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  1. Well my fellow troopers, the day has arrived. 6th July 2021. We officially start to celebrate the past 15 year of life as a detachment. It's pretty incredible to think, that thousands upon thousands of members, 501st or otherwise have worked their way through these forums, leaving their mark on the way, and allowing us all to take a wonderful journey into the development and ever growing resource that FISD has become. We have the largest membership base, one of, if not the busiest forums in the legion, an attache program that reaches more garrisons than any other, and a mass of TK information photos and other resources that some others would be envious of. All this with so few costumes in comparison to many other detachments. I think you could say we are doing OK! To welcome in our anniversary celebrations, today we launched a few things to get everyone in the mood. Our Special edition news letter is now posted and the mass email out will begin. We have launched our new and improved Expert Infantry honor gallery and a new forum section for our Anthology and remnant soon new to legion costumes. Awarded our highest Detachment accolade, the FISD Achievement award. And last but not least, launched our Anniversary coin sales thread. If you wish to share the love and celebrate 15 years with us please feel free to use our Facebook frame created by TK85421 http://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes/?selected_overlay_id=271286071464787 Happy 15 years FISD
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  2. NEW Detachment Leader Detachment Founder Happy 15th Anniversary Expert Infantry Honor Gallery Provost Marshall Deployment Office Merchandise Just For Laughs Around the Detachment New Forum Area In the Media INFORMATION & AWARD PROGRAMS Common FISD Acronyms and TK Glossary Pre Approval Forum 3D Section Field Exercise Award Imperial Attaché Program Fire Teams EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean? Advanced Tactics Awards Public Relations Staff List 2020 Follow FISD Greetings fellow members Welcome to FISD’s 15th anniversary special edition news letter! The official date is 6th July 2021, yep 15 years ago today the First imperial Stormtrooper detachment was created. We are very proud to have reached this tremendous 15 year milestone, and would not be here today if not for our founder Paul Hoeffer, his early team, and the many thousands of members that have contributed to this great forum over the last decade and a half. 15 years of unquestioned loyalty, troopers helping troopers, building and ever transforming this place to keep it up to date, relevant and the best resource for Stormtroopers in the galaxy. Thank you to one and all. This is an absolutely jam packed edition of where we came from with a nostalgic walk down memory lane. We hope you enjoy taking the journey. Personally I am privileged to have spent the last 7 years on our forums, most of that time on staff, and am honored to have work with so many truly talented staff and members. I look forward to many more successful years of the Detachment. FISD History Did you know? FISD's legacy charity is JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) The detachment started to support JDRF way back in 2007, but it became the official Detachment charity of choice in 2010. We will be returning our focus to this very worthy cause for at least the remainder of this term and doing what we can to support JDRF through donations and awareness. Now to kick this party off, and start the next 12 months of anniversary celebrations on the right foot, I’d like to make a few special announcements. FISD Achievement Award First and foremost, I would like to hand out an award. This is one of the rarest award programs we have, and is only handed out in exceptional cases, and we indeed have one that warrants it. The FISD Achievement award is one which is truly hard earned, it takes dedication, work and an over and above performance for one to attain such an acknowledgment. Not only is it rare to earn one, but even rarer to earn a second. His first FISD Achievement medal was earned back in June 2013 for true dedication embodying "Troopers helping Troopers", in the way this trooper helps and mentors members on our forums. Well I’m glad to say, that hasn’t changed one bit to this very day. Not only that, but he has been intrinsic in assisting me with the forum clean up, banner designs and in helping reinvigorate the FISD platform. As Detachment leader, it gives me no greater honor than to award Glen TK-85421 (gmrhodes13) his second FISD achievement award for truly outstanding work in every aspect he applies himself to on whitearmor.net. Congratulations Glen, you more than deserve this. You can find a full list of FISD Achievement Award recipients here Return of the Expert Infantry gallery Rebuilt from the ground up and back in better shape than it’s former glory is our new home for our Expert infantry Honor gallery. This is officially live as on now HERE Months of restoration work has gone into this, and our man of the moment Glen Q Rhodes is responsible for making it happen. Please read his article in this month’s edition, and if you are an EI, go find yourself in the new section. My last announcement before I let you go and enjoy everything this month’s newsletter has to offer, is the expansion of the “Costuming and Builds Original Trilogy (501st Approved) This has now had “and Anthology” added to the header, and a new section devoted to the Anthology and Remnant Stormtrooper costumes of the Disney+ series, Mandalorian, and soon to be released Book of Boba Fett, Obi Wan and Andor. Any build threads pertaining to the new Incinerator, Artillery and weathered Remnant type TK’s will now live in their rightful home section. It is exciting to see new costume variants in our midst's, so now they can be acknowledged and represented well, here on FISD. Finally, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for being active on our forums, thank you for keeping it interesting, sharing your knowledge and helping your fellow troopers. It means so much too all the staff here, and the fact we have a thriving forum community in the world of social media, is a testament to each and every one of you. I cant express enough how much I appreciate it. HAPPY 15th ANNIVERSARY FISD With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK11469 "Sly11" Detachment Lead Greetings troopers! They say time flies when you are having fun and being able to troop in a stormtrooper costume is one of the more fun things we get to do on these forums is enjoying the camaraderie of our fellow troops while spreading peace and harmony throughout the galaxy. On our 5th Anniversary we compiled a little data and were feeling pretty good that in 5 short years we went from nothing to having 550 detachment members, which made FISD the largest unit in the Legion. And, that 172 troopers had taken the challenge to go Expert Infantry, representing 8% of all Legion stormtroopers. Everyone felt it was a great start given that the detachment started out with only 10 members, the Expert Infantry program was still under discussion and the Centurion program hadn’t even been dreamed of, as our main focus was on creating useful content and, among other things, figuring out what we were going to call the detachment! Here is the data from 2011: 2006 2011 Total Legion TKs ? 2,266 Det. Members 10 550 Expert Infantry - 172 Centurions - 12 Costumes Covered 3 7 Forum Members 10 3,463 Total Posts 10 190,225 % Expert Infantry - 8% % Centurion - 1% One of the leading contenders for our new detachment's name was “Stormfront”, however that is until it was pointed out that this name was being used by a neo-Nazi group. Oops! In 2006 the Legion had also a new requirement which specified that all new detachments had to have the word “detachment” in their name, so the days of calling a sandtrooper detachment by something cool like the Mos Eisley Police Department were at and end, and we had to come up with something else. The "1st" in FISD is a reference to the Army usage of identifying Corps by a Roman numeral, e.g. XVIII is the 18th Corp. I Corp equals First Corp, and we wanted to be at the front of the action. Since we couldn't use "1st Imperial Stormtrooper Corp" and we were already part of a Legion, we settled on the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment. Over the past 10 years FISD has continued to grow in leaps and bounds. The numbers below speak for themselves. 