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  1. Greeting all Please all join me in congratulation TK61490 TheRascalKing (Justin) on achieving two awards in this last week. Firstly he has completed the requirements for our first level Armorers award And secondly a 3D contributors award for his efforts in assisting with the development and refinement of some 3D printable First Order TK greeblies. He was also instrumental in getting these files offered up to our members free of charge, so please visit our 3D section and check them out.
    9 points
  2. Quick back-story- I saw Kevin's @kmwilson343 3D E-11 sales thread a while back, and having some down time thought it was time for another project. Since I already own an E-11, I figured I could build it and after completion offer it up for auction here** with the proceeds donated to the JDRF (the FISD official charity) on behalf of the FISD. I got in touch and asked if he had a B-grade for sale (I like a challenge) and he said that he had one that was partially built and would be happy to donate it for the cause and send it my way... and he did! (THANKS)! As mentioned, keep in mind that it was partially built and was a work in progress that was interrupted by me, lol, so I am only carrying it forward. I will be adding a few of my own touches, of course. I will not be posting a ton of photos as there are already many great build threads here, but I will be touching on a few areas that can be a pain when working on a 3D build so please feel free to ask any questions or add any comments. ** Once complete, I have Andrew's permission to do this and will be starting a separate thread for the auction. Unfortunately, due to postal regulations I will not be able to send it outside the U.S. All that being said, time to get started! Looking things over As seen in the pic below Kevin has done a lot of the work ahead of time, and since it was designed by Bryan @trooper96 the details and accuracy are phenomenal! It begins I removed the front sight guard, folding stock and end cap/clip and selector switch for better access to the main body. After some extensive sanding, I thought it best to hit it with a coat of fillable primer. Looks pretty good, right? Well, this is why using the primer helps. Although areas can look and even feel smooth, having everything all one color brings out all those little details that may not be visible otherwise. Time for more Bondo spot glazing. To be continued!
    8 points
  3. NEW Detachment Leader Merchandise & Officer Hall of Fame Just For Laughs Update Your Build Threads Around the Detachment INFORMATION & AWARD PROGRAMS Common FISD Acronyms and TK Glossary Pre Approval Forum 3D Section Field Exercise Award Imperial Attaché Program Master Armorer Award Fire Teams EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean? Need Help Ask the Deployment Officers Advanced Tactics Awards Public Relations Staff List 2020 Follow FISD Greetings all We have plenty going on in this edition and lots happening on the forums for September. Our next merch item has an interest thread running so please check out the details further down from our DMBO James. Remnant TK CRL discussion thread is alive and looking for input. It is already loaded with great reference images and full blown discussion on how the CRL should read, plus we have members looking to build this dirty version of TK. Obviously a CRL can't go live without the all important costume ready to model and take photos of so all the written words mean nothing without someone willing to build the costume first. If this interests you, please get involved. The LMO team need everything ready to green light a new CRL or a major update so without you, there is no CRL. It is amazing to also see how much work goes into this process so go visit the thread and see how this one is unfolding. You can find the thread here On behalf of the staff, I would like to Congratulate our latest 3D award recipient TK61490 TheRascalKing (Justin) Justin has also just completed his qualifying assists for our Master armourers program so a double congrats to you sir. Don't forget these are open to all members that meet the specific qualifications for each program. They promote troopers giving back and helping in our community, you could be our next recipient! We are always looking for new content and ideas for our monthly newsletter, so If there is anything you would like to see included please reach out to gmrhodes13 or myself to discuss. See you on the forums. With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK-11469 "Sly11" Detachment Leader INTEREST THREAD FISD HOODIE The Members Choice Merch Item is currently listed as an Interest Thread here! Please check in and give us an idea of how many you would be interested in! We are closing the Interest Thread on 21 Sept 2022. The plan is to open the Sales Thread on 25 Sept 2022 as long as LFL has approved our item. Please remember that this is just and interest thread to help us gauge the number of items we need to get approved for. There will be an actual Sales or Run Thread that you will need to check out and place your order on. Also, I'm soliciting designs for future merch. Items would include, but not limited to, coins, T-Shirts and patches. If you have design ideas, or other merch items, you might like to see, please DM me your ideas so we can discuss future FISD items. With Unquestioned Loyalty James Silvius TK-12953 "jsilvius" Merchandise & Branding Officer Hall of Fame – Terrell Reber TK1787 "SuperTrooper" There are some nominations to the FISD Stormtrooper Hall of Fame that, due to the extraordinary contributions of a member make the ratification what is commonly known as a “no