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Case Mod - In Progress "The NOTalis Project" by E.E.L. Ambiense & Mnpctech...."Snow storm halts install!"

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by mnpctech, 7 Oct 2009.

  1. mnpctech

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    This Case Mod was done by bit-tech's MOTM Sponser, Mnpctech!
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    Watch "Project NOTalis: The Case Mod Movie" in HD




    The NOTalis project was the result of E.E.L. Ambiense's recent 4 day visit to Minnesota. We've talked about getting together for the last couple of years. We've always had admiration for each other's work. I've worked closely with E.E.L. Ambiense in designing many of Mnpctech case mod products. Our new acrylic fan and variety of radiator grills were designed by him. We both agreed that a Mini ITX project wouldn't suck up too much of his 4 days. He suggested the Silverstone SG05. E.E.L. made some conceptual drawings from home so we had a plan. The SG05 arrived 2 days before he did. I brought it to the machine shop on Thursday to mill a new bezel design. E.E.L. was inspired by the Nautilus submarine's window from Jules Vern's 20,000 Leagues under the sea (disney movie 1954).

    We titled the project "NOTalis" because it sounded funny.

    The both of us had always talked about experimenting with instant rusting techniques and products. We're both fans of Piloux's Blackmesa HL2 case mod. A historical chapter in case modding. We planned to use the same product Piloux used. I believe we found the current version by Sophisticated Finishes. Piloux never explains his application techniques in detail which forced us to experiment a lot. It can be a little frustrating to use this product because you must wait for the results. You just learn to keep busy with other things, like sleeving a PSU or cutting a 240mm fan grill. We discovered on the last night that a heat gun sped up the rusting process.


    We felt comfortable enough after experimenting to record a video tutorial on using the instant rust product



    Link 120mm "Gear" Fan Grill used in video tutorial

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    We only spent two evenings working on the project. We were both amazed we didn't need more time, but we planned and worked very efficiently together.

    Since it was E.E.L.'s first time here. I brought him to some interesting local businesses and eateries. We spent a great deal of our time just talking shop. So this get together was historical for us. We made a point to record everything knowing it would be shared here with you.

    Silverstone SG05 Mini ITX case

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    OEM 120mm fan location (modified to 140mm later)
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    3/4" thick block of 6061 aluminum
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    140mm intake design inspired by "Nautilus" submarine window from Jules Vern's 20,000 Leagues under the sea
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    Worklog Update 10/08/09, Page 2

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    The 240 size Steampunk acrylic radiator grill is a good fit for the SG05. Keep in mind the SG05 has a one piece cover. You will have to modify the rear chassis pillar to clear the grill's mounting screws. This mirror finish won't exist much longer..heh


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    This is the Honeycomb Modders Mesh we used.

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    The SG05's rear slot covers and Mnpctech
    80mm "Gear" style acrylic fan grill were getting their first application of Duplicolor brand automotive sandable primer. The Brown primer is a great base coat color for the rust effect we applied later on.

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    The design inspired Mnpctech's line of "Overkill" fan grills

    http://www.mnpctech.com/120mm_Overkill_Fan_Grills.html

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    It also inspired Mnpctech's line of Micro Case Feet

    http://www.mnpctech.com/ITX_MATX_Computer_Case_Feet.html

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    This is the final update!!!!

    We're deliberately linking the video off site, so you can watch in HD.

    Watch "Project NOTalis: The Case Mod Movie" in HD

    and the finished project photos.

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  2. rowin4kicks

    rowin4kicks a man walked into a bar ...

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    i call shotgun on first post!

    this looks amazing as usual, nice machining work as well.
     
  3. Mach

    Mach New Member

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    Very nice! Love the theme and interested in seeing how you finish it with the sophisticated finishes. Looking forward to learning more.
     
  4. Krog_Mod

    Krog_Mod New Member

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    I love that Nautilus design for the fan intake. Can't wait to see more.
     
  5. FrooP

    FrooP can I eat this?

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  6. craigbru

    craigbru Now... with more CNC!

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    Damn nice start guys!
     
  7. mnpctech

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    Glad you're diggin it too!

    E.E.L. and I will both be posting photos in this log. We will both be posting videos as well :rock:
     
  8. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    Great start. This should be cool.
    I need the rust techniques for my Tram 55 case.
    I will watch this one closely.

    @FrooP - Thanks for that link too!

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  9. Rkiver

    Rkiver Cybernetic Spine

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    Oooh that looks bloody sweet. EEL and MNPCTech mod, perhaps could be tagged "Ultimate Modder Team Up <Jeremy Clarkson> in the world</Jeremy Clarkson>"
     
  10. Dark~3nergy

    Dark~3nergy what was dat sandvich ?

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    awesome design for a fan "grill" ! :jawdrop:
    I really need to get myself a CNC :D

    can't wait to see how this will turn out !
     
  11. Burnout21

    Burnout21 Is the daddy!

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    ooooooooooooo intersting!

    hope this gets water cooling considering the theme.
     
  12. Pashtet

    Pashtet MonstaMods

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    GOD Bless CNC!!!
    awesome intake grill!
    we want watercooling!
     
  13. mnpctech

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    hehe, Thanks for the great comments dudes! I'm betting that E.E.L. is editing video clips right now..lol. The SG05 chassis before I altered the front of it.

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  14. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    AWESOME!
    I'm flipping out, really :clap:

    Gogogogogogogo!
     
  15. Pashtet

    Pashtet MonstaMods

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    BTW, first when I saw that EEL and Bill are going to cooperate, I thought about "District 9" casemod
     
  16. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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  17. blt44

    blt44 Long Time Lurker

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    :jawdrop:

    More pleaseeee! This is an all-star collaboration.


    I'm anxiously awaiting new updates. :thumb:
     
  18. Interloper

    Interloper Faux Pro Modder

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    Sweet mother of modding!

    That is one helluva thick piece of aluminum! Want to get those cuts right the first time! A block like that must cost a little $$$$

    Out of curiosity, how thick is it?
     
  19. sk8roy

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    WOW! After seeing this first piece, can't even imagine what is coming next. Going to watch this for sure....
     
  20. jhanlon303

    jhanlon303 The Keeper of History

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    In the beginning Bill said 3/4":jawdrop: The metric equivalent is left for an exercise for the reader.:D
     

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