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    Map Case

    Any recommendations on a map case to hold OS maps? Ortlieb have an A4 and an A3 model, I'm not sure if the A3 folded will fit too well inside the BV with a folded map inside it. Or should I just get laminated OS maps and skip the cases bullshit?
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    The zip pockets on your battlevest

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    Quote Originally Posted by The real Jack View Post
    ...Or should I just get laminated OS maps and skip the cases bullshit?
    a scanner and a laminator?

    if i have to use a large map i just use zip lock pockets - it got 25 15 inch x 20 inch for about £4 - and stuff it into my smock or body armour.

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    i'm happy with them, i did have a fancy Arktis one that was about a metre square - an excellent picnic blankett it was to - but it was just massive when folded up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ropebag View Post
    a scanner and a laminator?

    I mean the waterproofed OS maps that can be bought
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    Map cases are a waste of time unless you are a staff officer operating out of a vehicle.Either use a pre laminated OS map(expensive) or find a place that does "soft" lamination that will enable you to fold the map.Cut off the marginal info/legend and have them laminate it to the rear of the map.Before you laminate it highlight all the grid numbers with yellow highlighter(Do NOT!!! use red highlighter as it will be invisible under red filter light).
    forget clear contact/fablon as it is a load of c**k and despite your best effort you will always get a bubble in it or an unwanted crease (usually just over the A.O you are in )
    When Naving fold the map to the area you are operating in and use black tape to hold the fold.Place in BV zip pocket.Job jobbed.
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    From experience I 100% agree with apod. Operate in pretty much same way
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    Quote Originally Posted by The real Jack View Post
    I mean the waterproofed OS maps that can be bought
    expensive, and you're carrying a lot of map for a relatively small area - i just photocopy the area i need, laminate the copy, and off i go. if i'm plotting i'll use a GBFO map case, but then i've got wagons to carry all that crap around for me.

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    They are around the €20-25 mark, probably cheaper than a good mapcase

    They are usefully for TEWTs, Map Ex's etc and maybe for mortar / arty types

    Visit Seskin School, get the free map of the Glen and laminate it

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    Do exactly as Apod said.

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    I work similar to Ropebag. I'll use a softcopy/photocopy of the AO from an OSI map, print it on an A4 page. On the rear side of it I'll print a satellite image of the same area (usually a screen grab from google maps or OSI, whichever is more recent), leaving a little blank space in the margins for notes / grids etc. Run it through a laminator, stick it in the zip up side pocket and Robert's your father's brother. I keep a big map(s) in the daysack.

    For the more regular AOs, time permitting, I overlay a transparent map across a satellite image. Unfortunately, as mentioned in another thread, I've since lost all my pre-made maps due a back-up error. Otherwise I'd have been happy to share them.

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    How on earth do you get all that done? Especially when moving from AO to AO? Seems like am awful lot of hassle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spider pig View Post
    How on earth do you get all that done? Especially when moving from AO to AO? Seems like am awful lot of hassle.
    I'd imagine he means he does it all pre exercise and in turn, has a collection of smaller maps of the usual Ex areas built up. Suppose it's easier to do if you're fully aware of where you'll be working from.

    S&S, do you grid and scale your aerial photo's?

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    I have done. I even posted an example a year or two ago. I had the whole Glen area mapped with satellite overlay.
    Generally we only exercise in 2 or 3 places regularly, and an A4 page covers a fair chunk of AO for a unit on foot. If we're hopping from map sheet to map sheet (which hasn't happened in my RDF experience thus far) then I'd carry all the respective maps necessary.
    I do have a map case, but it is a bit clunky by the time the map is folded and inserted.

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    I still can't find a soft copy of it, but this is a hard copy of the imagery I mentioned. This is in my Nirex battle book, I keep a few sat images of common Trg AOs for orders, patrols and whatnot. This is the Glen, which you no doubt recognised.

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    I used the discovery series and sucessfully soft laminated the whole lot with Clear Contact without bother and they lasted me for years , in fact some one is still using them, but it took time and patience.

    yes I bought the whole series, but at the time I was covering vast areas while on excercises, record being 7 counties in one three week period.

    I have a Protac Map bag I popped all my nav gear into, still have it, actually good bit of kit and a clip board. For vehicle bound work it was ideal.

    For small area work I just scanned the original again sealed it and if it became damaged just dumped it as required.

    One exercise we had a canny officer who rigged an inverter in a nissan, mounted a latop and printer /scanner and printed the local maps as required.

    We each had our own Garmin Sat Nav/GPS, personal purchase at the time , so we became quite adept at route marking etc at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hptmurphy View Post
    I used the discovery series and sucessfully soft laminated the whole lot with Clear Contact without bother and they lasted me for years , in fact some one is still using them, but it took time and patience.

    yes I bought the whole series, but at the time I was covering vast areas while on excercises, record being 7 counties in one three week period.

    I have a Protac Map bag I popped all my nav gear into, still have it, actually good bit of kit and a clip board. For vehicle bound work it was ideal.

    For small area work I just scanned the original again sealed it and if it became damaged just dumped it as required.

    One exercise we had a canny officer who rigged an inverter in a nissan, mounted a latop and printer /scanner and printed the local maps as required.

    We each had our own Garmin Sat Nav/GPS, personal purchase at the time , so we became quite adept at route marking etc at the time.

    Way back when I actually gave a shit!
    Now that WAS a canny officer... Bet no one threw flour bombs into that Nissan...
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    Bet no one threw flour bombs into that Nissan.
    Nope but a few were launched from it!
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