extra $14.00 to send to me by ditching the invoice and he pay the cost to get it over to him. I have commercial pricing that can be better and maybe even getting by customs a tad bit easier than he would have from G&B! So within a day I was called scam artist and rip off because I offer to help him for FREE? :blink:
Since then G&B has now stopped making the WEP jacket all together for many of the reasons I listed above and then called me asking ME if I could take over any orders for them that were “Stargate” or custom related… So I have streamlined few things in my process and lowered my prices about as far as I dare in most cases just to keep them going. I make very little on most jacket order if anything anymore and look solely to make my money on finding the proper vests for others, the correct modifications AND and the sewing of harnesses and special orders.
Now with my payment plans and law-a-ways I have taken making this bit easier on the wallet for some! Yes most of you also know I am pretty much stickler for the details but that is the demographic that I tend to scale my work towards. No you do not want the $250.00 SUUNTO watch fine with me I offer the knock offs… but I also know where to NOT cut corners and can offer that advice… Justin and I have real passion for the patches. Yes many people are on budget but $5.00 eBay patch vs. nice screen accurate one seriously we are talking another $5.00-6.00 in 99% most cases. Why would you want the garbage other than just pure I didn’t know any better… So it’s really about the research and knowing what’s out there so that comes to sharing ones knowledge. I have done over 700 orders and have customers in 60 countries now so I feel I pretty much seen it all, but I still learn stuff every week it seems…
Second year in row we were able to attend Farpoint with Dealer’s table. We been hard at work trying to sell more Stargate and get some fun pics at the table… Of course our new friend Shane “McKay” was in the house for his second con and looking very smart behind the keyboard! And of course it was my 41st birthday… I skipped the cake but grabbed a yummy blizzard at the DQ on the way home!
Dan again is our neighbor from Alchemy Arms…
Stitch’s Loft has acquired the male and female patterns for the black SGU uniforms and we hope to have them in production someday… They will be mfg from black ripstop and based off the REAL original production patterns… More to come on these!
We will be starting the Icarus Base patch run soon as well as we now have screen used name tags and rank to reproduce them for the jackets…
We have identified and located source for the crape satin jacket liners to make them more screen accurate. It is still not a 100% match but they are sooo nice and much better quality so we have decided to pull the trigger on this for all new jackets. The jacket prices had to be increased slightly due to having to procure this materal from third party and then ship to my mfg for construction. We are confident that this is a much better product and we will be using this from now on~!