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Brian Ahlers
(bahlers7) - F

Locale: Idaho
MYO Hexamid Solo? on 06/30/2010 21:19:04 MDT Print View

Has anyone tried to make a Hexamid tarp or tent? I ask because I am working on a sil version of one right now and want to know if anyone has successfully completed one? I'm doing a modified tent version of one with a bathtub floor. Oh, and this is my first tent or tarp that I have ever made :) Will follow up with my results and photos if and when I complete it, haha!

Jason Hung
(moma-moma) - F - M

re: MYO Hexamid Solo? on 07/01/2010 00:44:37 MDT Print View

nice pls post more photo after you finish!!
what kind of joining method you going to use glue or stitch?

Brian Ahlers
(bahlers7) - F

Locale: Idaho
Re: re: MYO Hexamid Solo? on 07/01/2010 01:05:10 MDT Print View

I'm stitching everything and then I'll seam seal. I've currently got the 3 roof pieces sewed together along with the front side of no see-um and zipper in. I'm taking photos as I go but I'm not going to post anything until I'm finished. So far it's looking pretty rad though! :)

Brian Ahlers
(bahlers7) - F

Locale: Idaho
Re: Re: re: MYO Hexamid Solo? on 07/02/2010 15:17:49 MDT Print View

Getting close! Just have to reinforce the corners and attach some guyout loops and guylines. (I think) : ) Too bad I have to work tonight or I could be finished.

Matthew Bishop
(mattsbishop) - F - M

Locale: Northern Frontrange, Colorado
Re: MYO Hexamid Solo? on 07/06/2010 16:43:55 MDT Print View

Yeah, I made two recently which I dubbed the 'pentamid' :) I made some cutting mistakes on the first one that I didn't notice until it was too late. The second and much better one is based on a 5x8 tarp pitched -mid fashion and while a bit cramped, is effective. I put 45mm catenary curves on the seams to give it a taut pitch. Unfortunately the curves rob it of some usable space, but otherwise it's a flappy mess.

Here's a pic from the rear; if you like I could take photos from other angles:
'Pentamid' tarp tent

I've also got CAD drawings of shelter dimensions and pattern pieces, but I'm not sure about the ethics of posting such data for a shelter so strongly based on a commercial design.

I just discovered that those CAD drawings are on my laptop which I just killed and won't be getting to any time soon :|

Edited by mattsbishop on 07/07/2010 10:54:19 MDT.

Evan Brodfuehrer
catenary curves on 07/13/2010 18:40:27 MDT Print View

I am fairly new to making my own gear. I have made a silnylon flat tarp. I was wondering how you make catenary curves. If I make another tarp do I need to cut 2 halves. Then sew them together? How do you mark and cut the "curves" so you get the catenary design? Thanks!

Misfit Mystic

Locale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
Catenary Curves on 07/13/2010 18:58:49 MDT Print View

Hi Evan, since you're a member check out Roger Caffin's article on catenary curves in the MYOG article section. Excellent info on calculating curves, and also techniques and ideas for the cutting and sewing of them.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: catenary curves on 07/13/2010 19:36:50 MDT Print View


John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: catenary curves on 07/13/2010 21:01:28 MDT Print View


I found this spreadsheet courtesy of Lance Marshall very helpful in figuring out how to plot out the deflection per length of ridgeline.

Party On,


Evan Brodfuehrer
cat curves on 07/14/2010 07:35:58 MDT Print View