brainer”, and it is my honor and pleasure to inform the community of the latest member to this notable group. Terrell Reber is a giant of the Legion, FISD, and the armor community as a whole. In the early days of the detachment he served as XO numerous times as well as taking a term as detachment leader. When the staff was scratching its head trying to figure out we could possibly do all the graphics processing for creating our first 6 CRLs ever from scratch, it was Terrell who conceived of the IPM (Imperial Propaganda Machine), a group of junior staff who could provide auxiliary support to the newsletter and CRLs in terms of content writing and graphic production. This model is still in use today. If that were not enough to warrant a HOF (Hall of Fame) warrant, Terrell also saw a huge need for affordable stormtrooper armor. Hard as it is to believe these days, most armor back in the early days was FX, and if you wanted something more accurate you had to pay a high price for TE type armor, if you could find it at all. The only other alternative was low quality recasts of TE, to which numerous potential Legion members had fallen prey. Terrell created ATA – Affordable Trooper Armor that so many Legion members wear today. It was high quality, TE armor that was actually affordable. He never took payments in advance and was such a stickler for quality that his plastic was purchased as a custom run. On top of this he provided peerless service, offering replacement parts at cost and always being available to answer question and help new people out. The fact that the Legion stormtrooper has transformed to what it is today is due to no small part of the advent of ATA, and it’s hard to overstate the impact this had on the community. Lastly, anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Terrell in person can attest to what a kind, decent and positive person he was. He was forever gracious with his time and help, living up to the spirit of troopers helping troopers. Everyone who met him found a new friend. He is sorely missed by all of us lucky to have known him, and it is only appropriate that his memory lives on in the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame of the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK-8020 "Daetrin" FISD Founder, DL emeritus "FISD Memes" Thank you to Luca "Morgi" TK-66744 for starting a FISD specific meme thread, hope to see more of these in the future not only by you but by others as well. You can find the thread here. WE NEED YOU TO UPDATE YOUR BUILD THREADS As most would be aware we are diligently working through the forums updating watermarked images, missing images and broken links, this has taken over a year so far and has been a monumental task but there is still a lot of work ahead of us. Members build threads are one of the biggest areas of watermarked/missing images and we are asking you the membership to help and update your build threads yourselves as this is just too big a task for staff. Build threads requiring updates are being moved over to this area https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/241-build-threads-requireing-maintenance/ Thank you in advance for your cooperation. New FISD Tri-Fold Brochure We have launched our revised Detachment Tri-Fold brochure. It's been quite a long time since we actually had these available and since then many things have changed leading us to updating some of the text to include new costumes, and have more relevant information. Originally these were done in a limited run by the member who created them, but nowadays, we have moved this to a print your own service making them accessible to all countries around the globe. Files are available to all full 501st members on request, and are completed in a very high resolution to ensure quality in a finished product. The thread can be found here for more information and how to access the files. 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. Congratulations to our latest 3D award recipient Justin TK61490 "TheRascalKing" 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? Award Recipients August - September TK-81087 "HeeM_SeNsEi" James - - - - - TK-69323 "sylverbard" Mark 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. 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. More information can be found here Congratulations to our latest award recipient Justin TK61490 "TheRascalKing" 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. Let's all give a warm FISD welcome to our 68th Fire Team: Name: Crimson Razor Fire Team (C.R.F.T.) Region: Diamond Garrison (Arkansas) Logo: TBA AND Let's all give a warm FISD welcome to our 69th Fire Team: Name: Chaos Division Region: German Garrison Logo: TBA With Unquestioned Loyalty Mark Ryner TK-4584 "captsafe66" Fire Team Relations 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. ASK THE D.O.s For those of you who have a particular issue (or issues) before or after submitting for Expert Infantry / Centurion level approval, in order to get you an answer faster you can now privately contact the entire Deployment Officer team at one time! Questions about fitting, repairs, CRL standards/requirements or anything pertaining to reaching Levels 2 and 3 are not only welcomed, but encouraged. Keep in mind that no question is too small, and that your queries will only be seen by the D.O. Staff. We are here to help in any way we can, so please feel free to send us a message by clicking on this link: @Deployment Officer Team and we will get back to you A.S.A.P.! This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy and obtained EIB or Centurion or both. FOR August - September the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate the following Expert Infantry Badge Award: Will "WillJ" TK-34677 EIB 1047 Michael "Gh0stxxiv" TK-11914 EIB 1048 Scott "BeardedFett" TK-82077 EIB 1049 Mirko "mirko_in_action" TK20118 EIB 1050 GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here. You can find a list of multiple award recipients here. --------------------------------------------------------------- Centurion Badge Award: Will "WillJ" TK34677 Centurion 515 Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers! Request your free Centurion certificate here. You can find a list of multiple award recipients here. If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them! Newsletter Editor If anyone has any content for the newsletter please contact 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 Hey troopers, Please note that we've seen an increase in "spam" posts on the Detachment's Facebook page (1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) Official), claiming to be selling FISD-branded merchandise. These are in no way authorized by the FISD or Legion and should be immediately reported by clicking the three dots in the top right corner of the post and selecting "Report post to group admins". Any unauthorized sales posts will be removed, and due to the influx of potentially fraudulent, fake, or "hacked" accounts, any posts related to t-shirts or apparel will also result in the ban of the person posting from the group. To be clear, these posts are NOT coming from actual Legion or FISD members, and for almost all other offenses, a warning will be issued first. The only place you will find official, FISD-branded merch being sold is on the FISD forums in the Detachment Merchandise section as posted by our DMBO, currently James S. @jsilvius. Likewise, only the DL, DMBO or Admins will post merch announcements in the Facebook group. While this is apparently a problem across several other Legion Facebook pages, please ensure you do not support these scammers by clicking, liking, or sharing their posts (or posts of any other unauthorized merch), and report activity as you see it. We are continuing to investigate the source to see if we can link them to a particular Rebel cell, but are also exercising additional scrutiny when adding new members to the group in an effort to keep the group free of spam and focused on Troopers Helping Troopers! With Unquestioned Loyalty Justin Reed TK-61490 "TheRascalKing" PRO, Social Media Staff List 2022 -2023 Detachment Leader (DL): Andrew Franke (Sly11) TK-11469 Executive Officer (DXO): Steven Sheades (starsaber25) TK-10466 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 Provost Marshal (DCOG): Dan Branton (CableGuy) TK-42911 Provost Marshal (DCOG): Tim Waychoff (Dark CMF) TK-51878 Provost Marshal (DCOG): Chris Pearson (themaninthesuitcase) TK-10911 Merchandise and Branding (DMBO) James Silvius (jsilvius) TK-12953 Personnel Officer (DPER): AC (Novatie) TK-5597 Fire Team Relations (DPRO): Mark Ryner (Captsafe66) TK-4584 Content Editor At Large (DPRO): Christoph (Danny) Lauber (Ripper_L) TK-55550 Content Editor Support (DPRO): Tony Jobe (ukswrath) TK-10116 Content Editor Awards (DPRO): Handled by the XO Newsletter Publisher (DPRO): Glen Rhodes (gmrhodes13) TK-85421 HOF Director (DPRO): Aaron (Bronx) Gibson (Pyrates) TK-99725 Attaché Ambassador (DPRO) Frank Peranteau (Frank75139) TK-75139 Social Media Relations (DPRO): Teresa Nuthall (Soulart) TK-41307 Social Media Relations (DPRO): Justin Reed (TheRascalKing) TK-61490 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 Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Richard Tibbitts (CallMeMrTibbles) TK-46116 Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Adam Wolf (revlimiter) TK-89400 Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Daniel Melin (TheSwede) TK-99665 Imperial Propaganda Machine (IPM): Jim Ferrell (Rat) TK-95970 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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  4. I jumped ahead with the build again. Sorry. I'll post the rest of my pack build pix in the near future. But I suited up for basic approval today!!!! I flat out hate the standard wipe bottle. I just hate it. I'm hoping to use the Meguiar's oval wipe bottle for my whole approval through centurion. I hope. It's heavy. It's hot. It's clunky. I LOVE IT. I have a week of LFL troops ahead or I'd be weathering this and going for Centurion. I need to be clean to still troop my ANH Stunt for the Balloon Fiesta events though...
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  5. I've been collecting parts for this for a while. Time to start a thread for my pile of tupperwear! The bulk of what I've gathered up so far! 1) Garage Boss drain pan from amazon 2) Pack of Pop It!!! tupperware boxes 3) The Michael's photo box radio thing 4) All the little rubber feet anyone could need in a lifetime 5) A nice set of leather ammo pouches from ebay 6) Pauldrons! Because pauldrons. I prefer the black but the CRL has orange. 7) A rubber DLT-19. 8) Joseph's beautiful Electrobinocs Heh. Unsure about this. Such tupperware. Very plastic. Wow. Also, my wife is eyeing this pile of tupperware. Wants it for the cupboard and says I should just 3D print the boxes. My leather goods. In need of de-whitening and de-chromification. Question: Is this set of pouches approvable??? I ask because I haven't seen the center pouch for the chest on any HWT troops in many submissions, but it's on the CRL images. It's not in the game. I can cut it off, but really like it... Rubber DLT-19. It's really nice. A score from etsy. Back of the pouches are all angled. Gonna need some work. And just to show it off because I like it so much. To do: Everything.
