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Case Mod - In Progress "Replicant" (Blade Runner 2049) CaseMOD Invitational

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    Hello Everyone!

    I'm Calen and better known by my company Envious Mods! I am very honored to be a part of the CaseMOD Invitational and can't wait to show you what all I have in store for you!

    I will be updating the build log several times per week but, I'll also be updating my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in order to give you even more access to what goes on behind the scenes.

    No matter what happens I promise to bring you all some new mods, new techniques and something you've never seen done. If you need help or advice I'm always available to help fellow modders and enthousiasts.


    Let The Modding Begin!

    I want to introduce the "Replicant" Case Mod. It will be inspired by Blade Runner 2049. I will interweave this inspiration throughout the View 91 TG case mod. My goal is to bring you into the world shown within Blade Runner. I will also be employing linear actuators to give the build movement. The Thermaltake Voice activated digital leds (SyncAllSay "Hello, TT ) will play a big role in setting the scene for this epic mod. Almost every piece in this build will be modded in one way or another. I'm pulling out the stops and playing for keeps.



    "Replicant" Design Concept Art

    This concept art serves as a guideline for the Replicant case mod that will be done in a Thermaltake View 91 TG. I purposely left out an awesome feature that will go on the top of the build. I will also be adding lots of other mods and pieces as this build evolves.

    I'm happy to have you all along for the Journey Into Modding.....



    Mods Planned (Continually Updated)

    • Custom dual reservoir combined to make 1 reservoir with 2 chambers

    • Linear actuators to move front doors and top of the case

    • Flip up side panel using custom hinges to make a mix of Ferrari and Gullwing doors

    • Extensive Cable Management that will be fabricated into the rear side of the case

    • Acrylic & aluminum rear motherboard tray mount

    • Water Distribution Plates (made in a new way with extensive features)

    • DiffuseDo light panels found throughout the mod

    • Scratch built feet, dual watercooling loop; (all hardware will be modded)

    • Floating fan built from a modded Thermaltake Pure Plus fans.

    • Modded W4 Plus CPU block & modded pumps



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    More Updates to the Design!

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    --Getting Started--

    Reservoir Connection:

    The 1st idea I wanted to start playing around with was combining 2 of Thermaltakes smaller reservoirs to make one. To start out I decided to try just connecting them with straight tubing to see how they look. I really like it. However I want to also try bending the tubing in different ways but I need to wait till the case arrives to mock it up.


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    Thermaltake Ring Plus Rear Grill Cover:
    I've never been a big fan of how the back side of fans look. Being able to see the wires ATC as always bother me. Decided to take it upon myself to come up with a design that would give it a sleek and clean appearance. Once I had the design all figured out I imported it into my laser cutters software. This allowed me to quickly make different iterations of it to find out which version looked best.



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    Thermaltake Gear & Watercooling Arrival:

    Some of the awesome gear ordered from Thermaltake has arrived. I still have some more on the way as well as all the hardware that will be used in the Replicant case mod. I wanted to make sure I took some photos to show you everything that'll be used as it gets the the Envious Mods shop!



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    Thanks Kim! I'm glad to have you along for the ride. It'll be a fun one for sure!
     
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    Work Starts!

    I got some free time to open up the large Thermaltake View 91 TG case and this thing is a beast. I knew it would be but I didn't know it would be so well built. I was also amazed at the ability to mount 2 large radiators behind the motherboard tray. It also has lots of cable management grommets and tie downs which is important for a case of its size.


    My 1st task is to remove the large drive bays since I won't be using full sized drives. You have to unbolt the bottom to remove the rack. I did like the slides that the racks sit in which allow you to move them left or right. It took a decent amount of screws to remove but, wasn't difficult to do. Once it was all removed I could start mocking up the basement/shroud.

    The psu shroud will be pretty complex because I want to be able to fit it in tightly as well as have the ability to access all the wiring. Access helps a lot for future upgrades or if you have any issues. This will be one of the most complex shrouds I have built.


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    Rear Struts (Behind Motherboard Tray):

    These vertical pieces really look neat. I've wanted to do something like this for a long time now and it fits perfectly with the design cues found throughout the build. A ridiculous amount of measurements and fine tuning was needed to get each panel just right. As of right now I'm using 14mm PETG tubing between the vertical pieces. I may swap to some thinner stainless steel I have laying around. If not I'll give these a metal treatment.

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    Rear Cable Management:

    Since the Thermaltake View 91 TG case has tempered panels on both sides I wanted to make the back side of the case a feature versus hiding everything. It takes way more work to do it this way but it'll make the build look stunning from every angle. To keep the main wiring cluster organized I decided to build an acrylic tunnel that'll house most of it. The wiring coming out of the tunnel will carry along pre-determined paths to the PSU, TT RGB controllers and other rear mounted devices.



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    Rocket Pods:

    The top mounted rocket pods are my way of continuing to push the boundaries. These pods will be primarily made out of acrylic. Making them this way took several revisions of the design to get them just right. Once I had the pieces cut out there was a ton of work chemically welding the tiny acrylic pieces to make up each pod.



    I still have to build 2 more of the smaller rocket pods and the rotating mount. During this 1st phase I will do all the structural work. For the 2nd phase I will add all the detailed pieces that will really bring it all together.



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    Fine Tuning & Mounting Acrylic Panels:



    Since I've finished building most of the acrylic interior panels I need to mount them and fine tune them. I had to file parts of them so that they'd fit the contours of the cases interior. Most of this work can't be seen. It's time consuming but a requirement when you want perfect fitment.



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    Thermaltake PSU Arrival:


    Thermaltake sent out their new ToughPower iRGB Plus 850w Platinum rated and fully modular PSU for the Replicant case mod. These new digital PSUs are awesome. They have all kinds of sweet features including addressable LEDS, real-time performance control and monitoring. These features can be controlled via PC or mobile device.




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    PSU Shroud:


    I had to put some thought into the PSU shroud because I want to be able to get to things for maintenance and repair. I ended up making multiple pieces to make up the psu shroud. Just the psu shroud will be made up of well over 25 pieces which is more than I've ever used.

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