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Imperial Officer: Black NCO Uniform
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Description: Imperial Officer: Black NCO Uniform
Prefix: ID
Detachment: Imperial Officer Corps
Context: Star Wars Episodes IV - IV and Expanded Universe


The 501st approval requirements are listed in black.

The Imperial Officer Corp Detachment defines additional, optional levels of costuming excellence. In the page below, items listed in blue are optional features that will improve the quality of the costume. Items listed in red are intended to further enhance the finished costume.

For 501st membership only the requirements in black need to be met.


  • This CRL is a work in progress.
  • This costume may be approved by GMLs, but until the library entry is complete, it is suggested that this character first be submitted to the appropriate DL/GML peer review section of the legion forum.
  • If you have this costume and would like to assist with the completion of this library entry, please contact your detachment leader.
  • Please note that the use of the word "should" below does not indicate that the armor piece is considered open to interpretation. All instances of "should be" and "should have" will be replaced with "is" and "has", as this guide is completed.
Required Costume Components

The following costume components are present and appear as described below.


ID hat black.jpg Imperial Hat, black
For 501st approval:
  • Fabric is a medium weight suiting material matching the pants and tunic if applicable.
    • Gabardine style weave is most accurate.
  • Base of the hat is conical, with a crown about 4" (101.6 mm) tall.
  • Front and rear "flaps" overlap on the sides and are about 4" (101.6 mm) high.
  • Front bill extends 3" down, decorated with 6 or 7 concentric stitches.
  • Imperial Code Disk is positioned in the center of the front vertical "flap."
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Code Disk has a notch detail on the outermost disk.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Code disk exactly matches screen-used prop.


ID tunic black.jpg Tunic, Black
For 501st approval:
  • Fabric should be a medium weight suiting material exactly matching the pants and hat. Gabardine style weave is most accurate.
  • Tunic is double-breasted with a left over right closure on the tapered yoke.
  • Yoke comes up across the shoulder to the top shoulder seam.
  • The standing collar has square corners and is about 1.25" (31.8 mm) tall and closes snugly and includes a modesty panel behind closure. Collar edges are closed with two eye hooks.
  • There are code cylinder pockets on both outside panels of the jacket from about half way between the top and bottom on the arm hole.
  • Sleeves are long, and without decoration, cuffs or buttons, containing 2 seams, one along the bottom and one along the back.
  • Tunic should be constructed with no top-stitching (stitches visible on the exterior surface of fabric)
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • There is a dart of about 2" (50.8 mm) in the top center of the yoke.
  • Additionally there is a seam running the entire circumference of the tunic, dividing it along a line hidden by the uniform belt.
  • The back of the tunic has princess seams that run vertically and turns outward to intersect the arm-hole seam at the vertical center.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Tunic must be secured on the right side by snaps or buttons, not Velcro. There is no topstitching visible anywhere and it must have a lining sewn in.
  • ANH officers wear a uniquely designed tunic with subtle differences that are only seen in ANH. Costumers may choose to replicate this design in lieu of the standard officer tunic, but only if doing an ANH Staff Officer.
  


Code Cylinders.jpg Code Cylinders
For 501st approval:
  • Between 1 to 4 per costume may be worn.
    • If only one is worn, it is on the left side.
  • Basic Style: Silver "chalk holder" tube with short clip and blue colored top.
  • Rod style: Machined aluminum rod with flaring disc detail at top.
  • Dosimeter style: True Dosimeter with correct clip and blue top.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Only real or replica dosimeters are used.


ID belt.jpg Belt
For 501st approval:
  • The belt is constructed from a non-textured leather or a leather-like material.
  • Approximately 2" (50.8 mm) in width, up to 3" (76.2 mm) is acceptable.
  • There are no loops on the belt.
  • A single large snap or rivet is 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 is constructed from a horizontally brushed metal, or metal looking material.
  • The buckle size is 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.
  • Buckle is adorned with an Imperial Code Disk at the center.
    • Please refer to the Imperial Buckle reference page for information on accurate and inaccurate style buckles.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Belt is made of leather.
  • Snap is worn to the left of the wearer.
  • Buckle has a slight horizontal curve.


Officerbelt boxes.jpeg Belt Boxes
For 501st approval:
  • Dimensions are approximately 2 1/4" (57.15 mm) wide by 3 1/4" (82.55 mm) tall, by 1 1/4" (31.75 mm) thick.
  • One or two boxes may be worn either vertically or horizontally on either side of the belt buckle.
    • An uneven number of boxes is incorrect.
  • Box surfaces are smooth and have no decoration/ hinges/ visible holes or slots that do not appear on the screen-used boxes.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • There is a covering on the back of each box with a slightly overlapping lip that is approximately 1/4” (6.35 mm).
    • Covering is secured by a rivets or small screws, on the top and on the bottom.


IN Pants 450.jpg Trousers, black
For 501st approval:
  • Fabric is a medium weight suiting material exactly matching the tunic and hat.
    • Gabardine style weave is most accurate.
  • Pockets are acceptable, although not visible with the tunic on.
  • Pants are neatly pressed or ironed.
  • Pants smartly rest on the top of the shoes without bunching or giving any sloppy appearance.


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Optional Accessories

Items below are optional costume accessories. These items are not required for approval, but if present appear as described below.

ID gloves.jpg Gloves
For 501st approval:
  • Black, leather or leather-like, enclosed fingered, non-textured, gauntlet length and fitted.
  • No buckles, straps, etc.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):


TR ROTJ DH-17Blaster.jpg DH-17 Blaster
For 501st approval:

Manufactured by BlasTech Industries, the DH-17 is a standard-issue Imperial sidearm for shipboard combat. The energy and power of the weapon are tuned to penetrate necessary targets, yet it will not puncture a starship's hull.


  • Scratch built or high-end prop replica.



TK anh stunt e11.jpeg E-11 Blaster
For 501st approval:

Manufactured by BlasTech Industries, the E-11 is standard-issue for many Imperial troops. Light, compact yet powerful, the E-11 blaster is always in high demand throughout the galaxy.

  • Based on a real or replica Sterling sub-machine gun, scratch-built, or a modified commercial toy Stormtrooper blaster.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Folding stock.
    • Stock does not need to function.
  • A real or replica ammo counter - based off of a Hengstler counter - should be present.
  • D-ring mounted on the rear.
  • Correct style scope.
  • Two power cylinders on the magazine.
  • Scratch-built, resin cast, Hyperfirm rubber cast blasters should have a total of 6 t-racks on blaster (leaving the lowest row on the Hengstler side un-covered).
  • If using the Hasbro E11 toy blaster, it is modified to have the correct number of T-tracks (6 total), with a lower row of open vent holes on the magazine housing side.
    • This is accomplished by covering the pre-existing rows of holes with T-tracks, then grinding off the lower integrated T-track on the magazine housing side, and drilling a new row of holes in its place.


Generic-dl44.jpg DL-44 Blaster Pistol
For 501st approval:

Manufactured by BlasTech Industries, the DL-44 Blaster has the ability to charge a heavier blast, nearly twice as powerful as similar pistols. Because the sidearm is highly modifiable and is one of the few blasters shown to have the ability to penetrate imperial armor, the Empire has placed heavy restrictions on this model and in many cases ownership is outlawed outside of imperial forces.

  • Scratch built or high-end prop replica.



Crl-genericholster.jpg Holster
For 501st approval:
  • Holster is the appropriate color and style for the specific blaster.
    • Holster is not present if no blaster is carried.


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