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    As many of you know, the 501st elections have come to a close. The FISD membership has spoken. Congratulations to our 2019 FISD Detachment Leader Sarah (Alay)!
  2. 16 points
    WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS: A dedicated forum where members can submit their completed stormtrooper costume for peer review prior to formal submission to their GML. Your armor will be reviewed and suggestions made by the FISD Staff and Imperial Attaché team, but detachment members can also provide peer review on any submission. All feedback provided will be specific, constructive, respectful, and helpful. Any feedback that is deemed negative, derogatory, inflammatory, or otherwise offensive will be deleted, and the poster can be subject to account suspension for repeated offenses. You may also be provided suggestions for attaining the rank of EI (Expert Infantry) and Centurion levels should you wish to pursue higher levels of screen accuracy. WHAT THIS PROGRAM IS NOT: This program is not a replacement for the GML approval process, as Detachments are not charted to approve costumes for membership. While a costume that passes Detachment peer review should be in a state to be accepted by a GML, Detachments cannot override a GMLs decision, nor are GMLs bound to accept the ruling of a detachment costume approval. That said, as a general rule the goal is that any costume that passes peer-review approval should be accepted by a 501st GML. WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO SUBMIT: You will need to post up various high quality photos of your armor/accessories on the list below, as well as the basic information listed next to it. We realize that this is more information than normally required for basic approval, but we want you to look your best! Also, please include the name(s) of any approved Trooper(s) who have significantly helped you with your build. Yes, we are asking for more photos and information than are normally needed for basic approval. The reason being is that we feel it gives us a better overall view, and we can catch things that may be missed should the recruit want to move to level 2. PHOTOS: INFORMATION: 1. Front view (arms down) 1. First/last name 2. Back view (arms down) 2. Future Garrison/Squad/Outpost or local area 3. Left side (arms raised) 3. Armor maker 4. Right side (arms raised) 4. Helmet maker 5. Ab plate close-up 5. Cloth belt maker 6. Helmet close-up (front, left and right sides) 6. Neck seal maker 7. Detail photos of any parts you have questions on 7. Boot maker 8. Interior strapping (optional) 9. Blaster maker (if applicable 10. Gasket maker (if applicable) 11. Height (optional) 12. weight (optional) 13. TK type (ANH Stunt/Hero. ESB, ROTJ. TFA etc.) 14. Name(s) of any Trooper(s) who significantly helped with your build. INSTRUCTIONS FOR POSTING YOUR REVIEW REQUEST: 1. Go to the Request Pre Approval thread: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/193-request-tk-pre-approval/ 2. Click on Start New Topic. This is located on the left of the blue "Reply to this Topic" option near the top of the page. 3. In the Title area, post the following information: (Fisd screen name) Requesting Pre Approval Review, followed by the armorer who made your kit in parentheses. Example: MegaTrooper123 Requesting Pre Approval Review (Anovos) 4. Post all required photos/information (as listed above). HELPFUL LINKS: 1. Where can I get in touch with my GML/Garrison? http://www.501st.com/members/displayUnits.php 2. Where can I choose my official TK number? http://www.501st.com/members/search_avail_ids.php 3. How do I join the 501st Legion? http://www.501st.com/members/join_form.php 4. What do I do once I am approved? https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/16-501st-trooper-status-requests-include-link-to-your-501st-profile-in-your-request/ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ WHY WE ARE DOING THIS: Not every garrison has responsive GMLs, and even those that do are not always experts in the stormtrooper costumes. Costume peer review provides members with a supplemental feedback on items that need to be fixed prior to approval, as well as other feedback that will help the overall fit and finish. Catching errors earlier will result in increased confidence a build will pass GML review and thus save GMLs time. It will also provide GMLs insight in to a sounding board beyond the GML peer review area on the 501st boards. Additionally it provides non-GML forum members the opportunity to learn about and gain experience in the costume judging process. This is valuable because it can provide people considering being a GML real-world experience before accepting the role, and provides GCOs a potential pool of people experienced in costume judging who may not have yet served as a GML. ADDITIONAL INFO: 1. Any feedback that is negative, derogatory, inflammatory, or otherwise offensive should be reported immediately, will be deleted, and the poster may be subject to account suspension for repeated offenses. 2. Feedback should follow the same format that Deployment Officers use, e.g. for each item to fix they will be marked as “must fix”, “should fix”, “could fix”. 3. “Approval” only covers base 501st acceptance (aka L1). Expert Infantryman (L2) and Centurion (L3) standards can be cited only for “could fix” items and are never “must fix”. 4. For GMLs, this is intended to catch errors early to make your lives easier. This is not a replacement for what you do. Additionally, since detachments can't approve costumes, there is no concern that a Detachment will override a GML decision. 5. For GCOs, an advantage is that a 501st member in their garrison can gain experience in the costume review part of being a GML before they take on the role officially, and this may also for their Garrison provide an outlet for people considering being a GML, and a pool of experienced members should they need to fill that role. 6. For FB users, other TK Facebook pages can offer advice on their site that may or may not be correct. FISD is the official Detachment run by experienced 501st costume approvers the world over, and this is a service we can provide prospective and current 501st members that a FB group cannot.
  3. 15 points
    I had this idea today. Kind of fun. Hope y'all enjoy!
  4. 15 points
    It gives me great pleasure to announce the promotion of ShaSha from the attache ranks to the position of Deputy Deployment Officer. Shasha brings with her experience in assisting our vertically challenged troopers in armour modification and assembly plus a keen eye for attention to detail. Congratulations Shasha, we have every confidence you will do a fantastic job.
  5. 15 points
    I have been stripped of my DMBO title along with my legion membership, without any sort of hearing. I have been blocked from joining our garrison public forum as well as my wife. When The chips were down, I suspected what my GCO would say and he did't let me down! Everything I am doing to bring you your orders is on my stormtrooper honor . I'm still one of you no matter what anyone says.
  6. 15 points
    As many of you know, the 501st elections have come to a close. The FISD membership has spoken. Congratulations to our 2018 FISD Detachment Leader Paul (Daetrin)!!!!
  7. 14 points
    DATE: May 20th 2019 TIME: 6:00PM LOCATION: Queensland Museum, Brisbane Australia. It's not often we get a call up from Lucas Film and Disney for official representation, but when we do, the Redback garrison is always ready for action. This was my second official LFL Disney Troop. The brief, 4 Stormtroopers required, for Disney organized video presentation and cocktail function to launch Galaxy's Edge to the local Travel agencies. What's a Disney event without Stormtrooper right!! Load the creature into the cargo hold
  8. 14 points
    HI everyone, An old friend from University saw my suit pics and shared a great story about the 501st from Toronto Fan Expo: The last time I went to Fan Expo, I got into the north building with my hubby to see who we could see, celebrity-wise. Unfortunately, I was on a mobility scooter and the traffic in that building was parking-lot-o-sardines. I got to a certain point and then just could not move. Because of the size of the scooter, it wasn't like I could squeeze through the crowd to get out. Skip forward to me on a mobility scooter in the middle of what seemed like a million people with no apparent way out, in the middle of a full-blown anxiety/panic attack. Tears. Hypervenitillation. Starting to shut down. It was horrid. A Stormtrooper from the 501st asked my hubby if I was okay. He explained my claustrophobia and panic disorder, and the fact that we couldn't even move to escape. The Stormtrooper said to hang on, that he'd be right back. Next thing I know, there's a commotion down the laneway and I'm hearing Stormtrooper voices hollering, "Make way! Move along! Empire business! Stand aside!" They cleared the pathway like the parting of the red bloody sea. Next thing I knew, my hubby and I were being motioned to move down the newly cleared pathway, with 'Troopers on either side of the walkway, holding the crowd back just enough so the scooter could pass. I thanked them as much as I could through my panic... my hubby did more thanking than I did because I was just trying to breathe. I found it truly touching that these folks stepped up and helped a person in distress, when they were just there to get their geek on.
  9. 13 points
    OK, future Troopers, many of you have asked about how to set snaps for your armor connections, so I thought I'd whip up a little tutorial. Please note that the example that I am making is based on using the "double snap" connection system (see last photo). I highly recommend this method, especially on the back/kidney, kidney/butt, and ab/kidney connections, as it provides an extra layer of confidence. Yes, it costs a bit more to do due to the extra snaps involved, but you can be sure that no matter what happens, you will NEVER have a piece come loose or fall off on a troop. Also, this is the method I swear by. Many may have used others, but after countless troops I have experienced no problems. So here we go............ Materials needed: 1. Hammer 2. Soldering (woodburning) iron. (Available at home improvement and craft stores. WELL worth the $10-$12.00 investment). NOTE: The tip of this thing gets CRAZY hot, so be very careful where you set it. Many come with multiple tips, but I suggest the pointed one. 3. Snap setting kit. (Available at all craft stores). Please note that I am showing both sides of the base... more on that later. Convex side Concave side 4. For this purpose, I am using 2 inch (5cm) wide black nylon and 1 inch (2cm) black nylon. The 1 inch wide part will be attached directly to your armor. I suggest using E-6000 glue and clamps for this. 5. Snaps, of course! Don't "cheap-out" when buying these. The cheap ones come undone very easily and are garbage. For this tutorial, I am labeling the 4 parts as such: STEP ONE Cut the 2 inch strapping to about 4 inches long** (or as needed) for the particular connection. Cut the 1 inch nylon into 2 inch lengths as seen below. **NOTE: The actual length will depend on there you are using them, i.e. the kidney to posterior plate connections will be shorter. Just be sure there are no gaps, and that the 1 inch wide base pieces are in the correct position before attaching them. Example: The ends will be a bit ragged and will fray. Use the soldering tool to seal them. Again, using the soldering gun, make 4 holes in the 2 inch wide nylon as seen below. Be careful not to make them too large (just larger than the shaft of the snap base) or the snap may eventually pull out. Take one of the 1 inch wide nylon pieces and slide it up under one end of the 2 inch wide piece, even with the end. Once it is lined up, use the soldering iron to make holes in the 1 inch wide piece. This will assure that the holes for the snaps line up correctly. (VERY important)! You should end up with this: Repeat for other side, but be sure not to get the sides mixed up, as one set of holes may be wider. Insert one of the male bases into one of the holes in the 2 inch wide piece. Flip it over and place one of the male snaps on the post. Place the base in the concave side of the snap setting kit base. Place the striking rod in the center (straight up and down) and strike it several times firmly with the hammer. The inside shaft should be sufficiently widened to keep the top from coming off. There... your snap is set! NOTE: Do not attempt to do this step on a regular table. You need a hard surface, and a heavy duty workbench or concrete surface works best. Repeat this step for the remaining 3 holes. Now onto the 1 inch wide strips.. Insert one of the female bases into one of the holes, then (as above) place one of the female snaps on top. Place the female snap base into the convex side of the snap setting base. Again, using the striking rod, give it a few good whacks. (Getting the hang of this now)? This is what you should have at this point (only one end shown) CONGRATULATIONS, you have one strap completed! Now that you realize how easy this is and have it down to a science, repeat as necessary. NOTES 1. For added security, the double snap system can be applied to other areas as well, including shoulder bridge attachments and bicep to shoulder bridge, (example below) This is especially good for those who wear packs (HWT, Sandie, Spacetrooper). 2. Snaps set in elastic (as seen above) can pull out over time with repeated use. I recommend doubling the elastic over before attaching the snaps. 3. Be sure to use the female base on all the straps that will be glued to your armor. The reason being is that the bottoms are flat, insuring a tight seal. 4. Some folks set the female snaps in ABS instead of nylon when gluing them to the armor. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, it's just a different way of accomplishing the same goal. The reason I use nylon is that I find it conforms to the curved parts of the armor better, and gives a larger surface area for the glue to adhere to. 5. Some use CA (super) glue to attach the 1 inch nylon to their armor. I have found that it can get brittle and break off or even cause warping on ABS due to the heat it puts off while drying. E-6000 needs to be clamped and takes more time, but trust me, it's worth the wait. 6. When gluing the 1 inch nylon to your armor, do NOT keep the 2 inch wide nylon attached with the snaps. Some of the glue may seep through the hole in the snap and glue the whole connection together. Not a good thing. If you should have any questions, just ask here or PM me, and best of luck on your build! Photo 1 (Double snap system.. note clamps). SHOUT OUTS: Gary jr. ( @flashpoint0214 ) The guy who introduced me to the double snap system! Jeremy (Copper) who supplied the nice clean photo of the double snap system.
  10. 13 points
    Greetings from RT-MOD!For the past year and a half, I have been collaborating with Pandatrooper (of Panda Props and Costumes) on the fabrication of RT-MOD armor. Not only has he helped produce armor in his own shop and delivered to my high standards, but he has has helped upgrade many of the molds and bucks to create a more accurate version of the RT-MOD armor. Many elements within the costume have been updated for more accuracy or have been improved in terms of quality, comfort or wearability. Everything is still being fan-made from scratch based on photo references, and scaled up slightly to match the proportions of the current RT-MOD armor.But the time has come for me to officially pass the torch. Going forward, Pandatrooper will be the main contact and fabricator for RT-MOD armor. There will be a new contact email and updates on the latest version of the armor and helmet will be posted soon. As well, there will be some cool upgrades we think you will like! I would like to say I could not have asked for a better, more dedicated individual and have full confidence in Pandatrooper and his skills in carrying the RT-MOD torch. I believe he has a unique skill and dedication that will show in maintaining a high level of quality, care, attention to detail and craftsmanship. Please give him some time for the transition, as well as restocking supplies and also allow him to catch up on some back orders.Keep in mind that RT-MOD has and will be made for fans and hobbyists as time allows. We all have lives and need to take care of that first.From simple beginnings in 2002 to here now in 2019 it has been my pleasure to be able to outfit the bigger trooper candidates with high quality, accurate gear and have enjoyed the fandom and camaraderie of those who partake in the hobby. I want to thank everyone in this community for their support over the years. RT-MOD would not be around without you!
  11. 13 points
    It's my hope that this post will reach other Vets that are out there wondering about Joining the 501st and have PTSD / Anxiety issues. I had my 1st troop the other day. My wife came to be my spotter and get suited up. I'm not gonna lie, excitement and anxiety was kicking my @$$. We got suited up and headed to where we were doing the photo shoot. Mind you I was not expecting the amount of people that were going to show up there or be in the Venue after we came in. (Roughly 500 per 30 min if I remember correctly) we were in there for about 2 and 1/2 Hours taking photos of the 20 of us in Armor against the Icy back drops of the park we were in. Not to mention the 100's of others that we took with people. I will say that it's the largest crowd that I have been in the past decade, with ZERO Heighten alertness going off and almost no Anxiety (Except for falling and busting my 4th point of contact on the ice.) There is something about the anonymity that you get looking through green lenses and your head in the bucket. I cannot tell you how rewarding of an experience this was for me. To be able to get out in public and not feel that crushing anxiety and have your body go in to overdrive. If you are a Vet and are wondering about getting a shiny white white suit, 2 words DO IT!!!!!