2006 2011 2021 Total Legion TKs - 2,266 5,668 Det. Members 10 550 3,792 Expert Infantry - 172 1,020 Centurions - 12 500 Costumes Covered 3 7 19 Forum Members 10 3,463 24,715 Total Posts 10 190,225 649,367 % Expert Infantry - 8% 18% % Centurion - 1% 9% The detachment that we have today would have been unrecognizable 10 years ago, let alone 15. Before the advent of Facebook, the only place to discuss stormtrooper costuming was right here on these forums and so checking in every day or at least every week was a "must" for anyone who wanted to keep up with all that was going on. While some things have changed, what hasn’t is our mission. It is still as vital today as it was when we started. Below is one of the first posts I ever made to the forums on July 10th, 2006. VISION The 1st Imperial Stormtroopers are a Detachment of the 501st Legion, dedicated to the armor and equipment of stormtroopers as seen in Star Wars. They strive for accuracy in costuming and to discuss everything stormtrooper related. Their mission is to serve the needs of both current and prospective members of the 501st Legion, in keeping with their unofficial motto: "troopers helping troopers”. WHAT THE GROUP HOPES TO ACCOMPLISH: 1. Promote the current quality standards for the stormtrooper costume as established by the 501st. 2. Develop and create a higher standard of stormtrooper costume for members to achieve and a "kudo" (e.g. deployed status) as a recognition of that accomplishment (the same way the Mos Eisley Police Department has create a higher standard for MEPD Deployment). The goal of this is not to force people to achieve the higher standard, but rather to demonstrate what the costume can become and recognize those who achieve it. 3. Create an open and respectful forum for all discussions stormtrooper related, regardless of whether or not they are Original Trilogy or Expanded Universe. One major goal of the detachment is to celebrate the stormtrooper costume in all its forms, and the Star Wars costuming hobby in general. 4. Create and foster an esprit de corp for the stormtrooper costume. Some members complain that their garrison is stormtrooper-centric, others that the stormtrooper is looked down upon. By having a central space where stormtroopers can congregate and celebrate their costume, it removes the ?us versus them? mentality that has crept into some organizations, and establishes the stormtrooper costume as one of many equals. Life can be fast paced and can get crazy from time to time, and things do not always changed for the better (pandemic anyone?). It's reassuring to know that one thing doesn't change, and that is the indominable spirit of this detachment, embodied by our official motto "Unquestioned Loyalty" tempered with our unofficial motto, and true calling, of "troopers helping troopers". My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the thousands of Legion members who have built up this detachment in to what it is today. It always was, and always will be, a team effort. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK-8020 "Daetrin" FISD Founder, DL emeritus Let's look back at some highlights from the last 15 years It's Alive July 7th 2006 forum created announcement (can be found here) What Shall We Be Called What should our detachment name be? Detachment naming contest, July 15, 2006 Some of the top contender names (can be found here) Imperial Knights Imperial Alpha Tantive Assault Detachment Knights of the Empire Stormtrooper Brigade Death Star Detachment The Emporer's Might Vader's troopers, Mean and Clean. Detachment naming contest take II, August 15, 2006 Some of the top contender names (thread can be found here) Tantive IV Assault Detachment (TFAD) 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Division Advance Assault Division "White Lightning" Vader's troopers, Mean and Clean. (VTMC) Rapid Assault Imperial Detachment (RAID) First Encounter Assault Regiment (FEAR) Should we amend the name, August 23, 2006 (can be found here) And the winner was "1st Imperial Stormtrooper Corps" UNTIL: Name change October 16, 2006 (can be found here) From Legion Command: "That the official name include the word detachment, meaning as of this moment we are rebranded - officially - the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment. All references must be updated." Detachment Approval Official Detachment Approval, October 24, 2006 (can be found here) We Need A Logo 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Logo Detachment logo discussion started August 25, 2006 (can be found here) Detachment logo final release February 7, 2007 (can be found here) note "Detachment" was edited to "Det" for patch production Anniversary's 1st Anniversary/Birthday, July 7, 2007 (can be found here) 3rd Anniversary/Birthday, July 7, 2009 (can be found here) 5th Anniversary, July 6, 2011 (can be found here) 5th Anniversary Interview With Paul Detachment Founder, December 15, 2011 (can be found here) Merchandise produced - 11" patch, Trading Card, Coin, Mug 6th Anniversary Post by Our Founder, July 6, 2012 (can be found here) 10th Anniversary Post by Our Founder, July 6, 2016 (can be found here) 10th Anniversary Newsletter (can be found here) Merchandise produced - Patch, Coin 10th Anniversary Of FISD's First Patch (can be found here) Trivia: did you know that FISD was started in 2006, so the detachment’s actual 10th anniversary is 2016. Our first patch run however was in 2007, and it had the words “2007 Inaugural” in Arubesh along the top as a commemoration of that event. Only 100 were ever made. Glen’s design is celebrating the 10th anniversary of that first patch, hence the design used. 11th Anniversary Post by Our Founder, July 7, 2017 (can be found here) 12th Anniversary Post by Andrew (can be found here) 13th Anniversary - Logo Gets an Update Some Other Interesting Dates FISD forum created announcement, July 7th, 2006 (can be found here) Forum header uploaded October 2006 Rose Parade, January 1, 2007, Stormtroopers from around the globe invited by Lucasfilm to attend the event with grand marshal George Lucas (video can be found here) Rose Parade, Stormtroopers in training for the Rose Parade with Colonel Toledo (US Army Reserves). He was brought in by LFL to lead and conduct the training (video can be found here) Rose Parade, behind the scenes training and football (can be found here) First Mark IV Approval , April 16, 2007 (can be found here) only 4 approvals name "Mark IV" (eventually becoming Expert Infantry) First Elite Approval , August 15, 2007 (can be found here) name change from Mark IV to Elite, 61 approvals (eventually becoming Expert Infantry) First Female Elite Approval , May 9, 2008 (can be found here) (eventually becoming Expert Infantry) First Expert Infantryman , May 18, 2009 (can be found here) name change from Elite to Expert Infantryman, from approval 66 onwards FISD Achievement Award Implemented , July 26, 2009 (can be found here) (recipients can be found here) 100th EIB Approval, March 2, 2010 (can be found here) Academy Site Launched, March 5, 2010 (can be found here) FISD at Celebration V, August 12 to August 15, 2010 (photos can be found here) FISD adopts JDRF as it's unofficial charity of choice ,August 31, 2010 (photos can be found here) FISD Is Now on Facebook and Twitter , March 16, 2011 (can be found here) Attaché Program Announced , April 11, 2011 (can be found here) First Centurion Approval , April 23, 2011 (can be found here) First Female Centurion approval, August 22, 2011 (can be found here) Forum reaches 200,000 posts, August 26, 2011 (can be found here) FISD at Celebration VI Orlando, August 23 - 26, 2012 (photos can be found here) EIB and Centurion certificates created Nov 2012 (can be found here) FISD at Celebration Celebration Europe II, July 25- 29, 2013 (photos/videos can be found here) 100th Centurion Approval, October, 2013 (can be found here) First look at Episode VII