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Project:Halcyon in Black-12/06/2007 Credits.

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Excalib12e, 27 Oct 2006.

  1. Excalib12e

    Excalib12e New Member

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    This project was inspired by many articles and case mods that Ive seen on this site.The collection of case mods featured here are just :rock:
    So let me begin my first project log ever..the name comes basically because the project will involve a lot of black acrylic. Halcyon was also the name of this rather this cool thing i saw on a wiki link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halcyon_(console). think it also means some sort of bird.

    Some long overdue credits, cant believe i missed putting them on the first post.

    Hard drive meter by Dave Williams

    http://www.bit-tech.net/modding/2002/06/23/hdd_activity_meter/1

    touch circuit by gongzero

    http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=100148&highlight=touch+circuit

    and of course inspiration from Gnomes ORAC 3
    for the motherboard covers


    To start of I wanted to meet some objectives for this mod mainly :
    1.Involve several electronic circuits (hard drive meter, touch circuitry)
    2.Black acrylic plastic.lots of it.
    3.Watercooling.
    4.Stealthing of conventional parts.
    5.use of jack plugs
    6.Modified PSU

    The casing im using will be the lian li PC 60+ Simple in design(which i intend to change),light,and very well built.I kinda dont have pics of the original casing as i only got my camera after I had cut it up.But im sure theres plenty on the net.

    Lets begin with some sketches of planning and many ideas i came up with but dint necessary follow while building the mod.

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    Beginning the mod proper, the first step was to do something about the front of the case.I dint like the design much.So a acrylic panel was designed on coreldraw and laser cut to cover it.It had to be lasered as i wanted it dead accurate to align with the original bezel which will be kept as its the only way i can mount the acrylic panel.

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    Leaving the front panel aside for now, I moved on to do the top panel. Likewise it was cut with a laser. First a hole had to be cut in the top.
    Time to break out the tools :dremel:

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    the trusty jigsaw
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    Some improvisation to get the cuts dead straight
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    The finshed hole.Not perfect but itll be masked when the top panels mounted on. [​IMG]

    Top panel with bulgin switch and mesh x installed.
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    Now that the tops more or less done i went back to the front bezel.The bezel had to be cut to accomodate more mesh i wanted to install. The strange shaped cut you see is also meant for something else in the future :D

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    Mesh mounted on
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    (note the blue n orange acrylic circles, which i will cover later on)

    Mounted on the casing along with the top panel
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    Thats all for now, stay tuned for a update in the next few days :p
     
    Last edited: 12 Jun 2007
  2. KeTeFLiPS

    KeTeFLiPS New Member

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    Thread Subscription :thumb:
     
  3. ssR

    ssR Carbon God

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    very nice start, you sure went into small details with those sketches, gj. lol its funny u know i was working on my own project today, making this plexi drive bay cover and i hated it so much i wish i had a laser cutting machine, so at that point i pretty much hated every modder who has access to one.

    and now you show up... :wallbash:

    nevertheless, good job, ill keep an eye on this 1 :thumb:
     
  4. N.A.N.O.

    N.A.N.O. New Member

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    Nice idea,,

    By the way wich colors are you going to use?
     
  5. Excalib12e

    Excalib12e New Member

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    wow, its only been a little while.thanks for the replies guys.

    KeTeFLiPS :D thanks dude

    ssR : erh..great timing huh.i can feel your pain.drive covers needa fit exactly dont they. :wallbash: anyway hope u get the cover done soon.. :)

    N.A.N.O.
    I intend to decide on colours as I go along.But more or less i have the black plastic with white lighting and blue coolant in mind.
     
  6. Duste

    Duste Sierra my delta, bravo!

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    Woah, awesome sketches!
     
  7. crazylittleman

    crazylittleman New Member

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    Those are pretty awesome sketches. Have you thought about doing some of your concepts in sketchup?? other then that, awesome start.
     
  8. N.A.N.O.

    N.A.N.O. New Member

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    That's nice man, the color effects, but I should not paint it too black.

    If your drawings will come out, it will be a genious case dude!!
     
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  9. mario_cell

    mario_cell New Member

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    Yeah, really awesome.
    I like the look the whole case.
    When it's finished I will buy it from u :clap: :thumb: :thumb:
     
  10. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    ya this looks like it will be an interesting build
     
  11. Trash_Master

    Trash_Master Fire in the hole!!

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    hey i just joined :) and i looked at this mod and went OMG the laser cutting is awesome!! :D keep up the good work :)
     
  12. Excalib12e

    Excalib12e New Member

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    thanks guys..I hope to stick to what ive done in the sketches, But we;ll see as we go along.modding is kinda experimental sometimes .Ill probably be following most closely to the casing in the last sketch.


    crazylittleman~
    dont have sketchup and have never tried it before :D all I have is my trusty pencil

    Trash_Master~
    The laser cutting was done by someone from another forum who has access to the machine :) I just had to hand the design in coreldraw which was the hard part.The machine did the rest.

    Next update: Filling in the drive bays..coming very soon.
     
  13. Excalib12e

    Excalib12e New Member

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    ok..update time. I decided to place a small 20x4 LCD and a rheobus in the bays like in the last sketch. Thing is I did not want to use the original lian li faceplates. So I would need a piece of aluminium on which to mount them.And where better to get one than the side panel itself.So I set about cutting out a window first.

    From this :
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    To this:
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    Nothing interesting about the cutting..did it in the same way as the top of the casing.Now i can get to work on the scrap aluminium piece.

    Marking the holes..drew the LCD template on the wrong end so now theres 2.
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    After much cutting

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    Filed and mounted in the drive bay.
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    The stripey looking thing in the back of the case will be part of the HDD meter.details nxt update.Till then :p
     
  14. HourBeforeDawn

    HourBeforeDawn a.k.a KazeModz

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    thats pretty cool cant wait to see more
     
  15. hujambo_Bwana

    hujambo_Bwana New Member

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    Nice idea, looks really neat, almost a factory finished look you've got going there.
     
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    I love it so far....::

    (off Topic...) Where abouts do you live in Singapore ??? I used to Live on Nassim Road...
     
  17. SIMSY

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    this is gunna be good
     
  18. Excalib12e

    Excalib12e New Member

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    thanks : ) i live in marine parade..
     
  19. Darkened

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    This thing is going to be off the chain once it's done, not that it doesn't look good already :)

    I'd say 5 stars!

    I'll be following this intently...

    Janne
     
  20. TotalEclipse

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    Wow, real nice start! I'll be keeping an eye on this project.
     

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