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    A 360 view of my current pack. This is built to the spec of the thread above but it has the longer antenna whereas the SWCE pack had the shortened variation. I plan on stripping this down and re-stuffing the alice pack to create a more squared off shape. I hope to make it a little lighter in weight in the process. While the pack is dismantled it will give me the opportunity to exchange 2 of the original webbing loops on the bottom, inside corners of the pack with the correct polypropylene webbing.
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    Well troops, here we are! Welcome to the final edition of the MEPD newsletter before Legion elections. What a year it has been for the MEPD. For the first time in our almost 18 years as a detachment, we now have 3 approved CRLs. Outstanding. We are moving forward as a detachment and growing. It has been amazing to see so many new faces on the forum. As Chief Media Officer for the MEPD I would like to thank everyone who has been reading these newsletters this year. I would like to thank my team, Airborne Trooper, Punisha and Love Monkey. I would also like to thank Dutchy for giving me the opportunity to represent our detachment though these newsletters, social media and on other forums. Thanks for an awesome year boss! Lets get into it shall we? In this issue: - A word from the Detachment Leader - 2018 Legion Elections - Police Officer and SWAT - Troop of the Month -Henselmonster - TD-11787 Who’d have guessed that where we are today would have been considered impossible a couple of years ago for the MEPD. We have been walking alone as TD’s on Tattooine but now have found brothers and hopefully sisters too on other planets like Jedha and Sullust. The MEPD family is rapidly expanding and that is a good thing. Moving forward to new horizons, sharing newly found discoveries and not to forget friendship and sister-/ brotherhood. I personally still can’t believe what we have accomplished this year as a detachment. The year went by so fast with changes, some minor some big.. Adjusting to a new situation is apparently also second nature for us TD’s as we kept the detachment running smoothly. Besides the accidental interruption we have had it all firm in our grasp. But back to the present. We did it brothers and sisters!!! We have successfully added 2 brand new CRL’s and there are more CRL’s on their way or close to completion. Thank you all for making this possible especially the people who have helped out first hand! So start with your Battlefront Magmatrooper or Jedha Sandtrooper build today! The whole year their weren’t any major issues with the forum, besides the accidental downtime, but sadly the last couple of days we’ve had some interesting issues. If it weren’t for Happytrooperdotcom his efforts we’d still be experiencing them. I am proud to have such a skilled member in the Staff. Looking forward to 2018, first up will be the election and after that it’s back to keeping the machines running regardless of who’s in the driver seat. Nothing but love for you all and thanks for the last 12 months, it was an honor and I take my helmet off to salute you all! Your Detachment Leader, Dutchy/ Justus Hello Brothers and Sisters of the Sand. It is February already and that means it’s time for the Legion elections to begin. This means that 501st members will be able to vote for Legion Commanding Officer, Garrison or Outpost Commanding Officer, Commanding Officers of the various detachments in which members are active and have an approved costume, and Squad leaders if a member is part of a squad. Everyone knows exactly what to do right? Well….maybe not. Maybe you’re new, never looked at it before, or forgot and need a refresher? If you fall in one of these areas, don’t sweat it because we are here to help. Step 1- Check your detachment status. (Ideally, you would have done this step already. This has already been locked by Legion command for this year, but it never hurts to check and be ready for next year's voting.) Login to the 501st Legion forum. In the brown box on the left hand side, select “Membership DB.” Next select, “Your Profile Data.” Then scroll down to “Your Unit Affiliation.” Make sure that you see “(Approved)” next to any detachment for which you have a costume. If it says pending, or if the detachment isn’t listed, contact the detachment CO for more information. The detachment must say “Approved” for you to vote in the detachment elections. Remember that most detachments require that you post something on their respective forums at least once a year to remain an active member of that detachment. Step 2- Nominate or check into who is nominated for various positions. Remember that a person must be nominated and must accept the nomination to become a candidate. A person cannot dominate himself or herself. Whether you nominate someone or not, get those questions ready and submit them when the time is open, so you can see what these candidates are all about. The time line is below: Saturday Feb 3rd at 12:01 GMT Nominations Start Thursday Feb 8th at 12:01 GMT Nominee Q and A starts Tuesday Feb 13th at 12:01 GMT Candidate Closing statements start Wednesday Feb 14th at 12:01 GMT Voting starts Sunday Feb 18th at 11:59 GMT Voting ends All nominations and voting will happen here: http://www.501st.com/elections/ Step 3- Enjoy another trip around the suns with the 501st Legion and the greatest Detachment within the organization, MEPD. -Punisha Deployed/SWAT Overview As many of you are aware, here at