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shashachu

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About shashachu

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    Senior Deployment Officer

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  • Gender
    Female
  • Location
    Bay Area, CA

FISD Info

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

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

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  1. Welcome Erina! I'm 5' 3" and the WTF kit fits me great, but most kits are flexible enough that they can be sized up or down as needed. I have a regular helmet and I don't *think* I look like a bobblehead, so I think you should be fine with the helmet.
  2. Hi Erick! Thanks so much for your application and for the quick turnaround with the frown paint and cod rivet fixes! You have a beautiful build that fits you really 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! 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 Starting from the top, a very minor suggestion to clip off the end of the brow trim, as it tended to stop before the edge of the trap: Reference Images: Moving along, a suggestion with your shoulder bridges. The screen-used armor had no large tab on the back of the shoulder tabs, so you could consider trimming it off if it wouldn't make your shoulder bridges too short: Reference Images: Next, you have a very slight overlap with your back and kidney plate on the right side. It's so small that it won't block for Centurion, but adjusting the strapping would give you that ultra clean look. I myself have uneven shoulders and had to make some adjustments to minimize the overlap as well. Reference Image: Next, from the front you can see that your kidney plate is just a touch wider than your ab plate. Some gentle heat bending might help them line up better. Reference Image: Finally, as was already pointed out, the TD screws should technically be closer to the ends of the clips. Nothing that will block approval, but worth mentioning for those who want to really match the screen-used armor: 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. Starting from the top, the L3 CRL states: There should be a minimal gap between the shoulder armor and the chest/back plates. Yours actually doesn't look too bad, but we think the gap can still be reduced. Shortening the strap connecting the shoulder bell to the shoulder elastic should bring the top closer to your chest. I also noticed that the bottom of your shoulder bells still appears to have quite a bit of return edge on them, so trimming that all off should let them sit closer to your chest and back. Reference Images: Next, the L3 CRL states: The top of the ABS ammo belt should sit at or just above the bottom of the central and vertical abdomen button panels. Yours is sitting a bit low so will need to be raised. I added two small strips of velcro to the front of my ab to keep my belt from sagging during troops. Reference Images: Next, the L3 CRL states: Hand guards shall be latex or latex-like, solid white or painted white, and affixed to rubber gloves with no visible strapping or stitching. Yours are ABS, so they'll have to be replaced with latex ones for Centurion. There are a couple folks on the boards who sell them. I had a really hard time getting them to stick to the rubber gloves solidly; you might need to try a few different adhesives. Reference Image: Next, the L3 CRL states: No return edge on the inside of the front of the forearm is allowed. It's a bit hard to see, but it appears you do still have quite a bit of return edge on your forearms. Reference Image: Moving along to the belt, the L3 CRL States: 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. Yours come in a bit too far. It can be a bit of a tricky dance to get them lined up properly, and I will say we are not generally extremely picky in this area, but you should be able to trim the edge and corners of the belt to get it much closer. Reference Images: Finally, at L3, we do not allow Rubies conversions: Bapty-style, Hasbro and Rubies blasters are not allowed, even conversions. So you'll need to get your hands on another blaster. There are a lot of options for accurate blasters; I troop with a Hyperfirm B-Grade rubber blaster, but unfortunately they're not around anymore. Praetorian makes rubber E-11s if that's the route you'd like to go. And that's it! I have full confidence in your ability to make the few small adjustments for Centurion, especially give the very quick turnaround on the EIB fixes. We'll see you at Centurion soon, but until then, get out there and make Lord Vader proud!
  3. I honestly did too, which is why it took me so long to get back to you. I had a lot of very confused discussions with present and former DOs. From what I can discern, it used to be an L3 requirement, but I found EIB reviews back to September 2018 quoting them as an EIB requirement, so it must have changed sometime in the last couple of years. To be honest I think it's also somewhat inconsistently enforced at EIB, which probably why it's even more confusing. Thank you for your patience!
  4. Okay! Apologies again for the delay, but I'll have to ask you for one more change before proceeding. Per the L2 CRL: Gloves shall be rubber or rubber-like chemical gloves, in black. Yours appear to be nomex gloves, so while they look very comfy for trooping, they'll need to be replaced for your EIB application. If you like, you could also take this opportunity to get some latex hand guards, but that is a Centurion requirement, not EIB, so that would only be if you'd like to get a head start on your Centurion application. Apologies for not spotting this the first time around. You're almost there! Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Thanks, Sha Sha
