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Re: making armor for a living

Actually it's not hard.  I can do it myself...but my work doesn't look as
nice.  Start out with a paper pattern.  A grocery sack works really well.
Cut it into a basic shape and fine tune with multiple fittings.  A good
inexpensive 'armor' you could use is heavy plastic trash can (not the
kmart brands, something a little heavier).  It's flexible, and you can
heat it in the oven to help get it to mold better...remember to protect
yourself with a towel between you and it while shaping.  Drill a few holes
in it for straps, get some 'tandy' rivets (don't recommend 'pop'
varieties)  and get a good strapping material and some buckes or 'D' rings
to use as fasteners.  

 For NON-water use you can use leather covered in heavy coats of wax.  It
becomes as hard as steel almost.  If there are enough people interested, I
might try to come up with a design and an article on 'how to'.  Let me

 If you were going to buy the 'professional' stuff...you'd only need a
half suit by the time you had paid you arm & leg...if you get my drift.  A
decent "Kidex"  (sp?) a.k.a. trash can plastice suit probably won't cost
more that $50.  That's a 'guesstimate'.


On Wed, 22 Jul 1998, Herb Harris wrote:

> while I was in the army stationed in Germany in the 70's, I heard of a
> French girl who some folks claimed did that too, so I guess its not an
> unusual profession.
> How much you reckon your friends charge? the snakes in these parts get
> thick this time of year, don't ya know? got any idea just how they go
> about getting the right measurements?
> Herb
> mcclurg luke e wrote:
> > 
> > Actually....I have friends who make armor for a living.  Seriously!
> > 
> > I'm sure they could make you something.
> > 
> > LM
> > 
> > On Tue, 21 Jul 1998 Phylesis at aol_com wrote:
> > 
> > >
> > > In a message dated 7/21/98 9:40:07 PM, you wrote:
> > >
> > > >Bull sharks are also common in all Florida rivers. While in Orlando a few
> > > >years back, I saw on the news a helicopter video of a large school of lemon
> > > >and bull sharks in the river--50 miles from the ocean. They spent several
> > > >days there before heading back to sea.
> > > >
> > > >David.
> > > >
> > > Uhhh, does anyone know where I can get chainmale waders.
> > > : O
> > >

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