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Old 15th Jun 2008, 21:49   #1
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HELGHAN - a Killzone2 CM - FINISHED !!!!

Hello everybody
I am new on this forum, so first let me introduce myself
My name is Tom (aka Tomcatt) , I’m almost 17 years and I’m from Belgium. I am doing casemodding for almost a year now. My first case was a caseconstruction, made of wood, but it didn’t work out so good. In September 2007 I started a new casemod. Thanks to a Dutch casemodding website I met a seller from a casemodstore, And now he is my sponsor
I buy all my casemodding stuff @ it-service in Belgium because it’s a store where almost everything is available for a very good price

Well, now let me introduce you to my casemod.
HELGHAN is the name , and Killzone2™ is the game
Helghan is the name of the planet where the helghast live on (ingame= enemy).
The design of my case is from an art design screenshot: (the building on the right side)



The first thing I started was making sketches, after a while I began to work with google sketchup. These are some designs:





As you can see, these sketches are not very good, But you get the idea
I did a lot of research on the sites of killzone™ to get a better background view of the game, so my modding work will be easier

Material:
The case will be made of wood ( MDF). I like to work with wood but I didn’t have lessons for this at school or something, no this is my experience .
For cutting the wood I mostly use a jigsaw, and files, a scroll saw and some other equipment. I do not have a mill but hey, we can work it out like this

Making the gun
Before the case arrived I made some other stuff for designing the case.
Because Killzone™ is a shooting game I made a weapon for on top of the case. First I searched some pictures and printed them out… And I made a drawing myself on a large sheet of paper.




After that, I began to work it out.



It will be something in 3D as you can see :



This is the basic, I will use the dremel to give it a final finish.

I also made a controller of the FANs. There will be 4-5 FANs in my case and I am making a controller to create a silent/refrigeration choice :P
Here you can see the switches: (5V or 12V)




After a couple of days, The box arrived – Oléy !


And what was in it ? A nice case for modding. It is the MS-tech LC182 very cheap but that’s oke.
So it was time to strip the case :



Next, I made a basic ground plate (12mm MDF) where the case stands in.


There will be columns on the side panels so I made a piece of wood for the attaching.



And both sides: above and beneath:


The wood is made like that so the side panels still can be opened for later.


Then I made the columns …



In between the columns there is place for a window (3 small windows actually). But I think there needs to be something more special on the sidepanel so I think and think, and with a headache I found the solution .
Well… here you see the solution :P


Total picture : (you can see where the windows will come )


Well after that, I worked further on the columns:



To have a little break (with columns) I started on the intake in front

Then I cut it with the Dremel®


Then , to design the intake cooler, I made a “door” – it can’t move but is just for design

The door will get a nice texture afterwards

I also made some lightning for the backside of the motherboard, it is not good to see, but the details can make a difference


Then I already started on the top side of the case.
I ordered 2x 120mm FANs for the top … the case is small but it must work !
So I started to make 2 holes for the FANs.



For the security, there will be mesh …



A piece of wood where the mesh fits in …


The result:


The secret: Arctic cooling fans, they have standard rubber foots so they are silent


Well, as you can see … there is not a lot of place to get a power supply in the case (because of cooling);
So I thought again, and found an answer again . The PSU will be for a part outside the case, part inside.



This is an old PSU …
I ordered a new one @ it-service, again very satisfied from the store
It is a 500W , 140mm cooling FAN with nice cable sleeving.



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Then for the inside, I found something new for the design . The Helghast (enemy = ingame) need also cooling to survive on the earth. – I don’t know how you call it, but it’s a part from the machine what you use to suck dust (xD) hehe, here an explanation. It has got an UV orange finishing.



This is the place in the case where I use it


After this, I made the front:
WOODWOODWOODWOOD



Some more @ the intake… there will come a controller for the light in front.



The light controller:



In the bottom of the case there will be some spectacular lightning, a plexi sheet with the logo of de developers of the game killzone.