  5. Hey Erick, Just popping in to say that I haven't forgotten about you; there's a CRL question I have that I'm trying to get cleared up. I don't want to tell you the wrong thing. Thank you for your patience!
  6. Just add to this post. And no worries - we'll be here when you're ready!
  7. Hi Erick! Thanks so much for your submission! I'll be doing your review. Like @gmrhodes13 pointed out, there's a couple fixes that will need to be made in order to proceed. First, it looks like some of your frown paint will need to be cleaned up. I zoomed in to mark out an area so that it's a bit clearer what we're after, but take a look at both the upper and lower edges of the teeth to ensure there's no gray paint on the 'gums'. If you look at the reference photos, you'll see that you can even err on the side of underpainting. It should be just a bit of time with some mineral spirits or paint thinner and a q-tip or toothpick to clean up the paint. (Apologies for the sub-par photo; I'm on my phone.) Reference Images: Next, your cod rivet does look quite large. What hardware did you use for it? Generally we try to shy away from exact measurements, but proportionally, yours looks too large. Our available reference photos of that area aren't great, but you can see the rivet is noticeably smaller than the snaps, while on your kit they look the same size. On my own kit I used the same split rivets I used for the left side ab/kidney connection. Reference Image: Finally, you're missing a few required photos: - Sniper knee left/right/front - Shoulder strap connection - Interior strapping You can also reference the attached checklist. Please reach out to me or any other DO if you have any additional questions. You're almost there! -Sha Sha EIB_Centurion Photo Checklist (4).pdf
  8. Hi Rob, Thanks for your application and for all of the fixes. It may seem nitpicky at times, but we really are trying to help you look your best. You've done a fantastic job fitting the armor to you. 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. Starting from the top, just a suggestion with the brow placement. Stunt brows tend to be a bit higher than you have hours (Hero brows are low like yours), so we're suggesting you raise it just a touch. Reference Images: ' Nice job sharpening up the paint around the vocoder, but you may have taken a bit too much paint off, so we're suggesting you add just a bit back to better match the screen used helmets. Reference Image: Next, just a simple dressing issue. Next time you're getting suited up, have a handler take a look and make sure your cover strips are aligned. It's a very small detail but it's the little things that really elevate your look Reference Image: ard Finally, it's a bit hard to tell from the photo, but your cod seems a bit longer than usual, so if you're feeling inspired, you could trim it down some. 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. Starting with the shoulders, the L3 CRL states: There should be a minimal gap between the shoulder armor and the chest/back plates. Your shoulder bell gap is a little larger than we like to see. Some suggestions are: tightening the strapping holding the bells on, trimming off any remaining lower return edge on the bells, and even just adjusting the way you're holding your arms in your photos. Reference Images: Moving along, the L3 CRL states: Back plate shall have no, or minimal overlap of the kidney plate. I'm not completely sure, but it does look like your back and kidney are overlapping. It's probably just a matter of some minor strapping adjustments. Reference Image: Next, the L3 CRL states: Abdomen armor buttons are integrated and painted directly on the armor. No separate buttons are allowed. It looks like you're using separate buttons, and you appears to be missing the smaller ab button plate, so you'll need to replace both. Reference Image: Finally, I can't clearly see the ab box alignment in your photos, but when you're taking your Centurion photos, make sure they're aligned with the ends of the plastic belt. Many troopers add a drop of glue to the white elastic holding the belt boxes on to ensure they stay in place. Drop boxes are vertically aligned with the end of the ammo belt with minimal gap between belt and box. Reference Image: And that's it! I have total confidence in your ability to make the necessary fixes for Centurion, but in the mean time, get out there and troop and make The Empire proud!
  9. Hey Rob! Great job on the snap fix, and on the interior paint! Last tiny thing - looks like you painted the hovi tip screens white, but they should stay silver. Once you remove the white paint, we can proceed. You're almost there!!! -Sha Sha
  10. Super speed! Thanks for the quick fixes. I'll be with you soon.
  11. Hi Rob! Thanks for all the additional photos. We're going to have you make a couple more fixes before continuing. First, per the L2 CRL: Correct 'Hovi mic' aerator tips are present. Screens used shall be of a wide type mesh, with the rim of the mic and the inside white or painted white. You've done a nice job with the white rims, but it doesn't appear the interior is white. Reference Images: Next, we're requesting a fix on your posterior snaps. AM armor comes with a bit of a tab/extension on the posterior section, maybe to fit larger troopers better. However, that tab wasn't present on the screen-used suits, and although it's not something specifically called out in the CRL text, the DO team discussed it and we're requesting that you trim off the extra tab and move the snaps. Not only will it be more accurate, but we believe it will probably make your armor more comfortable to wear. Reference Image: You can also look a previous AM approvals for reference. Thanks for your patience; you're almost there! Please reach out to me or any of us on the DO team if we can be of assistance.