    6 points
  6. #19 - Royal British Legion - 4 Kingdoms Adventure Park Well, it’s been a LONG time since I posted here and that’s because it’s two years since my last troop due to a mixture of covid and bad health. But… …I’m BACK!! Yay This weekend, I got back into the armour in aid of supporting The Royal British Legion (aimed at supporting veterans). We spent the day mingling with the guests and taking photos, and a fun day was had by all. This was only the second troop in this suit. Overall, it was great. Just need to add mobility cuts at the rear of the thighs. I don’t know how much was raised, but, the smiles on people’s faces, young and old, was enough for me. Here’s some photos from the day (I’m the short TK). Until next time, thanks for stopping by. :-)
    6 points
  7. Welcome to FISD My name is Andrew forum name Sly11 TK11469 and Detachment leader (2020-current) of these wonderful forums. It is my pleasure to welcome you to what we hope you find is the most inclusive, friendly, welcoming and above all, helpful resource to bring your Stormtrooper dream to reality. The Detachment is truly immense in it's knowledge base and archives which can get somewhat overwhelming, but fear not as we also have many members and staff all waiting to assist you in any way we can. We do not judge or discriminate, we treat everyone as equal, and only ask kindly, you do the same. We don't only look after those who wish to join the 501st, we help anyone with a desire to build an accurate Stormtrooper costume, offering advice that could save you time and even money by choosing the right path for you. Some easy advise to get you on your way. The more you interact, the more information you will find. Please ask plenty of questions and the answers will flow. There is no such thing as a dumb/stupid/silly question, we are truly here to help you. These are your forums, the staff are here to serve in every way we can. You will meet some tremendous people both here and in real life on this journey you have chosen, share your stories and become part of our community. With unquestioned Loyalty TK11469 Andrew Franke
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  8. 26th TK troop - Balloon Fiesta 2022 day 1 I woke up at 2am today. I've never done that in my whole life. I've been awake through 2am many times, but never set an alarm for 2. I would barely recommend it. But my bothers in white were equally tired, cranky, caffeinated, and excited. It's the opening day of the 2022 Balloon Fiesta and we had over FIFTY troopers and twenty handlers in attendance. I hung out with Vader most of the morning, acting as TK backup for the endless smiling kids and young at heart eager to take a photo. It was THE BEST trooper assignment ever. Will be Vader backup any time I can. I tried to catch one, but missed as you can see. Because, well... TK. But with my buddy Allen's help, we got it. Some troops just hit different. This one will be a high point for a long long time. Until tomorrow when I get up at 2am and do it again.
    5 points
  9. 100th Troop in the ESB TK Armor! 106. Central Valley Fallen Heroes Car Show, Clovis, CA - 9/24 Well this one turned out to be a roller coaster! It was supposed to be just two troopers, but I found out when I got there the second had woken up with the stomach flu. So I said, heck, I'm here- I'll do it! I suited up at my car and trooped completely solo for the first time! Really glad I brought my TK (I knew the other guy didn't have a TK but was still costume TBD, so figured we gotta have at least one TK at every event, right?). It was totally the right decision! I didn't even make it from my end of the parking lot to the first branch of the show and I was mobbed by super-excited kids who wanted to take pictures and gladly high-fived. I got a couple hugs, even! Adults also went nuts, patrons loved it when they got a photo of me with their classic cars (and there were some fun ones, multiple late 60s Mustangs, which are my personal favs). Don't know if I'd really want to do another solo troop again, but hey, if ya got to, ya got to!
    5 points
  10. Well, I finally got to fulfill my life long dream of becoming a stormtrooper. Thank you to all of the amazing FISD members who helped me along this journey. I can’t wait to get out trooping and hope to one day meet some of you.
    5 points
  11. Hello everyone! My name is Brad and I recently purchased a complete, finished, armor kit from a 501st member. I purchased the other things I needed; balaclava, undersuit, gloves, holster, and all my electronics to install in my bucket. Only thing I have to left to install in the helmet is my UKsWrath Hearing Assist kit. Everything else; ICOMM, UKsWrath Speaker Hovi tips, amplifier, microphone, and dual fan system, I installed. Still have some final things to do to secure everything in place. I'm interested in joining the 501st. I just think it would be a great group to be a part of, and I truly think that the fundraiser part, love, and support the 501st brings to people through their events would really warm my soul. After all the negatives I had to deal with in my life; unexpected death of my wife, tending to her 76 year old mother, and just general life stresses, I feel this would be really be good for my soul and overall spirit. Thanks to all who read and listened. I'm very new to all of this, but am glad to have found White Armor, and hopefully I can become a Legion member and join the Carolina Garrison. Much love and MYFBWY all!
    5 points
  12. While waiting for the glue to dry on the forearms, I started to work on the shoulder elastics. They were pulling out where the shoulders attach as seen below. I had the ends of the elastics triple folded over to hold the snaps but the mid section was just 1 layer. I tried redoing them with a 3 layer front to back elastic but it still pulled out and the reduced stretch gave me a trooper wedgie. Next I put some Velcro on the underside of the shoulder bridge and on the corresponding elastic portion and this seems to be working well.
    5 points
  13. Hey Troops! Hope all in FL have manage to battle Hurricane Ian as well as I. After a few uncomfortable days I am back at it. Here are a few pics of blaster build progress.