Stormtroopers, May onward, 2014 (can be found here) We helped a girl who was bullied for liking Star Wars, May 31, 2014 (can be found here) FISD at Celebration Anaheim, April 16-19, 2015 (photos/videos can be found here) FOTK Unveiling (newsletter can be found here) 500th EIB Approval, September 21, 2015 (can be found here) FISD at Celebration Europe III, July 15-17, 2016 (photos can be found here) Rogue One Display (photos can be found here) FISD at Celebration Orlando, April 13–16, 2017 (photos can be found here) First Live EIB approval, Celebration Orlando April 15, 2017 (photos can be found here) The Stormtrooper Hall of Fame Implemented, April 28, 2016 (can be found here) Master Armorer Award Implemented, May 26, 2017 (can be found here) Rogue One Photoshoot (can be found here) Attaché Outstanding Achievement Award Implemented, May 28, 2017 (can be found here) (updated recipients here) TK Pre-Approval Scheme Implemented, January 7, 2018 (can be found here) 3D Contributor Award Scheme Implemented, July 5, 2018 (can be found here) FISD at Celebration Chicago, April 11 - 15, 2019 (photos can be found here) Field Exercise Awards Scheme Implemented, September 1, 2019 (can be found here) 1000th EIB Approval, September 16, 2020 (can be found here) Coin and patch repository and TK trading post implemented, February 10, 2020 (can be found here) First Order Battle Group implemented, May 20, 2020 (can be found here) Newsletter Archive Area implemented, April 9, 2020 (can be found here) 500th Centurion Approved, Trina TK18112 "Architect18112", April 9, 2021 (can be found here) 501st Centurion Approved, Jonathan TK89054 "Lord_Potato", April 22, 2021 (can be found here) Detachment Leaders 2006 - 2021 2006-2007 - Paul Hoeffer “Daetrin” TK8020 2007-2008 - Ed DaSilva "Exodus" TK4878 2008-2009 - Terrell Reber "SuperTrooper" TK1787 2009-2010 - Paul Hoeffer “Daetrin” TK8020 2010-2011 - Paul Hoeffer “Daetrin” TK8020 2011-2012 - Paul Hoeffer “Daetrin” TK8020 2012-2013 - Tom Gardner "RogueTrooper" TK5940 2013-2014 - Eric Brager "Darth Aloha" TK9674 2014-2015 - Mathias Rodstedt "Locitus" TK2959 2015-2016 - Eric Brager "Darth Aloha" TK9674 2016-2017 - Time Waychoff "Dark CMF" TK51878 2017-2018 - Paul Hoeffer “Daetrin” TK8020 2018-2019 - Paul Hoeffer “Daetrin” TK8020 2019-2020 - Sarah Bailey "Alay" TK20466 2020-2021 - Andrew Franke "Sly11" TK11469 2021-2022 - Andrew Franke "Sly11" TK11469 On behalf of troopers past and present thank you all for your service Detachment Merchandise First Patch Run, April 24, 2007 (can be found here) note it had the words “2007 Inaugural” in Aurebesh along the top. Only 100 were ever made First Challenge Coin, September 6, 2007 (can be found here) First Patch Run (no inaugural writing), February 19, 2008 (can be found here) FISD Tshirt Run, April 12, 2008 (can be found here) FISD Hoodie Run, May 7, 2008 (can be found here) First Beret Patch Run , April 1, 2009 (can be found here) First EIB Rocker Run, August 7, 2009 (can be found here) Mug Run, January 3, 2011 (can be found here) First Centurion Rocker Run, April 22, 2011 (can be found here) Calendar Run, December 31, 2011 (can be found here) Red Version Detachment Patch Run, May 22, 2012 (can be found here) incidentally for those that thought there had only ever been one run of this particular patch it has been produced three times, another run was in 2013 which didn't close until late 2014 and another in 2015 FISD Lapel Pin Run, April 9, 2012 (can be found here) Second Coin Run, August 30, 2013 (can be found here) Joint Merchandise FISD/MEPD, October 23, 2013 (can be found here) Racing Shirt Run, November 13, 2014 (can be found here) 12" Detachment Patch blue and red versions with larger rockers, April 15, 2016 (can be found here) incidentally this was the only run of the larger detachment shield patches (FYI that makes 4 separate runs of red patches, 3 x small and 1 x large). Also note the larger version Centurion rocker to match the 12" patch FISD Hockey Shirt Run, May 13, 2017 (can be found here) First Order Red Version Patch Run, December 19, 2018 (can be found here) First Order Racing Shirt Run, November 29, 2019 (can be found here) Detachment patch variations through the years Sme of the variations of the Detachment 3 x 5" patch over the years you may also notice some color and size variations due to using different manufacturers, also the updated design from 2019 to present day And this is just a small part of FISD's merchandise over the years, there have been other patches, celebration merch, mugs, lanyards, pins and the list goes on. 15th Anniversary Facebook Frame For those of you on Facebook you can show your support of our 15th Anniversary with this frame www.facebook.com/profilepicframes/?selected_overlay_id=271286071464787 In Closing I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane as much as I did researching it, there has been a lot packed into the past 15 years and this piece only just covers a small part of it's history. If you ever have too much time on your hands take a look back through some of FISD's earlier threads, some amazing info, photos and videos can be found and it will open your eyes to how we have grown over the years. It's a shame a lot of our older information and photos are lost due to third party image hosts and also forum upgrades, if any of you do have images or information from our early years please reach out to either myself or any of our staff as we'd love to update as much as we can. I can't finish this piece without thanking a few people, firstly our detachment founder Paul Hoeffer "Daetrin" TK8020, without him we wouldn't be here. I would also like to thank all those members (too many to list) who stood up and took on a staff role over the last 15 years, working on staff can be a thankless job, it can also take up a lot of our personal life but in the end it can be a very rewarding experience. Also thank you Andrew for my second FISD Achievement Award, you snuck that into the newsletter draft Truly honoured and humbled, thank you Sir. Lastly but certainly not least I must thank you the membership, without you our detachment could not of grown to where we are today, thank you one and all. "troopers helping troopers" With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK-85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO Newsletter Expert Infantry Honor Gallery Some of you may or may not be aware that our forum used to house an area of images for those members who have achieved the level of Expert Infantry, unfortunately over time and with forum and software upgrades the data in that section was lost. After several years of discussions a work around was formulated earlier this year and with Andrew's approval the work begun. After a lot of hours of editing we are pleased to present to you the new and improved Expert Infantry Honor Gallery PREVIEW Please note some images had been lost from some EIB applications and in this case a generic image has been used, if you find your image is like this and you have a copy of your original application images please contact me via private message Multiple Awardees For those of you who are multiple Expert Infantry award recipients your gallery image will show as an animate gif, example below Multiple award recipients info here Taking Action Photos Before taking your Expert Infantry action photos please read this thread With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK-85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO Newsletter Greetings Troopers! Can you believe this? We are here celebrating 15 years of our amazing detachment!! Like most of you, I have found a home here within the 501st Legion. This detachment is the best detachment within the 501st. That's because of all of you! All of the time and energy that all of you have put into this place. All of the amazing knowledge that has been offered up to every person who has visited our detachment is just truly top notch. All of the cheerleading that all of you have offered up to push people to the finish line and to help them not give up when a build has been challenging has been astounding. We are a family here and we could not have done all of this without our members support. We are troopers helping troopers