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Here they are.  Call them what you will; Death Star Troopers, Death Squad Commanders, Imperial Navy Troopers, Star Destroyer Commanders, but these are the men in black always at the ready to pick up the latest officer choked by Vader.  With a resume like that, what's not to like!?!?   Read on...

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The Helmet

There are very few helmets in the Star Wars Universe that are easy to make, and the Death Star Trooper helmet is no different.  The base seems simple enough since it was based on a World War II, but the add-ons and fit were a real pain to perfect.  It took me a couple of months of weekends, and lots of fiberglass and Bondo to get the right look.

Like the Rebel Fleet Trooper helmet, the Death Star Trooper helmet uses the Mk. II as the base, and was covered with a variety of pieces, including a front and back cover.  Both of these covers include a symmetrical pattern of holes and are held in place with flat-head screws.  There's also a large wing in the back that is held in place by two large tabs over the ears.  It appears that there may also be a flat-head screw in the back toward the top of the wing.  

Note from the fourth picture that the front of the helmet was trimmed back from the original lines of the Mk II.  The ear tabs seem to be two separate pieces that sandwich together to hole the wing in place (see details in the first and fifth pic).

Since Stormtrooper armor was made with styrene, it is likely that the helmets were too.  However, when I made my helmet, I started with two pulls of the Mk. II helmet in black ABS.  The first pull was used as the base for the helmet, and the second was used to cut out the two cover pieces.  The wing and ear tabs were then vacuformed on custom molds.   


Visual Dictionary pic.
Notice the two piece ear tab


View of the back
of ANH trooper

View of the front
of ANH trooper

View of the front-side
of ANH trooper


Back of ANH trooper.
Note 2 piece ear tab


View of the back
of ANH trooper

View of the side
of ROTJ trooper
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The Uniform

There are several varieties to the Death Star Trooper uniform, but the overwhelming majority of the troopers are seen in a black officer's uniform with no insignia, rank badges, code cylinders, or markings of any kind.  Some variations included Imperial insignia patches on both sleeves (mainly in ROTJ), while a couple of troopers are seen with the gray/olive officers uniform (in ANH).   

Another variation is a black coveralls with insignia patches on the sleeves (in ANH working with the Death Star Gunners).  I've been unable to find good reference pics of the jumpsuit on the DST, but the jumpsuit/coveralls appear to be identical to the jumpsuit worn by the Tie Pilots, Death Star Gunners, AT-AT Drivers, Rebel Technicians, etc.  The last pic below shows my take on these coveralls using reference pics and the Marmit TIE Pilot figure.  

If you're wanting the officer's uniform, then your only real option is to have it custom made by a tailor, or family.  You could also try eBay.  

If you use the coveralls, I'm not aware of the correct coverall suit being found currently, but most troopers use a flight suit.  Personally, I think unlined coveralls look more accurate, but you'll still need to add pockets.  There are plenty of online sources for around $30 to $40, but they will require some minor modification for accuracy (like adding pocket flaps).  Try All Seasons for coveralls, or Ted's Surplus and Ranger Joes for flightsuits.

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ROTJ Troopers with basic
black uni with no insignia


ROTJ Troopers with basic
black uni with insignia

ANH Trooper with gray/olive
uni with no insignia

ANH Trooper with
jump suit with insignia


ANH Trooper with
jump suit with insignia


ROTJ Troopers with basic
black uni with insignia

Another ANH Trooper
with gray/olive uni


Here's my take
on the coveralls

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The Gloves

With the exception of the ANH trooper in the black jumpsuit, all Death Star Troopers wear black leather gauntlet gloves.  The gloves seem to be the same used by the Tie Pilots, and have a smooth finish on the gauntlet, with vertical stitching, and no buckles.  The best match I've found are the gloves from Excalibur Leather.  These are a bit pricey at $58 with shipping, but look accurate.  These gloves are also close, but they are also kind of expensive.  

If accuracy's not a big deal for you, most motorcycle shops have similar gloves.  You can also find cheaper, suitable gloves at Stompers Boots or ToughGloves.  Note the length of gauntlet in the first picture.  All of the motorcycle gauntlet gloves I've found are not nearly long enough to match the movie version.  

 

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The Boots

The general consensus on the boots is that they're WWII German Jackboots, with a straight cut across the top and a rounded toe.  Sportsman's Guide often has East German surplus jackboots that are a close match (see my boots below).  The only problem is that they are often out of stock.  These boots have a pebble finish, which is likely not 100% accurate, but this is a pretty minor and insignificant detail in my opinion.  

An alternative is a motorcycle style boot.  You have two options.  One is a harness boot, while the other is the conductor boot.  The harness boot has a harness assembly (which will need to be removed), and a square toe.  The conductor boot is much closer, but usually has a buckle at the top of the boot on the outside (which you could remove).  

There are also some black work boots that are close, but these are hit and miss, and are usually not completely flat across the top.  Try Wal-Mart or a western store.  

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My Boots from
Sportsmans Guide


My Boots from
Sportsmans Guide

DS Trooper screen
capture of boots

Screen capture of
DS Trooper boots

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The Belt and Boxes

The belt is a 2 inch wide leather belt with a rectangular belt buckle.  Tandy Leather has everything you need to make this yourself, including a 2 inch belt blank, a square buckle blank, and one bottle of black dye.  To make the belt, you'll need a punch for the buckle holes.  Also, if you buy the belt blank without the snaps, you'll need snaps and a snap setter.  

Based on the pictures in the Visual Dictionary, the buckle was slightly curved (along the shape of the stomach), and may have been made of stainless steel.  The movie belts also include a holster for the DH-17 blaster.  

The Death Star Troopers also have boxes on each side of the buckle.  To my knowledge, they have not been identified as a found item, but look like pill boxes, or maybe even makeup compacts.  


Pic of my belt made with Tandy stuff and greeblie


Pic of Death Star Trooper belt with belt boxes

Belt buckle from Visual Dictionary pic.  Likely ROTJ

Close up of greeblie
for the buckle
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The Blaster

Most of the Death Star Troopers are seen using and carrying the DH-17 blaster, but a few are seen with the E-11 blaster.  Here's a couple of pics of both in use.  If you're looking to make either blaster, I suggest checking out the PVC Blaster Builders Club for a tutorial on both blasters.  Here's another good PVC blaster site.


Death Star Trooper
using an E-11

Death Star Trooper
using a DH-17
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Screen Captures

       

       

       

       

       

       

     

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