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  1. 9 points
    2.5 year ago I got tired of watching my kids do karate and stepped out on the dojo floor for the first time. I had just lost my step-father to heart disease and realized how short life could be. Last night my wife and I achieved the rank of ichi qu - meaning one degree below black belt and the highest belt rank we can achieve before that milestone. I am 52 years old. Making the jump from 3rd degree brown belt to black belt is a very big step. We are now expected to practice daily at home for the next 4 months in addition to class time, and that's just to be able to interview for the prep course (10% of people who do not take prep course earn their black belt, 80% of people who do, earn it). The prep course is a 2 hour weekly class from 7am-9am where you don't learn anything new, but they critique you to polish what you know to black belt level, and is 10 weeks long. We will have to refresh and perfect 4 katas we learned along the way and master one new kata (seems easy, right. Ha!). Plus we have to master 8 standard bunkai, develop our own 4 new bunkai, plus 26 partner techniques both as attacker and defender, for 52 total partner items. All of this has to be able to be performed perfectly, on demand, from memory. Students thus put in usually 4 hours a week of class time minimum, plus usually another hour a day especially as things get closer to test time. I have no idea if my wife & I will be able to achieve this level of performance in 6 months, or 12 months, or even 2 years. But one thing is for sure I will keep plugging away until I get there! I say this to help encourage those who tell themselves "I'm too old" or "I'm too out of shape" that these don't have to be excuses, or stories we tell ourselves that just aren't true. Never give up on a dream, not ever, and don't let negative self-talk get in the way. There are many days I really don't want to go to the dojo and would rather stay at home in front of the TV with a beer. It is also true that I never once regretted getting my ass out to the dojo and taking a class. Does anyone else have a story like this? It would be great if we could share them and help motivate each other.
  2. 8 points
    At some point in your OT build you will be using rivets. It may just be for attaching the thigh ammo pack for Basic, the cod tab for EI or all those plus the ab/kidney ones for Centurion. It's honestly pretty easy to attach both kinds of these using basic tools you probably have on hand: A flat-head screwdriver (preferably large), a drill with the correct size bits and a hammer. Removing them will require a thin bladed flat head screwdriver, some heavy-duty pliers and perhaps a drill. Safety gloves and goggles are recommended. For this tutorial I will be using scrap ABS. Now, let's get to it! Split (bifurcated) Rivets Assuming you are (hopefully) aiming for Centurion, you will need 9 (with washers) 6 for the left ab/kidney connection 1 for the lower cod tab 2 for the thigh ammo pack (if not using cap rivets) Head diameter should be 5/16" (8mm). Shank should be 3/8" (9.25mm) long BEFORE YOU START: Make sure you have a very hard surface to hammer on, and I suggest laying down a piece of heavy cloth on top of it so you don't scratch your armor. 1. Carefully mark your hole placement(s). Using a 9/64" bit (about 4mm) drill out the hole 2. Insert rivet, dome side out. Hole will be snug 3. Turn over piece, insert washer onto rivet shank 4. Using the thin end of the screwdriver, insert it into the split and gently hammer it down 5. Continue moving the screwdriver farther up toward the thick part, hammering at each increment to open up the "legs" 6. Use the shaft of the screwdriver to get the widest opening possible. At this point you should be able to 7. use the hammer to flatten it out completely 1 2 3 4 = 5 6 7 = DONE! Single Cap Rivets Single cap (one domed end) rivets were used in the original films to attach the thigh ammo pack to the bottom of the right thigh. Although not a requirement at any level, many like to use them for screen accuracy You will need 2 sets (top and bottom), one for each side Head diameter should be 5/16" (8mm) Again, you will need a hard surface (like the edge of a workbench) to hammer on Reference photo for placement IMPORTANT! Make sure the back edges of the ammo pack tabs are equal distance from the corners of the rear of the ridges on each side! 1. Carefully mark your hole placements. Drill holes. 2. Insert bottom (facing inside). 3. Shank should be facing outward. 4. Place cap on shank. 5. Gently give a few good taps with a hammer until it is set. Cap will flatten out. 1 2 3 4 5 DONE! REMOVING RIVETS Spit type: 1. Using a thin bladed screwdriver, CAREFULLY pry up each side the "legs". POINT SCREWDRIVER AWAY FROM YOU WHEN DOING THIS!!! 2. Using a set of heavy duty pliers, pinch the legs together until they meet 3. Washer will now slide off and rivet can be easily removed 1 2 3 Cap Rivets These are a bit trickier than removing the split type, so take your time to avoid damaging your armor. Safety gloves and goggles are suggested. 1. Using a pair of pliers, grip the cap part (this avoids it spinning). 2. Using a drill bit at least as wide as the shaft of the rivet, CAREFULLY drill through the bottom (base) from the back 3. Once the drill has penetrated the entire rivet, it can be easily removed. 1 2 3 If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, post up here.
  3. 8 points
    [emoji2956]Photography tip[emoji2956] Hi all, As we’re all sharing helmet pics (WIPs, clearance etc.), I thought I’d share a little photography tip for anyone that wants to give it a go. As many of us use smart phones to quickly snap out progress, holding the camera too close to the subject will cause some distortion, leading the the helmet looking “droopy”. Try taking a couple of steps back and zooming in - this will look much closer to how the human eye sees it. [emoji1303][emoji2956] Here’s an example when taking pictures from all angles;
  4. 8 points
    Here's my attempt. I couldn't decide on a few things so I'm providing some options. One has gradients and would need to be digitally printed but the other two are more or less patch-friendly (I may have to simplify the troopers a bit). I'll probably tinker some more and change things... knowing me. Ok, now I’m just playing around but this might look cool as a T-shirt or sticker. I have some extra time on my hands thanks to COVID 19 - and it is too cold in the garage for building. Lol.
  5. 8 points
    When the wife is working the husband tries on different outfits
  6. 7 points
    Oh I did also get lights going in the dome.
  7. 7 points
    Help Medical Professionals in the fight against Covid-19! When a hospital in Brescia, Italy ran out of life-saving respirator valves, local 3D printing stepped in to help! [BBC] [3D Printing Media Network] According to Twitter, the hospital's ICU supplier was not happy and refused to supply the blueprints. [source] As a preventative measure of the same situation happening in your local area, there is now crowdsource project where people can volunteer about their 3D printers and to assist in designing other necessary medical supplies if needed. I know a lot of people here have 3D printers or are design expertise. Please consider joining Project Open Air, where you commit to volunteering the usage of your 3D Printer in case the respirator shortfall hits your local hospital. Google Document where people list what they have However, do wait until you are called upon, since some printers and materials are not suitable for medical useage. However, every little bit helps (testing models, etc). Mods LMK if this is not appropriate.. I originally wanted to post in the 3D printer area but I don't know it well enough.
