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A-B-Y Wing Pilots featured in new SW Costume book
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Suzijedi (Suzanne Stelling)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blue Banshee Leader wrote:
For which vest?


B-Wing vest Very Happy

Some fabrics I've found so far:

Scouting badge blanket

Grey fire blanket but it's in the US so shipping is ridiculous

Rescue blanket, again in the US and looks a bit too red for my liking

British grey wool blanket

Fleabay grey rescue blanket

Too light?

I'll also have a look in some local army & navy stores.

Any colour preferences to the examples I've managed to find so far?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The blanket on Sportskids looks like a pretty good match but it's way expensive. The British Grey Wool Blanket looks like it might be a good match, too, though I can't exactly tell if it has the bits of color. I think that I bought mine here, but it might have been here, I can't remember which it was (or if it might have been another). I'll check my packing slip and see what company it was.

The blankets look red in the pictures but they're really not that red, I'm not sure why the pictures look like that.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, this puts many of us on a better track to build borh the A and B wing...its on my next year list for building both. Definitely need everything for the B wing,and ill figure the greeblies out on the A wing.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've also spotted this on Amazon UK which looks close to the ones you've suggested, Alex? (Would save on importing/Customs if it looks ok!)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

About a month ago i was finding a lot of disaster blankets online,however the reviews said they were intended for short term use, being essentially pressed lint.

The sportskids blanket is 60x80", pretty decent size. Should be ableto get at least one , maybe one and a half vests out of that.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suzijedi wrote:
I've also spotted this on Amazon UK which looks close to the ones you've suggested, Alex? (Would save on importing/Customs if it looks ok!)

The color is similar but it looks like that blanket doesn't have the bits of colors fibers other than white.

I believe it's a disaster relief blanket that I have. I do remember that it's supposedly fireproof, if that helps... I had made jokes about it saying that if I was ever in a fire while in the costume, I would die but my flak vest would survive. Razz

My blankets look similar to the picture below, though I didn't buy them from this company. Sorry, I forgot to look for my packing slip... I'll be sure to look for it tomorrow.




G'nott sH'urr wrote:
About a month ago i was finding a lot of disaster blankets online,however the reviews said they were intended for short term use, being essentially pressed lint.

The sportskids blanket is 60x80", pretty decent size. Should be ableto get at least one , maybe one and a half vests out of that.


I saw similar reviews, including a review that said the blankets smelled like gasoline, and that they fell apart pretty easily... I don't know, the ones I bought seem to be pretty sturdy and don't smell like gasoline. Granted I haven't done any heavy stress tests with them, but when I tug on them they don't rip apart or anything. And they definitely don't have a foul order to them... So I'm not sure what the reviewer was talking about. One way to increase the durability, though, is to put some interfacing on the back...

The last vest I made was actually made out of felt that could be pulled apart fairly easily just by tugging on it, but I put some interfacing on the back and it's stayed together very well without any rips or tears.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I definitely got my blankets at Chief Supply... http://www.chiefsupply.com/northwest-woolen-mills-wool-humanitarian-emergency-relief-blanket-5-1-5-x-6-2-3-gray.html

But you could probably find some locally by just searching for "disaster relief blankets", or something similar. Jon had mentioned moving blankets from U-haul as well... I haven't seen any in person myself so I can't say exactly what they look like, but I did do a Google search and what pictures I saw, it seems that they look almost identical to the disaster relief blankets, but maybe a little bit thinner, and obviously without the fireproofing and stuff.
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