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Case Mod - Complete ⭐ Alita: Battle Angel - Laptop Mod - Zapan Edition

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by random2k4, 4 Mar 2019.

  1. random2k4

    random2k4 Active Member

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    And up we go for yet another worklog. Yes, I know, there are still two unfinished ones...
    But, I got this project with a very tide deadline, so I will just squeeze it in between the WOPR and X-Wing.

    Lately, I watched the movie Alita: Battle Angel. I just thought the design of the character Zapan is really stylistic and unique. So why not taking it and transforming it into a laptop mod.

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    So the style of the laptop should be some what futuristic, technical/mechanical.

    Acer/Predator not only provided me with a Helios 500, but I also got the 3D files of that laptop.
    This is very handy, cause I can now model around the original shape and everything will stay in proportinos.

    So at first, I took the basic shell and removed all unnecessary parts.

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    Then I blocked in the design with very primitive geomatric shapes, just to find my design.

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    Couple hours later, the basic design was done. Only some smaller details and the bottom half are missing. But you already can see where it goes.

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  2. kim

    kim hardware addict

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    great design, and great idea
     
  3. random2k4

    random2k4 Active Member

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    Thaks mate!


    Last week, I finished the work on the 3D model.

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    Always interresting to see the difference between the finished model and the first sketch.

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    Then the printing started.

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    I put the first parts into place, to see it they will fit.

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    While the remaining parts are printing, I started to sand down the printed ones
    and prepare them for painting.

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  4. random2k4

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    Now almost all parts are printed.

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    Also made some tests to see if everything still fits together.

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    After all parts were wet sanded, I applied couple layers of spray filler.

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    After the filler, all spots that needed some more attention got visible and
    were filled with some spot putty.

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    Then everything was was wet sanded again.

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  5. random2k4

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    Next, I worked on some small detail.
    Therefore, I used a material called metal foam.

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    It was cut to size, to make it fit in the left halft of the case.

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    Perfect.

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    Then all parts were primed.

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    I ended up with applying another, darker grey tone, to give the following metalic color, a better
    contrast.

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    Finished everything up with a layer of glossy clear coat.
    But after the weathering it will dulled down again.

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    Next, I dismantled the entire notebook.

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    To create a better bond for the new color, I sanded the surface of the entire outer shell.

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    Then all parts were primed and also colored in silver.

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    Zapan has some mexican/inka/polynesian art on his body. I tried to replicate this
    style. All was cut in vinyl and then dabbed on with a brush.

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    After the paint job was done, I reassembled the shell. The keyboard was not screwed, but glued with
    plastic tips. I melted them back together with a soldering iron.

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  7. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Lovely. :D
     
  8. random2k4

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    Next, I worked on the electrical parts.
    Solderes and glued in some LED strips for a fading effect.

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    I got the power directly form the power supply pins on the motherboard.

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    The power supply has 19,8 V and I only needed 12 V so I installed
    a small power converter at the M.2 mounting spot.
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    Next, I glued all parts on the outer shell using epoxy.

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    Finally, I made some more details.

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  9. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

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    hey random dude in a random land, here is your random brtish firend from a random european contry watching your random skills and the notebooks random development. my first random thought was to randomly say, well done, i randomly like what i randomly see.
    keep up the random work and we will see eachother in some random place called taiwan.
    nice work,bye n love to the gal.
    do you know that beat............. rangadanga dindang random random, ranga dang a ding dang random random :)
     
  10. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    More 'surgically precise' than random. :D
    Didn't know you could find a little power converter like that. Neat.
     
  11. random2k4

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    Yeah its really great. It has quite some limitations so only like 5-24 V is possible. But for most LED or arduino stuff its more then enough.
     
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    And now for some final pictures:

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    We also made a short making-of:

     
  13. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Lovely work...again. :D
    Tell them you need another laptop so you can do a manga version.
     
  14. random2k4

    random2k4 Active Member

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    Thanks!
    Actually I got a second one :D
     
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    Nexxo Queue Jumper

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    Very nice work. Great design, great execution. :thumb:
     
  16. hayate89

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    o my....the paint is AMAZING
     
  17. random2k4

    random2k4 Active Member

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    thanks a lot :D
     
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    your take your time but it's more then understandably seeing the results you bring.
    You have a real eye for details and your planning is just amazing.
    big up to you and your real quality work.
     
  19. Mopsi

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    Love the metal-armor look. Turned out just amazing
     
  20. kim

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    :clap:excellent video of the project, stunning surgical modding skills:dremel: and a fantastic and outstanding result :thumb: even the bag is modded, :wallbash:...you're a master :clap::clap::clap:
     
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