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msouza

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  • Birthday 04/05/1968

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    Windermere, FL

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

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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Welcome to FISD Thomas, any questions please feel free to ask! If you ever find yourself in Makaze area let us know!
  6. 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
  7. Hello Florian, Looks like you've gotten some great advise from your fellow troopers. Please upload the following photos, Once I get these we can continue. * Front and both sides of the knee sniper plate * Thigh ammo strip rivets outside and inside * TD showing front panel * D ring on rear of blaster * Closeup of shoulder straps (front and back) * Closeup of your ab buttons * Closeup of your hand plates * Closeup of belt * Closeup of boots
  8. Hi Dave, Thanks for your application for EIB, and for helping us get that much closer to our 1000th EIB trooper! 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 we like to start from the top and work our ways down. Remember everything in this section is a suggestion that we feel make your armor that much closer to screen accurate.Some use it as a check list to complete while some do not. The choice is your. With that said, you ready? The first thing I'll call attention to the bottom screw on the right ear. The correct screws are used but I think you could countersink the bottom. Using a larger drill bit and ream by hand so you don't go through the original hole and have complete control and help set that a little flatter. The third photo I've attached is what I use to countersink on all my builds. Its really a great kit to have in your tool box to help get rid of all those nasty pinch points and armor bites. I got mine from mcmaster carr but amazon carries them as well. Reference Image Next I'll move onto your ab section and as your fellow troopers pointed out your ab buttons could use a trim. Reference Photo Onto your Kidney/Butt plate, again your fellow Troopers pointed out that you could adjust your strap a little.(Troopers helping Troopers)... On the back I used doubled over elastic as opposed to nylon just to give it the ability to go back into place after a bit of movement. . Reference Photo Also be sure to check the alignment when fastening your shins and try to keep that clean line. Reference Image 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. Just like EIB we'll work from the top down with the difference being requirement vs suggestion. Everything called out will be required fix's. Per the CRL: "There should be a minimal gap between the shoulder armor and the chest/back plates." The front look good but I would like to see the gap closed up on the back side. Reference Photo Reference Photo We're going to go back and address your ab details mainly the buttons. Per the CRL: "Ab button paint shall not extend beyond the bottom of the actual raised button." "No separate buttons are allowed." Looking at your ab buttons most of them are good to go (circled in green) but I will require that the ones circled red be addressed. This can be taken care of with a toothpick & mineral spirits. Dip the toothpick and use it as a eraser to shrink the painted buttons I will ask for a side detail shot of the buttons as well. Next up will be your abdomen section. Per the CRL; "Ideally there no gap between the abdomen and kidney armor. Abdominal and Kidney Plate align horizontally at top. A single visible seam line is present." Your so close to getting that gap closed up, great job on the weight loss. I don't believe you need to shim it either but I would highly suggest you follow the advise of your fellow troopers with the doubled over elastic strap as it helps pull the two together. I lost over 80 lbs to get into my armor so I know what your going through with that one. This is a top notch build just a couple minor adjustment and we'll get you on to the next level - congrats, see you at Centurion!!
  9. Dave, The only thing standing between you and EIB is your under suit. Per the CRL for basic approval UNDER SUIT Black non-textured material, either one-piece or two-piece construction with no visible zippers or logos. There happens to be a great thread on this subject that can be found here. Once you get this removed please re post new photo of it. I wont make you get suited up but will need to see it completed before proceeding.
  10. Dave, Thanks again for your patience. Now that hurricane Dorian is out of the area I can get back to normality and that includes getting you approved for EIB. Promise I'll get this review done by the weekend so hang in there I'll be right with you.
  11. Looks like you've got the A team on it Christian, You couldn't be in better hands then with these two troopers. Who's the armor maker? If all else fails I think I have a extra set of WTF ears if you need them.
  12. Hey Derek Thanks for your application for EIB and helping us get that much closer to our March to 1000. Always great to see a fellow Makaze member go for higher ranks as well. 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! With all reviews we like to start at the Helmet and work our way down, keep in mind that whatever we point out are suggestions that we feel will make your armor look better. Some take them and go through them like a task list to complete them all and some do not, its entirely up to you. Lets get started shall we? 