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TIE Pilot: Reserve Pilot
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Model Paul Hoeffer , Photo by TI-8020


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Description: TIE Pilot: Reserve Pilot
Prefix: TI
Detachment: Jolly Roger Squadron
Context: Star Wars Episode VI, Expanded Universe
Many of the characters appearing on the Death Star bridge went nameless in the films. The Expanded Universe often fills these gaps, including the story of the off duty TIE pilot. The Decipher card series and Star Wars Character Encyclopedia name several of these crew members as TIE pilots, providing both back story and visual reference for them.


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.

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.


Required Costume Components

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


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


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 must be present on both shoulders. The cog should be 3" or 3.5" in diameter, and 1" from the shoulder seam.
  • 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. (Size might vary to match your com-pad)
  • 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 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 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.
  • There are no leg pockets below the knees.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Imperial patches on the shoulders shall be printed vinyl rather than embroidered.
  • The suit should have a pointed collar in the back.


ID belt.jpg Belt
For 501st approval:
  • 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" (76.2 mm) is acceptable.
    • There are no loops on the belt.
  • 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 shall be constructed from a horizontally brushed metal, or metal looking material.
  • 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.
    • Please refer to the Imperial Buckle reference page for information on accurate and inaccurate style buckles.
  • Buckles are adorned with an Imperial Code Disk at the center.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Belt must be made of leather.
  • Snap is to be worn to the left of the wearer.
  • Buckle shall have a slight horizontal curve.
For level three certification (if applicable):


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 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 “Knobelbechers”) or an authentic replication thereof.
  • Boots shall have the top adjustment strap.


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):
  • Compads shall not be electronically lit.
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 are permitted.
  • The three straight lines on the back of the hand (that match some references) are permitted.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Gloves shall be made of leather.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Gauntlets shall slightly flair-out, upward from the wrist to the mid- forearm.
Optional Accessories

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


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

Manufactured by BlasTech Industries, The DL-44 is a powerful and reliable sidearm. It 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 to have shown the ability to penetrate imperial armor, the Empire has deemed it necessary to place heavy restrictions on this model and in many cases ownership is outlawed outside of imperial issue.

  • Scratch built or high-end prop replica.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):


TR ROTJ DH-17Blaster.jpg DH-17 Blaster
For 501st approval:
  • Scratch built or high-end prop replica.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):


TK anh stunt e11.jpeg BlasTech E-11
For 501st approval:
  • 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 (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).
  • Popular commercially available toy Stormtrooper blasters have a total of 7 T-racks (if you cover all the rows of holes) or 6 T-racks (if you cover the "open row" of holes on the Hengstler side.
  • Below this, you must grind off the lower T-rack and drill a new row of holes).
For level three certification (if applicable):


Crl-genericholster.jpg Holster
For 501st approval:
  • Appropriate color & style for the weapon used.
  • Should not be present if no weapon is carried with the costume.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):

This document and all of the images within were created by and are the property of the 501st Legion. All other uses are prohibited.

This CRL is available as a PDF at www.501st.com/databank/Costuming:TI_reserve_pilot

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The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.