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  1. For me it was a dream since seeing my first stormtroopers blast their way into into the corridor of the Tantive IV back in '77. The character in my mind I really want to try to reproduce is the MG34 carrying guy patroling the Falcon's innards. Wanting to be a stormtrooper is what moved me to buy my first SW costume (an FX TK suit), and join the 501st.
  2. How 'bout each person starts a new thread when they sign in? This way we can greet each member individually. Welcome all!
  3. From a quote by TrooperExpert:
  4. http://www.trooperdecals.com/ has the best I believe.
  5. The Imperial Quartermaster of course! But for those of you not in a galaxy far, far away, try these sources: E-Bay 1. Search on www.ebay.com for "stormtrooper armor" 2. Be careful of poor quality home-made armor. 3. Look for good definition and sharp detail on the various pieces. 4. Most kits come pre-assembed and ready to wear. Master Tutorial Thread: http://www.whitearmo...?showtopic=6372http://www.whitearmo...?showtopic=6372 Reference Sites on making armor: Replica Prop Board: http://s7.zetaboards...propboard/index The RPF: http://www.therpf.com/ How To Sites (Armor): http://www.tk899.com/ http://www.tk409.com/tk409.html http://www.tk560.com/howtoguides.html http://www.imperial-fleet.com/ http://www.legionxxiv.org/starmormods http://www.legionxxi...sniperplate.htm TD knee plate How To Sites (Blasters): http://www.heavengam...oerat/blasters/ Making your own flat lenses (supply and how to sites): http://www.omarksafety.com/ http://www.az501st.com/ Making your own armor and vacuum forming: http://www.studiocreations.com http://www.tk560.com Brow/neck trim sites: http://www.iboats.co..._flex_trim.html http://www.mcmaster.com (Product #8507K41) Wiring fans and equipment in helmets: http://www.legionxxiv.org/starmormods/ Mini speakers for aerators: http://www.littlechoochooshop.com/ http://members.aol.c...soundtraxx.html (Requires AOL Registration) More Links - these are fantastic resources to help you get squared away TK-409 - http://www.tk409.com/tk409.html TK-899's White Armor Chronicles - http://www.multiplehat.com/whitearmor/ Updated by Star Raider - 11 June 12
  6. This is just a working draft, comments welcome. To qualify for Endor Deployed status for an ROTJ stormtrooper cotume, the elements are: Required 1. ROTJ style armor and handplates 2. ROTJ style helmet 3. Canvas belt 4. Black frown 5. Holster 6. ROTJ style E-11 blaster
  7. This is just a working draft, comments welcome. To qualify for Bespin Deployed status for an ESB stormtrooper cotume, the elements are: Required 1. ESB style armor (ANH sized) 2. ESB style helmet (ANH sized) 3. Canvas belt 4. Black frown 5. Holster 6. ANH style E-11 blaster (?)
  8. Just regular plastic polish? I got a bottle of stuff when I first got my TK, but what else is used?
  9. Below is the "mission statement" of the detachment. CURRENT VISION: The 1st Imperial Stormtroopers are a Detachment of the 501st Legion, dedicated to the armor and equipment of stormtroopers as seen in Star Wars. They strive for accuracy in costuming and to discuss everything stormtrooper related. Their mission is to serve the needs of both current and prospective members of the 501st Legion, in keeping with their unofficial motto: "troopers helping troopers. ORIGINAL VISION: The 1st Imperial Stormtroopers are a Detachment of the 501st Legion, dedicated to the armor and equipment used by the stormtroopers shown in the Star Wars Original Trilogy. We strive for accuracy in costuming and to discuss everything stormtrooper related including Expanded Universe stormtrooper variations. The detachment is dedicated to serving the needs of both 501st members and persons new to Star Wars costuming who hope to join the 501st. WHY: Originally the 501st was a costuming club that centered on the stormtrooper costume. Over time the group has expanded its scope to include all "bad guy" Star Wars costumes. There is now a detachment that encompasses every costume type except the stormtrooper. The downsides of this situation are several: 1. There is no central body (aka detachment) that serves as the champion for the TK costume or to research, discuss, and propose standards for either existing stormtrooper costumes or new versions that might appear in the Expanded Universe. 2. There is no centralized resource for stormtrooper costuming for existing 501st members. All other costumes have such a forum to discuss topic specific to that costume except for the TK. 3. There is no centralized resource for stormtrooper costuming for new members. If there is a non-501st member who is new to this hobby and wants to create a stormtrooper costume there is no central forum for him to use as a basis to do this, unlike other costumes (e.g. Clonetroopers, MEPD, Bikerscout, etc.). I think this is the most critical goal of the detachment: helping new members who wish to create a stormtrooper costume and who do not have access to 501st-only resources to do so. WHAT THE GROUP HOPES TO ACCOMPLISH: 1. Promote the current quality standards for the stormtrooper costume as established by the 501st. 2. Develop and create a higher standard of stormtrooper costume for members to achieve and a "kudo" (e.g. deployed status) as a recognition of that accomplishment (the same way the Mos Eisley Police Department has create a higher standard for MEPD Deployment). The goal of this is not to force people to achieve the higher standard, but rather to demonstrate what the costume can become and recognize those who achieve it. 3. Create an open and respectful forum for all discussions stormtrooper related, regardless of whether or not they are Original Trilogy or Expanded Universe. One major goal of the detachment is to celebrate the stormtrooper costume in all its forms, and the Star Wars costuming hobby in general. 4. Create and foster an esprit de corp for the stormtrooper costume. Some members complain that their garrison is stormtrooper-centric, others that the stormtrooper is looked down upon. By having a central space where stormtroopers can congregate and celebrate their costume, it removes the ?us versus them? mentality that has crept into some organizations, and establishes the stormtrooper costume as one of many equals.
