TIE Pilot, 181st Imperial Fighter Group

Model Tyler P. Huffman Photo by Allison Lipka

  • Description: TIE Pilot, 181st Imperial Fighter Group

Prefix: TI Detachment: Jolly Roger Squadron Context: Star Wars Expanded Universe The 181st Imperial Fighter Group is an elite unit that served in the Imperial Navy, handpicked by Baron Soontir Fel and feared throughout the galaxy as the best TIE pilots in the Empire. Their elite status is denoted by distinctive red stripes sewn onto their uniforms and painted onto the solar wing arrays of their TIE/In Interceptor series starfighters.

The 501st approval requirements are listed in black. For Legion approval, only these requirements must be met. While the Jolly Roger Squadron does not have any detachment specific costume certification programs, some parts of the costume below may be shared with other detachments that do. Features listed in blue or red are not required for 501st approval, but are noted here for those interested in these additional details.

This Visual Guide has been reviewed by the detachment staff and the LMO team and is certified for use as a minimum approval guideline for GMLs. GMLs are free to approve this costume type.

Required Costume Components The following costume components must be present and appear as described below for approval .

  • Helmet

For 501st approval: See the TIE Helmet Detail page for more views and information about canon paint schemes. Helmet may have flat or bubbled lenses in Dark Gray or Dark Green. The helmet must also have imperial disks (greeblies) on the ear wells. Two 2.75" diameter Imperial Emblems in either white or silver should be on the crest of the helmet as seen in the diagrams below. The frown between the teeth may optionally be drilled out. If the teeth are cut out, the openings must be backed by material so that the face is not seen. Colours of markings may range from chrome to silver, brushed aluminum to light gray to dark gray (gun metal), but must be consistent - pick a colour and stick with it

  • Hoses

For 501st approval: 2 Black Ribbed Hoses with a 1.25" diameter and connect the helmet hose port to the chestbox hose ports. A third hose exits the bottom of the Type A box and the Type B box, and is wrapped with a black communications cable. See descriptions of both chestboxes for hose sizes required.

  • Balaclava

For 501st approval: A balaclava is a black head sock/hood that is worn under the helmet and is used primarily to hide any view of the wearer's skin and/or facial hair.

  • Black Imperial Flight Suit

with red blood stripes For 501st approval: One piece black coverall/jumpsuit/flight suit with a front invisible zipper. Approximately 1.5" (38.1mm) tall mandarin collar with a chevron shaped, left-over-right velcro closure. A silver or white "imperial cog" emblem on a black background must be present on both shoulders. The cog should be 3" or 3.5" in diameter, and 1" from the shoulder seam affixed over the blood stripe. Red blood stripes 1” (25.4mm) to 1.5” (38.1mm) wide extend from base of collar to wrist closure, and begins at armpit seam and extends to hem of pant leg. Red blood stripe shall cover pockets and flaps on both arms. . (see attached graphic) On the left forearm there is a com-pad pocket approximately 5" (127mm) wide by 5.75" (146.05mm) tall with no flap and a 2.25" (57.15mm) window in it. On the left bicep below the cog emblem, there is a code cylinder pocket with no flap, and vertical stitching dividing it into pen sleeves. The bottom front corner of the pocket is cut off at a bevel on the side pointing in view direction with the broader upside forming the border of the pen sleeves. The right sleeve has a cargo pocket on the bicep approximately located below the cog emblem. 2 large chest pockets and 2 large front pockets below the belt without any zipper or flaps 2 leg pockets with flaps similar in proportion as the one on the right arm sleeve. Size may differ. (Usually the width of the front pockets equals the width of the leg pockets) Rank bars of any kind are not permitted. For level two certification (if applicable): For level three certification (if applicable): In the films, the Imperial patches on the shoulders were printed vinyl. The suit should have a pointed collar in the back for level three certification.

  • Arm Bracers

For 501st approval: Bracers closely resemble soccer shinguards and shall be gloss or satin black in color. Communications pad is not required when bracers are worn. The bracers must fit down inside the gauntlet of the glove.

  • Grey Flak Vest

For 501st approval: The grey, ribbed flak vest should consist of nylon or nylon like fabric. There are a total of 9 correctly spaced ribs on the front with a gap between the 2 upper and 9 lower ribs. 8 “flat” ribs are sewn into the vest between the upper and lower ribs, and are left flat.

There are 13 evenly spaced ribs in the back. Tubing should be permitted to create the illusion that the ribs are filled. Leather or leather like tabs with correct buckle hardware connects the front to back near the wearer’s waist. A 1” (25mm) adjustment strap with adjustment tab buckle detail is found at the back of the vest. Two 2” (48mm) shoulders straps with horizontal rib stitching detail connect the front and back of the vest

  • Web Harness and optional web belt

For 501st approval: The web harness and belt is the classic US Military A.L.I.C.E load bearing system . Grey OR black is accepted. A.L.I.C.E. belt must match harness in color. The Chestbox is connected directly to the harness via hooks, magnets or other method that will securely mount the box to the suspenders

The web belt is optional on this uniform, and may be worn alone or in combination with the standard Officer's belt and buckle. If only the web belt is to be worn, a standard Officers type buckle with affixed greeblie shall be mounted directly to the web belt buckle.

