Redid the A-tacs tent fly closure

I redid the A-Tacs pyramid tent’s fly/door closure, so that there is an overlap to keep inclement weather out. I used US Military herringbone patterned 1″ binding tape with button holes cut and sealed with a lighter, it may look slightly crude, due to not having a buttonhole attachment and proper zig zag stitch Fashion Disc for my old Singer 328K machine…but it works pretty good… Easiest to open and close from the inside, although it closes OK from the outside

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3-quarter view in direct sunlight; there’s a slight slack on the sides, but it could be made taut by using the back pull out to another pole or to a tree, or to a ridge line.

 

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Another 3 quarter view, mostly in shade.

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Side view, please excuse the reflective glare; It shows how the crossed poles are leaning forward instead of being vertical.

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Head on to the closed door; The way I set the whole thing up, I staked the back corners and the center door tie down first, then raised the tent with the poles, then staked the last corners down… it might have been better to do the door corners and doors first before the rear corners…. I may add a couple center panel pull outs to the sides if I feel it is necessary.

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With one door out of the way, and other door staked down. There is room enough for 2 skinny people in there, or one person with equipment.

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Close up of the herringbone tape with buttonhole slits melted into the tape and sewn to the door panel.

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Close up of the Army BDU plastic buttons. I used the machine, with a riser plate, and a special button foot, hand cranked using the L and R needle positions on the machine.

 

Duck hunter camo hammock shelter, no ground stakes!

 

 

 

 

So I read up on a Vietnam hammock system in which the poncho is tied above the hammock, and the corners are spread apart using a locally sourced stick on each end..and decided to try this with 4 tent pole sections and L stakes inserted in the tent pole ends…it works in a fashion….only issue I felt and seen, is that of wind buffeting the shelter… with wind, its like a kite because only two points on the shelter are fixed, whereas the rest are free standing so to speak….. unless one has a weight on the bottom portion of the shelter, maybe a pack or shoes, I think it would be better to just run lines to the ground stakes and not use the tent pole sections..

DSCN1777side view, it looks like the shelter is too short, thats perspective due to the wind pushing down one side and causing the corner to pitch up

DSCN17743/4 view, you can see how the tent poles are above the hammock. I am able to get into the shelter and zip it up from the inside

DSCN1775L stake inserted into one end of tent pole, through the corner grommet

DSCN1776head on view of the system, there’s enough room to allow me to lay on a diagonal, and the bottom part prevents wind from chilling my underquilt (not shown)