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    Troops, As times of change lie ahead of us, our boards need to get a slight overhaul as well. What's going to change.? Well, as we are welcoming new costumes to our ranks they do need their own section on the boards for specific costume related discussions and so on. -We will start working with "Precincts" to divide all the different costumes. -Our current "what makes a sandtrooper" section will get a name change into "MEPD Precincts". Here's an example for the new layout: MOS EISLEY ANH Sandtrooper - Armor - Field Pack - Blaster - Pouches and Pauldron Our other Precincts will be , Jedha City and Sullust. The expected timeline for all this will be that our webmaster will see what's possible to do on a short term basis. The forum will experience downtime either way as we also have to update the forum software to make sure that those pesky Jawa's can't access our mainframe anymore. Exciting times for the MEPD!!! -dutchy
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    Welcome everyone to the August/September issue of the MEPD newsletter! Things have been moving along here at the MEPD. So many new SWAT members approved or under review. Its always so great to see. Also we have relaunched our Instagram account. If you would like a photo of yours feature send them to @henselmonster or DM on instagram! http://instagram.com/mepd501st In this issue: -A note from our Detachment Leader -An interview with one of our command staff -A feature on the Tunisian blasters used by the Sandtroopers -Troop of the month Summer, ah…. The time to lay back, relax and enjoy your time off. Not at the MEPD I tell ya!! We have experienced one of the busiest summers since a certain smuggler escaped from docking bay 94. Where to start….Behind the scenes the CS has been working hard on getting the CRL for the Special Edition Sandtrooper done. The current status is, the text is complete and we now only need good reference pictures for the CRL. Also we aren’t forgetting about the other CRL’s that need to be written but one CRL at a time. Next to this our design team has been working hard on a design for the Desert Foxes and we are close to finishing that, all with the help of the ladies of the Desert Foxes. Then we had a situation that we rather didn’t have. A recasting claim made by one of our members at the address of another member. We of the CS reacted swiftly and have done everything that was in our power to solve this in the best way possible. The only thing I can tell about it is that the 501st as an organization has created a resolution for cases like this. You all probably have read it on the boards but I will share it here again: The 501st Legion does not condone, support, or encourage re-casting. It is, however, outside of the scope of this club's mission, charter, authority, jurisdiction, and purview to consume our time and energies as a volunteer organization in efforts to prosecute those who, of their own volition, choose to engage in re-casting. But what about all the downtime I can hear you all say, well it seems that there are still some Jawa’s hidden somewhere that hack into our mainframe from time to time. That’s why I am looking for a trooper that is interested in becoming the webmaster for the MEPD. You all know the drill, when you are interested contact me! There is one thing that I would really like to have special attention for. Walt from Walt’s Trooper Factory is doing a raffle for a complete TD armor. It’s linked to a special charity event which Walt specifically only wanted TD’s for as we are the “police force” of the Empire. The charity event is for the families of policemen who gave their life during duty. Please do join in on the raffle when you are interested in a decked out armor from Walt and make this one count for the families and the MEPD. And now a word about our PO and SWAT program….I’m flabbergasted by the amount of requests that have been entered for PO and SWAT the last months. Some of you have already achieved PO/ SWAT status and earned their stripes. But there are also still some that are being reviewed as we speak, good luck troopers! Therefore I would really like to express my appreciation for all the hard work that you all have put into it to achieve this as did our Deployment Officers. I salute you, my brothers! For now, keep up all the good vibes and positive flow that is currently running through the MEPD! -Dutchy I got a chance to ask a few questions to our MEPD Specialist/Ambassador @SCRIBBLER! Thanks so much for taking the time to let the detachment get to know you a little better: 1. When did you first join the MEPD, and why a Sandtrooper? I entered the 'Precinct' back in 2011. Other than always liking the battle worn look of a TD as opposed to a TK, I just got tired of polishing the 'clean' TK armor. LOL Seriously though, I just loved that the Sandtroopers had the appearance of being on the frontlines, the whole setup: Pauldron, Backpack and BFG just did it for me! Joining the MEPD pretty much insured that I would get my gear as close to screen accurate as possible thanks to all the knowledge of the TD community here! 2. What is your favorite part of the MEPD? Armor building and helping others with their projects as well. Interacting with all the members, helping in any way I can and just suiting up and representing this bad-a$$ community of troopers this side of Coruscant! The tips and secrets that we