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Imperial Gunner
Model IG-8968, Photo by Melissa Lindenthaler


Description: Imperial Gunner
Prefix: IG
Detachment: Imperial Gunnery Corps
Context: Star Wars Episodes IV, VI
Operating the immense weaponry of the Imperial starfleet are skilled gunners dressed in specialized uniforms. The gunner's features are entirely obscured by a large, sweeping helmet with a single wrap-around visor. The dark helmet helps suppress some of the dangerous flashback from such massive cannons as the turbolasers and superlaser found aboard the original Death Star.

The 501st approval requirements are listed in black.

The Imperial Gunnery Corp Detachment defines additional, optional levels of costuming excellence. In the page below, items listed in blue or red are optional features that will improve the quality of the costume. These items are not required, but are recommended.

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

Note: Measurements are based on troopers approximately 6' (1.83m) in height. To maintain accuracy, scaling back or forth for individual proportions is encouraged.

As seen throughout the SW universe, the Imperial Gunners utilize a variety of different attire and equipment combinations. The "Accessories" section of this CRL shows these optional configurations. If you have any questions about the combination of parts in a particular suit, please visit the Imperial Gunnery forums.

This CRL is a work in progress and is not yet ready to use for GML approval!

Costume Components
150px Imperial Gunner Helmet
For 501st approval:
  • Altmann’s licensed helmet or fan made based on the WWII Navy Mk II Style helmet.
  • The helmet is black to match the flight suit with a darkened visor that hides the wearers facial features while still allowing for visibility.
  • White or silver cog, centered on front top of helmet. Approximately 2.8 inches in diameter but must be proportional to the helmet
  • Commlink Box – left side of helmet
    • Rectangular Blue Button – top front of commlink, plastic material
    • Round Red Button – bottom front of comlink (plastic screwcap style)
    • White Button – side of Commlink (plastic screwcap style)
    • 2 Black Snap Covers – above white button - plastic material
    • 2 Silver/White Square Buttons – top of Commlink - plastic material
    • Antenna – top rear behind 2 silver/white buttons

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

TK anh stunt neckseal.jpeg Neck Seal
For 501st approval:
  • Black with horizontal ribs, fitted to the wearer, and extending from the base of the neck to the top of the Adam's apple.

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

Generic-black-coverall.jpg Black Imperial Flight Suit
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, is present on both shoulders.
    • The cog is 3" or 3.5" in diameter, and 1" from the shoulder seam.
  • On the left forearm there is a compad pocket, approximately 5" (127mm) wide by 5.75" (146.05mm) tall, with no flap and a 2.25" (57.15mm) window in it.
    • Size might vary to match specific compad.
  • On the left bicep, about 2"(50.8mm) 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, about 6" (152mm) wide and 5.75" (146mm) on the bicep, and approximately 2"(50.8mm) below the cog emblem.
    • The pocket has a 2"(50.8mm) flap.
  • (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 right arm sleeve pocket.
    • Size may differ - (Usually the width of the front pockets equals the width of the leg pockets).
  • There are no rank bars of any kind on the uniform.
  • There are no leg pockets below the knees.

For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Imperial patches on the shoulders are printed vinyl rather than embroidered.
  • The suit has a pointed collar in the back.

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.

Generic-black-boots.jpeg 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 buckle 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 is painted black.
  • German "jack boot" style boots are most canon.

For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Boots are made of leather.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Boots are German jack boots (or “Knobelbechers”) or an authentic replication thereof.
  • Boots have the top adjustment strap.

Costume Accessories
150px Soft Chest Armor
For 501st approval:
  • Black Pauldron (sandtrooper style) – draped over front chest.
  • Black Strap wrapped around back and fastened to front sides of pauldron)

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

Blankwhite.gif Quilted Leather Jacket
For 501st approval:
  • Black Leather Jacket - quilted texture.
  • May be combined with soft chest armor.

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

IG txarmor.jpeg Black Stormtrooper Chest, Back and shoulder straps.
For 501st approval:
  • Stormtrooper chest and back plate pieces along with the ridged plastic straps that fit over the collar bone.
  • Not to be combined with other chest armor / accessories.

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

IG gunnerarmor.jpeg Imperial Gunner Chest, Back and shoulder straps.
For 501st approval:
  • Similar to TK chest and back plate but with 4 indented grooves on each side of the front near the strap area.
    • The grooves are diagonal and get longer as one moves down the piece.
  • The back plate itself is flattened without the TK detailing like the TIE backplate.

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


Black-gauntlet-gloves.jpeg Black Gauntlet Gloves
For 501st approval:
  • Black, leather or leather-like, enclosed fingered, non-textured, fitted gauntlet style.
  • No buckles, straps, or decorative stitching.
  • Three straight lines, on the back of the hand (that match some references), are optional.

For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Gloves are made of leather.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Gauntlets slightly flair-out, upward from the wrist to the mid-forearm.

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.

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.

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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