  8. 7 points
    Big weekend for progress on the kit - took several steps forward (and a few back), but it's coming along! The big step was finally adding additional resin to the backsides of all the armor. This kit is my first time working with fiberglass or resin, so it was a learning experience forsure. After prepping the inside of the panels by scuffing with 100grit sandpaper, as previously mentioned, I went with FibreGlast 1110 vinylester resin, which is catalyzed by a mix of 1.25% MEKP. I bought a quart of the stuff along with their basic mixing kit that included several gloves, measuring and mixing cups, and stir sticks, and I ordered several extra cheap chip brushes. I did a test run to ensure that the resin would bond to the existing fiberglass matting/resin and would remain flexible, while adding strength (it did, though I must not have added enough MEKP or mixed properly, as it took a looooong time to fully harden). For the first full batch, I used a syringe I had laying around (for refilling fountain pens, not anything nefarious haha) to precisely measure out the proper amount of MEKP and mixed it into 300ml of resin, then stirred (trying not to mix in bubbles), and transferred to another cup to work out of. It turns from a light pink to a light brown when properly mixed, I learned. You can also use what resin is left in your cup as a gauge for how cured the rest of the resin is. Using the chip brushes, I applied a thin layer of resin to all of the inside armor surfaces (except the arms... I'll do a final 100ml batch for those and any other pieces later). I definitely mixed up too much the first time - 200ml is all I could probably use before it started setting up and became the consistency of like Jell-O instead of maple syrup like it was. I ended up tossing about 100ml of hardened resin in the cup, but live and learn. I mixed up another 100ml and used that to do a second coat on higher-stress areas like the shoulder tabs, chest armor neck line, and posterior armor. If it isn't obvious already, wear gloves, cheap clothes you don't mind ruining, and for god's sake, PPE in the form of a ventilator. I already have lymphoma, I don't need lung cancer too. While I was at it, I did a little repair on one of the belt boxes - it had a super thin spot in the wall that had already cracked, so I mixed up more of that flexible bumper filler and added some in to ensure it was strong, then a little more resin. The whole adding resin adventure turned out supersuper well over all and I would definitely recommend what I did to others. It helped add strength to all of the panels as well as "sealing" the open fibers that were super itchy and rough, but maintained a firm flex. You can see the smoother, glossier finish on the below shot. Next up, I sprayed all the insides of the panels with a flat white for good measure. (Ended up waiting on the thighs, as I wanted to split them and add a little more resin before painting the inside. Also, I just so happened to run out of the rattle can I was using after spraying everything else). I split the back of the thighs later in the day using my Dremel cut off wheel, then a 60grit sanding block to smooth my cut lines out. I'm a slimmer guy, so it'll be nice to overlap these and size em down a bit. I'll add a little extra resin where I chopped them when I coat the arms. After cleaning up any stray resin droplets (what I get for not masking anything) on the front sides of the armor, I sprayed several panels with flat white primer as well. I also sprayed the helmet after giving it a quick wet sand with 400grit and allowing it to dry fully. I'm going to have my pro paint guy paint it for me, but I figured it wouldn't hurt - and it came out surprisingly smooth. Aaaaaand here's several of the main panels, with both sides successfully in flat white 2X primer. I'm pretty darn pleased with how things are going so far, but there's lots more work to be done! Next up is more wet sanding, then a couple final coats of high gloss white! Doing my final chemotherapy infusion this Friday the 13th, so likely no progress until the weekend after, but we'll see how I'm feeling!
  9. 7 points
    Former LMO, SpecOps DL, Garrison Titan member, holder of the most FISD EIB Awards and all-around nice guy Todd Maxfield-Matsumoto & other R2 builders in my garrison & the Pacific Northwest made it to the cover of the SeattleTimes today. https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/movies/how-building-r2-d2-and-star-wars-droids-creates-joy-and-wonder/ Talk about dreaming a dream and a lesson that persistence pays off - way to go!
  10. 6 points
    OK Troopers, it's time for our annual design contest for Celebration! For those of you who have a creative mind and mad design skills, it's time to step up to the plate and possibly have your original artwork used as the official logo by the FISD to commemorate the biggest SW convention in the world in Anaheim, CA. this year! We are starting this contest early (in case there are delays in shipping) as we want to get these in your hands in time for the big weekend in August! The winning entry will be made into a patch, which will be worn and traded by hundreds (and seen by thousands) at this event. It will also be available as a T-shirt to show off your FISD pride! So how do you enter? Glad you asked! Here is the low-down: 1. The contest will be open to all members. If you can see this post, you can enter! 2. The competition will begin on March 9th and will run until April 9th. After that, a poll will be opened so that everyone can vote on the design they like best. 3. The number of designs you can enter is only limited by your imagination. 4. You are welcome to use any FISD logos in your artwork. 5. Shapes can be round, chevron, or custom. 6. Design MUST include full Detachment name (1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment), 501st Legion, date (Aug. 2020), Anaheim and LFL. Exact dates (27-30) are optional. 7. All entries become property of the FISD/501st Legion. The winner will be announced in the April newsletter and will receive two free patches and other cool swag (to be announced) as well as some serious bragging rights! The finished products will have their own sales thread(s) once the designs are approved and ready to order.
  11. 6 points
    Here's what I came up with...
  12. 6 points
    So hey, I'm Art. I'm addicted to all things Star Wars. I've been building costumes and props for a while (I actually have a degree in it, but I do it for fun now) and am just getting started with the 501st. Looking to order a kit from Mark at AP. I am looking forward to assembling this with my daughter. Long story short, she developed cancer and we ran into a those trooping at a Cancer benefit from the Carolina Garrison and I was hooked! She's on her last chemo run and we are excited to get started!
  13. 6 points
    Are you new to the FISD and wondering what the heck all those abbreviations and strange sounding terms mean? To help you along, here is 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 ask! TK Glossary located at bottom of post Entries marked with blue asterisks ** are our "vetted" (tried and true) armorers. More information on them can be found here Acronyms A ABS- Acrylo Butadiene Styrene is a highly durable lightweight thermoplastic used by most makers of Stormtrooper armor. More info. here AM- Armor Master- U.S. based maker of ANH style armor ** ANH- A New Hope (Star Wars episode IV) 1977 AOC- Attack of the Clones (Star Wars Episode II) 2002 AP- Authenticprops Canadian based maker of ANH style armor ** ATA- Affordable Trooper Armor U.S. based maker of ANH style armor ** B BFG- Big Freakin' Gun Larger style weapons (T-21, DLT-19 etc.) used by HWTs, Sandtroopers and certain other TKs. C CFO- Cast From Original- UK based maker of ROTJ armor** CO- Commanding Officer CRL- Costume Reference Library List of all 501st costumes with a detailed description of each. Link here. CS- Command Staff D DO- Deployment Officer Responsible for approving troopers at higher levels (EI and Centurion) DD- Doopydoos UK manufacturer of various SW props, including resin weapon kits. Link here. DCA- Detachment Costume Advisor Offers advice to GMLs for approving various 501st costumes DCOG- Detachment Captain of the Guard Responsible for interpreting/enforcing rules, mediation and disputes. Also oversees disciplinary hearings and moderates FISD elections DF- Detachment Founder Paul (Daetrin) DL- Detachment Leader Elected head of a Detachment DMBO- Detachment Merchandise Branding Officer Responsible for all items pertaining to FISD logos and branding DWM- Detachment Web Master Systems Administrator/website gurus DXO- Detachment Executive Officer (XO is commonly used) Second in Command of the Detachment E EI- Expert Infantry Optional second level awarded for a more advanced screen accurate TK build. More info. here EIB - Expert Infantry Badge Official FISD logo used for the above rank.ESB - The Empire Strikes Back (Star Wars Episode V) 1980 EU- Expanded Universe Older term use for non-canon items/characters not seen in the existing SW films (books/novels/comics etc.) Currently referred to as Legends F FISD- 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment FO- First Order FOTK - First Order Stormtrooper FX- Older brand of TK armor. Armor is acceptable for approval up to EI with modifications. Helmet is not accepted for approval at any level. G GML- Garrison Membership Liaison Responsible for approving costumes at Basic level GCO- Garrison Commanding Officer Elected head of a Garrison GXO- Garrison Executive Officer Second in command of a Garrison H HIPS- High Impact Polystyrene Used by some makers of Stormtrooper armor. More info. here HWT- Heavy Weapons Trooper As seen in the Battlefront video game series. More info here I IA- Imperial Attache FISD Extended Staff Officer. More info here ILM- Industrial Lights and Magic Special effects