Well, it would look like this when it is finished:


Back to the side !!
Here you see some improvement on the lights @ the side


But it won’t be as shiny because of coming details and paint inside the “cells” , details like these :



Then I was fully concentrated on the sidepanel again.



For the lights in the case I have a special way to connect them once the side panel is attached.
A hole for connection:


And covered by my hand-made grill



Tadaaa !


Still to come: plexiglass for the windows and filling, scouring and painting the sides
That will be for September- October

Next: The backside
First I made a sheet of wood again (4mm MDF) to fit the back.



Then I made a hole for the 80mm FAN, and I jigsawed the rest of the connections.




For the Power supply I made a cover as well:


Then, I made some air holes to give the back a little bit more … more


Don’t mind the tape
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The other side (hey, that is a pub here in town “den TOS” :P )

There is no place for a window here, so I replace it with a logo of the Helghast.


Making a drawing (not in sketchup or autocad … just pencil and paper )



Making it possible in wood






Then I ordered another sheet of plexi, thank you again IT-Service

The intention is to make the logo glow – With LED lightning

The plexi still needs a finishing touch but here is a result of what it would look like.



And this is my final picture of the first, major intro- update.


I know These are a lot of info and pictures to watch, but I hope you enjoyed watching.
Comments and critics are very welcome !

Now I have exams, (math tomorrow ) but I hope to give you an answer if you have question.

___ KEEP ON MODD!NG ___
___ TOMCATT ___

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Old 15th Jun 2008, 21:56   #2
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An ambitious project and coming along well I really like all the lighted acrylic.
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Old 15th Jun 2008, 22:23   #3
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Old 15th Jun 2008, 22:35   #4
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Old 15th Jun 2008, 22:38   #5
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I'm speechless!

This is one of the most impressive mods I've seen built out of wood/mdf! That design turned out really good!

I'm looking farward to see your progress on this one. keep it up!
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Old 15th Jun 2008, 23:08   #6
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Welcome to the forums dude.

I am VERY impressed. Your idea is very interesting, and will make for a brilliant mod. Your planning and sketches very very impressive. Your building work so far has been to a very high standard, and looks brilliant. Your lighting so far looks very good, and your photography is spot-on and your project log is very well written.

No end of praise for what's been done so far, and I look forward to seeing more. Consider it *subscribed*!
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Old 15th Jun 2008, 23:08   #7
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wow, looks good so far
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Old 15th Jun 2008, 23:09   #8
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Old 15th Jun 2008, 23:20   #9
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You have my attention, tomcatt.
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Old 15th Jun 2008, 23:22   #10
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Very impressive and the work on the wood are realy nice

it will be an amazing mod
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Old 15th Jun 2008, 23:54   #11
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Stunning!
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Old 16th Jun 2008, 00:05   #12
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Great work dude, I like it. Please, keep going.

PD: The machine wich sucks the dust it's called "vacuum cleaner"
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Old 16th Jun 2008, 00:47   #13
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very nice, welcome on the forums tom
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Old 16th Jun 2008, 00:47   #14
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One of the better Belgian MDF mods around these days
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Old 16th Jun 2008, 01:49   #15
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wow, your workmanship is very good, welcome to bit-tech
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Old 16th Jun 2008, 02:51   #16
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That was an amazing intro. The case looks amazing already.
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Old 16th Jun 2008, 03:14   #17
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Yeah, good work for having no experience in woodworking!

Keep it up.
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impressive! to say the least!
you have got some serious skill in wood working, for no woodworking classes!
I have a math exam tomorrow too! LOL
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*claps*

Wow, I am really taken aback by this. Seriously impressive. Its a great inspiration for me to see that this kind of stuff is possible by just normal people (I'm dying to make a casemod myself... but gotta start small I keep sayin').

Consider this a subscription, I can't wait to see where this goes.
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Old 16th Jun 2008, 05:26   #20
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Thank you very much for the responds , I try to make the best of it offcourse

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Kenny_McCormick: The machine wich sucks the dust it's called "vacuum cleaner"
Thank you , now I know the word again

thanks again all, I really like bit-tech oewyeah
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