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Case Mod - Complete ⭐ Project TRON: COMPLETED 03/17

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Deblow, 6 Aug 2016.

  1. Deblow

    Deblow Active Member

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    Back-plate for the sound card in place, used some velcro to hold it down as I will be needing to mess with it later in the build, its also a bit more tidy than using the screws on the card to hold it.


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    got this cutter some years back for my model making, helps add some detail to the plastic, also very useful for cutting the plexi :D

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    Bit wonky as it's not fastened in place just yet..
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    Same again for the back cover.
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    Ordered some more white plexi, so most the parts will be re-cut using the old ones as a template.

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    After some testing I decided to have the RAD facing the standard way rather than upside down.
    Just didn't have the room I wanted at the top for all the pipe and fittings.

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  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    Looking good.
    Using a scratch and crack cutter? Man! You must have a masochistic side to you.
     
  3. Deblow

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    Thanks guys,
    Well its fun living on the edge, holding your breath as you start to snap the expensive plexi while
    quietly praying it wont decide to change direction :worried:

    Cutting clear seams to be a lot more easy than the white, must be something to do with the color pigments.
     
  4. Deblow

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    This has been the best part of the build so far, the results from the extensive paint coats, sanding, buffing and polishing have paid off, by far the best paint finish I've achieved with gloss.

    This has taken weeks, not a easy task especially with the sharp edged all over the panels making it very easy to take the paint of all the way down to the primer if not do perfect.

    This is the result after the gloss had been put down.
    Plenty of orange peal and although it looks shiny I cant stand the peal.

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    So after the couple of weeks painting then sanding I got the gloss down and had to wait a week or so for the gloss to harden, then I carefully sanded down the gloss to get the surface as smooth as possible with paper.

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    my hands looked like I had been sat in the bath for 2 hours lol

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    Because I'm so happy with the result I will show you all a good handful of photos.
    Hope you like the result as much as myself and the next update will be installing some of the EL bits.

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  5. Deblow

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    Thanks Mic, going to be testing some more painting skilz later and if all goes to plan I will post some
    pics, if not I will delete this post and never mention it again lol.
     
  6. Deblow

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    Sound Card almost complete, just need to add something to the top plate.

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  7. Quantum-192

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    Amazing paint work and worth all of your effort :thumb:
     
  8. Deblow

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    Thank you, I'm glad I put some effort in to the paint.
    Would have regretted it later lol
     
  9. Deblow

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    Started carefully placing the EL wire and some tapes, this was tricky, glued my fingers to the wire a couple of times lol

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    Put down some tape on the none flat parts for some protections and as a guideline.

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    Top is done, sides and front still need some more work doing.

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    Hopefully you now have a better idea of the final look im going for with the build :)
     
  10. Bogdanovki

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    Nice job Overlord. Im grateful for a Colour Blind Mod Project. Its going to help a lot of people. What will happen to the fan-made one though?
     
  11. Deblow

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    Thanks, colors are in trend with the Tron theme.
    like most builds I also think it looks better when you stick to 3 colors or less.
    I don't know what "fan-made" is in reference to?
     
  12. Quantum-192

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    Impressive! You have the Tron look spot on :thumb:
     
  13. Deblow

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    Thank you, bit slow on progress atm as im awaiting some more parts, also started a white version of this with the MasterCase 3 Pro, best of both worlds when complete :D
     
  14. Deblow

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    As im awaiting some more parts for the main Tron build I've been working on a couple of things
    and due to the time needed for the paint to dry im moving between the main build, Tron (black) and
    my second mod, Tron 2.0 (white).

    I wont be doing a full build log for the 2nd Tron case mod but I will add a couple of photos to this log.



    As I mentioned before, not to happy with the original PSU cover I did with clear plexi so I ordered some more
    white and did the cover again, much better now for the reflections im wanting to capture.

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    Like with the sound card, added some EL lightning to the RAD.

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    Sticking with the EL, time to get the Tron disc painted to better match the case and the original look of the disc.
    I really enjoyed this part and im very happy with the result.

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    After some very careful and painfully slow masking the disc is almost completed, painted with water-based black so as not to damage the plastic coating.

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    here's some pics of the Tron 2.0 mod, all the paintwork is completed and im now working in the lighting.

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  15. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    If I painted things to look like that I would have to put them in a mosquito tent to stop the dust getting on :D

    Looking great man.
     
  16. Deblow

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    lol thanks, plan was to have it soooooo smooth that the dust just falls off :D
     
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  18. Deblow

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    For the side panel i'm going with one that's airbrushed and also doing a plain one painted the same as the rest of the case.

    I'm doing the airbrushing in 3 stages, first the panel was painted the same as all the case but then sanded down ready
    for the shadows and base colours, protected again with some clear coat and then stage 2, now I have clear coated all
    the design and will be waiting for that to harden before doing the highlights and fine details followed by a final protective
    clear coat.

    Some parts of the design will hopefully have a matte look where others will be a nice mirror/gloss finish
    to help him pop-out from the back background.

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    This might look a bit crap at the moment but should look great when completed, I like to try use as many skills as I can when
    doing my builds, this is something I've never attempted before so i'm learning as I go along :D

    As promised, here are some pics of the smaller project I just completed "Tron 2.0" this was just a case mod for now, using the
    CoolerMaster MasterCase 3 Pro.
    No log for this one, it was a very quick job with only the paint dry times taking most of that time up.

    Done in white with slightly thicker EL wires and the same Mirror finish paint but this time in white.
    I wont post lots of photos on here but you can find all the other on my facebook page if you need.

    Thanks to elpanelandtape.co.uk and CoolerMaster UK for providing most of the bits needed for this one.

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  19. Deblow

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    Thanks :hip:
     
  20. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    That is one seriously cool looking mod.
     

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