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Case Mod - Complete Black Panther MOD for TT Season 1

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Deblow, 5 Jul 2018.

  1. Deblow

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    Very happy to be representing the UK in the TT CaseMod season 1.

    For my mod I will be doing a clean as possible black panther build using methods I have used in the past and something a bit new.
    I have a vision in my head as with most the past builds I've done, but i really need to see the case and play with it a bit before I can really see what I want to try accomplish with the mod.

    So today I have started to plan out what I want to do within the case and around it, for the front and top I had already decided what I wanted and started working on getting the tools I would need to make it happen.

    I'm going to be using clay, vinyl, paints, lighting, plexiglas, 3D prints and reusing most of the case parts and keeping the main selling point of the case for me, the glass.

    Some of my parts arrive the other day so I will be starting to strip the case first and try put a plan in action for the stages that will need starting first, like the clay work
    I've already started working on as it will need to be 100% dry before I can paint.

    Good luck to all the other modders, hope we all have fun during the next month or so [​IMG]


    You can follow me on the pages below for other updates and news.

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    Here's some of the parts I will be using, full specs to be added once confirmed.

    Specs Update 08/16

    CPU - AMD ryzen 2700
    HD - Plextor M9Pe NVMe SSD
    RAM - G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB DDR4
    MB - ASUS ROG CROSSHAIR VII HERO (WI-FI)
    GPU - ASUS Republic of Gamers GTX1070


    CPU Block - Pacific W4 RGB
    GPU Block - Thermaltake Pacific V-GTX 10 Series Transparent (ASUS ROG)
    Case - Thermaltake View 91TG RGB
    PSU - Thermaltake Toughpower iRGB PLUS 850W Platinum
    Fans - Thermaltake Riing plus
    - - Thermaltake Riing Trio
    RADs - Thermaltake RL360/
    RES - Thermaltake Pacific T33
    Pumps - Thermaltake Pasific P1
    Lighting - Pacific Rad Plus
    - - Pacific Lumi Plus
    Printers - Box.co D9/CR10s
    Filaments - Steadytech PLA 175
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    UPDATE 11/8

    All my Thermaltake parts have now arrived so here's the group

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  2. Deblow

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    The first part I started was the panther, because the case had yet to arrive I simply made a platform out of MDF to mimic the top of the case.
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    Thanks to a friend I use to work with I managed to get some of this nice packing to be a base to build upon with my clay, this is to help make it stronger and also cut down on the weight of the panther when completed.

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    Never used this saw, apart from as a weight lol
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    to clean of the edges a bit, i decided to set my heat gun to stun.

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    For the tail im using some old metal from what was a drink holder.
    my wife says i keep too much random junk around the house, but this is the reason why, never know when it could come in handy [​IMG]

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    Taking shape, now it looks more like the alien from Alien 3 lol

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    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    The Giant Mr. Bean poster has been gone far too long. :lol:
     
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  6. Deblow

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    haha hello mate, yes I have been busy starting a new job, self employed but not PC related.
    The last build I did wasn't posted on the forums as it was a 24hr mod competition so had little to no time really :(
     
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    Now the fun part, working the clay around the base slowly building up the muscle, skin and features. 20180426_182351.jpg 20180426_194610.jpg



    Not going for the movie version if the panthers or a real one, something in-between.

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    The teeth was a challenge with air dry clay, hard to shape and stick in place, also dried very quick.


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  8. Deblow

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    For the eyes im going with RGB, why not [​IMG]
    although I will have the full range if colours to pick from when completed, I will be using white or purple most likely.

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    had to redo the face after adding the lighting, but one thing was still missing, needed to cover the leds with something that would hide the led its self but allow some light.

    so after a look around the kitchen, i decided to cut up my wife's cooking oil container [​IMG]


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    had to give them a sanding to reduce the clarity a bit.

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    That's it for this update, I will add some more soon, I have started to rip the case apart and plan a layout (in my head)
    still waiting on some parts that I need before I can fully get to work on the inside, so for now i will be sticking with the clay and other parts that can be done
    while I wait
     
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    Bunched a couple of photos together for this post, saved on the bandwidth and should help your scroll wheel last a bit longer [​IMG]

    Took the case apart, not too hard and I have to say, it's a very very strong frame.
    Its massive! easily the biggest case iv'e ever used personally.

