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  1. I do believe the Bapty blaster was used by Stormtroopers on the Death Star, I don't have any screen grabs at the moment but I can find them. The bapty was used in the pre production photoshoots, you can see it as the E-11 being held by Han and Leia. There is a great blaster building Facebook group dedicated to the Bapty blasters (the E-11 and the Dlt-19). Cool history and unique props. https://www.facebook.com/groups/801444749866194/
  2. Also. For some of the FM parts that I already assembled, I may disassemble them just to show you how they go together.
  3. I just picked up on of @fieldmarshall's new all aluminum blaster kits. This is a thing of beauty. Since I'm building my new Bapty out of this kit I have some (a lot) of parts left over. Luckily I just so happen to have an unfinished Doopy kit so I will be using my unused parts from the FM kit on the DD kit. First up, the Tunisian "Bapty" E-11 (Sandtrooper Blaster) I got these wonderful cast aluminum parts from @bigwam. The grip and rear end of the blaster will be solid aluminum. Need to do some finishing work on these but I am so excited to have a Bapty made with real cast metal parts. To go along with it I have a real magazine. A great replica Hengstler (courtesy of Field Marshal again). A real Sterling folding stock. and a real 1942 M38 scope. Got a lot of mods ahead of me on this one. But I'm excited to have a fully metal Bapty build. Hard to get in the states without re assembling a cut up Sterling. Next up, the standard E-11 This is a blend of the rest of the Fieldmarshall parts and the Doopy kit. As much as I would like to, I doubt ill be able to get the bolt to fit in this thing sadly, same with the barrel, so I will probably be selling those parts off. Keep an eye out if interested. I am super impressed by the kit. It is super fun to put these parts together, the folding stock and grip/trigger were so much fun to build. The grip details are insane. And it came with switches and whatnot to put electronics in it. This second kit should pull together much faster than the Bapty. But this will probably be my new main trooping blaster. The Bapty will be on display in my Sandy shrine lol. I'm excited to start these builds fast so I can get to my favorite part, the weathering. Thanks to Fieldmarshall for such a cool kit, sorry I'm splitting it up, I know some are probably thinking I'm crazy of doing it this way, but Sandy's are my first love and I'm going to uber accurate on that blaster.
  4. Looking good troop! You don't need to be 100% at centurion level. Basic approval is fine. We just need to picture to publish the CRL. Should you upgrade you can go Centurion with FISD and PO or SWAT with us and we can update the photo accordingly! Just slap a pack on ya!
  5. This may also interest someone who is going for the Mimban trooper from Solo. These share some items, mostly armor and a variation on the crystal patrol pack. CRL research and planning here: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/15613-solo-mimban-trooper-crl-development/
  6. MEPD is starting work on the CRL for this. Now we know there are variants as well, some with packs, some with pauldrons, some with both, some with capes/ponchos. All with the new blast shield bucket, and R1 armor. It will likely be based on our Crystal Patrol CRL (finished but no CRL model yet) with some new additions.
  7. Very exciting, as I already said on MEPD. Watching with great interest!
  8. This is great man! You should cross post this over at MEPD as well!
  9. -------------- The MEPD is in need of someone with R1 Armor, the Crystal Patrol pack and a pauldron who may want to step in and be the CRL model! The Crystal Patrol Troops home will be the MEPD and we would love to get this CRL in the books. We recently published the R1 Jedha Sandtrooper CRL. http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:TD_R1_Jedha_Sandtrooper Feel free to reach out to me or @Dutchy here or on the MEPD forums.
  10. Materials would cost quite about the same honestly, unless if you buy from leather scraps usually sold at leather supply stores, and even then you may be able to just come in under the price. I don't think you'd save too much. The ones Joseph is linking to is pretty easy to mod, and a very good price. Also Blaster 8266 sells very very high quality handmade pouches that pass SWAT levels at MEPD. They are a bit more expensive, but very durable and very high quality. http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/10805-fs-6-styles-of-swat-grade-leather-and-canvas-ammo-pouches-ongoing-run/
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