  12. 13 points
    Submission has been sent! Some minor dressing issues but overall I´m happy with how it turned out
  13. 12 points
    To kick off this program, I am offering an incentive for the first one to post in this forum requesting a pre-approval review and then receive basic 501st approval. Once your armor has been reviewed here, submitted to your GML and you receive your official 501st TK I.D., simply sign up for Legion access here at the FISD (link below) then PM me with your information and I will send you a set of flexible hand guards and any hardware you may require to reach Centurion level if you should wish to pursue that. If you already have these items, I will send some cool swag. Good luck, future Troopers! https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/16-501st-trooper-status-requests-include-link-to-your-501st-profile-in-your-request/ --------------------------------------------------CLAIMED-------------------------------------------
  14. 12 points
    In Memoriam From the DL Thank You For Your Service Announcement New CRL FISD Achievement Award Legion News Detachment Affiliation In Focus Featured Troopers Hall of Fame Obscure Trivia Costume Totals Competitions Notable Troops Imperial Attaché Program Imperial Attaché Award Advanced Tactics Awards EIB - The March To 1000 New Merch From the PRO Follow FISD Ryan Hubbard, TK-91185 of 501st Garrison Tyranus, passed on the 9th of September, 2017. Ryan is remembered for his cheer, mirth, and a zest for life that set the pace for fellow troopers and audience alike. Ryan also was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, a dance instructor, and an EMT/paramedic (the significance of the "911" in his Legion ID number). Memorial donations may be made to Christiansburg Rescue Squad http://www.christiansburg.org The Hall of Eternal Legionnaires will become a brighter place for Ryan’s presence, "buckets off" With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications When I first got in to the Legion in 2005, my garrison was relatively sleepy. I remember my new garrison mate and I jumping at the chance to troop a local QFC simply because it was the first troop in 2 months. Yup, when you only have a dozen a troops a year, you try to go to every one you can, even if they involve standing in cold rain. My garrison now has something like 100 trooping opportunities a year – nearly a 10-fold increase, yet most of us “older” – and by that I don’t mean age so much as tenure in the Legion – don’t troop much more than we did 10 years ago. In some cases, even less. Why is that? Part of it is age – most people join the 501st when they are in their 30’s and single, and 10 years later they are married with kids and have a lot more things competing with free time on weekends. Sometimes its burn-out, they got in to a personal argument at some point and are now “jaded” on their garrison or Legion. Sometimes it is just that other things seem more appealing. Today I rocked the TK for the first time in months, and as I went to the changing area it was like reuniting with a bunch of old friends. Everyone was welcoming, and I left the event much later wishing I could have hung out with my garrison mates for many more hours still, and am already eagerly looking forward to my next troop. As October is census time, it’s not uncommon to see Legion members come out of the woodworks to get their “hour of trooping in a costume” done for a year so they can remain active for 12 more months. When you see them, how do you greet them? Are you creating an environment that is one that they want to come back to? Something to think about when you see “old timers” come out to a troop after a long break. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK8020 “Daetrin” FISD Detachment Leader As many of you have noticed, our Executive Officer, Tim (Dark CMF), has not be as active on the boards as he used to be earlier in the year. As somtimes happens Darth Real Life issues have come up that are higher priority. Trooping and the Legion is a hobby after all, and sometimes one has to step away for a bit to focus on family and work. As a result he has taken a sinecure as DL Emeritus and stepped down as XO. I want to extend on behalf of myself personally but also from FISD a big "Thank you!" to Tim for his dedication and all of his hard work in the first half of the year when we had election transition and also Celebration, where he devoted himself selflessly to make it a great experience for others. He truly embodies our motto "unquestioned loyalty". TK-8020 "Daetrin" Detachment Founder | DL He was the one who first asked me to become an Attache, and helped me immensely with my endless questions during my first build. I also credit him with inspiring me to take my E-11 to the nth degree by following his incredible build thread. Hopefully things will smooth out soon and he can continue to be an integral part of the FISD. TK-10963 "justjoseph63" FISD Attache Ambassador Tim - Thank you for everything that you have done for so many of us on this great forum over the years. It has been a honor to serve on staff with you this year. I remember the excitement you shared with us in your build thread when you got your BBB from the UPS man. Hopefully life settles down soon and you can find the time to bring that excitement back to us. TK-10466 "starsaber25" FISD Provost Marshall In the wake of Tim's needing to step in to a sinecure, there has been a vacuum in the XO role. The masses have raised their voices, and I have heard them. "Tolo! Tolo! Tolo!" they cry, and the clamor is such that it must be demanded. Either that or I pulled a Tarkin and just appointed the first person who raised his hand. Anyway, I'm really excited to appoint Eric as the newest FISD XO. He comes pre-equipped with all the necessary qualifications: FISD Provost & LCOG = sound judgement in a crisis, FISD tenure = he already knows you folk, and as an added bonus he already has the necessary admin privileges and hasn't broken anything. Yet. The pay as you know will be increased over his current salary, and he gets to have some new shiny on his beret. And, access to the executive latrine, which is quite snazzy. Please join me in a round of drinks to our newest XO, Eric (Tolo, aka the other Eric) With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK8020 “Daetrin” FISD Detachment Leader Back in the old dark early days when dinosaurs roamed the earth, well maybe not that long ago, FISD command had a whole photoshop team in place to crank out all those images for new CRL's - it was a huge deal, but never had 3 CRL's gone live at the same time. FISD is so very fortunate to have members around the world chip in and contribute their time, talents, and patience to helping get these through. Members of the Philippines Garrison in particular photographed a lot of parts and got them CRL ready which was a huge boost. These days we see a lot of facebook build groups but this is one of the reasons detachments are here, to work with members to get CRL's ready to submit to the Legion Membership Office, without you the members involved here on FISD the process would take so much longer, well done to not only everyone directly involved in these 3 CRL's but to all of you the membership, without you all there would not be a FISD. Without further adieu we welcome to the detachment roster: Rogue One Stormtrooper - R1 As sometimes happens this particular CRL was painful to get all the way though. We had lots of fits and starts, and it's unusual that it would take most of a year after a movie to come out for us to get it live. This is a pretty cool costume and not only will it be a distinct TK unto itself, it is also the basis of the Jeddha trooper. So like Stormtroopers and Sandtroopers, you can have fun going dirty or staying clean. So, if you have done this costume, go bug your GML to get approved. If you have not started one, kits are on sale and make great additions to your costume hobby. Many members helped with this CRL but two that definitely stood out: Jim TK82480 1st approved, who was the power behind bringing this costume to life with his talent, hard work and creativity and also Henry TK80421 for his work with the blaster reference. The Last Jedii Stormtrooper - TLJ Once again, Jim TK82480 1st approved & members of the Philippine Garrison worked quickly to bring this costume to life and get all the photos set up. We are grateful to their contributions to FISD. Kudo's as well to the Legion LMO team for making this possible. The Last Jedi Executioner Stormtrooper - TLJE Numerous people helped bring this costume to life and contributed to the CRL, but the 3 troopers who really helped make it possible are: Glen TK85421 1st approved , Kit TK44840 CRL model & Jim TK82480 armor maker. Without their diligence, persistence, and true grit, this costume would still be sitting in draft form. Congratulations to Glen, Kit, and Jim on a job well done, and thank you for your service to FISD and the Legion. It is still amazing that people can do their Rogue One builds in confidence knowing there is no longer a moving target. People who have already done an FOTK can see quickly what few parts/mods are needed to having a The Last Jedi TK ready to go with plenty of time to finish before the movie. Or, go full on TLJ Executioner. What a fantastic time to be a Legion Stormtrooper. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK8020 “Daetrin” FISD Detachment Leader & Founder The FISD Achievement Award program was created to recognize outstanding achievement or meritorious service to FISD, these are not presented very often and they are only awarded by the Detachment Leader. It is my pleasure to award Jim Tripon TK-82480 (aka jimmiroquai) who has made substantial contributions to the Legion and FISD in particular by bringing to life the Rogue One Stormtrooper and The Last Jedi costumes as well. His creativity, energy, and dedication to Stormtrooper costuming has earned him special recognition in service to the Legion community. In recognition, I am please to award Jim the FISD Achievement Medal. Well earned, and we as a costuming club are thankful to you and all you continue to do, congratulations Jim. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK8020 “Daetrin” FISD Detachment Leader & Founder 501st Legion Census began on 1st October and it is well underway, it is the responsibility of all 501st approved members to fill out the census each year which you can find here You must be registered on the main forums to participate in the census:here Here's what the charter says about activity definitions: Operations Protocol/Membership An Active Member is defined as a member in good standing who meets the following requirements: Meets all 501st Membership Requirements (i.e. ownership of an approved costume, is over 18 years of age, etc). Has an approved membership record in the 501st Legion Membership Database Maintains active contact with their Garrison CO or GML. Active contact and participation will be confirmed during the annual Legion Census held each year during the month of October. Maintains contact information/membership record in the 501st Legion database either through their Garrison CO or GML. Participates in at least one Garrison or Legion activity per year while wearing an approved 501st costume owned by said member as recorded in the Legion Census. (One year is defined as the period from Legion Census to Legion Census). Examples of an activity include, but are not limited to conventions, charity events, or any activity designated as an official event by a coordinating administrative unit of the Legion. Members who serve in military branches are exempt from activity level requirements if their service renders them unable to meet these requirements. These Minimum Activity Level Requirements should be administered as justly and with as much common sense as possible. A member may retain active status, even if they do not meet all of the requirements listed above at the discretion of their unit Commanding Officer or Legion Command. Filling out the census only takes a few minutes and you also have the opportunity to update your contact information ie: address, email, phone and so on. The LAST EVENT TROOPED is the most important piece of data. If it is not within the last 12 months of the census, you may be marked RESERVE, which will mean you will not be able to vote in the next election. With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications If you are a full FISD member it is important if you wish to vote in the elections (February 2018), specifically for your detachment that you are affiliated to FISD (or any other detachments depending on your approved costumes). Normally affiliation is set by your GML once a costume is approved (it would then read PENDING) next there is an automatic synchronization on the 501st boards usually once a year (before elections start in February) which approves the affiliation and it would change to (APPROVED), in a few cases though this can be missed. To check if you are affiliated to a specific detachment go to the 501st forum, look on the left side menu, click on the Member DB link, then Your Profile Data, go to the bottom of the page to Your Unit Affiliation and make sure First Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (Approved) is there, if it is there and marked as (Pending) you can contact the detachment leader of FISD and ask for it to be approved. If you find it is not there at all or any other detachment you should be affiliated too, then contact your GML (garrison membership liaison) and ask to be affiliated them. PLEASE NOTE to stay affiliated with a detachment and to qualify to participate in detachment elections you need to have logged into our forums at least once during the previous year. With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications What are you wearing? An interesting thread was started last year by Paul our DL asking members to post what armor they wore, amazing to see how many more makers there are of armor compared to a few years ago as well as the totals of troopers wearing them. If you haven't already added your info to the thread you can find it here. With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications First and foremost, thank you to all the troopers who continue to contribute to the Field Training Exercises. I have loved reading through these reports, as much as I enjoy our Detachment Newsletter. This past month of reports has made my job very tough, as so many exemplify why we volunteer for the Legion. Keep these photos and stories coming Troopers as well as a big salute to you all!!! Without further ado... Honoring Mike - TK 82666 “We got a lot of smiles but this is my favorite.” With Unquestioned Loyalty Aaron Gibson TK99725 "Pyrates" Imperial Propaganda Department A new monthly item that lists a few unusual facts about the SW franchise. This month: "Our leader"... 1. According to the 1977 U.S. Census, 29 newborns were named Darth. In 2014, the name Anakin was given to 218. 2. Anakin Skywalker meets 6 out of 9 criteria to be diagnosed for BDP, (Borderline Personality Disorder). One more than required. 3. The overhead shot of a badly burned Anakin in E.III (ROTS) shows him lying on a large Imperial Cog shaped platform. 4. When Darth Vader has Captain Antilles by the neck, the sound was created by crushing walnut shells. 5. Jake Lloyd (young Anakin) became addicted to cough syrup during filming of Episode I (TPM). 6. Darth Vader was the first character created by George Lucas for the original story, but only has 12 minutes of actual screen time in ANH. 7. Dave Prowse and James Earl Jones never met each other. As our XO Tim pointed out in last month's newsletter we had just tipped over the 5000 mark of approved Stormtroopers in the Legion. Being the most iconic character in the Star Wars universe it is not surprising, but what versions of Stormtrooper are they? According to the recent database there are 5125 Stormtroopers, which is 22.92% of all approved 501st costumes, here is the breakdown of those: Some of you may have noticed in the table some interesting facts, out of the 18 approved Phasma's 4 are male, that's right the 501st doesn't discriminate when it comes to a characters gender in costumes, so don't think you can't build a costume just because of your gender, although we are yet to see a male Legacy Era Stormtrooper. Paul our DL noted that there are more First Order stormtroopers than ESB which is a surprise as there is not a lot needed to swap out an ANH to ESB version, I have done it myself, could be worth a look for some of you. No prizes for guessing which version is Paul's favourite . With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications Okay, Troopers, it's time for another contest! We are asking those of you with mad artistic/design talents to come up with the official FISD "EIB March to 1000" patch design. The competition will begin Oct. 16th and will run until Nov.13th, at which time a poll will be opened so that everyone can vote on the design they like best. The winner will be announced in the Dec. newsletter. To enter, simply click on the link below. There is no limit to the number of designs you can enter, and the shape can be round, chevron, etc. The winner will receive a free patch of their winning design and 501st car decal along with some other cool swag, but most importantly, bragging rights! We are also working on an exclusive coin for EIs only to coincide with the patch, so if you are considering taking your armor to the next level now is the time to get those EI submissions in! LINK TO CONTEST: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/43122-ei-march-to-1000-patch-design-contest/ For those wishing to incorporate the EIB banner into their design here is the image: Want Your Troop to be Included? Post your troop report in the Field Training Exercises section here Those with troop logs please post a separate troop report as it is easier to link too. September Force Friday II at Toys R Us Cannington More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Force Friday II at Zing Mandurah More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Ottawa Pride Parade More here By: Mark, sylverband, TK69323 With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications 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 Attache 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 and helping out where you can is, though. Some of the benefits: 1. Access to exclusive Attache merch., including patches, etc. 2. Having the Imperial Attache 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 Attache HQ area, Imperial Propaganda Machine (newsletter) and merchandise discussions. We are currently in need of Attaches in many units, especially International Garrisons/Squads and Outposts. For more information on this program, please head here and if you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time. For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK10963 "justjoseph63" FISD Ambassador On behalf of the FISD, It is my pleasure to announce the following Trooper/Imperial Attache as recipient of the Imperial Attache Outstanding Achievement award/ribbon. This honor is given only to those in the I.A. program who go above and beyond the "call of duty" as members of this team, and exemplify the true nature of the FISD by helping others with their knowledge and welcoming spirit. These badges will be proudly displayed below their names. If this members is in your unit, please take a moment to congratulate him on this achievement. 1. Preston (Pretzel)- Garison Carirda- I cannot sum up this Trooper's work for the FISD work without mentioning the word"Dedication"! He is literally on the frontlines, handing out sage advice at every turn and welcoming new folks at a blistering pace! My bucket is off to you, and keep up the fantastic job! With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK10963 "justjoseph63" FISD Ambassador This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy. FOR SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Taylor Goodson "Ruthar" TK 12110 EIB 760 Kenton "darthkenny" TK 61399 EIB 761 GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here Centurion Badge Award: Joshua Hitt "hittman" TK 11051 Centurion 351 Alberto Oscarelli "Albaz" TK 20055 Centurion 352 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! With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK10963 "justjoseph63" FISD Ambassador As many of you are aware, the FISD is currently in our March to 1000 program. Our goal is to reach the one thousand mark of Troopers who have earned their Expert Infantry Badge, and although we are well on our way to this goal, we still have a long way to go! The amount of approved submissions is increasing (almost 80 this year alone) thanks to the dedication of those willing to go the "extra mile" toward screen accuracy. Here is a brief description of EIB as written by Paul (Daetrin), our founder: "Expert Infantryman status is not required for members of this detachment. It should be viewed as an optional set of requirements for those who wish to take the accuracy of their costumes to the next level, and be recognized accordingly. We're a costuming club - think of it as an award for costuming excellence and you get the picture. The requirements will not replace or supersede 501st standards, but only serve as an inspiration for the level of accuracy that can be achieved. The standards are meant to be high but achievable..." Besides the added pride you will have in your armor, those reaching this level can purchase exclusive EIB gear (patches, decals, etc.) and get a free certificate for your accomplishment. If you are interested or would like more information about the program head here that will help. You can also contact myself or any Imperial Attaché, and we will be more than happy to assist you! With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK10963 "justjoseph63" FISD Ambassador Some FISD merchandise now available thanks to Mike (TK4510) for organising these. New Troopers Helping Troopers 3 inch decal, design by Glen (TK85421) Decals are $4.00 each, shipped anywhere worldwide Sale thread here Also FISD Blue EIB or Centurion Red 4 inch sticker with rocker and badge. Pricing $5.00 each, shipped anywhere worldwide Sales thread here With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications Newsletter For those of you who are not yet aware there has been some changes in the PRO department, I have been given the opportunity to take over the newsletter, for some time now I have been filling in gaps of the newsletter while Tim our XO has been kept busy with real life issues. I have a few ideas that I would like to implement as well as adding some sections that used to be included in the newsletter. We are always on the look out for content, ideas, funny photos or even your TK adventure story so feel free to contact either Danny or myself. With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications Facebook Many of you may also have noticed our FISD facebook page popping up on your news feed once again, this is down to our new FB PRO editor Danny TK-55550 - Ripper_L who has volunteered to take over the running of the page. Danny has already incorporated some great ideas so keep an eye out for some new content, if you aren't already following the page you can find it here. The Facebook page is completely reactivated now. Within two weeks our post range increased from 62 to over 25.000. We have a weekly plan, that provides new content everyday, including old content from our forums that still might be useful or interesting and also up-to-date stuff about latest events. So please like and share our posts, spread the word of our PROs. There is much to explore and discover within these forums and a lot more to come. With Unquestioned Loyalty Daniel Lauber TK55550 - "Ripper_L" PRO - Content Editor At Large Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor If you're on FB, stop by and say hi, ask questions, and share stories! Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st follow FISD on Twitter! Instagram: www.instagram.com/501stfisd With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department <End Transmission>
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    Okay Troopers (and future Troopers), If you have kept up on recent events here, you are aware that the updated changes in the CRLs for ANH Stunt, ANH Hero, ESB and ROTJ will take effect on June 1st. We understand that many of you may have started your build before that date, and in order to avoid confusion and possibly causing you to have to make changes, we are allowing those in that scenario to adhere to the existing CRL guidelines. There are some conditions, though: 1. You must have started (and documented) your build here on the FISD prior to June 1st. 2. You will have until September 1st (approximately 90 days) of this year to submit for Expert Infantry and then Centurion if you opt to go for higher levels with that particular set of armor. 3. We took into consideration that an average set of armor takes approximately 3 months (or less) to build and that "life happens", but if you find that it will be taking longer than the 90 days, you will be required to contact the D.O. staff if you are aiming for EI or Centurion and explain your situation. After that date, you will be required to follow the requirements as per the updated CRL. If you have already started your build and would like to include the new updates, you are more than welcome (and encouraged) to do so. If you have met the above guidelines and would like to use the existing CRL, we suggest that you print a copy before June 1st, as these will not be available to view on the 501st site after that.
