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

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

  1. Guest-23315

    Guest-23315 Guest

    hey, i think ive allready asked this,

    but can you please tell me this dimension::

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  2. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    Yumadil: even if this CCFL alone wont provide enough light there will be 2-3 more cathodes hidden around in different areas of the case. and in addition to that some LEDs too. the lighting will be pretty soft even though 4 CCFLs in a case does sounds like alot.

    Mankz_91: the case is at my work right now, ill check the dimension tomorrow and edit this post
     
  3. Guest-23315

    Guest-23315 Guest

    thanks m8...
     
  4. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    Mankz_91: external is 17mm and internal is 15mm
     
  5. Guest-23315

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    **kisses ssR***

    thanks mate... 17mm is the exact hight i needed to get my fan into the gap... thanks mate again!!!
     
  6. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    sorry for no updates lately, ive been kinda stuck. i bought the plexi i needed a few days ago and made most of the progress today. all the plexi has been cut in size for the side panels, top and bottom of the case. i also got the fanbus i ordered from ebay so i modded it abit aswell. and now to the progress...

    i couldnt fit the plexi at the top of the case cause of the undercut it had, so i dremeled out a piece to slide the plexi in

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    and after
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    my zalman controller, used but good as new :D
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    plexi for the top, drilled and cut in size
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    got some more sanding to do on that USB slot, gonna be ok
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    i decided to make a new panel for the fanbus, didnt like all those white writings

    the original panel next to a piece of plexi used to make a new one
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    i used double sided tape to attach the original panel to the new one and drilled the holes through the original piece

    the new panel in place
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    another angle
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    i decided to make an engraving at the bottom of the case, the piece i used will be glued from underneath and lit with 2 cathodes

    i printed the writing and taped it to the plexi piece
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    and the finished piece. this is my first engraving experience so excuse me if its not very good
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  7. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    today's progress. i decided to make an aluminium frame for the drives and the LCF on the front bezel. i began the work on it today and ill finish it tomorrow. other than that i began painting the parts and today i painted the front bezel. here are pics of the progress


    aluminium piece cut in shape
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    everything is marked
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    after some drills
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    and the bezel painting

    first layer
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    me painting
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    after 3rd layer
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    finished bezel after about 5 coats of lacque
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  8. Skill3d

    Skill3d New Member

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    very nice paintjob :eek: and very nice colour.... I bet it's even prettier in real....
     
  9. mnpctech

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    Indeed. Very tasty color choice :hip:
     
  10. calib3r

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    I love the color.
     
  11. arkadur

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    great color, i love it :)
    and the paint job after all isn't so bad .. ;) you have the skills.. :dremel:
    waiting for the next update, hurry!
     
  12. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks everyone :D , glad you like the color, it took me more than 2 hours to choose it from about 50 shades of blue. its a dark blue pearl and it looks MUCH better in real

    and now for today's update.
    i finished the front aluminium frame i started yesturday, here are the progress pics:


    finished frame placed on the bezel
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    after i gave it the brushed effect i like to much, wetsanding it with 180 grit sandpaper
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    after 3 coats of lacque

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    now ill give it 2-3 days to cure completely and then polish it.
     
  13. Guest-23315

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    that looks nice...
     
  14. Spaceraver

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    very nice casemod this. i might also steal that idea for the hidden ccfl, allthough mine are round and real UV tubes.. /me subscribes
     
  15. LuitvD

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    lol, you chose it out of only 50 shades of blue? :D I can mix about a thousand shades per primary and secondary (orange, purple, etc.) color... ;)

    anyways, you did well chosing this one, I like it. Too bad it's a little dusty in the room you paint your stuff :( well, you'd should sand it anyway
     
  16. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    thanks guys

    heres todays update.
    i painted the case top and since this time i used our painting room with air suction and temperature / moisture control it came out flawless. i also drilled the holes for the front bezel alu plate and wetsanded the front panel with 1500 grid paper as a preparation for the polishing. here are the pics for today:

    the painted parts, front bezel with the alu place bolted in place and the top of the case
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    closeup on the bolts i used to attach the alu plate, those are the bolts im using for all panels
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    another shot of the painted top
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    inserted the plexi, looks awesome :D
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    the polished blowhole. notice that theres a space between the plexi and the top panel itself, dont worry the bolts aren't screwed in yet
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    another shot of the front bezel
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    after the wetsanding with 1500 grid paper
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    tomorrow ill begin with the polishing and ill also polish the alu plate.
    please comment :hip:
     
  17. SIMSY

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    thats a nice paint job.
    do u use an air compressor??
    if so are they noisey and how much can i get one for??
     
  18. gvblake22

    gvblake22 mmm, yep

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    AMAZING WORK! I love it :thumb:
    The design is very original, craftsmanship is top-notch, and the functionality looks great. Three things that are suprisingly hard to combine, but you have pulled it off nicely. I looked at the first few pictures of the case and I was pretty worried, but you have really turned something Fugly into a work of art. Keep it up!!! :dremel:
     
  19. Klekkus

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    That's BEATYFULL!!!
     
  20. elliod

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    great project and that colour :jawdrop: amazing paint job :clap:
    keep on :dremel: .
     

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