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Case Mod - In Progress M.Z.A. Inc. Presents: RAt MoD - Absolutely no update whatsoever

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by The_Crapman, 13 Jul 2012.

  1. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    I'd considered it, but didn't really like any of the fittings available. E22's that he put out the other day look pretty sweet though. It's certainly food for thought. Could even use a combination. A veritable banquet of food for thought there.
     
  2. David

    David μoʍ ɼouმ qᴉq λon ƨbԍuq ϝʁλᴉuმ ϝo ʁԍɑq ϝμᴉƨ

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    Subbed! :D
     
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  3. siliconfanatic

    siliconfanatic Johny-come-Lately

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    All this awesome metalic nudity and I only notice this NOW? I hope harvey doesn't ban you for breaking the no-porn rule with the stripping act. :naughty:
     
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  4. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    Ha ha. Thanks mate. Just wait till it's all out, it'll be better than any 'wardrobe malfunction' you've ever seen splashed over the tabloids. :thumb:
     
  5. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    Slowly slowly shiny moddey.

    After a pretty miserable week of bad weather and other non rain related incidents, things started to look up. I got a new job after 3 months of looking and some 400+ applications and then as if by magic, the sun came out in dreary old Blighty for the weekend. Good job too as I had a date with a BBQ on Saturday :naughty:

    Anyway, today the sun was still out to play, so I got to work on removing the unsightly bland grey paint from the case panels. Here's one I started earlier.
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    There are some blemishes on the panels where I'd scrapped off sticky gunk , but thankfully these will be out of sight.
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    There's also a fair few places with scrapes from where I got carried away with the dremmel, but hopefully you wont see those either. :worried:

    Using a combination of wire wool and 240 grit paper I was getting through it bit by bit, but the end result was just what I was hoping for.
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    The corners in the panels are proving to be very tricky to get at, but I found that using a small piece of wire wool and getting the end of a very small file in to move it I managed to get in there and get rid of these last little bits.
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    About 3 and a half hours later I'd got all the top panel and most of the bottom panel done, just the very bottom side left to do on that, but it was getting dark and my hand was starting to hurt. :sigh: But at least I had something nice and shiny to show for it.
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    Somewhere along the way I'd accidentally picked up 400 grit which may have slowed my progress a bit. Here you can see the finish with 240 on the left and 400 on the right.
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    This isn't the finished article yet, but an initial rub down. There's still some modding to be done to the panels and I needed the paint off for that. Once the I've done that, I'll give them all a finishing rub down, probably with the 400 grit.

    That's all for today, I'll be back on the sanding tomorrow though. There's also a few packages on the way for the build so things should start tot come along nicely. Until the next time crap fans. Same crap time. Same crap channel.
     
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  6. siliconfanatic

    siliconfanatic Johny-come-Lately

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    It's coming along very nicely indeed.
     
  7. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    Thanks mate. It's coming along ok, but a lot slower than i was hoping. The paint came off the top panel fairly easily, but that seems to be a freak panel as the rest are proving a lot more stubborn. I've had to go down to 120grit to get deep enough to get the last few bits. Only managed to finish the bottom panel and one side of the mobo tray, which was especially tricky as the standoffs can't be removed.

    I've taken a brake this week as i started a new job Monday and so my thumbs stop seeping blood plasma. lol
     
  8. siliconfanatic

    siliconfanatic Johny-come-Lately

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    Good to see your back m8. :)
     
  9. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    Deliveries of the Banned

