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Scratch Build – In Progress Bulldozer project - AMD Tribute

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by BaxterTheFly, 9 Apr 2015.

  1. BaxterTheFly

    BaxterTheFly New Member

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    Heya guys,

    First off, big thanks to Gigatron for supporting me on this build and agreeing to display it in their store after its completed!
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    One grand thanks to sponsors for putting their faith in me!!!



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    I started working on this project few days ago and i thought, lets post some of it.. Idea and startlog first
    It will be a massive bulldozer looking case as a tribute for AMD and their FX series of processors...

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    I switched from case mod to scratch build :D entire bottom frame complete :) also some welds needed to be fixed.. been a while since i welded anything :)

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    Day 3, i started late, and i didn’t have material for more, going to buy some more tomorrow :D

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    These 3 are just tossed sides to make it look similar to end project, there is still more to be done, these are just reference scaling pics :)

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    I am gonna have to start getting some interior work, need to get it all together before I take it apart for painting... also i got some nice looking screws for estetic work... Also i will need to pick up swoop, real swoop for mini bulldozer, its gonna be quite massive *cast iron* :D also i got led strips to go inside ( yellow ) i will need to calculate how to molex them correctly so if anyone could send me some link to assist me on what is the relations on lenght/molex, than i will need to get cable extenders to place ( they will be preset to the build connecting in PSU chamber ) sleeved yellow black ( also need to sleeve them, but only need to do half cuz i got black sleeved from RaidMax ). I also made some adjustments, the windscreen will be touchscreen fan controller modded to fit. Making contact connectors so i don’t have to remove cables from the side panel and so there are no cables... apart from the ones imbedded in the side panel it self. Grabbing electric window adjuster for the top part so the entire cabin will lift at a push of a button, exposing the components that will be underneath :) .
    Rims for the side, the entire PC will move forward than... I will put some small wheels on the bottom of the case and move it with electric car window adjuster so it pops out when i need to do something and it will pop all the way out... Also the engine compartment will host twin modular power supply in parallel. ( side intake / front exhaust ) i will need to mod it a bit so that power cable can get to it... i found angled power cable so i will first try with that one.

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    1/3 of the swoop that i am making, it will be 3 parts like those at different angles covered by aluminum sheets
    Also, the mud protector will be reduced in size to 210mm to get in line with the tracks that will be 200mm

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    Cabin, it will lift upwards to open the pc components, windows will be plexiglass.

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    That fan will be as the top link of rotor for tracks

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    That top turned out nice :D

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    also i figured out and i custom ordered set of these with the exact lenght and 2 rows of threads that connect them to be used as tracks

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    As for the paint job goes, yellow with black stripes on some parts, details like the bolts will be black, grill will be black with RED backlight on top and bottom, also red non transparent mesh behind the grill... Cabin i cant decide Yellow or black, but it will have yellow backlight, roof will be black, windscreen - i hope, NZXT LX. Also, for hidraulics effect on swoop i am going with rear suspension from VW Golf 6 and for the smaller ones on the bottom side, it will be suspension for 5th dour on VW Golf 6 as well... Aprox weight empty, around 30 kilos, full around 50 :) still struggling with system that will go in, i got some of it, ( my gamer rig )... And the good news :D, I got a spot in the PC show in Belgrade Fair :)
    One side complete, may look funny now odd now but over the tubes there is gonna be fan grill in shape of the gears...

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    Yeah its gonna be massive, after i finish 2nd side, fenders and cabin tomorrow its painting time :) and after that, DETAIL TIME... also, once the swoop gets in place, the bar that goes along side the dozer will give it totally different look, ( its gonna be hazelnut board piece - extremely light wood ) also i reduced the weight by allot... its gonna be 20 kilos w/o equipment inside and w/o the swoop...

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF_S6YT_Ku8 the middle CASE part will have wheels for easier manipulation ...
     
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  2. BaxterTheFly

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    Update

    Here it is guys, what those pipes are and how i mounted them :)
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    Checking the pipes because i need to flaten the contact area between them so they fit... they are f110mm but the part where they touch the board is 125 so there isnt any room between them.
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    Turned it around after i got them in to place and now i am preparing to mount them... marking the holes and stuff..
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    ok mounting method, simple but efficient :)
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    The hight of the case: ( for refference its 730mm )
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    And the case with both side panels "tubed" :)
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    the side panels drop inwords at the bottom, i will have to set some distancers there, they must have gap of around 1.5mm in order for case to slide out, once i mount them to the board it should be fine with some anti scratch tapes and it will gonna go nice and smooth :)
     
  3. BaxterTheFly

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    Heya guys again, mini update.

