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Modding Macro Black

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by macroman, 1 Jan 2002.

  1. Alaric

    Alaric code assassin

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    read it thru NEEEEEEEEED prt 3 :D

    thought you'd used car window tint :D, does the lighting get dimmed much being behind it ?

    pld macro :D
     
  2. macroman

    macroman The One

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    Hardly at all to look at. :)
     
  3. firewars

    firewars What's a Dremel?

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    Sweet macro , keep it going :)
     
  4. Cyberdome

    Cyberdome What's a Dremel?

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    gee , i thought normal chrome stickers will do ... that abit to hard ... argh , oh yeah , i've got questions to ask ..

    if i use Tinted Film on my window mod , if i stick a sticker on the tint and then paste it into the window ... would the sticker be viewable ? the tint will be smoked type of color , that means like grey , light grey or dark grey .. and the sticker would be chrome in color ... would the STICKER be viewable ?
     
  5. MadMan

    MadMan What's a Dremel?

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    Yes

    The sticker would certainly be visible in outline if it was under the window tint. I bet it would simply look like a dark outline in the tint though, and would not have any color qualities itself. Maybe you could tell the color of it if the tint was very "light," as in you can see through it fairly easily. Darker tint would prob result in outline only.

    One other thought: make a "dual-layer" with very very light tint. Full-size top layer, the second bottom layer (directly on the window) with a cutout of the shape you want. Then, if you had a colored cathode inside, the cutout shape should show up in that color, if a tad muted. What you all think?

    MadMan
     
  6. Cyberdome

    Cyberdome What's a Dremel?

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    Re: Yes

    oh , so basically , the Chrome logo on Macro Black's casing is the chrome tinted film ? hmm , just what i thought about it .. that means , if i use a dark tint film , and then use a chrome tint film and cut to the shape i wanted .. and then stick that ontop the dark tinted film ... and then stick it into the window .. is it how it works ?

    but , i want to cut the logo of the BioHazard , how do i cut it into shape ? bring it to a shop and cut ?

    i do have a NEON TUBE inside my case .. it's Purple ...
     
  7. Hi-TEK

    Hi-TEK What's a Dremel?

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    Re: Re: Yes

    Why would you waste money by bringing it a shop to cut when some patience and an ordinary exacto knife can acheive the same effect? All it requires is a steady hand and some patience when doing your cuts.

    Macro: I just read the second chapter and love the techniques used on the case. I'm assuming that Fablon or Frisket is the equivalent to Clear Contact Paper in the U.S?

    Equally would Plastikote Vinyl Dye work just as effectively as Halfords Match black for painting the interior?
     
  8. DiB

    DiB What's a Dremel?

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    So it really was window tint after all.
     
  9. Cyberdome

    Cyberdome What's a Dremel?

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    Re: Re: Re: Yes

    hmm , my cutting skills sUxOrs ! ... since the shop charge me cheap on cutting it , why not just let em to do the job ..
    :D
     
  10. macroman

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    Re: Re: Re: Yes

    I think Fablon is clear contact paper in the US, maybe Linear can confirm?
    Frisket is proper masking sheet and is a US product anyway. It is popular with model makers.

    Not sure about vinyl dye but the normal paint should be ok. Experiment first I think! The paint doesn't have to be matt, it can just as easily be gloss or satin.
     
  11. Will

    Will Beware the judderman...

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    My twin sister saw this case on the website yesterday when she came and said 'what are you looking at?'. I showed her the article and this was the first computer case she actually though looked cool, usually she says something like 'why the hell would you want a window in ya case?' but she was very impressed by this mod!

    :cool:
     
  12. Cyberdome

    Cyberdome What's a Dremel?

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    :rofl: :rofl:
     
  13. Gordy

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    Just read the first part of the guide :

    Very nice ;) Out of interest how long has the project taken you ? Seems like you spent quite a while planning it , and that was just the painting bits :eek:

    Again sweet work Macro , gawd knows how u can top that case :rofl:
     
  14. Wyzzord

    Wyzzord What's a Dremel?

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    Painting

    Macro-Mans painting guide is an Excelent method but i would like to offer Another alternative to the spray paint. Use an airbrush. As far as the paint...there are many options, however I would sugest one of two methods. Either using the testors model paint or using a water based paint with an acrylic sealint. I would prefer to use the water based paint for the fact that it dryes extreamly fast when aplied with and airbrush, the layers are extreamly thin & you don't have to worry about the fumes (nearly non). A cheap airbrush for models, a fue cans of air and all the paint will cost about as much as the spray paint (all can be found at Wal-mart, K-mart, or any hobby shop). Yes, In the US fablon is contact paper but frisket IS the #1 choice for aribrushing. If you do not have any experience with airbrushing, you can pick up beginners books and even videos and many tutoriels are on the net. I do sugest practacing first and it does not take long for you to get the hang of it for basic aplications, just think of it as a more controled, less hazardus, can of spray paint. I am not trying to but in on Macro's glory for I respect him and his articles.....ALOT , this is just a sugestion from an experienced artist and a somewhat new modder.
     
  15. macroman

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    Wyzzord - Thanks for the confirmation on Fablon. Yes Frisket is a much superior masking medium. I used Fablon only on the large side window so as not to exhaust my limited stock of Frisket ;)

    As a side note, I tried airbrushing the case with water based Acrylic paint and found that it did not adhere well. (I too an quite experinced with a airbrush :) ) The finish was too easily damaged. I haven't try the Testor paint so that may be better.

    It's an excellent idea, especially if you can do a motif, just got to find the right paint :D
     
  16. Wyzzord

    Wyzzord What's a Dremel?

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    Sorry Macro....did not think befor i spoke (uhhh, typed) no the water based paint won't stick very well without a primer or ruff surface. However, if you lay a thin layer of clear acrylic sealent beforhand as a primer that should work without much, if any, distortion for the effect we are goin' for...in theroy that is!!

    What type of airbrush/ compressor do you have, if you don't mind, and how do you like it?? I'm surfing for a new one...mine is too old and needles are getting harder to find!!
     
  17. macroman

    macroman The One

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    I have 2 Aztec/Testor A47099 sets for general use, a badger and a Paasche VL for precision work. The Paasche is quite large but very good.

    I use a piston compressor which generates about 50psi max on load. I have fitted 2 water trap/filters and a regulator. I also use an in-line water trap on the airbrush hose. I have also converted all my fittings to snap on/release types.
     
  18. Cyberdome

    Cyberdome What's a Dremel?

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    Macro : can tint and tint stick together ? and then the effects will be the same as yours ?
     
  19. macroman

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    Not too sure what you mean. If you mean can you stick one over the other then yes. That's how the window etch was done.
     
  20. Dr Gruney

    Dr Gruney What's a Dremel?

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    clear case me want me want

    where can i buy one of those? i'm in america so uk shipping would be a ton me thinks. so yeah anyone know where i can get that case?

    :eek: :eek:
     
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