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Case Mod - In Progress Project: Diabolo (12-12-11 Final Picks)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Luciel, 27 Jun 2011.

  1. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    Hi Everyone!

    So, this time round it won´t be a case revival or a "Mod in a Week" project, mainly because Cooler Master has decided I should have a HAF X and well, I kind of want to take my time with such a nice case :D!

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    Now, I am useless at google sketch and that kind of software that you guys use, not to mention drawing! So I will try to explain the concept of project Diabolo.

    If any of you saw my Fallout Cause project (http://www.neonit.net/) you´ll know that, more than anything else, I enjoy painting, and with my previous project (Acid Burn) it was a pretty simple paint scheme, no matter how detailed it was and I feel like playing with shades and effects again so... I´m going to (or try to) turn this gorgeous HAF X in to a demon, (the fact I played through Doom 3 and it´s expansion again the other day ... may have something to do with it!

    So, I will be using foam and epoxy (with internal reinforcing) to build 2 massive horns that will go through the lenght of the top of the case, depending on how these come out, I might also add a pointed tail. Aside from this, I will be modifying the body (it´s going to hurt bashing it in) and adding "skin deformations" to give it that tough demon skin look.

    Paint wise, black, with dark red/purple skin tones, and bright-ish red details to accentuate irregularities in the skin. For the horns, I´m thinking white-ish cream with a dark brown dry brush touch, or I may go with dark colours like the rest of the case, we shall see!

    Hardware wise, the wonderfull people at Cooler Master (I´m looking at you Gert!) have also sent me an awesome 80+ 1000w PSU. I will be using an ASUS P8P67 Sabertooth (I´ve chosen this mobo because of it´s thermal armor, which I can modify to match the design), with an Intel i5 2500k. 2x Asus ENGTX 275, a Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatality, 3x Seagate Barracuda 750Gb S-ATA2 drives and a Pioneer cd/dvd combo drive.

    Other hardware like fan controllers, memory card readers and so forth I will add as I see fit if I can put them in to the design.

    Right, for those of you who saw my week in a mod project (acid burn) you might remember my work place was a complete mess for several reasons I won´t go in. So, first thing´s first, let´s sort this place out!!!!!!

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    Quite a mess huh? I should also mention it´s currently 37c... and rather humid...ugh!

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    Yup that´s my old Fallout Cause sitting there waiting to be either sold or re-purposed :/ and of course, the goodies from CM!

    Right so, assorted cables and accesories, sorted!

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    Assorted Hardware, sorted!

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    Bits and bobs, sorted!

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    Tools, sorted!

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    Workbench, sorted!

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    I can´t stress it enough, Thanks CM!

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    Let´s start unpacking...

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    And that´s it for now, tomorrow I pick up the materials needed to start the transformation of the case!
     
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  2. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    Hi Everyone!

    First of all, sorry for the delay, I´ve been rather ill for the last week and a half, and still not 100% but well enough to continue, it´s a short update, but more tomorrow!

    So, I continued to dismantle the case completely:

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    And this is how the bare chasis of the HAF X looks like:

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    Now that´s out of the way, i measured things up and drilled 2 small holes on the front cover, matching holes behind in the chasis in order to put the supports for the horns:

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    And lastly for today (I have to wait till tomorrow for the foam to dry), the straight mold of the horn filled with foam:

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    The horn isn´t going to be straight up, it will mold around the top of the case, however, I decided to make it straight in order to then brake it in to shape and filling the gaps with more foam, so I don´t end up with parts with structural weakness due to lack of foam.

    Tomorrow, the other horn plus the shaping, filling, and coating with epoxy.
     
  3. Stem83

    Stem83 Addicted to modding.

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    sounds really interesting.. cant wait to see this one take shape
     
  4. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    What a treasure trove you have, and I am interested in what you do with the horn.
     
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  5. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    Its my first time with epoxy so hopefully all will go reasonably well :p
     
  6. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    Hi Again!

    First of all, a small rant, it´s stupidly HOT, arg!

    Now, down to business:

    First horn has been splitted in the desired zones to help curve the form for when the epoxy comes (which, no time for today as I forgot the detail of having to leave the foam tu cure in the filler spots, i.e. where the foam has been splitted) and filled. I´ve also mounted it on the case to see how it looks, unfortunately because of the design of the case frontal (really hard to take it off without taking the top off) I had to mount it permanently, so, when I do the epoxy tomorrow or whenever I will have to cover the rest of the case so i don´t get drops in it, which I might not do aniway because I was planning on leaving irregularities on the case to later help the paint simulate demon skin.

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    Also, I´ve started the second horn, a big THANKS goes to my sister for helping me out with both, as she has more experience with molds and supports for them.

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    And now, left to cure til ltomorrow!

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    That´s all for today!
     
  7. bagman

    bagman Well-Known Member

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    Is it going to be a ram?
     
  8. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    Ram horns yes, will detail them in the epoxy
     
  9. Device Unknown

    Device Unknown New Member

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    This is going to look so nice, I can't wait to watch this thing come along, good job man.
     
  10. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    Thanks : )
     
  11. Scrappy

    Scrappy Mod in progress!

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    I must say at first i thought.. WEIRD! Now I'm just interested to see how it comes out, can't wait till it is finished as I think this is going to be a nice one! Good job so far!
     
  12. bruce_rob

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    good luck with the build
     
  13. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    Lol scrappy, I can tell you, you´re not the first to say that, but I´m glad that everyone that has said that has ended up the same way as you, looking forward to see it finished! :D So yeah thanks! :D

    And thanks Bruce!
     
  14. falantino

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  15. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    totally, couldn´t agree more o_O
     
  16. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    Hi Everyone!

    I know it´s been quite a while since the last update, I havn´t been home this long due to a work contract but I´m back now to my usual day to day life so, I can now officially continue with the project! :D (I´ve really missed doing so).

    Now there´s no progress since the last update since I got back not long ago but will start again tomorrow.

    However for now, news! A new sponsor has chosen to participate in this project...

    So big thanks to Kingston!

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    The good folks at Kingston have sent me 16Gb of DDR3 1600 of HyperX RAM, undoubtedly one if not the most well known name in the performance memory market. Also, to top it off, they´ve sent 2 96Gb SSD drives of their SSDNow! series which will be going in a striping RAID config.

    So thank you very much Kingston!!!!!!

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    Aside from that, an other I did has arrived!

    2 clear fans with red led for the top of the case.

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    And an ASUS Sabertooth P67 motherboard, now I know it isn´t a high end ASUS motherboard but I just love the look of it!

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    Right that´s it for today folks, if all goes well, tomorrow or the day after, another update!
     
  17. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    I´m just not going to say a date from now on as it always takes me longer!!

    Small Update:

    Second horn is on, and have realised it looks nothing like the original, but will make them more similar with the epoxy, aniway, all foamed up and currently drying, 24h wait, hopefully tomorrow I can go down and see if it needs any more filler, after that, epoxy.

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    It´s starting to take shape : )
     
  18. Luciel

    Luciel Needs more rust

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    So the first layer of epoxy is on and now waiting for it to harden so I can use a second layer for more filler, maybe a third if needed, after that, sanding down to create a smooth surface (in preparation for primer) yet rugged so the horns look like they have wear and tear on them : )

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  19. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    Lol that case is makin me horny :lol:
     
  20. Nutman

    Nutman Never stuck with stock

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    Following. This could turn out to be very interesting.
     

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