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Case Mod - In Progress Project F.O.B. T.C. (FINISHED: 18. jan. 2012)

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  1. Nutman

    Nutman Never stuck with stock

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    This is "Project F.O.B. T.C." - Forward Operating Base Tactical Computer.

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    An army styled casemod (with several twists) by Nutman from Hotmods.net.

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    Presented in association with Modmycase.dk.

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    Sponsored by In Win - thanks a lot!

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    Description/plans
    Modmycase.dk asked me if I wanted to mod an In Win case for them - it's to be the main prize in a competition on Modmycase.dk.
    In Win sponsored the case and the PSU - and since the PSU is army styled, the rest of the case will also be styled that way.
    Some army practicalities/insanities will be introduced, mixed with more traditional casemodding ideas.
    Tear, wear and BATTLE SCARS will also be introduced - I'm especially looking forward to that task. ;)
    The mindset was/is: "What would the army do?" - and I'll try to work from that point of view. However, I'm fully aware of the fact that the army would probably NEVER have chosen a case like this for a forward operating base computer, but hey; I have to play mthis with the cards that life has dealt me. ;)

    Chapters
    Part 1 - Introduction
    Part 2 - Antenna box and other case peripherals
    Part 3 - Sleeving and soldering
    Part 4 - Painting, painting, painting...
    Part 5 - Assembling and finishing
    Part 6 - Final pictures
     
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  2. Nutman

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    Part 1 - Introduction

    Ok, here we go!

    First, watch the video; 10 minutes of introducing the case and the project, mixed with a little bit of danish humour - or, just MY humour. ;)
    Oh, and sorry for the long video, but I thought I might aswell do a mini-review of the case itself, since In Win were so kind to donate it for this project:



    Thank you for watching - I hope you got away from the experience relatively unharmed. ;)

    After doing the mini-review, I began to take the case apart.

    Here it is without the side panels:

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    This lightswitch sits on the side panel, allowing you to power on/off the LEDs in the big fan:

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    Nice little detail by In Win - on the motherboard tray, they have punched in information on which holes to use for the motherboard stand-offs, depending on what motherboard you are going to install:

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    I plan on only painting the plastic part of the 5.25" bezels, keeping the dust filters and mesh in their current colour, which is black.
    So, I removed the dust filters - first, I had remove these 2 little O-rings:

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    Then I pulled these "mesh locks" upwards:

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    Finally, I carefully peeled off the dust filter:

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    There!

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    To remove the mesh itself, I pulled the remaining mesh locks upwards:

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    And popped off the mesh:

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    I did the same with all mesh pieces sitting everywhere in the case.

    I wrapped each mesh piece in bubble wrap - I don't want them to be mistreated (yet):

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    I decided to remove the 5.25" slot-blocking pieces - I figured that the coming owner would do so anyway. Plus, it's very much in line with this being an army styled case: the army would opt to make field material as ligth as possible (OK, not really, but if I was to carry this one around, I'd appreciate not breaking my back carrying it into battle!):

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    And, there we have it - the case is stripped of many parts:

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    Next task is to drill out all pop rivets that hold this bad boy together, to dismantle it fully before painting (Yeah, I know, I know... the army would just have spray painted it and called it a day, but I'm no army man!) ;)
     
  3. mnpctech

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    Off to great start! Great photos and theme to boot :thumb:
     
  4. sebpruiz

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    Looking good! can't wait to see more! :clap:
     
  5. Niel

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    Nice to see a new project from you Nutman. I will follow this log.. Well done until now.
     
  6. RedManc

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    in all fairness that case is hideous! Can't wait to see what you do with it
     
  7. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    If you can make it through the build at the same speed as you unwrapped the case, this one might not take 3 years to finish...lol
     
  8. AnG3L

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    This is going to be interesting for sure!! Mod on man I am watching!!! Go go go!! :) :)
     
  9. Nutman

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    Thanks. I'll do my best not to disappoint. ;)

    LOL - thanks, Jeff. ;)

    Well, it's not my taste either, but at least it's rather cheap ;)

    Thanks :thumb:

    Thanks, Bill. I try to improve for each project.

    I went down to my workshop in the basement yesterday to take the case further apart, but found an imcomplete work desk I had to complete first - and then I started to play around with a new "modding toy" of mine (video later in my youtube channel, I promise!), so nothing was done yesterday. Later today, I hope....
     
  10. Nutman

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    Thanks ;)
     
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    Fellas, I've hit an obstacle that I'm not familiar with and I need some help, badly!

    While sleeving the PSU, I stumbled upon some capacitators that had been added close to the end of each set of the non-modular cables (I haven't checked the modular cables yet - they might sit on those aswell).

    Check out these pictures:

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    As you can see and as I mentioned partly just before. those capacitators sit on ALL the non-modular cables - including the ATX 24-pins cable! They seem like an afterthought on In Win's side, so I don't doubt that they're there for a good reason - I assume they are there to provide a little extra power reserve in times of need.

    BUT! I'm not that good at understanding electronics - but since they're in my way when sleeving the PSU, I want to move the capacitators inside the PSU case itself, soldering them to the SAME wires that they sit on already.... however, since I don't understand electronics that much, I'm wondering about this: WILL moving them further away from where they sit now affect how they're supposed to be working in ANY WAY? I mean, IF it did not mean anything where they sit, why didn't In Win place them INSIDE the PSU case in the first place?

    Any kind of help is REALLY, REALLY appreciated!
     
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  12. djzic

    djzic Bokehlicious!

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    smash 'em with a hammer and sleeve over the top. (seriously, they're not needed, they're just sometimes added to comply with EU regulations) ;)
     
  13. Nutman

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    OK, got help within 5 mins on MNPCtech's Facebook page - thanks, guys! Especially Bobby King, my new best friend. ;)
     
  14. Nutman

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    Thanks. Much appreciated! :dremel:
     
  15. Nutman

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    FYI: the project isn't dead; by any means!

    In fact, I'm SO busy meeting the deadline (31st Oct.) that there simply is no time at all to post pictures and videos - however, tonnes of visual material have been shot and will be mixed into 2 videos - one for each upcoming update - along with numerous pictures, too.

    So stay tuned and I promise there's going to be something to look forward to here.
     
  16. OC Maximus

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    I don't care what others think about you Nutman, your video was great. ;)

    BTW, thank you for your input on my build.

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  17. Nutman

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    #16: You're welcome - it's a nice build you got there. In fact, I'm re-vamping "Project: Nutman" right now with the very same motherboard, AND I'm also going to use Color-X from MDPC, just like you. Weird, huh? ;)
     
  18. Nutman

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    Attention!

    The project is done and almost ready to be delivered to modmycase.dk, where HardstylerDK will install the hardware and finally ship the project to the lucky winner.

    I only need to shoot the final pics and videos, which will be done tomorrow.

    Stay tuned, soldiers.
     
  19. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    WTF, I've got enough cakes and sweets to last for 3 years sitting next to me so I could keep myself going while waiting for this to unfold. Then you come along and say...Oh by the way it's all most finished...What am I supposed to with £ 14628 worth of sweets now....?
     
  20. Nutman

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    Don't worry. You'll get fatter and fatter from following this worklog, I promise. ;)

    Due to the deadline I didn't have ANY time to post updates, but I took tonnes of photos and shot many, many video clips - I'm currently preparing the first update. I think it'll be app. 3-4 updates with a video in each of them, so plenty of entertainment still to come.
     

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