company founded by George Lucas in 1975 for SW IPM- Imperial Propaganda Machine Pertaining to the monthly FISD newsletter L L1- Level one Basic 501st costume approval L2- Level two Refers to Expert Infantry status. Please see EI L3- Level three Refers to Centurion status. Award for the highest level of screen accuracy for a TK build. LCO- Legion Commanding Officer Description here LCOG- Legion Captain of the Guard Description here LFL- Lucasfilm Limited Film/television production company started in 1971 by George Lucas. Now owned by Disney. LMBO- Legion Merchandise Branding Officer Description here LMO- Legion Membership Officer Description here LPRO- Legion Public Relations Officer Description here LXO- Legion Executive Officer M MEPD- Mos Eisley Police Department Detachment for Sandtroopers. Link here N NL- News Letter Refers to the monthly FISD online publication O OT- Original Trilogy (A New Hope / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi). P PER- Personnel Officer In charge of various FISD administrative duties PM- Private Message PRO- Public Relations Officer Serves as the FISD's main voice on Social Media R R1- Rogue one: A Star Wars Story 2016 RL - Rebel Legion Info hereROTJ - Return of the Jedi (Star Wars Episode VI) 1983RPF - Replica Props Forum is a non-501st forum for prop replication information sharing. RS- RS Propmasters UK based maker of ANH style armor** RT-MOD - Canadian based maker of ANH style armor ** RWA- UK based maker of ANH style armor** S SDS- Shepperton Design Studios UK based maker of ANH style armor T TB- Trooperbay Seller of various TK accessories. Link here TBA- To Be Announced TBD- To Be Determined TD- Thermal DetonatorTD - 501st Costume designation for Sandtroopers TFA- The Force Awakens (Star Wars Episode VII) 2015 TPM- The Phantom Menace (Star Wars Episode I) 1999 TK - 501st Costume designation for Stormtrooper style armor TLJ- The Last Jedi (Star Wars Episode VIII) 2017TM - Troopermaster UK based maker of ANH. ESB and ROTJ style armor ** T/MC- U.S. based maker of ANH style armor ** TROS- The Rise of Skywalker (Star Wars Episode IX) 2019 W WIP- Work in Progress WTF- Walt's Trooper Factory- U.S. based maker of ANH style armor ** Glossary of common TK terms A ABS Paste- Slurry made from ABS scraps and acetone used to fill gaps/seams. More info here B Brow Trim- Black rubber gasket with a U shaped profile located above the eyes that extends back to the center of the ears on a TK helmet Bucket- Alternate name for a TK helmet Butt join- As used in ANH and ESB armor where the seams on the biceps, forearms, thighs and calves are hidden with a cover strip C Cap- Rear section of a TK helmet Canon- For our purposes, as seen on screen or deemed a standard part of the accepted/sanctioned Star Wars universe Centurion- Highest level of FISD approval for screen accurate TK style armor Cheeks- Elongated semi-tubular areas located below the tears on a TK helmet Chicago screw- Fastener that has a barrel-shaped flange and is internally threaded. Commonly used for attaching the holster to the canvas belt. Classic (strapping system)- As used in OT armor, the torso parts are held together with metal brackets instead of straps Cod- Lower tab of the abdomen plate that covers the crotch area Cover strip- Plastic strip used to cover the bicep, forearm, thigh and calf seams on ANH and ESB armor D Detachment- One of 15 specific factions within the 501st dedicated to researching, constructing and promoting a distinct group of costumes Double Cap rivet- Hollow bodied 2 part fastener with a dome on both ends used for attaching ammo thigh pack. Not recommended. Double snap- The use of two snaps instead of one when used on the ends of a connecting strap, providing better security Drop Boxes- Rectangular boxes located below the ends/tabs of the ABS belt on most TKs E Ear bar- The raised area in the center of the top (round) part of the ear on a TK helmet Ear bump(s)- The 4 raised ridges on top of the ear bar. Hero ear bars have 3 bumps Expert Infantry- Optional second level of FISD approval for screen accurate armor, given only after Basic 501st approval. F Face plate- Front section of a TK helmet Frown- The upside down V shaped opening (tooth area) located above the vocoder/Hovi tips on a TK helmet G Garrison- The largest type of 501st unit within a geographical region containing at least 25 members. Currently 76 world-wide Greeblie- A small part (usually plastic or resin) used to accessorize a prop weapon or armor H Hovi (mic) tips- Short round black plastic parts attached in the recessed areas on either side of the vocoder on a TK helmet. Note that the ones used in the original ROTJ helmets were metal. Hero- TK armor style as worn by Han and Luke in ANH. Differs slightly from Stunt. More info. here Hyperfirm- Maker of high quality rubber-type TK weapons/props. No longer in business. L Legends- Please see EU in the acronyms area M Merch- Term often used when referring to FISD/501st branded merchandise Mobility cut- Arc shaped sections removed from the top rear of the calf and bottom rear of the thigh for comfort purposes N Neck Seal- Black ribbed collar used to conceal the entire neck and openings above the back/chest plate. Examples here O Outpost- The smallest 501st Legion unit containing at least 1 member, usually outside the borders of an existing Garrison/Squad. Currently 30 world-wide Overlap (construction)- As used on ROTJ armor, this is where one side of the bicep, forearm, thigh and calf connecting seams overlap the opposite seam, eliminating the need for a cover strip R Rare Earth Magnets- Incredibly strong neodymium magnets commonly used for holding armor parts together during gluing. Info. here and here. Recast(er)- Person who steals someone else's original design in order to manufacture and sell copies at a discounted price. Info here Return Edges- Angles on the edges of many parts of TK armor used for strength or to give them a thicker appearance. Info here S S-Trim- Black rubber gasket with an S shaped profile installed around the opening of a TK helmet Shim- ABS pieces normally used to extend the sides of the kidney plate, but can be used in other areas as needed. Single Cap Rivet- Hollow bodied fastener with a dome on one end used to connect the thigh ammo pack. Screen accurate, but split rivets may be substituted. Head diameter should be 5/16" (8mm) Sniper Knee Plate- Hexagon shaped piece attached to the top front of the left calf Shoulder bridge- Ribbed armor piece that connects the chest and back plate Split Rivet- Round head metal fasteners with a split (bifurcated) shank attached on the left side of the kidney/abdominal plate. Head diameter should be 5/16" (8mm). Can also be used to mount the thigh ammo pack Squad- Subdivision of a 501st Garrison in a distinct region containing at least 10 members. Currently 78 world-wide Stunt- Armor style as worn by most TKs in ANH. Differs slightly from Hero. More info. here Swag- Alternate name for merchandise (coins, patches) etc. See also Merch. T Thermal Detonator- Elongated canister clipped to the rear of TK belts. Examples here Thigh ammo pack- Semi-round armor flexible piece with rectangular boxes that is attached to the bottom front of the right thigh Tears- Irregular triangle indentations located below the the eye openings on TK helmets. Pronounced "teer" Traps- The trapezoidal shaped indentations located above the rear of the brow trim on each side and on the rear of a TK helmet. Troop- An event sanctioned by a local Garrison, Squad or Outpost. More info here Tube Stripes- Blue curved lines located on the upper section of the cheeks on TK helmets U Under Suit- Black (normally compression) garment(s) worn under TK armor to conceal all exposed skin V Vocoder- The 7 raised black ribs located in the recessed area between the Hovi-tips
  14. 5 points
    Just received my shipping information from 3D-Props! This little box of goodies is on the way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 5 points
    With all that's going on in the world, many of us are staying at home and wondering what to do to keep our sanity, lol. Here are a few suggestions that will help you get ahead so that when it's time to troop after all this you will be prepared. 1. Break out the armor bin- Since most of us only see our armor during a troop, maintenance issues can be forgotten, "I'll fix that later....". Well, it's later. Taking out each piece and examining it for cracks, loose straps, scratches, etc. will put you ahead of the game. 2. Line your armor bin- If you have access to a fabric store or even Walmart (many are still open) consider picking up some 1 inch thick foam sheets and spray glue to line the inside of your bin. This will help prevent it from jangling around during transport. 3. Clean your armor- On many troops, we sweat. Although the under suit absorbs most of it, the ABS can really start to reek over time, especially if not wiped down after an event. To help keep your bin and from smelling like a gym locker, grab some disinfecting wipes (or even plain old soap and water) and give the inside and outside a good cleaning. While your'e at it, air out your boots and gloves. 4. Organize- Once you get everything clean and ready, organize and pack everything away in preparation for your next troop. This way you will be ready to walk out the door knowing you haven't forgotten anything. Still bored? Spend some quality time here on the FISD- There are a lot of future (and existing) Troopers who need help and guidance. Remember back when you first started your white armor journey and pass your knowledge along to those who have questions. EI and Centurion- If you are already approved at Basic level, consider taking some time to bring your armor to the next levels of screen accuracy. Binge watch all the SW films- (It's OK if you fast forward through all the scenes with Jar-Jar Binks). Stay safe, and if anyone has any other ideas post em' up!
