Hi Sam, and thank you for your EIB application!
CRL and EIB Application Requirements:
All required photos have been submitted, and on behalf of the entire D.O. staff we are pleased to welcome you to the rank of Expert Infantry. Congratulations!
In this area we review observations made by your fellow troopers and the DO team. Some observations may lead to suggestions to improve the overall look of your armour. Note that we consider both text (CRL) and pictures (screen caps/reference images) when reviewing submissions.
Excellent armor Sam, And as I always say, keep in mind that most things are just minor dressing issues.
-Well, let's start from the top. This is a very common problem. In a perfect world, the ear screws should go aligned with the rear edge of the Traps(it is mentioned just for your consideration).
-The brow trim is too low(and slightly angled). We are suggesting to rise it up a bit. Your brow trim is sitting lower than ideal for a Stunt TK, and looks more like those worn by Hero TKs. Raising it a bit would give you a much more screen accurate appearance.
Stunt reference images
Hero reference images
-Another very common detail is the next one. The brow trim, should be a bit shorter. The one on the right side is perfect, the left one should be a bit shorter. We recommend you do it little by little so as not to cut too much.
-As seen below, it looks like there is quite a bit of paint on the sides of your right Hovi-tip screen(the left one is perfect!) A few minutes with a razor knife, and fixed!!!
- The paint details on the vocoder could use some definition with a few touch-ups(some non-acetone paint remover, some toothpicks and a few cotton swabs)...
-It looks like you have too much padding on the top of the helmet. For a better overall look should sit a bit lower. This will improve your field of vision as well.
-It looks like your shoulder bridges are too long in the back. You can trim them a little to be more screen accurate.
-Maybe you can raise your biceps a little. It's not that they're misplaced, it's simply to keep them from hitting the edge of the shoulder bells when you extend your arms.
-The TD must be centered(a simple dressing issue). Also, it looks like the end of the canvas belt is sticking out a bit. If it's too long, you can trim it a bit (easy fix).
-Button plates should have straight corners, not rounded. Maybe you can sand the edges a little so that the edges are not so rounded.
-We think this rivets are too close to the corner of the ammo belt. This is not affecting you for level 3 but for a more screen accuracy we notice and let you know it for future adjustments.
-The Hengslter counter on the blaster is a bit on an angle compared to screen-used examples. Maybe you can rotate it a little. That would be great!
In this section we prepare you for Centurion. Because Centurion photos show more detail than EIB, items pertaining to Centurion might be seen there and not here and additional photos may be required. We try to point out all that we can from what we see, but the final accuracy is the responsibility of the trooper.
-Your tears lines seem to need a bit more black paint in some areas. Just a few seconds with a permanent marker can do the trick.
-Your forearms appear to be too large (should be reduced by about 1.5 to 2 cm at the top for a sleeker look)...We think that you can adjust their size a bit and this will improve your overall look.
-We think that the look of the buttons needs to be improved. You can use a toothpick with some (NON ACETONE) paint remover. The buttons do not need to be perfect, but we need them to be a little more rounded. I would suggest using a small "Filbert" style (round end) brush. We are sure you will do a great job.
-L3-The top of the ABS ammo belt should sit at or just above the bottom of the central and vertical abdomen button panels.
The belt is almost in place. You just need to raise it a little bit. You can put some velcro behind the AB belt, to prevent it from moving.
-Ab plate is overlapping the kidney armor on both sides. As we see that you are a "thin trooper", maybe you can place some foam inside the armor(if needed), and so, align the sides correctly. Maybe it's just a dressing issue, since we see that in some photos, there is no overlapping(in this case, it is enough to be careful when dressing).
-We have several problems with the TD...Don't worry, they are all easy to fix. First of all, raised "buttons" should ideally face toward the rear (Image 1). Also, your end caps appear to be too wide(image 2).It will be necessary to trim them a little. You will need to move the clips outward too.
It also appears that the clips are sitting above the control panel(Image 3).
Image 1 Image 2
To solve all these issues, this is what we would suggest:
1. Remove the clips and trim off the ends (you can use a hacksaw).
2. Trim end caps.
3. Move the clips to where the ends meet the bottom of the control pad and next to the end caps. .
4. Drill holes in the clips for the new screw position.
5. Re-attach the screws.
If you have any doubts, you can see the reference images below(or you can contact the DO's team too).
-Your butt plate is riding out and should be brought in to where it aligns with the kidney plate. I would suggest doing a strapping adjustment to get it closer. You can also add a pair of "V tabs" to the end of the plate and this should make the fix.
- The gaps at the bottom of the rear ridges should be filled or backed with a small square of ABS. Very easy fix .
And that's all Sam. We are sure we will see your application for Centurion soon. If you have any questions, you can contact the DO's team, we will be more than happy to help you...