1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Case Mod - Complete Thermaltake Invitational, Piracy and Prophecy (Completed)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by abbas-it, 26 Feb 2016.

  1. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    Thermaltake Invitational, Piracy and Prophecy

    Hi guys, apart from holding up the Union Flag for England in the UK trophy, this year I am also proud to announce that I will try my best to honor the German flag too. I am also a contender at the Annual Thermaltake invitational and competing for the 2016 crown against 10 other countries. Some great top guns are pitched in here so its gonne be tough, but thats what this is all about right. Only the tough can measure with the tough, so here goes. you can follow my worklog at the following forums.
    www.bit-tech.net
    www.we-mod-it.com
    www.hardwareluxx.de
    hope to see you there and dont forget for me its the UK trophy as well as the Invitational, both supported by Thermaltake.
     
    Last edited: 2 Jun 2016
  2. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    [​IMG]Hello everyone and welcome to my log.

    First of all a big round of thanks to Thermaltake and all the other sponsors and partner for making this event possible and of course including me.
    My name is Ali Abbas, English, living in Germany/ Nürnberg since 1989. I jobbed at many computer stores and BTO shops and centres in the 90s here
    and got my degree as a Network Technician in 1999. I am self employed since 2005 in the Computer Services branch.
    We all know how sterile computers can be if we only work with them, so my way of letting off steam and relaxing is by killing, restrictions, voiding warrantys, murdering dins and terminating norms and standards. I simply love findind out how things works and trying to improve them.
    A certain nack for computers has always been there and I actually built my first ugly casemod in 1995.
    I really got into this passsion though after competing for the first time at the International German Case Modding Championship on Cologne Germany.
    After winning bronze in the first attemp, I had been bitten by the bug and frankyl speaking, I havent had a good nights sleep since then.
    I spend every possible second building and improving my skills and carftmanship. I went on to win the Championship another 9 times with 8 Vice Champ titles and 7 third places too. Apart from that I have succesffully taken part in many international contests and can boast successes in just 5 years. Just a few of my 30 mods worth mentioned are maybe even known to some of you.,The World Record gigantic Largest Computer mouse called DCMM Colossus, or Ragnars Revenge, or The Dark Knight or the Samuarai Sacrilegium, as well as PC-Reforged for example, just to mention a few.


    So thats eneough self prejudiced rubbish, ;) , the next contest or competition is always the most important for me, and this great TT build off is no exception. Its gonna be tough against all you other fine artists, but I will do my best to give you a hard time, while expecting the same from you too.


    My concept: Will be wild, and will be using only hand driven and regular hand tools. No automation tools, like CNC, 3D-Printers, Laser or Waterjets etc will be used. just good old 100% hand worked stuff.

    Dont see what it is, see what it wants to be, driven by this philosophy, I will do my best to honor the name I have given this build.

    I am more the type who rather starts modding than making great plans. I will start the first cuts this week. Its hard to describe in word what I picture, let my say that skulls, cross bones, sabre, flags, terasure maps and famous pirtes like Blackbeard and Morgan, as well as fictitious ones like Lomg John silver and Flint will all be pondered upon.
    No it has nothing to do with the Pirates of the Carribean films, but is of course directed at that era and all the famous pop cultrue motives and style we connect to that time and age.
    I will strive like I always do to combine the following modern hardware with the mentioned theme in such a way that they dont disharmonate the whole effort in any way. So lets hope for the best..


    PIRACY AND PROPHECY
    where the name is certainly the game.
    will by based upon the following Hardware:​
     
    Last edited: 1 Mar 2016
  3. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: 10 Apr 2016
  4. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    [​IMG]

    Hello guys, so here it is, the first real update.
    today i made the first cuts.
    I have wanted to make this theme for quite a long time but am having to change the dieas i had altogather, as far as the form and shapt is concerned. the corep5 is totally different compared with a standard case form, so it will be radically changed to keep both the modern state of the art as well as the wild look.

    not much to see yet, till the main frame is done.
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
     
    Last edited: 8 Apr 2016
  5. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    [​IMG]

    here is another little update. tomorrow is an all day modding day. no sun, no water, no food till i have done at least 10 hours in the basement, :)

    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
     
  6. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    [​IMG]
    a small but esssential update. the roof is on since last nicht, should be workable now.
    the bottle cutter works and am trying an experiment lto change these bottles into rum bottles.
    the pirate wouldnt be pirates without rum would they. i mixed a coolant that matches the golden browny yellow of the real rum and it would be a nice feature.
    more to come tonight, will spend all tday today down under..
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
     
  7. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    hi guys, here is another lil update.
    the case now has a treasure chest roof, not exactly finished yet, but getting there. all the grooves are hand made for inprecise that day look.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    i made some hinges whihc will be attached making it look as if it can be opened, but the illusion works the other was, the lids stay where it is, while the back flips up.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    these will all look like iron castings later on.
    [​IMG]

    i then decided to make a gunwhale with little canons which will be hidden switches for certain things like leds and so forth.
    i made 5 sets, not quite complete yet though. i had to hold the sander and the round wooden dowels in the drill to turn them.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    more to come..
     