MEPD we have two additional levels you can achieve - Police Officer (deployed) and SWAT. While neither is required, members who strive to achieve these additional levels make their armor resemble “screen accurate” troopers and thus look as if they stepped out of the movies and into real life. SWAT members take it one step further and emulate a specific trooper from the movie, down to the weathering patterns, pauldron color, backpack and pouch configuration, and chosen blaster. For those of you who are working on getting your 501st approval or for those who are thinking of making the jump, it’s definitely possible if you’re willing to put in the extra work and you can start while you work on your basic approval by adding some of the necessary requirements. Something to think about is if you decide to go for SWAT, which trooper will emulate? Which jumps out at you and ignites that fire inside of you? For those who are interested in applying, please check out some of the submission threads in the following forums: Police Officers - http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/12-mepd-police-officer-program/ SWAT - http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/44-mepd-swat-program/. Looking through these threads will show you what goes into a submission, what pictures you need to take, and some of the problems others have run into. If you do your homework, your submission should pass with flying colors. If you have specific questions, please reach out to one of our department armourers, who will guide you to whatever goal you’ve set for yourself. Here’s a list of our armourers: - @Punisha - @TD42115 - @Airborne Trooper - @LoveMonkey ----- With unquestioned loyalty, LoveMonkey, TD-18542 The MEPD Road to 500 Troopers, as a detachment, we currently have 318 deployed Police Officers. As a command staff, we’d like to issue a challenge to all of you who may be looking to achieve rank or who may be on the fence about putting in the extra work. We’ve set the following goal of 500 deployed Police Officers. As you can see, we are well on our way to achieving this goal but we still have a long way to go. As part of our goal, we’d like to take a moment and recognize those troopers that have achieved either Police Officer or SWAT status since the last newsletter. Congratulations to the following members: Police Officers - Markus "tiny" Zeitvogel TD-10276 - jdelaney TD-10290 For those who have achieved their Police Officer status, please make sure to take advantage of the following swag: Deployed Officer Coin http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/13257-deployed-sandies-only-come-get-your-exclusive-deployed-police-officer-gold-coin/ Deployed Artwork http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/15310-po-swat-pics-for-artwork/ Deployed Certificate http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/11241-mepd-certificates/& I hope 2018 is treating you all well so far. It's been very cold here in New York and I tend to go in hibernation during the Winter. This edition's pick was chosen from Mos Espa Security Patrol's The Last Jedi troop on December 15th. Our new Detachment Officers Thomas and Urs are both members and continue to faithfully serve and represent the MEPD. It looks like they had a great time interacting with Star Wars fans and even had a chance to make a few laughs. Keep it up guys! Remember troopers, if you would like to be featured in the next newsletter, make sure you’re updating your troop logs! Explain the purpose of the troop, who attended, and any additional details you can! - Airborne Trooper • TD-82573 Instagram!
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    Thank you for the trust in urs and me, thanks to felice for the done work. We will do our best! I think, we will have a great time!
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    A wetterdamp thank you coming your way @Joe Versku!! Thanks Urs and we've gotten yet another exciting year ahead!! The MEPD train is moving forward with a steady pass now Thanks a lot bro'!! See ya soon
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    First of all, @Lovemonkey, thanks for the clean race! My thanks go out to each and everyone witin the MEPD that have placed their trust in me for another year! I sincerely feel humbled that you have voted for me! Get your complimentary glass of blue milk at the Cantina today! After that, let's get back to work
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    here is a List of Swat officers showing Name, ID, Trooper, Emulated, Garrison This Currently Has up to SWAT Member #50 and will soon be adding #51 Swat MEPD v51.xlsx updated 15-Feb-2018
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    I don't think my family would like it if we immigrated..but i'd love to come over and visit you guys in the future and have some cold ones!
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    YEASSSSSSS !!!!!! This part here... this one right here is .... HAPPINESS ! i thank you brothers and sisters of MEPD for this. Special thanks to guidance from @Hausi & @Strider. Their constructive advices truly justify the end ! I promise to uphold this SWAT standard status that is bestowed to me by the community. Won't let you all down. & icing to the cake, i was just made the GML for my garrison, Garuda Garrison Indonesia. SWAT will be a title that i will hold high ! Salute brothers & sisters of MEPD
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    I have already started on this pack and can't wait to start on a R1 TK/TD!
