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  1. 22 points
    Hi folks, Checking in today and I’ve just noticed I’ve reached 3000+ posts on this wonderful forum!! Wowza... For me, this all started back in 2017. I wanted to renovate my yellowing SDS helmet and stumbled across “whitearmor” on google. I followed some excellent videos by Mike of Trooperbay and resprayed that helmet. Following that, I read more and more on white armor and, not too far down the line, I bought my first helmet kit from Ross at RWA. I documented that here on FISD and received excellent support and advice. That was a big part of the build, helping and supporting the build. After finishing the build, along with the armor kit, and clearing it up to Centurion, I was asked if I’d like to join the Imperial Attaché team - “HELL YES”, I said. :-) I later joined the DO team, helping troopers reach THEIR goals of EIB and CENTURION. If it weren’t for the changing of the guard that year, I’d have likely carried on in the role, along with the legends that are Joseph and Tony. Alas, things changed, however, this year the FISD is back on track under the exquisite leadership of Andrew. Anyway, enough waffling from me. I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the FISD community. I won’t get into shout outs as I don’t want to exclude anyone, however, I’m pretty sure many of you know who you are - people that have made this forum, this community, so welcoming, supportive, and knowledgeable. Keep up the great work, everyone. [emoji2956][emoji2956][emoji2956] Best wishes Dan / CableGuy
  2. 14 points
    Att all approved and very soon to be approved Stormtroopers! This is the reveal you have all been waiting for. We have 5 approvals left to hit the march to 1000, and the Deployment office are currently working on applications as we speak. We are literally getting down to the line and considering we will also have an EI 1000 only piece of merch to be revealed in the very near future, it is time for you all to see our major celebratory merch design. This will be in the form of an 11" patch, a celebration of all that came before us right up to the now, but first lets thank those that helped with this project. Synaptyx (Aaron), one of the detachments very first webmasters with a great creative flare , it was his design that inspired this merch item, and he actually still had files of his original design which he shared so we had a starting platform to work from. I would also like to thank Harbinger (Brien) our former DMBO, now one of the LMBO's, who helped bring my vision of this item into its current form, redesigning and creating new additions, thanks mate, it looks fantastic. I would also like to thank all the staff who helped with the brain storming and suggestions for how the end result should look, when we would reveal it, and all the fun that went along with finally arriving at this point. So without further ado here is the Victory 1000 11" patch special merch item. Oh yeah, turn your audio up
  3. 12 points
    It wont be too much longer folks, there are several things going on in the background at the moment and the plan is to have them all go live as close as possible to each other. We have held the Newsletter back to capture all of it as well, so trust me when I say your detachment staff are busy getting this all aligned
  4. 11 points
    Congratulations FISD we are at 1000 EI and growing.
  5. 11 points
    OK troopers, we currently have the applicant for EI #999 in review! However, several recent troopers have unfortunately not yet added the requested photos needed to complete their submission. What does this mean? While we cannot guarantee it, the next Trooper to submit for Expert infantry (with correct armor details, of course) could very well be # 1000! HINT! Please follow the guidelines as set forth in the CRLs. For examples of the details we look for when doing approvals, look here. Also, it is imperative that you submit all required photographs and information as seen here. Even if you don't get to be #1000, if approved you will still get your EI badge and be one step closer to Centurion!
  6. 10 points
    Troopers !!! The time has come....1 Spot Left. Last Approved TK90277 Will . Surfintrooper. #999
  7. 10 points
    Sep 2020 It has indeed been a long time since we have awarded a member this accolade, and it's rarity makes it all that more important to an awardee and the detachment at large. Anthony Paladino TK10666( aka Redforce) is one such trooper worthy of this accolade for his meritorious behavior. Anthony has continued to support his fellow troopers through the attache system, initially earning him the attache award. Anthony again stepped up recently to helm a rather large patch run which ran its course in a record time from the first post in the sales thread, to the last package posted. Not only has this run just wrapped up but Anthony is now helping Joseph with the 11' Victory 1000 patch run, educating him on his excellent system of organising and shipping packages, lets also add to this that he has also offered to write up a "How to" of what he does to make a merch run fast and efficient, something the detachment will continue to benefit from now, and into the future. Please join me in congratulating Anthony on this achievement of excellence. With unquestioned loyalty TK11469 "Sly11" DL
  8. 10 points
    No need to worry. There is also distinction in being part of the second wave. Our ultimate goal is 40% of the Legion TK's as EI, which is the same percentage as MEPD. For 5686 TKs, that would be 2274 EI. Apollo 12 was not the first to land on the moon, but they certainly had fun doing so and it was a solid event. Millennium Duo (or Secundus, or II) certainly will have it's own personality and distinction. So while this is a very big victory for FISD and the Legion membership as a whole, it is not the end. There is still much more to come
  9. 10 points
    To the future troopers like myself who are building their first kits and to the members trying to get approved, remember that being in the first 1k for EIB is not something to worry about! Rushing to get the job done goes against the spirit of why EIB exists in the first place. It's supposed to award patience and attention to detail. Something that I feel many people (including myself) are forgetting, and rushing our first builds/making changes to our armor just runs the risk of doing something dumb in the name of saving time and cutting corners... sometimes the wrong corners! We may not get in the first 1k, but the real important thing is the experience of building the armor and take the time to really learn it and appreciate it. If you are not within the first 1k EIB but really wanted to get in that bracket, don't be disappointed. Instead, look at the next step. We have what, 500 more centurions to go for 1k? Now that is a bracket everyone reading this thread can strive for. We got so many people pumped with this competition to reach for EIB, why not continue the momentum and make for 1k Centurions! Now that would be a truly amazing milestone not just for FISD, but to the entire Star Wars costuming community! TL/DR: Don't rush it, don't worry about it, just focus on getting to Centurion
  10. 9 points
  11. 9 points
    Goal reached, we are 1000! Congrats @Shimo
  12. 9 points
    2 spots and getting down !!! last Approved TK-21296 Sven Roth 998
  13. 9 points
    A fantastic guy, when I tracked him down through his old email address (which he told me he hardly uses and was just pure luck he checked it) and asked if he had a copy of the original artwork he not only gave me access to it but also all the artwork he made while on FISD, massive thanks once again Aaron @synaptyx truly a man of our motto "troopers helping troopers"
  14. 8 points
    The best way to store armor is not in a bin, but on a mannequin. So today I built Cameron a PVC mannequin so he can admire his armor even though he can't troop in it (for now). Took less than 30 minutes to build it, and cost less than $20 for materials. The mannequin torso is a little longer than Cameron's torso (the chest sits higher on the mannequin than on Cameron), but it still works to hold the armor pretty well. Looking forward to getting pics of Cameron in his kit soon! And it's very clear to me now that this build is DONE. Thanks for the help, support, encouragement, and for coming along for the ride!
  15. 8 points
    And the video! Kudos to @synaptyx who did the original design for the 5th anniversary this was based off, @Harbinger for making a fantastic patch, and to @Sly11 for keeping the dream alive and getting it across the finish line. This goal has been 14 years in the making.
  16. 8 points
    IMPORTANT! Please note that the patch run will start soon, but is not underway yet. An announcement will be made when the run opens re: price, shipping info. etc., so bear with us while we iron out a few final details. Thanks!! By the way, for those who are a part of the original 1000 we have yet another surprise just for you.... details to follow.
  17. 8 points
    Aim is getting better, we are almost there. And they say we can't hit anything, they obviously forgot about Leia, also Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru
  18. 7 points
    Congratulations, all! Thank you, to each and every Trooper who has come before #1000 for being a part of it, via hands-on help, online guidance, posting a build thread, mentoring another Trooper, or earning EIB themselves. They say it takes a village to raise a child. It certainly takes a Detachment to earn EIB. Spread the word, encourage others, spread some smiles. TROOPERS HELPING TROOPERS!
