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Case Mod - Complete [Gundam Mod] Unicorn Destroy Mod Project

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by SaaintJimmy, 16 Jun 2016.

  1. SaaintJimmy

    SaaintJimmy Active Member

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    Hi guys! I'm Alessandro aka SaaintJimmy or St.Jimmy. I'm an italian modder and this is my first worklog on this forum. I'm going to realize a mod inspired by the design of the Unicorn Gundam Destroy Mode. The base is an NZXT Noctis 450 but in the end it won't be recognizible at all :D

    Special thanks go to my sponsors, Aquatuning and Enermax!
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    So, let's start with the worklog pictures! :D
    First of all, some shots of the case as it comes out of the box.
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    First of all, I removed the feet of the case because it's going to be rotated 90 degrees!
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    Then I mounted them on the side that is usually the front of the case... here's how I managed to secure them...
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    Every cover inside the case is going to be replaced by custom-made parts, so I had to remove everything :D
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    And this is a placement test of the 360mm radiator. I will be using Apollish Red Fans from Enermax and the radiator will be covered by some plexiglass... this still is 0,001% done, obviously! :lol:
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    This is all for now... I'm still waiting for the lab to be done so I can start cutting and doing all that stuff: I'm stuck in the bedroom at the moment and I barely have the space to move! :duh:
    Stay tuned if you wanna see more amazing stuff! :)
     
  2. GeorgeK

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. I have approved your post although your pictures were far too large - I have altered the URLs this time to use imgur's "large thumbnail" option. If you could use those in the future I'd be most grateful!

    Good luck with the build :thumb:

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  3. SaaintJimmy

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    I'm sorry George, I'm new in the forums so I still have to understand what has to be done and how... I'm going to put the large thumbnail option in the URLs in the next updates.
    Thank you! :)
     
  4. SaaintJimmy

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    Hi guys! Sorry for the delay but I've been pretty busy in the last two days so I had no time to post updates. Here is what I've done until now! :rock:

    First of all, I wanna thank Enermax who provided me this amazing T.B. Apollish and Platimax 750W!

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    But I obviously wanted to modify the fans somehow :D

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    Do you like them white? :lol:

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    The scroll saw arrived so I started to cut the first panels...

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    This could look weird since as you can see it's going to be the mounting of the 360 radiator on it but you also can see that the panel is much larger than the rad... how do you think this is gonna be mounted? :D

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    That's it for today. In the next update you'll see the material from Aquatuning and some update of the radiator cover and other panels... stay tuned :D
     
  5. SaaintJimmy

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    Hi guys! Sorry for the delay but I had no time this weekend to update the worklogs... but here I am now! Let's start with the pics :)

    Drawing Gundam eyes and other details to allow the air to flow properly!

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    Cutting time...

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    Effect with fans on!

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    Drawing the other side of the panel... Gundam shoulder!

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    Cutting time pt.2 :D

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    Some other cuts for air flow!

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    And it's finally done! Some cuts for cable management and stuff like that are still missing, and painting too but I will do those things after some other ones!

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    This is the second package I got from Aquatuning. All the other stuff are gonna be showed soon! Again thanks to Aquatuning!

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    I hope you guys enjoy it! :D
    See you at the next update!
     
  6. SaaintJimmy

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    Hi guys!! I'm here today with a little but interesting update! :D

    Hooking system for the upper side of the cover: done! I utilized three strips of polycarbonate in different sizes and glued them together with Attak, in this way I'll be able to hook it to the cover without glue or screws anytime I want, and it will secure the cover to the mobo tray panel. Obviously I'm going to drill some holes for screws to have an even more stable mounting!

    First piece of polycarbonate cut with scroll saw.

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    Details...

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    As you can see I used a shorter strip in the middle to allow the cover to slide into it!

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    How it looks...

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    Fit test!