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    Attention all troopers, Forum cleanup and reorganization is currently underway. While we will be focusing on all areas, we are going to especially clean up the For Sale area. If you have any old for sale threads, please go in and update them. If they are sold, please mark them "sold". We hope by doing this cleanup the forums will be easier to navigate and easier to find what you are looking for. There will be more to come in next month's newsletter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself, @henselmonster, or @dutchy
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    All, There haven't been a lot of changes in the staff for 2018/2019. There is one big change though and that is that Strider is stepping down as XO and Henselmoster will fill his position. The job of Chief Media Officer will be filled by Punisha. Furthermore the Media team will exist out of Airborne Trooper and Lovemonkey as Intelligence Officers. The position of Sgt. at Arms will be filled by Scribbler next to his task as one of our Deployment Officers. The other Deployment Officers are Hausi and bigwam. As our Financial Officer Trooper1 is still the man in charge. Other interesting tasks like the Armorer program will be monitored by Punisha andAirborne Trooper. Lovemonkey will have the honorable task, besides being part of the media team, to get us to 500 deployed troops this year and SandmanTigui will keep assisting Gordonator, our Merchandise Officer. The trooper responsible for our tech will remain Happytrooperdotcom. With further ado I'd like to present you to our staff for 2018/ 2019: Executive Officer (XO): John Henselmeier( Henselmonster) TD-11878 Merchandise Officer (MBO): Gordon Ho( Gordonator) TD-8316 Deployment Officer (DO): Thomas Herodek(bigwam) TD-30571 Deployment Officer( DO): Urs Tischhauser(Hausi) TD-21027 Deployment Officer (DO): Michael Ramirez(Scribbler) TD-6985 Financial Officer( FO): Jay Parsons(trooper1) TD-3936 Sergeant at Arms (SAA): Michael Ramirez(Scribbler) TD-6985 MEPD Liasion (ML) and Intelligence Officer: Jason Yap ( AIrborne Trooper) TD-82573 MEPD Liaison (ML) and Intelligence Officer: Kirk Folsom(Lovemonkey)TD-18542 Chief Media Officer( PRO): Tim Allen( Punisha)TD-16080 Systems Admin (SA): Damon Degner ( Happytrooperdotcom) TD-10900 Don't be afraid to contact one of us when needed, we're here for you all! -dutchy
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    Thank you all for participating in this years election! And thank you to both candidates, it was a hard fought race between two very qualified and valued members of this community. Let’s take a moment to congratulate @dutchy on his second term as Detachment Leader. Let‘s also congratulate @LoveMonkey for such a well fought and respectful campaign. You are a great asset to this community. The MEPD thanks you for your dedication. Now onto the new year! Move along...move along.
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    Hi there, although I already signed up for the forum in 2014, it took over 3 1/2 years for my first post ;-) I'm Kai, a 47 year old child from germany and I love to run around in plastic.... I think it is about time to get dirty....so hopefully my WIP will start soon. I'm still in research mode and gathering all the parts I need....
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    Congrats Boss @dutchy ! And more importantly, thank you both candidates for running in the elections
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    Congratulations boss @dutchy for this 2nd term. Let’s have a good year folks
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    Swat does require specific emulation of the chosen trooper. I personally like the fullers earth in a couple methods , paint on wet and clean most off then follow up with the final applying dry to wet hairspray and finishing off with a good coat of hairspray. Then whenever, if ever you want to change your weathering wash it and it will come off. Dutchy hit the nail on the head do what you like most. What you want it t look like.
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    I personally see adding fullers or real sand, yeah some actually use real sand, as an addition but not mandatory to get an awesome weathering result. But as I always say, weathering is personal and you have to make it look just the way you want it and feel comfortable with. Spilling my 2cts about the pack, I myself am also rebuilding one of my packs with as much as possible genuine parts and that takes time( and money sadly) As mentioned earlier already, go for basic approval with the RS pack and build an accurate one along the way.. That's the fun part when making a sandtrooper armor, you're never done
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    Justus, come immigrate over so I can give you a dose of FREEDOM! 'Merica!!! I voted too!