  19. 7 points
    I bought this just before I started to pursue my Expert Infantry badge. I ended up getting #891. Congratulations again, to all who were part of this glorious March to 1000. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. 7 points
    Light for this year that only brought darkness ... I hope this is the first celebration of many others during this 2020 ... A big hug to all those who were left behind and to their families ... This goes for them too . And of course, thanks to all the staff and all the people who made this possible ... Great job guys.
  21. 7 points
    Hi Sebastian, and thank you for your application for Expert Infantry Due to the significance of this occasion, and although the entire DO staff combined their efforts to complete this review, they have requested I have the honor of as Detachment Leader to post it up. It's not every day we welcome the 1000th EI to the ranks, so without further delay, let's get to it. CRL and EIB Application Requirements All required photos are now in and, after review, we are pleased to welcome you to EI! On behalf of the entire FISD Staff and myself, congratulations not only on your accomplishment, but for having the honor of being # 1000 ! Other-Armor Fit/Assembly In this area we review observations made by your fellow troopers and the DO team. Some observations may lead to suggestions to improve the overall look of your armor. Note that we consider both text (CRL) and pictures (screen caps/reference images) when reviewing submissions. Overall a really nice set of armor here, brother, and most of the items in this area are simple dressing/strapping issues. Your bucket seems to be riding a bit high in comparison with most seen onscreen (which sat pretty low). Not a deal breaker for Level 3 by any means, but if you have excess padding in the top, removing or reducing it will help it ride a bit lower and maybe even help your visibility! (Joseph) Reference images Reference images (Note how neck seal is barely seen). Although you have the correct number of ribs and shiny finish as required, note that the neck-seal should ideally have the zipper closure in the front. (Joseph) Reference images Moving down to your arms, we noted that the right forearm goes lower than the left one one creating a symmetry issue. This is a simple dressing issue you may want to check every time when putting on your armor. (Mario) Reference images Rotating thighs inwards would avoid the inside seams can be seen, it will also reduce the black area between the thighs and cod as well as move the thigh away from the posterior plate as they appear to be hitting on the rear. (Mario) Reference images Looking at your TD from the side, there's a noticeable gap between your TD and the backplate that you may want to make some adjustment to reduce it. (Mario) Reference images It looks as if you may be leaning to the left in your rear photo, which is causing your posterior plate overlap the left thigh. Although the front photo shows your thighs at a matching height, the rear angle makes the left one look to be sitting higher, causing the gaps between the tops of the calves and bottom of the thighs to seem uneven. Note the distance between the bottom of the posterior plates and tops of the thighs below. (Joseph) Reference images We are suggesting trimming your cod to better reflect the angle as seen in TLJ. Note in the reference images that the bottom part is thinner and actually curves underneath. (Joseph) Centurion Requirements In this section we prepare you for Centurion. More photos may be requested in the future that allow us to make better decisions on possible adjustments. If there are any areas of concern they will be discussed here. Because Centurion photos show much more detail than EIB, items to pertaining to Centurion might be seen there and not here. We try to point out all that we can from what is seen, but the final accuracy is the responsibility of the trooper. As they say, "The Devil is in the details". Since every single item can't be listed in the CRLs, we must rely on screen captures and official references when doing reviews. You certainly nailed many of the finer details of this costume, but there area few that need to be addressed before we can get that Centurion badge under your name. Some will be easy and some will take some effort, but we have faith that you can do it and make this a truly spectacular set of armor! Something to be aware of is that the tops of your forearms have a curve (as seen in TFA) rather than a slight angle as seen in TLJ. (Joseph) TFA TLJ Reference images It appears that your TD mount and TD plate are one piece, and although not specifically mentioned in the CRLs (yet) they must be 2 separate components. (Joseph) Reference images You have one fantastic looking blaster there, but unfortunately the rear has the details as seen in TFA. A rectangular "D-ring" must be present, and both it and the mount need to be white. (Joseph) Reference images Another small detail that is missing from your weapon is the presence of a light mount on the barrel also known as Picatinny (Pic) rail . You can find it online on several types and sizes (Joseph) Reference image And that's it, sir! You have truly done the Legion, the FISD and the German Garrison proud with this build, and being EI #1000 will give you bragging rights for years! In addition to this distinction, you will be receiving a FREE 11 inch patch, 2 free March to 1000 pins and a specially designed certificate. (I will PM you with the details). In the mean-time, there are some folks on the Command Staff who would like to say a few words: ************ Paul (Daetrin) FISD Founder- " It is with great pleasure that I extend to you the distinction of being the 1000 Expert Infantry award recipient. The first was Scott M. back in 2007, so this has been 13 years in the making. What an excellent way to complete the first M peritus pedes quinos, so to speak. Yes, we'll work on a better way to describe you and your cohort in due time". Congratulations on a job well done, and may you inspire others to follow. Andrew (Sly11) Detachment Leader- "It's been a lot of hard work from everyone involved to get us to this point and you, Sebastian are officially the 1000th TK to achieve Expert Infantry status. Congratulations and thank you for taking the steps to improve the accuracy of your armour and pushing to be part of this huge milestone. Well done trooper, it's time to celebrate". Tim (Dark CMF) Detachment XO- "This will be a day long remembered! Congratulations Sebastian on earning EIB #1000. Most importantly, thank you for earning EIB #1000. There are not 1,000 generations of EIBs living in you. There aren't even 1,000 EIB troopers living in you - but the spirit of FISD, Troopers Helping Troopers, the brotherhood of the TKs of all existing generations - does live in you. None of the 999 before you made it to EIB on their own. None who make it in the future will make it on their own. You will play a role in the journey of each future EIB Awardee. Remember the excitement that you have felt on this journey thus far. Deciding to join, ordering the plastic, making that first nervous cut, receiving that email making you official. Never forget the joy and excitement of those moments. Everytime you wear your armor, realize that you are sharing that same sense of joy and amazement with our family of Star Wars fans. Be proud of your accomplishments, but remain humble and anonymous behind that helmet. Yes, the March to 1,000 has finally come to a joyous and exciting end, and you played a pretty cool part in it - every EIB awardee has - but this moment is indeed yours. You will be forever linked with this monumental achievement of the FISD. Thank you. Thank you to all of you who have joined and will join the ranks of EIB over the years, from the bottom of my shiny white plastic heart". Mario (TKSpartan) Deputy DO "Congratulations Trooper, Well done. This is not a one man achievement but a Detachment success. There are 999 fellow Trooper behind you and many people backstage helping everyday to make FISD great for all. Go and make the Empire Proud". Sha Sha (shashachu) DO "Congratulations on on a job well done! I find it quite fitting that our 1000th approval was a sequel trilogy trooper. I hope this helps to inspire the next 1000." Joseph (justjoseph63) DO "What can I say, Sebastion, except BUCKETS OFF to you... Gut gemacht, Bruder!! I will PM you re: the swag as well as the special EI certificate. I would also like to take this time to thank all the DO's that preceded our present team, without whom this would not be possible". Tony (ukswrath) PRO/FISD Admin Congratulations Sebastian, it's an honor and privileged to welcome you to Expert Infantry 1000. This is an exciting time for the FISD and the membership. Many of us here have been pushing for this for quite a while and the day has finally come, so awesome As a DO for a few years along side Andrew (SLY11) it was always a pleasure to see the excitement the applicants expressed after receiving the award. Heck I can still remember the anxiousness the welled up inside me waiting for my approval, then the sheer joy of being awarded the EI badge, thanks Gazmosis (DO) btw. Times like this I'll never forget. I hope this moment is just as exciting for you. The FISD has been my home since 2014. My greatest joy as a member has always been helping others fulfil their journey and dreams. We're