    4 points
  14. Thank you! [29] 24.09.2022 -- Cosplay Tage Speyer, Saturday Speyer is the meet-up for the German Garrison, easily featuring over a hundred troopers in official capacity and a few dozen paying for their own entry. After participating in this, I now know why so many of my fellow troopers insisted that you had to troop Speyer at least once. The entire city (and especially the museum) were flooded with troopers from all over Germany. I chose to start my day early and participated in the Opening Show of the German Garrison and Rebel Legion, putting on a small Star Wars scene for the visitors. Although the Empire sadly lost this time, we still gave a great showing with some troopers even falling to the ground in their armor. If you want, you can watch the whole thing on YouTube by clicking this link Afterwards it was time to get trooping. This was our first Chaos Division Fireteam Troop, so we got shared duties to make the most of it, like standing at the Death Star wall for photos with the visitors or patrolling the area, oftentimes joined by our fellow troopers, especially TK-19551 and TK-248. In the afternoon we participated in the German Garrison parade and the group photo shoot, before taking a quick Detachment picture and afterwards a small photoshooting on the roof of the museum, almost missing the deadline for the changing room because we were having so much fun. picture credit: @pati_seine_bilder Official German Garrison Speyer Parade Video [30] 25.09.2022 -- Cosplay Tage Speyer, Sunday The second day we woke up to rain and had to move the Opening Show inside. Once more the Empire lost to an overwhelming Jedi Force, even if this time we actually managed to hit some Jedi. Afterwards we headed out for some casual trooping with friends, getting to meet up with many for the first time in months. This also marked our second official Fireteam troop, even if TK-71384 chose to spend it as a Shadow Trooper, accompanied by the Shadowstorm Search and Destroy Team. Instead we had two TK recruit join us, as well as TK-19551 and CC-75367. We made the best of the fantastic photo opportunities and got to meet many new friends. Whilst participating in the parade for the second day, my shoulders and hands cramped up very badly. I somehow made it through the group photo with the support of my fellow TKs, before doing my last half-hour of duty with some friends nearby keeping an eye on the situation. As the day was as good as over, we suited down and went to get food with some other troopers. Despite the unfortunate incident towards the end and one more crack in my armor (moved wrong whilst suiting down), I had a lot of fun over the weekend. TK-66744 signing off
    4 points
  15. UPDATE: Sorry for the delay, but I am awaiting a few "surprises" for this build in the mail.
    4 points
  16. Troop 1: Hamilton Comicon Sept 25, 2022 Off to an early start, I kitted up for my first big event. Once I got to the con floor, I met up with Lord Vader. We posed for many photos with the locals. Soon enough, we were ambushed by rebel scum, who managed to capture one of our pilots. Lord Vader and myself recruited a Doctor. Who he is, I wasn’t sure, but his strange craft could move us through time and space. We soon arrived at some time in the future where we encountered a new type of stormtrooper. Together, we mounted an assault on the rebels. The battle was fierce with many casualties. We managed with sheer determination to capture one of their droids. Little did we know, this droid was somewhat of a celebrity. Once back home in our correct time, we took a moment for photos with friends All this to raise money for a great cause - Ronald McDonald House. ‘’Trooper TK-96004 signing off.
    4 points
  17. Awesome. Open the blaster and run around the house going pew pew pew. I think we all did it at some point
    4 points
  18. Wow! What an honor! Thank you so much! This would not have been achieved were it not for all the encouragement and support from you all! Thank you @Chemi for always giving sound advice (and for making me sand a lot less Apoxie Sculpt ), and a big thanks to @justjoseph63 who I sought out to terrorize with questions about Centurion long before I even got my armor! You are awesome too and stay safe now in these hurricane times! This has always been one of my goals and I'm super proud! Strange to hit Centurion before my first troop but hey, there it is! Now on to my Hero!
    4 points
  19. I believe I'm at 23 troops with this bin now. It's been incredible all year. Some early morning troops are coming up that'll have me suiting up at 4am in pitch dark fields. I added a little rechargeable camping light to my bin for those mornings. The lantern has 4 brightness settings, 3 color settings, and claims 72 hours of contestant use. It can even be used as a power brick for phone charging if needed. It fits well in the remaining lid structure and is riveted in place.
    4 points
  20. Hey troopers, If you’re new to trooping, or just fancy a look, this video might be right up your street. In this video, I run through how to put on a complete stormtrooper suit, along with tips and tricks along the way. For those aiming for accurate armour, this could be a good resource. The suit of armour I’m using in this video is a combination of super screen accurate as well as troopable. I hope you enjoy the video and find it educational. If you have any questions, please comment below or in the YouTube comments. Best wishes Dan
    4 points
  21. In order to better get to some of the areas of the grip assembly for sanding (blue arrows) I removed the "screw" (yellow arrow) and thankfully they came apart perfectly! Yes, I finished the grip already, lol. This will also help for painting, as I will be using 3 different ones- flat black, gloss black and silver. Still a little sanding to do, but I'm a lot closer. Dry fit The magazine can be difficult to get smooth because of all the tiny crevices, especially those around the clip on the side. I used a cotton swab to apply the Bondo in the ridges and an exacto knife to apply it around the sides, The curved area will get a different treatment to get rid of the print lines.