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    There are people on here with a LOT more expertise than I have! However, I did get there and I want to just give a tip synopsis of things that are valuable to me. These are tips for those just starting. Much of it can be found on here, but here’s what I wish I knew at the start, with my own personal spin on it, from experience or from a lot of digging in the forums. Of course, some things you’ll still have to figure out for yourself…I wouldn’t take that from you! A million thanks to the FISD community. I owe realizing the dream of proper TK armour to you all! Helmet: Don’t rush it. Everyone’s been looking at this helmet for 40 years, and when it’s not perfect it doesn’t look completely right to people, even though they can't peg quite why. The look and consistency of the original costumes was really quite amazing, overall. Things to hyper focus on … the eye holes and the teeth. Eye holes…I often see people not taking enough out, or crooked lines. Slightly crooked can be cannon I guess, in some examples, as some of those eye holes were a bit messier than others. Sand and look. Sand and look. Teeth…people often make them too long and too square. I initially used a dremel, and then refined with hobby files. Compare them constantly to the movie worn helmets. If you make your teeth right, your helmet will likely stand out as an amazing example! Return Edges: People seem to have a desire to keep return edges. This can create fit, shape, and wearability issues…plus it just doesn’t look “cannon.” Again, look for the screen references. The return edges are often much much smaller than we’d all first think, and often there aren’t any at all. For instance, people often want to have too much return edge on the top of the butt plate, or any at all on the other edges of it. This will give you “trooper dumpy butt” I call it. Again, screen reference and look at the best Centurion submissions. Bending ABS: I know some people use a heat gun. This is outside of my comfort zone. Too many horror stories. I did a lot of bending to get things where I wanted them to be. FYI, I was able to accomplish this by pouring boiling water from a kettle on the parts I needed to bend, and applying a plastic clamp for the weight to apply the bend force. When it was where it needed to be, or just past actually (it goes back slightly), I'd immediately put it under cold running tap water. Sometimes I had to repeat this process. This worked perfectly, on 1.5mm ABS. My Favourite Build Resource: Centurion submissions! The build threads were cool, of course. For me, the single biggest help were the Centurion Submissions. So much detail, and real life scrutiny of what you eventually want to have. Specifically, and this is really important, find submissions of your armour make (RS, ATA, etc.) with someone who is approximately your height and weight. That’s a huge help. Glue: I read a lot about E6000. I was unsure about it, as I heard about how bad it smelled and how long it took to cure. The smell does go away quickly. I couldn’t recommend it more. When you wear your armour, it will flex, and there will be times where it may be called up to really flex. CA glue does not allow for any flex at some points on your armour that have a LOT of tension. E6000 is a way safer route to go. Plus, if you make a mistake you’re not hooped. I can’t imagine using anything else. Also, people talk of 12 hour cure times. On anything that has a bit of tension in it you'll need to go 24 hours. Even then, I put it over a forced air heat register (in cold months). If you push short cure times you'll eventually get some separation. Not fun to go backwards! Cover Strips: I did not use interior strips. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do it. It’s all about preference and comfort level. In my experience, if you do your outside cover strips properly, your armour will absolutely be strong enough, and you’ve just saved yourself an incalculable amount of work and curing time, in what is already a long and arduous process. When using E6000, it is VERY important that you glue right to the very edge of the cover strip where it touches your armour. You want some bleeding out. Most of the force is at the edges. When you clean the glue that has pressed out, if you happen to peel even a fraction of a mm from underneath the cover strip, you can expect your cover strip to come away at the edge at some point. For some people that’s not an issue...lots of people with cover strips that aren't consistently flush and in full contact. For me, I need to have my cover strip in complete flush contact. Better to leave a tiny bead of E6000 at the side edges of the strip, than to completely remove it and have separation. Strapping: Tandy snaps are the best. Reading other's horror stories, I'd go as far as to say essential. To keep gaps very minimal, keep the snaps very close to the edge of each piece of armour, and make the strapping tight. It will stretch and it’ll always seem like you’re making the strap to short at first. In fact, even then you’ll likely eventually make them shorter. I tried elastic strapping and I hated it. It flexed better, but the gaps were a mess. So, for back to kidney plate to butt, I changed to nylon/no stretch strapping. Nice and tight with almost no gap! I just used flexible straps from the chest to ab. Even those, make them shorter then you think you need them, or you’ll have issues with your chest plat ending up under your ab plate on troops. They’re expensive, but buy lots of extra snaps. Don’t be afraid to scrap and start again on strapping for bits that aren’t cutting it. Likely will be shortening at some point. Don’t use velcro for anything that has a lot of force, torsion, or will do any pulling away. The only place I have velcro is for my wide white elastic at the shoulder, from my bicep to forearm connection and for my shins. They work great in those applications only. Even then, use the industrial strength velcro and E6000 it to the ABS or to the strap. Don’t rely on the adhesive that’s already on there, especially on the strapping. Armour ABS Thickness: I have 1.5mm ABS. It’s extremely durable. I don’t worry about it cracking or breaking. I’ve felt others' 1mm ABS armour, and I'd be very nervous with it. Cutting your ABS: Score and snap is your friend! Again, it’s comfort level with how close your willing to go to the final line. Take your time (can’t stress this enough). A dremel to clean up a line and shape a little I think is very necessary. Then, I use a 180 grit sand paper to smooth, and finish up with an 800 grit to make the edge shiny and smooth. Boots: You can research and research, and the conclusion that you’ll come to is that Imperial Boots is pretty much it if you want proper high quality boots at the time I’m writing this. The good news is that they are really really good guys and they do an amazing job, and they’re worth the money and wait. On the wait … plan on getting your boots early. You could end up waiting almost a month for an ordering wave, and then another month for processing and shipping. Don’t be sidelined like I was for 2 months because I wasn’t proactive with this. On fitment ... I did the prescribed, order a size bigger. Out of the box they were a tiny bit loose. However, I put in gel insoles, still leaving the original insoles in, and they're absolutely perfect! Wouldn't have them any other way at all. Check out your local fabric store: You’ll be surprised how much of what you’ll need you’ll find there, and for cheap!! Neck Seal: Do not buy one that has rigid metal wire running through it. They’re a nightmare and you won’t even be able to look down while putting your armour on without breaking your neck. Buy a completely soft ribbed one only. Learn from my pain. Literally. On another note, does anyone want to buy a wire ribbed neck seal? Special price! Helmet Cooling: For helmet, like others, I highly recommend dual 5 volt blowers and a usb battery. You can get all of this super cheap on eBay from China. Will last hours on one battery. When the battery is new, charge and discharge it a couple times to make sure it’s not defective. You don’t want a lithium-ion battery lighting on fire when it’s next to your head! Seriously. Audio: Whatever audio solution you choose, it’s imperative that you have sound dampening in your helmet. All plastic surfaces should be covered. I used sticky back 1/4 inch thick x 3/4 inch wide foam. This should almost completely eliminate most feedback for most setups. If you still have issues, put a bit of foam inside your chest plate at the top, to prevent sound from coming up into your helmet (thank you BDWC for this tip!). Lastly, whatever audio solution your pick, it needs to have the static burst after you talk, at a bare minimum. FYI, I use an Aker amp and mic, and the TrooperTalk iPhone app. Blaster: You’ve spent all this time, effort and money on your armour. Amazing! Now don’t fall short on your blaster! The idea of doing your blaster right can be a bit scary, but you can do it. Actually, if you do it right it can be the most fun part of your custume to make! I did DoopyDoos. It’s an amazing resin casting, it’s cheap, the shipping is fast. They have horrible communication but they get it done. The FISD E-11 Blaster Reference thread is amazing and the build threads by Cable Guy and T-Jay were very important to me too. If you do your blaster right, then you really do feel like you’re back on the movie set in ’77…you’ve gone that last mile on your costume! Thermal Detonator Screws: What a freaking pain! Did you know that the planet earth pretty much stopped making slotted screws? And for good reason! If you do find a slotted pan-head screw, it’ll likely be a threaded screw—which means the only way to make it hold in the PVC is to glue it. So, after much much searching, I found a slotted wood/metal screw, but it had a domed head—not CRL Lvl 3 kosher. Again, dremel is your friend! I just dremel’d off the dome and made it into a pan-head. You can do this, or you can order 4 screws from somewhere in the UK and wait a month. Start to build with Centurion as the end goal! If you have Lvl 3 on your mind right from the start, you’ll easily get there. I notice that people who don’t start their builds this way, have a harder journey and seem to be a lot less likely to get there. Furthermore, their armour at the basic approval level can tend to be a little bit of a mess, because they've been lone ranger-ing it, and haven't been using Centurion submission photos as their go to. I'm guessing that those who start this way, most often have far better looking armour right from the start...even if they never progress to EIB or Centurion. Hope that something in here helps someone on their journey!
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    Greetings, troopers of the FISD! I am posting this to let all our customers know that I am doing everything in my power to satisfy all orders. If you have any questions please feel free to email me me at tk4205@gmail.com My apologies that this run did not go as intended. If you have ordered a Phasma coin, please stand BY - they are shipping tomorrow, 4/9/18 Hopefully patches will arrive this week for processing as well. IF ANYONE IS EVER UNHAPPY WITH ANY ORDER , PLEASE RETURN IT FOR A FULL REFUND .
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    In the interest of fairness, and what I personally feel should be common sense, I am going to add a point to this discussion for consideration of anyone who has, or will, purchase merchandise from any subgroup of the Legion. When the seller/MBO offers you the option of a full refund if you are not satisfied with it, there is an expectation that you are going to return that merchandise to the seller/MBO if you request a refund. Either you are satisfied with your purchase, in which case you keep it, or you are not satisfied with it, in which case you request a refund and return it. Additionally, the fact that merchandise that you purchased may later be given away as a prize is a possibility. You are not entitled to a refund because someone else somehow received the same item for free later. Please, as a Legion member, exercise some common sense and human decency if you are not satisfied with any merchandise purchase you make through the Legion. The sellers are your fellow Troopers in all but the most rare of circumstances, and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, just as you yourself expect to be treated.
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    Hi all, What a day- my blaster AND armour all got cleared for service today. I’m officially a 501st Imperial Stormtrooper. :-) Although I might do some little bits down the line, I think my blaster is pretty much done for now. It’s been a thoroughly enjoyable project, and my huge thanks to out to the wonderful contributors to my thread, specifically Tino, Jesse, Chris and Brian. Of course, I appreciate everyone’s input along the way. Cheers guys. :-) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    In From the DL From the New XO New CRL Challenge Coins Hall of Fame Obscure Trivia Just For Laughs In The Media Competitions Trooping Battlefront II & The Last Jedi Notable Troops Imperial Attaché Program Advanced Tactics Awards EIB - The March To 1000 Merchandise Public Relations Follow FISD For us Americans, November is the month of Thanksgiving. I would like to give my thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make 2017 a phenomenal year for FISD. The staff in particular has been going full tilt. From the massive Celebration push that resulted in our largest merchandise runs ever, getting 4 brand new CRL’s 100% complete (and by the time you read this, the FOTK’s will have L2/L3 as well), dozens of dozens of new EI & Centurions, plus one of the more drama free years for the forums, increased Facebook coverage and even the newsletter that you are reading now. It’s all possible thanks to the tireless efforts of our staff. The attaches too have been very active in keeping the membership appraised of everything that is going on. We thank them for their service as well. Above and beyond all that, I’m thankful for the friendships that FISD and the Legion have created and forged, some going back a decade or more. I am very thankful to be part of a Legion of people united by their love of Star Wars to bring joy to so many people. That, and my armor. And my blaster. Because the only thing better than hanging out with friends, is hanging out with friends in white armor, right? What are you thankful for? Sound off and let share your thoughts. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK8020 “Daetrin” FISD Detachment Leader Greetings fellow Troopers Fist, I would like to thank Tim for his hard work and dedication as a Detatchement Leader and as an Detatchment XO. Secondly, I would like to thank Paul for the trust to be his XO. When I heard that Tim had to stepped down, Paul asked if we had any candidate in mind. I messaged Paul and raised my hand. Why? Because I love the FISD. I come here and I feel at home. I don’t want to do this for glory or to tell people: Hey, I’m the XO. I do it for the love of these costumes. A little about me. In the real world, I’m a production manager in aeronautical lifting equipment company. I joined the Legion in 2013. Currently, I have five 501st approved costume and one Rebel Legion costume. In 2015, Eric Brager has asked me to come on board as a Deputy Provost Marshall. This year, Paul had promoted me as a full Provost Marshall. At the same time, I became an LCOG, which do take some of my free time. Now, currently FISD XO. I’m always open and ready to talk. Feel free to message me. With Unquestioned Loyalty Eric Salottolo TK37427 “Tolo” FISD Executive Officer Rebels - R Sometimes it just takes one person on with the drive to get something to done. TK-11281, Eric Meyer, who is also the current DL of CTN, worked hard to get the details on his Rebel TK correct, and was instrumental not only in being the CRL model (quite the claim to fame), but also did a all the photoshopping of the parts and was the a key contributor to the CRL text. Talk about trailblazing! Without the diligence, persistence, and true grit, this costume would still be sitting in draft form. I would like to personally thank all of you who helped get this CRL across the finish line. Congratulations on becoming the first approved and CRL model Eric TK11281. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK8020 “Daetrin” FISD Detachment Leader Do You Know The Rules? Many of us collect challenge coins but do you know the rules of engagement? Don't get caught This past month has been filled with some absolutely phenomenal troop reports! If you haven’t done so already, I highly encourage everyone to check out the epic experiences had by all - Bricktober, The Last Jedi Trailer at Half-time, Run for the Cure, Micheal Giacchino's 50th Birthday, Libracon, Naha Parade, and so many more. This month, I would like to recognize a photo that speaks volumes. Honoring TK - 91488 Preston “All I can really say is that I feel privileged to be part of this organization.” With Unquestioned Loyalty Aaron Gibson TK99725 "Pyrates" Imperial Propaganda Department A new monthly item that lists a few unusual facts about the SW franchise. This month: "ANH Stormtroopers" The local actors hired to play Sandies in the ANH scene where they are investigating the escape pod were paid a whopping 8,500 Tunisian Dinars. (about $6.50). When you hear the "clunking" sound of blasters being cocked, it is actually the sound of a parking meter handle being turned. The sound of the E-11s was made by using a hammer to strike the "guy wire" of a radio antenna. Luke's line (as a TK) "I can't see a thing in this helmet" was not scripted. He said it to Harrison Ford when he thought the cameras had stopped rolling, and it was left in the film. (Welcome to OUR world, you whiny Rebel). In the opening scene, this is the only time in the Saga where a TK uses an Imperial Blaster in the "stun" mode. The Last Jedi Trailer II Members of the 501st Midwest, Great Lakes, Southern California and Wisconsin Garrison's as well as Disney actors walked out on to the field during halftime of the NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings in Chicago last month. Fireworks flashed while the Stormtroopers marched onto the field as the new trailer to Star Wars The Last Jedi played onscreen. At the request of Disney/LFL we can't show you their faces or tell you their names but well done all involved you know who you are. NYCC Star Wars Experience Star Wars: The Last Jedi is almost here, and Lucasfilm is going full blast with the marketing for the second movie in the sequel trilogy. The Star Wars booth at the NYCC has this amazing gimmick where they lockdown the booth full of visitors then they get raided by First Order Stormtroopers. Check it out: TIME TO VOTE!!!! The competition is now closed, but you will be able to choose the design you like best on this thread: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/43345-we-need-your-vote/ The winner will receive a free patch of their winning design and 501st car decal along with some other cool swag, but most importantly, bragging rights! It is still amazing how many talented members we have here, thank you to all of you who participated. Trooping Battlefront II & The Last Jedi For those that are unaware the 501st has been given approval by Disney/LFL to organise troops for both the premier of The Last Jedi and also the release of Battlefront II. There are a couple of rules, as always please make sure the host of the event does not advertise your appearance, BUT you are welcome to advertise on your own / garrison / squad's social media. Also for The Last Jedi you can only visit cinemas, no other retail locations. Official correspondence from Disney/LFL · November 17-19: Battlefront II Launch · December 14-21: The Last Jedi Theatrical Events Hi all, We wanted to send the club leads some advance notice of two events that will be open to costumed appearances by fans without prior approval from Disney or Lucasfilm – the Battlefront II launch, spanning the weekend of November 17-19 (give or take a day or two) and the release of The Last Jedi, during the week of December 14-21. For the Battlefront II launch, we’re asking that the appearances be limited to those retailers who are selling Battlefront II and that costumed appearances not be used in the advertising for the event. Costumed fans who wish to participate at special events surrounding the launch of The Last Jedi between December 14-21, 2017 may do so at accommodating theaters without seeking approval from Disney/Lucasfilm. Like the BFII launch, we are asking that costumed appearances not be used in the advertising for the event. We are leaving it to the individual fans and fan groups to independently organize around these events as they see fit, so if you or your group will require a special area for changing in/out of costume, etc., please reach out to the theater management/staff to make those arrangements. PLEASE NOTE that costumed appearances for The Last Jedi premieres are restricted to theatrical venues only and do not include general retailers, toy stores, restaurants, etc. We want to thank all our fans for their continued support of Star Wars and look forward to celebrating more exciting movie releases with you in the years to come! *NOTE* Always follow your garrison/squad's guidelines when in comes to organising Disney/LFL promotional troops. Want Your Troop to be Included? Post your troop report in the Field Training Exercises section here Those with troop logs please post a separate troop report as it is easier to link too. October CIBC Run For The Cure More here By: Teresa, Soulart, TK41307 Star Wars Reads Day, Tampa, FL More here By: Mike, WhiteWalker, TK82666 Libricon 2017 Grande Prairie Alberta More here By: Teresa, Soulart, TK41307 Bricktober 2017 More Day 1 here Day 2 here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Boo at the Zoo More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Naha Parade 2017 More here By: Asa, SgtGarand The Last Jedi Ticket Launch Event More here By: Darren, JAFO, TK11412 New York Philharmonic Star Wars Concert Series More here By: Steve, starsaber25, TK10466 Micheal Giacchino's 50th Birthday, Royal Albert Hall London UK More here By: Kris, nocternus , TK33633 Telethon Kids Carnival 2017 More here: Day 1 Day2 By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 TK11463 & TK10909 Invade Fort Myers Comic Fest More here By: Mike msouza, TK11463 Samara's 7th Birthday More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Serve proudly, gentlemen, and and Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper? Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers? If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attache 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 Attache merch., including patches, etc. 2. Having the Imperial Attache 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 Attache HQ area, Imperial Propaganda Machine (newsletter) and merchandise discussions. We are currently in need of Attaches in many units, especially International Garrisons/Squads and Outposts. For more information on this program, please head here and if you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time. For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here OUR NEWEST ATTACHES On behalf of the Command Staff, I would like to take this opportunity to say WELCOME to the newest members of the Imperial Attache program! 1. Dave (TK 34288) Empire City Garrison (NY) 2. Dennis (TK 11612 Philippine Garrison 3. Shea (TK-50010) Starkiller Garrison (PA.) 4. Daniel (TK 99665) Nordic Garrison (Sweden) Serve proudly, gentlemen, and and Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy. FOR OCTOBER - NOVEMBER the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Dave Bland "blandd85" TK 41085 EIB 762 Chris Keeling "Severian" TK 71716 EIB 763 Jean-Baptiste Bussard "Delorean" TK 12996 EIB 764 Gary Cardenas "FencingCorvetteTrooper" TK 72313 EIB 765 Sha Sha Chu "shashachu" TK 19233 EIB 766 Simon Hansen "SimonBoba" TK 32700 EIB 767 Daniel Melin "jedha-trooper" TK 99665 EIB 768 GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here Centurion Badge Award: Jorge Alegre "trooperGonzo" TK 34727 Centurion 353 Taylor A. Goodson "Ruthar" TK 12110 Centurion 354 Daniel Melin "jedha-trooper" TK 99665 Centurion 355 Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, troopers! Request your free Centurion certificate here If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them! As many of you are aware, the FISD is currently in our March to 1000 program. Our goal is to reach the one thousand mark of Troopers who have earned their Expert Infantry Badge, and although we are well on our way to this goal, we still have a long way to go! The amount of approved submissions is increasing (over 80 this year alone) thanks to the dedication of those willing to go the "extra mile" toward screen accuracy. Here is a brief description of EIB as written by Paul (Daetrin), our founder: "Expert Infantryman status is not required for members of this detachment. It should be viewed as an optional set of requirements for those who wish to take the accuracy of their costumes to the next level, and be recognized accordingly. We're a costuming club - think of it as an award for costuming excellence and you get the picture. The requirements will not replace or supersede 501st standards, but only serve as an inspiration for the level of accuracy that can be achieved. The standards are meant to be high but achievable..." Besides the added pride you will have in your armor, those reaching this level can purchase exclusive EIB gear (patches, decals, coins (coming soon) etc.) and get a free certificate for your accomplishment. If you are interested or would like more information about the program head here that will help. You can also contact myself or any Imperial Attaché, and we will be more than happy to assist you! Racing Shirts Preston TK91488 has posted an interest thread for FISD racing shirts, it can be found here Also Some FISD merchandise now available thanks to Mike TK4510 for organising these. New Challenge Coin $10 US. Shipping and paypal fees included. $12 International. Shipping and paypal fees included. Sale thread here Also New Troopers Helping Troopers 3 inch decal, design by Glen TK85421 Decals are $4.00 each, shipped anywhere worldwide Sale thread here Also FISD Blue EIB or Centurion Red 4 inch sticker with rocker and badge. Pricing $5.00 each, shipped anywhere worldwide Sales thread here More FISD approved merchandise can be found here Newsletter Just wanted to thank everyone for all the kind words received about last month's newsletter, it was good to hear the newsletter was greatly received, we will endeavour to bring you some new content each month. We are always on the look out for content, ideas, funny photos or even your TK adventure story so feel free to contact either Danny or myself. With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communication & With Unquestioned Loyalty Daniel Lauber TK55550 - "Ripper_L" PRO - Content Editor At Large Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor If you're on FB, stop by and say hi, ask questions, and share stories! Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st follow FISD on Twitter! Instagram: www.instagram.com/501stfisd With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Communications On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department <End Transmission>