a community that strives for excellence all the while encouraging and uplifting our fellow troopers. We hope we've inspired as you carry the torch for the next generation of members/troopers. Congratulations again, great job on your build and hope to see you at Centurion Tony Steve (starsaber25) Lead Provost Marshal "Wow I can't believe it! We have reached a monumental milestone of our 1000th expert infantry approval. This is certainly a time to celebrate. The FISD is the greatest detachment within the 501st and this is the prime example why. We have so many members that truly care about our costumes that they always strive for excellence. Stormtroopers are clearly the most loved costume within the legion and it shows. I would like to extend a HUGE congratulations to you Sebastian! Welcome to the EIB club and you should feel so proud. I'm almost jumping up and down for you LOL! Your armor looks amazing! Thank you Paul for putting together this program with your staff back in the day. Also, thank you to all of our amazing and helpful members who have pushed our builders to strive for excellence and providing them with the tools to be successful. Finally thank you to all of the past and present DO's. You guys rock. Let's keep these EIB applications going. Lets party!!!!" Chris (themaninthesuitcase) Provost Marshal "Congratulations Sebastian on being EIB 1000! You may not have been the first but you certainly won't be the last. You have taken the time to put the work in and join a core part of the FISD family. I hope you are soon able to get out and troop your armour and enjoy what being a FISD Stormtrooper is all about". Glen (gmrhodes) PRO/Newsletter editor "Congratulations to everyone who has taken a part in this amazing milestone, to our 1000 EI recipients, to our current and past Deployment Officers and also to our founder, former Detachment Leader and creator of the program Paul @Daetrin , well done everyone involved. Dan (CableGuy) PRO Replica Section Curator “Wow - many congratulations to our 1000th EIB recipient. To you, and the 999 before you, a big thank you for helping the detachment reach such a monumental milestone. It’s wonderful to see so many troopers looking to go the extra mile. I salute you, all. To all of those still planning to apply, keep to your own pace and we’ll be ready to welcome you into the #1000 and above club. And finally, to all of those that have been active on the forum, giving helpful advice and encouragement, guiding these troopers to reach their EIB goal, be proud of your achievements too". Frank (Frank75139) Attache Ambassador "Congrats on EI status and for helping us get to where we are. You may be 1000 but you're the start of a new wave of EI troopers". Jim (Rat) Social Media Relations "Congratulations on taking the extra time, effort and sweat. The journey you have gone on as the 999 troopers before you is always rewarding. So congratulations again on your tremendous job of being just that much more attentive to the little details and closing out this long awaited milestone for the detachment. As the saying goes just keep doing what got you here and always remember why you are here. Cheers Trooper we are proud of you and your accomplishment". And finally, a word from a true FISD Legend. Steve (gazmosis) "Fellow Troopers: It is both an honor and privilege to have been part of something that still remains so strong in this detachment. It is a greater honor to be remembered and invited back to take part in the milestone that is the 1000th EIB application/award. I cannot thank you enough for this consideration. It makes my heart happy to know that deep down I am still a part of the greatest Detachment in the 501st. To the recipient of the 1000th EIB award: Congratulations Sebastian!!!! As former Deployment officer until Oct. 2015, it was my honor to work with so many troopers and behold so many fantastic sets of armor every week. Sometimes it seemed like a dream. Your dream started (as many do) by hitting the "send" button so your payment traveled to the armor maker. Then came the waiting. TICK TICK TICK the days went by and finally your big brown box arrived. For everyone who experienced this joyous moment, it is the beginning of the road. For some, its the beginning of the nightmare. "NOW WHAT DO I DO? I DON'T WANT TO SCREW THIS UP!!!!!" That is where FISD stands behind you. With the encouragement, support, and guidance, you have arrived at a place that probably only seemed like a dream at one point. Now you look in the mirror making "pew pew pew" sounds in your bucket, Yeah, we all did it. Don't think for a second that because there have been 999 EIB troopers before you that somehow yours is any less special. You have studied the threads, made the cuts, glued the joints. sized the parts and painted the lines. Like the others before you, this award is not given......it is EARNED. You have earned the right to possibly shoot for Centurion. You have earned the right to now accept that someone may ask you how you did it, and you have earned the right to pass on your knowledge. Wear that armor with humble pride as not to say "you can look like me", but let's work as a team so we can all look incredible as we stand together as brothers and sisters. I salute you, trooper!!! Now go make some smiles"!!
  22. 7 points
    We are currently working diligently on # 1000, folks! Because this is a group effort among the entire D.O. staff, the fact that we are in different time zones and have odd schedules it may cause it to take a tiny bit longer than normal. Thanks for bearing with us! We also have a few surprises up our sleeves forearm pieces...
  23. 7 points
    Hi everyone! I'm Matt from Portland, OR. I am very excited to be finally be making real moves towards joining the 501st. Star Wars has been a huge part of my life and I am really excited to share my love of the franchise with other people. I've been wanting to join the 501st for a long time but recent events have allowed me to make the final decision to get my first set of armor. The biggest event was that I got married in March, 2020, and my wife as a wedding day surprise to me asked members of the Cloud City Garrison to come to our reception! I was completely blown away by the appearance and it really made our wedding even more memorable (we also got married right as the COVID pandemic was beginning in the US, good news was no one got sick). The members of the garrison who came were incredible and brought so much excitement and fun to our wedding reception. Additionally, the Garrison's appearance helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, in memory of my mom who I lost to breast cancer in 2017 (my wife made a large donation in her memory and on behalf of the 501st). My wife has been extremely supportive of my love of Star Wars and my interest in purchasing a set of armor, so after a lot of research I made my purchase this week from RS Propmasters of a commissioned set of ANH armor. I decided to go with preassembled armor given my lack of experience and craftiness but I hope to later build another set myself in the future. The armor should be arriving sometime around the end of October, beginning of November. I am excited to give it a check and hopefully get 501st approval so I can start trooping sometime in 2021. I'm really happy to take this step and I know how incredibly supportive this community is for new members just getting started out.
  24. 6 points
    Hi all My names Nick. I turned 50 on Thursday , I have always loved Star Wars. To my surprise my patrner booked a small holiday for us didn't realise my close family were coming. My partner is a sister in the NHS and has been working hard during this Covid breakout and organised everything. I was told to pack and grab my presents... I said why do I need to take that big box on holiday? I was told to do as I was told Anyway I will cut to the end........she only has gone and got me a the RS Prop Masters fully commissioned stormtrooper armour gob smacked. She told me she and others have been doing research for months and months. What can I say child hood dream. Can't wait to chat and hopefully meet up and be part of the FISD family. Thank you
  25. 6 points
    Hello to all the Brothers in arms. I'm technically not a "New" person on here, I guess you could say I'm a "Re-New" user. I received my Big Browns from RS Props about three years ago and started right in. As a lot of you know, life can have other plans for you and thing get put on the back burner for a while. So after two moves, a new job, buying a new house, and two ill family members I'm back again with encouragement from Ukswrath. I have a build thread that I will be updating because I've done nothing since my last post. So, good building to all and I'll see you around!
  26. 6 points
    Hello. I am a diehard Star Wars Fan. San Antonio, TX. After debating if I wanted to choose to be a Stormtrooper.. Was brought down by decision due to height. I met many new friends through Cosplaying. Some that are 501st as well. After talking with them I decided to forget about my height of 5'4" and chose to jump right into doing research on where they told me I could see and ask a lot of questions. After final decision of choosing ESB I decided to make the leap. With help from friends on assisting me. I was able to get my ESB. I put in for 501st and was accepted. Newbie here but can't wait to be able to Troop. TK87227.