use to complete our projects is simply outstanding! =) 3. Do you have any meaningful troops or interactions as a member of the MEPD? Since 2014, our Sandtrooper Patrol (Route 66 Patrol) has been doing 5, 8 and 10 mile charity hikes through the trails at Griffith Park in the Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles) and this year along the sands and shoreline at Venice Beach. We've been doing these voluntary troops to raise money for Children's Hospital L.A.. Just putting smiles on the faces of Star Wars fans (Young & Old) that come to support and cheer us on i makes it all worthwhile! It's a brutal troop. We go full armor and gear. There is an average of 5-6 of us TDs plus other 501st costumed characters that have been joining us every year since we did it alone back in 2014. This year we had approx. 15 total SW armor marching and hiking. All the blood (literally) sweat and tears is all worth it. This right here is why I joined the 501st in the first place. Helping Charities. =) 4. Where would you like to see the MEPD go this next year? I'd like to see more Legion members join our ranks, more SWAT Activations and hopefully discover new canon details to add to our armor and gear to help keep us all as accurate looking as possible! I've been exclusively trooping as a TD for nearly 7 years and I have no regrets. I've loved every moment of my time as a Sandy. I also have nothing but confidence in the direction we are currently taking in regards to continuing to keep this detachment up there as one of the best ones in the 501st! 5. Enough about life in plastic, what do you do in your real life? I am a freelance Visual Effects / Concept Artist and a Golf Assistant. I also like to surf! 6. What is something about you that might surprise other members? I'm a BIG Beatles fan and I like to collect the same make and model of Guitars & Drums that the Fab Four used during their run when they were together. I also used to dance on Soul Train (TV Show) back in the late 80's and early 90's. Definitely had the Kid N Play hairdo as well! lol Lastly, I assisted with the design and construction of the Fountain / Lake water feature effects at the Bellagio Hotel / Casino and The Volcano effects upgrade at The Mirage Hotel / Casino in Las Vegas back in the mid 90's. 7. And last but not least, what would you say to someone who is looking to join the ranks of the MEPD? Join our ranks! Get your armor and gear ready, come on in and let's get dirty! It's ALL worth it! =) Thanks so much Scribbler for your time! We hope to continue these interviews with the rest of the command staff throughout the year! - Henselmonster • TD-11787 One of the most recognizable Star Wars costume props is the “Stormtrooper” blaster. While most Stormtroopers carried the e-11 blaster, the Sandtroopers had some larger options and even a special e-11. This month we will focus on the weapons used mainly in Tunisia during on location filming. Our focus will be the Bapty e-11 and the DLT-19. First up is the e-11, the most recognizable of Imperial Weapons. The e-11 is based on the Sterling Arms MK4/L2A3 sub-machine gun used by the British during WW2. These guns were modified to include 6 “T-track” grips around the barrel, similar to those found on Luke’s lightsaber, a Hengstler Corp industrial counter on the side, 2 small cylinders on the magazine well, and a 1942 model M38 Azimuth scope with a custom rail. With these modifications, the Sterling became the e-11. Sandtrooper e-11’s, or the Bapty e-11, were a little different. Since shipping and transporting weapons out of the U.K. and into Tunisia was so difficult and the need for firearms experts on set with working guns was costly and time consuming, the production group decided to make a “non-gun” version for use in location shooting like Tunisia. Hence the Bapty e-11. The Bapty Tunisian e-11 had an added solid cast billet rear of the gun with visible seams and molding lines, and rear site was solid, there is no actual trigger, a custom aluminum trigger guard and grip were added, and there was some added rivets and custom cut magazine. This created a unique look for the TD’s e-11. While these blasters do show up elsewhere in a couple of film scenes and in quite a few of the cast production photos, it is most attributed to the Sandtrooper. Our next Sandtrooper blaster which was modified to use on location in Tunisia is the DLT-19. This blaster was built from the German Maschinengewehr 34 or MG34. Bapty & Co again had to modify this weapon for ease of shipping and on-set use. Resin or Wood was believed to replace some or all of the barrel parts. They also added a conical disk on the handle, more of those “T-tracks” around the barrel shroud, and a metal box covering the ejection port of the original weapon. - Punisha On this edition of Troop of the Month, we are highlighting DarthStevius/TD-18969’s troop down under at the Sunshine Theatre’s Kids Flix event for underprivileged and sick kids on August 20th. The best thing about being a dirty and plastic spaceman is making a kid forget their problems even for a moment and creating a smile. Thank you for sharing your troop with us and you can’t beat trooping in a nice, air conditioned movie theater! Remember troops, if you would like to be featured on the next newsletter, make sure you’re sharing and updating your troop logs! Explain the troop, who attended, and any additional details you can! - Airborne Trooper • TD-82573 Instagram!
