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shashachu

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About shashachu

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    Senior Deployment Officer

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    Female
  • Location
    Bay Area, CA

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  • Centurion Granted Date
    20171218
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    1
  • EIB Cohorts
    ANH-S
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    Yes

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  • Name
    Sha Sha
  • 501st ID
    19233
  • 501st Unit
    Golden Gate Garrison

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  1. Hi Ekapol, Thanks for your patience and for making the requested changes, as well as the additional photos. It's clear you have an eye for detail and built your armor with higher levels in mind. 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 myself and the rest of the DO team, 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. Starting from the top, while the Hero brows did sit lower than the Stunt brows, yours is a bit too low. I'd recommend lifting it, just a few millimeters. Additionally, as was already pointed out, the Hero hovi tips generally don't have the white rim, or it's very slight due to weathering. A few minutes with some black paint should take care of it. Reference Images Continuing on, *great* job on the ab button paint. If you're wanting to go the extra mile, on the screen-used suits the paint was actually a bit smaller. Notice in the reference image that the paint does not quite cover the plastic button. Reference Image As was already mentioned, for ultimate screen accuracy the TD clips should be squared off, not rounded (although I understand they come from Anovos that way.) Note that if you do decide to tackle squaring them off, they should still be flush with the TD panel. Reference Image Additionally, your canvas belt is a bit long. It seems like you're relatively small-waisted (except maybe on burrito days) but the screen-used armors didn't have any extra cloth belt showing past the TD, so you could consider trimming off the excess. Reference Image: Your posterior plate is popping out a bit from the kidney plate, but it should sit directly below. I can see that you already have strapping connecting the edge of the posterior plate to the kidney, so you might considering tightening that, or moving the strapping closer to the edge of the posterior. Reference Image In the lower limbs, a couple items that might just be dressing issues. It could just be the way you're standing in the photo, but the bottom of your left thigh looks a bit large. For the cleanest look you could consider sizing that down. On the other leg, when you're getting suited up for a troop, have a Handler make sure the calf closures are aligned as well as the thigh and calf cover strips for a super clean, uniform look. Reference Image Finally, there are a few areas around your armor where your return edge looks particularly wide. While many people like the look of it, these are all potential sources for painful armor bites, so once you have a few troops under your belt and get to know more about how your armor fits you, you can consider trimming those back. Reference Images Finally, for your blaster, incredible work! The only note I have is that the screen-used blasters tended not to be heavily weathered, so you should consider toning that down a bit. Reference Images Centurion Requirements In this section we prepare you for Centurion. Because Centurion photos show more detail than EIB, items pertaining to Centurion might be seen there and not here. We try to point out all that we can from what we see but the final accuracy is the responsibility of the trooper. Starting at the top, the L3 CRL states The plastic shoulder straps need to be held down in the back via a white elastic band to the white fabric that connects/bridges the chest and back piece. It's hard to tell, but it doesn't appear you have the shoulder strap tie downs. Your shoulder straps are sitting quite a bit higher than your shoulders, so the ties should help this. If they're still sitting too high, a quick hot water bath to relax the bend might get them to sit a bit lower. Reference Image The L3 CRL states There should be a minimal gap between the shoulder armor and the chest/back plates. Your armor has a pretty significant gap at the top of the shoulder bells as well as all along the length. You should shorten the strapping connecting the shoulder bells to the white shoulder elastic as well as make sure all return edge at the bottom of the bells is trimmed off. Reference Image The L3 CRL states Ideally there no gap between the abdomen and kidney armor. As you already mentioned, you're showing a slight gap between the right side ab/kidney. You should be able to tighten the belt slightly, or maybe lay off the burritos on the day you take your Centurion pics. Reference Image On the other side of the kidney, unfortunately your rivets are misplaced. They should be evenly spaced starting above the cod. (Note my circles are approximate - check the reference images for the proper spacing.) This is not an area we'll break out the ruler for and it's not explicitly in the CRL wording, but we do want it to approximately match the screen-used suits. You'd have to remove the rivets, move them, then fill the old holes with ABS paste. Keep in mind that the tops of the ab and kidney should be aligned, so be sure your rivets are aligned as well. Reference Images Lastly, the L3 CRL states The top of the ammo belt should sit at or just below the bottom of the central and vertical abdomen button panels. The wording is a bit confusing, but your belt should be raised. Reference Image And that's it! Congratulations again on reaching Expert Infantry! You do have a bit of work to do to reach Centurion, but I have full confidence in you. Now get out there and make the Empire proud!
  2. Yes, I use cloth gloves while trooping. The people I know who do use rubber gloves for trooping often wear a thin glove liner (I think they come in silk) to keep your hands from getting too sweaty. And thanks so much for the fixes and updated photos - I'll get working on your review tonight and do my best to get back to you before I leave for Celebration Wednesday morning! Also your burrito comment made me laugh!
