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Tiger D
03-25-2008, 08:56 PM
I just had to post these homemade berets. I have made several for myself and others from material I had laying around, and now have requests for other camo patterns. I'm still pondering whether I should start a custom beret business or not.

They aren't difficult to do and are really comfortable.


Woodland
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/9643/img0896jw0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/4430/img0898rj6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

NatGear hunting camo (I have BDUs in this camo)
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/4223/img0895pm6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/8862/img0897fu6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Duck Hunter (Patterned after WWII Marine South Pacific, goes with my Beo Gam uniform)
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/2500/img0886gl0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Flecktarn
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/1620/img0894sq4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/1606/img0903gj2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/5316/img0904iw9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

ss190
03-25-2008, 09:00 PM
I do like Flector.

jeremywills
03-25-2008, 09:37 PM
Go for it. Custom Berets would be sweet. You can always give a few away at one of the upcoming ops ;)

ichainsaw
03-25-2008, 10:20 PM
You don't know how much this makes me want to get my sowing machine out.

Bear
03-25-2008, 10:33 PM
If you could find some material that's close to old-school Rhodesian, I'd be in like Flynn.

Dismount210
03-25-2008, 11:20 PM
If you could put a board in there somewhere for a flash, man, I'd be down like 4 flat tires. Nice work.

Vince
03-26-2008, 12:02 AM
If you could find some material that's close to old-school Rhodesian, I'd be in like Flynn.

Dude, let's make a Selous Scouts team.

I am in.

I want to be a man among men.

Bear
03-26-2008, 04:02 AM
Then I'd have reason to pull the trigger on a King Arms FAL.:D

On Topic: Tiger, if you list the camo patterns you have access to as well as the products you can make you just might get some business. Not a lot, most likely....but some.

Tiger D
03-26-2008, 06:47 AM
I didn't know the response would be so overwhelming. Thanks. To add to the list of other items I've made with good success...British desert DPM kevlar helmet cover, WWII tan and water helmet cover, and flecktarn skull cap. I'll post photos later tonight in a separate thread.
As far as camo availability, I usually use used camo items, tops, pants, whatever I can get my hands on cheap. For Rhodesian, I recommend purchasing from these guys a shirt or pants, and I'll be more than happy to sew some up. I can get 2-3 berets per article of clothing.
http://www.tridentmilitary.com/SouthAfrican.htm
I would ask that you folks purchase the camo items and I'll make them at $10.00 each.
Here is a site I found that the material is relatively cheap and I can make 8-10 berets per yard, more or less.
http://www.rockywoods.com/military.htm

The only thing about these, not that I couldn't try, but these do not have the reinforcement over the left front eye like the US style, these are more Monty style, soft and shapeable.

Tiger D
03-26-2008, 08:16 PM
As promised, other items I've made.

Flecktarn skull cap.

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/6904/img1094md2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Cover for my wife's helmet.

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/544/img1100zg8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Tan and Water (Sumpftarn) cover for my WWII German helmet.

http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/1875/img1104fm0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img524.imageshack.us/img524/6961/img1113ld1.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

...and a bonus, a German summer tunic I made by modifying a Dutch Airforce shirt.

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/2952/img1122ya8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/4651/img1123fu2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Trench_raider
04-16-2008, 05:12 PM
Sorry about the thread necromancy, but this one caught my attention.


...and a bonus, a German summer tunic I made by modifying a Dutch Airforce shirt.


Not bad. Certainly close enough for airsoft. Does the cost for the Dutch shirt and labor still make it cost effective when compared to one of the Asian HBT tunic replicas?
I also dig that Sumpmuster helmet cover. That would go nicely with my smock.

The berets, not so much. Not knocking your sewing skills. I just hate berets with a purple passion! ;)


Dude, let's make a Selous Scouts team.

I am in.

I want to be a man among men.

Hehe...don't tempt me. That would be amusing.
The big issue with that is that getting replica Rhodie camo is very difficult right now. (I'm checking into a source, though..) But with Selous Scouts you could be imaginative. You have seen this photo, right?
http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a114/trench_raider/blackedup.jpg

TR

Tiger D
04-16-2008, 09:48 PM
Well, the shirts I bought new from Sportsmansguide, 3 for $15.00. The buttons were another $15.00. The sewing took me 2 nights to do. And the green die was another $2.00. Since I really enjoy sewing and modifying uniform items, I count that as recreation time anyway.

GUNSnGUITARS
04-20-2008, 08:23 PM
Great craftsmanship Tiger, keep up the good work!

I myself like berets, but not for airsoft. Doubt the other Cowboys would either, honestly. But it's a great creative concept, and it's a great finished product!