  12. Hello Rob! Thanks for your application! We'll need you to make a few corrections before we can proceed with your application. First, you'll need to replace and paint your thermal detonator screws. The L2 CRL states: Clips shall be attached with slotted type, flat or dome top style screws, and be black (two per clip). V head screws are not permitted. So almost any slotted screw will work except a v-head. You'll also want to use black screws, or just use a bit of black paint on them. Reference Image: Next, as @SirFalconian said, you'll need to close up that ab/kidney gap a bit. Any gap between the abdomen and kidney armor is no more than 1/2" (12.5mm) wide. Besides being careful when dressing, you can try tightening your belt, and many troopers have good success connecting the left side rivets with nylon instead of elastic. In the meantime, we'll also need some additional photos: * Helmet right side * Close up of hovi tips/vocoder * Close up of shoulder strap connection * Close up of ab buttons * Interior strapping * Sniper knee front, left, and right * Close up of cod and butt connection to show presence of rivet + 2 snaps * Belt interior * Closeup of inside and outside of thigh ammo pack rivet * Rear of blaster (to show D-ring) Thanks!
  13. Hi Ivan, Thanks for your application! I apologize for the delay in your review; sometimes real time gets in the way. Thanks also for the quick fixes. Let's get started! 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 Starting from the top, this is totally a matter of personal preference but I'd consider trimming just a bit more out of your helmet eyes. While there's nothing wrong with the way you have them trimmed now, your trooper does have a bit of a sleepy look. Reference Images: Next up, your biceps are pretty uneven, with your left one sitting quite a bit lower than the right. Not only will raising your left bicep give you a bit better arm mobility, but it will also keep your left forearm from running into your handguard. Reference Image: Moving along, we're suggesting you touch up the white paint on your left side ab/kidney rivets. While the scratches probably do actually better match screen-used armor, we tend to lean a bit more towards that idealized 'fresh off the Death Star' look. Reference Image: On the opposite side, your 'Han snap' is sitting a bit low. It's not so off that we'd block for Centurion, but if you're looking for ultimate screen accuracy, you could replace the snap and fill the old hole with ABS paste. Reference Image: Finally, just a dressing issue. When you're getting suited up, it really takes the look of your armor to the next level to have your cover strips aligned. So when you're at your next troop, just have a handler give you a once-over to make sure things are lined up. 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 shoulder bell gap is quite wide, especially in the front. You're a bigger trooper so it can be hard to minimize the gap, but some tips include tightening the strapping connecting the shoulder bells, and making sure all the lower return edge of the shoulder bells is trimmed back. You may also want to consider rotating the bells forward so at least the front/rear gap is even. Reference Image: Moving to the rear, the L3 CRL states: Back plate shall have no, or minimal overlap of the kidney plate. The 'wings' of your back plate are overlapping the kidney a decent amount. I actually think that a bit of heat bending to point them out may do the trick. We also noticed that the strapping in the center of the back/kidney connection looks longer, so tightening that may position the back in a better place. Reference Image: Moving along, great job with getting that gap down for your EIB approval; glad the nylon strapping did the trick. For Centurion, however, there should be no gap. 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. It may again just be a matter of dressing, but you'll need to eliminate that last bit of gap if you apply for Centurion. At worst, you may need to shim your armor some, but just note that for Centurion the shim must be seamless, so you'll have to fill the seam with ABS paste and sand it smooth. Reference Images: Finally, a couple issues with your belt. The L3 CRL states: The top of the ABS ammo belt should sit at or just above the bottom of the central and vertical abdomen button panels. Note in the reference images that the plastic of the belt should touch or even slightly overlap the last ab button. Next, the L3 CRL states: Canvas belt must be firm / sturdy in appearance. No creasing or sagging  Your belt seems to be creasing/sagging at the holster connection. I don't have personal experience with Trooperbay belts so I'm not sure if that area is a little thin, or maybe if you just need to flatten out that area? Worst case you may need to replace the canvas belt for Centurion. Reference Image: And that's it! Great job on your build, and congrats again on reaching EIB. We hope to see your Centurion application soon, but until then, get out there and make The Empire proud!
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