  27. 6 points
    Hey guys, been a while, I do apologize! Work and life have been crazy and I've been stuck in that last 10% or so of my build for a little while. I'm constantly trying to figure out not just how to make things work, but how to get them to work WELL! So let's break down my list of excuses as to what's been holding me back. It's pretty much 4 categories: the helmet, the belt, the shoulder bridges, and final strapping/adjustment. The Helmet: Not much to say here. It's still sitting in primer (well, sanded back clear), waiting for it's final coat of white and clear, then the grey/black details. I'm waiting to finish the belt so I can respray both at the same time, since cracking open a can of 2K clear is a commitment. I have the satin grey, flat black, and a black fine detail paint pen ready to go, it just makes me nervous with the masking to ensure I get the details sharp. The Belt: Had a pretty bad issue with the belt that has been extremely irritating and time consuming to fix and has led me to question my paint method as a whole. I didn't document much of this (sorry) admittedly because of how frustrated it made me. I was using a piece of 2" blue masking tape horizontally across the middle of the belt to help me mark the holes for my belt box attachments, and when I went to remove it, I ripped about 2"x10" of the clear coat off the center of the belt. It must not have fully bonded to the 2X paint underneath and peeled off like a film. It was thick enough that it left a jagged, noticeable edge where it was removed, and obviously a difference in sheen. I was pissed. The belt is a pretty noticeable part of the suit, so I knew it needed to be fixed correctly, which meant more sanding and a respray. I tried to spray a couple coats of white to bring the level in the exposed area back UP, while also spending several sessions sanding the clear on the rest of the belt DOWN to try to level it out. I thought I had it good to go and sprayed the whole thing again... only to have the clear continue to peel up. At this point, I used a piece of tape and intentionally ripped off any remaining clear that was loose, then sanded almost all the way down to the fiberglass, before spraying with white again, which is where the belt is at now. Ready for clear. Again. Unsure if this was an isolated incident with the 2K or what, but between this and the cost, I think I would just use Rustoleum's gloss clear if I did this again. Not sure the 2K is worth it. Which brings me to my next difficulty - attaching the belt. I had the realization the other day that this suit would potentially be very difficult to put on by myself, should I need to without a competent wrangler, which got me rethinking some of my assembly methods. Hence where the magnets come in! I started with the idea of making the trauma plate easier to install on my own and added 4 big neodymium magnets to it in the center and top corners. I may dial the gap in more in the future but I wanted to keep the flare at the bottom to account for the back belt. I cut some craft foam and covered the bottom side of the panel, hopefully keeping the scratching/rubbing to a minimum (which I'll address in a couple other places as well, and will be watching for as I wear the suit... some day haha). Next I wanted to find a convenient and secure way to mount the belt to the barrel, and figured I would give the same big neodymium magnets a shot. I sprayed some with flat white so they blend in a little better and epoxied them to the back side of the belt, and corresponding ones to the inside of the barrel. I also put magnets on the ends of the belt, where they overlap, as well as a little of my ultra-thin velcro to hold it all together. I did need to end up trimming about 2" off both sides of the rear belt assembly, as it was too long and the overlap was hitting somewhere up by the belt boxes. I repainted just the ends and it ended up fine, but I wish I had noticed and fixed this before final paint... I have all the holes drilled, screws ready, and the elastic prepped for the drop boxes - just waiting to assemble until after final paint on the front belt. And finally, the last belt component is the thermal detonator. Started masking it so it will be ready for gray when I do the helmet details, then I will mount it to the rear belt. Planning to use screws for everything, along with a little E6000 to hedge my bets. Hopefully if I ever need to remove anything, it won't take the clear with it again... The Shoulder Bridges: Next on my list of sorrows were the should bridges and their attachment. I had originally ordered and intended to use rubber/latex shoulder straps from Jeff/11b30b4, but was having a heck of a time deciding how to mount them and was way overthinking everything. Between this, the fact that they had yellowed pretty significantly, and that I eventually ended up snapping one while trying to bend it to the proper curved shape (they are cast flat), I ended up giving up on them and went back to the hard ones from Jim. The ridges are larger and look more accurate, but I was (and still am) concerned about them cracking. I think I've decided that I'm going to glue them in the front with epoxy, then use neodymium magnets embedded in the bridges to keep them in the pockets at the rear, essentially "hard-mounting" everything, more like many clones do. I also ordered a set of Mr. Paul's (of TotalGrunt/Shoretrooper build fame) metal shoulder bell/bridge supports. These are apparently the most accurate way to ensure your shoulder bells are supported and sit correctly, and include the elastic/snaps to attach the bells, so I'll post up how that process goes when they arrive from the UK. Final Strapping/Adjustment: Obviously this is the very last step, but I'm curious what new and exciting problems I'll run into as I figure the last of this out. I haven't actually put on the full suit in MONTHS so I'm curious how it'll go. I don't think I've post since I started applying the ultra-thin Velcro, but I'm pretty stoked on it. The only concerns I have had are that it's actually a little stronger than I anticipated, so I don't need to use as much as I did on most of the pieces (I may trim it back later) - I don't want to put TOO much strain on the pieces when I WANT to take them back apart. I also ran into the issue of the adhesive pulling the clear coat off again, so I started scuffing up the spots where I applied Velcro to help mitigate this. Otherwise, it works and looks great and allows for a much more flush look. Magnets probably would work well for areas like the shins and forearms as well, but I'm over it and just want to finish at this point. I also need to create the belt drops to hang my thighs with... it's on my list. I'd like to improve over my current OT-style design and incorporate the correct-style clips, but need to do some more research. If anyone has any good solutions, I'd love to hear/see them! From the top down, a checklist (mostly for me, but might as well post it here): Helmet - final white and clear, helmet detail paint, install visor and vocoder, install interior padding, install fans/mic Chest/back - epoxy in shoulder bridges and shoulder bell supports, finalize chest-to-side panel connections, install craft foam lining Ab/belt - epoxy in magnets for belt attachment, final white/clear on belt, install belt boxes, paint thermal detonator, install thermal detonator Arms - install shoulder bell snaps Legs - glue sniper knee, create garter system for thighs, install garter system I'll keep grinding away and maybe add some pictures later this weekend, but there's a pretty big update down for ya!
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    Back at it again. Really slowed down while I did some problem solving and had some paint issues (which are extra frustrating at this stage). I'll post some photos and descriptions of my progress and hangups later this week, but as a bit of a teaser...
