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    RSBTR SilPoly Tarp

    Just finished making a rectangular 12 x 10 tarp using RSBTR's SilPoly material in olive drab. This is a very nice material to work with. I started with 8 yds and a measured 60 inches wide. Kyle cuts his material very close to what length you want - no extra, so I simply cut it in half and sewed it up as is. I didn't have to square anything - just started making roll hems and sewing the ridge up. I used a grosgrain ridge - (3/4 inch wide grosgrain).

    I usually use 3/4 inch beastee d rings, but used 1/2" ones instead. There are 4 tie outs per side and I haven't decided to put pull outs on it yet.

    Finished tarp length came to 142" long and 58" wide - used up 2 inches from hemming, but I'm still calling it a 12 ft instead of an 11 ft 10 inches tarp.

    What surprised me was the final weight - 18 oz on the nose. It would have been closer to 16 oz if I didn't use 3/4" steel rings on the ridge ends. I also made 3/4 inch and 1/2 inch tie outs stacked together which added another oz or so.

    Hung it to see what it looked like, but haven't really tested it yet. Over all I like this material - it's east to work with doesn't stretch when you pull on it. I didn't use all the tie outs - I'm a bit rushed today. Oh - also it has no cat cuts at all. When I start teaching again, I'll have to use it on the ground - I know, ACK!

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    Nice work. I like those corners.


    I have some charcoal gray Silnylon from RSBTR I plan to make a tarp with after the first of the year. I ordered a bit more fabric than I needed so hopefully I will have enough extra fabric to make a stuff sack for it.
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    Nice! I have 9 yards of the same color sitting here waiting on me to transform it into a winter tarp over Christmas break.

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    That looks great, gotta get me some silpoly! Kyle needs to get some less muted colours in though

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    Quote Originally Posted by craige View Post
    Kyle needs to get some less muted colours in though
    Spectra Yellow please.
    I am really liking the looks of the Tawny Olive I picked up, even if it is muted. Hoping to make a new tarp in the New Year.

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    That's nice V_Allen, you did a great job. I'm glad to hear it's nice to work with. I have a lot of SilPoly sitting here waiting for me to turn into tarps: Green Tea and Khaki.

    sandmaker: is the tawny olive as beautiful as it looks in the picture on RBR's website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidbilly View Post
    sandmaker: is the tawny olive as beautiful as it looks in the picture on RBR's website?
    Yes.
    It doesn't seem as shiny in my house lighting as the website photo, but I was so glad to see that the actual fabric came out more on the gold side than the brown/olive side like the color swatch originally showed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titaniumpyro View Post
    Nice! I have 9 yards of the same color sitting here waiting on me to transform it into a winter tarp over Christmas break.
    Thanks! I like how it has very little stretch compared to silnylon and the weight savings was a big bonus.

    Quote Originally Posted by craige View Post
    That looks great, gotta get me some silpoly! Kyle needs to get some less muted colours in though
    Thanks. As former military I still like muted colors, but Kyle has a color called green tea that looks good. That will probably be next for me.


    Quote Originally Posted by sandmaker View Post
    Spectra Yellow please.
    I am really liking the looks of the Tawny Olive I picked up, even if it is muted. Hoping to make a new tarp in the New Year.
    See post above and see the tea green at RSBTR. Thats about as colorful as I get

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidbilly View Post
    That's nice V_Allen, you did a great job. I'm glad to hear it's nice to work with. I have a lot of SilPoly sitting here waiting for me to turn into tarps: Green Tea and Khaki.

    sandmaker: is the tawny olive as beautiful as it looks in the picture on RBR's website?
    Ah! Was just talking about the Green tea - hope you post some pictures of that color - pretty please? At the price of silpoly and the weight savings - I mean a 12x10 tarp is big and I can make it at 16 oz exactly by using 1/2" instead of 3/4 grosgrain and plastic instead of metal rings. My last silnylon was a winter dream at 25 oz. I find hemming is easier compared to silnylon at 1.3 or 1.4 oz.

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    I decided to add the panel pulls after all.

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