for sure! I have been lucky enough to be a part of this detachment now for the past 10 years. I have been fortunate enough to watch this detachment grow so much over the years. The enthusiasm here is has always been high and remains as high as ever. We are one of the few detachments that is able to have people join here and want to stick around to help new members. We all have a passion for shiny white armor and it does not go away. I cannot wait to see where this detachment goes over the next 15 years. This place will always be my home and I will not be going anywhere. I hope all of you out there reading this newsletter will feel the same. If you have ever thought about becoming more involved in our detachment then now is the time. Let's work together to make this place grow into the future. I can't wait to see all of the amazing things we are able to accomplish. Make sure you check out the 15th Anniversary Challenge coin that we are releasing. It is one of the coolest coins we have ever released. The order thread will be up soon. As always thank you from the Provost Marshal team for keeping the boards nice and helpful which makes our jobs around here very easy. If you ever need to reach out to our team then please do not hesitate to. We always want to hear from our members even if it is not related to forum issues. I will be wrapping this up now. Paul - Thank you so much for starting these forums. You have created a place here for many of us to find a family within the legion. I am honored to be a part of this. Thank you for taking me onto this staff 4 years ago. This current Command Staff has been the best group of members I have ever worked with. You all rock! Lastly, Glen amazing job on this newsletter. You really have knocked it out of the park. I know that everyone of our members will enjoy this. With Unquestioned Loyalty Steve Sheades TK10466 "starsaber25" Leading Provost Marshall With Unquestioned Loyalty Chris Pearson TK10991"themaninthesuitcase" Provost Marshal With Unquestioned Loyalty Dan Branton TK42911 “CableGuy” Provost Marshall This has truly been a banner year for the FISD, especially considering what has transpired in the last 12 months. We met our goals on both the "March to 1000 EIs" and reached 500 for Centurion approvals.. patch, pin and coin runs either complete or in progress (and more in the works) and lots of new build threads! A big thank you to all the Staff who have hung in there, but more importantly an extra special shout-out to all the newer and senior members who have stayed active on the boards helping those who have questions. You folks really are the life blood here, and while we all have lives outside this community we (and all those who need it) appreciate your involvement and help more than you could know, so KEEP IT UP . "Troopers Helping Troopers" (and future Troopers)! There was a bit of a lull in Level 2 and 3 submissions in the last few months, but those of us on the D.O. Staff are SO pleased to see them rolling in once again! Know that we are here for you, and that we are ready and willing to help in any way we can to help you attain your goals, whether it be Basic approval or higher levels. It's what we do, so always feel free to contact any of us if you need assistance of any sort. With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK-10963 "justjoseph63" Chief Deployment Officer Hey Troopers !! Qué mejor momento que la celebración del Quince Aniversario de nuestro Destacamento para invitar a las tropas de habla hispana no solo a ser parte de esta fiesta , si no a visitarnos y conocer nuestro foro. Aparte de la gran cantidad de información , fotos de referencia y tips de construcción sumamente útiles, puedes adquirir mercancía como parches, monedas y artículos exclusivos para miembros del destacamento. Por otro lado, podemos ayudarte a ir más allá y alcanzar el mejor nivel de precisión en tu armadura con nuestros programas de Experto de Infantería y Centurión y si tienes el tiempo y las ganas de ayudar a otros, porqué no formar parte del Equipo de Representantes del FISD (Imperial Attache Team) ? para más información ingresa aquí . Hay muchas áreas donde podemos aprovechar tus habilidades y disposición de seguir haciendo historia por muchos años más. Es el momento de que el idioma deje de ser una barrera . José Ma. (Chemi) de España , Mario (TKSpartan) de Costa Rica y todo el D.O. Staff estaremos felices de ayudarte y guiarte en el proceso. Hey Troopers !! What better time than the celebration of the Fifteenth Anniversary of our Detachment to invite the Spanish-speaking troops not only to be part of this party, but to visit us and learn about our forum. In addition to the wealth of information, reference photos and extremely useful building tips, you can purchase merchandise such as patches, coins and exclusive items for members of the detachment. On the other hand, we can help you go further and achieve the best level of precision in your armor with our Infantry and Centurion Expert programs and if you have the time and desire to help others, why not be part of the Representative Team of the FISD (Imperial Attaché Team)? For more information, click here . There are many areas where we can take advantage of your skills and willingness to continue making history for many years to come. It is time for language to stop being a barrier. José Ma. (Chemi) from Spain, Mario (TKSpartan) from Costa Rica and the entire D.O. Staff we will be happy to help you and guide you through the process. With Unquestioned Loyalty Mario E RT TK-48117 "TKSpartan" Deployment Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Jose Maria Sanchez TK-30173 "Chemi" Deployment Officer CENTURION500 PINS CLOSED Pins have been shipped Thank you once again Justin "TheRascalKing" TK61490 for helming the run and thank you Glen "gmrhodes13" TK85421 for the design For more info or issues you can find the thread here OK folks, now that the dust has settled from the Centurion 500 Pin run, we have some news! After all costs were accounted for and my (extremely thorough) accounting documentation was submitted to Detachment Leadership, we ended up with a total excess of $188.97 from the run - or about $1.75 per order. This was primarily from being able to secure packing materials at a reduced cost, and from funds saved on shipping of orders, as PirateShip was actually able to get us a rate BELOW what USPS usually charges/quotes. Pretty incredible and a wonderful tool I would recommend and use again! I also did ensure there was a small amount of padding built in to all orders, as shipping rates DO change (especially in these pandemic times), and I absolutely did NOT want to have to delay shipping by reaching out to request additional funds from anyone, or pay out of pocket to complete the run. At this point we would like to offer you 2 options: 1. Refund- You can receive the ACTUAL difference back for any overpayment on your order. (If opting for a refund, I will PM you). Please allow up to 3 days for this and note that anyone on a group order WILL need to go through the person who paid for the order. -or- 2. Donation- Your difference can actually make a difference by donating it to the Detachment's legacy charity, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - info here. All funds donated will be tallied up and sent to JDRF at one time** in the name of the FISD. For transparency, that transaction will be made available for viewing afterward. Please post up IN THIS THREAD (no PMs please) whichever option you choose, and we will disburse the funds as requested. IMPORTANT **The thread will close in 30 days (July 31st, 2021). If you have not responded by that point, we will assume you would like your difference to go to the charity. FISD 15th Anniversary Coin Order thread is now open for the new FISD 15th Anniversary Coin designed by Eric "Etrooper70" TK41970 you can find the thread here For those who may have missed the post I want to share this video with you from David and his son who built an E-11 blaster using Bryan's TK14082 3D files (available here) A new section has now been created in the Costumes and Builds area, the Anthology/Remnant, dedicated to discussion and builds of the various Stormtroopers depicted in the Anthology Disney+ series Mandalorian, Book of Boba Fett, Kenobi and Andor. You can find the Anthology variant and Remnant Build Threads here Also the title Costumes and Builds original trilogy (501st approved) has now been changed to Costumes and Builds Original trilogy and Anthology (501st Approved) VFX Artist Reveals How Big Star Wars Vehicles Actually Are - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Happy Anniversary FISD INFORMATION & AWARD PROGRAMS For a full list of FISD awards head here Are you new to the FISD and wondering what the heck all those abbreviations and strange sounding terms mean? To help you @justjoseph63 has started a list of the most commonly used ones that will give you some insight. If you have ANY questions about a particular term that is not listed or suggestions for new ones please contact Joseph. You can find the list here Pre Approval Forum allows future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval. Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful. Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback. For more information on this program, please visit the link here Don't forget to visit our 3D section when next surfing the FISD forums, there is plenty of useful information to potentially help you on your next TK adventure. You might be feeling may generous and share with our community a new TK related 3D file and maybe win yourself a 3D contributors award so check out the details below and be part of the in house 3D community. Here is a link to the FISD 3D Contributor program. Don't forget to create a troop log here on FISD and get awarded for your adventures The list of accomplished troopers keeps growing, so get on board and register your troops today Simply start (or update!) your troop log, keep the running total in the title, and post (at least!) a date and name for the official 501st event where you wore your TK! Once you've hit a milestone count, go over to the "Field Exercise Awards -- Post your milestones here" thread to request your profile be updated! Simple, right? No Award Recipients for June - July Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper? Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers? If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attaché program! Members of the I.A. team are chosen to help out not only those here on the boards, but on a local level as well. Our aim is to have at least one in each and every Garrison, Squad and Outpost in the entire legion to be the eyes and ears of the FISD on a local level. For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here Some of the benefits: Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, IA patch , IA Rocker For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here You may also be in the running for an Imperial Attaché Award Imperial Attaché Award for those attaché's who have gone above and beyond [minimum 1 year of service]. You can find a list of prior recipients here Attaché Ambassador Well here we are creeping up on year 15. I haven’t been around that long but I can definitely see why people do stick around. The detachment has grown so much in the few years I’ve been around it’s going to get a lot bigger now that troops are up and running again in some places.I’ll keep this short and sweet but I have been laxed on the newsletter posting. We’ve had a few new attaches added to the list, some new members and even an older member that wants to get back into it all. We are always looking for people to add to the attaché list, anyone with the will to help and a positive attitude should apply. We’ve also had a very successful pin run which was a great start to an anniversary year with more to come.Lastly I’d like to thank everyone involved for making this a great detachment. From top to bottom everyone is always so helpful to people coming in. We all remember how overwhelming it is to start such a large project, having so much help is the only way I would have gotten through it. With Unquestioned Loyalty Frank Peranteau TK75139 "Frank75139" Attaché Ambassador Want to setup a "Fire Team? the Fire Team program is completely optional, and is intended to help form a common identity and spirit of camaraderie among 501st Legion stormtroopers in the same geographic area/garrison that troop together. Fire Teams are not officially recognized by the 501st Legion nor the FISD, although they will be able to access a Fire Team sub-forum on the detachment website. You can find more information here So what exactly are and levels? These programs were designed for those who choose to take their armor above and beyond the minimum requirements for basic 501st Legion approval. It gives you the chance to show a level of dedication and pride that takes your armor closer to being as "screen accurate" as possible, without as much extra work as you may realize! You can find more information on the programs here This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy and obtained EIB or Centurion or both. FOR June - July the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Shawn "Zerop1ng" TK27928 EIB 1024 Richard "CallMeMrTibbles" TK46116 EIB 1025 Jacob "Pistolsheets" TK86267 EIB 1026 Justin "TheRascalKing" TK61490 EIB 5th Approval GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here --------------------------------------------------------------- Centurion Badge Award: Richard "CallMeMrTibbles" TK46116 Centurion 502 Shawn "Zerop1ng" TK27928 Centurion 503 Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers! Request your free Centurion certificate here If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them! Newsletter If you have any interesting stories or photos or something you think newsworthy please send them to me via pm. For anyone interested in having a look through any of the older newsletter they have now been moved to a new archive sub forum which you can find Here With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK-85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO Newsletter Social Media Happy 15th FISD!!!!!! WOW!!! I always marvel the passing of time. What began as one mans desire to help fellow troopers, has grown to such a tremendous, supportive community of Troopers helping Troopers! I joined the Legion with my Classic ANH TK, wanting to share the nerdy volunteerism experience with my Brother TK-12175. Then a Phasma joined my ranks. I’m into my 3rd TK now. This year is also an anniversary for me with the FISD as I celebrate 5 years with this incredible Detachment, and have been honoured to help out wherever I could. Originally I helped as many ladies and gentlemen as I could secretly via PM. A silent Attaché as it were. That desire to help others on a deeper level, evolved into accepting command positions at Garrison and Detachment level. This Detachment. Helping people build. Being able to help ladies build through our unique body differences. Sewing soft parts for so many’s armors. Seeing your dreams of joining the Legion come true in armors designated to the FISD. Smiling every single time I see one of you in a photo or read about how you troop. It’s truly been an honor to give my time here. To share in our growth and sense of community that has been created and nurtured here by a command team and members that care about one another and what we do. And the costumes we choose. Everything I do has to have meaning for me. Serve a bigger purpose than myself. I have found my involvement as a member here the past 5 years, to have been some of the most meaningful and helpful years of my life. I’ve met incredible troopers-amazing people-real life super hero’s in one another and the children (and adults) we dress for. We each have the ability to do monumental things in this world. We give our time and self to the things that matter most to us. And each time we choose to help one another here as a member, seller, or as a member of the Command staff, whether big or small, we make a difference to someone. A big difference. It’s been my pleasure to serve you all as your Friendly Neighborhood Instagram PR lady. Every time one of you sends me a photo of where you are in the world, I celebrate you. The giving of your time to others, and I can feel your joy