First impressions of this frame were absolutely amazing. First, the actual packaging of the E2 is an improvement over the original E1. Instead of a cardboard box, you now get a very nice engraved tin or aluminum case that your E2 comes packed in. It comes packed very nicely and neat, with foam padding, colored laminated manual, cocking solenoid, frame, screws, eye, cover and some LP hoses, and like I said, it's all packed up ever so neatly :).
Ok, now onto the more beefy stuff. Let's start up front with the new cocking solenoid. The new style/design cocking solenoid housing is very nice. It is now fully enclosed, so now you won't have to worry about getting shot on the solenoid and worrying about busting it. The solenoid housing is actually slightly bigger then the original housing as well. Now, the actual cocking solenoid itself is also an improvement. They have made the solenoid faster and better sealed... no more blown solenoids :). They also made the cocking solenoid wire (wire that travels into the frame) thinner, so it's now easier to tuck along the top of the frame. And to top it all off, the nicely milled "e" on the side of the solenoid housing is the icing on the cake!
Now, onto the frame itself. One word it describe it, INCREDIBLE! This frame is absolutely beautiful. The actual frame itself is slightly thinner and weighs less then the original Eblade! Ok, so the first thing people are gonna do when they pick up the frame is try out the trigger right? Of course. This new trigger they designed rocks. It's, IMO, easier to walk then the original trigger, and you can rake this trigger like no other trigger. I've been able to rake this new trigger up to 19 bps with 0 bounce. The trigger gives it a nice "tucked" feel as well. The next great thing about this frame is the new LCD screen. Not only is this new screen damn cool, it gives the user a lot better battery life, which we ALL want and despised about the original EBlade! So far I've gotten about 70,000 shots off of a Duracell Copper top 9v. Next are the actual settings of the E2. The first thing people probably want to know more about is the new TT filters, or better known as, anti-bounce filters. Just let me say this, these new filters are absolutely genius, meaning, Jack, Nick, or whoever configured these settings at Planet Eclipse are pretty damn smart! There are two TT filters, TT band and TT tolerance. In a nutshell, TT band deals with the actual pull of the trigger, while TT tolerance deals with how strongly the TT filters are applied. So far on my marker, I've been using the stock TT filters and have gotten little to no bounce at all. And like everyone else said, the frame rips like no other, even when there is no bounce. Another thing that's great about this frame is the new training mode. Boy have I used this a lot. In this mode, only the cocking solenoid will activate, so just the back block moves back and forth when you pull the trigger. So you can practice your walking and not drain a your tank so fast. The timing settings have also changed a little bit. Some of the timing parameters can now be changed in milliseconds, allowing the user to perfect the timing of the marker. But, the frame still has it's factory settings, so don't worry! :)
So basically, the frame rips. It is a lot like the original EBlade, but also a lot different then the original EBlade. What I really like about the frame is definitely the new trigger, training mode and of course the new TT filters!
The bad: Nothing is perfect of course! But this frame comes pretty damn close to being perfect :p. The first thing I noticed was they forgot to put a solenoid thread o-ring in my kit, which kept the solenoid on the front block a little tighter and would keep it from being loose on the front block... not a big deal to me, but it's just the point of the matter that they forgot something in the kit! Next is the space for the wiring in the frame, and along the top of the frame. They did not fix this problem. Well, I don't know if you had this problem, but I always had a problem getting those god damn wires tucked into the top of the frame and inside the frame :(... Oh well, again, not a real big deal, but I think this is something they could have fixed. I also received version .17- This is basically the beta version of the E2. In this version, the game timer/alarm are disabled, and can only be enabled through an update, which you can only get if you send the frame into an Eclipse dealer :(.
Well, that's all I have for now. I've only had the frame for a week now (Date: 10/3/04) and have only field tested it once so far, which went successful :).
Definatly worth the money if you have it. It's everything Planet Eclipse said it would be. But, IMO, nothing is perfect, so I give it a 9 out of 10. Even though I would give it a 9.9 if that rating was available :p
it would work ok, but if you really want your cocker to fly, put in the nexus kit. Those Q.E.V.'s are nice, speeding your ROF of your electro cocker by 4-6 BPS! The upgraded ram is also nice, its really smooth. The nexus dart bolt is pure delrin, making it one of the lightest bolts out there, Theres other stuff in the kit, but it has less to do with ROF. The Eclipse Nexus kit also works well with just mech cockers
quote:Originally posted by Snowman282 do you need to drill the body for the eyes?
If you know what you're doing and you have the right tools (Drill Press, bits and thread tap) you can do it yourself. You just have to drill the eye hole centered on the feed port and the bolt but i wold take it to a shop, thats what i did(i don't trust myself).