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  1. Alight while I waited for my radar dish to show up i went ahead and did an initial weathering of the pack using acrylic paints, unbleached titanium and a little burnt umber mixed with water.
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  2. Troop #28 9/4/2023 Sac Anime Sacramento CA
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  3. Troop #27 5/2/2024 May 4th Visit to the State Capitol
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  4. Hello there! Just joined yesterday! About me: irl name Błażej (Blaze in eng), age 33. My first post about joining to 501st is from 2005(!). Finally got time and $$ to assemble all the gear. I am happy to be here and proud to be a part of Empire's finest! Can't wait to get dirty ;D Baji TD-914853 Polish Garrison
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  5. So originally 5 years ago I was working on a kit from spOOL68 here on the forum that consisted of resin parts, I downloaded a T21 template and began building the wooden stock /main body and barrel made of a PVC pipe and a plastic cup, well I never fully finished it and put the kit away, fast forward to now and I noticed how hefty or cumbersome this weapon can be not bad if you want something that feels substantial and more accurate in components, but with the advances in 3d printing I figured I'd give it a shot and have a lighter rifle I wouldn't mind trooping with. So I order a kit from a shop on Etsy called Galactic3DEmpire, Gaven does some amazing work and does various weapons from Starwars or any other series you can think of , he shipped my order out quickly since this was the last one he had in stock (if its not in stock you can always message him and request it, but may take a little bit longer) he also does commissions. Just a heads up this T21 Blaster isn't completely accurate in some of the details https://www.etsy.com/shop/Galactic3DEmpire?ref=yr_purchases attached is the previous kit which is awesome if you want something with a little more weight to it and the last set of photos are of the new 3d kit from Gaven Here is the 3D printed kit, it has a sturdy feel and doesn't feel frail like some 3d printing stuff.
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  6. Alright so I used the initial wood filler with acetone mixture thinned down to a milk like consistency and it did a pretty good job of filling some of the print lines only issue is it builds up in some of the crevices, especially the corrugated part of the barrel. I went through parts of the rifle with a flat tip screw driver and sand paper to remove some of the build up and keep the details sharp then sprayed primer and repeated the sanding. second coat and sanding
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  7. I made two changes to the kit, The first one is didn't use the supplied sling mount which is accurate to the real Lewis machine gun, but instead i drilled a hole in the stock where it goes and threaded in this metal sling mount and then added some glue to really lock it in, I know its not accurate, but this going to be used for trooping so need it to be sturdy. The second change I made was I used the resin oil brush lid from the previous resin kit I had because the this kit had just a regular cylinder peg Other than that the kit is assembled and next is to sand and fill most the layer lines by using a mix off 2 parts plastic wood filler and 1 part acetone, brush the mix onto the areas that i dont want layer lines. After that then sand with 220 grit and spray with ultra high build sandable primer.
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  8. capacitors done and everything assembled just need to weather everything, I'm also waiting for the radar dish to show up. Keep in mind this isnt very accurate and built it more for trooping rather than to be movie prop accurate
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  9. I think this is the one : 501st MEPD Sandtrooper Social Group 501st MEPD Sandtrooper Social Group | Facebook
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  10. 233 Officers have now received their requested Certificates. *** Take care and Stay Safe out there, Troops! ***
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  12. Welcome to the Sandbox!
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  13. Glad to be here. Look for updates on new swag coming
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  14. Welcome in the MEPD!