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    As many of you have probably seen, HappyTrooper posted a video with templates and a parts list for a do-it-yourself RT-97c build. Needing a new project and loving the look of this blaster, I decided to tackle it. This is in no way a build thread, but more just a few pictures showing the process that I went through. If you want the full build thread, go check out his video. If you are interested in making your own, you can find his video here: Also, if you are interested in doing a DLT-19, he also has a video, templates, and parts list as well. You can find that video here: One small note: I did use ABS pipe as much as I could due to the lighter weight. I used it for the 2” pipe, both 3” couplers, and the 2” to 1.5” reducer. I also used other corner braces and other small parts that I already had around the house. Overall, this gun is super lightweight and I can’t wait to troop in it. I plan on unveiling this at the Intermountain Healing Hearts event that is coming up on 09/09/2017. Pictures to come of this baby in action. Huge thanks to HappyTrooper for providing the templates, parts list, and amazing video. Your work is truly inspiring. --------------- Initial fabrication Testing Bondo work Final Dry Fitting Prime and Paint Final Assembly Final Product with Weathering
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    Hello my brothers of the dirt! It's Walt here. As some may know WTF is doing a raffle for a completely decked out TD armor. It includes the blaster, boots, fan kit, belt pack mic system, pauldron and pouches. And a personally designed patch to match. Rules: The entry is 50 USD to my PayPal ( forcefullone@yahoo.com). You may enter as many times as you like but make each entry an individual one. Make it a gift for friends and family and make sure that in your PayPal details all your contact/ shipping info is correct so I can contact you when you have won the raffle. Please do state that is is for the TD raffle/ sandy give away/ Police bereavement fund. State your full name in the comment section just to make sure In a weeks time we will pull one name out and it could be all yours by then!!! Shipped free in the United States, international will cost half the grand total of shipping it to you. The other half will be on my account Cool deal ya? Where will the funds go to? The total amount will bedonated and it will go directly to a great cause ... It will go to a group that helps the families of police officers killed in the line of duty ... I figured what better group to help the families of the fallen officers then the best police officers in the Galaxy, the Sandtroopers of the MEPD! As mentioned earlier we are working on patches for this as well. Head on over to my Facebook page to watch the unboxing video when the time is there... WTF WALTS TROOPER FACTORY, if you're not a member yet, send me a request so you can see it. Questions, ask them here or send me a PM and I'll be glad to answer them. If not, go and join the raffle!! ..and thanks, you guys do make a huge impact in other people's lives. I sincerely thank you for that. -Walt
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    http://www.ukgarrison.co.uk/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=7442 http://www.ukgarrison.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=126&t=66074 Christopher Annear uk Garrison, Britannia Patrol Thank you for your time TD 25125 requesting Po deployment Sir ! https://i.imgur.com/8up8Fsv.jpg]
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    I've already asked my printer what the possibilities are to do them in a lower quality. But re-doing these will probably result in producing over 2000 pcs of them As soon as I've heard back about the options I'll let you all know.
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    I have been digging through older builds for armor, packs, etc. and with photo bucket not allowing linking anymore a ton of these resources are lost. I wonder if we can try to rebuild these assets? We lost a good 70-80% of build images. It may be nice to create a build resource and place them in a more permanent place, like a google drive or something. That way newer members won't have to dig through builds and guess what is going on. Just for now until new build threads are created.
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    Soon Very soon Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Contact Henselmonster, he makes mighty fine signatures.
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    We are getting very close now guys ,we attached all of the parts we modeled and printed for the lower portion We have a few more parts to add and also the feed tray cover . Stay tuned Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hah. I'm excited to see this one. This big guy is like giving birth..... very painful. The way we are molding this one is going to look so good. It's a lot of parts to cast to make one blaster but in the end, it will look far better than anything we've ever made in the past. More accurate, less of a seam, more detail, more love, etc.
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    Account is all set up! Head over to http://instagram.com/mepd501st and give us a follow!
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    The MEPD TD 3677 On Patrol
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    Thanks all!! Still lots of work ahead to apply for SWAT. @Sandman Tigui Just curious if you got my message with the profile pic? Also, another pic for you to enjoy. Don't know if it's SWAT worthy. Not a 501st event but I participated at Vancouver's Zombie Walk as a zombie Pantoran trooper last weekend. It's possible that one of the races under the helmet is Pantoran but I don't think they would agree to work as a Sandtrooper.
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    Okay, on behalf of the CS I feel the need to step in here... First off, Lee is a respected member of this community so if you @woodman can not provide any substance to your claim of collaboration I bar you from repeating this accusation. Secondly and more importantly; @Cipher (ToscheTraders) will be given time until the 20.08.17 eob (GMT) to provide counter-evidence that he did not in fact recast Woodmans Sonix Victory radio but used another original Sonix radio to make the mold. The evidence will then be evaluated by the MEPD Command Staff team and an assessment will be given. Failure to provide any counter-evidence by the given date will result in an acknowledgement by default that the full charges as presented by Woodman apply.
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    Troop #8- Cancer Support Community 6/16/17 I did a lot of pointing that day. lol!!!
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    That could be a possibility, but i'd rather keep it as it is at the moment and create completely new merchandise with all the new costumes incorporated in it.