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    I decided to work out a complete, comprehensive list for those about to start an OT TK armor build (ANH Stunt, Hero, etc,) to help get everything in place for when "Big Brown Box" day arrives! This list does not include soft parts, (neck seal, boots, etc), but focuses on the hardware and supplies for building the armor itself. I believe I have covered most items, but would appreciate additional suggestions/corrections to add, and will keep it updated as such. Yes, it looks a bit daunting, but some of the items you will already have, and the rest can be purchased at major home improvement stores, online, or borrowed from a TK friend! Plus, it gives you something to do while you "hurry up and wait" for your kit! This list is includes items used for the EIB and Centurion programs, (marked with double red asterisks)**. These items are not required for initial TK approval, but I encourage everyone to consider them as an option. Hope this helps, and best of luck on your build! ANOVOS builders: For those who have or will be ordering the ANOVOS kit, it comes with some of the items listed below for Centurion level. Please see their website or ask for details. PLEASE NOTE: Some kits come with all the hardware you will need to build to Centurion level, i.e. split rivets, ear screws, TD screws, etc., however, not all armorers supply the correct ones. If you are (hopefully) planning on aiming for level 3, please check with your armorer to see if they provide these. If not, I sell them at my cost (no markup). You can also reference the photos below to see if they are accurate. Details/links are located under my large avatar below. These supplies are based on using the snap method for connecting the armor. If you wish to use the "classic" strapping system I suggest using the ones shown at the bottom (photo 5). IMPORTANT UPDATE! To make life easier, Ray (Dieltski) made this into an awesome Google spreadsheet, which you can download to keep track and add notes! Just click here. Thanks, Ray! 1. E-6000 glue- Great for almost everything, and removable if necessary. Highly recommended. (Pick up some wooden tongue depressors as well, makes spreading it easier)! (Please see updated information on E-6000 below, after #50 before purchasing). 2. Binder or notebook- To keep notes on your research. 3. Dremel or rotary tool- A "must have". Be sure to get the sanding drum attachments. 4. Small plastic containers- Keeps everything organized. 5. Lexan scissors- Curved and straight, for cutting ABS. 6. Small clamps- For holding things in place while gluing. You can't have too many! 7. Line 24 snaps- For strapping. You will need at least 30, and do NOT "cheap-out" on these, but purchase quality ones. (Steer clear of Wal Mart "Dritz" snaps). Tandy is recommended. Tutorial located here: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/44617-snap-setting-101/ 8. Snap setting tools- Used for, well, setting snaps. 9. Hammer- For setting snaps. 10. Pliers/vise grips- 11. Screwdriver- Slotted head. 12. Rivets-** 5/16 (8mm). Round head bifurcated/split rivets with washers. You will need 9. (3 for the kidney, 3 for the ab, one for the cod piece, 2 for the thigh ammo pack). You will also need 3 speed (Chicago") rivets to attach your ABS belt to your canvas one. These are attached by hand and not to be confused with the aluminum ones listed below (#19). For examples of the correct split rivets, please see photo 1 below. Also, some like to use the screen accurate single cap rivets for the ammo thigh pack (Photo 2) but these are not a requirement. 13. Elastic- 1 inch wide black for shoulder bells, etc. (4 ft.) 2 inch wide white for ab/back plate shoulder connection (1 ft.), 1 inch wide white for drop boxes, (1 ft.) 1/4 inch wide white** (1 ft.) for shoulder straps. 14. Nylon strapping- 1 inch wide black, at least 6 to 8 ft. long. 2 inch wide black (48 inches) for high tension areas if you are using the double snap method. (NP) 15. Exacto knife/extra blades- For cutting, trimming, cutting nylon strapping. 16. Heavy duty razor knife/extra blades- For cutting cover strips and scoring around pieces that will be removed. 17. Heavy duty scissors/tin snips- For (carefully) cutting large sections of ABS. 18. Metal ruler or straight edge- (At least 18 inches long). For use as a cutting guide, especially cover strips. 19. Rivet gun/aluminum open end blind rivets- For putting your helmet together. Available for about $10-$12.00, EASY to use! 20. Metric Ruler- 21. 2 x 2 or larger piece of carpet- Protects work surface, keeps dust down, and stops small parts from rolling away. 22. Rags/paper towels- And plenty of them. 23. Blue painter's tape- 1 inch and 2 inch widths. For keeping glued parts in place and dry-fitting your armor. 24. China marker/pencil- For marking cut lines. 25. Sandpaper- I highly recommend Sandblaster Pro Flexible silicone sanding sheets from 3M, 220 grit. You will never use anything else, I promise. They last forever! 26. Sanding block- The sponge type, 180 grit. 27. Band Aids- You will need these. Might as well keep them handy. 28. Rare earth magnets- (10 minimum) SUPER strong! I use the 20 mm x 3 mm round ones. Cover them in blue tape to prevent scratching your armor. You cannot have too many!!! Tutorial located here: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/44619-magnets-101/ 29. Butane Lighter- For sealing the ends of nylon strapping. (see # 44 below for a better option) 30. Large "half-round" file- For smoothing out edges before sanding. I used this a LOT! 31. Small "Needle file" set- Very inexpensive, comes in 6 different shapes, and is perfect for the teeth and eye openings on your helmet. 32. Foam padding- 1 inch thick. Great for helmet and armor padding. Available at craft or fabric stores. 33. Velcro- 2 inch wide black (various uses) and 1 inch wide white, for calf closures (about 36 inches). Go for the "Industrial Strength" kind.(NP) 34. PAINT: Gloss black: Humbrol # 21 or Testors # 1747 for vocoder, trap/ tear drop/ear bar outlines/stripe(s), ROTJ and ESB frown, TD screw heads. Gray: Humbrol # 5 or Testors # 1138 for trap/tear drop/ear bar background, ANH frown and ab-buttons. French Blue Humbrol # 14 or Testors # 2715 ForTube stripes/ab buttons. Mediterranean Blue Humbrol (Tube stripes alternative color) Testors: No exact match Gloss white for all rivet heads (excluding cod rivet). Mineral spirits for brush cleaning 35. Small paint brushes- Assorted sizes. Try to buy quality ones.. Cheap brushes =cheap looking results. I suggest picking up a "filbert" style brush (photo 5) as well, as it's rounded tip works great for painting ab plate buttons. 36. Wire or fiberglass mesh- (Window screen). For inside the "frown" of your helmet. A piece 3 x 8 inches will work fine, and you can trim it as needed. 37. Safety Glasses- It never hurts to be too careful, especially when using a Dremel type tool. For your Thermal Detonator, (TD) clips: (Note: There are some GREAT pre-made ones you can buy on this site, and some kits include them, but you can use the following 5 items to make your own. 38. Aluminum strip- 1 inch wide 39. Screws- Size #6 round flat head slotted screws **, 1/2 inch long, You will need 4. Photo 3 below. Most kits come with the correct screws for the ears, but some don't. For level 3 they will need to be the type shown in photo 4 below. 40. Hacksaw- For cutting the aluminum strip. 41. Drill- Electric or battery operated, with various size bits. 42. Vise grip OPTIONAL ITEMS: 43. Heat sealing iron- For making return edges. Not normally needed, but there are some great tutorials on this here on FISD. Try it on a scrap first, though! 44. Soldering Iron- For making holes in nylon strapping and sealing the ends. Pretty inexpensive, and worth the cost! 45. Plasti-Dip- A black rubberized coating you can spray inside your helmet, (also available in a brush-on). Or, you can use spray paint. Just remember to sand and prime first! 46. Heat gun- Not normally needed. For shaping ABS. Use this CAREFULLY, and practice on scraps first until you get the hang of it. These things can reach 1500 degrees and melt your armor. 47. CA (super) glue- Not recommended for first time builders, as it is PERMANENT, and you can't fix mistakes. Also, if it drips on your armor it is nearly impossible to remove. It can also become brittle over time, causing connections to fail. 48. Acetone- For use ONLY in making ABS paste for filling small gaps, (see tutorials). Do NOT put this directly on your armor, as it will melt it. 49. SUGRU- This is an easy way to attach the lenses in your helmet. Tutorial located here: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/44593-how-to-attach-lenses-using-sugru/ 50. Respirator- An informative post was made by Clint, (cm325i) concerning the effects of E-6000 glue on some individuals. Definitely worth a read: http://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/33347-e6000-warnings-read-them-and-wear-a-respirator/ 51. Cut resistant gloves- Especially helpful if you are prone to cutting yourself. Available online for about $12.00 E-6000 update: Please note that there are certain online sellers (including Europe) that are selling FAKE E-6000. The genuine product is clearly marked Made in the USA, and has a batch number on each tube. They do not sell to distributors in China or Hong Kong, so if you try to save a few bucks by ordering from a seller there, it is probably not the real stuff. If you have any doubts, you can contact the manufacturer at www.eclecticproducts.com, and they will let you know where to get it. The fake stuff is garbage. Photo 1 ( Ab/kidney/cod/thigh ammo pack rivets) Photo 2 (Screen accurate single cap rivets for ammo thigh pack) Photo 3 (Correct TD screws) Photo 4 (Correct ear screws) Please note V shaped head Photo 5 "Filbert" style artist's brush Photo 6 "Classic" (screen used) bracket strapping system. Available here: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/20859-accurate-anh-stormtrooper-strapping-brackets-v-20-now-available/ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NBKLOQ Photo courtesy of mrnostripes. Please note that I receive no compensation for listing these, it is done as a courtesy.
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    Good grief!!!!! I haven’t logged on and reported since forever!!!! You know... I truly think of it all the time, just never seem to write it down. I keep saying I’ll get better... hahahahaha I’m just the worst! So!!!! Here goes! All the reasons why I joined this Legion of “Bad Guys Doing Good” are right here in these photos. I’ve posted about this youngling before. We met Declan for his 6th birthday Sept 2016. I was 1 of 4 TK’s able to attend this day in hospital. We knew his odds and they weren’t good. Declan had a rare adult form of Leukaemia needing a stem cell transplant, of which a proper match could not be found. Even with a donor, his odds were horrifying. We became his troopers. His support. His Garrison. He believes we are real. All of us. Many times during his treatments, he was close to giving up. Sometimes he couldn’t eat. Couldn’t speak. Was done. I could see it in his eyes. Often, the only thing that could get him to respond was the messages. Pictures. Letters. I’ve wrote about this before. We created a FB page for Declan a while back, and so many of you all over this Galaxy, wrote him. Sent him encouragement. Shared yourself with him. Sent gifts. Went out of your way to cheer his day. Some of you from Florida shared time with him. You cannot know what this has meant to him. To his family. To so many of us. As some of you know, our Garrison created him his own set of armor, graciously donated and gifted to him from Walt’s Trooper Factory, of which we presented to him just before he left for his transplants. Making him an honorary member in our Garrison as TK-11. Going by the name of Yoshucksrooper. He was not able to wear it until recently. Upon a visit a couple months ago, I discovered that he couldn’t fit it. And he so desperately wished to wear it. Unbeknownst to members at an Armor Party today, Declan was invited to join us and Garrison members worked together in his armor to be certain he could troop. Though He still has many obstacles to overcome, and is still fighting for his life, his spirit is amazing to witness. Out of all that happened today, Declan remembered that we had tucked a special coin in his drop box. He dug it out, and wanted to have his first coin challenge. A couple of us had instructed him on what he needed to do, and he approached our CO / TK-12175 and slapped his coin down on the table. Of course coins came out of all corners of the room, and not only did this youngling wear his armor with pride, but he felt part of the new family he had been desperately wishing he could join. Complete with a coin challenge!!!! It was a celebration of many things this evening. Friends. Family. Love. Legion. Beauty. Struggles we overcome. A celebration of Life. A young life. In his eyes and smile, standing there in that little white set of armor, in that room, was all the reasons why I joined this Legion. A very clear reminder of the things that matter most. I love my Garrison Family. They really are incredible humans. I’m grateful to the Legion, this Detachment, and my ability to be a member of the 501st. Without them, I’d never have met these people, built and worn my white TK, nor met this little boy. I just wanted to share that with you. With pride and a happy heart, TK-41307/SoulArt/GeekyPink Badlands Garrison Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    A very good friend of mine passed away almost 2 years ago. His name was Ward Godwin and was working to become a part of Talon Clan for the mando mercs. I didn’t know a lot about this group at the time but he had been spending a great deal of time with these guys and I felt like they deserved to hear the news. They thanked me for letting them know and that was that. Until 4 of them showed up to stand at attention at his casket during his funeral. That’s what made me wonder exactly what it was that they did and what they stood for. After speaking with a couple of the members, I found out about their charitable contributions and all of the amazing things that they did. They informed me that they were a part of several groups that they were involved with, the 501st being the largest and that they sometimes overlap. The costuming seemed a little restricted to me in the mercs ( for obvious reasons) but I did like how the stormtroopers looked. Two weeks after Wards funeral, I ordered a TK suit. Knowing that they sometimes take a while, I waited. And waited. And waited. To the point to where I completely forgot about the suit. And then this time of year rolled around to where ward was on my mind. A month ago ago I called the supplier to see what was up with no real success, and after some back and forth I got a refund. I am now currently waiting on another suit from WTF and am extremely excited to be a part of this amazing community that my friend was a part of. Because of him I wouldn’t have known what it is that this group does. And I will always be grateful for that. So this is Derek saying hello and thank you guys for being an inspiration in so many ways.
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    Having a blast rocking the FOTK at First Lego Legaue tournament in Borlänge Sweden Lunch break now so decided to share, back at it in an hour
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    At the encouragement of @ukswrath, here is a post I originally made a year and a half ago on the Anovos FB build group, which is handy for all makes of armor, not just Anovos. ABS Paste?!?! WTF is THAT? I've seen variations of this question over and over. So perhaps this will be helpful. ABS paste is homemade glue for your ABS plastic. It literally melts and reforms the plastic into a solid piece, so it's more like welding than gluing. But as the warning phrase "it literally melts..." foreshadows, you should be careful. Making couldn't be easier. Get a GLASS jar. Don't be that person who makes it in a plastic cup. You know... the one that puts plastic melting stuff into a plastic cup. You've met that guy. Don't be that guy. All you need is a jar, some ABS scrap, and some construction grade acetone. Nail polish remover is NOT strong enough, even though it has "some" acetone in it. Pick up a bottle at Home Depot or the like. (For people in other countries, like the UK, where Acetone is not readily available... you have my sympathies) For containers, I feel a glass baby food jar is ideal. It's just the perfect size (unless you doing something epic!), stupid cheap (if you don't already have one somewhere), and easy to work with. I'm going to assume baby food jar, so if you choose a 2 quart mason jar, scale as needed. In general, ABS paste is practically free, other than the price of a tiny bit of Acetone and maybe a buck for a jar of baby food, if you don't have a suitable container already, since your source material is scrap from your own build. (never toss that armor scrap!) A NOTE ABOUT FUMES: Pure Acetone is nasty stuff. You really don't want to be breathing Acetone fumes. A whiff here and there likely won't cause lasting harm, unless you have existing pulmonary issues, but still, do your best to avoid breathing a lot of the stuff. At a minimum, you can end up with a NASTY headache. At worse, you can actually cause damage to your lungs. Use your own level of protection that feels best for you... some want to wear a full respirator (with a volatile organic cartridge), others, like myself, are content to work outdoors and minimize breathing it. (Once the jar is capped, it should be fine to bring indoors.) FILL the jar with the tiniest scraps if ABS you can get. I literally used the curly-que and powdered scrap from under my belt sander, after all my rough cuts, in addition to cutting up a few pieces of scrap into 1/4" square pieces, with scissors. And now the magic. Add approx 1 teaspoon of Acetone (and remember, I'm assuming a baby-food size jar... scale accordingly if you're trying to go big and make enough for your entire squad to build with!). Cap the jar, wait 15-20 min (or more, no worries) and then check on it. Poke it with a stir stick. (You can literally use a stick. Although IMO, a wooden coffee stir stick (free at Starbucks!) is ideal, and Popsicle sticks have their proponents, too, as does the toothpick crew, for detail work.) If you literally do not have a stick, a strong piece of scrap you don't care about will do, just be careful where you set it afterwards. But poke at it. Get an idea where it's going. Then add about 1 tsp more Acetone. Re-cap it again, wait 15-20 min, then check again, and this time, stir it a little more seriously. Note the consistency. You'll probably want to add some more, perhaps 1 more tsp, perhaps less? You may be starting to get a feel for it by now. Let sit for a good 1/2 hr, then check and stir AGAIN. We're going slow. Slow is good. Watch some TV or read a book. You have better things to do than watch ABS melt in super slow motion. At this point, you SHOULD be close to ready to go. If not, I recommend letting it sit overnight before checking it again. (in fact, that's not a bad idea in general, but it's not strictly necessary) Only add more Acetone if you still really think it's too thick and clumpy in the morning, after stirring it some more. Repeat until you reach that magic mayonnaise moment. Correct consistency is *roughly* mayo-like. I'd say somewhere between Elmer's glue (a little too runny?) and Toothpaste (perhaps a little too thick). Too runny = bad. Remember the "melting plastic" part? You don't want that running down your armor. Too thick and you may get air pockets. Shoot for the Goldilocks zone. ) When you're ready, apply with a stick. Let it dry (duration depends on thickness... maybe 20 min, maybe overnight?) and sand it down. Repeat until pretty. Relatively small amounts (read: the small patches that ABS paste is generally best for) should be relatively safe to use indoors, just be aware of the fumes. Larger projects (or sensitive spouses... not that it smells too different from the nail salon, in my mind) are probably best to work on outdoors. The beauty of using the same plastic your armor is made from, to make paste, is you get a dead-on 100% perfect color match. No painting needed! (note: The level of polish/sheen will not be the same, but the color itself will be a match. ABS paste isn't really good for large area applications... and trying to do that will likely end up causing warping from too much acetone anyway) (2nd note: ABS paste is not as strong as the original plastic. It's not actually a glue, even if it looks like one. For connections needing a very strong join, use CA glue, as usual.) (pre-sanding... but note that color match to the Anovos armor!) The paste doesn't really go bad, but eventually it'll harden and you'll need to add more Acetone. Keep it capped, and it'll last longer, of course... you can dry it out quite fast if you leave the cap off for more than a few hours. Future batches you can probably go faster (read: add more acetone, sooner), but I recommend the slow approach when you're starting out, until you have a good feel for it. Good luck!
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    tons of e11 tubes..............
