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  1. Totally sweet! The OH-58's I worked on back then were A+ models. Unarmed & unafraid! So, very different from the D models that folks are enjoying nowadays. I actually have a patch that shows that from the day. I'll see if I can find it.
  2. Tell me more! I worked on OH-58's for a long time - you got me curious.
  3. Everyone has a preference, but having done both I use elastic for everything. Actually I go even further - in the beginning when it may take a few troops to get everything dialed in I make the straps a little longer than I may need and then put in knots or pins to adjust it little by little. After a half dozen troops where I'm no longer making adjustments, then I can make net new ones from scratch knowing they will be perfect. Others put in loops where they can literally adjust them on the fly. The downside of cordura/nylon is that there is no give at all, which puts more stress on the armor when you are doing something more than just standing around looking pretty.
  4. Stay safe everyone and let's hope we can get back out trooping!
  5. No worries - it's not urgent.
  6. They sculpted the armor for someone about 5'10" and like 150lbs or something because that was a common size for the British folk who did the part. I don't think Lucas had any input in to that. You can read about it in Brian Muir's excellent book, as well as The Making of Star Wars by Rinzler.
  7. Don't forget TK-Big. Huge person who ended up sculpting his own armor. Man, wish I could find the old thread in the interwebs, it was pretty impressive.
  8. This will be sweet when done - sooooo close!
  9. Do you think you can make a round version of this which can be made in to a circular patch?
  10. Woo-hoo - down to the dirty dozen! Interesting to see the best of the last
  11. This is mostly true. ANH Stunt, ANH Hero, and ESB are *very* similar. You can basically make all 3 costumes with 1 base suit, 3 helmets, and 3 belt/holster rigs (or even 2 if you are clever). ROTJ is a whole different beast. So I'd say it's more of FO vs. ROTJ vs. ANH/ESB style.
  12. With elastic it's always easier to make any straps longer than you need, then after you wear it a bit use safety pins (or even put knots in it) to shorten them. Then when you are highly confident they are the right length, make new ones of the perfect length. That's what I always did anyway. It's very easy to take length out of elastic, can't really put it back in during a troop LOL
  13. Yup, and for EI to truly be a success we use the MEPD / deployed numbers. Historically about 40% of sandtroopers are MEPD deployed. To get to that number, we'd need to have 2,260 EI and we just passed 1000. If we could get each EI to help one person go EI, wouldn't that be incredible?
  14. Correct. Even at 1000 EI we are far short of our target with is closer to 2400 EI. It's really trying to be yet another carrot to incentivize people to go EI, in this case by helping others to get to EI.
  15. Well deserved. 1000 posts is pretty good. 10,000 means you have been very active on the boards. Yes, some people try to run up their count with a lot of "me too" and "yeah" type posts, but what makes Glen's achievement so special is not only has he hit 20,000 (the 10 tonner), but that his posts are so helpful to everyone all over the board. Glen, we couldn't be more proud of you and also thankful for all you have given to the community. A hearty THANK YOU! for all you've done and continue to do. Daetrin
  16. This is amazing! This FISD staff are incredible.
  17. Well, there *is* a Discord server for those of use who do not have a Facebook account (I do not), but it's not really used much as I think it's just not known about, and the staff used it for testing. I think as more people abandon FB it may be opened to 501st members at least.
  18. That's up to the current DL. We use to allow others to have them so long as they only used them for personal items (e.g. not make & sell).
  19. Looks like utter rubbish. If you send it to me, I'll ensure it's property disposed of. ;-) (j/k for those that are new to this type of complement, means it looks awesome)
  20. Thank you for all that you bring to this community, esp. as you provide quality posts not just the "nice" type comments to bump the count. Here's to the next 3000 :pint1:
  21. To get you to post on these boards, it must be something epic. Great seeing you here again Terrell.
  22. I am indebted to you Glen for chasing down and uncovering all this FISD history. Guys, this is hours and hours of work digging in to the past and reading old and broken forum posts, gleaning out all the little bits and such. I'll try to add a few more thoughts and memories later today. Here are some good questions: 1) Who was the first person to receive an "expert infantry" award from FISD? 2) On the (now broken) EI listing page, what is the significance of the background images? 3) Who was the only person to be approved with an FX helmet? 4) Who was the first ESB EIB? 5) Who was the first Centurion? 6) Why can't you have more than one Centurion award? 7) Why were the colors chosen for the Centurion award? 8) What was the first piece of EI merch ever created? 9) Why are EI coins numbered and why can people only buy one? 10) What FISD costumes has no one ever gotten to EI (or Centurion) OK FISD nerds, let's see what you got!
  23. FWIW, I thought I saw an email about this but...you don't have to turn your camera on. Heck, for most of my work calls (Zoom, Teams, Chime, Bluejeans, Webex, whatev) I never turn my camera on.
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