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    Star Wars, making short films, making movie props, photography, Japan
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    Damon
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    Northern VA

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  1. Hello Sebastian, Pandatrooper's breakdown library is still available. If you go to our home page: http://www.mepd.net/ please click on Costume Reference Library (CRL) and then scroll all the way down to the bottom in the SWAT section, you will see the various links for all of the various pauldron sandtroopers. Here is the direct link to that page: http://www.mepd.net/?page_id=867 Because this is such invaluable information, I will put this in the drop down menu shortly, so that it can be found a little easier.
  2. Thank you LoveMonkey, much appreciated I LOVE being a member of the MEPD! #mepd4life Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Hello, HappyTrooper here requesting your review of my 25 and 50 Emperor's Roughneck reward. All events have been logged with photos on this thread: Thank you for your time.
  4. Finishing up 50 troops here! Troop 47: on May 26th, 2019, our local periodical: Northern Virginia magazine, put in an official 501st request to interview and photograph a member from Garrison Tyranus. Our CO didn't have time to meet them, so I got the call as acting squad leader in this region. I conducted an intervew with the editor of the magazine, and also came into their office for a photoshoot. It was a long shoot, at almost 3 hours, but the photographer really knew his stuff. He had fog machines, various colored lights, and took some great pics. Here is the link to the article: https://www.northernvirginiamag.com/culture/culture-features/2019/04/26/inside-the-world-of-damon-degner-northern-virginias-local-stormtrooper/ and a few shots: Troop 48: On the morning of May 4th 2019, I attended a local "May the Fourth Be With You" event at our local community center. The county had put together a bunch of Star Wars related activities for kids, such as: crafts, Star Wars foosball, Star Wars obstacle course, Star Wars rock climbing, and to rest, a screening of ESB. Troop 49: I attended a 2nd local event on May 4th 2019. This was a comic con hosted at a middle school. It was a great turnout, and John Morton, the actor who played Luke's gunner "Dak" in ESB, was there too. AND hot off of the Northern Virginia Magazine interview, the "Voice of America" attended this event, and did a story on the 501st and May 4th, broadcast in Russian. VoA is a US Government news agency that broadcasts news in over 40 languages. Here's the link: https://www.voanews.com/a/spreading-the-magic-of-star-wars-worldwide-through-costumes/4913994.html?fbclid=IwAR3mU0-xdiM1e7UgmFmFQp0Vxc9Ji-De2ujnlEOLGzbSfwRSfWb2Ud4zzAQ TADA...Troop 50 as a Sandtrooper. On May 10th, 2019: I attended a local PTA fundraiser basketball game, that benefitted 2 of our area middle schools. It was an incredible turnout. The kids were well behaved, and it was a great way to start a Friday evening. While I do have a few other 501st costumes, the Sandtrooper was my first, and it is my most heavily trooped in. It took me 3 years to hit the 50 mark.
  5. Troop 46: On Saturday, April 27th, 2019, R2 and I supported the "Arlington Bunny Hop 5K" race that benefited "Bridges to Independence" - a charity that helps lead individuals and families out of homelessness. Over $10K was raised by the runners in this event. It was a beautiful morning in Virginia, and the crowd was wonderful. We hope to attend next year too.
  6. 2 more missions chalked up: Troop 44: March 30th, 2019: I attended a local elementary school's fundraiser carnival. It was a beautiful day to be patrolling outside, and a wonderful turnout. Lots of Star Wars fans here, and the kids were very well behaved. The local fire and rescue gave me a tour of their state-of-the art ambulance. Troop 45: April 7th, 2019: April 7th, 2019: The Empire was out in full force during Casey’s Automotive Car Show & Spring Fest. There were some magnificent cars on display, including a DeLorean WITH a flux capacitor! Over $7300 was raised by Ellie’s Hats, a local charity that assists children who are battling cancer. I brought R2 to the event and he found a car that he fell in love with:
  7. I'm with you Bobby. When I was building my armor and backpack, I had those page bookmarked and looked at them FREQUENTLY. Apologies for the delay getting them back up. Hopefully future generations will use them as much as you and I did!
  8. Sorry for the delay everyone. I have re-written the pages with the content. The links have changed, so anything that you had bookmarked won't work You can go to the MEPD.net home page, and click on the CRL menu option. If you scroll down through the basic CRL, you'll see the S.W.A.T. links...that has all of the Pandatrooper images. Here is the link: http://www.mepd.net/?page_id=867
  9. Troop 43: February 22nd, 2019: Pack 910 of Chantilly, VA had a Star Wars themed Blue & Gold banquet. R2 and I were invited to attend. These young men were very well behaved, and the Scout Masters were wonderful to work with. They did an outstanding job with organizing the event, and also with their creative decorating...specifically a death star hall entrance made out of paper. This was a terrific event
  10. I know what you are talking about, I will see if I can find them and get them back online.
  11. Hey Troopers, We are working on tightening up our forum email security. A few days ago, one of our brothers received a peculiar message, supposedly from the MEPD forums, only it wasn't. It was a spoofed message. No damage was done and we can confirm that it wasn't from the forums. We are working with the 501st web hosting team to ensure that all of our records are in place for secure email. In the event that you receive a strange message from forum@mepd.net, please do not click on any of the links. If you are concerned, or think its serious, please notify me via forum message and we can work together. Again, we'll get this straightened out shortly. Thank you for your service, and your patience.
  12. Troop 42: R2 and I attended troop 1154's Star Wars themed Blue & Gold Scout Banquet in Ashburn, VA. Plenty of young recruits available for the Empire...they even let us dive into their free taco bar after the event.
  13. Troop 41: R2 and I were invited to a very special young man's 5th birthday party. This little guy has autoimmune encephalitis...he has his days, but he's kicking it in the rear. He wanted a Star Wars (bad guy!) character to come to his party...R2 and I jumped at the opportunity. This kid was awesome. I had R2 covered up under a blanket in his family room (obviously hard to hide him). I made an entrance up his stairway in my Sandtrooper armor, he ran over to me, no fear, took me by the hand, and said "I found the droid you are looking for!". Melted my heart. He's 5, but he knows his Star Wars. You should have heard him do Jabba and Salacious Crumb impressions. He can also do a good Yoda. Awesome troop. I brought over a Jawa costume, he was definitely ready to sell some droids.
  14. Troop 40: R2 and I were able to attend a "Monster Mash" party at a local elementary school. We setup a photo booth with a sci-fi background, and met many awesome costumers.
  15. Lookin' good Dave! Congrats on the first troop.
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