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    Now for the panther, several places needed the polystyrene removing as it was poking though the clay, so i did some surgery on mainly the legs and shoulders.

    moved on to the face next, adding some detail, the detail will be over the top as when I come to sand and paint the thing some of the detail will be lost im guessing.

    some of you will know I love to re-use old things, so I had a old brush, well not that old but it didn't last long before the handle broke.
    so i cut some of the bristles of to use as whiskers, wife on hand to capture the moment on film.


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    The teeth was tricky, proper felt like a dentist. the fangs was the hardest to make then stick and hold in place due to the work space around the mouth.
     
  10. zak

    zak Build Clean people, build clean

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    cool!
     
  11. Deblow

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    Decided to place one RAD at the back and when the other RAD arrives it will be going at the front.
    Removed everything that was just screws in place and cut the other parts as needed, then reused the RAD holders that was originally on the side of the case.



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    This is going at the back, have a 480 coming for the front of the case.
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    Again like with the RADs, going to be reusing as much of the original case and parts as possible.


    I moved the RAD to the back of the case because I want to use the top and bottom for other parts.
    The MB will be central, most likely angled but I might change my mind once the components arrive and I get to see them in place,
    This is the main reason I wanted to move one of the RADs to the back of the case in place of the original slots used for the PCIE and other ports on the MB.

    Wont be needing the full tray so I removed around %30, all guess work atm until the MB arrives.

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  13. Deblow

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    It's cracking me up!

    It's been very hard keeping the panther from cracking, the weather hasn't helped here in the UK.
    I'm almost done filling cracks and replacing damaged parts due to the fast cracking caused by the heat and thin air-dry clay.

    I wasn't going to show all the bad parts but its important for people who might want to attempt something with clay to see what can and most likely
    will happen.
    air-dry clay shrinks a lot, the speed of the shrink will also effect the amount of cracking, hence the hot weather problem.

    Its almost back to how it looked when I first started to let it dry and iv'e now completed the claws, even harder than the teeth and I've broken them plenty of times
    the first coat after its %100 dry will be to protect the teeth and claws.

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    For the front of the case I will be painting the outline of black panther, created a stencil on the PC that I can use to mask the parts I want to leave clear.
    The front of the case has been cut on the internal panel so I can fit the RAD central and the external panel holding the glass has also been d to allow space for the panther paintwork.

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    With the arrival of the PSU and 480 RAD I could start working on the layout, using MDF as a template I have cut it to size and started
    with the main parts inside the case.
    The motherboard tray placement might move at some point, wont know for sure until all the components arrive hopefully later this month.

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  16. ifohancroft

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    I can't wait to see it done! I am loving the project log so far! It looks ****ing awesome!
     
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    Thanks, I can't wait to finish, sit back and relax :)
     
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    Great work.
    Question with your cracking clay, are you keeping it wraped in a damp towel when your not working with it?
     
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    Yeah I was using damp cloths and plastic bags, not a problem during the sculpting, it was only when I removed the cloths to
    let it dry when it started to crack, as it drys it shrinks and it was only thin the clay in order to keep the weight down so that also
    was causing the cracks to be worse.
    I have filled them all now and its 100% ok, primer paint done last week, leaving it a bit now to make sure no more cracks appear.
    Fingers crossed :)
     
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    I always try to do something new with every build and this one will be no different, for the first time I'm not only using clay but as I
    don't have room for CNC or laser cutters I went with 3D printing, the 3D printing has taken the majority of my time over the past couple
    of months as I try to learn about setting them up, modding and also learning how to use CAD/3D design software.
    I'm no 3D pro but its been one of the best things in years I have found a interest in learning.

    Big thank you to https://www.box.co.uk/ who I bought my first printer from who then kindly sent me another to try out along with the Steadytech filament I'm using to print most of the parts for this build.

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    The first thing I wanted to do with the printer is make some 3d covers for the pumps, they've been made and designed from scratch
    following African/black panther styles for reference.

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    Using Photoshop and some other programs I first designed the pattern then went on to make my very first 3D render for printing.
    After the printing is done I move on to sanding, filling gaps and priming the covers.

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    A perfect fit [​IMG]

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    Forgot to thank Simoniz, (https://www.holtsauto.com/simoniz/) they sent me some paints I've been using for years, mainly to be used on my 3D print model work but always useful to have around for the odd PC mod.
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