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    For anyone wondering what the various logos, bars, and titles to the left of posts is all about, this is the thread for you! User Ranks Found above the avatar, rank is determined either by post count or other criteria: Private: 0-24 posts Corporal: 25-49 posts Sergeant: 50-99 posts Lieutenant: 100-149 posts Captain: 150-199 posts Major: 250-499 posts Colonel: 500-999 posts Commander: 1000-1499 posts General: 1500-1999 posts Field Marshall: 2000-2999 posts Grand Moff: 3000+ posts Expert Infantry: Users who have received an EIB Award Centurion: Users who have been granted Centurion Status There are also special ranks given to Command Staff and Extended Staff, such as Detachment Leader, Deployment Officer, Combat Photographer, Hall of Fame Curator, etc. Achievement and Service Awards The FISD Achievement Award is granted for exemplary service to, or outstanding achievement for, FISD. Tradition holds that persons currently serving on staff cannot be granted Achievement Medals (or else it can become too self-serving). Thus, if you see a staff member with an Achievement Medal, they've all earned them prior to joining staff. To date only two people have ever earned a second medal, and no one has ever earned a third. Award Levels FISD Achievement Award (1st Award) FISD Achievement Award (2nd Award) ... FISD Achievement Award (6th Award) (and so on) The FISD Service Award is granted to recognize the contributions of Command Staff for their commitment to keeping the detachment running. Each award represents a full year of service. Additional awards are denoted by a star (1 Gold Star = 5 Silver Stars, 1 Silver Star = 5 Bronze Stars, etc.). A frame denotes fifteen years of service, with additional stars for further years. Award Levels FISD Service Award (1st Award) FISD Service Award (2nd Award) ... FISD Service Award (9th Award) FISD Service Award (10th Award) ... FISD Service Award (16th Award) (and so on) 3D Contributor Award This program, as with others, is an optional Detachment-only award incentive. It recognizes members who have gone above and beyond in contributing to our 3D forum section. The Silver award can be earned numerous times over the years. The Gold award is given to those that have contributed at such an astounding level that it is deemed appropriate. All awards are given at the discretion of Command Staff. Award Levels Silver 3D Contributor Award Gold 3D Contributor Award For more information please refer to this thread. Attaché Outstanding Achievement Award This award is bestowed to those who consistently exemplify the meaning of an Imperial Attaché and have gone above-and-beyond in helping their fellow troopers for at least one full year: For more information and a list of recipients please refer to this thread. FISD Master Armorer 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. Award Levels FISD Armorer (5+ "wins") FISD Senior Armorer (15+ "wins") FISD Master Armorer (25+ "wins") Centurion Badge These are awarded to those who have reached the highest levels of costume approval for FISD. These are awarded only once, to the person, regardless of costumes: Expert Infantry Badge (EIB) These are awarded per costume, thus a person can have more than one EIB award. Stars (like the awards above) indicate multiple awards, and appear above the EI badge (1 Blue Star = 5 Gold Stars, 1 Gold Star = 5 Silver Stars). Award Levels Expert Infantry Badge (1st Award) Expert Infantry Badge (2nd Award) Expert Infantry Badge (3rd Award) ... Expert Infantry Badge (6th Award) ... Expert Infantry Badge (12th Award) (and so on) For more information on the Expert Infantry and Centurion programs, please refer to this thread. EIB and Centurion requirements can be found in the corresponding costume CRLs (as Level 2 and 3), additional information on how to apply is available here for EIB and here for Centurion.
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    Hi everyone, It’s been many years in the making, but I finally own a life size Imperial Stormtrooper!! I’ll keep my story brief, so, in short, my brother and I always gravitated towards the Stormtroopers when playing with our Star Wars toys as children. Around the early 2000s, I spent time looking online for Stormtrooper armour, however the choices were slim at that time. Then, when I stumbled across starwarshelmets.com, I spotted a sign behind a picture of two TKs for “SDS”. Reading further, Shepperton Design Studios was (at that stage) then regarded as holy grail of TK lids - so I bought one in 2005: ANH stunt number 330. My dream of a full suit of armour then remained dormant for many years - 12 to be exact. My SDS lid had become yellow after all those years - my decision to renovate (full respray) lead me to whitearmor.net and, as they say, the rest is history. So, I’m now a cleared Imperial Stormtrooper with the UKG/501st and hoping to achieve EIB and Centurion status with my RWA armour and modified DoopyDoos E-11. Thanks to the excellent community on here, the UKG and the RWA group, I’ve had a wonderful experience armour and blaster building and thoroughly look forward to making my trooping debut for worthy causes. Best wishes, Dan It’s a pleasure to join you all. :-) Best wishes, Dan :-) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    From the DL From the XO Notable Troops Advanced Tactics Awards, Imperial Attache Outstanding Achievement Award & Master Armorer Award Follow FISD Greetings Troopers! Just when you thought that the staff was going on holiday for the summer, think again! The FISD staff continue to keep the ball rolling with a slew of new items and updates for you, our most favorite Stormtrooper. Yes, the dark side has cookies, but we have CRL updates, forum updates, program updates, new merch and more. So take a break with your favorite smoothie and let's see what we have in store for you. Packs are on our minds, lots of packs. - The Spack Pack is now part of the ANH Hero CRL, so regardless of which ANH costume you do, you can rock a pack. - The Shock Trooper can now wear a pack as an accessory. Pictures are on their way, but the text has been approved and you are ready to go. Rogue One The Rogue One TK CRL first draft is complete and off to the LMO for review. Pictures are in progress and it should be ready for approval in July. Oh, and did you want dirt with that? Maybe a nice DLT-19? Yes to both! Keep your eyes peeled, it's going live sooner than you think. Rogue One Sandies to MEPD There has been a lot of chatter regarding if the Rogue One sandtroopers, also known as Jedha or Kyber troopers, the ones with the fabric packs, should stay on FISD. However after much discussion, the decision was that MEPD had a strong desire to create a welcoming experience and support of this costume, and so anyone interested in going full Kyber with their Rogue One trooper should log in to MEPD and see how to take their dirtyness to the next level. I think this is a natural fit both for the costume and for our members, and am highly confident that MEPD will do it justice. Forum Upgrades After many years of being a stick in the mud, our current forum software is no longer supported and we are upgrading. This meant a few days downtime for us, but the end result has been worth it. The UI now looks a lot like MEPD & SpecOps which will make being a dual member much easier, and there are a lot of new, convenient features such as being able to drag and drop photos in to a post. Nice, eh? And yes, there is even more goodness in the pipes. New Shirts, ID Badges, and more! The Evolution of a Trooper shirt is back and on sale after many years absence - you'll want one for sure! Also, we have changed vendors for the Celebration shirts so if you missed out you can now get one on demand. FISD ID badges are also on sale (they are super cool!) and after many iterations, a commemorative First Order version of our logo patch. So, check out the latest shirts on offer and be on the lookout for the next coinage & patch runs. Sounds good, so what's next? The First Order CRL is being updated and will soon have paths for Expert Infantry and Centurion levels. This is also true of Captain Phasma who is quite popular in the ranks. Also, the HWT CRLs will be broken out to include newer variants. Both should be done in July. And in case you missed it... - FISD Hockey Jerseys are still on sale. EDIT: Run ended prior to forum upgrades delayed publication of the Newsletter. - We launched the Master Armorer program. Ever help someone go EI? You can get a "win" for it and start racking up points. Think the EI badge is nifty? Check out what we have for builders. Summer is always a big parade season so I'll leave you with a final reminder to DRINK WATER. No one wants to win the dehydrated trooper award. Have a great month! With unquestioned loyalty, Paul TK-8020 "Daetrin" FISD Founder | DL If it seems like we just did this, that's because it wasn't all that long ago that we did this... Even though it was indeed not that long ago, it is always a good time to sit down and read even more stuff about Stormtroopers and what our peers in shiny white armor (and the various other types of TK costumes) are doing across the globe, wouldn't you agree? As always, we have a lot of activity happening and some great events and achievements to highlight. The Staff have been busy with a great many things in the background, and there is never a shortage of EIB and Centurion applications or awards to acknowledge. So as the Summer Season Heats up.. Take advantage of the opportunity to get to know your fellow members. Attend barbecues or get-togethers. Most of our world is entering the nice weather that allows for those things, so don't let an opportunity to get to know someone a little bit better pass you by. Also, be sure that you continue to do all of the things that lead to success when trooping - hydrate, maintain your armor, host or attend armor parties and pass along all that you have learned here. Take a new recruit under your wing and lead them to the FISD - and maybe even further to the rolls of Advanced Tactics Award recipients if you are already one yourself. If you're not, no worries, it isn't that difficult to become one. Take up the battle cry and become a part of the March to 1000! You're a TK, you're inherently awesome. Show the world what you can do, and make memories for them that they'll never forget! Be that Stormtrooper that they saw when they were young, the one that changed their lives forever. We Also Need to Acknowledge the Web Team Perhaps you've noticed that things look a little bit different around the Detachment these days. Well, we were due for a forum upgrade, and the supreme web-knowledge guys (the uber-nerd overlords) dug in deep and did their thing. Looks pretty snazzy now - at least I think it does. This is just another of the continuing efforts being pursued by the Staff to improve the Detachment and the experience for you, the members. Obviously, the timing was a bit rough, as this Newsletter should have been published at the height of the upgrades. A little bit of time lost is well worth the results though. One thing that many will be happy about, I'm sure? Well, see for yourself. Be sure to try out the Search feature at the top of the page. Of course, there are growing pains associated with change. The biggest issue that we are seeing at the moment is purely coincidental, and that is the decision by our formerly favorite photo-hosting site (Photobucket) to charge for third-party hosting. As a result, sadly, most of the photos in build threads, and posts from the past are missing in action. Hopefully members will get those threads repaired, but that will be a lot of work for everyone to tackle so we will see what happens. In the meantime, get comfortable with the new setup, and if you find any bugs/glitches/problems - or if you have any good suggestions for improvement, please share them with the Staff. We will be doing the same! You Know What I Think is One of the Best Things About Being a TK? I say it and post it all the time in Star Garrison, and I'm sure that the non-TKs are really tired of it, but that's alright, they hate us cause they ain't us. Anyway, what I say (to pretty much every single new recruit to the Garrison) is this: When it comes to events and costumes, there are never enough TKs, and there are never too many TKs! Being a Stormtrooper doesn't make you cool, but if you are cool, you're probably already a Stormtrooper! Have Fun and Be Safe Out There, Troopers - Take Lots of Pictures and Share Them Here, Too! With Unquestioned Loyalty, Tim Waychoff TK-51878 "Dark CMF" FISD Executive Officer Want Your Troop to be Include? Post your troop report in the Field Training Exercises section here http://www.whitearmo...ning-exercises/. Those with troop logs please post a separate troop report as it is easier to link too. RSPCA Million Paws Walk 21st May 2017 More here: http://www.whitearmo...-21st-may-2017/ By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Walk A Mile In Her Shoes More here: http://www.whitearmo...s-solo-journey/ By: Teresa, Soulart, TK41307 May the Fourth Rycroft School More here: http://www.whitearmo...der-candidates/ By: Teresa, Soulart, TK41307 Wedding Reception 13th May 2017 More here: http://www.whitearmo...-13th-may-2017/ By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Chemmart Pinjarra Star Wars Day 6th May 2017 More here: http://www.whitearmo...y-6th-may-2017/ By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Starlight Week Zing 2017 More here: http://www.whitearmo...week-zing-2017/ By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Starlight Week Eb Games 2017 More here: http://www.whitearmo...ight-week-2017/ By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 May 4th Perth Observatroy 2017 More here: http://www.whitearmo...th-observatory/ By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 May 4th Princess Margaret Hospital 2017 More here: http://www.whitearmo...rgret-hospital/ By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 HBF Run for a Reason 2017: Imperial Attache Outstanding Achievement Award In order to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty as members of this program, the FISD would like to announce a new accolade: The Attache Outstanding Achievement Award ribbon. This distinction will go to those who are not only consistently assisting present Troopers, but helping future Troopers on their white armor journey as well. This includes greeting first-time posters, offering advice and guidance, assisting with EIB and Centurion levels and staying active on the FISD and/or their local boards. Recipients are considered on the basis of a combination of those contributions and been an Attache for at least one full year. For those of you not familiar with the program, the Imperial Attaches are the ones that are on the "front-lines", using their knowledge and experience by helping out in various areas and contributing to the betterment of the FISD and 501st Legion. If you are interested in joining the program or would like more information, I have provided a link below. Below are the Troopers who will be receiving the award : 1. Randy (magni) NEG Attache- Is always in the forefront of providing great information, greeting new folks and assisting future and approved TKs with advice and guidance. 2. Allan (allan1313) ECG Attache- Also a mainstay here and one of our best I.A.s by far, he exemplifies the "Troopers helping Troopers" motto. 3. Tony (ukswrath) GGG Attache- In addition to serving as one of our D.O.s and helping folks on a daily basis, Tony's build threads have been viewed over half a million times! With over 8,000 posts to his credit, his contributions to the FISD are legendary. 4. Andrew (Sly11) Redback Garrison Attache- The "Wonder from Down Under" is also one of our D.O.s, and his knowledge of armor is simply amazing. His white armor wisdom and sage advice have helped countless Troopers become members of the 501st and FISD as well as join the ranks of EIB and Centurion. Please join me in congratulating them, and may you continue to serve the FISD, the 501st Legion and the Empire proudly! Attache Program information: http://www.whitearmo...ttaché-program/ With Unquestioned Loyalty, Joseph Pedigo TK-10963 "justjoseph63" FISD Amabassador This month the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Will Humphies "willatfisd" TK 10064 EIB 727 Logan Lange "Logann_Blueline" TK 50911 EIB 728 Telmo Aparicio "Thrawn78" TK 50678 EIB 729 Joshua Hitt "hittman" TK 11051 EIB 730 John Cambra "johnbc21872" EIB 731 We are aiming to hit the 1000 mark for EIBs this year, and thanks to you we are getting close fast! Centurion Award: Brian Vetter "vettereddie" TK 75053 (Centurion 334) Stephen Bauchan "GoofySGB" TK 17081 (Centurion 336) Roy Owen "rjowenuk" TK 91055 (Centurion 337) Will Humphries "willatfisd" (Centurion 338) Great job on reaching Centurion! If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them! With Unquestioned Loyalty, Joseph Pedigo TK-10963 "justjoseph63" FISD Amabassador Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor If you're on FB, stop by and say hi, ask questions, and share stories! Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st follow FISD on Twitter! Instagram: www.instagram.com/501stfisd With Unquestioned Loyalty, Tim Waychoff TK-51878 "Dark CMF" FISD Executive Officer On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department, <End Transmission>
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    Greetings Stormtroopers! Our incredible webmaster Eric Brager (Darth Aloha) has completed the long, long overdue update of our forum to the latest version. One of the cool new features is being able to drag and drop photos directly in to posts. The boards are now modern and on par with our sister detachments of MEPD & SpecOps (and even IOC). Over the next several weeks we'll be doing some small UI tweaks here and there, however if you do see anything out of line, do create a post in the tech center and we'll start taking a look. Note, some pages like the EIB/Centurion list will need to be re-created, but should be easier now. So there are a few things that we know we need to do. Thanks for your patience, now let's get the party started!
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    Wow - a great month for Field Exercises!!! Many continued thanks to all for all the contributions you Troopers provide. Let’s cut to the chase and get to this month’s inductee!!! This Trooper I met when first coming on board the FISD. He is always friendly, selfless, and has extreme patience for volumes of questions that come his way (including my own when it came time to move up the ranks to Centurion). From Attaché to Deployment Officer to XO, and now please join me in welcoming TK - 11469 Andrew to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame!!! Well done mate!!! https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/47256-galaxys-edge-disney-promo-troop/
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    How could we forget the “airline dinner tray TK” from Solo?
