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  1. 9 points
    We have implemented the following change to the MEPD Forum; Forum Posting 'LIKES' with RANK RIBBONS. Members will now be able to "Like" another member's posting and by doing so, he or she will gain accumulative points in a "Rating System". This rating system on the forum will put a Point Count on the left side of your postings, along with a new Imperial Sandtrooper Rank Ribbon. What does this mean... well, besides earning some more rank and bling for your posting area and profile, you get to see whose postings among your peers is liked the most on our forum. Look for the "Like" button on the right hand side of various forum postings. The Rank Ribbons were custom designed for our forum and have the following rank and point value system; Cadet Rated - (0-24 Likes) - Corporal Rated - (25-49 Likes) - Sergeant Rated - (50-149 Likes) - Lieutenant Rated - (150-299 Likes) - Captain rated - (300-599 Likes) - Sr. Captain Rated - (600-1199 Likes) - Road Captain Rated - (1200-2399 Likes) - Sr. Road Captain Rated - (2400 + Likes) - Stay safe out there and get busy rating your fellow sandtroopers...
  2. 6 points
    If you have been following my previous posts you'll see I have been working on 3D printable files for a lot of the backpack parts. I want these to be available to everyone, and allow people to update the files as they need. They are all a work in progress. The more I learn, the more accurate I can make them. My ultimate goal is to be able to provide free 3d printable files for all field pack styles. It will be a long process but i think this is a good start. I will be sure to make note of when things are updated. If you made any modifications, or make your own parts, please post them here and I will add them to the list! Here are a few links to the ones created so far! Stormtrooperguy's Sonix Radio - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1862286 Henselmonster's Shires style siphon - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2172916 Stormtrooperguy's Siphon - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1949934 Henselmonster's Exhaust - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2172649 Crookknight's Exhaust - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-5MSAWBsr_vQWN6bExKU2RLZlU Henselmonster's Canteen - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2172323 Crookknight's Canteen - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-5MSAWBsr_vbDJTSTIzaTFZcW8 Stormtrooperguy's Canteen - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1949924 Henselmonster's Mushroom Caps - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2282341 Stormtrooperguy's Mushroom Caps and Bottles - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1949940 Stormtrooperguy's Radar Dish Mount - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1952134 Stormtrooperguy's Mortar Tube End Caps - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1949943
  3. 5 points
    Using one of Vincent's canteens to make the bee stinger for the sandtrooper pack can be completed in several ways. This is just the method on how I completed it. Couple views: The first step is to remove the straps then use a flat head screwdriver or any shimming device to pop off the tan top and bottom pieces. This is fairly easy to do just take your time. I use a plastic shim I bought from an auto parts store. I can't even tell you how many times I've used this in various projects. Next, you'll want to use a hacksaw or dremel to cut off the spout or opening of the canteen as flush to the top as you can. You will also need to sand down the lip and piping on the cap. Alternatively, you could use a scrap piece of ABS and make a circle. Once I shaved the cap down, I used it as a template to widen the hole on the canteen. You will need to do this so the cap fits inside the canteen once you put the top tan plastic piece back on. I used a 3/4" hose commonly used on a kitchen sink hose for the stinger itself. I used a wooden dowel inside of it to stiffen it up. Drill a 3/4" hole on the center of the cap and insert the stinger. I glued it in place from inside of the cap. I then glued the cap inside of the top plastic piece. Finish it off by painting it black as well as the bottom plastic piece. The Lion Star canteen and Gio Style Safari 600 both have a texture that we are unsure of was present in the movie or not. I decided to remove the texture with an orbital sander. I painted the body of the canteen battleship grey and reattached the components.
  4. 5 points
    Hey Troops! I am finally starting my new pack build after nearly a year of collecting the right parts for it. I still want to replace my seed trays and the siphon with original parts, but I will work with what I have for now. I am planning on 3D printing the exhaust, but I am going to wait until I have the correct sized seed trays so I can fit it properly. Down the road, when i can get the cash together I will replace the radio with the woodman cast, but I am pretty happy with the one I have for now! I am using my nalgene bottle as a place holder for the top bottle. It seems to be pretty close in size to the screen ref so i may just look for some used ones at a flea market this weekend and use those. I am following @Strider's build pretty closely with this one. I am wanting to get as accurate as I can with this. So many changes need to be made but its a start for now! Hopefully over the next few months I can finish this thing! (P.S. The radio was from Rolf who I believe originally purchased it from Strider)
  5. 5 points
    @ Strider, thanks for posting this. To all, let's just keep it civil. ...and I'll say the following only once, My stance on this is neutral and only in the best interest of the MEPD and not in favor of any vendor.
  6. 4 points
    Hi people. I am Ross Walmsley (RWA Creations). after the recent finds on my seed trays not being correct in size i have made new bucks today. Here is a pic of my results .... you can find my page on Facebook.. RWA Creations
  7. 4 points
    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
  8. 4 points
    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
  9. 4 points
    Vader was the first costume I ever tried to replicate. 'Move Along' sandtrooper was the second. So it was EXTREMELY satisfying to finally have one put together that I was happy with after all this time. Still need to make a couple minor tweaks because I ran out of time trying to get him together for the show. The morning of the first day of Celebration, I woke up at 4am and weathered the entire suit. And since I had forgotten the paper towels in storage, I had to use hotel room tissues! True story. I want to give a shout of thanks for all the people who helped with one part or another. Strider for his awesome seed trays and karrimore frame, RS for their found item mushroom caps, karrimore pack straps, and fantastic Tunisia E-11 build, and Blaster for his MP40 hip pouch replica. Also thanks for all the support from all the guys here who put up with me while trying to bang this out, Woody, RS, Strider, Rolf looking at you guys. I hope you guys like it as much as I do. .
