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Project: Rogue 5 :>o<: Back from dead w/mess o' pics

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Bandit_zoraK, 17 Feb 2005.

  1. Bandit_zoraK

    Bandit_zoraK New Member

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    Introduction

    Well I'm back with my new mod: Project: Rogue 5. If you've seen my EmpirePC (in my sig) you can pretty much that I am a big star wars fan. I have already covered 1/2 of the gcw so I figured I would start a project for the other side.
    This whole thing started with the concept picture I made in photoshop a while back....
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    As I am a poor college student, my budget for this project is limited but after searching around, I found this Sky Hawk Alum case on newegg for 50 shipped.
    My goal with this case is to mod it in the style of a starfighter- no wings or anything silly like that, but as an inspiration.
    Here's a generic pic off of newegg of the case. I could've sworn that I took some pics when I first got it, but I guess they got erased. (Oh well- check out the Klondike's chem warfare mod to see some before pics, same case).
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    The first thing that I did was swap the side panels of the case- for the left side of the case I didn't want dumb fan holes- luckily they were switchable. For the right side of the case the plan was to cut out the symbol of the Rebellion (what a suprise!)...
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    I printed sections of the symbol on four sheets of paper then taped it to the panel and traced it. Here is Stimpy surveying my work.
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    Went over the trace with a sharpie
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    Oops! :duh: to makethis cut I wanted to use my nibbler tool, and because the nibbler scratches up the side that tool is on, I had to redraw the symbol on the other side of the panel. (Cut me!)
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    I made a small opening with the dremel to fit the cutting part of the nibbler tool in started the cut. This is about 15 minutes of cutting at this point.
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    About 1/2 done with the cut- still not sure why I wanted to use the nibbler...
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    Phew that was fun, seriously :worried: Here's the piece that was cut out...
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    ...and the resulting mess on the floor- thank god for shopvacs.
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    After getting the points cut out with the dremel (before sanding), here's the result. Overall I am very happy with how it came out. On the whole it was easier to get that circle cut with the nibbler than with the :dremel: (no offense to my favorite tool of course)
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    Another shot
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    That is where the project stands now- here's a teaser pic of what's on tap:
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    (figure it out?)

    P.S- I hope you show more interest than Vlad here!
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    P.P.S- I will probably be getting a better camera this weekend so sit tight with crappy pics.
     
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  2. Rh1n0x

    Rh1n0x New Member

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    too bad for the small holes for a fan in the window.
    If they weren't there, the rebellion logo would've looked more stunning :thumb:
     
  3. Icecoldbagey

    Icecoldbagey Mountain Dew!!!

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    yeah it looks prtty good but i think it needs to be finsihed and touched up properly so it looks smart and clean cut, Ice
     
  4. The Lost Monk

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    Yes you are going to get rid of the small holes, right? Other then that you did very well on the cut, keep it up.
     
  5. OverFloW

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    the symbol will not be upside down when the dooor will be closed?
     
  6. Bandit_zoraK

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    Nope- this is the right side panel so it will be right side up.
     
  7. TekMonkey

    TekMonkey I enjoy cheese.

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    R2-D2! :rock:

    I like the Star Wars theme, very cool. You should fill the fan holes with bondo or something.
     
  8. Bones

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    Looks great and the concept pic is awesome! Cant wait to see how this turns out!
     
  9. Bandit_zoraK

    Bandit_zoraK New Member

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    Give the man a prize. :D
     
  10. DerSandman

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    Wow nice idea i hope it looks really "far far away" when it's done.

    With many accessiors from the movie like a stormtrooper helmet or something.

    MIGHT THE FORCE BE WITH YOU, young Lu.. ähm Bandit_zoraK
     
  11. Bandit_zoraK

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    Small update-
    As I eluded to in the original post, the question must be asked: What good is a starfighter without a good astromech to back it up? :hehe: So I figured I'd make a good R2-based (not him exactly) dome to sit up on the case and plot hyperspace jumps and such (wow, even that sounds geeky to me :rolleyes:)

    So I just a generic stainless steel bowl that I found at walmart (4$ for four different sizes)
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    Then I took a cutting disc and the dremel and I 'etched' the square panels, ie the blue parts of r2. I didn't take a whole lot of pictures of the process, but it was pretty straight forward. I also cut out holes where I figured they'd be based on a picture of R2-D2.
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    Some of the intermediate steps I did:
    -Cut the circular shaft off of a cd spindle for the eye pieces (1 front, 1 back)
    -Made the main "eye" out of part of a 5.25" bay cover and plexi for the lens.
    -Put stainless led holders in various positions around the dome.
    -Paint! First time working with model paints, I think I did a fairly good job, though I might buy another bowl and do it again and see if I can't do a better job.
    I had to find a somewhat roundish top because the bowl had a flat bottom. So I cannabalized a trashcan lid that I found laying around and used that:
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    Some finished shots:
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    To make it feel more authentic I put a servo under the dome and bought a servo phidget to control it via software. I am having a friend write me a program that will mimic R2's movements.

    Phidget:
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    Under the dome:
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    Still got to wire up the leds in his head and get the program from friend, then I will test it out!
     
  12. The Lost Monk

    The Lost Monk New Member

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    is there going to be any more moding done to this thing?
     
  13. jaguarking11

    jaguarking11 Peterbilt-strong

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    I have the same case. I love it and the quality of the case is actualy very good for its price. The alu is high quality too.
     
  14. mediacoretex

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    good job
    btw nice cat
     
  15. roachm

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    Damn you already posted it. I love star wars (I knew it was R2D2 :D)

    Very nice mod so far, I'll be watchin
     
  16. Bandit_zoraK

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    I have made quite a bit of progress, I will try and get pics up later this week.
     
  17. antiHero

    antiHero ReliXmas time!

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    nice cutout. the r2d2 idea is funny. hope to see more updates soon.
     
  18. Valo

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    hey! nice mod :D put a webcam as the r2d2's eye, maybe those controlled logitechs would do? (the ones that you can turn around and aim with software)
     
  19. matrixops

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    Bandit,
    Excellent work so far. I especially like the R2 head. I will be watching this thread closely.

    Also, are you in the US? If so, where did you find your nibbler?

    MatrixOps
     
  20. Isuo

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    Hehe, the R2D2 head looks so damn cool.
     

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