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    Well Troopers.. we are just 3 spots go !!! last approved David Gdula TK-15028
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    NEW In Memoriam Detachment Leader EIB March To 1000 Merchandise Fire Teams Hall of Fame Just For Laughs In The Media First Order Battle Group INFORMATION & AWARD PROGRAMS FISD Achievement Award Common FISD Acronyms and TK Glossary Pre Approval Forum 3D Section Field Exercise Award Master Armorer Program Imperial Attaché Program EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean? Advanced Tactics Awards Public Relations Staff List 2020 Follow FISD On the 18th of July, 2020 Mathew Bedogni (TK-6280 of Outpost 42 Garrison) passed away. Mat was an exceptionally driven man who gave his time in service of multiple communities. In addition to his Star Wars costuming, Mat celebrated his combined love of sci-fi and vehicles by making his own “Back to the Future” replica car and producing the documentary "DeLorean – Living the Dream.” Though his accomplishments were far reaching, Mat was humble and preferred cheering for a cause from the background. Mat is survived by his adoring wife Tara and their children Alex and Edward. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" On the 31st of August, 2020 Aaron Orlando Landeros Hernandez (IS-9929) passed away. Aaron was a cherished member of Skull Garrison. And he returned that respect in making his garrison’s distinctive logo. Aaron shared that love with every costume and every prop he created for others. He was a joy to be around and held his Legion Family close. Aaron is survived by his adoring wife Ximena and their daughter Sophie. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" On the 31st of July, 2020 Donald David Dunn (aka Dave, TK-10436) passed away. Dave was a hard working member of the Makaze Squad of the Florida Garrison. Credited with three hundred and six troops, Dave was sure to be on hand for hospital events. He is remembered as gentle, kind and helpful. Dave is survived by his wife Cindy and his children, Anthony, Donny, Danny and Cynthia. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" On the 25th of June, 2020 Kevin Lehning passed away. Kevin (BH-669) was an early member of the 501st Midwest Garrison. His quality-made all-black custom Mandalorian armor speaks well of a nostalgic era in the 501st Legion history. Kevin enjoyed costuming for costuming sake with interests spanning many fandoms. Kevin also was known for his love of fast cars and loud music. Kevin will be remembered for the enthusiastic support of his fellow troopers. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" On the 31st of August, 2020 Claudia Ivette Guerrero Ramírez (ID-25015) passed away. Claudia was a most caring and helpful member of the Imperial City Squad of the Mexican Garrison. Claudia enjoyed trooping at and supporting blood drives. Forever smiling, she followed her calling to help others as a Doctor, evaluating patients during the 2020 pandemic. Claudia is survived by her daughter Andrea. Our condolences go out to her family and friends. "Buckets Off" On the 29th of April, 2019 Oscar Cerda Ramírez (SL-21171) passed away. Oscar was a member of the Costa Rica Garrison, noted for his kind nature and generosity. It comes as no surprise that he enjoyed the opportunity to troop charity events most. Oscar was a teacher and his students admired his second life as an Imperial. Oscar had donated his costumes before he passed and members of his beloved garrison wore them at his funeral with honor. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" On the 15th of July, 2020 Eduardo Bejarano Espejo passed away. Eduardo is a much loved Legion Brother (ID-16876) in the Legión 501 - Garrison Perú. Known for his thorough knowledge of pop culture and sci-fi, Eduardo was proud to promote the growth of his Garrison and the 501st Legion presence in Perú. Eduardo will be remembered as the entertaining gentleman for both his humor and wit. Eduardo is survived by his loving wife Carol. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" Greetings troopers August shot by like a laser bolt from a DLT-19, here we find ourselves in September already, and where has the year gone!! 2020 is certainly throwing curve balls left and right but here at FISD we are still soldiering along, albeit with a slightly diminished staff and member capacity due to Covid and real life being vastly different for people this year. With a detachment the size of FISD, it takes a lot more than that to grind us to a halt, and what a month September has been. It's HUGE as is this addition of the newsletter with so much to cover off on, so I will touch on a few highlights and you can read the guts of everything further down in this edition.. This is indeed the FISD celebration, 2020 had to have The March to 1000 campaign finally hit is target of 1000 EI's approved and it is now time to celebrate the victory. I am proud of every single one of the EI's involved in taking their armour a step closer to accuracy and playing a part in this grand event. We revealed the special merch item a week ago "Victory 1000", 11" patch and the sales thread goes live with the release of this news letter. We also revealed the exclusive to the 1000 EI's an additional item of merch in the form of a pin. Details for both of these reside down in the merch section below. These are separate runs but will be open concurrently and strictly open for 4 weeks only so dont miss out. I also had the privileged to award an FISD achievement award, and as many know, these don't get presented very often. Congratulations to Anthony Paladino TK TK10666( aka Redforce) Rogue One Stormtrooper CRL The well overdue update to this has finally completed with an almost total re-write. This has added much needed clarity to many aspects of this costume reference, making it far easier for builders and GML's alike to understand. We have also added some additional accessories and removed a few grey areas and ANH parts that didn't belong in this version of the TK. Members currently working on this costume now have the option of building it to the old CRL as we will offer a grace period if you are already well underway, or make minor adjustments and build to the new version. Bare in mind when CRL's are updated the previous items are grandfathered in. This does not effect your ability to troop, it would only mean you need to follow the current iterations if you decided to go for Expert Infantry or Centurion. That's it from me this edition, enjoy the read and get on the forums. We have plenty happening and more exciting news to come in the near future. With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK11469 "Sly11" Detachment Leader Congratulations to our 1000 Expert Infantry With our 1000th EIB and March to 1000 now complete we take a look back to where it all began, bare with me as a lot of information is buried deep down and some has been lost over the years, I'm sure @Daetrin can chime in but this is what I have uncovered. Initially conceived by our detachment founder Paul "Daetrin" TK8020 back in 2006, here is the first outline of the program https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/5-expert-infantryman-badge-eib-program-overview/ In January 2007 a name had to be found https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/560-we-need-a-name-for-deployment/ discussed and a poll went up https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/633-poll-deployent-name/ the winning name being "Mark" (IV, V, VI). This name stuck for a little while but in August 2007 there was another poll https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/1347-deployment-name-poll/ this time it was decided the program would be called "Elite". In March 2009 a new poll went up to come up with a new name https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/6378-changing-elite-to-something-else/page/5/ with now outcome and in the end our detachment founder Paul decided on the name Expert Infantryman https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/6378-changing-elite-to-something-else/?do=findComment&comment=82088 his post below: "In the end I decided to re-brand our program as "Expert Infantry", with Elite troopers becoming Expert Infantryman. This is based on the Expert Infantryman Badge in the U.S. Army - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expert_Infantry_Badge for more info." Program name changes Mark 1-5 Elite 6-65 Expert Infantry 66-1000 EIB graphics Now on to some graphics and much of this had been discussed in staff areas, but here are just a few of the early designs It was suggested to keep it more to the military style, here is the military's Expert Infantryman Badge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expert_Infantry_Badge And from there came And finally Current day Some of the programs to help get the numbers of EIB's on the rise: The Road to 300 https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/18434-the-road-to-300-fisd-eib-that-is-stormtroopers-achieved/ The March to 500 https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/33547-october-2015-newsletter-road-to-500-expert-infantry-badge/ The March to 700 https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/26126-the-march-to-700-expert-infantry-in-2014/ The March to 1000 https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/49177-only-18-spots-left-time-to-step-up/ Previous Deployment Officers: (sorry if anyone was missed, please let me know and I will edit) Paul "Daetrin" TK8020 Scott "Scott M." TK4149 Terrell "SuperTrooper" TK1787 Mason "dashrazor" TK4603 