  10. 4 points
    TD-3677 With My Girl . Spain Con mi Chica . España
  11. 4 points
    Patrolling around the town...As you do!! Lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  12. 4 points
    I just stumbled across this shot I'd never seen before and thought I'd share it. I wish it were a bit larger though.
  13. 4 points
    Brothers and Sisters, Both FISD and MEPD have reached consencus about the following: R1 Jedha sandtrooper and the Kyber patrol trooper will be added to our ranks. Both CRL's must be made and will be added to the CRL eventually. But before that can be done both characters must be recognised by the 501st. This doesn't mean that you can't start building one as we do need some excellent pictures for the visual guide part of the CRL, so let's see those WIP threads popping up! A special section will be created for each new character, as is done for the other characters that are part of the FISD. Currently we are also looking in the CRL for the SE TD, so even more exciting news! I understand that this is a significant change for the MEPD, but we do need to keep moving forward and welcoming new members that have exciting new armors or will build one. WELCOME TO THE MEPD R1 Jedha sandtrooper and the Kyber patrol trooper
  14. 4 points
    As Juan said, we have reached consencus about the R1 sandtrooper and the Kyber patrol. They both will be added to the MEPD. I'm so excited right now!! Official announcement incoming!
  15. 4 points
    Easter is coming troops.... A holiday that we as sandtroopers don't especially like as we need to search for eggs. We can't even find 2 pesky droids for crying out loud ...LOL Besides that I'd really like to wish all of you a couple of wonderfull days with the family and loved ones!!
  16. 4 points
    (I borrowed some of this from Zac's post.) If your armor and gear has been made to meet all the CRL requirements and you are ready to request Deployment as a MEPD Officer, please start a new thread with the next title: TD-**** (your TD ID) Requesting Deployment And then post the following: Your Name Your 501st TD ID with a link to your 501st profile Your MEPD forum name Your Garrison And, post the following pictures of your armor and gear: -One helmet off photo. This is not to be a random picture of you. It is to be a photo of you, in costume, without your helmet on. A mug shot if you will. -One full armor, helmet on, front photo. Show in one picture the whole look of your armor and gear. Also show Sniper Knee Plate clearly enough. -One full armor, helmet on, right side photo. Showing the pouches mounted on sides if you have them and the gap closed. -One full armor, helmet on, left side photo. Showing the pouches mounted on sides if you have them and the gap closed. -One full armor, helmet on, back photo. -One full armor, helmet on, back photo without backpack. -Canvas or elastic shoulder straps detail photo. -Canvas belt detail photo. -Abs details close up photo. Showing the 3 buttons an TD abdominal plate. -Detail photos of the rubber gloves and latex handguards - Detail photos of all snaps, screws and buttons on the armor. Bucket (pictures can show details individually or in groups): -A close up photo clearly showing the flat green lenses. -Detail photo showing no stripes on all grey traps and tears. -Detail photo of frown, showing 4 teeth cut out and grey paint. -Detail photo of hovi-mix mic tips (or replica) mounted on helmet. -Detail photos of blue tube stripes. Backpack: - Detail photos from all sides, separately Weapons: -At leas one picture showing the whole weapon (BFG or E11). -Detail pictures of mods required for the specific weapons. Finally: -One (or several) full body action (or attitude poses) good quality picture. This will be used for your Deployment photo, so make it a good one! If you think you need or want to more extensively show your armor and gear, feel free to post more and more pictures!! We LOVE pictures! Good luck to you all!! Hope to see you as MEPD Deployed Officers soon. If I can be of any help, please let me know. Saludos Juan The timeframe from the initial review to the final review will be 7 days. So in maximum 7 days the Deployment Officer will let you know if you will be hunting droids with us! -dutchy
  17. 3 points
    Putting my 3D printer to work yet again, on this beauty! Part 1 or many so far, hopefully I'll get it all printed this weekend. I didn't model this, so sadly i cannot share the files. I hope to model my own down the road but I'm focusing on the backpack at the moment.
  18. 3 points
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. 3 points
    Another upgrade to the backpack. This time it's for the Sonix radio: Happy...
  20. 3 points
    TD-3677 . North of Spain 8.8.2017 Relax after the Patrol
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    No problem. Believe me. We would love to give you guys everything you ask for but unfortunately, we just have to settle for most of it.
  23. 3 points
    Arrest #0002, Royal Melbourne Childrens Hospital, Good Friday Appeal Apr 15th 2017 (final Photo courtesy of photographer Ian Stubber)
  24. 3 points
    I guess I could weigh in. I purchased my armor with the intention of being a TK. But I switched when I decided I liked the sandy look better. Plus the BFG's and the packs are too cool. Since I made the switch, I couldn't be happier. Everyone is much more helpful here than on the "clean" side. Lol. Everyone I've talked to here has been so friendly, it makes me realize I made the right choice. Can't wait to be an official TD!
  25. 3 points
    The point system has been changed to higher values. The 'Like" button is the heart icon with the number near it. Happy ratings troopers !!!
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