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    There are no leads on the weather shroud (bedroll) at all. It has no features that can be distinguished. Myself and ireachy have speculated that it may be a poncho. Others have guessed it could be a pup tent. There are no seams or stitch lines visible so it has not been identified as yet. Your best bet is to scratch build one as we have done then shape and colour match to suit. Information regarding the assembly of my weather shroud has just been added to the thread. I believe member Bradberry is based in the States and he ordered a pair of NGT Floatmasters the other day. It may be worth chasing him up to find out his source. Your chances or finsding the Avanti Precision X are now very slim to none as it is no longer produced or sold anywhere. It is obsolete. They are even rare to find on the secondary market as they were only ever cheap made rods. Thanks for following our thread and pleased you are building one
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    I agree about Sandie Comms. If you need a good budget radio, thats a great option. Also if you have access to a 3D printer there is an excellent model in our 3D parts for Field Pack topic (along with several other pieces). I would recommend taking your time and assembling the accurate parts over the course of a few months or so while you prep for SWAT. In the meantime use your RS pack to get approved and deployed. I have spent almost 2 years now getting as many accurate and authentic parts I can for my SWAT pack. I am finally at the point where I can start building it. Striders build is a great resource for what parts you need. I would also reference Gino's and Rolf's pack when going for SWAT.
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    No it will dwarf the rest of the parts. Basically what happened is the old packs (including what RS still provides) was based off an incorrect part so everything was scaled from that. With the discovery of the Karrimor frame and photos of a real Sonix radio, everything had to be enlarged compared to what was currently being used. There are plenty of vendors on our forums that can help get you to snuff. I can't quite afford woodman's radio but another option is Sandie Comms which is pretty accurate and is a good price point for those of us on a budget.
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    So, when I saw the Big Game teaser in the early hours of Monday night (in the UK) I immediately noticed something we the troopers appeared in the transit centre shot right at the beginning. If you look closely - at 00:07 - you can see what looks like a back pack on one of the troopers. The profile is very rounded rectangular shape. Is it possible that the we will get to see a Crystal Patrol Pack in SOLO? Or a variant of it? If SOLO is approx. 10 years before R1 / ANH then the Death Star programme is well underway. In the R1 Catalyst novel we know that Galen Erso was working on Kyber Crystals and energy generation / transfer during the latter part of the Clone War. The scene from the SOLO teaser appears to be in some transit centre / station and close examination of the footage shows that the troopers are searching people. Searching for Kyber Crystals? This also links to why we see the Crystal Patrol Pack being worn by a trooper on The Ring of Kafrene station in R1 - a transit hub where smuggled Kyber Crystals have a good chance of being discovered. All just hypothesis, but the profile looks about correct for Crystal Patrol Pack (or a variant of it) and the context of the setting appears sensible. Of course we may never know as likely that scene will always be in the background, if it even makes it into the final cut of the movie! But food for thought. Mr Paul has also been looking and supplied the screen grabs.
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    I'm really liking this alternative version. It will be handy when trooping with rebel legion members and give a nice touch to the overall experience.
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    Troops, We're on a roll right now! We have gotten yet another CRL added to the MEPD. The CRL for the R1 Jedha Sandtrooper!! I would like to thank @yoshix for providing me with the excellent pictures. Go and check the CRL out yourself and make your own R1 Jedha Sandtrooper if you are up for it!! http://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:TD_R1_Jedha_Sandtrooper -dutchy
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    So, I have been doing a little digging and screen-grabbing and have come up with a possible load-out variant based on scenes seen in the R1 Teaser Trailer and Trailer #1. This involves footage of the Crystal Pack Troopers escorting the captured X-wing pilots seen in those trailers. Originally I was looking to inform the research that Mr Paul and I were doing, looking at the variants of antenna height seen across the packs used in the film. Looking at some behind the scenes (BTS) footage (available on the Blu-ray and digital releases of the film) there is footage of the captured X-wing pilots being escorted by 2 x Pack Troopers, but shot from the side, rather than from the front (as seen in the trailer footage). The BTS footage shows that the 2 x Pack Troopers have X-wing pilot helmets attached (clipped?) to the bottom their packs. Presumably from the captured pilots they are escorting. So for those that troop with X-wing pilots, and have binders to secure them, you could possibly troop with a variant load-out for the Crystal Patrol Duty Pack. Now it should be noted that this footage didn't make the final cut of the movie. So may not be canon, but then the Type IV was only seen in the Sizzle Trailer, and other reference is from books and toys, and that is receiving a CRL, so this load-out variant could possibly be allowed? Obviously this is not for me to indicate per se, but is an interesting possibility?
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    I spoke with Paul on Facebook, he is sending over some photos soon! Now we just need to get one of these packs on an R1 Trooper!
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    Got some photos today This has been a really long and hard project but I'm happy with how it looks. I think the backpack really exceeded my expectations.
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    Backpack is mounted to the back plate. Also I moved the suspenders to conect at the front of the sholder straps. I think this will help prevent the torso from riding up. Everything is weathered other than the helmet.