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  15. - From the Desk of the D.L. - Meet the Command Staff - CRL changes (proposed) Hello to my Dirty Brothers and Sisters, I am hoping to bring this tradition back this year. I love our newsletter as it is where I got my start on the MEPD command staff. If anyone has an idea or topic they would like for us to cover here in future issues, please message me. Also, if you have a submission for the newsletter, we are open to others sharing their work. The MEPD is also in need of a new Merchandising Officer. Our new PRO is Darth Mout. Our former PRO, Quinnzelle, has moved to the newly created Detachment Diversity Officer Position. The Legion has also added 2 additional detachment positions this year, Detachment Archivist and Historian and Detachment Costume Advisor. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in stepping up and joining the MEPD Command Staff PM me for a discussion. I appreciate everyone trusting me with another year as Detachment Leader and I look forward to a great year. It seems that troops are starting to come back even more this year. We are seeing a gradual improvement each year as we move farther away from 2020. Stay Dirty, Punisha Quinn Brown (SandEEQuiNN) TD-91197 Detachment Diversity Officer Former PRO Hello MEPD, I wanted to take a little time to introduce myself and tell you a little about me. I am a single mom of a wonderful 12-year-old daughter, who is a Sandy in the Galactic Academy. I was born just outside of Philadelphia. I grew up in Pennsylvania and Florida. I now live outside of Richmond, Virginia. I work as a sushi chef. In 2014, I met our DL, Punisha, at a convention and saw how cool the 501st costumes were in person. I first joined as Asajj Ventress, which I hand-sewed. My second costume was the Sandtrooper. I am the local Rebel Legion Base CO and XO of my local Squad. I am happy to be a part of the greatest Detachment in the Legion. Quinn Brown (SandEEQuiNN) I know we started this topic on the forums already, but I felt this would give it more attention and more eyes on the topic. I have revised my original post here to include ideas and additions already shared with me on the CRL updates thread here in these forums. If you have ideas to add to this discussion, go here: https://forum.mepd.net/index.php?/topic/18089-things-id-like-to-change-this-year/ I would like to make a couple of changes to the existing CRL. I am interested in your thoughts. As always, this will not affect those already approved. You are grandfathered in. This would only be for new applicants. Currently, the CRL reads, “For basic approval ribbed shoulder straps are acceptable but discouraged.” I would like to remove the ribbed shoulders option, as only special edition troopers have those and that is a separate CRL in progress. I would like the CRL to read, “TK style ribbed shoulders are not acceptable.” The next change is a similar change in thought. The current CRL reads, “Left side Abdomen Armor has a minimum of three, and maximum of four painted white buttons.” I would like the CRL to read, “Left side Abdomen Armor has three white buttons." (Credit to BadBatch for the edit) BigWam and Airbourne trooper also added these ideas. The first involved the helmet lenses. The current CRL reads that helmet lenses are “flat green or smoke.” The change would read that helmet lenses are “flat green.” Their next idea was to remove the shoulder pouch requirement when not wearing a backpack. The current CRL says “Black in color, made of canvas, leather or leatherlike German MP-40 style ammo pouches.” The change would read, “Black in color, made of canvas German style MP-40 pouch or leather or leather like Stolla Wien ammo pouch. If you do not wear a backpack, you do not need the shoulder pouch.”
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  16. Hey, Welcome to the MEPD. What a great first troop. The animal adoption troops are in my top three troops. The iguana in my avatar was one one of them.
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  17. Rubber Plunger Cups:
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  18. I found these for my Shoretrooper pouch: Pouch Inserts They work quite well, and the files are free.
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  19. I put small PVC black pipe cut to length in each sleeve. Then 3 small ones in the small side pouch
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  20. Hi Gabe, have a look the 501st crl here: https://databank.501st.com/databank/Costuming:TD_sandtrooper It is very detailed and you will probably find most information there. You will also find a bunch of useful and higher quality reference pictures in the SWAT application section.
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  21. Hey Darren! No worries about asking questions. We are happy to help you out! There have been many different discoveries over the years for authentic or close to authentic parts for the packs. Here is a quick list Karrimor Totem backpack frame- You can find these on eBay every once in a while. Seedtrays- You can get those from a number of makers, I recommend Woodman or RWA Creations Sonix Victory 75 Radio - Nearly impossible to find (though three have now been found in the past couple years. Pricey though) You can get good replicas. Woodman offers a cast version of an authentic radio. Sandie Comms make great replicas. You can also scratch build or 3D print one too. Brexton Lunch box (or tool box) - The jury is still out if these are accurate. They probably aren't exactly what the prop makers used for the original packs, but they are very very close. You can find them on eBay or etsy. Exhaust - Now these are typically scratch built. Or you can 3d print your own (files on Thingiverse). Crooknight sells the 3d printed versions too. Mushroom Caps/ Plunger - Made from a plunger. They are on amazon occasionally https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001P0F40/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_27?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A7E2FBUNXT0TG Shires UP90 or UP100 Syphon. - Also hard to find and pricey. RS props will be selling replicas soon. RWA creations sells a shockingly detailed vaccuformed version. I would recommend that one, very light weight. You can also 3D print one or scratch build. Bottles - Nothing exact. Best to find something close in size. Strider used a shampoo bottle in his build. Typically these are just found parts. Tupperware Pitcher lid / Radar Dish - You can find these on eBay. Giostyle Safari 600 canteen - You can find the originals occasionally on etsy or eBay, but Lionstar makes the same thing. You can find them in the for sale section of the forum The mortar tube is usually a 2.5" diameter abs pipe. The control panel and caps are sold by a few people. RWA Creations and other armor makers generally have them. Ask for a picture to make sure they are accurate. They are not exactly the same as Stormtrooper Thermal detonator details. This is just for the "Move Along" pack, there are other parts for other packs. Depending on what you want. I hope this helped! Be sure to check out other pack builds, especially Striders. They will be incredibly helpful in your build. Good luck and always feel free to ask questions!
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