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Case Mod - In Progress Project: carbon-fever! - 12.july - carbon-fever goes print!-

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by derbaum, 7 Jan 2007.

  1. derbaum

    derbaum New Member

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    As you maybe guess CF will be a defining element of my mod. Other materials i used (a lot of work is already done so this log will grow very quickly..) are wood ( mostly plywood) and styrene.
    Let´s start with some sketches and quick renderings

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    p.s.: there has to be a good reason for everything. i believe i had a really good one ^^

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    thats my old rig, my first modded case and no it did´t look that ugly when it was young and fresh...
     
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  2. Darkened

    Darkened New Member

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    If you mod as well as you draw, we might have problems to keep up with you :hehe:

    Seriously though, the design looks good, can't wait to see more.

    Janne
     
  3. elliod

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    really nice sketches i just hope you mod like you plan to .LOL
    keep up the good work
     
  4. Naberius

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    Damn that looks good, cant wait to see some of the action.
     
  5. Sphering

    Sphering New Member

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    Ok I can definitly see the need for a new case. Lol Are you gonna use the old one as the basis or are you building from scratch?
     
  6. derbaum

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    dunno were all those cables come from . everytime i cut one of them two new ends grow
     
  7. marauder16

    marauder16 New Member

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    that looks messy :hehe:
    can't help myself but your sketches remind me of some Alienware cases, but it looks good though :thumb:
     
  8. indigo_prime

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    :) Operation Flashpoint in the CD drive.....class game.
     
  9. derbaum

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    the comparison between my case and those alienware rigs gave me some sleepless nights, because i heard it quite often till today, but thats something i have to live with. i have to admit there are actually some things in common esspecially in the basic shape.
     
  10. derbaum

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    Bevore we can start with some Cf-work, we need forms. You can either laminate on a postive or negative form. If you choose the first way, makeing the forms is realytivly easy, but you´ll spend a lot of time giving the carbon stuff a real good surface.
    I choose method 2 because i think workin with foam and putty is a lot more easy then doing the same with CF.

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    These parts will be the rips on front and top. Every part is unique and just fits on its desired place.

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    This is the biggest part i´ll do in Cf . The black circles mark all the parts that i have work on again.

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    Normally you do such modelling with urethane foam, but that´s very.
    expensive. i used cheap styrene foam normally used to keep houses warm.

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    My "tools": a knife ( for basic shaping), sanding paper and a lot of filler. For bigger cuts i used a band saw.

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    on this picture most work is done. i used this filler fo find all bad places on the surface. the dark colour is a great help.

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    note to self: drilling in foam is no good idea. it´s not strong enough for a clean cut.

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    the positives are done. i painted them with 2 component paint normaly used for cars.

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    that´s my "new one". i found the case in the garbage. 0 bucks are a good price for a case i think ^^

    p.s.: this will be an inverted-atx mod. it´s not turned upside down.
     
  11. itsjustacompaq

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    i saw this worklog on another site, but then i promptly lost the link to that site and forgot what it was. i love this mod, keep up the good work.
     
  12. WiK1d

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    This is gonna be cool :D Man I can't wait to see more.
     
  13. PA!N

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    Very cool so far, but let me see carbon :rock:
     
  14. kylelnsn

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    Updates i want update, soo cool good luck!
     
  15. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    Nothing beats piano black finish with a curved surface. Nice work. Did you use a paint gun or just wetsanding to get that kind of surface?
     
  16. Duste

    Duste Sierra my delta, bravo!

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    Your sketches are amazing and your worksmanship is already showing me that you indeed do have the skills to reproduce those sketches in real life. Can't wait to see it! :D
     
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  17. marauder16

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    man this looks nice, really nice modeling, now show us some CF :D
     
  18. derbaum

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    this was just a test. i wasnt shure if the paint i used can stand the styrene in the resin. it did ...
    after that i could start with the real work. step #1: applying a layer of gelcoat. it gives a smother surface und contains less bubbles then normal resin. dont mention the colour!

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    24h later i could start with the gf for the molds.

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    the first layer with clear resin. this helps to avoid bubbles .

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    in the end the molds hat 3-5 layers of gf. thats something around 4-6mm

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    resin, curing agent, a normal brush and a teflon roll.
     
  19. Supra55

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    I thought this was dead on gruntville! Good to see an update after so long.
     
  20. derbaum

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    after releasing and cutting the molds look like this!

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    while the clear gelcoat cures lets take a look at the tissue i gonna use.

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    this is "normal" tissue. relativly easy to handle.

    and this the one i gonna use

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    it´s called unidirectional. a lot more expensive ( 4 times ?) and the ugliest thing i had to work with.

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    my first attempt...

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    didn´t come out that nicely.

    so i tried something easy first

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    the only way to work with this #*!§ is to tape the edges.

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    after discovering this little trick i could start with the real things!

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    gettin bigger !

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    and bigger ( ~ 50 x 60 cm )

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    the mold i used for the big piece is just ordinary glas. the best mold you can get for carbon.
     
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