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Scratch Build – In Progress Lightning McMod

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by kier, 22 Apr 2011.

  1. kier

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    Hi friends and family,

    My youngest son went two weeks ago to kindergarden.
    And during the week he had to make the decision to play some kidgames or play with a pc.
    Guess what he choose ........... ;)
    At home he asked me "Can i have a computer"
    Oehh, opportunity for me.
    "Hmm, just ask your mother" (i knew the answer allready but needs to cover this)

    This was the beginning of this mod. Now my son adores the disney movie "Cars"
    So the theme was allready chosen.
    I've bought a combination TV/DVD from Lightning McQueen.
    Just perfect. Did some research first, but seems to be perfect for a lcd and a m-atx motherboard
    And all seems to fit very well.

    This mod sponsored by:

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    No high-tech stuff in this build, but just fast enough for kid games :

    Intel dual-core E6400
    MSI P4M890M
    Corsair 1000w Power Supply (a little bit high, but dont have something else)
    CORSAIR XMS2 2GB DDR2
    Neovo 15 inch LCD
    And other stuff but that's a surprise

    So the nice Mr. Lightning McQueen

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    Still works good (for now)

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    The intention is to make a acryl top to make the motherboard vissible

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    Funny is the mouth of McQueen. perfect for the dvd-rw

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    Panel for the buttons

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    The plan is to remove the old display and place a 15-inch LCD

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    Carefully removed everything.

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    Some plastic parts

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    And the inside, with enough room for the motherboard tray.

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    Prepared the 15-inch screen.

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    The screen

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    To fit this, i had to remove some plastic

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    Had to adapt it all around

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    And the screen fits

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    Infront the lcd i'am gonna place a curved plate of acryl

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    That's it for now, hope you like it
    I admit, the mod is a little different from the other mods of mine that that i made.
    But quite a nice project, I think.

    To be continued. :thumb:
     
  2. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    That's a very good start! I like the idea, it's very original, I'll keep my eye on this.
     
  3. Mosquito

    Mosquito Active Member

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    This is just great! I wonder if it would be possible to put speakers in the center of the wheels... that could be pretty slick! But then again, it already has speakers in the front, so might as well use those :D

    Also, tough part about putting an LCD where a CRT used to be is that curve from the CRT... any plans to fill that in at all?
     
  4. kier

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    Thanks,
    The idea is to put 140mm fans in the center of the wheels with fanguards (for the precious little fingers) on both sides.
    For space between the lcd iam gonna use red acryl to fill it up, covered al with transparent acryl
    (for the dirty little fingers)
     
  5. kier

    kier -----------------

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    Update!!!

    This time I made some adjustments to the LCD housing
    To fit it I had quite a few of the grinding to do

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    My little modder is helping his daddy

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    And made it fit

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    The hood for the electrical part

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    Painted it red

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    fits perfectly

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    Just need to put some screw in it

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    Earlier this week I had put an ad, asking for an m-atx tray
    wwwicked was kind enough to respond.
    Thursday the package arrived. A nice case from wwwicked


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    With DVD writter, even with a remote eject, Mark had already made that for me

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    And when I opened the case, I found some nice Cars goodies, Mark thanks on my behalf and Luuk (my son)

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    Remains to see if I can use the tray, but I think so

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    The difference with the DVD that came out, and the writer.

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    To put this into the mouth of MacQueen, I make some small changes

    -Before

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    -And after

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    Still needs to customize a tray to keep everything in place

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    And I have fixed the mouth itself also on the writer, after some small changes

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    Finally I cut out the hood

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    Neatly cut

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    And cut out a board of the tray, how it will be

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    Fits perfectly

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    And the piece of cardboard under the hood

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    I hope tomorrow to get some stuff delivered ;)

    Grtzzz.
     
  6. Nexxo

    Nexxo Queue Jumper

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    Excellent work!

    If you are going to put curved acrylic in front of the screen, you may want to consider an anti-glare coating. Also make sure that there is absolutely no dust trapped behind it.
     
  7. cchr

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    A very nice idea man, good job!
    your kid is gonna be the coolest kid in school :D
     
  8. kier

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    Thanks for the tip. didn,t thought about that

    Hopefully the others kids dont want one also ;)
     
  9. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    Nice work dude. Any kid would love love some thing like this. I'm guessing thats what the youngster in the back ground is thinking as well.:thumb:
     
  10. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    Nice update, you could make a business modding for the cool kids.
     
  11. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    That is awesome. Most people would just buy a pc and call it a day but I really like what your doing with the whole theme / idea for your son. Best of luck with it, and looking forward to see more!
     
  12. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Sweet mod!

    john
     
  13. kier

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    Update!!!