    While I was away on my 'enforced sabbatical', I got a couple of exciting deliveries :clap: First a whole bunch of sheet metal, pre-cut to the required size.
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    I got this from Aluminium Warehouse and can highly recommend them. They've got just about every type of alu you could want and their prices are the cheapest around. They also sent me this mysterious tube. I wonder what it could be for......:eyebrow:
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    Some JB Weld for fixing the alu sheets to the case panels. Proper strong stuff :thumb:
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    The next delivery was from the good old folks at Debehams. Some shirt-tie combos ready for my new job which i started on the Monday just gone. Not had to dress smart for work in almost 2 years!
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    And last but by no means least, a nice package from Aquatuning with some of the watercooling bits I need.
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    1 Alphacool Heatmaster II Fan Controller
    1 Alphacool Heatmaster II Block
    2 Alphacool pump adapters
    1 Alphacool bushing G1/4 inner thread to G1/4 inner thread - copper
    1 Alphacool double nipple G1/4 outer thread to G1/4'' outer thread - copper
    1 Alphacool connection terminal TEE T-piece round, G1/4 - chrome (they don't do copper ones :()
    1 Alphacool bulkhead connector G1/4 - chrome (or these :waah:)
    1 Alphacool 13/10 90° revolvable compression fitting - copper
    1 Phobya 3 piece 80cm 3Pin extension kit

    I love the heatmaster's bare pcb. Proper computing that ;-)
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    And a close-up of the shiny bits
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    Well that's the last of the recent deliveries, but I've just realised I haven't shown you the rest of the crew. They've been sitting round waiting patiently (about a year) for me to get my arse in gear so they can get wet.
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    1 XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay res for 2 DDC pumps
    2 Laing DDC-1T Plus pumps - 18W, 600l/h :D
    1 Alphacool NexXxoS XP³ Light - Acetal Edition (bought recently in the marketplace)
    2 Alphacool 13/10 Compression fittings - copper
    1 Alphacool 90° revolvable G1/4 outer thread to G1/4 inner thread - copper
    1 Alphacool 90° revolvable 2x G1/4 inner thread - copper
    1 be quiet! Noise absorbtion kit. There's going to be 9 fans in the case and although they're quiet, i'm still going to be doing everything I can to make the rig as quiet as possible.

    You can see the 90° fitting the the bottom right of the block is quite tarnished from being fiddled with a great deal. Hmmmm. Fiddled with... :worried: :eyebrow:

    Anyhoo, that's it for this mini episode. Be sure to come back Crap fans. Same Crap time, same Crap channel.
     
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  10. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    Did i ever tell you the definition of insanity? It's doing a mod that requires a lot of sanding when you hate sanding :duh: sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-sshh-................ :sigh:

    This isn't really an update. Not really much progress to show. Got the mobo tray done though (first finish anyway). This was such a pain in the arse. The paint was really thick and it was very fiddly with the standoffs and cable-tie fastening points.
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    I did a litttle experiment with some nitromoors on the midplate and it didn't really do anything for it. No more paint came off than with just wire wool in the control experiment, but the paint does seem a lot thinner on this part (as was the roof). Strange how the paint thickness differs so much.

    I'm off on a stag do next weekend so don't expect an awful lot of progress to be made in the next couple of weeks. Although going to get a couple of those sanding disks you put in a drill, see if they'll get the worst of it off so i can then just finish it by hand.

    Peace out ya'll!
     
  11. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    :eyebrow: Please tell me that the ties are not sewn directly to the shirts or something similarly cheesy.:lol:
    I'm in the same boat to be honest. I have a whole closet of dress suits that fit a 115lb man. I doubt I'll ever see that size again, short of a dose of dysentery.
    We should have a moment of silence for The Crapman's lost underwear while we're at it.
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    Ok, Now why don't you tell us you are going to run hard lines on everything now. You've already flashed your tube, so to speak.
     
  12. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    :hehe: No they're real ties, not even clip-ons. I can do a full windsor if i fancy sporting a tie knot wider than the exxon valdez :thumb: I have 2 really nice suits that i fit into 2 1/2 stone ago (that's 35lb in US burgers). That's a fair bit of wait to put on in less than a year. Lost nearly a stone of that now though, just have to find some of this exermacise i've been hearing so much about.

