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Project AquaLight - updated [23-2-2007] FINISHED!!!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by ssR, 16 Aug 2006.

  1. Th3Maverick

    Th3Maverick New Member

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    I say either polish it, or brush it for real. The completely unfinished metal looks kind of out of place, especially with those polished grommets. Looking great, though. :)
     
  2. Franklin

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    My vote: polish
     
  3. chase

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    Nice, did not see that coming! :p

    Keep up the good and hard work ssR ;)

    Petter
     
  4. ReFredzRate

    ReFredzRate Relix Headshot!!

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    Yeah man, polish it! We need to see some bling. Haven't seen enough of it lately!
     
  5. tkdwarrior

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    i'll have to go against and say brushed. if you look back at the colour you're using to paint the case, a brushed alu finish would compliment the paint a lot better than a polished finish. you do need to live with this stuff, and while bling is good, sometimes it needs to be used with restraint. in the end though, it's your choice...

    im sure it will look awesome whatever you do though :D
     
  6. Belial669

    Belial669 New Member

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    I'm going to agree with tkdwarrior, i think a brushed finish would look better with the metallic finish of your sample colors rather than chrome.
     
  7. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks for the feedback guys :)
    yeah ill probably go with the brushed look, i think the contrast of brushed aluminium with chromed grommets will look really nice. and besides the alloy i made this cover from doesnt look too good when polished. for this purpose it is better to use the 6061 alloy.

    sorry ReFredzRate, this time there will be no bling bling :sigh:
     
  8. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    Nice clean work. Look great..
     
  9. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    27/9 update

    modsquad: thanks man :D. your black narcissus took a huge part in inspiring me to make this mod

    now for today's update. as i said i decided to go with the brushed look. the work is about 80% done but you already can see the difference. i wetsanded the alu with 180 grid paper in the same direction.


    the contrast between the original alu (on the top) and the brushed area at the bottom
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    and after
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    some closeups

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    the brushing really highlight the grommets
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    and a shot of the entire frame.
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  10. Th3Maverick

    Th3Maverick New Member

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    Gorgeous. See? What'd I tell you? :D Now it makes me sad that brushing the whole frame would be just waaaay too much work. :( No biggie, though, since I don't think most of it will be visible the way you're designing the side panels. I can't wait to see the finished product, my friend.
     
  11. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks :D

    the entire frame will be painted and most of the areas will be covered with plexi, so yes, not much of the bare metal will be seen :p
     
  12. luis_pedro_Sato

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    Hello, just love your cuts. How do you cut them ?? Dremel ?
    Looks very good
     
  13. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    yes all the cuts were done with dremel, then rough sanded with die grinder and then came the fine trimming with files. you can see my methods in details in the previous updates, now i just tend to skip the process part, unless im using some new method i havent shown in the project
     
  14. The Ukrainian

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    Wow that is some prosesional job. :rock:
     
  15. The Ukrainian

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  16. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks hehe. no need to doublepost though :hehe:
     
  17. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    a small status update on my project. i recently made 2 orders from specialtech and frozencpu websites. the specialtech package arrived yesturday and ill collect it tomorrow:

    AC Ryan Connectx™ T-Style Kit Deluxe - UVBlue
    AC Ryan MORF™ PlusPack1 - More Connectx - UVBlue
    Meshx 120mm Fanguard - Silver x 6
    Meshx 80mm Fanguard - Silver x 2

    the other order from frozencpu was placed today and it will contain the following:

    Slim C-Strip Rubber Fan/Window Molding - Black
    Blue Illuminated Bulgin Vandal Switch - Ring Illumination
    Blue UV SATA II 18" Cable w/ Latch - Right Angle to Straght [GC18AUBM12]
    Vantec Blue Cable Sleeving Kit
    AC Ryan Roundcable2-FX™ ATA133 2 Device Cable - 30cm (12") - UV BLUE
     
  18. tkdwarrior

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    very nice,very pro. you deserve a pat on the back :thumb:
     
  19. modsquad

    modsquad Grease Monkey Undergraduate..

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    I have to say thanks-right-back..
    Just an idea.. C-strip
    would add a FIN-touch to your already clean cover plate..
    I love this stuff. It makes a bad cut look good and a good cut look perfect..
    This is a Way-Cool project..RoCk ON.. :thumb:
     
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  20. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks guys :)

    modsquad: i would but in my specific case the total thickness of the cover alu plate and the plexi is already a problem to fit in the case. adding a c-strip on the alu cover would only make it thicker in that specific are, so as much as i would like to do it, unfortunately i cant :wallbash: :sigh:

    my order from specialtech arrived today. here are the pics.

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    i was kinda disappointed with AC RYAN mesh grills, their airflow is pretty low compared to mnpctech, other than that they are ok.

    frozencpu sent me an email saying that my other order is on its way, so i expect it to be here in a week or 2.

    other than that i went to the plexi workshop yesturday and ordered all the plexi ill need for this project. should arrive by the next week, so i can finally get some progress on this
     

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