    4 points
  22. Looking great Joe! Let me know if there is anymore I can do to help out, I will be sending out those 3D printed spare parts you asked for later this week, sorry got busy at work and have not had time, lol. Thanks again for putting your time, energy and effort into this project, cant wait to see the final product
    4 points
  23. 9/17/22 Balloon Glow Troop TK troop #23 CDZ-5435 Troop #7 TI-50597 Troop #1!!! This was a neighborhood park troop before a balloon glow that was to happen later that evening. Not sure if the glow happened as we were sent home before the balloons were inflated, but we kept the kids and crowd entertained for the couple of hours before hand. We had a HUGE turnout for a relatively small event. Three new troopers in attendance including my wife's first troop! She's the lone TIE pilot. The other newbies were the rather shiny TKs. (I'm the "tall" TK next to my short Jawa daughter.) This has been a dream for a while now - trooping with my whole family. So many smiles under that bucket!!! It was also my first troop with the rubber DLT-19. It was fun but awkward. Jawa antics. She stole Baby Yoda from the scout. Whist protecting the play structure, this small gentleman came up and asked me why I was allowed to carry the big gun and not the General. After some back and forth about how it was in fact my blaster, I snapped to the general part. "Who's the General?" I asked. "The black one," he stated plainly. The Black One. My wife was apparently The General. I elected to escort her for a while. Bonus background jawa playtime. I'm loving life y'all.
    4 points
  24. Trooping the Old Market, Imaginarium; Omaha, NE 9/4/2022
    4 points
  25. A hearty hello from the south of Germany (Baden-Württemberg, not Bavaria ) I joined the 501st (German Garrison) at the beginning of the year. It all started with my TB and for a long time I was able to resist a second armor... What was meant to be a winter project was "unfortunately" completed in three weeks: My new TK ANH stunt. And last week I got my approval I am happy to be one of the white guys now. And: I am especially proud to be part of the 69th Fireteam (hot number ) and the Chaos Division together with my great friends (you will have heard of them ). Until then, I wish us all many great Troops, and maybe we'll see each other at some of them. Yours TB/TK-70815 (Floowbee)
    4 points
  26. [24] 10.09.2022 -- Fanfilm "Descendants of Order 66" Premiere Kiel After 16 years of work, the team who had worked on this movie finally got to show it in cinema for the first time and as some of them are members of the 501st themselves, they requested some support. We trooped outside of the cinema for about an hour and I ran into an old teacher of mine (left in the picture). I didn't approach her and she didn't notice who I was, but it was still very funny and awkward at the same time Having found one of the droids we were looking for, we decided to suit down to watch the movie. Honestly, 9.5/10, would definitely recommend, go check it out on YouTube! Those special effects are so very Star Wars, this might as well have been a canon movie. Afterwards five of us got back into costume to troop some more before meeting up with everyone for some food and talk. TK-66744 signing off
    4 points
  27. (22) 9/10/22 - Albuquerque Isotopes Star Wars Night TK Troop 22. This was the yearly Star Wars night at the local baseball park (you may have heard of the ABQ Isotopes from The Simpsons). This was the first years back since 2019 due to COVID. My first Isotopes troop (obvz) but also MOST of our first Isotopes troops as a group. They're really hard to sign up for and even most vets haven't been able to do it. (I'm next to Vader) We worked the line for the first 15 minutes of the troop and posed with not one... ... but two little Vaders! I didn't actually notice they were different until looking at the pix after the event. Different shoes. I thought the kid just took off his hat. We hung around inside the park and chatted up the crowd. We rode the elevator to the top of the stadium (obligatory elevator selfie (I'm next to Han)). The top level terrace was amazing (I'm the tall one). This is clearly our indie album cover. We visited the swanky press boxes at the top and posed for pix. This smallest ewok was too cute not to share. The official event photographer snapped a bunch of our TK trio and shared this on their Twitter feed. (I'm on the left). And then he asked if I'd go down a few stairs for a photo. WORTH IT! This also went on their Twitter. The sun set on this incredible troop. It was the most fun I've had in all my 22 troops. The crowd was just phenomenal. I swear my bucket nearly broke from the smiles. I'm still grinning about it nearly a day later. I love being a TK.
    4 points
  28. Good day all, I just realized I never made an official "reporting for duty" post, so here it is. Approved in July with my ANH Stormtrooper. I am part of the Badlands Garrison in Western Canada. About me? Star Wars fan all my life, even saw Episode 4 in theaters way back in 1977, so now you know I'm old. Always loved the Stormtooper, even as a kid so I knew this had to be my first entry to the 501st. The armor is so intimidating. Journeyman heavy diesel mechanic by trade but haven't turned a wrench since 2005 and have been in management since. In my spare time I 3D print many things (mainly Star Wars of course), walk my dog "Chewie", corrupt my son to join the Empire, and as well I have an Instagram account where I post Star Wars action figure photos and try to be funny. Also I love to travel with Disneyland being one of my more frequent stops. One day, I'd like to troop with the SoCal Garrison or the Imperial Sands Garrison as I get to San Diego often as well. If you want to know more, drop me a line and say hi. TK-11651 signing off.