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    That's it for today, I hope you guys will enjoy this! See you at the next update :D
     
  7. SaaintJimmy

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    Hi guys! Finally the PSU cover is done!
    I tried to detail it as much as possible with the intention of make it unique. Two separate pieces, different types of cuts like the vents for the PSU, window for the Platimax logo, bends, engravings and tridimensional details... I like it!:D

    Drawing the 1st piece...

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    Cuts done!

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    Drawing the 2nd piece...

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    Cuts done!

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    And now let's add some details :D

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    Obviously this is waiting for the paintjob to be considered 100% finished, and it will be so much more beautiful, but I think I did a pretty good job with this!
    See you at the next update mates :D
     
  8. Quantum-192

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    Some excellent design and cutting on the PSU plate and cover and looking forward to watching this build develop.

    What saw did you use to achieve that result?
     
  9. SaaintJimmy

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    Thank you so much man! Be sure to stay tuned to see more updates! :)

    I used an Einhell TC-SS 405, it's a scroll saw!
     
  10. SaaintJimmy

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    Finally plexy panels arrived and I did a quick lighting test (the plexy under the red one is designed to make light more homogeneous in the center of the panel too). Then I mounted them on three sides of the case. Obviously it's not done yet: I will put an aluminum layer on them with all the cuts which will show up the lit plexy, just like the Unicorn Gundam's Psycho Frame!
    Check it out :D

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    Stay tuned for more updates! :)
     
  11. Hukkel

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    Looking good so far.
     
  12. SaaintJimmy

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    New update! I absented for awhile because I had to get some other polycarbonate and the drawing you will see now had me really busy since I didn't know exactly how to do it in some spots. In the previous update I told you that I would've used aluminum over the red panel, but I rejected this idea right after I cut the first aluminum panel: due to the 0.5mm thickness, it was getting crumpled just looking at it and it would've been so difficult to work on it compared to the polycarbonate.
    So, today we're seeing first cuts on the two top panels and the third layer/panel on the front that has to be bent on both sides and detailed with other pieces. I'm planning to get it done within tomorrow. The look will be fantastic once the red panel will be lit evenly!

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    Let me know that you guys think! :D
     
  13. MooZ91

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    i think it looks awesome... i love that style, waiting for more updates ;)
     
  14. SaaintJimmy

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    Here is a new update! I will show you the motherboard which is an MSI Z170 Gaming M7, some material for sleeved cable extensions Alchemy 2.0 from Bitfenix, and my new Silhouette Curio plotter! Also I continued the work on the front panel and I did a test with leds. Unfornately, since the panel is not painted yet, the light passes through it so the lit cuts aren' that visible but that will be fixed in the final result!
    Check it out! :D

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    Stay tuned for more updates! :)
     
  15. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Lots of intricately cut layers of plexi. -You I like! :D
     
  16. SaaintJimmy

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    Front panel unwrapped and mounted, Noctis 450's external panels fit test, they're going to be mounted with gas pistons or something like that to simulate Gundam cockpit. I've also made two little lateral panels for the top which will accomodate led strips behind. They're still missing some cuts because I wanted to see them mounted before!
    Let me know what you guys think! :D

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    Let's say this is not something you see everyday! :D
     
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    Here I am with probably the last update of the month since I'm going on holiday tomorrow. I did as much as I could to bring you some good pics! I mounted the two Alphacool reservoirs on the back, did some lighting testing and started the third rear polycarbonate layer.

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    I wish you all some happy holidays! :)
     
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    I'm finally back! First of all, I completed the rear panels and did some lighting test, then I started working on the mobo tray and I made one single hole for every single sleeved cable, this way I can keep the cables tidy even without cable combs! I also made a little fit test for the components and also to try to get a cleaner idea of the tubing setup, so I started the tubing job and took the measurements for some bulk-head connectors. There's still so much work to do, tubing's not the last stage! :D

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    Stay tuned!
     
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    Some custom painting work done on the components. Some more pieces to finish off and we're ready to install everything for TUBING TIME!!

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    Let me know what you think about it! :)
     

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