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I am in love with the A-TACS FG Mamba suit from the guys over at TacticalConcealment.com but the almost $800.00 price-tag is out of my league.

Couple the price with the sizes, I am a big guy and an XL isn't going to cut it, this means I will try to make what I will call a 'Ghillie suit base inspired by the professionals from Tac Concealment'.

I am making one for myself and hope if they ever see this they go with the 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery', and don't sue me lol!

This will be an ongoing project so I decided to do a build thread for it. Starting with what we want to try and replicate:





First Step will be sourcing the materials.
 

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I tried doing a similar thing but on woodland Tigerstripe BDU's, and it is pretty damn hard to get the 550 cord in a grid fashion and get it to stay there with a needle and thread. I scrapped it and went the usual way with fishing net.

I wish you luck, your way more patient than I am from what I can tell, so I doub't you'd have a problem with it.

And when it comes to dyeing your burlap, Tac. Concealment's dye's are very nice.
 

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Would melting it together mess with the structural integrity too much? (the paracord)?
 

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I don't know, the stuff does melt nicely but I never tried to stick melted ends together.

Have my list ready to go I think:

schottfabrics.com


1123688 - HEAVY MESH, A-TACS FG CAMO™
1123686 - BUG MESH, A-TACS FG CAMO™
1123680 - 1000D CORDURA® NYLON, A-TACS FG CAMO™
1123676 - POLY/COTTON RIPSTOP, A-TACS FG CAMO™
1123739 - 1 INCH NYLON WEBBING, A-TACS FG

supply captain.com


1/8" Shock Cord, 100 Ft
4 X 12 Inch Sew-On Velcro Hook and Loop Mil Spec
TOASTER CORDLOC
Parachord
1" GT DUAL SR BUCKLE
1" LOOPLOC
1 X 12 Inch Sew On Velcro Hook and Loop Mil Spec
 

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You can melt the ends together just fine, just don't go to much or it will drip and hurt like nothing else ;)

As far as "gluing" the ends together, why would you want to? It looks like they just stitched the para chord to the suit. Just melt the end, lick your fingers, and then quickly roll between fingers to set.
 

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The stuff from Supply Captain is here already, got the clips, buckles, shock chord, 550 chord, velcro etc in OD green and FG.





Everything is made in the USA and is superb quality. Total for this stuff was a bit over $40.00 I think. Word of caution for anyone that may want to follow this guide, the folks at Schott Fabrics where I got the fg material from only sell to you if you have a Tax ID number, luckily I do for the airsoft field.

 

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Sure would, I might even be able to have them ship right to you, I would have to give them a call and see.

I cant say enough about the A-TACS FG pattern, I have been using the ACU cut uniform and Boonie all year and if I stand still its as good as a ghillie in my woods, cant wait to see how well it works with this setup.

A guy got a picture of me entering our CQB area from the woods with his IPhone, and this is typical of what I have been wearing. We use Green and Tan Shemaghs to designate teams so players can wear any uniform they want, in this shot I was playing on the tan team:

 

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The material showed up from Schott Fabrics, all made in the USA! Stuff is amazing quality!

The 1000D Nylon makes my regular BDU's feel like a toy now, backside is waterproof as well! Should make great reinforcing for the front, knees, and elbows.



The 1 inch webbing is printed on both sides and is great as well. Expect updates soon!

 

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Progress! I have about 13 hours into the build at this point. Here is the mesh back, I am using a bdu shirt for a pattern, and adding a few inches to make it longer.



I am taking the white part out of the 550 chord:



Then melting each end so they don't come unraveled later.



Each chord is sewed with 3 passes per chord, so 6 total passes per joint.



Elbow side of the sleeves, the main body is poly/cotton Ripstop material, and the elbows are reinforced with 100D Cordura Nylon, the tops of the nylon have Velcro so they can open and add padding.



This shot shows the sleeves on each side, there is almost 100 feet of 550 chord in the top alone!

 
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