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    Daniel Wong TD 6316 http://501st.com/members/displaymember.php?userID=13767&costumeID=2 Requesting access.
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    I have recently heard earthquakes hitting near Mexico City and was hoping to hear from Juan soon. I'm sure power and internet are not working well. Hope you and your family are well. Asher
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    Cool Boss, copy that!
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    Nice build Shawn!!! Besides the back pack doesn't look to heavy Finished B1 with all the stars hope this one makes the PS4 worth it , besides it will have battle ships!
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    Awesome, thank you. I'll be at Salt Lake Comic Con for the next few days, so I'll have time next week
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    I personally am a big fan of all kinds of handouts. The sheriff's dept. badge and sticker are great ideas. Maybe @Gordonator can chime in and inform us on the possibilities. I myself always hand out stickers from the run I did a while back. I could always, if there is enough interest, do another run but these stickers are maybe a bit too pricey for some to be used as a hand out as they cost around 30/ 40 cts a piece.
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    Now all I need are the seed trays and to finish the exhaust
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    Great job trooper, always nice to have another UKG Sandy!! Welcome to the sandpit
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    Can´t help you with the 3d file but with another idea: I have an RS Props rubber foam DLT and it also came without a charging handle, this is the ingenius idea suggested to me by a friend: just take a flashlight and cut it up. So I went to the DIY store, bought a cheap aluminum flashlight with a knurling that came close to the original charging handle and about the same diameter, took it apart, cut it in half, added a piece of wood with a self tapping screw, superglued it in place inside the handle, drilled a tiny hole in the rubber main body of the blaster, put some E6000 on the screw and screwed it in, I´m pretty happy with it, looks quite realistic if you spray it black and then sand some of the paint of again, like natural weathering.
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    I actually only use Velcro now. My kit has been through 105 troops.
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    Agreed, I've used snaps and they hold up great, even after close to 60 troops in my armor. I used snap plates (snaps placed into nylon webbing) and then gluing the nylon onto the armor. That way I don't have to drill into the armor and I can removed the snap plates if needed. I use E6000 to glue the snap plates down.
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    For the helmet, you can use the star foam, ACH military helmet padding, or hard hat liners. For the armor, don't use velcro. It'll eventually wear out and fail. I only use it on my calves and have had to replace it a few times now. Go with snaps or the traditional strapping method.
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    Nice work, mate! Weathering is looking good too, the only thing I would change is to source a smaller/thinner ring for the front end of the barrel to make it even more accurate, but that is one detail only worth considering if you are going for SWAT. Now I want to see that thing in action!
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    Well done, can't wait to see it with your full kit.
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    Right leg still looks like it could use tapering. Hard to tell exactly with the thigh ammo pack in the way. If you have a lot of room around your knee, it needs to be trimmed. Ideally, you want the bottom of your bicep to be just above your elbow and the top of your forearm just below your elbow. When you rest your arm down straight, they should be near touching. As far as leg mobility, it's acceptable to cut out the notches at the rear bottom thigh and top of the rear calf. I can't see anything right in front of me if it's below my waist so I usually have to bend over a bit to see small kids.
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    Great concept but I would play around with the fonts and color a little bit. Definitely would be cool to hand out to kids though.
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    Well, at least we have the pack. Haha. I am going to have to do this one just because I invested so much time on the stinking pack. Plus I would like to be a TD. Sent from my SM-G930P using Tapatalk
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    You seem to be a slender guy. I can tell your thighs are bell shaped, you should trim them so they are tapered. Do this and throw a foam block on the rear thigh and one on the front of the shin and it'll keep your knee plate from getting tucked and even touching your knee. Your forearms can be tapered too. You have them on backwards or rotated the wrong way. The crescents should be just below the natural bend in your arm.
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    Add some heat shrink to your solder points. Consider putting the electronics in a zip lock bag or something too to keep it away from sweat. I snapped in a clear fabric & plastic pouch on my chest and I have my Aker 1506, power supply, receiver, and TKTalkie there just fine.
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    The original Instagram account was managed by Bluey. I reached out to him to get the login, but the email associated with it is gone and it cannot be reactivated. I'm glad you brought this up. I will discuss with @dutchy about starting up a new one to replace the MEPDnet account. It think its time we returned to Instagram. Stay tuned!
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    Despite your small setback, I think your progress is really nice. I look forward to seeing your final product.
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    Looks great!! Hopefully a lot of members will join in on the raffle!
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    Always support a good cause. Way to go man! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Why not show, I think you can already be proud of yourself, nice build!
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    Awesome work, absolutely beautiful. I'm trying to decide on either an R1 TD or ANH TD, but I love the "clean" lines of the newer troopers & gear. Any Idea on the weight of that pack?
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    just approved as a sandtropper td-62418
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    Troop #2 First Friday @ The St. Louis Science Center 1/6/17