Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot





On this page you will find out informaton on the TieFighter pilot and where to fine the Helmet, armor and complete costume.

About The Imperial Tie Fighter Pilot

Tie Fighter Pilots are an elite group within the Imperial Naval Forces. Only ten percent of those accepted into training graduate with commisions.

TIE pilots were equipped with black uniforms, a black helmet, and a life support chest piece with breather tubes to provide necessary gases.

The helmet design was reminiscent of stormtrooper armor, with a few notable distinctions. The shell was bulkier, possibly due to reinforced padding or internal pilot-to-ship communications equipment. Additional modifications enabled the pilot to survive in the cockpit's vacuum. Breather tubes extended from the helmet to the front of the chest plate, where controls for the suit's portable life support system were located. The actual supply of oxygen was built into the rectangular back plate of the armor.

Because the odds of surviving a crash were slim, TIE pilots were rarely equipped with emergency rations or supplies. Some carried a personal sidearm for reasons which may have been ceremonial. These did show some use however, when opposing forces would attack TIE pilots before they could take off.


They represented the elite of the Imperial Navy, having undergone grueling physical and psychological conditioning to achieve their ranks. An elite corps, only 10 percent of TIE pilots successfully navigated the intense training and testing of the Imperial Navy. The rest were reassigned throughout the Navy as combat Imperial gunner|gunners, crewmen, and other personnel.

Drawing from the graduates of Imperial academies, the fleet conditioned their best prospects to be fanatically loyal to the Emperor and willing to sacrifice their lives to complete their assigned missions. To ingrain the concept of placing mission and Empire above self, TIE pilots' names were replaced with identification numbers such as "Mauler" Mithel DS-61-2 and were subjected to continual reminders of their craft's lack of integrated life-support system and combat deflector shields.

TIE pilots on duty were deliberately kept emotionally unstable, in a constant state of insecurity and hunter's anxiety. This was believed to let them fight more efficiently, although it frequently caused trouble in their interpersonal relationships.





Imperial Tie Fighter Pilot Costume


This section you can fine a Tie Fighter Helmet

ChestPack with Armor

Jumpsuit with Belt

Gloves and boots.

To make you a complete costume


The Tie Fighter Pilot Helmet

Made of Fiberglass Unfinished or Fully Painted

This one of the 2 Unfinished Tie Pilot helmet I got from Randy at




This is the TIE Pilot Helmet I finished I did Modify it to make it more screen accurate which you can do the same.


The leses are the one I use for my StormTrooper helmets.

The Aluminium Disc on the Ears you can get from Evis Trooper is email is posted at the bottom of the page.

I added the Little Pill box at the back. (Just made of layers of ABS plastic I had.

I glued them together sand it down and primer it and painted it all same as helmet.

I drilled a hole and used Epoxy and a screw to hold it in place.

Almost Finished


Sorry forgot to take pictures of the Armor Unfinished before I started

This is Randy's Armor that I finished. Looks Fantastic!

I painted Helmet, Armor and Chest Box with Rust-Oleum Primer #296453 "Black Primer"

Then I used Rust-Oleum Professional High Performance Enamel #7579 "Gloss Black"




Portumac Prop Studios

Tie Pilot Helmet










You can contact him here at :

Note : He also make the Armor as well as other parts.






Another Maker of the Tie Pilot Helmet and Chest box is "Tambo"


The Tambo Helmet kit.



The Tambo Chest vBox kit and Armor kit



Tambo Finished Helmet







The Tambo Finished Tie Chest Box.

For More Information On The TAMBO Kit's

Contact Glenn at :






My Finished

"Tambo" Tie Fighter Pilot Helmet, Chest box , and Armor










Tie Fighter Jumpsuit

Look on Ebay make sure it is the right one to make sure go to the 501st web site look up the requirements for the TIE Pilot Costume



Tie Fighter 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.

You Can Find them Here:

Also Found on




Tie Fighter Gloves


TIE Pilots can be seen wearing black leather gauntlet gloves.  The gloves have a smooth finish on the gauntlet, with vertical finger stitching, and no buckles. 

The best match I've found are the gloves from here:


Tie Fighter Belt


The belt is a 2 inch wide leather belt with a rectangular belt buckle. 

Nina & David Walker 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 looks to have been made of stainless steel or nickel.  

Just contact Nina & David Walker at:


To make your own. You will need:

Tandy Leather Large Rectangular Buckle Blank 11688-00

Tandy Leather Factory Mini Leather Punch Set 3003-00

Tandy Leather craft Natural Cowhide 2" Belt Blank New 44518-00

Tandy Leather Fiebings U.S.M.C. Black Leather Dye 2100-01

Super Shene Leather Sealer



Tie Pilot Up Grade kit

You can Find it here

Or contact Ken at:

Full TIE Pilot UpGgrade Kit. (See Above)

This kit offers all the high detail and most accurate metal upgrade parts that have ever been made. The kit includes: 

  The 2 High Detail Imperial disk with notches go on the "Ear" pieces of your helmet, 1 one each per side.

The Cone Knob with Offset Mounting Disk and the Jack is to be placed on the chest box of your costume.

The last High Detail Imperial Disk is to be placed on the center of your costumes belt buckle.

This is the correct layout for those that want super accuracy in their costumes and uniforms.






Required Costume Components For the 501st

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

For 501st approval:
  • See the TIE Helmet Detail page for more views and information about canon paint schemes.
  • 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 color and stick with it.
For 501st approval:
  • 2 black ribbed hoses with a 1.25" diameter and 18" to 21" in length from the helmet hose port to connect to the chest box upper hose ports.
  • 1 gray ribbed hose with a 1" diameter connecting from the lower left of the chest box to the belt under the left arm.

For 501st approval:
  • A balaclava is a black head sock/hood that is worn under the helmet and is used primarily to hide any view of the wearer's skin and/or facial hair.

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 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 specific com pad.
  • On the left biceps, 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 biceps, 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.

Imperial Communications Pad
For 501st approval:
  • Rectangular communications pad, with buttons and detailing as shown, on a gray or silver background.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Com pad is not electronically lit.
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 501st approval:
  • The chestbox is required to have the same configurations as seen in these photos.
  • The box has 4 1" square x 1/8th" thick detail pieces. There are several canon configurations that are acceptable:
    • 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 optional but should be approved.)
  • RotJ rockers are wedge shaped.
  • A third, grey hose comes out of the lower left, connecting to the back armor under the left arm.

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
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.

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.

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.