  8. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    hi guys, here is another update. i worked on the gunwhale today and the rear cover too. the back cover is basically a container, and will be ripped open a bit for the bottles which will sillhouette in between the inner and outer wall.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    i had to heat some of the wood strips to get it in the right cirve without snapping
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  9. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    [​IMG]
    here is a small update, bottle cuts first test if the reservoir fits, it does.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  10. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    post-45-0-18283900-1456456027.png
    hi guys, here is the progress of todays modding session.

    the hinges are stuck n screwed on now

    [​IMG]

    i then started to make the bottöe holder which will clasp the bottles and be dismantleable for maintenance.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    just checking for fits.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    the gunwhale canons will actuaööy be switches for various functions.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    i decided to make a balancing base for the build which will holöd the cd drive.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  11. hovek

    hovek “Can’t or won’t?” Sterling Archer

    Joined:
    23 Jan 2014
    Posts:
    66
    Likes Received:
    2
    Those bottles look awesome :)
     
  12. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    thanks mate, thee are just mock ups, the final bottle are the same but will be cut again and polished as well as decorated. the back to front is piracy then prophecy so thats why i am suing them to cover the reservoirs rather than use them as such. apart from that seeing as this case will be moving a lot and even maybe going to taiwan if i am lucky (one may dream) then i dont want to take the risk of busting the glass. btw, the bottles will yet be decorated with vertian RUM emlbems, logos and holders to make em really look like carribiean RUM bottles. i have already mixed my RUM colored water, looks great.
     
  13. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    post-45-0-18283900-1456456027.png
    hi guys, and here is the progress of today.

    the pirates have the first set in skull. these little skulls were part of a cheap halloween necklace, are of plastic and will be lit up from behind later on.
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]

    i also made a banner where i will write the PIRACY AND PROPHECY logo later on. i carved it into a
    3d form for later staining.
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG][​IMG][/URL][/IMG]

    i also finished the cd setting in and drawer cover
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    worked some more planking look into the sides
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    just a test for visuals,,,,,

    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
     
    Last edited: 18 Apr 2016
  14. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    hi guys, here is a little update, i made a snapp to close clasp for the back part, the wirless anteene is almost a mast with crows nest and i also started the front main emblem eye catcher.
    more to come..
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  15. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    hi guys, here is another litle update, soon i will be starting the inside and hardware integration.
    for the moment though, i finished the bones on the front shield and started the front banner which will be a clip on for transport.

    dont worry, the letters will not stay in that multicolor look.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  16. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    post-45-0-18283900-1456456027.png
    hi guys, tioday i worked on the front banner and desmounting fixture fro transport. i managed to rig a very easily dismountable system.
    the front cutlasses and shield are also stuck on with a skull on the banner.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    this carriage eneables me to slip off the whole banner by taking the round wooden shaft out for transport safety. it worked out really good.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    well, believe it or not, these are actually dog tag air fresheners for cars. i had my car at the mechanics today and found these on the shelf.
    i dremeled the excess sides away and will use them to deck the pole holder stubs atop.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    more tomorrow..
     
  17. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

    Joined:
    30 Aug 2015
    Posts:
    12,198
    Likes Received:
    2,040
    lmao that antenna with the crow's nest on made me smile a lot :D

    Fantastic work as ever dude.
     
  18. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    thanks vault-tec, still a lot to do to get the look i want. actually as soon as color comes in the equation, thats when it will start living.
    anyway.

    hi guys, here is yesterdays progress with two little quickie vdeos too.
    i had some space issues with the swivel in monitor and was tight for space but managed ti integrate it in the end after changing the design and reducing the monitor frame as much as possible. now its mounted and works, not powered yet. the radiators have found the right place too.


    i found this 12v motor in ebay, dont really know what it was originally for, but it was cheap and is well transmitted and works at the required speed with 5v too.
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]

    started making the moniotor housing, the 7" monitor is a touch screen and will give me a control over the whole pc even when a regular monitor is not connected. when concealed by swivelling it up, none can then access the pc, even if its running.
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG][/URL][/IMG]
    [​IMG]

    as you can see in the video too, i just barely managed to fit it with approx 2mm of play room left. whew!!!


    and here is avideo i made to show that the self made back snap up system works.

     
  19. abbas-it

    abbas-it We came, we saw, we mod, you awe!

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    899
    Likes Received:
    260
    hi guys, and here is a little update again
    i found this little led ringlet with a few effects too at the local car parts store. seeing as its battery driven and u can hence put it behind the front shield of arms in the plexi windows with out having to run a wire to it, i decided thats gonna be integrated there.
    [​IMG]
    i cut the pattern in the middle of the windows, it will be hidden behind the shield but will difuse the light through the polished sides in every direction.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    the protective sticky paper is still on, when its off it will be even better.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    these wooden strips will later in change into iron fittings. wait and see.
    [​IMG]
     
  20. MPC

    MPC Minimodder

    Joined:
    24 Oct 2015
    Posts:
    398
    Likes Received:
    109
    You are the master of wood !!!
     

Share This Page