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Old 31st May 2007, 07:36   #1
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Project "Tikki Aquarium" - [update 040707: piranha madness]

In the last few days we decided to start another new project.
It will be a custom build Aquarium in shape of a Tikki Mask.

First we startet to build the Aquarium itself, therefore we used a 30cm plexiglas tube and a sheet of uv active plexiglas, we transfer the outline of our tube to the sheet of plexi and cut it out. After that the Plexi circle was glued on one side of the tube to seal it, so it can hold the water in.
After that we made a first test run with water etc to see if everything is fine and there is no water coming out.




Then we started to build the Head of our Tikki Aquarium.



We take some sheets of styropor and glued them together to get the right dimensions to fit on top of the tube, then we made some paper clay and put it all over the Head. After the Paper Clay dried out we put a sheet of raw carbon on top of the head to make it more solid.




Then we mixed some bondo and put it all over the head to get a smoot and flat surface on which we can build the details for the tikki face






After a lot of sanding and grinding we could then start to airbrush the head in a real wood style...



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Beside that we already start to build the "main" case which will contain the hardware and will be placed under the Aquarium part.
For that we make 2 sheets of plexi, on one the mainboard will be mounted on the other we will mount PSU, Pump, Radiator and HDD.












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Old 31st May 2007, 10:25   #2
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oh nice. is the two cylindrical things the reservoir or something?

pump?
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Old 31st May 2007, 10:28   #3
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Looks nice. the dual reservoir is a nice idea too. cant wait to see how it turns out.
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Old 31st May 2007, 10:36   #4
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Nice start, I like the acrylic work.
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Old 31st May 2007, 10:54   #5
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Good work, can't wait to see more
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Old 31st May 2007, 13:09   #6
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interesting...I like how you put the mobo, psu and drives.
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Old 31st May 2007, 13:25   #7
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Awsome! Can't wait to see it finished
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great work!
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nice idea! will you route the water cooling tubes true the aquaruium for heat exchange/heating the aquarium?
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Old 31st May 2007, 20:38   #10
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[small Airbrush update]

thank you guys for your comments!!

here is a small update about the airbrush progress on the upper part....




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will you route the water cooling tubes true the aquaruium for heat exchange/heating the aquarium?
at the moment we donīt want to route the tubes through the water...but we have discussed if we should integrate the water reservoir inside the aquarium....but up to now we are not sure if we integrate it or not..so we will see...
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Old 31st May 2007, 21:01   #11
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Awesome painting there, looks nice and woodish
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Looks good so far, nice attention to detail with the paint job. I was actually thinking about combining a pc and an aquarium myself. Can't wait to see the finished result.
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Very cool! Tha airbrushing is top notch! I love it. Also, that green plexi is a nice touch. NOw are the tubes going to run through the tank's water at all?
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just a small update for today.......

we prepared the inside of our "Head" to fit in the LED Module which should bring some light to the aquarium.....







i think tomorrow the cable will be covered and we will start to build the base part where the hardware will be mounted in.....
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That wood grain is pretty damned awesome. Cant wait to see how it turns out.
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That wood grain is pretty damned awesome. Cant wait to see how it turns out.
As he said "We take some sheets of styropor and glued them together to get the right dimensions to fit on top of the tube, then we made some paper clay and put it all over the Head. After the Paper Clay dried out we put a sheet of raw carbon on top of the head to make it more solid."

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Nice work!
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Eh?

I know how it was done, I was commenting on how great the effect was and that I am waiting to see how the rest of the mod turns out.
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Great work. Very very nice until now. Think this is going to be a great mod. *Subscribed*
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Old 1st Jun 2007, 23:38   #20
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wow great looking job, can't wait to see more on this mod
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