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Case Mod - In Progress BIO-MECHANICAL KHAOS: (thank you Nvidia & EVGA!)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by mnpctech, 22 Feb 2009.

  1. mnpctech

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    Thanks guys! I have a love/hate relationship with my junk pile.. I love when I can salvage and save money, but hate how the pile looks.

    I've resorted to storing old cases and junk in the rafters of my garage...lol
     
  2. craigbru

    craigbru Cramming big things in small boxes since 2006

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    Holy hell Bill, I don't check in for a day or two, and I get greeted with this awesomeness. I absolutely love those fan grills. :thumb::rock:
     
  3. Omen

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    Nice work Bill.... as usual :thumb:
     
  4. b00mb1ast3r

    b00mb1ast3r Testdrive unlimited LoVeR

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    yeah the fan "covers" looks really great a "lil" too pricey.
     
  5. alpaca

    alpaca llama eats dremel

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    the fan covers are absolutely fantastic.... it really reshapes the whole front of the case. it makes it 'big and bold'. a look that is screaming to all other cases in its vicinity they should go out of his way and better not plan on returning. really like it.
     
  6. mnpctech

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    Thanks guys!

    "I do not like Black Molding on my Khaos Sam I am"

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    No, I'm not insulating my workshop :D. I'm using this foam to construct the cores for a new bezel, top panel and features on the side panels. These will be sculpted, then covered with fiberglass.

    Cut from beneath with a hacksaw blade, this yields the best cutting results
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    Look like something I may have stolen from the kitchen...?
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    This is just pre-fitting the top panel, There will fan "holes" added .
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    The center portion will be opened..lol.. :D
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  7. twentynine

    twentynine Can never win...

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    Nice work!

    Haha. Anyone else think it might look cool to have the power and reset buttons in the skull's eye sockets? Just a thought. lol
     
  8. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Ah - Stanley ShureForm or a clone. The flat ones work magic on bondo it you catch the bondo at just the right time. Shaves it off like cheese and saves a ton of sanding. I've used one on bondo since I learned how in the body shop at my local Chevy dealer in 1968 .

    john
     
  9. Atheistmunk

    Atheistmunk planing future mod

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    awesome mod bill

    -Rohan
     
  10. mnpctech

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    Thanks for the comment guys :)

    You are correct sir! :thumb:
     
  11. death_munky

    death_munky F*** the dremel, i'll use my teeth

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    I'm a total lurker on this site but looking so far felt the need to make one of those "this is going to be awesome when it's done" posts...

    therefore:

    This is going to be awesome when it's done

    can't wait
     
  12. Fumduck

    Fumduck Have torch, will melt.

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    Queuing the Pink Panther music. :hehe:

    I saw that pink board and the manufacturers name and couldn't resist. looking good (and creepy) so far.
     
  13. mnpctech

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    Thanks for the comments guys.

    It's been awhile since I could build something for myself. I think 3 years. My business sales have dropped like everyone else. Case Mod parts are not a necessity. Luckily I've got local customers like Tec_ who allow me to feed their tech addictions. So while things slow, I feel like I should be sharpening my skills instead of worrying about money. Its also forcing us all to re-evaluate the materials and what resources we buy from.

    This weekend my focus will go back to adding more details to my friend, Skully.

    My Magic Sculpt arrived, after receiving the wrong product, Magic Smooth. I can't blame them, the product labels are very similar. Tap's customer service is one of the best I've ever dealt with. They took care of everything quickly, answered emails, and called to follow up with me about crediting the balance on my credit card. Very friendly over the phone. They're the business I strive Mnpctech to be like.

    ARTbyTROY posted an excellent comparison of sculpting compounds for case modding. His article prompted my decision to try Magic Sculpt.

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    Sculpting Tools I chose
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  14. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    Can't wait to see what you come up with Bill. :) What's the working time on that Magic Sculpt?
     
  15. mnpctech

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    A few hours Bod. Hands down, best modeling clay I've ever worked with.

    I started with the skull today, adding mechanical aspects, like these vented and screw joints.

    I will dremel details in these sculpted parts, 24 hrs after Magic Sculpt has fully cured

    Small pan head machine screws
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    It only takes a few drops of water to smooth the surface of Magic Sculpt
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    Hex Nut with tooth washer doubles as port for plastic wire loom
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  16. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Looks like a pretty good color match too.
     
  17. mnpctech

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    Cheap, Skully will be painted a Matte Black base coat to match everything else on the case shell. Then all of the sculpted features will be airbrushed with grey highlights.

    Last night I worked on the chassis.

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    This 1/8" thick aluminum plate will reside underneath the foam/fiberglass top panel, which later will be sculpted with proper ventilation. In this case, a BIX 240 Stealth radiator.

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    I posted radiator template print-outs you can download. (PDF Files)

    Before printing, you must select "None" for page scaling in your print dialogue box!

    Download Page for each template

    Radiator Templates Download Page

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    my center punch
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  18. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    The first time I saw the Kaos I wanted it, then I was scared by the price lol, lucky you.
     
  19. mnpctech

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    I don't think NZXT will recognize it when i'm finished. Their lead designer, Johnny has been following this project, he hasn't said anything yet tho..lol!

    Top 240 rad mount, 1/8' thick aluminum plate
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    low brow art?...lol
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  20. camera man

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    that steal rod throug the skull looks twisted great tho
     

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