in doing so. That magic. I know this past 16 months have been dark for some, taken its toll in all ways on everyone. But light is coming. We are seeing some troops trickle in. Cautiously beginning to reconnect. Soon we will be back in our boots, doing what we do best. What better time to celebrate all we have become during these past 15 years, as we look with hope and desire to our present and future to get back to trooping and connecting with one another. Please know, you’re never alone here. I wish to Thank all Command staff these past 15 years for giving of your time and believing in what we do here, and to every member for making this Detachment as successful and inclusive as it is. I’m proud to be a part of it all, and I look forward to another 15 years! Thank you all for being so wonderful. Happy anniversary! With gratitude, and undying loyalty, With Unquestioned Loyalty Teresa Nuthall TK41307 "Soulart" PRO Social Media Editor At Large ToI my fellow brothers and sisters of Whitearmor, it's been a privilege to have been a part of the FISD the last several years and an absolute honor to have served so many of you. A special thank you to Paul and many others that came before us for their endless devotion to the costuming world, this group and all those that were inspired to be Stormtroopers. May the next 15 years be the best of times. Long Live The Empire With Unquestioned Loyalty Tony Jobe TK10116 "ukswrath" PRO Editor Support Staff List 2021 Detachment Leader (DL): Andrew Franke (Sly11) TK11469 Executive Officer (DXO): Tim Waychoff (Dark CMF) Chief Deployment Officer (DCA): Joseph Pedigo (justjoseph63) TK-10963 Deployment Officer: (DCA): Mario E RT (TKSpartan) TK-48117 Deployment Officer: (DCA): Jose Maria Sanchez (Chemi) TK-30173 Lead Provost Marshal (DCOG): Steven Sheades (starsaber25) TK-10466 Provost Marshal (DCOG): Chris Pearson (themaninthesuitcase) TK-10911 Provost Marshal (DCOG): Dan Branton (CableGuy) TK-42911 Personnel Officer (PER): AC (Novatie) TK-5597 Fire Team Relations (PRO): Mark Ryner (Captsafe66) TK-4584 Content Editor At Large (PRO): Christoph (Danny) Lauber (Ripper_L) TK-55550 Content Editor Support (PRO): Tony Jobe (ukswrath) TK-10116 Content Editor Awards (PRO): This will be handled by the XO Newsletter Publisher Forum Clean up Director (PRO): Glen Rhodes (gmrhodes13) TK-85421 HOF Director (PRO): Aaron (Bronx) Gibson (Pyrates) TK-99725 Attaché Ambassador (PRO) Frank Peranteau (Frank75139) TK-75139 Social Media Relations (PRO): Teresa Nuthall (Soulart) TK-41307 Social Media Relations (PRO): Jim Ferrell (Rat) TK-95970 Systems Administrator (DWM): Eric Brager (Darth Aloha) TK-9674 Systems Administrator (DWM): Mathias (Locitus) TK-2959 Detachment Founder (DF): Paul (Daetrin) TK-8020 Trading Cards Content Support (IPM): Eric Ho (Hoda) TK 77520 Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Brien Edick (Harbinger) TK 92802 Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Jeff Salt (wingnut) TK 50297 Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor Facebook Group: 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) Official Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st Instagram: www.instagram.com/fisd501st On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department
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  3. July 6th 2021 Sometimes it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that a member stands apart from the rest, not on occasion but on a consistent basis. Glen Rhodes has dedicated an enormous part of his time to the members of this detachment and to maintenance and upkeep of these forums. He has been intrinsic in the revamp and clean up and given nothing less than 110% at everything he has applied himself to here at FISD. This will be the second time Glen has more than earned this accolade placing him in a very select group indeed. I believe his work and dedication shows clear merit. With unquestioned loyalty TK11469 "Sly11" DL
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  4. If I could expand on that... in addition to having the most activity on our boards, we have an incredible base of talented folks here that are more than willing to share their expertise with those on their white armor journey. It truly makes me proud that all new folks are welcomed and never, ever judged. Have I seen and answered the same questions hundreds of times? You bet, and I am more than happy to do this a few thousand more times. It's what we do here. All of us remember logging in for the first time, not knowing a Vocoder from a sniper knee plate, but with the help of others we made our dream of becoming shiny white spaceman (or woman) a reality.
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  5. While I'm waiting to get started on another armour I figured I'd try something to help me relax. No idea how this is going to go!
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  6. Kia Ora! My name is Georgia Haywood and I became a member of the 501st legion this morning! I have waited many years for this day. Ever since I was young I wanted to be apart of the 501st Legion, and when I was old enough to join that was my goal. Well now at 18 years old, I finally am. I ordered my RS Prop masters TK ANH STUNT Commission all the way back in Jan and after many months, it arrived last week. Its been a long journey and my biggest dream, I can not wait for the many troops, memories and friends I make along the way. Its surreal that I am an actual Stormtrooper, the ones I looked up to for all those years! I might be one of the youngest and shortest troopers out there (at 5'3) but I have one of the biggest hearts. Georgia Haywood Outpost 42 New Zealand Garrison
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  7. Additions to the Plan that can now be revealed. New section for Anthology TK expansion outside of Rogue 1. New Expert Infantry Honor gallery now live. These were officially launched today in celebration of our 15th anniversary as a detachment.
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  8. And, its finished! Thank you everyone for the likes and kind comments. It's been a lot of fun, and helped keep me centered. Suggestions for the next one gratefully received [emoji16]
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  9. 17 down 7 to go Bit of a jump from last time. What's that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
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  10. 12 down 12 to go Halfway home
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  11. Talk about a heat wave for Canada Day and The 4th of July! Stay hydrated and safe out there troopers as the world starts to turn again. This month’s inductee redefining “Classic TK” please welcome TK - 12879 Douglas to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame! https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/51173-tk-12879-daz0128-troop-log/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  12. Hello! After months of lurking around without an account, just absorbing all the information that I could find about Stormtroopers and building the armor, I've finally decided to get an account to unlock those last hidden posts. A bit of info about myself? Well, I just turned 18, but have wanted to join the 501st as a Stormtrooper ever since I was twelve. I'm from Germany. Currently I'm working on the finishing touches for my Stormtrooper armor (it's still missing some paint and I definitely need to rework the strapping for more comfort), waiting on the last soft parts to finally arrive and just started working on the helmet. I look forward to finishing the armor and joining all of you properly in the 501st!
    5 points
  13. I think an armor build would be easier than that You have more patience than I, good luck
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  14. I’d like to congratulate @TheRascalKing for being awarded the Attache Award. Justin did such a great job stepping up and keeping the pin run organized and running smoothly. The staff has all seen a lot of great comments on social media on how well this went. Thank you Justin we know this is a time consuming task but the staff appreciates all that you have done and continue to do.
