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msouza

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About msouza

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  • Birthday 04/05/1968

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    Male
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    Windermere, FL

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  • Name
    Mike
  • 501st ID
    11463
  • 501st Unit
    Makaze Squad

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  1. Funny what little changes make....... We’ll have you at EIB in no time!
  2. Looking forward to it, and I’m not sure if we have the EIB rocker patches left but I might have an extra.
  3. Carsten, Along with the paint on the frown or teeth area that gmrhodes13 pointed out the rear left calf will have to be fixed prior to going any further, as this is a requirement for Basic. The cover strip edge shall be facing the inside of the leg.
  4. Happy New Year Katie, Thanks for your patience and you application for EIB with your Phasma, it's always great to see fellow troopers taken that extra step! I wanted to take a little extra time and get some input from my fellow D.O's CRL and EIB Application Requirements All required photos are now in and, after review, we are pleased to welcome you to Expert Infantry rank. On behalf of the DO team and myself, many congratulations! Other-Armor Fit/Assembly In this area we review observations made by your fellow troopers and the DO team. Some observations may lead to suggestions to improve the overall look of your armor. Note that we consider both text (CRL) and pictures (screen caps/reference images) when reviewing submissions. The first thing that stands out and is more of a dress issue is your shoulder gaskets. I know it's mostly covers with the cape and it could just be from movement from all the photos. Just be mindful of it bunching up. Reference Photo Looks as if the same issue is on the arm/elbow joints as well. It seems to me that the gasket material might be a little big causing the problem. You'll see in the reference photo how its almost form fitting,then again I know we walk a fine line between fitting and functionality. Again just be mindful when dressing. Reference Photos Centurion Requirements In this section we prepare you for Centurion. More photos may be requested in the future that allow us to make better decisions on possible adjustments. If there are any areas of concern they will be discussed here. Because Centurion photos show much more detail than EIB, items to pertaining to Centurion might be seen there and not here. We try to point out all that we can from what is seen, but the final accuracy is the responsibility of the trooper. You have an amazing build and honestly the only thing that really sticks out and I hate to keep going back to it would be the fit of your arms. I would start with the gaskets first maybe have them taken in a bit and see if that makes the difference, (it looks as it should) I'm posting screen grabs and the Vanity Fair shoot and you'll see what i'm referring to. Reference Photos Again you have an amazing build with a top notch finish and it looks as if your build had Centurion in mind from the start. Just a couple minor tweaks and your there. - congrats, see you at Centurion.
  5. Hi Katie! As Joseph said sorry for the delay. And as you said between Christmas parades and now ROS premieres it’s been a whirlwind. Looks like i have all I need and plan on starting tonight and hopefully up for review with my other DO’s by weekends end! It’s a pretty aggressive schedule and hopefully Darth Real life doesn’t interrupt. Thanks again for your patience and we’ll talk soon!
  6. As long as they have a black sole and are completely white I don’t see an issue with them. The harder part may be keeping the elastic webbing white but if the did it for the original trilogy I see no reason it can’t be done now.
  7. Aaron like everyone has said your in the right place for sure and I can tell you from experience that nothing will motivate you more then knowing that armor is on the way! Any questions along the way feel free to ask.
  8. Hey Ian, First off welcome to FISD. There is a ton of information to start gathering and I would start with our getting started forum . This will be the first of many rabbit holes you dig into, but fear not we're here to help. Good luck with your research!
  9. Hey Pete welcome to the FISD & Glad to see your class went over well. I can tell you this when it was posted up on the boards it filled up fast. As far as research you've definitely come to the right spot. If you haven done so I would start by reading this section here! You’ll find just about everything you think of when it comes to getting started and your armor needs! Our fellow Trooper justjoseph63 has put together a great and very useful checklist of what you’ll need other then that amazing white shiny stuff. I found that personally it came in extremely helpful for my build. Once that has been all decided upon then I would dive into our EIB / Centurion sections and find out which a little extra effort you can get on screen accuracy. Hope that helps point you in the right direction, I know its a ton of information and a good size financial commitment so if any other questions come up feel free to ask. Its why we’re here “ Troopers helping Troopers” We've all had that feeling of "what have I gotten myself into" before the first cut but trust me when I tell you, after the fist cut you realize its not that bad. Follow the build threads in the EIB/Centurion sections and also read and re-read ukswraths build threads as he really breaks it down with a ton of photos and descriptions. I know I treated them like an instruction manual and to this day refer to them to confirm an answer to a question. Any other questions for us in Florida you can find us at Makers Faire Orlando on 11/9 & 11/10 we'll have a booth set up and we'll also be having an "armor party on both days" Best of luck in your journey.
