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    Be vigilant! Potential SPAM from MEPD.net

    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.
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    HappyTrooper's Mission Journal - 42 Troops

    This thread details the adventures and travels of HappyTrooper (TD-10900) while proudly serving with the Mos Eisley Police Department. My first 501st Legion costume was Sandtrooper armor, I was approved on April 18th, 2016. The following photos were taken on location with the men and women of the 501st Legion. All suspects are guilty until proven innocent.
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    HappyTrooper's Mission Journal - 42 Troops

    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.
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    HappyTrooper's Mission Journal - 42 Troops

    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.
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    Help promote the MEPD!

    Troopers, due to an increase in Rebel activity, the MEPD is up to its green lenses with paperwork...we need your help. Our propaganda minister is looking for recruitment material that can be broadcast on social media. With your help, we can promote the MEPD, help others join the elite force that makes us what we are, and most importantly, put down the Rebels forever. We do get some great photos in the troop logs, however, this central location will make it easier to identify social media worthy material. We are looking for any cool photos of you decked out in your dirty armor that are: -funny -in a cool location -groups of Sandtroopers -anything you think that would make a good social media post Please include: -your TD ID# -a good caption for your post! -(optional) your Instagram account name so we can tag you! (Thank you for the recommendation HenselMonster) I know it probably goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Let's keep it tasteful, and try to avoid any fan faces in the photos. Some folks may not want their photos broadcast across the galaxy. So troopers, hit us up with your best social media photos here! We'll do our best to get them on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you for your assistance. Through the sand and blood, we protect with honor and serve with pride!
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    HappyTrooper's Mission Journal - 42 Troops

    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.
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    TD-79008 "MrFlavaFlave" Tour of Duty Log

    Lookin' good Dave! Congrats on the first troop.
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    TD-17105 "BadBatch" Tour of Duty Log (67 Arrests)

    Lookin' good Trooper! Love the mini Sabine
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    HappyTrooper's Mission Journal - 42 Troops

    Got a few more...trying to get to that 50 mark! On September 28th, 2018, R2 and I attended a fundraiser for a local science museum. We rubbed elbows with some of the patrons, and got to meet Dr Who. On October 6th, R2 and I attended the 14th annual Walk for Autism in Northern VA. This was the 3rd year in a row that I attended as a Sandtrooper. Always a terrific event. We had support from some other costumers as well.
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    HappyTrooper's Mission Journal - 42 Troops

    Yes indeed..."will troop for smiles"
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    Greetings from Mimban

    WOW Loving all of it: the kit, the weathering, the pack, the cape...well done!
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    TD90006 - Rostwortrooper Trooping log

    These pics are great, nice job!
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    HappyTrooper's Mission Journal - 42 Troops

    Need to catch up on a few events. On May 12th, 2018 I marched in a local parade by myself escorting a float. Was a great workout walking 1.5 miles in armor with a pack! On July 19th and August 9th, 2018, I donned my armor and took my R2 unit to a kids robotics camp. On September 15th, 2018, I tried to help sell baked goods, with the proceeds benefiting the Childhood Cancer Foundation. These young ladies were much better at selling than I was. Was great to spend the day with other Star Wars fans
  14. Good Afternoon Troops, Our server administrator will be performing some maintenance on our host. He will be adding more resources to the virtual machine, which will hopefully help with performance. A reboot is required, and will happen around 7PM ET this evening. Please be advised that the forums will not be available at that time. Thank you for your patience! On a side note, we are aware that email notifications are not working. Our server admin will be addressing that as well. Stay sandy my friends!
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    Hasboro Toy Shop - Sandtrooper and Dewback Black Series

    The things we do for screen accuracy...I had to paint that pauldron white. This trooper's head was a lot more difficult to remove from the body than my other troopers. If you do try to paint the pauldron, use caution when removing this little guy's head. Its so GRAY Used some masking tape and HandiTak to mask the pauldron: Used a few light coats of flat white primer: Cleaned up the edges with a toothpick: Used some Tamiya Weathering Master pastels that I use for plastic aircraft modeling, I also weathered the orange pauldron, it was too clean. Now everyone is happy!
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    Hasboro Toy Shop - Sandtrooper and Dewback Black Series

    I picked mine up on Amazon a few days ago: https://amzn.to/2juXq5a This is a great piece. The dewback is very detailed...and heavy. Articulated too. I'm very happy with it. I was never able to get the orange pauldron trooper, so I bought 2 black pauldron troopers and airbrushed one of them. I plan on doing the same with the gray pauldron...making it white and then weathering it a bit. I used some masking tape and handi-tak to mask the pauldron: I "primed" it with flat black spray, and then hit it with orange acrylic through an airbrush. There's no way the acrylic would bite into that smooth plastic, flat enamel/primer was a must.
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    Tapatalk problem ?

    Hello fellow Troopers, I believe Tapatalk is back online. Please give it a test when time permits. I was able to access MEPD from Taptalk on my mobile device. Let me know if you experience any issues. MANY thanks for your patience, I know this has been a very long wait.
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    PMs not showing up

    I do see that DirtyDave is out of storage space:
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    PMs not showing up

    Anyone else having an issue posting forum replies? I am using Chrome on a Windows workstation, I clicked reply, typed this message, and submit reply. It seems to be working.
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    TD-30571 "bigwams" Tour of Duty

    Lookin' good Thomas! Love the birthday party pic. Glad you are recruiting them young! Nice job.
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    Tapatalk problem ?

    We haven't forgotten about Tapatalk Elections are over, and we have the new app installed on our forums. Mon Mothma put it best: "it is not yet operational." We are trying to track down some important info to get it back online. I'll update once it is ready. Thank you for your continued patience.
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    HappyTrooper's Mission Journal - 42 Troops

    We had so much fun at the last Blue & Gold Banquet, we joined another group of Cub Scouts in the area just a few weeks later. On February 23rd, Garrison Tyranus did some heavy recruiting at this event.
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    HappyTrooper's Mission Journal - 42 Troops

    On February 11th, 2018, our Garrison was invited to attend a Blue & Gold Banquet for the Cub Scouts in Leesburg. They had a Star Wars theme for the evening. The banquet was kicked off with the Imperial March, and we led the Scouts to the stage for the flag ceremony. Later, we got to join these future recruits for some chow in the mess hall.
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    Frustrating experience trying to buy materials for this pack

    It is a scavenger hunt for sure. I may be a little out of date here...Airborne, correct me if I'm wrong...Gordonator may still be selling those cisterns. I have one, it looks great, and its been going strong for 2 years. Also Crashmann (Charlie) offers a bunch of parts. Here is a link to all of the parts that he offers. http://tk386.com/sandtrooper_backpack_kit/
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    BAck pack shoulder straps.

    I use these straps on my pack: http://amzn.to/2CrPehN