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TIE Pilot


Description: TIE Pilot
Prefix: TI
Detachment: Jolly Roger Squadron
Context: Star Wars Episodes 4 and 6
TIE pilots served in the Imperial Navy by piloting the various TIE series starfighters.


Required Costume Components

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

Blankwhite.gif Helmet
For 501st approval:
  • The TIE pilot helmet as seen in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi.
  • Either from Don Post, Rubies (licensed) or Fan Made.
  • Must meet screen accuracy requirements.
  • 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.

For level two certification (if applicable):
  • The frown between the teeth may be drilled out but if so, then it 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
For level three certification (if applicable):

Blankwhite.gif Hoses
For 501st approval:
  • Black Ribbed Hoses with a 1.25" diameter and 18" to 21" in length from the helmet hose port to connect to the chestbox upper hose ports.
  • 501st MINIMUM

For level two certification (if applicable):
  • See the ROTJ box listing for the third hose option.
For level three certification (if applicable):

Blankwhite.gif Balaclava
For 501st approval:
  • Black Balaclava is required to be worn under the helmet so that no hair or skin can be seen.

For level two certification (if applicable):
  • A standard ribbed TK neckseal may also be worn
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.

Generic-commpad.jpg Imperial Communications Pad
For 501st approval:
  • Rectangular communications pad, with buttons and detailing as shown, on a grey or silver background.

For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Compad is not electronically lit.

Blankwhite.gif Armour
For 501st approval:
  • Should consist of the front and back armor as shown, with two shoulder straps anchored by an octagon of plastic on each end. Black Nylon webbing or elastic should also be allowed to aid in the snug fit of the armor. The shoulder straps should not be load bearing. Being plastic they can crack.

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

Blankwhite.gif Chestbox
For 501st approval:
  • The chestbox is required to have the same configurations as seen in these photos. Fan made, scratch built should be considered for approval if they come close enough to what is show here. Please note, there are several 1" square x 1/8th" configurations that are to be approved. 2 white, 2 blue / 1 Red, 1 White, 2 Blue, 1 Gray, 1 White, 2 Blue. The rockers are always 2 Gray with dots or lamps in their bottom (LEDs or Lights are totally optional but should be approved.)

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

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.

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-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.

Optional Accessories

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

Personal tools
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