    5 points
  15. Hi troopers, I received my clearance earlier this month and like many others have spent the time to now under varying forms of Covid lockdown. Prior to this build I was an approved TX, unfortunately with my arthritis I had to sell that early last year and go for a lighter weight hard armour solution, after research went for the RS Props kit. Am extremely happy with their gear and after making a few strapping changes am just about ready for the first troop. Looking forward to getting back into the thick of it. Cheers, Geoff.
    4 points
  16. Thank you all so much! This is super helpful for Lvl3, I will get to work
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  17. Hey all!! Just checking in for the first time as an official TK, having been approved late last evening!! My name is Joe, from the Imperial 80th Squad of the 501st Legion’s Central Garrison, and I’m very excited to now be a part of the FISD..! Like some, I decided to make becoming a member of the 501st Legion part of a silver lining to the year that was 2020… I’ve been very fortunate to have built and assembled together with a ton of help from family, friends, and forum members, a handful of approved costumes, the latest and very recent of which has been an original A New Hope Stormtrooper…!
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  18. Finished bondo and sanding with the body. So after a coat of filler primer I can now see areas that will need some attention. This plastic has a nasty habit of getting super buggered up when sanding. So I'll have to do multiple coats of the primer, sanding lightly with probably 4-500 grit sandpaper to get s smooth finish. My daughter did feel the need to point out that this wasn't the correct color for Phasma. Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
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  19. My transport box actually arrived, alongside my Holster, making it the fastest delivery of this build. My new holster is the one by Darman and whilst it first seems heavier and bigger than expected, it looks good once I secured it to the belt: Only a short update today, because I spend the majority of my time reworking my strapping, which takes a lot of time but doesn't allow too many opportunities for pictures as of now. Once I get it done, I will post a picture.
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  20. First up my gloves are a success! Next, I decided to try my hand at making a custom Mesh press tool set. used PLA with High infill. (these will not last as PLA for more than a few times) But it worked! Though, I discovered a minor flaw in my design once I got to this stage. I should have made the top and bottom both square, to facilitate keeping the top and bottom aligned when in the vice. (it was a bit harder to keep the round part centered over the hole) I've made some minor adjustments to the tool model, but this one lasted and worked well enough for this time. I'm going to go with the Left one (they are not the same, but close). Got some input from an expert who agrees with my choice. next up, paint the inside white and figure out how to glue these in without getting it all over everything..
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  21. Thank you very much for the kind words @justjoseph63!! And thank you for the suggestion with the ab button plate..! I will definitely give that a try to make it as close to the originals as I can… only issue I know is that I used CA glue for the ab button plates, but if there’s a way to replicate the screen used version with what I have, I will absolutely make that happen Again, thank you (and everyone else who has provided input) with this build, I appreciate every bit of feedback, and I love the attention to detail from everyone in the FISD..!! Once I get the 501st approval and FISD TK access, I will most definitely be submitting for Expert Infantry, and later down the road, Centurion..!!!
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  22. 6 down 18 to go
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  23. My armor was accepted by my GML . I now have my TK# and am a part of the Diamond Garrison. I am going to try an move forward and get my armor reviewed for expert Infantryman. Thanks again to everyone here who commented.
    4 points
  24. SHOULDER BELLS SUPPORT BRACKETS ASSEMBLY
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  25. Black done 23 more colors to go!
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  26. Hey everyone, So no real progress has been made for the past week or two, but I have recieved my gloves and my belt pouches: Gloves are from Endor Finders and the pouches are from TrooperBay. I also ordered my undersuit, and that is on the way, but currently traveling "overseas." A further update is also my gaskets are expected to ship this upcoming thursday, so hopefully I'll be able to finish the trimming and gluing in a week or two. Anyways, more to come later!
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  27. Welcome, if you use the "direct link" option with the image tags ie: .jpg, .jpeg, .png you will find your images will show in the thread. How to for adding images Looks like you could take a touch more out of the teeth area, a little top and bottom, you can just see some ridge before the gums. Some of my favorite go to's for helmet assembly: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/14806-how-to-assembling-ata-abs-helmet-1/ Also for ear fitting https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/29238-my-helmet-ear-tutorial/ https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/41250-ear-trimming-made-easy/ Brow height http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/ukswrath1/DO/Screen%20Reference/gallery_14191_25_57708.jpg Teeth Angle of ears And if you need more references there is our gallery area or Star Wars Helmets If you have any scrap ABS you could make some ABS paste to fill the openings in the bottom of the thigh ridges, also add some white paint to the thigh ammo strip rivets. Front views Back views Looks like the sniper plate could use a little work, many of us use E6000 glue as it is very forgiving but also very strong, minimum drying time is 24 hours, but I normally leave a few days for anything which is under strain. A lot of clamps, tape and magnets can help keep it in place while drying. Some references: Here was my RS sniper plate attachment Really depends how your back shins are closing, make sure you are wearing boots as that will make a difference, you may need to tighten the hook elastic or even do a hot water bah to help both sides to meet and lay flatter Be good to see some images with your wearing so we can give you some more feedback, especially for you snins. Looking forward to seeing the progress.
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  28. Troop 11 Took a break from doing the FISD 15th Anniversary Coin Run to go Troop with some friends from Inferno Squad up in Fredericksburg for the Toy and Comic Show. I had a great time trooping with some folks that I haven't had an opportunity to troop with in a while.
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  29. Holy cow, I can't believe I'm finally doing this. Hi everyone, I'm Matt (39) from Toronto, Canada. After years of deliberating, I'm finally pulling the trigger as a treat to myself in my 40th year on this Earth. I've dreamt of joining the 501st ever since I found out about it, but when my buddy James (we share not only the exact same birthday, but have many common interest, making us the perfect non-twin twins), agreed to build a suit at the same time with me, I didn't hesitate. So, we've both ordered an AM armor kit, to ensure a proper fit (sadly, Princess Leia's famous line wouldn't apply to us as Troopers, we ain't short!). Very, very excited to get started on this journey and look forward to sharing our experiences with you.
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  30. I'm sorry I every doubted it. The V-tabs are a success; I finally gave the butt belt the ol' snip. The booty looks great with the v-tabs regardless of forward closure Don't find my lack of faith disturbing, I glued the v-tabs on top of the butt belt planning to use them in conjunction. Woops 2nd time moving the han snap, was clumsy with the paint this time around and made the process plenty more difficult. Ended up sanding everything off and repainting the entire corner. Hopefully that's far enough? :X Also got a nice SBB from @trooper96 Very exciting!
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  31. For some reason the server created a duplicate post as above, it was submitting for like 10 minutes while Ieft the browser spinning. I'll just delete this for less scroll
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  32. Doing some test fitting today Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  33. For the most part the system is back up and running, there are as couple of things still popping up like data storage and Caching issues, but for the most part things should be ok. Mathias undertook another back up last night which can slow things down, but forum appearance and loading should be better now.
