Thanks guys for clarifying that. Here's another side by side that is better scaled hight-wise, I think. The students are taking state tests this week, so I've got plenty of time to nit-pick this thing at work.
I've decided to flare out the top outside parts of the shoulders just a tad (1/8"-3/16") to give it a little more of that flare seen in the ref. pic. I'm now convinced that the sides actually consist of three varying angles: a top, a center, and a bottom.
I've also decided to lower the jp strap overhangs by about 1/2"-5/8". I gotta do it or I won't be satisfied, and I think this is a very obvious discrepancy when looking at the comparison pics.
I want you guys to be happy with what you're getting.
Any other suggestions in adjustments, please let me know. I really mean that!