Mathias "Locitus" TK2959 Phil "FunkyTrigger" TK3796 Steve "gazmosis" TK4034 Eric "Darth Aloha" TK9674 (454) Tony "ukswrath" TK10116 Andrew "Sly11" TK11469 Joseph "justjoseph63" TK10963 Dan "CableGuy" TK142911 Sha Sha "shashachu" TK19233 Dan "TheSwede" TK99665 Christine "Cricket" TK10401 Mike "msouza" TK11463 Mario "TKSpartan" TK48117 Some milestones interesting to see how details evolved over the years (just a shame some images are no longer available): 1st 28th April 2007 - Scott "Scott M." TK4149 - FX - https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/884-mark-iv-deployment-request01fx/ 100th 2nd March 2010 - Robert "TKittell" TK7143 - AM armor AP helmet - https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/10128-tk-7143-requesting-eib-status100am/ 200th 28th January 2012 - Graeme "Trooper1972" TK3896 - AM armor TM helmet - https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/18409-tk3896-requesting-eib-status-anh-stunt200am/ 300th 25th January 2013 - Steffen "Minuteman" TK18793 - AM armor TM helmet- https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/22825-tk-18793-requesting-anh-stunt-eib-status-am300/ 500th 21st September 2015 - Brad "68Brick" TK21814 - AP armor AP helmet - https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/32917-tk-21814-requesting-anh-stunt-eib-status-ap500/ 700th 9th March 2017 - Christine "Cricket" TK10401 - RS armor RS helmet - https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/40906-tk-10401-requesting-anh-stunt-eib-status-rs-700/ And big congratulations to our 1000th EIB recipient 1000th 16th September 2020 - Sebastion "Shimo"" TK51337 - Anovos armor Anovos helmet - https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/50022-tk-51337-requesting-first-order-stormtrooper-the-last-jedi-eib-status-anovos-1000/ Multiple EIB Recipients Let's also not forget those who have taken it up to the next level and who are multiple EIB recipients. Additional awards are issued as [APPROVED] 2nd, 3rd, 4th and so on and do not get counted into the total 1000, you can see who has multiple awards by looking at their EIB banner on their forum profile, there are extra stars on top for additional approvals which then change to gold after 5. There are a total of 64 recipients of multiple EIB awards, congratulations to you all 2nd EIB Award Recipients - 51 Dan "R2Dan" TK8527 Carsten "Sidius" TK11672 Derek "DZFireMedic" TK83125 Luis "Rietzer" TK31513 Daniel "Ensi" TK61514 Dennis "NINJAMOVE" TK16112 Christopher "Chewy" TK66402 Rowan "zebedee" TK12111 Jonathan "JLight" TK32627 Randy "magni" TK16127 Andreas "Coil" TK24269 Danny "Ripper_L" TK55550 Kai "TK Goatee" TK71715 Jim "Engineering trooper" TK12638 Robert "RLJ2515" TK10596 Sarah "Alay" TK20466 Mark "humperdingle" TK22700 Dave "PBTrooper" TK10737 Shawn "CrookKnight" TK10204 Ruben "Crusader_6" TK34281 Chris "PhoenixTrooper" TK80806 Andrew "fuumantroop" TK24218 Steve "starsaber25" TK19466 Mike "TK1636" TK1636 Michael "TK-Sharp" TK12169 Joey "vecspeed12" TK9512 Partick "Front-a-Little" TK7961 Carey "C HERM" TK941 Nick "ZeroCool" TK20882 Manny "Tehcaveman" TK10912 Anthony "Redforce" TK10666 Andy "HeloTrooper" TK5224 Hans "Sparrow J" TK5224 BJ "bjsavage7" TK5955 Charles "Clamps" TK25267 T.J. "Hunterhwt" TK7944 Mark "captsafe66" TK4584 Darren "SandFlea" Tk7435 Matt "out0fstep" TK9328 Laurent "Mini Trooper" TK3182 Lou "Darth Voorhees" TK6908 Daniel "DarthChridan" TK7987 Christian "v7sg" TK9539 Vern "TK bondservnt" TK2392 Paul "Daetrin" TK8020 Rich "Rich330" TK6042 Allan "Trooper Q2" TK3066 Brain "tkrestonva" TK2918 Stefan "Turrican" TK1355 Terry "Terry19D" TK2055 Chris "TK-5069" TK5069 3rd EIB Award Recipients - 8 Justin "TheRascalKing" TK61490 Ardeshir "equuspolo" TK42128 Joseph "justjoseph63" TK10963 Tony "ukswrath" TK10116 Charles 'Templar726" TK72627 Juan "BananoPower22" TK4326 Daniel "Debater2nd" TK2618 Jason "TK-J" TK4625 Thayne "ThayNerd" TK5401 4th EIB Award Recipients - 3 Arthur "giskard8" TK39093 Daniel "TheSwede" TK99665 Frank "rhapsodyredd99" RK11038 6th EIB Award Recipient - 1 Glen "gmrhodes13" TK85421 7th EIB Award Recipient - 1 Todd "Toddo" TK6647 A full list of all all FISD awards can be found here: Once again thank you and congratulations to all of our EIB recipients from the very first to our 1000th, now who will be our 1500th With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK-85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO Newsletter FISD Standard Shield Patches (NOW CLOSED) Patches are shipped UPDATES here VICTORY 1000 Yes at long last we have reached the magic 1000 and with this we see the sales thread open for the Victory 1000 11" patch. You can find the sales thread here *Note* the run will be closing 16/10/2020 Approved EIB ONLY Merchandise For those of you who are one of the original 1000 to earn your EI badge, in addition to the 11 inch patch that can be purchased we are adding an exclusive piece of merch just for you! It will have blue enamel lettering (as seen below), a silver metal outline and will be approximately 1 1/2 inches in width. You can find the sales thread here *Note* the run will be closing 16/10/2020 Welcome to our 61st Fire Team: Region: Carolina Garrison, coastal area initially founded in Wilmington NC and Greater Myrtle Beach area Name: Fire Team Hurricane Congrats Troopers!! For the full list of Fire Teams here For more information on Fire Teams here (NOTE 501st membership is needed to view this area) Update Your Fire Team Info: Hi all, I've been doing some housekeeping in the approved Fire Team area, mainly to make all the posts in a uniform, easy to see format. The original post were in a different forum theme and those font colors were hard to see in the current theme. Anyway, please check any teams you may be a part of and see if they are still active, members up to date and the logo still works. Please contact me directly if any of your information is incorrect or you need your logo updated. For the full list of Fire Teams here Thanks! With Unquestioned Loyalty Mark Ryner TK4584 "captsafe66 " FISD/Fire Team Director Well look at this epic beauty!Please welcome TK - 61490 Justin to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame!https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/47543-tk-61490-therascalkings-troop-log-40-ftes/ With Unquestioned Loyalty Aaron Gibson TK-99725 "Pyrates" Curator Hall of Fame 1000 EIB's Congratulations Propstore Auction If you missed it a costume worn by a 501st member seen in the Mandalorian series went up for auction recently, estimated to bring $8,000 - $10,000 the winning bid was $14,000, that's going to be one happy member. From the Propstore: A Stormtrooper costume from the Disney Plus sci-fi series Star Wars: The Mandalorian. Stormtroopers appeared throughout the series in costumes created by the 501st Legion, a fan group dedicated to creating screen-accurate Stormtrooper suits. This costume, a 501st original later worn during production, includes a hand-painted plastic helmet with a tinted green visor, a pair of plated plastic shoulder armor pieces with connected elastic straps, a plated plastic front and back body armor piece with a snap-button closure, a pair of rubber gloves with dense rubber plates, a plastic, polyester, and leather belt, a pair each of plastic thigh and leg armor, and a pair of leather Requisite boots (U.K. size 43), all in the signature Stormtrooper white with black and metallic details. A metal-studded leather blaster holster is also included, though holsters were removed from costumes and not used during filming of the show. The costume is in good overall condition with visible cracks throughout from wear, some frayed elastic, and bending to the visor. Star Wars & Sims Star Wars is coming to The Sims 4 on September 8, 2020, with a slew of new features inspired by a galaxy far, far away. UPDATE: The First Order Battle Group has two new costume build areas due to the recent images of the Black Series Captain Cardinal and Commander Pyre, you can find them here: Captain Cardinal: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/227-captain-cardinal/ Commander Pyre: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/229-commander-pyre/ INFORMATION & AWARD PROGRAMS It has indeed been a long time since we have awarded a member this accolade (2018 in fact), and it's rarity makes it all that more important to an awardee and the detachment at large. Anthony Paladino TK10666( aka Redforce) is one such trooper worthy of this accolade for his meritorious behavior. Anthony has continued to support his fellow troopers through the attaché system, initially earning him the attaché award. Anthony again stepped up recently to helm a rather large patch run which ran its course in a record time from the first post in the sales thread, to the last package posted. Not only has this run just wrapped up but Anthony is now helping Joseph with the 11' Victory 1000 patch run, educating him on his excellent system of organizing and shipping packages, lets also add to this that he has also offered to write up a "How to" of what he does to make a merch run fast and efficient, something the detachment will continue to benefit from now, and into the future. Please join me in congratulating Anthony on this achievement of excellence. Past recipients of the FISD Achievement Award here More info on the FISD Achievement Award here With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK11469 "Sly11" Detachment Leader 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. 