    4 points
  34. Sensory overload - RSProps delivery arrived today - haven't unpacked it all but OMFG
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  35. Alright, not much done over the past couple of days, but I did fully attach the ab boxes to the abdomen: Ab Boxes attached One thing to note is that I saw (after taking that photo) that the 4th box and 5th box were a bit high compared to the others so I adjusted them a bit to be more properly aligned. A few more angles from above: One of the other things I completed was getting the forearm boxes able to be glued to the forearms by using an excess piece of ABS like Mario (@/TKSpartan) suggested: Unfortunately, it was a bit too close to the edge (the ABS "riser") that it sat too high when on top of the forearm plate. But since I used E6000 I was easily able to pull it off and reapply it with the correct distance. I simply did this by marking where it should be, placing it a bit in front of that line (inside) and then letting it get a bit tacky. I followed this up with then clamping it to the forearm plates so that it would sit in the exact spot it needs when I glue them together: Forearm risers (underneath the boxes) being glued into approximate place (Forearm boxes are not being glued in this pic) I also proceeded to lay out the belt boxes and match them together in anticipation for the belt kit that arrived today: Boxes on top of each other (In order) Boxes next to each other (In order) Belt kit: Belt kit from Belts of the First Order I shall assemble this in the upcoming days, after this weekend (fourth of july.) Until then, there should be a slight slowing of updates, as I am waiting for the gaskets to arrive before I continue onto the biceps, shins, and thighs. More to come~
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  36. Well, this has to be the fastest update so far The thighs are glued and currently drying and I just finished painting. Doesn't seem like a huge difference, but there's definitely some more black paint on there: I also got rid of some of the grey in the frown: Thanks for all the feedback so far!
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  37. And here's a WTF build, go to page two about 3/4 down on the page
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  38. 1. 18th July 2021, Summer Jam - Bromsgrove. Incinerator Trooper. Sent from my SM-A715F using Tapatalk
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  39. Started working on the rubies helmet today. First I ripped out the padding and eye material, then removed the velcro and rivets that were to hold the helmet halves together. I tried 2 kinds of super glue and hotglue to get the halves to stick together. Nothing wanted to hold to this plastic. So I gave up on that and went with rivets. Not completely happy with it. But overall it will work for now. I ordered a 3d printer so I might just do that for a quality helmet. Sent from my SM-G991U using Tapatalk
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  40. Didn’t take long to get going on this did it Joseph!? Good to know about the ABS colouring. I wasn’t sure whether the colour be different in terms of being produced in a different batch. That being said, my current armour had the armour and helmet produced at different times and I can’t see a difference. Good shout on the rivet gun, I’ll reach out on the UKG forum
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  41. Minor update: Got the undersuit today in the mail: I bought it from Stormtrooper undersuit, but just as a note for future patrons (from them), I bought a medium, which according to their size chart would fit someone up to about 5' 8" and probably weigh around up to 160 lbs or so. I am 5' 4", weigh about 135 lbs, but this was quite a tight fit on me. So I would recommend ordering at least a size up or so just to make sure. Also: Is anyone aware if Justin Morrison (as per the FOTK vendor guide) makes (or still makes) Metal holsters? I need one for functionality but am unsure what his email is or other contact. I see the facebook page links to his personal facebook, and was unsure if that was the proper contact. The other links seems to either 404 (facebook group) and the email link leads to just outlook.com. Would greatly appreciate it if I could get that email or whatnot. Thank you.
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  42. Definitely recommend referring to the requirements for EIB and Centurion, even at this stage. With how thorough you're being you're going to be well on the way for the advanced levels, and it's far easier to build with those levels in mind from the start, than to make changes later. With that in mind, I did notice one area that isn't a requirement, but will definitely make your life easier later. RS Propmasters build as per the original suits, which means only having one strap on the right hand side of the torso (from the visible 'Han snap' on the ab section to the kidney plate). This sometimes leaves a gap at the bottom of that seam that the belt can struggle to hold shut on its own. What I've seen in a lot/most builds (including my own) is to have a second strap at the bottom of this seam to help keep the gap closed. At higher levels there is a requirement that this gap is minimal. Here's a pic of my internal strapping and you can see the lower strap. Be aware that the fixings for both ends of this lower strap are hidden and not visible from the outside. Any questions just ask.
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  43. More progress today! Lots of pieces primed and a few sanded! I need to catch up to Scott TK16390! We both are in WI and building Jim’s kits. Totally not a competition [emoji12] call it “motivation”! Sanded
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  44. Hello and welcome aboard, lots of info for our FOTK's in the First Order Battle Group Also don't forget to check out our gallery sections for references. Good luck and looking forward to seeing a build thread from you soon.
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  45. Got the second ear done after hours of adjustment... Again, those gaps looked different once I screwed it on. Also, is it just me, or is the right ear (left in the picture) thinner than the other? I hope that isn't a problem, even when it comes to reaching EI or Centurion.... As you can spot the end of the back in the gap, I was wondering, whether there's anything that I could use to fill the gap. And one picture of the back I've also reliefed my sniper plate of the clamps and magnets, and I got to say that it looks way better now, so thank you, gmrhodes13! (well, aside from the bit of dirt that I have to rub off) It is a bit bend where the clamps were, but nothing huge. At least nothing that's immediately noticeable. If everything goes according to plan, I should get some press studs soon to rework part of my strapping and hopefully close the gap between my torso and kidney plate, making it closer to screen-accuracy and Centurion requirements. Before I do that, I'll probably get the S-trim around the bottom of the helmet done today or tomorrow and maybe the rest of the build itself, so that I'll only have to wait for my tube stripes template to arrive before I can start painting the helmet.
    3 points
  46. I’ve the 30 gal (113 liters) Stanley Fatmax and all my TK fitts inside, except helmet…it goes in a bag apart…
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  47. Just if anyone was curious, I removed the liners from my Endor Finders gloves the other day, as they were hot and difficult to get on and off (especially when sweaty). It was pretty easy to turn them inside out and cut along the wrist, then at the end of each finger tip, to remove the liner. You can see that the material is pretty shaggy, and I am glad I removed them. I'm starting to get a small hole at the wrist that I'll probably need to repair as a result of my mod, but still worth it for hot weather, imo.
    3 points
  48. There may be no glory, but your level of knowledge and expertise from all those builds and your willingness to share it makes you invaluable to the detachment Glen, as evidenced by your 10K+ posts.
    3 points
  49. Ah, got it! Makes sense on the mic tips. I added to my other post, but I'd ensure you reinforce your shoulder bridges with some extra ABS too - they're a very weak and crack-prone area, but easy to add strength to. I also like to add a little velcro to the tongue of my boots and front inside of my shins to help keep them from twisting or riding up. Again, none of this accuracy related, but should help on your upcoming troops and I'm here anyways, so why not haha Great work!
    3 points
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