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    Hi any old soldiers about? "Shellscrape" question

    Hi all, I'm planning to run a shellscrape activity for some kids, it's to do with a veteran group I'm workingwith. I was in the Infantry T.A. in the early 90's and the shellscrape was a common overnight shelter for 2 soldiers. (the kids will be digging it....probably in sand. If you're an ex...
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    Looking for US ALICE ILBV woodland camo pouches.

    Hi looking for Genuine U.S. A.L.I.C.E. OR I.L.B.V.* POUCHES in woodland camo. US ALICE woodland waterbottle pouches(I have the bottles/canteen) US ALICE woodland buttpack (aka training pack) (not the one with metal clips). US woodland NBC buttpack/pouch. the one that rolls op on the side...
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    Can anyone id my sleeping bag? (so I know it's rating)

    Hi i bought a bargain sleeping bag for £4 at a car boot sale. I took a brief look at the bag before buying and knew it was a "90 pattern British army sleeping bag" and I cvould see it was in good condition. When I got it home I wanted to give it a good wash but sadly the previous owner removed...
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    Look what I found...it's...SILICON HEAVEN!!!

    For those that have used or are comfortable using silicon sealant to fix or improve waterproof gear (tarps tents ponchos rucksacks etc) I have found a pretty cool product, which I didn't think existed... coloured silicon! 38 colours to be exact, including green brown sand & black...
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    Jammy git!

    I found an astounding bargain today, at the local rubbish tip. it''s one that is allowed to sell a few random things that are destined for landfill but might make a few quid for beer tokens, they have a small sales area, everything is only ever a few quid. Today I noticed an US Army belt with...
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    I'm chuffed!

    Hi I feel quite chuffed even proud(hopefully without being bigheaded). I've written a wilderness skills article for a wellknown UK survival website which has been published. I won't say who/where it is as I'm not into the whole showing off thing, but they like it, and want more which is cool...
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    Lifejacket.. which glue to use?

    Hi before I say anything, it's a lifejacket for display purposes only, before I get lots of people saying "buy a new one" or "don't risk it" can I just confirm that it definitely WILL NOT BE USED for lifesaving purposes.(I don't even have or want a boat!) I found the Lifejacket years ago in a...
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    Bad Back....so painfull

    :sigh: I did a small amount of digging on Sunday and my back kills, :aargh4: Managed to do a driving job yesterday on Monday Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, heat pad, and wearing a back support but after 2 days later I woke up and couldn't walk, so I crawled to the loo upstairs, a little later I could...
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    Chemical boffin needed

    Hi since testing the silicon on various fabrics http://www.bushcraftuk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=144731 I'm wondering a further question. is there a way of making the silicon less shiny? Because it's clear, silicon would theoretically go un-noticed on most fabrics IF it wasn't shiny...
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    THE RESULTS!!! Coating various materials materials with Silicon mixture (Photo)

    A LIVE TEST I'm currently testing the idea, I've mixed a small amount about a tablespoon of silicon and Turps (which is apparently the same thing). it mixed very easily with a lolly stick in about 1 minute, and now is clearer than before, I've put a layer on these scraps of material. DPM...
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    Most unusual thing you've done with your own Swiss army knife?

    I have carried a mini Swiss Army Knife (SAK) in my pocket for decades now. I'm on to my 2nd tiny knife as the first I'd used it so much and after years of hard use, the plastic eventually fell off the handle. My knife often comes in handy, but what is the most unusual thing you've done with it...
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    How to improve a basic Sewing kit.

    You might carry needles and thread as part of EDC kit, (I have some in a survival tin) but, on another recent thread I came across a Horribly overpriced basic sewing kit and thought I'd show people how they can upgrade the sewing kit they have fairly cheaply. I'd give an example of mine which I...
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    How to care for an old SAS Rucksack (aka PARA bergen)?

    Hi I have an old but reasonable condition SAS/Para bergen, the same one with the steel frame that was famously used in the Falklands. Sadly due to old age and over use, some of the Butyl-laminate waterproof coating is strating to falling off, in a couple of areas it's all gone. I don't use the...
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    Anyone interested in Flint arrowheads, or bone needles?

    Do you need some flint arrowheads or bone needles to complete your bushcraft kit? I personally made all the items below and I can make more, those shown aren't for swaps (they're already sold) but are near enough identical to others I'll make. The Flint arrowheads shown are a sample as are the...
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    Raisng or lowering a Tarp inside your sleeping bag?

    Is it possible to raise and lower a tarp if you are laying down inside it? I Campped over last Friday night (Feb 2017) slept under my Standard MoD DPM Basha, Here it is: I kept it low and snug to keep out most of the wind and all the rain. but...it's low, getting in and out of the tarp is...
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    Hand carts? barrows? how do you move heavy bulky kit?

    Hi I like most Bushcrafters have to rely on modern transport to get to the nice places. I have taught bushcraft and run bushcraft activities for around 10 years and on about 30 different sites. About half of the sites were off road and difficult to get close to with my car full of kit. I have...
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    Helikon, new kit on the block?

    I'd not heard of Helikon, but I'm impressed! I love looking in charity shops and managed to find 2 random and rare "Helikon" Items: A 100% cotton Helikon shirt that looks like a shirt but is thick material, almost like a canvas.bought for about £3. (amazon sell this for £34)...
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    Steel frame tent poles

    Hi just wondered if anyone else uses frame tent poles or has modified poles for other uses. I'm not suggesting they would be useful to everyone, they certainly are very heavy, but for use with vehicles retro frame tents can have a place, they are very useful. I like to use old frame tents...
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    REALLY reproofing an army poncho.

    Hi I have a couple of old ponchos, hang on...4 ponchos and a few other bits of kit that are all in need of re-proofing. Before anyone mentions the standard answer: "spray wax", "silicon" sprays", or "retro paint on liquid wax". (I know about the products, i've used all them all in the past...
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    Sweaty Hexamine!

    Hi this is more of a caution for hexamine users that anything else. I was given a whole load of unopened Mod issue Hexamine blocks a couple of years ago, I have no idea how old they are. After a year or two of being stored in a shed (admittedly a cold/damp shed)1 of the unopened boxes (the...