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Soviet Plash Palatka Pomcho / Shelter - double set up

DavoAnth

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I was pretty impressed with my canvas Soviet 'Plash Palatka' poncho system that I set up a while back (refer earlier post in this section). I ended up ordering a second poncho, to see how the pair went when they were buttoned together. One of the button seams on each shelter has an additional flap with button holes to allow 2 or more shelters to be buttoned together. It's only about a minute job to join them both - one things the soviets seem to excell at was keeping designs simple.

The finished combined shelter just erects as per the original, using a single pole (I used a walking stick) as the central support - but with a more defined 'teepee' look and a lot more leg room. It would definitely make for an excellent overnighter or short stay 4 season shelter, but weight wise it would be pushing the limits - unless you split the ponchos between you and a walking partner.

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Comparison pics of the single and double set-up.

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I also bought a different style of surplus East German army poncho - this one is smaller and square and for $10 will make an excellent base for a bedroll / swag system - or a small rectangular A frame shelter. I'm not a big camouflage fan at the best of times, but this pattern is pretty basic.

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Wentworth

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That looks like a great shelter. If you get any rainy weather, let us know how it goes
 

DavoAnth

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Thanks Wentworth. Being old surplus stock, they all need to be re-water proofed (tomorrows job) which obviously adds even more weight. I have no doubt they will stand up to a good soaking, and once our wet season rains start I will test it - only problem is that our wet season temperate and humidity makes sleeping under canvas pretty uncomfortable. But I will take one for the team !
 

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Thanks Wentworth. Being old surplus stock, they all need to be re-water proofed (tomorrows job) which obviously adds even more weight. I have no doubt they will stand up to a good soaking, and once our wet season rains start I will test it - only problem is that our wet season temperate and humidity makes sleeping under canvas pretty uncomfortable. But I will take one for the team !

Reproofing may not be necessary. I bought an ex East German poncho and, after laying it out flat, gave it a good soaking with the hose. I found only a few beads of water at one point on the inside. I sprayed it with Warproo (used a whole can) and now no water gets through. I believe that the water resistance is a combination of factory water proofing and the very tight weave? If the Russian Plash Palatka uses a similar fabric, then long periods of storage may not harm them. Be interesting to see how your tests work out!
 
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