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 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. Here is a link to the FISD 3D Contributor program. CONGRATULATIONS I would like to congratulate our latest 3D award winner "Keepthebox" (Basti) for his very generous share of his TFA FOTK helmet files to our members. If you haven't already, go check out his development thread. Congratulations and thank you for adding more value to the detachment Basti. 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? Milestone post example: Milestone and Troop Log Title: [100] TK12345 My troop log Date and Event: 8/23/2019 -- Death Star Cooking Class Photo: Pictures are not required, but are highly encouraged! Your picture may end up in the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame Award Recipients August - September TK69103 "Twosolitudes" Robert - TK19511 "Freduster" Freddy - Congratulations troopers 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 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. 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] Congratulations to our most recent recipient Eric "Hoda" TK77520 for his work with the FISD trading cards. You can find a list of prior recipients here Attaché Merchandise For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, the official I.A. patches are available You can find the thread here (Imperial Attaché's ONLY) ATTACHE ROCKER For those of you on the Imperial Attaché staff, the official I.A. rockers are now available. You can find the thread here (Imperial Attaché's ONLY) Attaché Ambassador Not sure how everyone else is making out but our troops here in the Philadelphia PA area keep getting canceled. Things are starting to book for October so we’ll see how it goes. But on a high note the staff would like to welcome a few new attaches to the ranks. First off is 11b30b4, Eric will be helping us out in the Georgia area with his knowledge of the Rouge One TK. Secondly is Hoda, Eric will be filling the North Texas Squad spot. He’s got a good amount of knowledge with the ANH stunt and hero as well as the ESB TK. Thirdly is Tarok, Rudi will be filling the Knightfall Garrison spot in Australia. He will be helping out with his TK stunt knowledge as well as working towards his EIB status. Feel free to pick their brain either online or in person. And as already stated a big thank you to Eric Ho (Hoda) who stepped up and has been doing all the trading cards for the detachment. Eric was awarded the Attaché Award for all the hard work he’s done in helping get the trading cards back on track. The staff thanks all of them for going above and beyond and helping others. 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/ Photo Checklists To make it easier (and faster) to get you approved, we have updated the Photo Requirement checklists for both OT and FO and included visual examples of what we as D.O.s are looking for in order to move you along at an expedited rate. These can be found here: Expert Infantry: (For all non-FOTK costumes) Centurion: (For all non-FOTK costumes) FOTK: (EI and Centurion) 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 August - September the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Alex "azoroes" TK22504 EIB 989 Ueli "carcharoth" TK19844 EIB 990 Bryan "Labaki" TK94991 EIB 991 Craig "Ghostrider" TK18024 EIB 992 Rob "Rob .T ." TK42057 EIB 993 Dave "Freddybear" TK18034 EIB 994 Shawn "Firedog" TK12399 EIB 995 Cam "Order and Justice" TK22020 EIB 996 David "David G" TK15028 EIB 997 Sven "TK-21296" TK21296 EIB 998 Will "Surfintrooper" TK90277 EIB 999 Sebastion "Shimo" TK51337 EIB 1000 GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here --------------------------------------------------------------- Centurion Badge Award: Brett "Cleantrooper" TK9593 Centurion 471 Anthony "TKStrider" TK16603 Centurion 472 Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers! Request your free Centurion certificate here If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them! Newsletter If you have any interesting stories or photos or something you think newsworthy please send them to me via pm With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK-85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO Newsletter Staff List 2020 Detachment Leader (DL): Andrew Franke (Sly11) TK11469 Executive Officer (DXO): Tim Waychoff (Dark CMF) Deployment Officer (DCA): Joseph Pedigo (justjoseph63) TK-10963 Deployment Officer: (DCA): ShaSHa (ShaSHaChu) TK-19233 Deputy Deployment Officer: (DCA): Mario (TKSpartan) TK-48117 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 Social Media Relations (PRO): Teresa Nuthall (Soulart) TK-41307 Social Media Relations (PRO): Jim Ferrell (Rat) TK-95970 Imperial Propaganda Machine: Brien Edick (Harbinger) TK 92802 Imperial Propaganda Machine: Eric Ho (Hoda) TK 77520 Systems Administrator (DWM): Eric Brager (Darth Aloha) TK-9674 Systems Administrator (DWM): Mathias (Locitus) TK-2959 Detachment Founder (DF): Paul (Daetrin) TK-8020 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 Congratulations EIB's On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department
  32. 5 points
    100% agree. It seems like getting to 100 EI was a pipe dream a dozen years ago, but the outstanding community that continues at the FISD blew that out of the water.
  33. 5 points
    Hello Troopers, First off, thanks to anyone checking out my build thread. I'll preface this by saying this will be a marathon, not a sprint. I'm not gonna give myself a timeframe, I'd rather take my time and see how it goes, but I do plan to build towards Centurion from the start. As it's my first build, I'll be sure to ask plenty of questions here when I get stuck, which I'm pretty sure will be often. I feel no matter how much research you do, it's still going to be an eye opener once you get your hands on the shiny, white armor for the first time! Here's a link to my new member intro in case anyone wants to take a look: So after a few weeks of research and due diligence, I decided to go with an ATA helmet + armor kit. Was added to the waiting list on 8/16 and got an email yesterday (coincidentally, my bday!) that my kit was next and would be finished in a few days time. Needless to say, I was PUMPED! So BBB day should be coming in the next week or two, I'll be sure to update when that day arrives. Since I don't have my kit quite yet, I spent August pouring over build threads, tutorials, etc. and stocking up on tools & supplies and some soft goods. I have already ordered an E-11 Blaster from Quest Design Canada on Etsy (thanks to @Firedog for feedback regarding his blaster) but that's still about 6 weeks out. I've also purchased my holster and neck seal from DarmansProps, still waiting on those as well. I believe a build thread can't have too many pictures, so below are a few I have so far. Imperial Boots 421's, received in early August: TD clips and Hovi Mix tips from @ukswrath's Etsy shop (thanks Tony! these are fantastic!) I'm unsure if I'm going to fully handpaint my helmet or use "handpainted" look decals, so I ordered a full set of Humbrol paints AND a set of Dave M helmet decals from Trooperbay. I figure I'll see how the helmet build goes and then decide when I get there, but both options will be available to me when the time comes. Of course if I use the decals, I'll need the paints for frown, ears, vocoder, ab buttons, screw tops and rivet tops anyway. Here's some miscellaneous tools/supplies (line 24 snaps, snap setter/anvil, some blind pop rivets that came with my hand riveter, lexan scissors, utility knife, etc.): And last weekend, decided to get my feet wet with snaps, since snap setting is entirely new to me. I referenced @justjoseph63 Snaps 101 thread (many thanks already to Joseph for all the SUPER helpful newbie threads and also a shout out to @MaskedVengeancefor his Index of Resources), but I also tried a method mentioned by @gmrhodes13 of using a phillips head screwdriver prior to the snap setter to kind of score the post. In the pic below, on the male snap plates you might be able to see I tried each method on a couple of the plates. Not sure which I prefer yet after only a few snaps, but where scoring the post first made a HUGE difference was the female snap post. I only attempted two, the first one without scoring the post is on the left and I completely butchered that one, post flattened out sideways. Used the screwdriver scoring on the the one on the right and it worked almost perfectly. I'll play around with more snaps this weekend and I'm sure I'll get the hang of it more with additional practice: And lastly, for this update, since I had to drag a barstool from the kitchen into the garage for snaps practice, I realized the "need" for a garage stool. And since I realized this "need" in the early stages of TK armor building, well then, why would I not get this one: Stay tuned for Episode II....BBB day, coming soon!!!
  34. 5 points
    Hello @all many thanks for that really detailed Feedback, it really makes it easy to improve my costume. I'm very happy that i got EI approved and i'm very excited to make the needed changes for Centurion approvement. A few years ago i never would have thought that i would run around in an armor (plastic) costume, but i really fell in love with the FOTK. The FISD community with all the detailed WIP Threads was so helpfull and inspirational for us (at this point of course many thanks again @ukswrath, we literally learned your building Thread by heart). It was a lot of fun to build it. I'm already at making changes regarding the forarms (i think i will 3D Print a TLJ/TROS Version). What makes me speechless and very proud, that i can also be part of the #1000. Thanks for all the kind words and congratulations to the FISD to hit the #1000 <3 With kind regards - and everyone stay healthy!