  16. 5 points
    I agree with Dan (cableguy), despite i like the lower brow look, is more screen accurate put the brow with a small separation from the top of the eyes and I'm aiming to swat level, so, i don't have much of a choice there. However, I'm also agree that at the end is up to you. Look at my helmet... Sent from my GM1900 using Tapatalk
  17. 5 points
    Hi Les Good start. Whilst I agree that you could trim the actual brow a little, the main thing here is that the faceplate alignment is a little out. Here’s a full section on the topic; https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/48293-anh-helmet-alignment/ In your specific case, I’ve tried to highlight the adjustments below. It’s colour coded so here we go: Blue - the faceplate needs to rotate to allow the tube/cheek to align better* with the ‘back&cap’. *see yellow Yellow - note how the yellow line on the screen used helmet follows organically from back&cap through to the tubes/cheeks Pink line - note on the originals how this line follows the mould line on the back&cap, then rises slightly on the brow area (only a little). This is common. As per the link I shared, best bet is to get some magnets, experiment with the position, compare with originals. If it’s of use, here’s a video where I talk about alignment and other tips for accurate helmet building: Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. :-) Dan
  18. 5 points
  19. 5 points
    Gentlemen, can I request that any discussion of the group is done elsewhere. This is a research thread. If you wish to remain open and transparent about it by all means start a new thread (or I can split this one), though please remain courteous.
  20. 5 points
    BELT POUCHES So I decided to make my pouches functional, while keeping them in shape. I made 2 boxes out of acrylic, reinforced the insides with triangular angle supports. Here's the long one: And here's how it fits inside. With the flap closed. And with the armour piece test fitted on it. The other smaller box. Inside the pouch. And with the flap closed. Both pouches done. Now I can give out stickers while trooping (If my gloves can reach in to grab them....)
  21. 5 points
    Thanks to all of your help, I am now an official 501st member! Very proud to be TK 90913 and in the Central California Garrison. Couldn't have done it without all of you! Now time for me to work towards Expert Infantry and Centurion! I'm sure I'll have more questions for all of you coming very soon! Haha
  22. 5 points
    doing a little painting for a customer............
  23. 5 points
    Hello!!! I'm from the Spanish Garrison and I just want to be polite, and that's why I wrote the post to greet you all... I'm only 2 days old at the Garrison and I'm crazy for putting on the armor...But unfortunately, the horrible CORONAVIRUS( COVID-19), forces us not to leave home, to prevent it from spreading...Well, we will win this battle, I'm sure...I will be able to troop very soon... Best regards...Chemi.
  24. 5 points
  25. 4 points
    Fellow members, I would like to announce the translation of our ANH Stunt CRL into it's first foreign language. I would like to thank the team for their diligent and outstanding work on bringing this translation to the Detachment on time. TK_ANH_S_Aurebesh(1).pdf
  26. 4 points
    Learned something new today. My grandmother was a seamstress and for some reason I never learned. That changed today when I needed to sew up my gaskets a little tighter. My girlfriend has a machine and showed me how to do everything. Here’s my latest test fit. Starting to look good I think. If anyone has any feedback, please let me know. Sounds like it’ll be a couple weeks or so before I get my yolk/back pieces. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  27. 4 points
    Not a lot happening this past... month? Jeez, where does the time go... Between chemo, COVID, and just a particularly rainy last few weekends, things have been moving slowly, but I try to put time in each day into some aspect of the suit. Many of my updates either don't photograph well, or I just forget to take photos in my fervor. Apologies! Also, the convention (WonderCon) that I wanted to debut this suit at ended up being postponed/cancelled, so... oh well... Hopefully Celebration still? Anyways, I went back and filled any pinholes that materialized from my last round of primer (particularly around the edges of panels), then resprayed primer on top. Most of the main body panels are now FULLY prepared for final paint - the insides are reinforced with resin and sprayed flat white with all noticeable pinholes filled, and the outsides have been primered and wet-block-sanded to 1000 grit to level any dust nibs, small insects (ha), etc. that would prevent a (hopefully) excellent final spray of gloss white once the rain stops (this weekend?). I also was able to finally psych myself up, bite the bullet, and trim several of the panels. I'm about 6ft, 160lbs, so on the slightly tall and slightly slim side - I got Jim's regular height kit, (not the Tall version) and ended up taking 1" off the top of the cod, 1" off the top of the barrel and added the underarm cutouts, and 3" or so off the black side connectors. This kit really would fit a pretty big range of people! Arms and legs are also still in their first coat of primer and will probably get their second soon. I know it's not exciting, but I can't tell you how much time I've spent in paint prep on this suit, sanding and priming - really hoping it pays off! (I totally should have paid someone to do it, but I guess I get the pride of knowing it was my work when all is said and done!). Attempted my first round of glossy white on my first (easy) panel, but got a weird paint reaction already. Unsure what caused it, but I'll sand it out with like 1500 and try again. Everything will likely get at least two coats anyways. My rear zipper closure, ultra thin velcro, and flexible shoulder straps also all arrived, here's some photos IRL! Doing more sanding and priming, spraying final gloss on some panels, and figuring out strapping/test fitting things in the next go around! Belt assembly soon and also gonna try to get my HWT submitted for EIB. On the health front, had my (hopefully) LAST chemo infusion last week and am nearly fully recovered from it. The hospital keeps trying to push out my next PET scan, but my doctor and I have been pushing back to get me in next week - the scan will let me know where I stand, and where to go from here (even if I delay radiation while the world settles down). Fingers continue to be crossed for good results!
  28. 4 points
    Just split the difference, brother.... make it the same on both sides and you are golden.
  29. 4 points
    A little while ago I started a proper SE-14 build as seen in the promotional pictures made for ANH (which in the end turned into a Rexim-favor replica build), but as most of the projects I do for me I dropped it at some point and never resumed working on it yet. It's a shame cause I love this weapon, and I put efforts into making everything functional, from the cocking action, to the mud cover, to the folding stock, bayonet, selectors, etc...
  30. 4 points
    For the most accurate appearance, the insides should also be white. To get the most realistic look, I’d suggest painting the insides white, too, not just the rims. If you want to be EVEN more accurate, paint them completely white. Then, paint only the outsides and rim black (leave insides white). Then, gently weather the black away on the rim to reveal small amounts of white. (Light sanding). :-)
  31. 4 points
    I have had both the Jim kit and the 850 AW kit. some of the things I have noticed between the two are: Jim's Kit- Fairly accurate in size of parts and overall look. You will need to trim it most likely It must be painted, so sanding and priming The fiberglass will eventually crack at stress points. This can be fixed and a lot of the stress can be relived depending on how you assemble it. Jims helmet is a cast of a modded BS helmet. 850 AW kit- No helmet Overall look is good but most parts (boxes on belt, OII on back and abdomen details are undersized. Most detail parts are cast and will need sanding and clean-up. Because all the cover strips and detail parts are cast, you will need to paint whole kit You will need to trim it most likely There are a few helmet options: Order one from Jim Mod a BS (lots of work) Order one from Headshot Props Buy the 3D files from Nico Henderson on FB (probably the most accurate). Hope this helps.
