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Case Mod - In Progress Liqourice, 11th of August

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by nepheloco, 11 Aug 2009.

  1. nepheloco

    nepheloco New Member

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    Hi,

    I started this project a long time ago, a year or something. It's almost finished, dvd-writer's front cover still needs to be painted.

    Hope you like it. :worried:

    Used my old hardware:

    • XP2000+
    • 768Mb PC2700
    • R9600
    • 320Gb Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    • Corsair VX450


    Made a quick sketch:

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    Here you can see what the case originally looked like (started smoothing it, but it looked a bit dull so I dumped that idea):

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    Had some blue acrylic lying around, used it to build up the air intake and cover the 3,25" bay.
    The white gooey stuff is a two part epoxy based glue, you can also see the white 1" PVC pipe that I cut in half to make the inside of the duct:

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    Then I raised the sides of the 5,25" bay so that the optical drive would stick out:

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    Then I used some body filler and sanded it down to make it some nice curves :rolleyes: :

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    Started on the side window:

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    And again some filler:

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    Then I cut a hole to the other side to show the green PCB :hehe: :

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    Some more bondo and sanding pads:

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    And then I sent it off to a paint shop (it's great when someone in the family makes a living painting cars :D):

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    I like this shot a lot :clap::

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    On/off button and hdd-led:

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    Quite happy with the results :p.
    It isn't perfect but it gave me a load of new ideas. :thumb:

    For my next project I'll do a scratch build that would become my new main computer for CAD and rendering. I think there's a sketch somewhere in my notebooks, only need to find it and take a picture of it.
    Although first I have to work on my glassfiber skills that are non-exsistent at the moment :worried:. Is someone familiar with that and could give me some tips? :geek:
    What's a good material to start building the positive?

    (if I used some odd expressions or grammar, then be free to comment them, I'd really appreciate it :),haven't had any english practise for a few years)
     
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  2. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    :clap:

    Love it
     
  3. The boy 4rm oz

    The boy 4rm oz Project: Elegant-Li

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    That is an awesome transformation, very nice bondo work. +rep
     
  4. nepheloco

    nepheloco New Member

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    Little bit of searching and I managed to find a rough sketch :clap::

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    But that's not going to happen in the near future, I might make the outer shell this year, but not more. :rolleyes:
    More important things first, like my studies and close ones, who really matter. :)
     
  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Nice!! This is a perfect example of how an evil beige brick can become something attractive.:thumb:
     
  6. mr.sh

    mr.sh FEAR

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    Simple but very nice!!!!
     
  7. Fozzy

    Fozzy New Member

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    wow did not expect that. the difference between the first picture and the last...wow. Great job man.
     
  8. Jelle46

    Jelle46 Belgian freedom

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    I like the total black look, great!
     
  9. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    From this:
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    :jawdrop:

    Much to be admired for your skill and design work.

    john
    +rep for skillz
     
  10. The_Gnu

    The_Gnu 8-bit addict

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    Nice one. Like the bondo work and the shiny paintjobb.


    /Gnu
     
  11. mercerman318

    mercerman318 New Member

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    That is a pretty clean case, i love the final look, what kind of case was that originally?
     
  12. Eurofix

    Eurofix New Member

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    WOW! One of the best make overs eva!
     
  13. nepheloco

    nepheloco New Member

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    It says Fuji... under the sloppy bondowork on the first picture. Can't remember if it was Fujitsu-Siemens or just Fujitsu.

    Was browsing through a local hardware forum's used hardware section and stumbled on it.
    All the sides were plastic, motherboard was upside down and it was a old which meant it's built like a tank. :thumb:
     
  14. Kyor

    Kyor A Visitor

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    Very nice work :eek:
    And especialy nice job on the bondo job ;)
     
  15. DonT-FeaR

    DonT-FeaR I know what a fk'n Dremel is ok.:D

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    thats wicked! nice transformation.
     
  16. wbdog206

    wbdog206 not me

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    Sweet!

    The body work and paint look great.
     
  17. [+]EXEcuteER[+]

    [+]EXEcuteER[+] Cracking up the Plex

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    the glossy surface looks very clean. how often was that painted?
     
  18. nepheloco

    nepheloco New Member

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    One coat.
    First it was painted with a dark gray color with a small flake in it, but it didn't turn out good - too thick and some cracks came up on the left panel. Different materials (acrylic, filler, plastic and metal) didn't expand the same in the oven. So I sanded it down, sprayed on a heavy coat of primer, had it painted again and dried without baking.

    Few pics of the original color (didn't adjust the lightning so it has a gold hue to it):

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    And in the last picture you can see a slot between the front and side panel, that's a smartcard reader:

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  19. zanettii

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    A LCD or something in the front have been awesome! Nice project though : )
     

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