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 Great job on the frown fix that Mario has pointed out. And while your deploying the toothpick eraser trick to your frown area it looks as if you can also apply it to your vocoder. In my opinion this is probably the the hardest thing to paint cleanly by hand. I found it hard to get a steady hand position and had to do the same. A little elbow grease and a drop of mineral spirits goes a long way, I actually outlined mine with a permanent black marker to get the clean outline then just painted in the lines. Reference Photo Next up would be your ear placement. This is by far one of the most overlooked area on the helmet and I believe its because everyone is worried about the fit. Most tend to put them in a vertical position when they should follow the live given by the Trap on the temple area. I would consider this an intermediate fix because it will probably require ABS paste to fill the holes. But hey you've built this set of armor so I have all the confidence that you can do it. Reference Photo Next we'll move onto your Mid section, First thing to look out for will be the thermo detonator location as this is more of a alignment issue. Try to keep in mind that this armor was built to show off its clean and simplistic line. It's a;ways good practice to have a clan member or handler give a visual to make sure everything in in its place. Use the raised area as a guide and try to feel the ends of the thermo det are in line with them up with them. Reference Photo Next I want to draw attention to your butt plate, I think this is a combination of your COD strapping being a bit to long and the strap on the far right being long or could need to be moved a to the right a bit more to help keep it in the proper position. By shoring up that cod strap it'll help pull that in the correct position as well. 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 adjustment would be your shoulder. Per the CRL: There should be a minimal gap between the shoulder armor and the chest/back plates. I would start by trimming off the return edge and check the fit before adjusting the straps Reference Photo Next I will require that you clean up the ab buttons and make them a bit smaller Per the CRL; Ab button paint shall not extend beyond the bottom of the actual raised button. You can pick up a stencil at any craft store and use it to mark out the correct sizing prior to cleaning up. Reference Photo These are the two major issues that would keep you from reaching Centurion but like I said earlier you built this armor so I have all the confidence that you can achieve it with a little more work. It may seem overwhelming but I like to print the list and go through them one by one checking them off so I can visually see what required. From all of us here in the Deployment Office at FISD Welcome Trooper & Great Job
  13. Hey Derek, Sorry for the delay in responding but your fellow trooper has hit the nail on the head with the paint going into the lip area. I will need to see this adjusted before we can get started. the easiest way to fix this is with some mineral spirits and a tooth pick. dip the toothpick and use it as an eraser of sorts but with a little effort you come out with the results shown in the reference image. As stated in the CRLs for Basic approval: Frown is painted gray and does not leave the teeth area. reference images.
  14. Thanks for your patience Trooper we appreciate it and I'll be right with you!
  15. Hi Rodrigo, Thanks for your application for EIB with your TK Commando build and also get us that much closer to our March to 1000. Lets jump right in shall we? 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 always I like to go from the helmet on down. Absolutely love how you've taken Josephs advise and dove right in with the ear adjustments. The only suggestion I'll add is with the strip on the top of the helmet. Good call on adjusting the paint on the bottom section and bringing it closer to the corner of the eye but the top line should naturally flow with the curve as opposed to a straight line. Take a look at the CRL model & see how it follows the natural dome. Reference Photos My next suggestion on the helmet would be the Frown / Teeth area. you can see it in the photos above along with the one added below. I would like to see the blue strip continue onto the gum lime. I tried to enlarge the area to show the lip/gum line that I'm referencing Reference Photo Next would be your Hovi Tips, If you were going with any TK other then the Commander your Hovi tips would be perfect!!!!! But on this version the preference is to keep the rims and insides black. A quick fix with some model paint or if you want you can take them off remove the screens as re paint them all black re install the screens the replace. Reference Photo OK onto your Neck Seal... nothing wrong with it but I wanted to mention that I love how you're friends Grandmother is the maker .. Next up I'm going to touch on your shoulder bells. While you did take Josephs advise and trimmed them to the correct size while rounding off the corners appropriately I want to get into the scuffing. You've paid amazing attention to detail in the painting / weathering of your kit I'd like to see a little more scuffing on the shoulder. Remember this is just a suggestion and I believe that weathering is open to interpretation but take a look at the reference photos vs your submitted photos and you'll see the difference. 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. For Centurion I will ask that the following be adjusted prior to resubmittal. Per the CRL: Ear screws shall be slotted, flat topped, countersunk and painted white. You can see in the reference photo that the bottom ear screw is almost non-existing. this can be achieved quickly with countersink / deburring tool that can be picked up at any hardware store. Reference Photo Per the CRL : Neck trim shall be of an s-type profile rather than a u-type profile I know you've made many changes to your helmet and it looks as if you have the correct S trim but I will require photos showing the edge. Reference Photo These are a couple examples that I can see and point out but honestly your photos bounced around a bit and I'm going to ask for Centurion that you upload a new set of all the required photos laid out per https://www.whitearmor.net/forum/topic/22605-centurion-application-photo-checklist/ From all of us here at the Deployment office welcome to EIB & congrats, see you at Centurion.
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