    4 points
  29. I appreciate the words of kindness and the welcomes! Yeah it happened Dec 6th 2021, and it's just so weird for somebody to be there everyday, then the next they're not, and there's nothing you can do to fix it. I'm 48, have always loved Star Wars since the Original trilogy and my very first 3.75" figure, C-3PO. Almost 7 years ago, Black Series 6" figures brought me back into collecting v Star Wars toys, which opened up me to buying original vintage playsets, and newer release figures and vehicles, cause the articulation was way better, and the better paint apps, and I have a few Hot Toys also, haha. Ever since I was a kid, I swore to myself the one day, I would have a set of Stormtrooper armor displayed on a mannequin, standing at attention, in my house one day. Purchased the armor in April, maybe May, and had to return the mannequin because it was too tall to get so the armor on it. I literally have 1 room full of toys, and almost 2/3rds of another room for the rest. It's predominately Star Wars, but I also collect Marvel Legends (mostly Spider-Man characters), McFarlane DC Multiverse (mostly Batman), GI Joe Classified, and other random toys from the 70's/80's that I had as a kid.
    4 points
  30. Honestly, I'm in awe of how far this has come, thank you to everyone who contributed and appreciated Next step, get these onto the FISD Instagram (maybe? possibly?)
    4 points
  31. Uploaded! This vid was before I "dialed in" the voice amps and adjusted the condenser mic position in my bucket. It is a bit better now. And also setup my trooper chatter from an mp3 player to the voice amp in my ab plate along with wireless reciever for bucket audio. More pics and vid to come.
    4 points
  32. I was curious how many of these awards are actually around out there, so for tracking (maybe add to the OP?), please find them below with approximate dates of award. So mine would be the 6th ever and first in 3 years... I'd love to see more and encourage others to put in the work and submit! 11/28/2017 - TK-61972, Walter @Haribon72, Golden Gate Garrison 11/28/2017 - TK-1636, Mike @TK1636, Dune Sea Garrison 02/19/2018 - TK-10116, Tony @ukswrath, Golden Gate Garrison 07/31/2018 - TK-70701, Jeff @Oztrooper, Southern California Garrison 09/11/2019 - TK-39093, Arthur @giskard8, Hong Kong Garrison 08/29/2022 - TK-61490, Justin @TheRascalKing, Southern California Garrison
    4 points
  33. Hello all. I am super excited to be here. I have been wanting to join the 501st for years and am now in a position I feel I can dedicate the time. Here is a bit about me: Full Name: Brad Erdel Nick name: Brad or Chef (that is my callsign) Physical Location (City and State only): Fredericksburg, VA Costume you have or will be making/obtaining: I want to make a TK Stormtrooper first, then possibly an Imperial Officer. Garrison or Outpost, Garrison or Outpost name: Garrison Tyranus What does Star Wars mean to you? I have grown up with Star Wars and it has always been a part of my life. My parents took me to see Return of the Jedi in the theaters (albeit I was 4 and don't remember it). I have always loved the movies, the special effects, and the story. I don't think there is a better cast of characters and portrayal of the good vs evil saga. Now that I have a kiddo of my own, I love sharing the movies and characters with her, and it is so fun to hear her talk about favorite movies, shows, and characters. What are your hobbies or interests? I love to paint, cook, and bike. How did you discover/first hear of the 501st? I don't remember, but it was a while ago. Anything else fun for your introduction to the group? I am currently active duty Marine Corps stationed at Quantico, VA. Most of my career I flew in the EA-6B Prowler as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer. We just moved here from Okinawa, Japan. We will be here just over a year before I retire from the military and move back home to Indianapolis. Fun fact, before I joined the Marine Corps, I graduated from Culinary School, and therefore, my callsign is Chef. Looking forward to getting started and involved.
    3 points
  34. Thank you for the feedback and advice. I've looked over the list of changes required and they all seem doable. I'm very busy with work right now so it may take a couple of weeks. Stay tuned!
    3 points
  35. Sorry for the delay folks.. been prepping for hurricane Ian which is due here in a day or so. I may be offline for a week or so as massive power outages are predicted, so thanks for your patience!
    3 points
  36. Triton Squad is now in Jedi Fallen Order! https://icedrive.net/s/1YRfaDPbF9WaD71QQSCGSQTuzwuW
    3 points
  37. Sorry for the delay, procrastination and bad memory are real problems for me. Anyway, I finally sewed on the shoulderpads! Here it is, all parts are now (finally) assembled, I am almost done!
