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Materials science / Hardware/buckle identification
« on: June 06, 2020, 11:06:43 PM »
Any idea what this buckle is on the waist pack (with the yellow tab)? I swear I've seen them before but can't remember the name...

Thanks in advance!

Concept, design, and engineering / Bringing a new product to market
« on: March 23, 2020, 07:50:50 AM »
Hey fellas - I've got a real question here - My friend and I have designed a new medical backpack and we are looking to bring it to market. Before we do so, should we get a design or utility patent? We can't manufacture the bag ourselves and would need a company to do it. How do we go about asking a company for help? If we patent the design, can we sell the design to a company for production?

Thanks for your help!

Tutorials and techniques / Question about quick release mod
« on: November 19, 2019, 04:37:25 PM »
I have a JPC I want to modify to have a quick release shoulder strap like the AVS and similar plate carriers. Has anyone here done a  mod like this before? Or does anyone have tips/advise on how to go about the modification? My initial instinct is to remove the existing shoulder strap and make a new one with a QR buckle.


Tutorials and techniques / Questions on DIY combat shirts
« on: January 29, 2019, 08:41:11 PM »
Question 1 - Do any of you guys have a tutorial on making combat shirts? I have the concept down but my first attempt left a lot to be desired - My base shirt was too small and didn't really match up with my bdu top/shoulders (I used a medium t-shirt and a medium bdu top).

Question 2 - What is the best way to sew pockets onto the shoulders?  I have an old Singer sewing machine and getting the material to lay flat with the shoulders is a PITA.

Thanks fellas.

Platforms / Mayflower chest rig mod
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:56:52 PM »
Another mod I did - chopped up my old Mayflower chest rig. This this has been cut and sewn a dozen times now  ;D

Cut the radio pouches off, opened it up, added Crye style attachment for the AVS/JPC 2.0. I left the harness loops on there but I doubt I'll ever run this as a chest rig again.

Here's a couple pics.

Asset exchange / WTB Tubes or ROC buckles
« on: December 17, 2018, 08:48:11 PM »
Looking for 4 sets of Tubes or ROC/80 buckles.

Color doesn't matter.


Materials science / Self healing fabric
« on: November 03, 2018, 10:01:51 AM »
Thought you guys might find this interesting. It's being used for backpacks so I imagine it might be suited, or could be suited, for making some gear.

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Vendors and sources / first-spear tubes
« on: October 25, 2018, 08:18:44 AM »
Does anyone know where to source 2 inch tubes? I'm not looking for a large quantity.

Everything else / Crye AVS with Eagle cummerbund
« on: September 08, 2018, 10:53:25 AM »
I wanted to consolidate my original post and images so it makes sense to everyone here.

I was issued the AVS and while it's a great carrier, there were some things I hated - mostly the side plate pouches and how they attached. My solution? Modify an Eagle cummerbund to work with the AVS. The original idea was not mine but I think itís worth sharing.

The Eagle cummerbund has the ability to carrier side plates comfortably in the right spot without sagging. It can also hold a radio. Win-win.

I used a seam ripper to remove the elastic from the cummerbund and simply stitched it closed. I then ran some heavier shock cord through the MOLLE and through the d-ring loops on the AVS (where the skeletal cummerbund attaches).

The Eagle cummerbund is the perfect length at this point and is easy to adjust if you need to.

Pictures. While not awesome, you get the idea.

AVS harness and Eagle D-PC cummerbund

Attachment - elastic removed from cummerbund

Side view


Concept, design, and engineering / Combining/modifying Crye and Eagle
« on: September 07, 2018, 06:48:31 PM »
MODS * You can remove this post * I consolidated everything into a new one.

I have the house to myself this weekend and wanted to work on a little project. I would like to see what you guys think.

I have a Crye AVS and an Eagle cummerbund I want to mate together. Any ideas are welcome although I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible.

Here are the pictures -

I can cut and modify the cummerbund as much as I want. The AVS is issued so no cutting aloud (unless it won't interfere with normal operation and fit).


Materials science / Clear vinyl
« on: September 01, 2018, 06:49:41 PM »
I need to make some window pockets for my aid bag.

What type of vinyl are you guys using? What is a decent thickness? Any tips for sewing?

Pouches / side pull pouch
« on: August 31, 2018, 08:17:40 PM »
I've been wanting one of these for awhile and finally was bored enough today to whip it up. The elastic isn't really necessary...and I didn't make it tight enough anyway.

This is meant to fit inside your rear plate pocket.

500d coyote brown and 3/4" multicam webbing

Looking for approximately 3-5 yards of black or kryptek typhon 5038 binding tape, 1 inch width.

I'm in the US.


Pouches / Ugly aid bag inserts
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:39:46 PM »
I bought a ctoms aid bag while they were on deep discount and didn't want to spend $35 per insert so I made my own using scrap I had laying around. My binding technique is f-ing terrible - I used 2 different binder attachments that I either 1. need more practice with, or 2. just suck on their own. I ended up just using binder clips and and pinching the tape the best I could...

Anyway, here they are - simple quad fold pockets that velcro into the interior of the ctoms bag. They have a little handle with loop to label and remove from bag.

Dimensions are 6x9x3

Lessons learned:
1. plan out the assembly of pouches
2. binding sucks
3. plan out the assembly of pouches

If I would have just added 1 inch to the dimensions I could have saved a lot of ass pain and just folded the edges together and had a much cleaner product. But, since these are for myself, I really don't care to much as long as they hold up and work.

Everything else / toiletry / shave kit
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:30:13 PM »
So I left my shave kit at the locker room yesterday and today when I went back it wasn't there...

Now I have a reason to sew a new bag! I'm looking for input from you guys - what kind of features do you like in a toiletry / shave kit? I was originally going to sew a basic boxy pouch but since I'm building a pattern from scratch I may as well incorporate some flair.

Here's my list so far -

internal dividers for small items
external flat pocket
able to fold open/flat
can hang from a shower head

I'll post pictures when I finalize the design.


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