  32. 4 points
    Back in 2009 or 2010 I got into playing the Battlefield series games online, and wanted a new screen name which wasn’t related to my previous Lord of the Rings obsession. At that time my go-to name had been “darkelf,” but I wanted something less fantasy-like for my WWII and modern warfare gaming. I decided on a variation of my last name (Mask), and thus became known as “MaskedVengeance.” Fast forward to a decade later in 2019 and I figured the same name, though a bit lengthy, would work for Legion purposes. From time to time I may also refer to myself as “MV” for short. Or you can call me Caleb. =)
  33. 4 points
    In Memoriam Detachment Leader Executive Officer Provost Marshall Deployment Office Pre Approval Forum 3D Section Field Exercise Award Master Armorer Program Replica Section Program Elections Hall of Fame FISD Coins - How many do you have? Just For Laughs Trooping Common FISD Acronyms and TK Glossary Competition Celebration Merchandise Imperial Attaché Program EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean? Advanced Tactics Awards EIB - The March To 1000 Fire Teams Public Relations Staff List 2020 Follow FISD Actor Max Von Sydow, who appeared in films and TV series including The Exorcist, Flash Gordon, Game of Thrones and Star Wars, has died at the age of 90 Monday 3.10.20. Known for his many roles in the films of Ingmar Bergman, Sydow had kept busy in recent years, as well — turning up in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, portraying an elder who comes under scrutiny by Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. As well as a role on Game of Thrones, as a recurring character called The Three-Eyed Raven. Sydow also, of course, starred in The Exorcist as Father Lankester Merrin, and is a key figure in one of the most iconic moments in horror film history as a result: Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" Greetings fellow Stormtroopers Welcome to the first newsletter of the new term. I would like to start by thanking everyone that took the time to vote, not only in the detachment but garrison and legion elections. The Q and A’s can be a monumental read but it is your legion and is an opportunity for all to play a small part in the direction it takes. We have a lot to cover off in this addition so I will start with the staff changes. A HUGE thank you goes out to Alay and her staff that are not staying on this term; this place doesn’t run by itself so the detachment thanks you for your service. Alay (Sarah) TK 20466 departing Detachment Leader Harbinger (Brien) TK 92802 departing XO and DMBO, Now Legion LMBO (congratulations mate) msouza (Mike) TK 11463 departing DO Pretzel (Preston) TK 91488 departing Attaché ambassador Please be respectful that these members are no longer responsible for their previous positions, so if you have inquiries pertaining to their prior roles like merch etc, please reach out to the XO’s, COG's or myself. Welcoming new staff and position changes Some staff have changed positions and undergone title changes; others are first-timers to FISD staff. TheSwede (Daniel) TK 99665 is now Curator of the Replica section. Cableguy (Dan Branton) TK 42911, New to staff, will be joining him. These gentlemen are working on bringing some exciting content to that department so stay tuned for future updates Rat (Jim, although he prefers rat) TK 95970 New to staff, has taken on the role of Social media POR and will look after Facebook. Frank75139 (Frank) TK 75139 New to staff has taken up the mantle of Attaché ambassador Fresh blood is always good for a team and these guys are up to the challenge, please make sure you say hello and make them feel welcome Lastly, we have the new XO’s and myself We position ourselves here at the bottom as this is where we work best. ukswrath (Tony Jobe) TK 10116 & Dark CMF Tim Waychoff TK 51878 DXO's The three of us are here to serve the staff and the entire membership. We all know that without you folks there would be no detachment and that our positions exist to get new initiatives off the ground. We will work with the staff and members to make this place better for everyone. If you have ideas, please feel free to reach out and talk with any of us and let’s see if we can make sure FISD is the premier detachment, and forum everyone talks about for the right reasons, and a place that others want to visit. The future There will be several new initiatives throughout the term of which a couple will kick off in March. One I launched just over a week ago with the DL’s Blog. The newsletter is our mainstream mass mail out to keep everyone up to date on a monthly basis. The DL’s Blog is to keep those that frequent the forums up to date on what the staff are doing behind the scenes. It’s a means for me to give you the goss and updates on how we are tracking. It may not all be exciting to everyone but its aim is to offer more insight and transparency. CRL Translation Team We have moved into the test and benchmark phase with a small team of attaches to start translating our CRL’s into multiple languages. Once we have a good indication of how long each one will take this team will continue to change so we can bring more languages online. The most difficult aspect of this will be keeping all the languages up to date when changes are made to CRL’s as does happen almost yearly, but we do intend to be the first detachment with a high count of countries covered. This is a big project and I expect it will continue through the year. For the sake of boring you all with an even larger wall of text, I shall conclude here. Until the next edition, here’s to a HUGE year for FISD With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK11469 "Sly11" Detachment Leader Hey fellow Troopers Ukswrath here, welcome to another fantastic year with the FISD. First I'd like to thank all those that elected us to serve you as staff, and to everyone else I hope we earn your trust and respect as the year goes on. Also, thank you to Andrew for all his hard work and efforts to get us here, and to the rest of the staff your willingness to serve others. Members, as you may have noticed our team has hit the ground running. From CRL additions & updates, up and coming events like the SWC Anaheim, to march to EIB 1000 and merch, this is going to be one incredible year for all of us. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions feel free to reach out to any one of us. With Unquestioned Loyalty, Tony With Unquestioned Loyalty Tony Jobe TK10116 "ukswrath" Executive Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Tim Waychoff TK51878 “Dark CMF” Executive Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Steve Sheades TK10466 "starsaber25" Leading Provost Marshall With Unquestioned Loyalty Chris Pearson TK10991"themaninthesuitcase" Provost Marshal With Unquestioned Loyalty Aaron Gibson TK99725 “Pyrates” Provost Marshall MARCH TO 1000 For those of you that may not be aware, we at the FISD are incredibly close to reaching our goal of one thousand troopers who have earned their Expert Infantry badge! As of now, we are at 953, which leaves only 47 to go to hit our target. Sha Sha and I are committed to do all we need to in order to get # 1000 approved before year's end, so those that are considering taking their armor to the next level and having the honor of being a part of the original 1K should keep this in mind! It's not as difficult as you may think, and we are here to help every step of the way. If Sha Sha or I can be of any assistance or you have questions, just drop one of us a PM! QUICK CRL Reference Guide for your OT build. Pics, Notes & Tips: With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedig Deployment Officers With Unquestioned Loyalty Sha Sha Chu TK-19233 "shashachu" Deployment Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK-10963 "justjoseph63" Deployment Officer The FISD is pleased to announce the addition of a new area in the Advanced Tactics forum dedicated to those ready to submit for basic 501st TK approval. This section will allow 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. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your completed armor, weapons (if applicable), accessories, etc. and get accurate information from the experts here at the FISD.. the definitive home of TKs worldwide. For more information on this program, please visit the link here Contributor Awards Greeting fellow Troopers, 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 may be a designer wishing to showcase your latest designs or prints, or maybe looking for a file to print your very own Blaster or Laser Axe. 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. Keep your eyes on this guy: Basti from the German Garrison is working on updating his TFA helmet files, he's making great progress and we truly appreciate his transparency and skills shown with his work. Keep up the great work Trooper Take a look at his progress. Main forum title: 3D Parts and Technical Sub topics: 3D Printer owners Your place to discuss what printer/s you own, recommendations, tech talk and the like, It’s a place to learn something new 3D CAD Designers Home of talented 3D cad designers, show off your 3D renders, of FISD related costume parts and accessories. Offer help and advice on programs, or offer to commission a piece for a fellow member 3D File Depository A home for 3D file sharing, Troopers helping Troopers is what this section is all about; yes a single location to keep any 3D files offered up by our extremely generous membership. This will be a 501st member’s only section and rules will apply to any usage of the content. I will be looking for content to continue the growth of these new sections so If you are interested in helping drive the 3D forums, then please send me a PM and let’s get the threads and the filament flowing. 3D printer heads will understand that last comment 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. We understand not everyone can help build multiple sets of armour for their fellow troopers, nor own a 3D printer or have the time and skill set to design and offer free 3D files to the detachment. There is however one thing we all can do, and that is troop. Here is your opportunity to stand and be recognised for simply trooping in your TK. We're rolling out a new award system to encourage and reward our members who take the time to post up their field training exercises and keep a troop log. As you attend events and post logs, you'll earn these shiny profile badges, here are a few: Keep the troop logs coming folks, not only can you earn the badge but you can show others your favorite troops. You know we love photos here on the forums. 