  10. Hi Denis, Thanks for your application for EIB. Its always great to see your fellow troopers aiming for that little extra all while helping us reach our goal of 1000 EIB troopers! CRL and EIB Application Requirements All required photos are now in and, after review, we are pleased to welcome you to Expert Infantry rank. On behalf of the DO team and myself, many congratulations! Other-Armor Fit/Assembly In this area we review observations made by your fellow troopers and the DO team. Some observations may lead to suggestions to improve the overall look of your armor. Note that we consider both text (CRL) and pictures (screen caps/reference images) when reviewing submissions As with all reviews I like to work my way from the top down and and suggest things that'll help you achieve expert infantry and hopefully Centurion! First up is your helmet, It looks as if you could bring the brow trim up just a bit. If you take a look at the reference photo you'll see how there's about a 9 to 12 mm gap in between the top of the eyes and brow. Should be relatively easy fix, first would be to check the brow gasket hasn't slipped down Reference Photo Staying with the helmet my next suggested change would be your ear placement. Now this one is not as easy as the brow fix and its just a suggestion but hey you've built the armor so we have every bit of confidence that you can handle it. Take a look at the placement on the reference phot and you'll notice that they follow the angle of the temple trap. Reference Photo Next thing I'll point out is your shoulder straps, the right one in particular looks as if the elastic could use to be a little tighter or you might want to consider re-positioning it to help keep it aligned with your back plate. Reference Photo Last thing I'll touch on & point out is to watch for alignment issues. This could simply be from moving around and shifting things prior to taken photos but its always a good idea to have a fellow trooper give your armor a look over beforehand to give us that Empire approved look. . Reference Photo Centurion Requirements In this section we prepare you for Centurion. More photos may be requested in the future that allow us to make better decisions on possible adjustments. If there are any areas of concern they will be discussed here. Because Centurion photos show much more detail than EIB, items to pertaining to Centurion might be seen there and not here. We try to point out all that we can from what is seen, but the final accuracy is the responsibility of the trooper. First up would be your shoulder bells, take a look at the gap between your bicep and shoulder bell and try to minimize the gap between them and honestly that looks like it should take care of the gap between the shoulder armor and chest and back plate. You could also try by getting rid of the return edge on the shoulder bells and this will bring them in as well. Reference Photo Next we'll look at you pinstripes on the helmet and you can see that yours are much higher/longer than any reference photo and should be an easy fix before applying for Centurion. Your blaster has heavy weathering and the T-tracks look bent and misshaped. Painted black it might not be as visible. And that should do it. Real nice job on applying the fixes that your fellow troopers pointed out and over all its a pretty clean build. The Shoulders will be your main blocker for Centurion but with the skills you've shown here to reach EIB leaves no doubt in my mind i'll see you at the next level. - congrats, see you at Centurion
  11. Denis, I'm going to require a fix before we can continue, Per the CRL for Level 2 (EIB) "D-ring mounted on the rear." Should be a quick and easy fix , once installed post up a new photo and we can continue to get you approved!
  12. Denis, I'll need the following photos before I can continue. 1) Cod and Butt Plate Attachment including photos on the snaps inside and out. 2) Right side details-Arms Raised 3) Left side details-Arms Raised Thank you
  13. Hi Denis, Could you post the following photos for me, 1) The right side of your helmet showing the entire helmet 2) Right side details-Arms Raised 3) Left side details-Arms Raised Thanks
  14. Welcome to FISD Thomas, any questions please feel free to ask! If you ever find yourself in Makaze area let us know!
  15. You can contact Walt from Walt’s Trooper Factory, his info is on the where to get armor from thread, he made two sets of bells standard & large,not sure how the color will match but he makes them
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