    In order to fit 2PSU’s inside, i had to reduce the side of my ventilation tube for the “side intake, front exhaust” :)
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    Just to show you how hard it is when you have to use hand tools ;) my circular saw died on me :(
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    And this is going to finish as the drawer type PSU mount, so i can remove PSU just by pulling them out centered, enough space, and doesn’t heat up rest of the system.
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  4. BaxterTheFly

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    Ok guys, as you noticed i am pretty low funded :( so i am using the best of what i can get :)
    Lets stray from the main build for a bit and let me show you my pride components that are in a dire need for modifications :)
    Planning to add backlight, USB passtrough, and a volume knob to it :) paint it yellow and red, replace keycaps with possibly full metal ones in red, make tracks on the sides to look like a tiny flat dozer and wristrest that would be painted and attached like a swoop :)

    The keyboard in question is Chicony KB-5181 with cherry MX blues
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    Also, my 2nd keyboard with orange omron switches :) works like a charm after almost 30 years in service :D! i will see what i can d with this one :)
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  5. BaxterTheFly

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    PSU Mount

    Ok, entire mount completed and functional :)details left to be done so it doesnt look this ugly :D

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    Also the mount for fans on marked and will be finished tomorrow :)
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    Also i got nice piece of plexiglass for the mobo thermal armor that is mostly just estetic armor for me :)
     
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    I can't say the concept fits my taste, but I definitely respect the huge amount of work you're putting into this. It is very unique. I like the drawer mechanism for accessing the hardware inside. On thing I don't understand is the use of plumbing parts for the road wheels. I imagine it's going to be very hard to make them not look like plumbing parts.

    Anyways, good luck with the project!

    Oh, and I certainly prefer this over endless hardware galleries.
     
  8. BaxterTheFly

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    Oh the plumbing wont look like plumbing :) you will like it, over them i am going with paintable styrofoam over them so they will look like this and match up with fan grill i am laser cutting [​IMG]
     
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    Nothing better than pictures of personnal work :) GL with this project :dremel:
     
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    Holy cow! Looks like lots of work
     
  11. BaxterTheFly

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    Ok, i made back panel now for the radiator and hard drive area i made a sandwitch of two pieces of aluminum sheets folded them in the way i needed them and stuffed them with thermal isolation that will help muffle the sound as well and made entire thing really sturdy at no weight cost :)

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    As for hard drive mount, i will make a sort of floating floor for almost complete vibration reduction, it will be two sheets of aluminum, bottom one mounted, than spounge in between 10mm thick and another aluminum sheet on top of it, connected to the bottom with rubber going all around it
     
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    Nothing better than pictures of personnal work GL with this project "

    Tnx, regular moding was a bit dull :D scratchbuild is somewhat more fun hehe :D


    "Holy cow! Looks like lots of work"

    Yeah, it kinda is allot of work but it is rewarding to know you built something in the end :D

    Tnx again guys :) means allot to hear nice replies!
     
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    Fan grill

    Working on fan grill design turned out to be more complicated than i thought :)

    Here is what i have for now... still need to figure out few more details
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    RadGrill

    Rad grill done, if anyone likes/wants this, or stuff like this, i got few designs i made for now and for later on with new projects, you can just PM me/ email/ or reply they are .crd and ready for laser cutting in scale for 240 rad ( two for 480 ) :D

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    This case is huge! With a few modifications, a child could ride in it or at least on it.

    Great work so far.
     
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    Ok, i finished wrecking my old Chieftec Aegis case to scrap :) here is what the backplate looks like nicely sanded ( i hand sanded it :/ ) and in its new home :) also, i will need to cut the hole for the cpu cooler mount and so i can put a 92mm fan back there.. it helps allot with chip cooling :)

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    i also added mesh to the PSU tray

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    Kinda odd that the PSU case is perfect dimensions to host 2 3.5" hard drives :D and 80mm fan :D

    Also tnx Dr.Coin :D
     
  17. TheMadDutchDude

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    Nice idea! I'm looking forward to seeing how this one turns out. :)

    Just one thing, you should've gone with Steamroller, AMD's next line of CPUs. :D
     
  18. BaxterTheFly

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    I will make that 1 too and a massive truck for my bro :D
    i kinda like this :) gonna go for entire construction setup :D
     
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    Keep up the good work. I can't wait to see it finished. It's very, very different from the usual mods. Kudos, sir. :D
     
  20. BaxterTheFly

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    tnx :) i will try to. btw can u reccomend some good but afordable fans, i am kinda low on cash overall and looking something that will be the best of both worlds.. i see you have some more exp and i could realy use some help :) i am still a newb regarding few things :)
    also busting my head trying to figure out how to mod nzxt LX so it fits as a windscreen :wallbash:
     

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