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? Troop log title examples: Milestone post example: Milestone and Troop Log Title: [100] TK12345 My troop log Date and Event: 8/23/2019 -- Death Star Cooking Class FAQ: Do my past troops count? Yes! You can update your troop log thread with all your past events for credit Is there any costume requirement?You have to have attended the event in a costume that falls under the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment for credit. We love pictures from any events with white armor though, so even if you attended an event in another costume with stormtroopers present don't hesitate to show off!Do I have to include pictures?Pictures are not required, but are highly encouraged! Your picture may end up in the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame Award Recipients February - March TK76271 "MissionTrooper" Andrew - TK17529 "Scimitar" Eric - TK37015 "TK37015 Sebastiano - TK12037 "mjrose927" Michael - TK36455 "Rocketman" Eric - TK70926 "Brattie" Angie - TK62108 "ShadyP" Pat - TK10963 "justjoseph63" Joseph - TK21615 "JenEcho" Jenny - TK23276 "zv288bot" Jorge - --- --- --- --- --- Congratulations troopers and keep on trooping The FISD Master Armorer program is an optional, detachment only incentive award to recognize individuals who have directly helped another 501st stormtrooper to achieve Expert Infantry status. Some people spend countless hours helping others, and want to reward their results as well as incentivizing new people to help as well. To register a “win” in the program, the assistance must have provided hands-on help trimming, building, and/or fitting of said armor for the person who was awarded Expert Infantry status. Other program notes: • Helping remotely, giving advice, or taking payment in exchange for help does not account, all work must be voluntary and without expectation of compensation. • The assistance must be for a period of 30 minutes or more. Spending 15 minutes tweaking someone’s fitting or taking photos does not count. • "wins" can be retroactive, e.g. if you helped 5 people in 2017 already, those can count as long as they are fully documented. Award Levels • 5+ “wins”: FISD Armorer Badge • 15+ “wins” FISD Senior Armorer Badge • 25+ “wins” FISD Master Armorer Badge The process • Person applying for the award will create an application thread to track the help they give. • For each “win”, they will list the person they helped achieve Expert Infantry status by copying their EI approval thread. • For each “win”, the person who was helped will validate that this person helped them. You can find the master award area here https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/182-fisd-master-armorer-program/ “Hey troopers, The replica section of the FISD has had some interesting discussions in the past. It’s a great area to discuss the finer details of the original stormtrooper suits, including strapping, how parts were cut and fitted, lots of little details that make the original suits so special. However, traffic has been a little low in recent times and the section has been under-utilised. So, it’s time to give this area some attention and add new tips and tricks for those that are looking to follow the original suits and helmets more closely. I’m Dan (CableGuy), and will be working together with Daniel (theSwede), to update this section a little more. We both have a keen interest in building highly accurate Stormtroopers, always using original screen caps for reference. As former FISD Deployment Officers, we both have keen eyes for detail and take pride in sharing accurate information to new and existing builders. Of course, there are some amazingly knowledgable members of the FISD and we welcome and encourage input from the community. As well as the replica section highlighting features of the original suits, we’ll also aim to show some of the processes for troopers to use when creating their own screen accurate Stormtrooper armour and helmets. With unquestioned loyalty Dan "CableGuy" TK42911 With Unquestioned Loyalty Dan Branton TK429110 "CableGuy" PRO Replica Section Curator With Unquestioned Loyalty Daniel Melin TK99665 "TheSwede" PRO Replica Section Curator That crazy time of year "elections" has come to an end, thank you to those of you who participated in this years legion wide elections, please join me in congratulating our new Detachment Leader Andrew Frank TK-11469 "Sly11" Also congratulations to our new Legion Commanding Officer Dawn Bright DS-13377 "Kylo Ren One for our new DL Spring is upon us again Troopers, and for some of us the warming weather means more troop reports for the field exercises! So without further ado let’s get to this month’s inductee... Please join me in welcoming TK - 55559 Michael to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame! With Unquestioned Loyalty Aaron Gibson TK-99725 "Pyrates" Curator Hall of Fame FISD Coins - How Many Do You Have? I was going through my bag of merchandise recently and for a person that really doesn't collect coins I noticed I do have a few, especially FISD coins which then had me interested in finding out how many FISD coins are there out there. So I headed on to the 501st coin database (you can find here https://trading.501st.com/index.php) and WOW I was a little surprised, albeit there are a lot of variant coins, anniversary, EIB, command etc but seems I've got a ways to go if I wanted to try and collect them all and I don't have enough testicles or arms for them all You can find the full list of coins in this thread here: February - March A few troops from around the globe C.S. Mott Children's Hospital - Ann Arbor, MI By: Michael, TK12037, "mjrose927" Kansas City Comets Mascot Game In Independence MO By: Don, TK21393, "bishopdonmiguel" First Lego Championship, Sacramento, CA By: David, TK221999 "NeoNines" "STAR WARS. Una Nueva Esperanza en concierto" en el Teatro Colón By: Nadia, TK14022 "nadia_fernandez" 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: For those of you who have an existing OT (Original Trilogy) TK build thread here (started on or before 2/22/20) on the FISD and are aiming for higher levels (Expert Infantry and Centurion) the Command Staff is offering up some items to help get you there! These include: 1. A set of flexible hand guards as required for Level 3. Choice of Stunt or Hero (alternative) style. 2. A complete set of screen accurate hardware (split rivets, cap rivets, TD screws and ear screws). 3. A 6 x 9" (12 x 21 cm) hard-cover TK themed journal to jot down notes during your build. 4. Once you have submitted and been approved at Expert Infantry level, you will be sent an official FISD patch and Rocker tab. So what's the catch, you say? No catch. To win this package, all you have to do is provide a link to your build thread and guess what number we have in mind (hint- it's between 1 and 1000). If you have trouble providing a link just let us know. Here is the lowdown: 1. Must have an existing build thread here on the FISD started on or before Feb. 22nd, 2020 (and provide a link). If you have trouble doing this, just contact a staff member. 2. Must be a FIRST TIME builder. 3. Contest ends April 23rd, 2020. Winner will be announced on April 24th. 4. Open to all future TKs world-wide. 5. You must post up your guess ON THIS THREAD ! One guess per future trooper!! Good luck to you all!! OK Troopers, it's time for our annual design contest for Celebration! For those of you who have a creative mind and mad design skills, it's time to step up to the plate and possibly have your original artwork used as the official logo by the FISD to commemorate the biggest SW convention in the world in Anaheim, CA. this year! We are starting this contest early (in case there are delays in shipping) as we want to get these in your hands in time for the big weekend in August! The winning entry will be made into a patch, which will be worn and traded by hundreds (and seen by thousands) at this event. It will also be available as a T-shirt to show off your FISD pride! So how do you enter? Glad you asked! Here is the low-down: 1. The contest will be open to all members. If you can see this post, you can enter! 2. The competition will begin on March 9th and will run until April 9th. After that, a poll will be opened so that everyone can vote on the design they like best. 3. The number of designs you can enter is only limited by your imagination. 4. You are welcome to use any FISD logos in your artwork. 5. Shapes can be round, chevron, or custom. 6. Design MUST include full Detachment name (1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment), 501st Legion, date (Aug. 27-30, 2020), Anaheim and LFL. 7. All entries become property of the FISD/501st Legion. The winner will be announced in the April newsletter and will receive two free patches and other cool swag (to be announced) as well as some serious bragging rights! The finished products will have their own sales thread(s) once the designs are approved and ready to order. More information can be found in this thread: Serve proudly, ladies and gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! 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. A suggested level of EIB or above is preferred, as part of the duties include assisting those aiming for levels 2 and 3, but is not a requirement. Being active on the boards on a regular basis , welcoming new members and helping out where you can is, though. Some of the benefits: 1. Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, etc. 2. Having the Imperial Attaché title under your name. 3. Being a part of the team that welcomes new and prospective members of the FISD. 4. Being the "go-to" person in your Garrison, Squad or Outpost. 5. Exclusive access to the Attaché HQ area, Imperial Propaganda Machine (newsletter) and merchandise discussions. We are currently in need of Attaches in many units, especially International Garrisons/Squads and Outposts. For more information on this program, please head here and if you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time. (Pretzel) For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here IMPERIAL ATTACHE 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 ATTACHE MERCHANDISE Attaché Patch For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, the official I.A. patches are available Here are the details.. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Patches will be limited to TWO per person, and will only be sold to those who are currently serving FISD Imperial Attaches. These patches have been graciously DONATED to the FISD, so all you will need to do is cover the cost of shipping and PP fees, which will be $1.00 each for those in the U.S. and P.R. and $1.50 each for those outside the U.S. What a deal! Thank you Joseph @justjoseph63for looking after these. You can find the thread here ATTACHE ROCKER For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, the official I.A. rockers are now available. Link below Attaché Ambassador With Unquestioned Loyalty Frank Peranteau TK75139 "Frank75139" Attaché Ambassador So what exactly are EIB (Expert Infantry Badge) and Centurion 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! It also works on giving a better look to the Legion as an entity, and you can bet others will take notice of your hard work. The 501st has a list of detailed requirements for Basic approval, (level 1), EIB, (level 2) and Centurion, (level 3) which can be found here in the Costume Reference Library, (CRL) http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:FISD_CRL Here are a few of the questions people may be wondering about: 1. "I am a (tall/short/heavy/thin) Trooper. Can I still apply? Of course! These programs are open and encouraged for all sizes of TKs, as long as the costume is correct and meets the guidelines. There are many specific build tutorials to every option, as well as a vast network of fellow TKs on the FISD to help you out and offer suggestions. 2. "How much extra will I have to pay for extra items"? The cost is actually quite reasonable, considering the few extra supplies you will need, which are listed in the requirements area. While it may run you a little more to implement these additions to your costume, they will go a long way to improving accuracy. All needed items can be found for sale on this thread: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/16-ongoing-sales-project-orders/ While blasters are not required for basic approval, for EIB and Centurion levels they are, and may need upgrades (also listed in the CRL). 3. "I haven't even got my kit yet, is it too early to start planning"? Actually, aiming for Centurion is easiest to do right out of the box. 4. "I have my basic TK approval, can I still get in these programs"? In a word... absolutely! 5. "Are there any "perks" to this extra work and cost"? Besides knowing that you have a great looking set of armor, the 501st and FISD believes you should be deservedly recognized for your achievement(s), and allows you to wear the appropriate embroidered "rocker" badge of rank (available for a very minimum cost) on your shirt, helmet bag, etc., as well as rank decals to put on your armor bin. You will also have access to select "challenge coin" runs, receive (free) a cool certificate for your new rank, and have your title posted below your name in your FISD signature. Plus, once you reach these levels, you will have the extra knowledge to help out those who are looking to apply as well. 6. "Is it hard to apply, and what happens then"? After basic approval, all you do is make sure your armor is up to the standards set forth in the CRL, post a thread with the required photos in the appropriate area (see below), and wait a bit for the D.O.s (Deployment Officers) to address it. (Hint: Studying other people's threads before you submit can be a GREAT help). These are also listed on the main page of the FISD site. While waiting for approval, you will get some comments from others who will offer suggestions and constructive advice to help you out. If you should need any changes, the DOs will let you know, so you can adjust accordingly. Don't be dismayed if you do need changes... it's all for your benefit! After you are approved for EIB, then you can submit for Centurion. EIB https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/19-request-expert-infantryman-status/ Centurion https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/72-request-centurion-status/ Just remember that the FISD is here to help you every step of the way with whatever other questions you may have, but if you can't seem to find what you are looking for in your research, just ask away here on the forum. This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy. FOR February - March the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Robert "husky68" TK77712 EIB 953 GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here Centurion Badge Award: - - - - - - - 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! As many of you are aware, the FISD is currently in our March to 1000 program. Our goal is to reach the one thousand mark of Troopers who have earned their Expert Infantry Badge, and although we are well on our way to this goal and have just reached the 953 mark! The amount of approved submissions is increasing thanks to the dedication of those willing to go the "extra mile" toward screen accuracy. Here is a brief description of EIB as written by Paul (Daetrin), our founder: "Expert Infantryman status is not required for members of this detachment. It should be viewed as an optional set of requirements for those who wish to take the accuracy of their costumes to the next level, and be recognized accordingly. We're a costuming club - think of it as an award for costuming excellence and you get the picture. The requirements will not replace or supersede 501st standards, but only serve as an inspiration for the level of accuracy that can be achieved. The standards are meant to be high but achievable..." Besides the added pride you will have in your armor, those reaching this level can purchase exclusive EIB gear (patches, decals, coins etc.) and get a free certificate for your accomplishment. If you are interested or would like more information about the program head here that will help. You can also contact myself "Frank75139" or any Imperial Attaché, and we will be more than happy to assist you! Greetings Troopers. 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. Because Fire Teams are unofficial groups, they cannot have any 501st or FISD markings, including 501st Legion, 501st, Legion logos, Vader's Fist etc. on their branding or logos. However, Teams will be allowed to use any unique markings at informal events provided they follow these guidelines. Guidelines No 501st or FISD markings. Period. Any active Legion member with a valid stormtrooper costume in the specified geographic area can join. The Team can create a name, logo, backstory, etc. for itself (names usually contain Fire Team, though this isn't required). A list of each Team (with their specific "Teams Name") with a current list their members will be kept in the Fire Team sub-forum on the Detachment website. A Team member must troop at least twice per year to maintain status as a member. Two or more Team members must troop together once per year to keep the group active. Merchandising Again, no 501st or FISD markings. Merchandising will only be limited by the imagination of the Fire Team. Any merchandising should be submitted to the detachment, or through proper Legion channels. A master list of all Fire Team merchandise (with photos) will be posted in the Fire Team sub-forum. If any of these guidelines are violated, the group will be disbanded. Here is a link to the Fire Team area: http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/130-fire-team-area/ 501st membership is needed to view this area. This is a great program that is strictly just for fun and it also allows fellow TK's get to know each other better. I would love to help any Garrison/area get a Fire Team started, just let me know what I can do to help. If you would like to register a Fire Team here is the link In other business, just a reminder, if you have an addition, removal or any other change in you Fire Team's status, send me a PM and I'll get you all squared away. Please welcome our 57th Fire Team: Six Fives!! Region: Singapore, Singapore Garrison Name: Six Fives For the full list of Fire Teams head here With Unquestioned Loyalty Mark Ryner TK4584 "captsafe66 " FISD/Fire Team Director Newsletter Hello all, for those not aware I've just undergone another hand operation and was not sure if I would be continuing in the role of editor but it appears it was not as bad as the surgeon first thought so with that info and the blessing of our new DL I will be staying on as editor for the time being. Thank you to those that have contacted me with words of support. If you have any interesting stories or photos or something you think newsworthy please send them to me via pm @gmrhodes13 With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK-85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO Newsletter Social Media With Unquestioned Loyalty Jim Ferrel (Rat) TK95970 "Rat" PRO Social Media With Unquestioned Loyalty Teresa Nuthall TK41307 "Soulart" PRO Social Media Editor At Large Hi, I'm Danny, turning 27 years young next month and I'm from the German Garrison. I have a classic ANH-S TK and can switch to ESB if necessary. In real life, I'm a student of mechatronics, which is a mixture between mechanical and electronical engineering. Apart from StarWars I'm often in the Alps to go snowboarding and in summertime, I ride or repair one of my motorcycles. I will be your new (and old) Content Editor At Large for the upcoming term. With Unquestioned Loyalty Daniel Lauber TK55550 "Ripper_L" PRO Editor at Large Staff List 2020 Detachment Leader (DL): Andrew Franke (Sly11) TK11469 Executive Officer (DXO): Tony Jobe (ukswrath) TK-10116 Executive Officer (DXO): Tim Waychoff (Dark CMF) Deployment Officer (DCA): Joseph Pedigo (justjoseph63) TK-10963 Deployment Officer: (DCA):ShaSHa (ShaSHaChu) TK-19233 Lead Provost Marshal (DCOG): Steven Sheades (starsaber25) TK-10466 Provost Marshal (DCOG): Chris Pearson (themaninthesuitcase) TK-10911 Provost Marshal (DCOG): Aaron (Bronx) Gibson (Pyrates) TK-99725 Fire Team Relations (PRO): Mark Ryner (Captsafe66) TK-4584 Personnel Officer (PER): AC (Novatie) TK-5597 Content Editor At Large (PRO): Christoph (Danny) Lauber (Ripper_L) TK-55550 Content Editor Awards (PRO): This will be handled by the XO’s Newsletter Publisher (PRO): Glen Rhodes (gmrhodes13) TK-85421 Attaché Ambassador (PRO) Frank Peranteau (Frank75139) TK-75139 New team member Social Media Relations (PRO): Teresa Nuthall (Soulart) TK-41307 Social Media Relations (PRO): Jim Ferrell (Rat) TK-95970 New team member Imperial propaganda machine: Brien Edick (Harbinger) TK 92802 Systems Administrator (DWM): Eric Brager (Darth Aloha) TK-9674 Systems Administrator (DWM): Mathias (Locitus) TK-2959 Detachment Founder (DF): Paul (Daetrin) TK-8020 NEW ROLES Replica Section Curators (PRO): Dan Branton (CableGuy) TK-42911 Replica Section Curators (PRO): Daniel Melin (The Swede) TK-99665 Don't Forget We're on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram 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
  34. 4 points
    I weighed 198 when I built and completed my ROTJ TK. On 2/1, I tried on the costume and it would not fit. I weighed 220 and so I am in process of losing those twenty pounds. I have started tennis again, cut out sugar (sodas) and cut my main meal to one a day. I am hoping to fit into the armor by this Saturday and I will update with my current weight then. Thanks and I hope to get back on track.