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    Ok, i think, Markus is waiting enough - let´ts go! Application Review Name: Markus Zeitvogel Legion ID: 10276 Forum Name: Markus "tiny" Zeitvogel Garrison: German Garrison Helmet a. Green lenses: check b. Paint color of traps / tears: check c. Correct number of teeth: check d. Mic tips: check e. Vocoder color: check f. Tube stripes: check g. Rank bar on ears: check h. Brow: check i. Side screws (ears): check j. Weathering: check *additional comments* RESULT ON HELMET Checked & Cleared Armor details a. Elastic straps shoulders: check b. Neck seal: check c. Black undersuit: check d. Shoulder bells: check e. Biceps: check f. Forearms: check g. Pauldron: check h. Chest / back plate: check i. Kidney / butt plate: check j. Ab plate / side rivets / cod: check ( a little less color maybe ) k. Strapping system: check l. Thighs: check m. shins / calves: check n. sniper plate: check o. boots: check p. gloves: check q. hand plates / guards: check r. ammo belt (waist): check s. ammo belt (right knee): check t. canvas belt: check u. pouches: check v. weathering: check *additional comments* RESULT ON ARMOR Checked & Cleared Backpack a. details: check b. weathering: check RESULT ON BACKPACK Weapon a. details: check b. weathering: check *i like your Weapon!* ESULT ON WEAPONS CHECKED & CLEARED Congrats Markus! You have successfully followed the guidelines in regards to the MEPD CRL and have met the requirements. Please send the pic you want to use to Luis (Sandman Tigui) and we'll get you squared away. We will have your updated information uploaded into the MEPD system very soon. Congratulations on becoming a Deployed Officer of the MEPD! Now please report to the Mos Eisley Mess hall where you'll serve the troopers until the next newbie gets cleared bigwam - MEPD Deployment Officer
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    And D O N E This thing looks so good!
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    Wow this is great! I would like to thank you for having so much trust in Thomas and me. We are overwhelmed and very happy about this decision and we will do our best. We would also like to thank all the present DOs for their efforts and Felice for all the time he has put into this, I think we have already learned a lot from him. Thanks also to the whole command staff for making the MEPD one of the coolest detachments. It is great to be part of this awesome and active community and I'm looking forward to seeing many deployment requests. I love to be a sandtrooper, cheers mates!
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    I'm liking those pouches, they look really nice! Your helmet looks great too and as Hausi said having gaps is screenaccurate. I think that this is going to be a really interesting build! Take your time and I'm sure that with the help from the brothers in Germany you will get a great result. Viel spass und Erfolg!!
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    Or cleaning the dewback stables.. But I never knew you could talk to birds John
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    Always a pleasure to serve. Rock on!
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    Looking forward to yet another exciting year Luis!!
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    Welcome to the dirty side of life Kai, the MEPD! Looking forward to your build
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    I am currently constructing a Rogue One Sandtrooper Kyber Crystal Backpack for someone and have been taking pictures along the way. The intent of this thread is to show you where you can get the materials from and how to build this pack. As of today, I have built 5 of these. The reference photos can be found in another section of this Forum. The best place to start is with the pack frame: FRAME: You can use 2 different styles of frames for the backpack. The easiest one to locate is the Swedish LK 35. I usually can find these on Ebay. This is one I found on Ebay using the description "Swedish LK 35 Backpack". Front View: Back View: Most likely you will only be able to find these in used condition with dings and scratches. Sometimes you can get lucky and find on that had not been used. The first thing you want to do is remove the pack and shoulder straps from the pack. Frame Front View: Frame Back View: Once everything is removed, lightly sand the frame to remove any rust or corrosion. Then add a prime coat and at least 2 coats of flat or satin black spray paint. The Frame is now ready. Next will be the Grenade Box.
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    Welcome Kai! Nice, another new aspirant for our Patrol! Have fun researching and building, cheers mate
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    I think flat white or a very light warm grey color.
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    LOL we all have those moments ... there get more frequent as we get older. Ich sage nicht, dass hier jemand alt ist Asher
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    I hate to repeat myself but as I have spoken so much with A about this I really stick with his story and especially the part that each and everyone on set in armor should be in the databank of LFL. So having no written confirmation or pictures that prove their presence make it very hard to believe for me...
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    To me, it looks like the Brexton Box that pack 3 used but has some round greeblies on the side.
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    Nice pic Noah. Congrats on your first parade. Next level prop building... I hope you got flight path clearance !?