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msouza

Deployment Officer[Staff]
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About msouza

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    Deployment Officer
  • Birthday 04/05/1968

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    Windermere, FL

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    ANH-S
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  • Name
    Mike
  • 501st ID
    11463
  • 501st Unit
    Makaze Squad

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  1. Hey Robert, Just dropping a line to let you know we haven't forgotten about you. I've started your review and will get with you shortly, Thanks for your patience!
  2. Eric, As far as a build goes we all do things a little different but you can look at any of @ukswrath build threads as most of us really consider his a step by step instruction manual. You can see his thread on ATA armor here!! And thanks to our Executive Office @justjoseph63 you can find a list of all the extras that you could think of here! Any other questions feel free to reach out as we're all here to help!
  3. If you haven't done so yet post up your request for certificate here
  4. Hi Ardeshir, Thanks for your EIB application!! 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 Lets start at the top and work our way down shall we? Great job on cleaning up the frown area and adding the weathering to the Hovi Tips, Like I said earlier Anovos has a habit of adding a little to much paint on the frown and looks like they did the same on the V-Coder. Using the same method you did with the frown & it'll make a big difference. Reference Image Also lately Anovos seems to be assembling the helmets with the ears in a vertical position. Ideally the ear aligns like the reference image below, you can see the screws line up with the rear angle of the top trap. While correcting this is only a suggestion, it is not a requirement on any level to fix. We thought we would point this out to you in case you felt like trying for a little more screen accuracy. Reference Image Moving on to your Mid section, One thing that has been brought to my attention and after looking a little deeper I agree with is to enlarge the paint just a little bit on the ab buttons. While most new troopers tend to get a bit over zealous and make them to big. You seemed to air on the side of caution, I added the red layer to yours with a correct diameter circle so you can see what we're talking about. The one thing I did when painting mine was to tape off then use a stencil that matched the hole. This way it keeps it off the midsection about an 1/8 of an inch and the stencil keeps the diameter at 7/16" or 11 mm. Reference Photos Also take a look at the strapping that attaches the butt plate to the kidney plate on the right side, looks like that could be readjusted and tightened up a bit to allow the armor to sit better. I would check the COD strap as well as that would help pull the armor into place if it has a tendency to rise. I found that switching from an elastic to a nylon type material strap helps, and as an added bonus this will help close the gap from the back of your thighs to give you that clean line we strive for. Reference Image I would also like to suggest taking a look at the length on the strapping to your thighs, Looks as if you can adjust it about a 1/2" or so higher to even the top of your thighs and close the gap between them and the cod piece. Reference Image The last suggestion I'll make is on the length of your belt. The one thing you'll notice that you can't see is the end of his belt, It's hidden behind the Thermal Detonator. This is just one more example of how big clean lines play a role and help portray an image in this franchise. This is an easy fix that should take about 10 minutes with a sewing machine and white thread. Just don't forget to hem the seam to keep it from coming unraveled. 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. The following adjustments & changes will need to be made prior to achieving Centurion Per CRL "Ear screws shall be slotted, flat topped, countersunk and painted white." Anovos for some reason uses a different type of screw for the bottom of the ears that are not a flat countersunk screw, any local hardware / home depot should have the proper screws so you could change them out quickly & add a drop of white paint to them. Reference Photo Per CRL " There should be minimal gap between the shoulder armor and the chest/back plates." Moving down to your shoulders, I think its an alignment issue but you will need to double check your return edges and snap location and that should close your gap. If your have a hard time closing the gap you can check your bicep sizing and see if you could reduce them. This will help bringing the shoulder bells in as well. Reference Photo PER CRL"Drop boxes are vertically aligned with the end of the ammo belt with minimal gap between belt and box." Moving on to the midsection once again great job at taken the advice of your fellow troopers on the ab buttons and squaring them off. One more thing you can do is add a bit of E6000 to the drop box loops to keep them aligned & not have to worry about them sliding out of place. Reference Image Per CRL Canvas belt can not contain patches of any sort. Canvas belt must be firm / sturdy in appearance. No creasing or sagging Another thing I will bring up is the hi-lighted area on your belt. I will ask for a close up & clear picture of this as it seems to have been patched and also creased around the Chicago screws. As Centurion is the highest level we feel that the belt needs to be replaced with a more rigid one without patching. Per CRL Rivets are equally spaced along the depth of the armor and about 10mm from the edge. The heads are rounded or domed. Rivets are painted white. As your fellow troopers have mentioned check you rivet spacing on the ab section as it seems a bit off, this is an easy fix with a little abs paste & effort, while you're there you can touch up the paint on the kidney rivets. Reference Photo. Lastly, while you're adjusting your drop boxes as mentioned above, you may want to add a piece of Velcro to help keep your belt in place. Take a look at the reference photo below where the belt covers the bottom bit of the fourth ab button. Looks like yours is close but it may have slid a bit. I highlighted is where it should be resting. Reference Photo Overall you've done a great job building your armor and also you've shown the willingness to not only take your fellow troopers advice but you've implemented it and in return you have one great set of armor. Well done Trooper - congrats and see you at Centurion!!
  5. Hey Ardeshir Again thanks for your patience, It is in for review and we need a second set of eyes needs to take a look at it. (Everything goes through a double check.) We’ll get back with you shortly!
  6. Hey Ardeshir, On last thing, I'm going to need you to paint the screws on your thermal detonator black before we can move forward. Take a look at the reference photo and you'll see what we're looking for. Reference Photo
  7. Thanks for your patience, I’m just about done with my review and we should have this wrapped up by the weekend!
  8. Hey Ardeshir Thanks for your patience and also for changing out your screws on the thermal detonator as requested. One more thing before we can move forward is the paint on the frown. Anovos is notorious for overspray on the frown to the lip and it looks as if yours is no exception. and per the CRL "Frown is painted gray and does not leave the teeth area. Eight total teeth on the frown are cut out." Fortunately this is an easy fix with a toothpick and little bit of effort. Take a look at your frown compared to reference frowns and you'll see the difference.
  9. Het Derek & welcome to FISD Looks like my fellow Troopers have given you a bunch of information already. If your in Orlando that would put you in Makaze Squad with me. Schedules can get crazy but no worries. I'll be at the booth for Megacon Saturday & Sunday so feel free to stop by & introduce yourself. And you can also check the FL501st.com boards for an upcoming Armor party at Gary & Anns place also known as the "TK Sweatshop." And we should have an Armor party coming up at Makersfair Orlando soon as well where you can introduce yourself to your Squadmates and Command Staff. 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! Speaking of armor needs our fellow Trooper and Deployment Office 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” Best of luck in your journey.
  10. Welcome aboard Nadas! 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! Also our fellow Trooper and Executive Officer 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” Best of luck in your journey.
  11. Hi Paul & Welcome to FISD! I've also never heard of a "NE KIT" So I would start a build thread & post pictures so we can help you out if possible 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! Speaking of armor needs our fellow Trooper and Deployment Office 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” Best of luck in your journey.
  12. Welcome Alex to the FISD!! 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! Speaking of armor needs our fellow Trooper and Deployment Office 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” Best of luck in your journey.
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