I will have a new hand-made product out this summer: Replica Jeep Camouflage Rolls.
Unable to find an original, and unwilling to shell out upwards of $300 - $500 for a reproduction, I decided to make myself a replica. I found a good source for sanitized used fishing net, 10' x 15', with 2" squares, at a very decent price. (That's a little smaller than the 15' x 15', which is the smallest I have seen sold as original.) The color - if you can call it that - was perfect. It looked very old and variegated. I purchased burlap in five (5) different colors I found specified in FM 5-200. I distressed the burlap before cutting it into 2" wide strips of more or less 8-10" length. I conferred with one of my uncles (who, in typical WWII veteran's fashion, told me to throw the FM away), and started tying the burlap strips on, loosely following one of the patterns shown in the FM (the square-curlicues) and my instincts (my uncle stressed sloppiness), going all the way across, then down the net. I worked on it a little every other night or so, because it's too monotonous to get very far at once. I was a little less than half way completed when I stalled. Distracted by/busy with other things, tired of the tediousness, etc.
When I came back to it, I had an idea.
'I am not a re-enactor,' I thought to myself. 'I am not going to use this thing. This is just for show. A parade prop.'
I rolled it up as is, starting from the end of the netting with scrim on it, just to see what it would look like. I discovered that it looked GREAT! Nice and fat and authentic looking. Several layers of the roll have scrim and I was very liberal with it, so there was no way to see that most of the net in the middle of the roll was unfinished, bare netting.
I will post a photograph of it on the hood of my MB in a couple weeks.
Then I am going to start taking orders.
Last edited by Wingnutt
on Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:49 pm, edited 1 time in total.