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Airborne Trooper

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    TD-82573 "Airborne Trooper" Tour of Duty, 23 Arrests

    22nd troop October 21, 2018 Albany Comic and Toy Show. Helped celebrate Joe Sinnott’s 92nd birthday. He worked on Droids comics for Marvel back in the 80s. 23rd troop November 10, 2018 MiSci Museum of Innovation & Science. Had a great time playing in the museum and interacting with kids.
  2. 2016 Kidz Expo Finally did it and had my first troop on Saturday March 5th for the Albany Kidz Expo at the Empire State Plaza. A little funny how my first troop is where I work. Discovered I still have a few areas prone to armor biting and that I should always put in new batteries for my fans at the beginning of a troop! I was super nervous walking out thinking my calves would come undone or my knee plate/thigh ammo belt rubbing would be a huge issue. Once we got out there and the kids (and adults) went nuts, all the anxiety went away. I had such a good time and by the end of the night after getting home I was exhausted. 7 hour troop with a couple breaks was a great way to jump in feet first.
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    Grey-blue Color for Backpack Parts

    It’s hard to tell. Since the one I have is not the original part I took the liberty of sanding it down. I think both are acceptable within reason.
  4. 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.
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    *DONE* TD-16473 Requesting Deployment

    Looks great, should be an easy approval.
  6. Decided to knock the dust off this sub-forum and create an official place for all WIP armor builds and help reaching Police Officer/Level 2 status. The Hurt locker has already been established for those reaching SWAT/Level 3. For anyone reading this and has recently opened their BBB and wanting to post their build, this is the section to do so! MEPD's Armorers are here to help!
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    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    Beret flash is posted too. More in the pipe works HOPEFULLY before end of the year. If I could do Merch as a full time job, I would but it doesn’t pay the bills lol.
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    Armorer Program - A place to post your WIP for basic and PO

    James, feel free to create your own thread in this forum so we can all follow along your progress.
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    Transducer sound

    I like how small of a space that takes up. Me being me though, would come up with a 3D Printed case for most of those components though.
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    *DONE* TD-34575 Requesting Deployment

    Congratulations! Looking sharp!
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    Darth Alast Sandtrooper WIP ***07/0418***

    No shame in putting things on break. Hell, I’ve been wanting to do a second costume for a long time and even purchased a kit a while back but ended up selling it. Life happens to us all! I have 4 kids in my house, 3 are under 5!!!
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    *DONE* TD-79008 Requesting Deployment

    Nice weathering! Congratulations!
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    What is in your helmet?

    Hardhat bracket and liner Bracket with 2 fans attached and 2 switches Additional 2 fans for exhaust Anker Power Supply Wireless mic The power supply is overkill but I can do a convention all weekend and forget to charge it and be alright. It does push on the back of my head some but otherwise, doesn’t really bother me. I have one of those nylon pencil holders with the see-through window and zipper with snaps on it attached to the inside of my chest plate. That holds my Aker 1503 speaker, TKTalkie, tube style power supply, and wireless mic receiver. Keeps things safe from body sweat and contains everything nicely. Sorry, I don’t have a picture of it.
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    Request 501st or Sandtrooper Section Access

    Granted!
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    Request 501st or Sandtrooper Section Access

    Granted!
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    TheSwede`s "look Sir! droids" SWAT build [RS]

    Wish you would have left the eyes alone but that's personal preference.
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    *done* TD-99665 Requesting Deployment [RS]

    Congrats! Your armor looks badass!
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    Wook's Docking Bay 94 Captain Build (AP)

    I’m more of a fan of the thicker green lenses for the purpose of people not being able to see through them.
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    Move Along Helmet

    WOW! That came out amazing. Can’t wait to see it after weathering. You Germans are definitely leading the way in accuracy.
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    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    The race shirts and all of the detachment specific items typically get posted here: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/40-sandtroopers-exclusive-merchandise/ Some things are shared and get posted in the 501st Merch section here: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/83-501st-only-merchandise/ Once things are closed, they get moved here: http://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/forum/57-closed-merchandise/ Most things are ran once or twice a year. If troopers are not logging into the forums often enough and miss it, that is not any of the Command Staff’s fault. JRS is a HUGE detachment compared to MEPD so comparing their merch availability to ours is comparing apples and oranges. I’ve been here for 3 years and I’ve managed to get all sorts of patches, race shirts, and if I wanted to and cared about them, coins too. My secret? Even before I was asked to join staff, I checked in the detachment at least a few times a week. I don’t troop that much but I love the MEPD. I will continue to serve as long as the CO allows me to. We may not have all the beer cozy’s and fun stuff FISD/JRS can make but I feel like we do our best. It’s not a matter of Gordon not able to necessarily handle multiple merch runs, it’s also the cost of doing so. Bottom line, things are in the works. If you want to make sure you don’t miss out, be an active member of this detachment.
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    Merch Runs- MEPD still waiting?

    I really do not want to come off as elitist but I’m sure it’ll be conveyed that way... BUT we aren’t other detachments. There’s no other detachment that takes accuracy and much more seriously as we do. We’re also a relatively small detachment compared to FISD and JRS. I agree with you on the shield patches. We need to get these available and in the hands of new members. @Gordonator is wrapping up the 10” patches now. Maybe he can chime in. It is a lot of work getting things made, shipping, etc. on top of family, work, etc. I tried it for my garrison and couldn’t hack it.
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    *done* TD-16317 Requesting Deployment

    Congratulations
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    TD basic approval questions

    Ouch.... well hopefully you got a good deal.
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    TD basic approval questions

    Return edge on top of the thigh is not required. *sigh* why did they do overlap method?!. The good thing is there's extra material to work with if you need to make them bigger. Hopefully it was glued together with E6000 and not CA glue. You can add the return edge on the top with a heat gun and some wooden paint sticks. It depends on how things fit on your wife.
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