    Ah the mystery tube! What could it be? It could indeed be tubes within a tube. They could be copper, or chrome, or brass, or bronze, or silver, or gold, rose gold, fools gold, black gold, texas tea... And you can continue thinking that if you wish. If you wish....... Muwah ha ha ha haaaa, AAAAAAAHHHHHH HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAA :hehe:

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    No. It's not hardlines.
     
  13. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    :lol: Well, It would be damned silly of the seller to ship tygon like that. "Sorry, we had to cut the tube into sections to fit, and this is the longest box we have."
     
  14. sixfootsideburns

    sixfootsideburns modeteer

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    maybe its lunch, like a really long hotdog or something?
     
  15. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    Sneaky sneaky :naughty:
     
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  16. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    POOOOWWEEEEERRRRR!!!

    So after getting bored of moving my hand back and forth over something it without getting any pleasure from it ( :eyebrow: ), I went and got myself some proper tools for the job:

    1 'Paint and Rust Remover Wheel'
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    (Thanks to AlienwareAndy for this link)

    2 Wire Wheels for the fiddly little hard to reach bits.
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    So this Saturday just gone I set up my workbench out in the garden to see what these things could do. And boy oh boy did they make things easier!
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    I found a nice steady movement perpendicular to the rotation of the wheel was best way to ensure removal of all the paint. Unfortunately I also found that the batteries for the 2 cordless drill/drivers were all a bit short on power, so I spent the afternoon constantly switching between drills and batteries. I only got the midplate mostly finished before the girlfriend came round wanting attention and food, so play stopped for the day. I did get a really nice curry and a smartly dressed bottle of wine though :D
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    Sunday with batteries at full tilt, F1 and the Wimbledon final on the radio I managed to get the front panel and FDD bay cover done before BBQ time :rock:
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    I really like the finish the black wheel gives the metal. Gives it a much more raw look as opposed to when it's brushed.
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    Once all the panels are finished I may just get a new wheel and give them a light 'polishing' with it rather than brushing them with scotchbrite pads.

    This evening after work I finished off the bits of the midplate I had missed, did the midplate support and PSU cage. The latter 2 were done entirely with the wire brush as the small surfaces of the structures are quite uneven.
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    I couldn't get into a couple of corners on the underside of the PSU cage base which was rather annoying. I'll have to get in there with some wire wool. Or I might just leave it as no one will see it :worried:
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    That leaves just the back panel to do, which needs a few alterations first and I may also revisit the mobo plate as I wasn't entirely happy with it. So stay tuned kids for the next installment. Same Crap time. Same Crap channel. Until then Crapfans...
     
  17. David

    David μoʍ ɼouმ qᴉq λon ƨbԍuq ϝʁλᴉuმ ϝo ʁԍɑq ϝμᴉƨ

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    Nice progress, mate!

    How much was that paint & rust removal wheel?
     
  18. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    Thanks mate. Feels good to getting it done, although still a way off yet. The paint remover was only 4quid and I've linked it under the picture. That website does loads of tools and attachments at really good prices. I got that and 2 wire brushes for just 10 quid delivered :D
     
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  19. AlienwareAndy

    AlienwareAndy What's a Dremel?

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    This thing you got here -

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    They're bloody brilliant. Years ago I was given a free car (was living in the US) and the entire roof had blistered and was totally rusted. I used one of those things ^ in a power drill to strip the entire roof of paint and rust. It took me about a week but it did a wonderful job :D

    They really are bloody brilliant at removing paint and rust. A pic :D this was after it had been skimmed with glaze :D

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    I like where you're going with this project. Will keep an eye on it :)
     
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  20. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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    Thanks andy. It's thanks you i found it and have rep'd you already, but may have to do so many times over as it was a god send. The most surprising thing was the finish it gave. I was expecting to have to give it a quick sand afterwards, but the more i look at it, the more I certain that's the way to go. Brushing is sooooo last year. Lol
     

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