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    Hello, Troopers! I have been itching to post this special mission report to share with you all, we just received our wedding photos, and would love to share some of our favorites with my fellow TK brothers and sisters. The BEST DAY OF MY LIFE! Pretzel's Wedding Day October 20, 2018 We, of course, needed to celebrate our day with local Stormtroopers to be our Honor Guard. The escorted us in, and it was as EPIC as I thought it would be. It is pretty awesome to have stormtroopers at the wedding, and these group of fine Troopers KILLED IT! In attendance as our Honor Guard: TK-80386 Matt Stoner TK-14791 Bill Blake TK-12060 Joe Fencl TK-12007 Jeremy Smith TK-92014 Josh Kinney TK-97670 Colin Durborow Please Enjoy our Photos highlighting the honor guard. Merry Christmas from The Christman's OUR WEDDING VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzHI61pZEIE&feature=share
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    After being asked a gazillion times about how I built my magnetic shin closures, I've finally compiled everything from my TK build and put it all in one post! Let me begin by stating that I followed the tutorial here for the most part when building these magnetic shins. However, I deviated from it in order to make the closures super strong by using a magnet-to-magnet closure rather than the magnet-to-steel method outlined in the tutorial. I have worn the magnetic shins I made for my RS Props TK out on over a dozen troops, and I have never had them come apart on me. I've only had to reglue magnets twice on these shins over a two-year period: a single magnet came off after being handled a lot (opened and closed dozens and dozens of times at an armor party by those who were trying to figure out how they work), and regluing a single magnet after trooping underwater for a few hours (well, not exactly underwater, but it was a parade where it rained for HOURS and I had to walk in the rain the entire time- for hours I tell you! My boots took days to dry out!). The small amount of maintenance I've had to do on these over 2 years of trooping is quite minimal. Once you get this mod on your kit, I swear you'll never go back to anything less than a magnetic closure on your shins. STEP 1: There are many steps necessary to build magnetic shins, so I begin with making a critical component for them: ABS buttons. The buttons are necessary to hold one half of the magnet assembly in place on the inside of the shin. I'm using 12mm x 3mm n50 magnets. You'll need a total of 20 magnets for the shins (10 on each shin). I strongly suggest buying more than 20, though. I've found that they can easily break, and you'll want backups on hand! You can find them in bulk- and cheap!- on eBay. First, I begin by making a template with a hole in it that is slightly larger than the magnets I will be using. I trace the magnet on a sheet of ABS. Here's what it looks like when done. Yeah, I know my hole isn't perfectly round. It's not terribly important for it to be perfect. I used two magnets to make each button. One on top to help me see where my hole template needed to go, and one underneath to form the button shape. Heat up one section of the ABS sheet using a heat gun on LOW until it gets slightly warpy. You can even leave the magnets attached to the ABS while you heat it up. Once the plastic is soft, quickly press it onto a flat surface, pressing the hole template around the exposed magnet. This is what it looks like on the top and underneath when you're done. And here's how it looks from the side so you can see how the magnets attach to the plastic. See how the bottom magnet sits flush in the new ABS button? I spent about forty minutes repeating the process until I ended up with 10 buttons. I will cut down and shape the buttons to fit each shin later. There will be five buttons installed on each shin. Still lots of work to do, but it's a pretty good start! STEP 2: Another step necessary for how I make my magnetic shin closures is to make sure that the backs of the shins meet up as perfectly as possible. This is to avoid any unnecessary strain on the magnets. This was acheived by some gentle shaping via a hot water bath. Before putting the shins in the water, since I don't have any cover strips installed on the outsides, I reinforce the closure with blue tape. The e6000 gets really soft when subjected to boiling water, and I don't want to weaken the join in the front. Blue tape holds up nicely for this application! Here's a before and after of my shins so you can see how the backs line up a bit better. I will be doing some further fine tuning on the lengths at the bottom later as I move along in my fitting. STEP 3: This stage involves making and securing the "holes" part of the closures for the magnets. I begin by cutting out two 3/4" x 12" strips of ABS. You should have this when you're done. Next make a lengthwise mark in the center of each strip to help keep your holes lined up in the middle. Then mark 3/4" in from each end. That will be the center point for the magnets on the end. I like using magnets with holes in the middle for this, so I can easily find the 'crosshairs'. Trace the magnet. I like to use extra magnets underneath to help keep it secure while I trace. Next, find and mark the center of the strip. It should be at the 6" point. From there, measure 2 5/8" from the center mark on either side. Mark and trace your magnets. When you're done, your plastic strips should look something like this: Next, I used my drill press and a step bit to drill out the holes. It went really quickly! When you're done, you should have two strips with holes in them that can easily fit the magnets. The next part is where people tend to get confused, so I took this photo to show what goes where. The "hole" strip will be glued to the inside half of the shin on the inside. It sounds kind of confusing, but it's not all that bad. Remember that the "hole" strip will be hidden! I begin with my left shin. I mark the center of each hole to assist when I line up the edge of the shin. Next, I test fit the strip on the shin to verify placement, clamping on both ends. Then I apply e6000 to the area of the strip that will be in contact with the shin, clamp and add magnets. This is what it looks like when glued together: Here's the right shin after gluing, but before I added the magnets. Here are both shins as the e6000 cures. I'll be allowing a few days for this to cure, which will give me ample time to get my ABS buttons ready for installation. STEP 4: Once the glue had cured on the hole strips inside the shins, I removed the magnets and clamps. With a light behind the shins, you can see how the hole strips are mounted, hidden inside. Using that light as my guide, I traced the approximate location of the holes with a pencil. This helps me to get a good idea of where my holes are going to be drilled. Yep. I'm going to make some Swiss cheese of my shins. Using a small Dremel sanding band, I carefully cut a notch out, just large enough for a magnet to fit through. Here's what it looks like at this stage when the shins are closed. I'm just focusing on drilling out the holes on the inside edge, following the holes of the hole strip that was glued in. I'm not ready to drill the outer half of the shins yet. Next to clean up my buttons that will hold my magnets. I rough trimmed them all to start. Then cleaned up the corners with a Dremel. I don't want anything poking at my legs! *Important!* If you want to make sure your magnets stay stuck on your shins, you must use e6000! CA glue will not keep the magnets stuck to the buttons; they will fail. I have heard this from several troopers when I have been contacted about their magnets not holding up. I repeat, use e6000 for this next step! I applied a liberal amount of e6000 to the inside of each button, then put the magnet inside to get all cozy. Make sure that you've got the polarity of all the magnets in the same orientation before gluing! Wipe away any excess glue from the top. To make sure that the magnets are firmly mounted in the buttons, I use the magnet intended on going on the opposite side of the shin to clamp it. In the pic below, you can see how I've got all the matched magnet buttons and magnets together as they cure. Back to the shins now. I like this ridge (where the pencil is pointing) to line up at the tops. For me, it makes the closure in the back look much cleaner if this is lined up. I tape it off there to make sure that the opposite side doesn't shift while I'm making my marks for completing the holes. I have an OttLite that fits nicely inside the shin to provide a clear light so I can make outlines for where I'm going to drill out the rest of the holes. Holes were already present on the left side in the photo below. I made sure that I drilled out the holes very conservatively as I went. I used an extra magnet to make sure that the hole was just the correct size for it to fit through. Now time to attach the outer cover strip! I use a 25mm cover strip on my shins for this. I taped off the edge of the inside half to keep any glue from transferring over. Then making sure that the cover strip was straight, I clamped the heck out of it. Praying to the TK gods that it doesn't shift!!!! Now time to wait for everything to cure really, really well. I am going to give these 3-4 days to fully cure just to be on the safe side! STEP 5: One shin is complete, with the outer rear 25mm cover strip glued into place. Woo! Here's a look from the inside, before magnets are installed. Be sure to clean up all excess glue from the inside edges in order to have a clean closure when you're done. If there's extra glue in there, it may not close correctly. I've tucked the outside cover strip to the inside so you can see how the magnets on the "cover strip" half are glued on. No magnets yet. I add a dab of e6000 to the magnet (be sure to check the polarization of the magnet before gluing!!!), and set it so that it fits inside the semi circle and on the outer cover strip. Like this: I wiped away the excess glue from the magnets and then positioned the inner "hole strip" over the magnets to ensure everything is lined up correctly as it dries. I tape the tops and bottoms of the shin to ensure it doesn't shift around during this stage. I'm not completely happy with how the inside cover strip is cooperating here. It sits flat on the top and bottom, but it pulls away in the middle a bit off to the right. I will have to heat bend this before installing the magnets onto the "hole strip". :/ Ideally, the inside cover strip should be sitting completely against the outside part of the shin, and it doesn't want to do that right now. This additional stress could cause the magnets to fail. It's annoying, but I'll need to address this before proceeding any further. Gah! Using the magnet buttons I created earlier, I clamp the magnets into place while the glue cures. Once the glue has fully cured, I'll reshape that inner strip to prepare it for the final magnet button installation. STEP 6: Now that the e6000 has had lots and lots of time to cure, it's time to attach the other halves of the magnets. Make sure that the halves are super clean and free of extra dried glue. It will prevent the shins from closing well. You can do this by touch. Rub all of it off where you feel it. Once everything is cleaned off, close the "hole" half over the "magnet" half. Your shin should be closing correctly at this point. The "holes" should lock around the magnets and prevent the shin from opening at all, even without the additional magnets at this point. If the "hole" strip is not fully engaged over the magnets, you won't have a very strong bond between the magnets to keep the shin locked. Easy part next! Apply e6000 around the prepared ABS button. No need to go crazy with the stuff. You don't want it oozing all around in there. And stick it on! This part goes really quickly. For additional strength, I add some extra magnets on top. Check those clean closures! Left shin. Right shin. I will open these up in a few hours just to make sure that there isn't any extra e6000 that has spilled out and might lock those shins closed where I don't want them locked. Now to allow several days to dry, and these shins will be good to go! Here's a short video so you can see them in action. Have you tried this on your own shins? Loved it? Hated it? Made a few mods of your own to improve this method? Comment below and let me know! Cheers- Cricket TK-10401
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    KABOOM! And if my head was not inflated enough, there were no recommendations to fix anything or do anything different for Centurion. I am totally speechless since I know and see all the issues with my kit but I guess that is always the case with people who seek to do their best and are never completely happy with the results. Don't get me wrong, I do love my kit and I am very pleased with how it turned out but there are things I would like to fix on it. I also realize that I can get stuck in a cycle of fix this or that and never finish the kit.
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    In Memoriam Detachment Officer  Executive Officer Provost Marshall Deployment Officers Pre Approval Forum 3D Section Now On Forum Fire Teams Hall of Fame Just For Laughs Competitions Trooping Imperial Attaché Program EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean? Advanced Tactics Awards EIB - The March To 1000 Merch Reform Merchandise Public Relations Follow FISD David Hearn (TD-24122) recently passed away, 27th June 2018 Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" With the trooping activities in full swing and the new staff all settled in to their roles, it's amazing that we've hit out 12th anniversary (on July 6th) like it's just another milestone. In some ways a detachment turning 12 is similar to a person turning 12 - not much to get excited about. It's not like your 5th or 10th birthday, and it's still a year away before you can be a teenager. It's an awkward period where you've gone through a fantastic amount of growth and are now trying to figure out what the future means. What does the future hold for FISD? We've actually gotten quite a lot accomplished this year so far, but we have much more we can do. Consider this my ask for a retrospective: 1. What are we doing well that you want us to continue to do. 2. What are some things that we're not doing, that we should start doing. 3. What are those things you want us to stop, do less of, or do differently? The mission of a detachment is to serve our membership, so ultimately we answer to you. Are we being all you need us to be? Feedback is a gift, and we really want you to let us know how we're doing. Emails, PMs, or even posts to the forums are always welcome. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK8020 “Daetrin” Detachment Leader Greeting Troopers It is great to see the new 3D section taking shape, I would like to thank the 3D printer savvy members for filling it with useful information. This is exactly what we had hoped for, so I would like to introduce a scheme which rewards individuals who bring value to the section and membership. The 3D Contributors Award The how to earn will go live in the 3D forum section shortly giving full details, but in brief the award is in the form of a side bar badge, and awarded based on merit. There are many ways you can earn the badge plus it can be earned multiple times depicted in the number of Silver cubes on the badge. But wait there’s more!! The Gold cube contributors award is available to those who attain 4 silver cubes or contribute at an astonishing level that deems them an honorable recipient. Without further adieu, I am delighted to announce we have our first recipient of this new award. His in depth research threads, incredible quest for accuracy and unparalleled generosity consistently sharing his 3D files set him as a benchmark for this award. I am sure you will agree, this more than warrants no less than the Gold cube contributors award for Germaine (The5thhorseman) Congratulations Germaine, you have certainly gone over and above on numerous occasions and this award is well deserved. Thank you for your contributions that have made printing fantastic First order blasters and accessories affordable for more and more members. I would also like to thank Harbinger - Brien for designing the Contributor award badges. With Unquestioned Loyalty With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK-11469 "Sly11" Executive Officer Greetings troopers! I just wanted to say a quick blurb on how great things have been around here for the last couple of months. The FISD is full of positive energy again and our members are working so hard assisting future and current troopers in achieving their dreams of being a white plastic spaceman. I may not post in every single thread but trust me, I am always lurking around. I have seen some potential members looking to pull the plug on their dreams because they are getting frustrated with their builds or are feeling overwhelmed. Then our amazing members step in to lift up their spirits, offer stellar advice, and push them towards the finish line. This is what we are all about here at the FISD. We come together for the greater good of the legion because we always want everyone to succeed. All of this positivity has made our provost's job easy lately and it's been great to watch. So lets keep this up moving forward. Again, if anyone needs any assistance from our detachment guards for any reason, please do not hesitate to reach out to Aaron (pyrates), Chris (themaninthesuitcase) or myself for anything! With Unquestioned Loyalty Steve Sheades TK-10466 "starsaber25" Provost Marshall Hey Troopers, first off congratulations to all the new EIB and Centurion applicants who earned their badges this last month, well done . Though the badges earned have slowed a bit as we transitioned seasons and families go on vacations we're seeing a lot of exciting builds here and on the FB pages, not to mention a massive influx of new BBB (Big Brown Boxes) arriving on doorsteps. The FISD is about Trooper Helping Troopers and we have an outstanding group of attaches and willing members out there lending a helping hand and giving great advice. As we anticipate the new rush of builds, let's gear up and continue with the fantastic work I'd like to thank our new DOs, Joseph for his tireless efforts as he hit the ground running eager to learn and wasted no time popping out L2 and L3 applications, and Shane for stepping up and tackling some administration tasks, helping out on build threads and applications. Great job gentlemen As we move forward into next month let’s not forget we’re a family of plastic spacemen looking to fulfill someone’s dream. Encourage, support and guide one another. Measure twice, cut once, but most importantly, enjoy the ride. With Unquestioned Loyalty Tony Jobe TK-10116 "ukswrath" Deployment Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK-10963 "justjosepth63" Deployment Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Shane Aubrey TK- 71969 "Shanester" Deployment Officer The FISD is pleased to announce the addition of a new area in the Advanced Tactics forum dedicated to those ready to submit for basic 501st TK approval. This section will allow future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval. Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful. Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your completed armor, weapons (if applicable), accessories, etc. and get accurate information from the experts here at the FISD.. the definitive home of TKs worldwide. For more information on this program, please visit the link here Don't forget to check out the new 3D section, and please contribute where you can, also see the link at the bottom for the new Contributor award details Contributor Awards Main forum title: 3D Parts and Technical Sub topics: 3D Printer owners Your place to discuss what printer/s you own, recommendations, tech talk and the like, It’s a place to learn something new 3D CAD Designers Home of talented 3D cad designers, show off your 3D renders, of FISD related costume parts and accessories. Offer help and advice on programs, or offer to commission a piece for a fellow member 3D File Depository A home for 3D file sharing, Troopers helping Troopers is what this section is all about; yes a single location to keep any 3D files offered up by our extremely generous membership. This will be a 501st member’s only section and rules will apply to any usage of the content. I will be looking for content to get these new sections started so If you are interested in helping drive these new forums, then please send me a PM and let’s get the threads and the filament flowing. 3D printer heads will understand that last comment Here is a link to the New FISD 3D Contributor program. With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK-11469 "Sly11" Executive Officer Greetings Troopers, I just wanted to check in to see if all your Fire Team information, such as active/inactive members and logos, are all up to date. In the case of the Logos, are they still showing? Seems as if Photobucket has lifted the ransom on free sharing, we'll see on long that lasts. If you need anything updated, please drop me a PM. With Unquestioned Loyalty Mark Ryner TK-4584 "captsafe66 " FISD/Fire Team Director With warm weather finally upon us and bucket fans buzzing - the field Reports are on fire this month! So let’s get right to business! This month please join me in welcoming TK - 55550 Daniel to the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame! With Unquestioned Loyalty Aaron Gibson TK99725 "Pyrates" Imperial Propaganda Alright, Troopers, it's time for another contest! What we are looking for is a short story about your favorite troop. It could be one that was unusual, heartfelt, funny, etc. and should be at least one paragraph in length Photos of the event would be a bonus! The contest will run until Midnight, July 15th, and the winner will be announced on July 20th. So what is the prize, you ask?! Randy (magni) and myself are supplying the First prize, which will be a new hardcover copy of the latest book by NY Times bestselling author Ryder Windham "STORMTROOPERS: BEYOND THE ARMOR". Mr. Windham is also the author of over 60 SW related books and comics. Second prize will be an official 501st Legion decal. So, one more time, here are the rules: 1. Should be at least one paragraph in length. 2. Must be submitted ON THIS THREAD by midnight, July 15th, 2018. 3. Judging by Imperial Attaches/Staff. 4. Winner will be notified on July 20th, 2018. To enter or ask any questions, please go here: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/45063-new-contest/ GOOD LUCK! With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK-10963 "justjosepth63" Deployment Officer Want Your Troop to be Included? Post your troop report in the Field Training Exercises section here Those with troop logs please post a separate troop report as it is easier to link too. June - July Edmonton Pride 2018 More here By: Teresa, Soulart, TK41307 Supanova Convention Day 1 More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Supanova Convention Day 2 More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 FIFO Families Fun Day More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Serve proudly, ladies and gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper? Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers? If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attaché program! Members of the I.A. team are chosen to help out not only those here on the boards, but on a local level as well. Our aim is to have at least one in each and every Garrison, Squad and Outpost in the entire legion to be the eyes and ears of the FISD on a local level. A suggested level of EIB or above is preferred, as part of the duties include assisting those aiming for levels 2 and 3, but is not a requirement. Being active on the boards on a regular basis , welcoming new members and helping out where you can is, though. Some of the benefits: 1. Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, etc. 2. Having the Imperial Attaché title under your name. 3. Being a part of the team that welcomes new and prospective members of the FISD. 4. Being the "go-to" person in your Garrison, Squad or Outpost. 5. Exclusive access to the Attaché HQ area, Imperial Propaganda Machine (newsletter) and merchandise discussions. We are currently in need of Attaches in many units, especially International Garrisons/Squads and Outposts. For more information on this program, please head here and if you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time. (Pretzel) For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here NEW ATTACHES! Please join me in welcoming 5 new Imperial Attaches to the FISD: 1. Alan @Thumpy~- A SkyTrooper extraordinaire! Alan is a grizzled 501st veteran with loads of experience and is coming back from retirement to assist the FISD and encouraging fellow troopers to pursue a TK costume. We are pleased to have him part of the team! 2. Colin @menschie - A newly approved Stormtrooper ready to serve on the front lines of all things TK. Colin is honored to be part of the program and already making strides with his local garrison my spreading the word of the FISD and what we do. Keeping the moto strong. Troopers helping Troopers! 