  • Type A Chestbox

For 501st approval: Two types of chestbox are approved for 501st Legion use. The chestbox will have the same configuration as shown in the photo. Type A box is rectangular in shape, not square. It is permissible to have a flange that extends ½ “ (12.5mm) around the backside of the chestbox. The third hose connection exits the bottom of the box, slightly to the left of wearer’s center. The third hose shall be 1.25” in diameter. The free end of the bottom hose shall be worn connected to the belt at the wearers left hip and terminate in a quick-disconnect assembly, black-painted thermal detonator/O2 canister, or other means of hiding the hose’s opening..

A communications wire exits the box to the right of the third hose exit point and will be wrapped around the third hose. 

Two curved 45 degree, angled hose connectors exit at the sides of the box, just above the angle of the bottom plate. These may swivel to accommodate the hose when the helmet is worn. The box has 4 1" square x 1/8th" thick detail pieces. surrounded by a ⅛” wide white stripe. Accepted colors are grey, white, blue , blue. Three rocker switches are mounted to the wearer’s left front of the box. correct colors are grey, white, grey. Two circular red and white “lights” are mounted near the top of the front of the box.


  • Type B Chestbox

For 501st approval: The chestbox is required to have the same configurations as seen in the photo.

Type B box front vertical plate is rectangular with a beveled lower plate angling toward wearer. The beveled plate has the communications wire connection near the hose mount. The communications wire shall be wrapped around the third hose. Two curved 45 degree, angled hose connectors exit at the sides of the box, just above the angle of the bottom plate. These may swivel to accommodate the hose when the helmet is worn. A third hose is mounted to its own connector at the bottom of the box, slightly to the left of wearers center. The hose is worn draped to the left, terminating on the wearers left hip and terminate in a quick-disconnect assembly, black-painted thermal detonator/O2 canister, or other means of hiding the hose’s opening.. Hose size shall be between 1.25” and 2” diameter.

The box has four rectangular plates mounted to the wearer’s left. One white, three grey are accepted. A ⅛” wide white rectangular strip surrounds these. The box has 6 white rocker switches, on the wearer’s right side of the box. A single greeblie similar to a audio jack is mounted on the front of the box. Two circular white “lights” are mounted above the rocker switches.

  • Ejection Harness

For 501st approval: Gray 2” webbing extending from the below front flak vest to the

            back vest below the crotch. 

Two loops wrap around each leg at the knees and are

            attached to the rest of the webbing below the crotch. 

Gray 2” elastic may be substituted for grey webbing.

For level two certification (if applicable): For level three certification (if applicable):

  • Belt

For 501st approval: Please refer to the Imperial Buckle reference page for information on popular eBay available buckles The belt shall be constructed from a non-textured leather or a leather-like material, approximately 2" (50.8 mm) in width (up to 3" (76.s mm) is acceptable) The buckle shall be constructed from a horizontally brushed metal, or metal looking material. A single large snap or rivet should be visible approximately 1" (25.4 mm) from the buckle. The belt may be worn with the snap to the right or left of the wearer. The buckle size should be approximately 2 5/8" (66.7 mm) high and 4 1/8" (104.5 mm) wide with 0.5" (12.7 mm) radius rounded corners. Buckles are adorned with an Imperial Code Disk at the center. This belt may have Police style belt loops with D rings added to attach the Y harness instead of using the LBE web belt. For level two certification (if applicable): Belt must be made of leather. Snap is to be worn to the left of the wearer. Buckles shall have a slight horizontal curve. For level three certification (if applicable):

  • Black Gauntlet Gloves

For 501st approval: Black, leather or leather-like, enclosed fingered, non-textured, fitted gauntlet style. No buckles, straps, or decorative stitching are permitted. For level two certification (if applicable): Gloves shall be made of leather. For level three certification (if applicable):

  • Black Boots

For 501st approval: Calf high black leather or leather like material. Free of laces, decorative stitching, buckles on the instep or any other embellishments. Boots may have a single adjustment strap at the top outside of the boot, with the bucket no wider than 1". This need not be functional. Zippers on the inside of the boot are acceptable, so long as they are concealed. If the zipper is not covered by vinyl/leather, it should be painted black. German "jack boot" style boots are most canon. For level two certification (if applicable): Boots shall be made of leather. For level three certification (if applicable): Boots shall be German jack boots or an authentic replication thereof. Boots shall have the top adjustment strap.

Optional Accessories Items below are optional costume accessories. These items are not required for approval, but if present must meet the guidelines below.

  • Imperial Communications Pad

For 501st approval: The 3-dimensional communications pad is used if black arm bracers are not worn.

Rectangular communications pad with buttons and detailing as shown. For level two certification (if applicable): Compads shall not be electronically lit. For level three certification (if applicable):


       	DL-44 Blaster Pistol

Scratch built or high-end prop replica.


For level two certification (if applicable):


For level three certification (if applicable):


       	      Blas tech E-11 

Based on a real or replica Sterling nonfiring sub-machine gun, scratch-built, or a modified commercial toy Stormtrooper blaster.

For level two certification (if applicable):

For level three certification (if applicable)


   Holster 
       	


appropriate color and style for the weapon used.

For level two certification (if applicable): For level three certification (if applicable)

  • Neckseal

Artwork depicts pilots of the 181st Fighter Group with a Stormtrooper style neck seal worn under the flight suit.

  • Kneepads

Kneepads as depicted in the original artwork are optional . The art depicts them as similar to Biker Scout kneepads with no indentations and small extensions at the sides.


This document and all of the images within were created by and are the property of the 501st Legion. All other uses are prohibited. Image used with permission, created by Winterg, Ti3763.

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