  35. 4 points
    GUYS. THERE IS A STORMTROOPER AT MY DOOR! I might need to leave work early to let him in. Obviously, to be continued...
  36. 4 points
    Troop 020 -- 2020/02/23 -- Kansas City Comets Mascot Game in Independence, MO Photo credit: KC Comets/Amy Kontras
  37. 3 points
    Hi all! California's mandated quarantine has freed up time for me to start inhaling whitearmor.net build threads. After attending the 2015 Celebration in Anaheim and seeing many of you in armor, I placed an order for Anovos' first TK wave. I received my BBB a long long time ago now, but I'm happy to finally start researching, gathering tools and supplies, and mapping out my plan (strongly leaning towards TD right off the bat). I'm 30 now, but I was raised on the OT on VHS. I really don't remember watching many other movies growing up- Star Wars was apparently all I needed. Lego Star Wars products also emerged when I was young, further fueling my fandom. I still fondly remember trying to load the trailer for The Phantom Menace back when the internet was new; I remember it taking multiple hours because so many people were watching at once. When the prequels were released, I enjoyed getting swept up in the grandeur of it all. The battles were bigger, the world-building was stellar, and music was epic. The plot, now that we all can debate, but it seemed something the editing might have held the movies back. And of course, all along I've played Star Wars console games, ranging from N64 Podracer and Roque Squadron to my favorite KOTR 1 + 2 and the multiple Battlefront games, among many others. Long story short, I've loved Star Wars, I love Star Wars, and it will always be a part of me. While the Sequel Trilogy was fun at times, it hasn't struck the same chords in me. For now I'll lean on my nostalgia. There's plenty of it.
  38. 3 points
    Got the gaskets, straps and, Velcro finished up. After a test fit of the assembly I’m able to have a full range of motion, even doing jumping jacks, with everything staying in place and no binding or pulling. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  39. 3 points
    Well, I also really need to thank everyone who helped me, I couldn't do this on my own and this forum has been a real blessing for me! I would like to thank you, Joseph for all your help and tips, but also those sweet handguards! I would also like to thank Dave @Helotech for helping starting this build and showing how he did his. He also sent me some of his spare parts! Thank yous to both Glen @gmrhodes13 and Mario @TKSpartan for all their help as well showing how it's done! And last, but not least, Daniel @TheSwede for sending me some parts and approving my build! If I missed someone, do know you have my gratitude. Now a review of the build. I curse myself for not researching before buying this armour, but it worked out in the end. There where many ups and downs in how it went and I do not think this build was made easier being a re-build. I often wished I had just ordered a kit, it would have made this whole thing much easier (and I think cheaper too). However despite all this, it worked out in the end and I can call myself an Imperial Stormtrooper! Typical this virus thing happened now, so my first troop will probably be in a while. EI coming soon!
  40. 3 points
    Hi Jon So yes, to get Centurion, you can certainly build your kit to that level from the outset, but you then need Basic 501st approval, which you submit through you garrison GML for approval. Once approved you then read the Expert infantry section to make sure everything is according to the CRL for level2 or higher of course. You submit that application here in the appropriate section. https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/19-request-expert-infantryman-status/ Once you are approved at Expert infantry, you then submit for level 3 Centurion. https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/72-request-centurion-status/ You will get and award badge on your side bar for both those levels.
  41. 3 points
    Rather than clog the thread I have dumped a bunch of grabs I have taken in a folder here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmLXP5tv I haven’t included pics of Jet Troopers, Treadspeeder Drivers it any other troopers as they have no relevance to this thread or FISD. Enjoy! P.S. Thanks to COVID-19 (and Disney)!for bringing forward the digital release of the movie. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  42. 3 points
    Hi! My name is Ana. I'm from the general Seattle area. I've been in love with Star Wars since I was 5 years old when I saw ANH for the first time. As a child I was not encouraged to be a full fledged nerd, because "girls don't like Star Wars". Thankfully I met some pretty amazing people in Garrison Titan, and I can confidently say I have found my tribe. I've volunteered with Garrison Titan at Emeral City Comic Con a few times, and I enjoy spotting for a good friend of mine who is an ROTS Vader. After seeing TROS, I've absolutely fallen in love with the Sith Trooper armor, and I am extremely excited to begin the journey becoming apart of the 501st. My friends suggested I start here, and do lots of research. Needless to say, I'm super stoked and cannot wait to troop!
  43. 3 points
    Tube stripes! About one pencil width away: I also fixed with some gray on the left cheek: I guess I'm pretty done with all the helmet painting then! I'm almost at the finish goal!
  44. 3 points
    Hi trooper, Great work so far. :-) If you are removing the should bridges again, here’s a little accuracy upgrade that you could consider. As below, the original screen used shoulder straps had nice, square corners. This ‘could’ be a little tweak for you, if you fancied that extra nth of accuracy. :-) This is not clearance related, just an optional upgrade. :-) Best wishes Dan
  45. 3 points
    Updated with latest approval in the center
  46. 3 points
    As mentioned, a hot water bath works well. Boil a large pot of water, place plastic in water for about one minute, take out and bend to shape, while holding the desired shape run cold water over the plastic. Done. Don't burn yourself.
  47. 3 points
    That´s it then, it can be low but is should still be straight and not "droopy"
  48. 3 points
    The photos are misleading, the inner thigh part is shorter giving the impression the cover strip is not flush but the cover strips are flush at the top of the outer thigh parts, It wasn't mentioned but he purchased the suit fully built from me you can see photo below the cover strips are flush to the outer thigh parts, by design the inner thigh parts are shorter, I also explained to him how to adjust everything, he's 160 lbs I built his suit to movies specs but many parts are still too big on him, making the armor smaller would start to look out of proportion so I suggested he use foam padding were needed, he's not that far off.
  49. 3 points
    Overall the armour looks great - you just need to adjust some of the strapping. As mentioned above, you can tighten up your ab to chest strapping so the parts overlap. This might bring your chest down and therefore your shoulder straps forward - which is good because this will also help with the placement of your shoulder bells. Because of your height, you are going to want to hike up the cod and butt plates as much as possible if not done so already. When you raise your biceps, you will probably want to raise your forearms a little bit too. You may want to add a bicep hook to the inside to keep your bicep and shoulder bell sitting a bit more tidy. One thing I didn't see mentioned (I didn't read very carefully) is the coverstrips at the top of your thighs - you will want to cut that back to it is just flush with the thigh - it looks like it extends up past the end in the front-view picture. Also, if you have not done so already, try adding a bit of velcro to the top front of your boot and the inside of your shin (lower front). This will keep the shins from rotating on you. Just a few tweaks with the strapping and you are going to look awesome in that kit!
  50. 3 points
    If you cut the tops of the thighs following the blue tape, you will lose the original shape. I have seen many people do this and their thighs look bad. The best way is to mark out the tops of thighs by following the tops vertically, so you keep the original shape. This way your thighs will look the same shape they did before you trimmed them, just shorter.
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