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Scratch Build – In Progress Project: Marshall Amp

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by El Rando, 15 May 2009.

  1. El Rando

    El Rando I know what a dremel is

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    Hello fellow Bit-Tech'ers

    Like a lot of other new people, I've been hovering around this website for some time now and haven't posted that much. Only excuse I have for that is that I am always speechless at the time and effort put into these amazing mods. Fluffen outstanding.

    So a little bit about me before I introduced you all to my first ever Scratch Build. Names Iain but people call me Randy. 18 Years old and living on the Isle of Man (TT anyone?) and currently waiting to head off to Guildford, Surrey to do a 2 year degree course in Guitar. Interest in PC building started about 3 years ago and only recently in making cases (thanks to discovering this website).

    So yeah, this is Project Marshall Amp. Basically what the name says. Im making a case shaped like a Marshall Half-Stack:
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    I'll let the pictures speak for now and tell more after them.

    Sketchup Pics (not very good at using this so as long as I have dimensions and everything fits im sound as a pound)

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    Preparing for welding
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    Welding
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    Result. A nice smooth weld. seamless.
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    So since this project is more for the look and not performance I've gone for the following:
    Mobo: Zotac nForce 630-itx WiFi
    CPU: E1400
    Fan Controller: Zalman ZM-MFC1 Plus
    HDD: Seagate 80Gb SATA 2.5
    Fans: 4 92mm Zalman ZM-F2
    Disk Drive: Plextor PX-608AL Slot-load

    I'm using 1.6mm Aluminium which is all welded together. The front will be mainly mesh and the 4 fans represent speakers. Only recently I thought that I probably should of actually got 4 small speakers to make it more realistic but ah well.

    so enjoy and if you have any questions, fire away please.
     
  2. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    I like ITX builds!
    I will watch this one.

    john
     
  3. El Rando

    El Rando I know what a dremel is

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    I'm looking at doing a quick mod on the PSU and I'm just wondering which website would be best to grab some cable sleeving from?
     
  4. kaujazz

    kaujazz What's a Dremel?

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    Nice! :)
    I like it
     
  5. El Rando

    El Rando I know what a dremel is

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    Small Update.

    Finished off the welding today and I now have a back to the Amp so it's now officially a case :D.
    Came across some problems that will occur but managed to think of ways around them, though I'm not 100% sure they will work so I'll just name this Project MK1 in case it all goes T**s up.

    Heres a comparison to an actual Half-stack since I haven't been kind enough to give you dimensions:
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    Just one of the inside again. The corner parts are for screwing the backplate on which has isn't going to be a tight fit as of yet because I'll be dressing the amp in fake leather so I left some space for that.
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    Then one with the Backplate on.
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    This project will be quite accelerated due to me going off to America in a week for 3 weeks and I will be moving to Guildford at the end of July so I'm wanting to get this done asap.

    Thanks for Viewing
     
  6. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    The proportions look right to me. One tiny stack with ITX. :rock:

    I watch.

    john
     
  7. DonT-FeaR

    DonT-FeaR I know what a fk'n Dremel is ok.:D

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    wow this is gunna be great..

    nice welding mate
     
  8. coolamasta

    coolamasta Folding@Home CC Captain 2010/11/12

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    Cool project, will be watching :D
     
  9. Macros_the_Black

    Macros_the_Black Yup.. I'm a f-ing reptile

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    I'm guessing you TIG welded, right?

    ITX + scratch build + alu welding = coolness! *subscribed*
     
  10. El Rando

    El Rando I know what a dremel is

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    Thanks for all your comments. Makes me wanna do more and more. :dremel:

    @ Macros. Yes, you guessed right, It's TIG welding. :D

    Unfortunately I am away to San Diego this friday for three weeks so I don't think they'll be any updates till then sorry. I promise that I will go full out when I come back and keep you watchers satisfied.

    Thanks Again
     
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  11. El Rando

    El Rando I know what a dremel is

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    Hello again B'techers.
    Sorry for the extremely late update. I'll just come clean and say that I was extremely lazy but things have changed now. I have now have a deadline due to me moving over to England to get ready for uni so I have until August 12th to get this complete so hopefully this will give me more of a shove.
    So today I did some more stuff. Got my I/O plate hole cut, got my fan holes cut, got my mobo fixed onto the back plate and get my fans mounted too.
    Heres some pictua's
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    So as usual, any questions, fire away please.
    Thanks for viewing.
     
  12. cmd_

    cmd_ What's a Dremel?

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    I would suggest one thing, you can use a fan-less heatsink and take the flow of one of this zalman fans. Also turn 2 of 4 fans to make in and out flow to force a "wind tunnel".
     
  13. El Rando

    El Rando I know what a dremel is

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    That would save me alot of space with the fanless idea. and its funny you should mention the wind tunnel thing, because I was contemplating it so I have better airflow. cheers for that.
     
  14. El Rando

    El Rando I know what a dremel is

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    Have another Update just uploading the pictures atm.
    This project is coming to an end and it looks like I'll make my deadline for sure. only real obstacle that is slowing this down is how im going to integrate the power button as it'll be a on or off button, like, once I push it in in stays in that position. Forgot what they're called haha.
    So yeah, pictures will be up soon.
     
  15. El Rando

    El Rando I know what a dremel is

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    Ok finally got them up.
    I've stuck in some comparison shots with the case too.

    Top of the case/amp :-
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    Control Knobs :-
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    Hole ready for the socket to get fitted :-
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    I've had to make a frame to go round the outside the front of the case in order to give me the correct depths of the front panel and the mesh and you can see on these :-
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    So it'll be MDF just to make things easier.
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    So atm this is what the case looks like with everything in it (you don't want to see the inside)

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    Any questions, fire away please.
    Thanks for viewing.
     
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  16. Sheiken

    Sheiken Wat?

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    coming along nicely!
     
  17. M7ck

    M7ck Ⓜod Ⓜaster

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    This is looking good mate, I actually toyed with the idea of mounting an itx into a fender replica and wall mounting it, however I gave up pretty quickly when I remembered I dont have the skills to do this (YET, watch this space).
     
  18. retrogamer1990

    retrogamer1990 What does 'Stock' Mean?

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    hey nice modding! and is it just me or does it look like a small child is doing the welding?
     
  19. Buddharoxor

    Buddharoxor Fubar'd at birth

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    Whats sitting in my corner;

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    :)

    Interesting idea mate, I like the fans as the speakers :)
     
  20. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    See. I told you the shape was right. Others agree. Nice job. Carry on.
    +rep

    john
     

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