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Scratch Build – In Progress Project "Tikki Aquarium" - [update 040707: piranha madness]

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by thechoozen, 31 May 2007.

  1. thechoozen

    thechoozen Active Member

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    In the last few days we decided to start another new project.
    It will be a custom build Aquarium in shape of a Tikki Mask.

    First we startet to build the Aquarium itself, therefore we used a 30cm plexiglas tube and a sheet of uv active plexiglas, we transfer the outline of our tube to the sheet of plexi and cut it out. After that the Plexi circle was glued on one side of the tube to seal it, so it can hold the water in.
    After that we made a first test run with water etc to see if everything is fine and there is no water coming out.

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    Then we started to build the Head of our Tikki Aquarium.

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    We take some sheets of styropor and glued them together to get the right dimensions to fit on top of the tube, then we made some paper clay and put it all over the Head. After the Paper Clay dried out we put a sheet of raw carbon on top of the head to make it more solid.

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    Then we mixed some bondo and put it all over the head to get a smoot and flat surface on which we can build the details for the tikki face

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    After a lot of sanding and grinding we could then start to airbrush the head in a real wood style...

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    Beside that we already start to build the "main" case which will contain the hardware and will be placed under the Aquarium part.
    For that we make 2 sheets of plexi, on one the mainboard will be mounted on the other we will mount PSU, Pump, Radiator and HDD.

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  2. fungry

    fungry New Member

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    oh nice. is the two cylindrical things the reservoir or something?

    pump?
     
  3. guysy1110

    guysy1110 New Member

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    Looks nice. the dual reservoir is a nice idea too. cant wait to see how it turns out.
     
  4. Koradhil

    Koradhil New Member

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    Nice start, I like the acrylic work.
     
  5. Xlixen

    Xlixen New Member

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    Good work, can't wait to see more ;)
     
  6. jokkos

    jokkos too busy to mod *sigh*

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    interesting...I like how you put the mobo, psu and drives.
     
  7. Noobkiller

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    Awsome! Can't wait to see it finished
     
  8. jegerjon

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    great work!
     
  9. widmod

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    nice idea! will you route the water cooling tubes true the aquaruium for heat exchange/heating the aquarium? :D
     
  10. thechoozen

    thechoozen Active Member

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    [small Airbrush update]

    thank you guys for your comments!! :) :)

    here is a small update about the airbrush progress on the upper part....

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    at the moment we don´t want to route the tubes through the water...but we have discussed if we should integrate the water reservoir inside the aquarium....but up to now we are not sure if we integrate it or not..so we will see...
     
  11. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    Awesome painting there, looks nice and woodish :)
     
  12. nissanskyrice

    nissanskyrice Terminally Lazy

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    Looks good so far, nice attention to detail with the paint job. I was actually thinking about combining a pc and an aquarium myself. Can't wait to see the finished result.
     
  13. 2JSC

    2JSC New Member

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    Very cool! Tha airbrushing is top notch! I love it. Also, that green plexi is a nice touch. NOw are the tubes going to run through the tank's water at all?
     
  14. thechoozen

    thechoozen Active Member

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    just a small update for today.......

    we prepared the inside of our "Head" to fit in the LED Module which should bring some light to the aquarium.....

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    i think tomorrow the cable will be covered and we will start to build the base part where the hardware will be mounted in.....
     
  15. Cabe

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    That wood grain is pretty damned awesome. Cant wait to see how it turns out.
     
  16. DeltaFX

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    As he said "We take some sheets of styropor and glued them together to get the right dimensions to fit on top of the tube, then we made some paper clay and put it all over the Head. After the Paper Clay dried out we put a sheet of raw carbon on top of the head to make it more solid."

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  17. culley

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    Nice work!
     
  18. Cabe

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    Eh?

    I know how it was done, I was commenting on how great the effect was and that I am waiting to see how the rest of the mod turns out.
     
  19. jegerjon

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    Great work. Very very nice until now. Think this is going to be a great mod. *Subscribed*
     
  20. The_Beast

    The_Beast I like wood ಠ_ಠ

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    wow great looking job, can't wait to see more on this mod
     

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