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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. Canardwc

    Canardwc Gentel-Mod'R

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    It maybe do not die, but you'll have to be very careful to don't do splinters on your case..

    It doesn't exist a kind of glaze to harden it?

    Anyway, you're doind a precise and fantastic job!!!

    Good luck! :thumb:
     
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  2. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    I'm looking into the water runoff damage thing. But for the most part, the stuff I showed where it might be needed, has almost disappeared.

    On to the good stuff - another major update.



    Here is a few happy detail shots of the successful drybrushing effect I'm getting.
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    I also decided last night that I no longer liked the lock cover on the door. It was a sliding piece, and it never really sat well with me. SO I redesigned it to be exactly like the one in the front. Piece of cake.

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    Here's the easy way to use that moss stuff, in case you ever want to use it yourself. I used a small paintbrush to apply some simple PVA/Elmer's type glue.
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    Then pack the foam into the area, don't be shy, you can press it into place or just sprinkle it on, if your project is laying relatively flat.
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    Then just wait, and use a larger bristled brush to remove the excess, into a bag/container for reuse.



    I then wanted to make some vines. This was problematic, I tried using paper, yarn, string, glue, and a couple other idea. They all kinda failed for one reason or another.
    Then I tried to use hot glue.
    This seemed like a good idea.
    I tried making some onto foil, but they stuck to the foil. Then I tried wax paper... stuck to the paper, then the glass tray from my microwave. They stuck too well to that also.

    I ended up drawing vines directly onto the places where I wanted them.
    And painted it to see if I was headed in the right direction.
    Happily, I believe I was.
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    I needed leaves, for the vines to look somewhat less crappy.
    So I made some out of Super Sculpey, then hot glued them down and painted them.
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    I also needed to do the other side door fan. I think this turned out really well so far.

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    As another idea. This stuff (hot glue) is pretty neat as a design material. I wanted to make a mod with veins on the outside of it someday. (Veins, just vines without leaves). The clear sticks of glue I'm using really scatter light well also. They would look pretty amazing lit up.


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    And some leaves added.
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    And base coat. Time to let it dry.
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    Ladies and gentlemen, there is light at the end of my tunnel! This mod is almost done I think!
     
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  3. matiss

    matiss Member

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    *drops down dead by pure shock of awesomeness of this mod*
     
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  4. ArchType

    ArchType New Member

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    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuude... How can one case be so awesome???
     
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  5. GuilleAcoustic

    GuilleAcoustic Ook ? Ook !

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    If I may I'd like to ask you something :

    How much would you charge me to build a 1:1 scale aztec temple, so that I could live in it ? :D

    Very nice job, very nice job, very nice job (have to say it three times)
     
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  6. Atasimey

    Atasimey New Member

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    What about the hot glue veins and sneakily embedded led lights - could work gently sanded like sanded acrylic for glow? God if I weren't in the process of moving houses I would run off to spill my glue right now.
     
  7. Blarte

    Blarte Moderate Modder

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    now what you going to do ...during the long winternights .. lol..

    excellent job
     
  8. RedManc

    RedManc New Member

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    this is insanE!!
    The vines look great I think this is the best finish you could have asked for if all the other attempts failed!
    can't wait to see the last shots :D
     
  9. KoSoVaR^

    KoSoVaR^ Professional Sleever & Modder

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    damn :O, im speachless!
     
  10. Waynio

    Waynio Relaxing

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    Really glad I stumbled into this log :) sweet sweet sculpting, over how long did this take you to do?.
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  11. O_Pucaro

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    i´m in love
     
  12. Watchtown

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    Thats gorgeous! love the details:thumb:
     
  13. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    Thanks Waynio, I've spent the better part of 60 days doing this. Working on it nearly every day. But I never clocked myself. (The Aztec calendar carving alone I know took 70+ hours though). Probably nearing 250 hours I imagine, from planning to finish.

    Haha, thanks Atasimey. I had that thought, I was thinking about something that makes a heart beat noise, and to time flashing pulses of LED's to illuminate it. (And so much much more that is beyond my technical know how for now)


    Thank you, Blarte! I'm sure I can find other things to keep me busy, but San Francisco doesn't get much in the way of long nights with bad weather

    Thank you sir, I am humbled. I am going to have a hard day when I have to ship it back to Thermaltake for sure. As for making a full size temple, it's probably too costly. How about just a dog house, or a bunk-bed setup? :dremel:



    I'll do a bit more touch up to the case, and then on a decent weather day here, I'll take a bunch of final pics and then that should do it.


    Thanks again everyone!
     
  14. dmcgrath

    dmcgrath Master of Pancakes

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    Okay, well, I think it's officially done.
    A few parting shots. In the best light I had available.

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    And I started to pre-pack the thing in it's original box. Of course there was a casualty.

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    Thankfully the stuff is easy to re-glue and it leaves no visible seam.

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    That is two errant finger nails. So it needs paint touch up. sigh...


    Then the actual fitment and packing, I sawed and filed a TON of the original packing foam to fit.

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    But, the front needs to be shipped separately. It's rubbing in the box and I can't take the chance.

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    The top was just as messy, but not so bad placement wise. The Quetzalcoatl is wider and taller than the original handle so I had to split the foam to accommodate it.

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    Well, that is just about it for this thread. It's time for me to get to work on my daughter's Halloween costume, and pumpkins, and window decorations, and looking for a job. Etc.


    Thanks for looking!


    _dan mcgrath
     
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  15. Angel OD

    Angel OD Pump Killer

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    I'm an atheist. But I'm going to pray for this amazing masterpiece to arrive at TT in one piece! :thumb:

    Oh, and thanks for showing us that no matter how much time we spend on modding, there is someone out there who makes us feel we have a life :lol:
     
  16. awadon

    awadon New Member

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    I don't know what to say. F@cking good job !!

    stars+rep
     
  17. westham101

    westham101 MWN Gamer

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    Wow!! Nice work.. Im extremely jealous!
     
  18. Razer2007

    Razer2007 Building Proxima

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    That's freaking amazing work. I hope the fragile foam gets there safely.
     
  19. alpaca

    alpaca llama eats dremel

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    beautiful piece of carving. whish i could have such skill or patience...
     
  20. [ZiiP] NaloaC

    [ZiiP] NaloaC Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely sensational build dude. Congratulations. :thumb:
     

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