  35. 5 points
  36. 5 points
    Good luck to the troopers who go for 1000 and above!
  37. 5 points
    It will be a day long remembered, that's for sure.
  38. 5 points
    JR you are very correct, rushing and risking isn't what this or EI s about. This is but a milestone that has taken a 14 year long journey, there will be many more milestones to come, and we the staff, already have plans in place for one that is much closer than 1000 Centurions although that indeed will be a remarkable accomplishment in itself. Of course nothing will be revealed/announced etc about that milestone until this one is reached and we have a chance to celebrate a little. The main reason why I made the call to have the special merch item available to all 501st approved Detachment members was so everyone could have something to remember it by, and they will be able to purchase more than one of this item. This allows for the possibility of these coming up for trade or a member may be happy to sell one to you once you are 501st approved. I have tried to think of everything to cover as many as possible with this achievement and celebration for our detachment. I have more that will be announced in the near future so don't feel like you missed the boat on this, there is more to come. I am proud of every single member that strives to go the extra mile and we always look to reward where we can. Stay tuned folks.
  39. 5 points
    Only 5 spots, wait what, a moment ago it was 6 I guess you are all waiting for another sneak peek then ............................ Well okay then!
  40. 5 points
    Hello everyone. Wow! What a mind shock at reading everything from the 501st, Whitearmor, Garrison Pages, Armor builders.. nuts. I am 44, father of 4 boys, (Future troopers, well maybe one Sith to be honest), and much as many of us, a huge Star Wars fan. Since I saw that you can actually BUY an authentic replica set of armor from SDS, I have been working diligently to get on board. Over the past many months, I have learned that SDS may not work out for me. The thought of signed armor was the highlight, and I may still utilize some help from contacts in Mexico to acquire a set, however in the mean time, I have settled on a full ABS set from RS Props. I do have a few questions, but first I will indicate where I am in the fulfillment of this dream to be a fellow StormTrooper. I have read all the info from the starting posts on the 501st: I have then found several sets of armor, and as mentioned, settled on RS. I have read through.. thoroughly, (many times lol), the path to take which ultimately led to this post, from the new member application guidelines and faq's here: https://databank.501st.com/databank/Join_Us And now I am introducing myself, in hopes to better help me locate the proper Garrison and liaison. Hi! So, now I am down to my questions.. I reside in Winston Salem, NC. USA. Identifying the contact list for the contact looks to be the Carolina Garrison.. http://www.carolinagarrison.net/ Yet, I am unsure exactly whom to contact. There are 21 different contacts there, and unfortunately they've abbreviated their titles/ranks, hence, I am asking for assistance in my intro. Next I will assume, once, I receive my armor, I will be able to submit the photos, links, and hopefully... move into the ranks officially with the rest of the FISD. (Btw, it was at this point I realized my screen name here included a TK number which... was done on accident, and I am happy to change it if necessary.) Nonetheless, So about me: Craig, 44, Father, I work in the medical industry. I travel frequently. Love Star Wars. LOVE. I have a gift from my girlfriend which is an ID bracelet but with Vaders helmet etched into it. I have created a gaming and video room specifically for the boys n I to enjoy movies (star wars themed of course). I am a degree holding engineer. Love to build things, metal, wood, electronic. So.. I am thrilled to begin and get going with realizing this childhood dream. Thanks for taking a min to read. Future Trooper, CB
  41. 5 points
    ANH Holster, although we see Stunt holsters on most Stormtroopers, strap size and color varies from trooper to trooper as well as position on belt. Majority having long straps Approximate guide Hero Holsters, the following are what are seen on Han and Luke, E-11 style with the 4 rivet attachment, although slightly different Approximate guide A nice shot of Han and Luke both with E-11's holstered and Han carrying the DLT19. Note the droop on Han's belt from the weight Incidentally how many of you noticed when TK421 (Luke) comes out of the falcon wearing the comlink and grappling box he is also sporting a detonator? RS Holster worn by Hero helmet trooper below, mid attachment, believed to be a rebel DH-17 holster put on a TK belt (incorrectly). Also note the stitching is on the left (front) of the holster and the standard E-11 is on the right (back), it is shorter than the E-11 and also angled on the bottom. At first only believed to be worn by 1 trooper we have the image below showing 2 troopers sporting this style of holster Very easy to spot as the holster is a lot shorter than an E-11 holster and slightly angled on the bottom Hero Promo, short like the RS holster also stitching on the left (front) BUT with a cut-out section and SE-14R in the holster, once again you can see it is a lot shorter than an E-11 holster as it is high on the thigh. This could very well be one of the RS style holsters modified with the cut out seen below. 4 rivet attachment as you can see the two rivets on the one strap below No Holster and of course there has to be someone who's been in a rush to dress and forgotten his holster (note not approvable)
  42. 5 points
    Hello all. Long time no see. Hope you are all going well with this pandemic. As you might've guessed I haven't been able to work on my trooper too much, the quarantine has sucked the energy out of my to be honest. Some small updates: My blaster finally arrived! After around 3 months of waiting it's here, resin cast from A&J Productions in Poland! I'm keen to build it, it's given me energy to wanna build again! But I think I might have to start a new thread in the weapons catagory, I'm not to sure if it's against the rules since if I build it here it's technically not building my armour. Talking about armour the small list of things I need to do are: -Attach the handplates to the gloves -Make the TD -And finally attach the boots to the inside of the shin using snaps. We recently moved a lot of stuff around so my armour is sitting in a spare room at the moment. I think I might've lost my TD screws, I'll have to have a look. The blaster looks a bit tricky to put together, so I'll defs need help with that! But I'm only going for Cert 1 on the blaster, so it shouldn't take too long. The resin has alot of 'spill' or bits left over so it needs a cleanup for sure. It actually came with more than I expected with springs, the little coil thing and small screws. Keen to start again. Sadly the pandemic has pushed our Melbourne Comic-Con back to sometime into 2021, so we do have time to build! We haven't started my dad's TK yet, but he's been very busy so I might be riding solo here to finish! Long live the Empire! - Tom
  43. 4 points
    And round 25.... Belt adjusted and repositioned Belt end trimmed. Holster attachment buttons not covered (Thank you Glen) Trooper butt fixed. Front ends of butt plate no longer flare out. Yet again, thanks Glen Please let me know if there is anything else Sha. Thanks for looking!!!! Dave
  44. 4 points
    Congratulations FISD! This was a very exciting moment to be a part of! It makes me very proud to be an FISD member, Attache, part of the 1000 EI, and member of the 501st Legion. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this moment possible!
  45. 4 points
    Good luck to the #1000! I'm aiming to be in that 1500 bracket lol
  46. 4 points
    Busy day. Here are the ears. Two coats of paint plus clean-ups. Phew - time for a Bespin Fizz!
  47. 4 points
    Alrighty, I've adjusted the vocoder and it's looking better now - might need to thin the second strip. I attempted to clean up the teeth, but I think the paint needs to cure a little more. I'll work on this again tomorrow, then apply another coat of paint once everything is cleaned up and meets CRL.
  48. 4 points
    While I like the patch, this is the best part of the video: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  49. 4 points
    Um...That patch just blew my mind! Kudos to the designer/designers and all that made this happen! I’m so glad I was able to be a part of this!
  50. 4 points
    Progress Report - 9/3/2020 Happy Dragoncon! After getting some feedback regarding the thighs I decided after doing some quick work on the shins to get right into fixing my noob issues with my thighs. I've JB welded these strips inside the back halves of the thighs. I'm really tempted to just do this lol It would be good enough for Expert Infantry and be much less painless. But I want to be centurion one day so. From here im going to glue another strip on top and once it cures I'll put my abs paste to use. Once it dries, best believe im taking a belt sander to this mess. I cant wait for these thighs to be right...sheesh.
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