  3. Really going all-out with the blaster!!! Re: the clips it's true the screen-used had squared off corners, but this is not something we require. And take your time with the photos - we'll be here when you're ready.
  4. I updated my request - could you actually post all new full-body photos (not just the action photo) since they're all done with the Stunt helmet. Thanks!
  5. Hey Ekapol! Great to see you applying to higher levels. Hope to see you out at a troop soon. Can you add the following additional photos: Close-up of Thermal Detonator, including close-up of screws (we would like to confirm they are the correct pan-head type) Close-up of the inside of the knee ammo pack rivet Close-up of gloves Full pics of the left and right of your blaster Close-up of the blaster rear D-Ring Full pics of the inside and outside of the belt (not worn) All full-body shots wearing the Hero helmet From the photos that are there, a couple changes will need to be made before I can proceed with your app: The knee rivet will need to be painted white: Thigh ammo belt is attached to thigh with a solid head rivet, painted white, in the upper corner and fastened to the lower thigh ridge. While you have the white paint out, you may as well paint the ab/kidney rivets white, although this is a Centurion requirement, not EIB. As was already mentioned, please trim the thigh cover strip so it stops at the thigh ridge. This is something that is not explicitly called out in the CRL but it should be. Thanks!
  6. It's something about how slim you and I look in our armor because we both chose to size down our kits quite a bit. You: Me:
  7. You're welcome! And thanks for being my first ESB armor approval.
  8. SITTING!!!! SHE'S A WITCH!!!! You are looking great! Super proud of you. Also, you and I look freakishly similar when suited up...
  9. CRL and EIB Application Requirements Thank you for making the corrections on your TD screws. 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 in this review I will do my best to use ESB troopers as reference images, but since ESB armor was mostly re-used ANH armor, I will be using some ANH reference images. Starting from the top, your decals are a bit small for your helmet. You might want to look around to see if you can find a decal set that fits the RS helmets better. Reference Images: . Moving along, your bicep pieces seem a bit large for you. It it's possible without damaging your armor, it would clean up your look if you sized them down a bit. Reference Image: As was already pointed out, the paint on your ab buttons is a bit large. It looks like you've already corrected the small button panel, so it would be great to fix the large button panel to match. Reference Image: On the back, you have quite a large gap between your back and kidney. We're recommending you try to close that a bit, and hopefully this should be a relatively simple fix of tightening the strapping connecting the two. Reference Images: Continuing on, your left side ab/kidney is overlapping a bit and tends to get misaligned while you're wearing it. You could consider adding a bit of padding to prevent the overlap and try to keep things in place. Also, it looks like they might be connected with elastic, so you could also consider swapping them out for nylon. Reference Image Ending on the lower limbs, great job aligning the sniper knee. It might just be the photos, but it does look like there's some extra return edge that could be trimmed off: 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. The L3 CRL states: There should be a minimal gap between the shoulder armor and the chest/back plates. Your right shoulder has a pretty visible gap at the top, and it looks like there is a small gap on the left. This should be a relatively simple fix of shortening the shoulder bell strapping, or if needed moving the snap on the shoulder elastic in further. Reference Image: Moving onto the belt, the L3 CRL states: Drop boxes are vertically aligned with the end of the ammo belt with minimal gap between belt and box. The corners of the plastic ammo belt shall be trimmed at a 45 degree angle that that meets the outer edge of the cloth belt. The top of the ammo belt should sit at or just below the bottom of the central and vertical abdomen button panels. As Glen already said, the drop box alignment is probably just a matter of putting a drop of glue on the drop box elastic to keep them from wandering: Reference Image: For the belt corners, it looks like you should be able to trim a bit of the plastic off the ends of the belt to get the corners close to the edge of the canvas belt: Reference Image: With the belt alignment, the CRL language is a bit unclear, but your belt is sitting a bit low. It should be touching or slightly overlapping the ab buttons: Reference Image: And that's it! Congratulations again - it's a really beautiful build. Get out there and make the Empire proud, and we'll see you at Centurion!
  10. Hi Pascal, Thanks so much for your patience. We'd like to request a clearer (and ideally lighter) photo of the frown. It's difficult to tell with the black paint, but it does appear that you might have some overspray on the teeth: Per the CRL: Frown is painted black and does not leave the teeth area. If you agree there is some extra paint, you can clean it up and post updated photos. Otherwise, if you can post some clearer photos showing the paint doesn't leave the teeth area, we can proceed.
  11. Hey Pam! Looking great! You totally look like a stormtrooper! Thebiggest issue I can see is the back/kidney overlap, but it could also be that the back is sort of just sticking out a bit. How is the back strapped to the kidney? I wonder if you could tighten the strapping some to bring the back closer to your body. On my kit I did bend the shoulder tabs at the top of the back more so that it sat a bit higher and didn't overlap the kidney, so that's also an option. Looking back at @Cricket's comments it could be that the chest and back are both a bit on the larger side - I wonder if both could be brought up a bit. I also think that some of it is just your body proportions - you seem to have a relatively short torso and relatively long limbs. Ultimately approval is up to your GML, but I'm not seeing much here that would block basic approval. Great job with the build!
  12. Great, thanks for the glove pics. We do have a couple people who sell the correct TD screws through the forums, but I believe they're all US-based, so it's likely much cheaper and faster for you to find them locally.
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