  10. Here are some off the top of my head: 1. Black "frown" instead of grey 2. Different hand plates 3. Different shoulder bells 4. Different blasters
  11. You ever troop with a Sterling or MR? I think as long as the weapon looks like what it's supposed to, it should be good to go. I love hyperfirm, but I've seen other custom E-11's that look just as good.
  12. Dang, and here I thought it was the "new" Expanded Universe scout LOL Welcome aboard! Everyone - 5118 aka V'Pier has been instrumental in getting this site up and running and deserves a lot of credit. Kudos to 5118.
  13. The site looks fantastic, and everything I hoped it would be!! Outstanding job 5118! Let me know what address to put those Reece's Buttercups in the mail to, and they'll be shipped ASAP.
  14. Hopefully I'll get this right: Hero (as worn by Luke & Han) Lowered brow Bubble lenses Six "teeth" Stunt Flat green lenses Eight teeth Here is a great page that explains the differences: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/bingo275/stormcompGinoCR_GF.htm
  15. I think it looks *outstanding* and will make some trooper really happy. The hand painted details really give it that screen accurate look. Great job!
  16. The biggest difference is in requiring ANH style armor, but yeah I think yours are great suggestions as they do make your costume more screen accurate. Also, should we specify the number of teeth cut out & lens types, e.g. you need to pick either the Hero or Stunt variations, but not mix details?
  17. Correct!!! Your question? Oh, and some history I found on the MEPD boards as reference From Troopermaster:
  18. I figure by using his image it will encourage him to come up with new banners
  19. Request 501st status changes here. NOTE: we (the site admins) will periodically check the list of people in this forums database against the list of 501st members as kept by the Legion COG. People will be added or dropped automatically, so it's a good idea to ensure that the email address you use for this board is the same you use in the Legion records. If you need your status adjusted in between database checks, please post here. NOTE: You must include a link to your 501st record as per below, else your request will be ignored: http://501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=4733 **Please test your link when you post your request to make sure it goes to your legion profile page. We cannot use links for the Legion forum or Garrison pages.** 1. Go to https://www.501st.com/members/searchform.php 2. Input your TK number and "Search" 5. On the "Results" page click "More" to the right of your name 6. On this page that lists all of your costumes, copy the URL and paste it into this thread with your request.
  20. So I get this nice welcome package from Hyperspace, etc. and one of the flyers is from Kotobukiya - a huge multicolor insert about their new ARTFX series. Excitedly I try to use the URLs on the poster: www.kotous.com www.kotoStarWars.com And guess what? Neither work. You'd think their marketing department would have learned not to print collatoral w/o telling their web guys to create a site. :-p Off to Ebay I go...
  21. We trooped a parade yesterday - just nine of us but that's a good showing for our garrison. While waiting for the parade to continue during one of it's stops, someone went up to our Boba Fett and asked "Where's Chewbacca?" "Right here" says Boba, holding up one of his wookie trophies. Thunderous laughter all around
  22. Found another good one here: http://www.tk7606.com/principal.htm
  23. How this works is one person asks a question, someone else has to answer. If the answer is correct, that person has to ask a new question. I'll start: which direction do the swoops face (back or forward) on the shoulder bells of a TK suit?
  24. I saw on Ebay some guy selling a set of fiberglass armor. Is there any advantage to fiberglass over ABS or HIPS? It seems really unusual, so I was wondering if anyone had any views/experiences with this.
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