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

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

  1. Duste

    Duste Sierra my delta, bravo!

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    Are you going to paint that mouse blue to match the lighting?
     
  2. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    you should polish up the bezels!
     
  3. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    duste: now that you mention it ill think about it :p

    burnout21: cant do :(. i mentioned in the previous updates that the aluminium alloy i used to make the side panel isnt suitable for polishing. it looks great when brushed though. this case isnt meant to bling, i want a clean and smooth look :)
     
  4. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    well since there was no real progress in the project lately i decided to run some experiments since the paint i ordered for the case has finally arrived :D

    other than that i experimented a bit with brushed aluminium and decided to do a little something with the PSU mounting plate i made a while ago. after brushing it with 180 grit sandpaper i shot some layers of clearcoat on it. after the clearcoat dried i smoothed it with 2000 grid paper and some water and polished it. the pictures really dont do it any justice

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    and after
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    some closeups
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    the paint has arrived at last

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    i did some experiments on an old speaker mesh grill i had lying around. it was originally white. i sanded the paint a bit with 360 grid paper

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    and in the progress
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    closeup on the paint. i really love that color, it looks much better in real life than it looked in the catalogue
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    after some layers of clearcoat
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    and the finished product
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    next week ill prepare the entire case for the paint and hopefully paint it aswell. also my plexi order should arrive next week so you can expect lots of action
     
  5. eegg

    eegg New Member

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    nice paint job real professional waiting for updates

    הי גם אני ישראלי
     
  6. Dracula

    Dracula New Member

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    Nice Colour
     
  7. hydro_electric_655

    hydro_electric_655 Dremelly Dude

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    Me want airbrush...
     
  8. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks guys :D

    i got my order from frozencpu today

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    AC Ryan short UV blue IDE cable
    short UV blue SATA cables
    C-strip
    sleeving kit
    bulgin illuminated switches.

    other than that i primed the side panels and the top/bottom of the case and enlarged the holes for the power/reset buttons to accept the bulgin switches. pictures of the progress will be posted tomorrow

    edit: just soldered the wires to one of the switches

    1st soldering with heatshrinks
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    checking if it works... its alive :D
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    after the final sleeving
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  9. Leeum

    Leeum New Member

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    Very impressive work, keep it up! :thumb:
     
  10. chase

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    Looking better and better everytime i check in ssR, keep em coming ;)

    Petter
     
  11. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks guys :)

    im here with another update. as promised pictures from yesturday of primer painted panels, together with today's progress

    panels painted in primer paint
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    rear fan hole covered with c-strip
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    bulgin switches placed on the panel
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    and an overall look of the panel before it went to the primer paint
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    and the front panel painted with white primer
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    another pic of the front panel
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    thats it for today i hope to finish the paint job by the end of this week
     
  12. hujambo_Bwana

    hujambo_Bwana New Member

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    Very nice SSR, I like the way you've sleeved the switches, I might steal that idea for my own project and your front panel looks good after primer.

    Jimbo
     
  13. FooSai

    FooSai New Member

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    Looking good, very clean looking front panel... except the blow hole seems out of place becaue its got such a sharp angle to the panel, i think it would look better if it blended with the panel more. Couldn't really see it till you primed it.

    The colour you're gonna use looks real sweet! can't wait to see it on.
     
  14. tkdwarrior

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    something to show the potential of this project. sure to look amazing clad in that brilliant shade of blue you chose :D looking forward to updates, dont keep us waiting too long..
     
  15. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks for the feedback guys :)
    FooSai: the angle isnt that big, ill take some closeup shots to show you how it looks exactly. also with the paint on i believe it will look much better.
    i should get some more progress done today, so stay tuned
     
  16. luis_pedro_Sato

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    Your font case looks great .
    Congrath
     
  17. rowin4kicks

    rowin4kicks a man walked into a bar ...

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    wow i really like the case! it looks great
    i am very jealous of your airbrush though

    and congrats on your swithes they are ace gud luck!
     
  18. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks for the replies guys :)

    here is today's progress
    i painted the case legs with primer paint. i also dremeled a piece of 1 of the supports out to make room for the CCFL which will be sitting there. and i also sleeved some more cables

    the legs are disassembled and painted in primer paint
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    a piece of the support beam dremeled out
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    and from the inside
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    the CCFL is placed inside the beam
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    and a shot from the inside
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    and now for some cable sleeving

    reset button. the led will be connected to HDD activity
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    power button
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    one of the usb cables is sleeved
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  19. sk8ter646

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    woo im going to have to borrow your idea for the ccfl
     
  20. Yumadil

    Yumadil New Member

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    isnt that ccfl placement not gonna let much light out... or maybe just directionalize it... but the way its hiden is awsome, if it works im gonna borrow the idea too!

    good job, keep it up
     

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