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Fly, Tent, Aid Station

Posted: Mon May 21, 2007 01:25
by Firetoad
My recent addition to my reenacting display:

Fly, Tent, Aid Station


The first occupant...


I threw this together with a couple of 2x2's, mounting lag screws, wing nuts, lock pins, 150' of 3/8" Manilla Rope, cut-up/drilled 1x2's as rope binders, pup tent wooden tent pegs and 10'x12' 10 oz. tarp. Total price was under $80. I was thinking about picking up a 8'x10' tarp, cutting it up, doing a little stitching and making some walls to simulate a small wall tent.

Thoughts, comments?

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 03:27
by docdean64
Get a grommet kit and add a few more lines to the long edges. With 4-5 lines per side you will be able to get rid of the two stabilizing lines you have to the uprights and eliminate a trip hazard as well as enhance the authenticity of your fly. As to the sides, that is a great idea. I considered doing just this very thing before I was able to secure my small wall tents. I took two 9x12's and seamed them together along the 9 foot edge and now have a very nice sized fly I can use with various height uprights and create more or less "walls". something you may want to consider prior to sewing on those walls!

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 03:32
by Firetoad

Currently I am running the fly without a ridgepole. With the addition of the extra side lines (there are grommets already there), will the vert's hold upright without the stabilizing lines? Or, do I just need to throw together a lightweight ridgepole?

Thanks in advance!

Posted: Tue May 22, 2007 03:46
by docdean64
Oh yes you'll for sure need a ridgepole! If you take a 2X4 and cut it in half you can either obtain a ready made "sleeve" from most canvas tent shops (or Blockade Runner Civil War Suttler on the net) or depending on how much weight your canvas is, a large hinge and locking device would allow you to transport it quite easily. Here is a pic of my fly with tall (12 ') poles as a dental clinic. I also use a 7 foot set if I want the fly edges closer to the ground ... nit010.jpg

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 03:57
by TenthA86
I recently helped identify a source for a Large Wall Tent from a reputable tent maker in the East-Central US - WWII Impressions is asking $2850 ea - this guy wants about $1125 with no fly - add $400 for the rain fly. No posts, poles or ropes.

Interested - drop me an e-mail for details.

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 13:11
by Ben
Hi Dave,

Is this a reproduction, or is it an original? The problem will be the shipping fees to the United Kingdom for me, which I suspect will be rather expensive.

Thanks for letting us know,

Posted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 17:23
by TenthA86
Good point for clarification, Ben. This is a newly made reproduction, made in the USA, and shipping is extra. I've always wanted one for an Aid Station, and this is about 1/2 price of what has been available here.