    3 points
  38. Ari, Thanks for reaching out. I've been away from home for a while, so I didn't see your post initially and apologize for the slow response. I'll continue to update my work and I hope the thread helps you out during your build. I reached out to the designer and asked if he minds me sharing his info, but I haven't heard back yet. If he gives me permission, I'll share their info. However, the files Glen posted have been used by quite a few people and I've worked with the designer previously; he's very helpful. @Cricket put up a great build thread when she used these files for her son. You can find it here: Regardless, I have a few updates I'll be making later this week and will post them here. For now, here's a picture I haven't posted yet. I finally got everything smooth on the main helmet and have since coated it with another layer of filler primer. This pic was from the first time I did a test fit using screws instead of loosely setting the pieces in place. So far so good. What's good to look at though is the differences between the initial primer layer I posted on August 3rd and this one. Plus, it looks even better now. 3D printing is fun option for doing these, but it's a ton of work. Please keep in mind though, that with these type of builds, 3D printing is the hobby not costuming. I've covered it previously in other build threads, but if you're looking for a costume to jump in, there's other options available that'll save you a lot of time, heartache, and in some cases money. I only say that to give you a head's up, not to discourage you, primarily because Halloween is very close. For a 3D TK, you might want to set some extra time aside. Typically, it takes me around 3 months at the quickest to assemble a full 3D costume and that doesn't account for the lead time on soft parts and assembly. Regardless, I will gladly jump in anytime to help you out if you have any questions and now that I'm back in town, I'll start updating my threads again. Thanks for the interest
    3 points
  39. Troop #34: September 17th and 18th, 2022—London Comic Con, London, ON This one is the biggest one in my area this year, and it means so much to me that it went so well. When I joined the 501st, my area didn't have much activity - just a couple of members, in the next biggest city closest to mine. I was usually driving 1-2 hours for troops, which I was happy to do. Since then, however, our membership in London, Ontario (where I now live) has soared, and so many members are bringing all kinds of creative talents for set design and prop-making, which means that our showing at LCC this year was awesome. It was a really proud moment for me and the other members who have gotten to see London grow into what it has become: a bustling hive of scum and villainy Star Wars joy! I did several hours of Blast-a-Trooper, which continues to be my favourite thing ever: Carisa got to take her Jawa for another spin: And some other great shots of our members and props:
    3 points
  40. Sounds like someone has too much time on their hands But seriously what a worthy effort Joseph, well done, looking forward to seeing the progress. Just one note, the FISD nominated charity is actually JDRF https://www.jdrf.org/ although I'm sure CDF are still a worthy cause. 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. Paul "Daetrin" 2007
    3 points
  41. Troop #33: August 26th, 27th and 28th, 2022—FanExpo Canada, Toronto, ON And here's the big one of the year! It was great to return to this event after so long. As much as I enjoy the smaller, more intimate events, there is something about the sheer number of costumes and props that really transports you to the galaxy far, far away. As always, I consider it privilege to participate. Some photos of me: I'm the third trooper back, with the earbuds in. (Shoutout to Ukswrath's hearing assist) A photography booth was offering free photos of cosplayers, so Carisa and I got some with our costumes: Now I switch over to rebel scum for a moment: And, as Carisa puts it, the tragic story of a Jawa who didn't get a blaster: Of course, as all you troopers are all aware, I couldn't see her hand until it was right in front of my face. We also got to meet Anthony Daniels. His car was delayed so his team snuck him into our change room to hide, totally unplanned. I was heading in for a drink of water and nearly bumped right into him from behind while he was telling movie set stories. The whole garrison got a good laugh after that. That's me standing to the side, in the Jedi outfit. And some other cool shots: This one honestly looks like it could have been ripped right from a movie. The Hoth backdrop from Atlantic Garrison was phenominal.
    3 points
  42. Hey troopers, Welcome back for another update. But, before I do *** making the blaster heavier *** As this is a 3D printed model, it was feeling very light. More like a toy. To make it feel more “real”, I actually filled the scope with salt. Yes, salt. As this was easily available and cheap. I also drilled some holes in the body and filled parts with salt, so this prop now feels more weighty. I’m now almost finished with this blaster. After the previous update, I added a couple of light coats of Grey primer. As before, this was Halford’s brand: Based on the reference photos of the “promo trooper” SE-14R, I chose Gloss Black as the top coat. Although the lighting is not great, here’s pretty much where I’m up to. In the flesh, it’s looking really nice. It’s certainly more towards the gloss/satin look, which I like. I will weather it back a touch, but not to have the appearance of metal coming through. As I’ve said in this thread, I believe the Promo Trooper had a studio made prop, not a real modified Remix.
    3 points
  43. Hey guys, I wanted to thank you all for the feedback! I was able to work on it and get it approved!!! I appreciate all the help, I still have some things to work on for future higher levels, but I did get the basic approval, and I'm beyond excited! Say hello to TK-22617
    3 points
  44. Mine showed up unannounced at my doorstep this afternoon, no email from them or anything. FWIW Puts the big in big brown box.
    3 points
  45. [23] 20.08.2022 -- 14. Stadtteilfest Kiel Wellsee First time as the organizer for a troop with two friends of mine to accompany me to a local street celebration for kids. Of course the three of us took this as an opportunity to act our age and try out everything on offer for the kids. With a median age of "just over 19" and the enthusiasm of five-year-olds we decided to do some harm to our armor and sit down repeatedly. ... I had to repair six small cracks afterwards, but the fun was worth it. The kids had a lot of fun meeting us and we could barely move without getting drawn into tense debates about who of us was "the realest Star Wars" (I won, which I'm very proud of), requests for pictures and spontaneous hugs. In the end we stayed half an hour longer than anticipated because we couldn't leave before everyone had taken a picture of us and with us, but no-one minded. Aside from some kids that were too enthusiastic we all had a lot of fun and I'm happy my first time organizing a troop went so well. TK-66744 signing off
    3 points
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