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Case Mod - In Progress AzTtec - Added Keyboard and Mouse - Completed!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by dmcgrath, 1 Sep 2011.

  1. Mach

    Mach What's a Dremel?

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    Very nice work! On the sealer, you might try Minwax Polycrylic brush on. Its water based. It does seem to contract a lot when drying though and may crack underlying paint if you apply it that way. I just used it on some foam Halloween tombstones with good success. Test first though as YMMV.
     
  2. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    OMG that is splendid ! Very inspiring ! I'll definitely try to find balsa foam in france for my Infinity wargame scenery.
     
  3. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Any reason you're not the project logs?
     
  4. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    Didn't know there was one when I started the thread. Whoops. Of course, now that you pointed it out, I see it. lol




    I'll look into it. thanks!
     
  5. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    If you ask a mod nicely, they might move the thread across for you. :thumb:
     
  6. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    Haha, thanks guys! Small update, but LOTS of carving there.

    I got all the drive bays done.

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    The HDD release area is getting some more crafting on it as well.

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  7. thresh0ld

    thresh0ld What's a Dremel?

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    had to register just to post on this thread! This mod is full of win!! I think we have a winner here :)
     
  8. Neshekel

    Neshekel What's a Dremel?

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    Badass.

    Can't wait to see it painted :D
     
  9. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    The HDD area got a makeover, coincidentally, it ended up almost exactly like my initial design drawing.
    I wanted to make them like the below pic, at first, but it was too hard to grab them and pull them out.
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    So I had to cut the grab rail out and back set it. did some more plastic grinding and filing along the way.
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    More detail shots, this took about an entire day. But it's done on that area and moving on!
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    And then I moved back to the calendar side to finally finish that up. This part I'm so very happy with I might even have to etch a signature on the area.
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  10. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    that looks EPIC
     
  11. Fuganater

    Fuganater What's a Dremel?

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    MOTY. Your skill is amazing bro.
     
  12. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    I came up with a catchy name for the mod.


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    More pics tomorrow. I'm almost done with the carving and should be able to move on to painting it in the next few days.
    Good thing too, since I've only got less than 2 weeks before it's due back to Thermaltake!
     
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  13. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    Well, except for a tiny little device to operate the side fan louvers, and to add something to the feet as well, I think I'm finally done sculpting.


    The next part is kind of critical now, as I would like to lay paint on it, but without destroying any details. So several thinned coats is probably the way to go. I also need to prime the exposed black areas still, but there really isn't much of that left, is there?


    A sliding mechanism to cover the lock on the side. It's actually still removable if you take off the side fan cover. I like to engineer things like that.

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    And a FRAG count for our little gamer guy. (I saw a picture of a wall that was all skulls like this, and thought this was a good place for them.

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    Finally did something around the window area.

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    And, of course, the fan is still going to be operational, as well as access to the removable fan screen.

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    More details.

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    Thanks for looking!
     
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  14. daverobson08

    daverobson08 What's a Dremel?

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    This is absolutely astonishing! Great work, waiting patiently for the finished article.
     
  15. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    I do wonder if this will be eligible for MOTY without being in the Project Logs thread?

    I sincerely hope so, as you'll probably win hands down!
     
  16. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    Wow, I'd hate to be DQ'd on a technicality, I did ask for it to be moved, sent a PM, but no result yet.

    And as for the MOTY, that humbles me to even think to be included in that category. Once again, I thank you all for your continued support. Now let's hope I don't screw up the paint job.
     
  17. deeley2782007

    deeley2782007 What's a Dremel?

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    Was saving my first post having just registered, but I must say Ive never read a progress thread where Ive "ooooh'd" and "ahhhhhhh'd" so much. Amazing work, credit to you!
     
  18. Gentleman_Dingo

    Gentleman_Dingo What's a Dremel?

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    I'd vote for you.
     
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  19. joolz1

    joolz1 What's a Dremel?

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    WoW very nice indeed ;)
     
  20. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    Thanks again guys. It's fun and it's also a huge pain, but worth it in the end I think.

    Flipped the case over, took off the feet, dropped the screwdriver right into the base of the little guy there and sheared a huge chunk off. lol. Oh well, a little patch work and some change to add weight to hold it in place.

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    The completed foot, really simple. I couldn't envision anything more complex there, it's not the best place for fragile foam products.

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    Then I wanted some little magnets for the front lock cover I'd made. Luckily I found some, inside of my daughter's old refrigerator magnet toys. It was perfect, inside is a little magnet and a little sliver of metal.

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    I glued one to each place I needed, and then made a lanyard out of a zip tie. it's flexible to get out of the way, but goes straight into the machine. (Totally out of the way of anything! I got lucky there.)

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    Then I spent a couple hours using compressed air and a vacuum to get 99% of the dust out of there. What a pain in the butt.

    Now, it'll get primer on the exposed black spots tomorrow.
    As well, I'll probably do a base coat of a thinned black/brown color.
     
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