SAS Para Attack parachute question

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SAS Para Attack parachute question

Postby Draven » 12 Mar 2010 10:51

I just scored a boxed SAS Para Attack on eBay, and I was wondering if anyone knew any way to get the creases out of the chute? The seller shoved it in the box and it's crumpled as hell.
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Re: SAS Para Attack parachute question

Postby Lady Jaye » 12 Mar 2010 11:46

The chute is plastic, so creases are basically the same as stress marks. Flatten the parachute, take a blowdryer and gently apply some heat. This is just a matter of trying what works and what not. Watch out with heat, it is plastic.

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What I did in the past was: tack the parachute to the ceiling (tack through center hole), put significant weight at the harnass and wait.
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Re: SAS Para Attack parachute question

Postby The Baron » 12 Mar 2010 13:00

Immerse it in warm water and then press it dry? Or maybe dangle it over some steam from a bowl of boiling water?

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Re: SAS Para Attack parachute question

Postby SteveD » 12 Mar 2010 14:51

Lady Jaye wrote:The chute is plastic, so creases are basically the same as stress marks. Flatten the parachute, take a blowdryer and gently apply some heat. This is just a matter of trying what works and what not. Watch out with heat, it is plastic.

Do not iron!

What I did in the past was: tack the parachute to the ceiling (tack through center hole), put significant weight at the harnass and wait.
:-D The imagery that just gave me is really making me chuckle! I know we do some weird things as toy collecting adults, but I just have visions of Jaye stood on a chair suspending weights from the parachute when the good lady walks in the room...

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"No dear - it's the creases in this bloody parachute....."

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Re: SAS Para Attack parachute question

Postby Lady Jaye » 12 Mar 2010 16:21

SteveD wrote:I just have visions of Jaye
Steven, you really need to get some professional help... :junkyard:
meertoh wrote:mental imagery
And you need some Photoshop lessons... :-P
The Baron wrote:Immerse it in warm water
That is a very good tip actually! Hot water will make the plastic softer without melting it. Melting point of polyethylene is around 120°C, so I would advise water not warmer than 80°C. Too hot water makes the plastic too soft, resulting in distortions.
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Re: SAS Para Attack parachute question

Postby action-figure-supplies » 12 Mar 2010 18:27

Good tips, I got a complete US Para and a SAS Para Attack yesterday and the chutes are crinkly. Also the SAS chute is torn where the harness attaches to the chute, any repair tips? I was thinking heat would do it?
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Re: SAS Para Attack parachute question

Postby Thundershot » 12 Mar 2010 20:09

SteveD wrote: know we do some weird things as toy collecting adults,
Last summer I had to go rescue my Fisher Price Parachute guy from next doors back garden after getting a bit to enthusiastic @ lobbing it out off my bedroom window, I'd forgotten to include the wind speed factor into my computations :oops:
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