3. Asa @SgtGarand - Asa is our newest Attache from Japan and has been helpful in guiding new members on their build threads. We are happy to see him on the team. He is working on F-15's when he is not trooping. So if you want to be a flyboy, he may know the ins and outs of some flying machines! 4. Jeff @StrmTRPR85 Jeff volunteered the for the program with much enthusiasm! A specialist with building his own fan systems and battery packs! We look forward to his contributions to the program! 5. Tino @T-Jay Tino finally decided to volunteer for the program. He is basically a legend with his contributions to his E-11 expertise. If you have not seen some of his tutorials, you may want to check them out. Honored to welcome him to the Attache team. Serve proudly, Gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! IMPERIAL ATTACHE AWARD Imperial Attaché Award for those attaché's who have gone above and beyond [minimum 1 year of service] This month, I would like to highlight the newest recipient of the I.A. Award. Please congratulate Ben (Buttons) of the Central Garrison who has been serving with the FISD as an Attache for well over a year! Ben is recognized for his continued efforts in the Attache program, but most recently hosting and re-opening popular FISD ID Badges for the community. We love the new designs! Thank You. I Salute You You can find a list of prior recipients here With Unquestioned Loyalty Preston Christman TK-91488 "Pretzel" Attaché Ambassador ATTACHE MERCHANDISE Attaché Patch Attaché patches should be back up and running soon, please stand by So what exactly are EIB (Expert Infantry Badge) and Centurion levels? These programs were designed for those who choose to take their armor above and beyond the minimum requirements for basic 501st Legion approval. It gives you the chance to show a level of dedication and pride that takes your armor closer to being as "screen accurate" as possible, without as much extra work as you may realize! It also works on giving a better look to the Legion as an entity, and you can bet others will take notice of your hard work. The 501st has a list of detailed requirements for Basic approval, (level 1), EIB, (level 2) and Centurion, (level 3) which can be found here in the Costume Reference Library, (CRL) http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:FISD_CRL Here are a few of the questions people may be wondering about: 1. "I am a (tall/short/heavy/thin) Trooper. Can I still apply? Of course! These programs are open and encouraged for all sizes of TKs, as long as the costume is correct and meets the guidelines. There are many specific build tutorials to every option, as well as a vast network of fellow TKs on the FISD to help you out and offer suggestions. 2. "How much extra will I have to pay for extra items"? The cost is actually quite reasonable, considering the few extra supplies you will need, which are listed in the requirements area. While it may run you a little more to implement these additions to your costume, they will go a long way to improving accuracy. All needed items can be found for sale on this thread: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/16-ongoing-sales-project-orders/ While blasters are not required for basic approval, for EIB and Centurion levels they are, and may need upgrades (also listed in the CRL). 3. "I haven't even got my kit yet, is it too early to start planning"? Actually, aiming for Centurion is easiest to do right out of the box. 4. "I have my basic TK approval, can I still get in these programs"? In a word... absolutely! 5. "Are there any "perks" to this extra work and cost"? Besides knowing that you have a great looking set of armor, the 501st and FISD believes you should be deservedly recognized for your achievement(s), and allows you to wear the appropriate embroidered "rocker" badge of rank (available for a very minimum cost) on your shirt, helmet bag, etc., as well as rank decals to put on your armor bin. You will also have access to select "challenge coin" runs, receive (free) a cool certificate for your new rank, and have your title posted below your name in your FISD signature. Plus, once you reach these levels, you will have the extra knowledge to help out those who are looking to apply as well. 6. "Is it hard to apply, and what happens then"? After basic approval, all you do is make sure your armor is up to the standards set forth in the CRL, post a thread with the required photos in the appropriate area (see below), and wait a bit for the D.O.s (Deployment Officers) to address it. (Hint: Studying other people's threads before you submit can be a GREAT help). These are also listed on the main page of the FISD site. While waiting for approval, you will get some comments from others who will offer suggestions and constructive advice to help you out. If you should need any changes, the DOs will let you know, so you can adjust accordingly. Don't be dismayed if you do need changes... it's all for your benefit! After you are approved for EIB, then you can submit for Centurion. EIB https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/19-request-expert-infantryman-status/ Centurion https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/72-request-centurion-status/ Just remember that the FISD is here to help you every step of the way with whatever other questions you may have, but if you can't seem to find what you are looking for in your research, just ask away here on the forums! This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy. FOR JUNE-JULY the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Josh Hopkins "Silverback73" TK 20112 EIB 840 Jonathan Lighty "JLight" TK 32627 (SECOND EIB approval)! GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here Centurion Badge Award: Randy Abramson "magni" TK 16127 TKC Centurion (SECOND Centurion award)! Colin Moreh "menschie" TK 11626 Centurion 404 Jon Hall "IBSkyde" TK 12124 Centurion 405 Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers! Request your free Centurion certificate here If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them! As many of you are aware, the FISD is currently in our March to 1000 program. Our goal is to reach the one thousand mark of Troopers who have earned their Expert Infantry Badge, and although we are well on our way to this goal and have just passed the 800 mark! The amount of approved submissions is increasing (over 80 this year alone) thanks to the dedication of those willing to go the "extra mile" toward screen accuracy. Here is a brief description of EIB as written by Paul (Daetrin), our founder: "Expert Infantryman status is not required for members of this detachment. It should be viewed as an optional set of requirements for those who wish to take the accuracy of their costumes to the next level, and be recognized accordingly. We're a costuming club - think of it as an award for costuming excellence and you get the picture. The requirements will not replace or supersede 501st standards, but only serve as an inspiration for the level of accuracy that can be achieved. The standards are meant to be high but achievable..." Besides the added pride you will have in your armor, those reaching this level can purchase exclusive EIB gear (patches, decals, coins etc.) and get a free certificate for your accomplishment. If you are interested or would like more information about the program head here that will help. You can also contact myself "Pretzel" or any Imperial Attaché, and we will be more than happy to assist you! FISD Merch Reform The FISD for sale and merchandise rules have been in a place for a long time - they were liberally taken directly from CTN (the 501st clonetroopers detachment) and haven’t had to be tweaked much in 10+ years. For the most part things have been going well, however we’ve seen an increasing amount of reports of buyers making demands that fall outside reasonable expectations. We have had more than one occasion during merch runs, where a member files a PayPal dispute immediately upon seeing someone else post that they have received their items, and the filing member has not received theirs yet. This is a major pain. It locks up the PayPal account of the person managing the run, and could potentially cause other members to panic and file claims. Nobody wins in this situation. It clogs up the management of the run, creates a mob mentality, and cannot lead to anything productive regarding possible resolution to what wasn't a problem until that PayPal dispute was filed. The run manager (whether the DMBO or not) is acting on behalf of the Detachment to include the membership, and going straight to PayPal disputes is disrespectful of everyone involved, to include other members who ordered the item(s). Filing PayPal disputes without seeking resolution or an answer from the run manager/Detachment Command Staff should carry a suspension of no more than 30 days - really it is the same as someone messing up the forum experience for others, except that this is actually messing with people's lives and money. To protect against this, the following changes are being made to merch runs for FISD effective immediately: 1. Buyers have 30 days from shipment to report a missing or lost item for domestic runs. Sellers are only required to retain proof of shipment for 30 days. Why? Domestic shipments should normally arrive in about 7 days. Some people are claiming items never shipped 5 months after a run was closed, which is way too long to ask people to retain shipping material. If your domestically shipped item hasn’t arrived after 30 days IOW, you lose the right to claim it was never shipped. 2. Buyers have 60 days from shipment to report a missing/lost item for international runs. Most items are received in under 30 days, however we know some countries are pretty bad. Sellers must keep shipping documentation for 60 days on international items. If the shipper can provide tracking information (e.g. a tracking number for domestic or a customs form for international), they are not held liable for items lost or missing in the mail. Any concerns post them on the announcement thread due shortly. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK8020 “Daetrin” Detachment Leader FISD Name Badge Run 3 Open Style 1 Style 2  Style 3  These are open to all troopers. 3 variations Cost: $20 for the first one, $10 each additional Includes shipping worldwide Sales thread here FISD Coffee Mugs - 2 Designs! $14 each + $5 shipping in the US + $10 shipped international Sales thread here Design One Design Two FISD Brothers in Arms Sticker 3.5 inch round stickers $4.00, shipping included Reference: Brothers in Arms Thread here paypal sales@trooperbay.com Phasma Coin $10 shipped US International buyers email for quote: tk4205@gmail.com Thread here Riot Control Coin $10 shipped US International buyers email for quote: tk4205@gmail.com Thread here FISD Classic Style Patch $5 shipped US International buyers email for quote: tk4205@gmail.com Thread here Newsletter We are always on the look out for content, ideas, funny photos or even your TK adventure story so feel free to contact either Danny, Tim, Marcus, Preston or myself. With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Newsletter Facebook & Twitter With Unquestioned Loyalty Daniel Lauber TK55550 - "Ripper_L" PRO - Facebook Page Instagram With Unquestioned Loyalty Preston Christman TK-91488 "Pretzel" PRO - Instagram FISD Facebook Group With Unquestioned Loyalty Tim Waychoff TK-51878 “Dark CMF” PRO - Facebook Group With Unquestioned Loyalty Marcus Dohring TK-14057 “JODOKAST” PRO - Facebook Group Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor If you're on FB, stop by and say hi, ask questions, and share stories! NEW Facebook Group: 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) Official If you're on FB, stop by and say hi, ask questions, and share stories! Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st follow FISD on Twitter! Instagram: www.instagram.com/fisd501st On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department
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    In Memoriam Detachment Officer Executive Officer Provost Marshall Deployment Officers CRL Updates Pre Approval Forum Around the Detachment Hall of Fame Just For Laughs In the Media FISD Facebook Group Notable Troops Galactic Academy - Family Fun Trooping Opportunities Imperial Attaché Program EIB & Centurion: What do these terms mean? Advanced Tactics Awards EIB - The March To 1000 Merchandise Public Relations Follow FISD On the 13th of April, 2018 Anthony Conte TI-28803 of the Carolina Garrison passed away suddenly. Anthony sported a half dozen approved costumes and was passionate about his involvement with The 501st Legion. With his frequent travels, Anthony made an effort to meet other members everywhere he went. From his work with the U.S. Forest Service to his vegan life style Anthony demonstrated consideration for this World. Anthony is survived by his loving wife Carrie. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" On the 7th of May 2018 Keith Sloggett TK-76101,Keith Sloggett from Canadian Garrison passed away after a courageous battle with kidney disease. He was an amazing, generous friend to many, always putting others before himself. Cherished father of Shelby, Jenilee, Adrian, Elijah and grandfather of Savannah. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. "Buckets Off" Rumors, half-truths, and social media. There is a marketing term called FUD which stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. The intent is that if you can present partial information that creates FUD relating to your competitors products, you can then steer people to your own. In the US lately there has been the term “alternate facts” added to our lexicon recently as well. In either case, it makes it hard to find factual information. I bring this up as it’s become a more frequent concern amongst unit commanders – garrison and detachment alike – about how to deal with rumors and innuendo that start and spread via social media. In journalism, the old stand-by is to always check with the source. Walter Cronkite, a journalist trusted and famous for his integrity, was once fired from a job when he was younger because he refused to air a report without checking the facts himself. Even when JFK was assassinated, Walter did not go live with the news until he was able to verify the details with sources personally. I say this as there have been a lot of false stories circulated on social media about FISD, such as the silver coins not being real silver (they were lab tested, they are), or that there was some type of special run done only for the officers (there was not), or that there is a “secret FB group” (there is not). The lesson here is not to believe everything you read on social media. Check with the source. Can they back up their claims? Do they have any proof? Or are they just stirring the pot to further their own agenda? From the start FISD was created to provide transparent information to the membership. Initially it was to shine truth on the various makes of armor and how best to build it. L2/L3 approval threads have always been 100% open to the public (vs. being deleted as another detachment did) as we want that process to be transparent. When it doubt, always check in at FISD if you have any questions on rumors, etc. Since 2006 we’ve set the record straight, and will honor that tradition. New Executive Officer Eric @Tolo has been with FISD a long time, including stints as DCOG and most recently as DXO. As things happen, Eric's personal life has changed for a positive for him, but for us it meant that he couldn't do what he needed and stay on as DXO. Eric - Thank You! for all you've done for FISD and we wish you the best. Fortunately on FISD, we believe in staff development, e.g. taking on new people to staff roles, and then grooming them for higher office, either here on FISD or elsewhere in the Legion. Many former FISD staff have gone on to be GCO/GXOs, SLs, and DLs. Continuing in that fine tradition, Andrew @Sly11 has graciously agreed to step up in to the XO role. Many of you know him from his solid work as a Deployment Officer, which he has rocked. Please join me in congratulating Andrew for a promotion well deserved. With Unquestioned Loyalty Paul Hoeffer TK8020 “Daetrin” Detachment Leader It would be remiss of me to make my first news letter post as DXO without some heart felt thank you's, so here we go. Eric (Tolo) Thank you for your tireless service within the detachment. I have some big shoes to fill & hope I can do you proud. All the best with your promotion in the real world, and please remember we are but a few button clicks away. Tony (UKswrath) The last two years in the DO's role, have been an absolute blast. I have made a life long friend in Tony Jobe (UKswrath) and had the opportunity to meet him and most of the FISD staff face to face at last year's SW Celebration. What great memories It has been a pleasure to have worked along side you during my tenure at the DO's office, we have laughed a plenty and when you think about it, the DO role is one of the most rewarding positions to hold. Every day we had the opportunity to make another member smile and have reason to be proud of his or her own accomplishment. I feel content in the knowledge the DO's office is left in the best possible hands, and with your new recruits will continue to reinforce the high standard the detachment has come to expect. Paul (Daetrin) I am honored with this opportunity to serve as DXO. In my eyes, we are the finest detachment in the legion, and I am ready to take on the new challenge and personal growth this position will bring. Thank you for your leadership and guidance. The Membership To all those over the last couple of years, who submitted applications for Expert Infantry and Centurion review. On so many occasions Tony and I were gob smacked at the quality of armour builds. The fine points, all that attention to detail and quest for accuracy , it all made the job not only easier, but more pleasurable so a thank you is also well deserved. I shall leave you with this The FISD is a well oiled machine. Our success is a sum of all our parts, from the staff right the way through to our newest member. You all form part of that machine and in its day to day service and achievements, without every single one of you and your contributions big or small, we would not be where we are today. To the Empire With Unquestioned Loyalty Andrew Franke TK-11469 "Sly11" Executive Officer Greetings troopers! I would like to announce the addition of two new Provost Marshall’s to the command staff. Please welcome Aaron (Pyrates) and Chris (themaninthesuitcase)! You all are probably familiar with Aaron and Chris. They both have been contributing to our community for a while now. They both worked their way through the ranks from starting out as newbies to becoming part of the Attache team. Their hard work and dedication to the FISD has been extremely helpful to our members as well as the staff. Congrats Aaron and Chris! These past two months have certainly been a whirlwind around here in regards to the FISD merch. During this time, it was evident that emotions were running high and people became very passionate. I would like to commend the members who were able to communicate in a productive manner on our forums. It was certainly a tough situation for everyone involved. I would like to take this time to elaborate on an issue as it relates to my position and my responsibility this past two months. There was a growing concern that some members felt their voices weren’t being heard as the “staff” was just locking all of the threads down. I would like to tell everyone that that was not the case. The threads that were locked were done so either at the request of Legion Command or because I was trying to prevent a catastrophic situation that would not have benefited anyone. My main goal is to maintain a positive experience for every member that visits. There were times when communication was breaking down between members which in turn was causing agitation and resentment which is not something any of us want to see. There is not one member here (detachment staff included) that did not want to find an amicable way to reach a conclusion to the situation at hand. Moving forward, I would like it to be known to all of our members that if you feel you are not satisfied with a particular process, then you should feel free to contact me at any time. I would be more than willing to discuss any issues that any member may have. I would prefer to keep those types of discussions here on our forum then out in the open on social media for all of the world to see. With Unquestioned Loyalty Steve Sheades TK-10466 "starsaber25" Provost Marshall Hello all. It's been my greatest pleasure serving with Andrew (Sly11) the last couple years as FISD DOs. It would be an understatement if I said I'm going to miss not working on apps together with my comrade in arms. I believe Andrew and I were the first duo DO team on whitearmor after Steve (Gazmosis) stepped down. We hit the ground running as the flood gate of apps bombarded us and literally have been not stop since. Coupled with new armor types and CRL changes it wasn't always easy sharing duties with someone on the opposite side of the planet but despite some obstacles Andrew and I continued tirelessly through illnesses, vacations and life stuff in general, backing each other up and holding each other accountable as needed. We laughed, scratched our heads and gave each other virtual high fives during our time as DOs. We were and will always be a team. Thanks for the great times my friend. As Andrew continues to drive the FISD forward in his new capacity I want to wish him a huge congrats, a position well deserved. Troopers Helping Troopers is what the command staff strives for and Andrew is one of the finest examples of the motto. Have fun brother. At this time I'd like to welcome Joseph (justjoseph63) as the new DO replacing Andrew. Joseph is another fine example of someone that has proven themselves the last couple years. Devoted and loyal to the FISD as Attaché Ambassador his relentless pursuit to helping members reach their potential and striving for accuracy he has proven without a doubt he's a great asset to the FISD family, and I believe will be an exceptional DO. Congratulations and welcome brother. Looking forward to working with you as probably the two oldest guys in the detachment command staff lol. Old guys rule Also, it was decided to bring on a 3rd DO to help with costume reviews alongside Tony & Joseph. Shane has been doing a bang-up job on the boards and when Joseph recommended him, well how do we say no? Shane, you'll find that Tony is a fantastic teacher to help get you up to speed and as a GML yourself we felt very comfortable in your ability to get up to speed quickly. Onward to EI 1000 With Unquestioned Loyalty Tony Jobe TK-10116 "ukswrath" Deployment Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK-10963 "justjosepth63" Deployment Officer With Unquestioned Loyalty Shane Aubrey TK- 71969 "Shanester" Deployment Officer * New models for the ICN and TKC are now live. Please congratulate those folks who's armor was so accurate and good looking, they earned this honor. * TLJ Phasma CRL photos are still in progress. We have engaged with several Legion Phasma's to help drive this to completion. * HWT CRL has had some updated photos and requirements added. The FISD is pleased to announce the addition of a new area in the Advanced Tactics forum dedicated to those ready to submit for basic 501st TK approval. This section will allow future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval. Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful. Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your completed armor, weapons (if applicable), accessories, etc. and get accurate information from the experts here at the FISD.. the definitive home of TKs worldwide. For more information on this program, please visit the link here Re-introductions Hi everyone, There’s been quite a bit of action on the forum of late, some of which has been of a more serious nature (elections etc.). So, with that in mind, I wanted to start a light-hearted thread where we can all say “hi”, share something about ourselves and share some pics if we want, allow new members to see what long standing members are about, and generally just get some good vibes going. With May just around the corner, a busy month in the Star Wars universe, there’s no better time to remember why we all dress up as white plastic spacemen. So, if you want to say “hi” and share a picture of yourself, (perhaps your favourite pic or moment as a TK), feel free to speak up. :-) You can find the thread here With Unquestioned Loyalty Dan Branton TK-42911 "CableGuy" Imperial Attaché Wow - it looks like April was the month for Trooping filled with non-stop field reports, some phenomenal photos, and those troops that get you right in the heart strings. It made it incredibly difficult once again to pick one of you to honor into the Stormtrooper Hall of Fame - as a matter of fact I had to spend the last couple of days going back and forth. Finally, the moment has come. Without further ado.... here is a photo that I have decided to caption: “Get a load of this guy’s armor, ha, ha, ha (shhhckt)” Honoring TK - 11463 Mike With Unquestioned Loyalty Aaron Gibson TK99725 "Pyrates" Imperial Propaganda The Running Stormtrooper "Jez Allinson" completes his third London Marathon The Running Stormtrooper Project has been going since 2016 and has now entered the 3rd and final chapter of this crazy trilogy: The Last Stormtrooper Run…. Mark Newbold talks to Jez about world records, raising huge amounts of money for charity and, most importantly, how you can help raise money for his latest (and last?) project. You can see the full interview below: You find out more on his website here FISD now has a dedicated Facebook Group Yes, you read that correctly! The Command Staff does indeed hear your requests, and for the most part we want to make them happen! There was one trooper who asked for all of us to be a part of their underwater basket weaving graduation ceremony, taking place on/beneath a boat near the Cape of Good Hope... Nobody was actually prepared to make that happen. Aside from that instance however, we do what we can to make you happy as members, with your experiences at/associated with the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment! One of the primary requests from the membership at large was for a more interactive presence on Facebook. We have a great Facebook Page, but that is not an interactive space. That desire was what led to Paul asking me to consider returning to the Detachment Staff. I was excited to come back but knew that Facebook is a large machine and that I would need help and so I asked Marcus Dohring @JODOKAST to be a part of this new phase of FISD's growth, and here we are, discussing the new Facebook Group. I phrase it that way, because it is live. Right now. You can go there and join, and begin asking questions etc there instead of finishing your reading here - but I encourage you to finish this first, I mean, this NL will be one of the very first official posts there after all. So, what will you find when you go there (aside from a link to this newsletter)? Sharp-eyed members may notice some hidden gems when they get there, but generally you'll find a few different spots for questions and answers. Over time, more content will be worked in to the group, dependent upon the requests we receive from you, and from observations made by us. It is there, and ready, but it will indeed grow and evolve with time. Okay then... Where is it? It is right here: 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) Official That's what you need to get started. What do you do next? Spread the word, share the link. It is Social Media after all, let's make it more social! With Unquestioned Loyalty Tim Waychoff TK-51878 “Dark CMF” Social Media Relations Want Your Troop to be Included? Post your troop report in the Field Training Exercises section here Those with troop logs please post a separate troop report as it is easier to link too. APRIL - MAY Star Wars Nigh @ Yankee Stadium More here By: Joe, Spada Rosso , TK91452 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo More here By: Greg, wook1138, TK34575 Kennedy Space Center More here By: Mark, msouza, TK11463 Luxcon 2018 More here By: Måns, Swundead, TK97997 New England Air Museum More here By: Sarah, Alay, TK20466 Life Drawing at Algonquin College More here By: Luc, lucnak, TK28401 Heroes and Villains More here By: Randy, magni, TK16127 Evolve More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 40th Anniversary Party More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Guide Dogs WA Street Appeal More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Gateway to Space Week 1 Congratulations Glen - TK85421 - gmrhodes13, completing your 150th Troop as a Stormtrooper More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Gateway to Space II More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Simsbury Children's Carnival More here By: Sarah, Alay, TK20466 Starlight Week Thursday at Zing/EB Games More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Toys R Us (LFL invite) More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421TK20466 Bonds (LFL invite) More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Perth Observatory More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Starlight Week May 4th Zing/EB Games More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Starlight Day at PMH More here By: Glen, gmrhodes13, TK85421 Calgary Expo More here By: Teresa, Soulart, TK41307 Regina Fan Expo More here By: Teresa, Soulart, TK41307 Saskatoon McNally Robinson Star Wars Night More here By: Greg, wook1138, TK34575 Galactic Academy, why should Mom and Dad have all the fun? Most of our readers are aware that there are other Star Wars Costume Clubs out there, aside from the 501st Legion. For the treacherous types, there is the Rebel Legion, and for those who are only interested in making a credit or two here or there, the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club exists. But did you know that there is also a costume club available for those fans who are not old enough to tie their own shoes yet? It is absolutely true. If you have not heard of the Galactic Academy, here's a little bit of information about one of them who I happen to know very well - 6 year old Cadet - First Order (CFO) 2594, Kellan Waychoff. Kellan has been rocking his First Order armor for a couple of years now (and sadly those days may be numbered as he continues to grow) and he has become quite comfortable in his costume as a result. He has appeared at a handful of conventions and unofficial troops, as well as one official (non-con) event with me in that time. Early in April Dallas hosted FanExpo Dallas, and on Saturday he once again put on the armor for some good causes, serving as a Blast-A-Trooper target for about three hours to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. When his time there was done, he came out to the photo area and took a few photos with fans and Star Garrison members also. The highlight of his weekend however was when Anthony Daniels saw him at the booth. Mr. Daniels actually chased him down to tell him how "exquisite" his costume is, and then asked if they could pose for a picture together. You can find more information about the Galactic Academy here With Unquestioned Loyalty Tim Waychoff TK-51878 “Dark CMF” Social Media Relations Retail Embargo Lift For most of the year we are under an embargo from LFL and can not attend retail locations unless prior approval has been given by them. At certain times of the year this embargo is lifted, generally around Blu-Ray / movie releases, May 4th and Force Friday, the recent correspondence from LFL outlines the lift of the embargo dates to be between May 1st and May 31st. As always there are strict rules, speak to your Garrison Commanding Officer, Squad Leader or if you have one Garrison Events Coordinator before organising any event. *REMEMBER* Always follow your garrison/squad's guidelines when in comes to organising Disney/LFL promotional troops, only command staff can deal direct with LFL. Serve proudly, ladies and gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! Are you an approved TK that spends more time on the boards than the average Trooper? Do you enjoy using your knowledge to help out future and existing Troopers? If so, we would like to invite you to join the Imperial Attaché program! Members of the I.A. team are chosen to help out not only those here on the boards, but on a local level as well. Our aim is to have at least one in each and every Garrison, Squad and Outpost in the entire legion to be the eyes and ears of the FISD on a local level. A suggested level of EIB or above is preferred, as part of the duties include assisting those aiming for levels 2 and 3, but is not a requirement. Being active on the boards on a regular basis , welcoming new members and helping out where you can is, though. Some of the benefits: 1. Access to exclusive Attaché merch., including patches, etc. 2. Having the Imperial Attaché title under your name. 3. Being a part of the team that welcomes new and prospective members of the FISD. 4. Being the "go-to" person in your Garrison, Squad or Outpost. 5. Exclusive access to the Attaché HQ area, Imperial Propaganda Machine (newsletter) and merchandise discussions. We are currently in need of Attaches in many units, especially International Garrisons/Squads and Outposts. For more information on this program, please head here and if you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time. (justjoseph63) For a complete list of Imperial Attaches, go here NEW ATTACHES! Please join me in welcoming 2 new Imperial Attaches to the FISD: 1. Greg, (wook1138) A Centurion TK 34575 who will be working with Pyrates (Aaron) in the Badlands Garrison of Canada. 2. Ben (Neb Sgird) TK 56730 will be our first I.A. in the Alpine Garrison (Utah)! Serve proudly, gentlemen, and as Tim (Dark CMF) says: "Keep doing what it is that got you here"! Attaché Patch Becoming an attaché also gives you the ability from time to time to purchase specific merchandise not offered to the general membership, one such item is the limited attaché patch, sales thread here (sorry only Attaché's may order) Imperial Attaché Award for those attaché's who have gone above and beyond [minimum 1 year of service] I am very pleased to announce that Preston (Pretzel) of Garrison Carida has taken over the office of Attaché Ambassador. He has been a shining star of the I.A. program since joining well over a year ago, and is one of the few recipients of the Attaché Outstanding Achievement award. I am confident that he will do a fantastic job in taking the program farther, and will continue to serve the FISD and Empire proudly. In addition to this post, he will also be active as the lead in the FISD Instagram section. Congratulations, Preston! With Unquestioned Loyalty Joseph Pedigo TK-10963 "justjosepth63" Deployment Officer Greetings fellow Troopers! It is with great pride that I accept to attempt to fill the very BIG shoes that JustJoseph has left for me. I humbly accept this new position as your new Attache Ambassador. Not much will change! I will continue to "head-hunt" for more IA's as I am a firm believer of this program. When I first started out, it was the IA's that assisted me greatly in my Journey here at FISD. They helped me achieve Centurion after all! My goal as your Ambassador is to simply continue what Joseph has worked so very hard to build. I hope to host more fun contests and look forward to working with all of you as we continue towards our goal of 1000 EIB! Keep doing what you are doing! Keep our motto true: "Troopers helping troopers!" With Unquestioned Loyalty Preston Christman TK-91488 "Pretzel" 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/ Note: You will see some suggestions in the existing submissions/approval requests that, while not actually part of the CRL, are highly suggested items, (for your benefit), such as "flat-head screw heads on the TD (thermal detonator) should be painted black" for Centurion, etc. Those small details all add up to closer screen accuracy. 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 post the question, (or PM justjoseph63) and best of luck on your build! This area lists all those who have gone above and beyond basic approval toward screen accuracy. FOR APRIL-MAY the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment would like to congratulate: Expert Infantry Badge Award: Adrian Herrero "Adrian" TK 60812 EIB 817 Alessio Micciche "Lord_Vader84" TK 15128 EIB 818 Ryan O'Donnell "TK_McFly" TK 22880 EIB 819 Ric Archambault "Storm2b" TK 22526 EIB 820 Nick Mathieu "Wallcrawler" TK 14804 EIB 821 Tony Cerchieri "GodOfLibra" TK 30977 EIB 822 Wayne Winfield "Wayneocerous" TK 32945 EIB 823 Andrew Barton "bartonajb" TK 13434 EIB 824 Tom Barry "Bane Lives" TK 85021 EIB 825 Alessandro Angelaccio "Sox" TK 27717 EIB 826 Andy Lead "andy_watford" TK 30806 EIB 827 GREAT job on your approval, now on to Level 3! Request your free EIB certificate here Centurion Badge Award: Eric Ho "TK77520" TK 77520 Centurion 390 Brian Peters "talem84" TK 42784 Centurion 391 Daniel Hunter-Pike "catalystofchaos" TK 83075 Centurion 392 Mark Bouillon "Mark_Bouillon" TK 26383 Centurion 393 Nick Mathieu "Wallcrawler" TK 14804 Centurion 394 Aaron Daily "adailyptic" TK 41871 Centurion 395 Justin R. "TheRascalKing" TK 61490 Centurion 396 Alessio Miccichè "Lord_Vader84" TK 15128 Centurion 397 Alessandro Angelaccio "Sox" TK 27717 Centurion 398 Tom Barry "BaneLives85" TK 85021 Centurion 399 Outstanding job on reaching Centurion, Troopers! Request your free Centurion certificate here If you see any of these Troopers around your Garrison or Squad, be sure to congratulate them! As many of you are aware, the FISD is currently in our March to 1000 program. Our goal is to reach the one thousand mark of Troopers who have earned their Expert Infantry Badge, and although we are well on our way to this goal and have just passed the 800 mark! The amount of approved submissions is increasing (over 80 this year alone) thanks to the dedication of those willing to go the "extra mile" toward screen accuracy. Here is a brief description of EIB as written by Paul (Daetrin), our founder: "Expert Infantryman status is not required for members of this detachment. It should be viewed as an optional set of requirements for those who wish to take the accuracy of their costumes to the next level, and be recognized accordingly. We're a costuming club - think of it as an award for costuming excellence and you get the picture. The requirements will not replace or supersede 501st standards, but only serve as an inspiration for the level of accuracy that can be achieved. The standards are meant to be high but achievable..." Besides the added pride you will have in your armor, those reaching this level can purchase exclusive EIB gear (patches, decals, coins etc.) and get a free certificate for your accomplishment. If you are interested or would like more information about the program head here that will help. You can also contact myself (justjoseph63) or any Imperial Attaché, and we will be more than happy to assist you! For those interested a graph of EIB approvals by year FISD Coffee Mugs - 2 Designs! $14 each + $5 shipping in the US + $10 shipped international Sales thread here Design One Design Two FISD Brothers in Arms Sticker 3.5 inch round stickers $4.00, shipping included Reference: Brothers in Arms Thread here paypal sales@trooperbay.com Outstanding Orders For those not aware there is some FISD merchandise which has now been place on hold due to the recent removal of FISD's merchandise officer. Although Wyatt was removed from the legion he is still processing outstanding orders, if you have not received an item you have paid for please post here or you can contact Wyatt via email tk4205@gmail.com . From our DL: "We're working through that process now. I can promise you that you will get your patches, just like people will get their Phasma coins. But, as you can imagine, it's going to take a few weeks to sort things out." Newsletter We are always on the look out for content, ideas, funny photos or even your TK adventure story so feel free to contact either Danny, Preston, Tim, Marcus or Preston. With Unquestioned Loyalty Glen "Q" Rhodes TK85421 "gmrhodes13" PRO - Newsletter Facebook Page With more than a hundred different 501st units spread all across the world in different time zones, I decided to change the posting rythm on facebook. We will now have posts twice a day at 6am and 6pm (UTC+01). Additionally posts on twitter and soon also on instagram. Nevertheless I'm looking for great and fun content to publish, especially short video clips. So if you do have any good videos you want to have published on our social media pages, send them towards us. With Unquestioned Loyalty Daniel Lauber TK55550 - "Ripper_L" PRO - Facebook Page Instagram Welcome aboard Preston as the new PRO for Instagram and also the new Instagram address With Unquestioned Loyalty Preston Christman TK-91488 "Pretzel" PRO - Instagram FISD Facebook Group Welcome aboard Tim and Marcus as Social Media Relations for the newly created FISD Facebook Group With Unquestioned Loyalty Tim Waychoff TK-51878 “Dark CMF” PRO - Facebook Group With Unquestioned Loyalty Marcus Dohring TK-14057 “JODOKAST” PRO - Facebook Group Don't Forget We're on Facebook and Twitter! Facebook: www.facebook.com/whitearmor If you're on FB, stop by and say hi, ask questions, and share stories! NEW Facebook Group: 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment (FISD) Official If you're on FB, stop by and say hi, ask questions, and share stories! Twitter: www.twitter.com/FISD501st or @FISD501st follow FISD on Twitter! Instagram: www.instagram.com/fisd501st On behalf of the 1st Imperial Stormtrooper Detachment Command Staff and the Imperial Propaganda Department
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    Eric @Tolo has been with FISD a long time, including stints as DCOG and most recently as DXO. As things happen, Eric's personal life has changed for a positive for him, but for us it meant that he couldn't do what he needed and stay on as DXO. Eric - Thank You! for all you've done for FISD and we wish you the best. Fortunately on FISD, we believe in staff development, e.g. taking on new people to staff roles, and then grooming them for higher office, either here on FISD or elsewhere in the Legion. Many former FISD staff have gone on to be GCO/GXOs, SLs, and DLs. Continuing in that fine tradition, Andrew @Sly11 has graciously agreed to step up in to the XO role. Many of you know him from his solid work as a Deployment Officer, which he as rocked. Please join me in congratulating Andrew for a promotion well deserved. With unquestioned loyalty, TK-8020 "Daetrin"
  42. 9 points
    I gotta' say that being a Stormtrooper has given me experiences that will last a lifetime.... being on stage with "Weird" Al Yancovic, trooping at Disney on many occasions, meeting Brian Muir (the guy who designed the original OT armor) and meeting hundreds of Troopers at Celebration Orlando last year. I started this whole thing a bit late in life, but I'm definitely making up for lost time, lol. That's me standing behind the banner (center) along with a few friends.
  43. 9 points
    And with that - goal achieved! Thanks everyone - this is a huge relief for me and the web team.
  44. 9 points
    Here is a video demonstration of the E11. If you want different pics of videos just let me know. I want to thank everyone on FISD for their ideas and inspiration. Thanks
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    FISD is pleased to announce the addition of a new area in the Advanced Tactics forum dedicated to those ready to submit for basic 501st TK approval. This section will allow future Troopers the opportunity to submit photos of their completed build to be reviewed by the Staff, Imperial Attaches and others in preparation for forwarding it to their GML for approval. Any and all advice/suggestions given will be specific, constructive, helpful and respectful. Please note that this program will NOT take the place of your local GML, as Detachments are not chartered for costume approval and can not override a GMLs decision, but is instead a peer review program designed to help you look your best and offer guidance and positive feedback. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your completed armor, weapons (if applicable), accessories, etc. and get accurate information from the experts here at the FISD.. the definitive home of TKs worldwide. For more information on this program, you can find the following: TK Pre-Approval Forum Area: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/193-request-tk-pre-approval/ TK Pre-Approval Overview: TK Pre-Approval Requests: https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/forum/193-request-tk-pre-approval/
  46. 9 points
    At the end of the day, it is a simple matter of what do you want to achieve with your costume? If your goal is to join the 501st as a Stormtrooper variant, you must make the decision as to which one you want to replicate, and follow that particular CRL. If however, you choose to build a screen accurate (and for the record, Legion TKs aren’t really screen accurate, as mentioned above, too many variables) Stormtrooper for your own personal enjoyment whether that is for display purposes, or for a Halloween costume, or whatever you choose to do with it, then pick one on screen, and knock yourself out. People here will support you and help you as best as they can, but in order to do so you have to say up front what it is that you are doing, so that they know what type of help and which references they should use to offer their help. You will find no shortage of experts here. There are experts in screen built/used costumes who will definitely chime in should you say that you’re building one for a replica for display purposes. They’ll be able to tell you exactly which type of snaps were used in various connections even. Far more numerous are experts in the costume requirements for joining the 501st Legion, who will be happy to assist you in either endeavor with a positive attitude and support. Please recognize the difference in who is making Which comments, and apply their advice as it suits your needs. There is no need for bullying, bashing, or putting down of either group, as each has gleaned their individual expertise by their own merits, and each can offer you advice that is tailored to helping you achieve your goals. Regardless of your intended purpose, I wish you the best of luck with your build!
  47. 9 points
    Jim Tripon TK-82480 (aka jimmiroquai) has made substantial contributions to the Legion and FISD in particular by bringing to life the Rogue One Stormtrooper and The Last Jedi costumes as well. His creativity, energy, and dedication to stormtrooper costuming has earned him special recognition in service to the Legion community. In recognition, I am please to award Jim the FISD Achievement Medal. Well earned, and we as a costuming club are thankful to you and all you continue to do. With unquestioned loyalty, TK-8020 "Daetrin" FISD Founder | DL
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    trigger frame assembly phototype help from my little 3d printing friend
  49. 8 points
    Hurray my ANH Hero TK has just been approved! I’m so happy – a dream come true! I’ve been a huge fan of Star Wars since I was a little girl and was lucky enough to be able to work for Disney when they’ve purchased Lucasfilm a few years ago. While working on the campaigns I've met the lovely people from the Dutch Garrison and before I knew it I was dreaming of creating my own costume. Back in January I was finally able to purchase my kit from TM. I was so happy when my BBB arrived in March! Thank you so much @troopermaster for this gorgeous kit! I was very afraid to touch it, let alone make some cuts, too afraid I would damage something I could not repair. From July until last weekend, it was a roller coaster, blue tape everywhere and not to forget the smell of E6000. I will definitely miss it ; ) If I would do everything over, I wouldn’t fuss so much about the cutting/sanding the perfect lines for the fore arms, biceps, thighs and shins – the cover strips will hide it anyway, and not to mention the many re-cuts you have to do while fitting it to the right size. Big thanks to @VulpX (for getting me started and introduce me into the TK world, we had fun : ) @toxication and Nadia (for the lovely evenings, sharing progress and ideas), @TheSwede & @Frank75139 & @lucnak & @CableGuy (for the super swift responses on my WIP-posts – so happy with your feedback!) and last but not least everyone who contributed to this awesome forum! I’ve spend so many hours reading all tips & tricks, it’s so great to see troopers taking the time to help each other to build awesome costumes. I’m proud to be part of the family, and I’m looking forward to serve the Empire the best way I can. Now moving on to Expert Infantryman
  50. 8 points
    Could I add a suggestion to your great info piece? When making magnet sachets, it's a really good idea to make sure that you've got polarity-correct pairs. An easy way to help identify magnet pairs is to assemble them using fabric with high-contrast colors. Kind of like this:
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