    Hello
    Last Thursday I got a big box filled in with all sorts of goodies from Coolermaster
    Packages, I love it!

    The box

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    Once everything was unpacked i found some really nice fans
    120mm Black CM coolers

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    140mm black fans

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    Beautiful fans with red leds in it

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    2 x 120mm aluminum fans, nice big aluminum blocks

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    At first I would have placed a Corsair 1000w power supply in the mod,
    but Cooler Master has spoiled me again with a wonderful Silent Pro 600W power supply

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    The beauty

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    And the engine for MacMod ........ Cooler Master V8

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    1 piece of power

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    outcoming heatpipes

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    Really nice cooler

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    Disassembled it right away

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    Fanbracked with red LED inside the fan

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    The intention is that I still going to make something out of the V8, but i'm not sure.
    The space that I got from the cooler to the hood is not much.

    I also sawn the case from wwwicked (sorry man)
    The original midplate has too many bumps

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    So it was not really usable, but have some other things about the case that I used
    For example the sidepanel, just make my own mobo tray.
    After some dremel violence

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    And we have our motherboard tray

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    Used the backside of the old case

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    Make this fit in the McMod

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    I have sawn the edge of the tray a little narrower,
    so in order to get fit in the backplate, where I can slide it in

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    Still need to adjust the plastic above the GPU bracket.

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    For the weight of everything I have made some acryl strips and placed it beneed the tray (acryl 5mm)

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    still needs to give everything a paintjob

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    All has been fitting pretty good
    And finally I used the dremel on my brand new fans (with red LED)

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    Removed some plastic from the wheels

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    After some measuring and grinding, it's fit pretty well,
    obviously there will be placed a fanguard or mesh for the small delicate fingers

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    The leds are giving a nice effect i think

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    Thats it for today ;)

    Grtzzz.
     
  14. kier

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    Update

    This weekend I've gone further with the wheels

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    Closed the back of the wheel, only to make a hole in the casing for the airflow

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    Placed to see how it looks

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    And made the plate for the psu and hdd's

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    Made the hole for the psu

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    Something like this

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    The backside

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    Had a small hdd rack lying around

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    Fits nice like this

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    And placed in the McMod

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    Psu next to it

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    And the motherboard tray on top

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    Did a paintjob to the backside of the different trays

    Motherboard tray

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    Backside of the psu/hdd tray

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    And the hdd rack

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    And the I/O shield holder. (Don't know how you called this)

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    Put everything together

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    Nice color combination

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    Again the I/O thing, this time black

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    And the backside

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    I am also trying some things out with the V8 block
    Had a little insparation from the great V8 mod from Mnpctech

    http://cmstudio.coolermaster.com/video_play.php?lang=en&cid=1&vid=26

    I've tried different things with the block, but i think the next idea is for this mod good enough
    For this I have some 8mm stainless steel tubes and uses a bending iron

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    Bend some nice curved corners. But it's still not sure I leave this like this
    As I'm still a little bit searching for the block.
    (All the pipes are still loose)

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    Color difference goes away after a good polishing of stainless steel;).
    Did everything put together. With the GTX285

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    Sometimes you need to have luck, it only just fits

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    That,s it for today my friends

    Grtzzz.
     
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  15. djzic

    djzic Bokehlicious!

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    Mate, I hope you're sleeving the psu with mdpc-x? (What else :duh:)
     
  16. Mosquito

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    This is awesome. With a plexi window there, that will look like a Ferrari, a Real Michael Schumacher Ferrari! (by the way, I love that movie)
     
  17. postmangav

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    Man that is an awesome project. My 3 year old is Cars mad. Only wish I had the talent/cash to do something like this for him!
     
  18. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    Wonderful update, it's looking more and more fantastic! Coolermaster must really have a thing for your son! I just used the 700w version of that power supply in a friend's build, I'll tell you nw that it's a fantastic, efficient, quiet PSU and you'll have no problems with it.

    Excellent work!
     
  19. Idioteque

    Idioteque Telephasic Mongoose

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    Wow! Fantastic project. Nice choice of cooler there, certainly goes with the theme.
     
  20. kier

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    Ofcourse, like you said "what else"

    Please do not compare McQueen with a Ferrari, he doesnt like that ;)
    McQueen was inspired by the Ford GT40, but he is a Ford Mustang

    Talent you can develop, cash is not the thing in this build. really is low-budget believe me
    Most cases are more expensive then this old Cars tv

    First a had a Corsair 1000w psu for it, but it was a little bit over the top, so the 600w version is just right
    Coolermaster has surtenly a thing for me and my kid, love these guys and there products
    One of the few sponsors that think along with me

    Thnx, first i was thinking about the V10, but this one is even bigger then the V8
    And as you see, there is not much space anymore
     

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