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Scratch Build – In Progress TRON Lightcycle - MotY 3rd Place!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Boddaker, 27 Feb 2011.

  1. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    This is my entry into Cooler Master's case mod competition, scratch build category.

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    Been working in Sketchup for the last week, building a mockup of the lightcycle suitable for housing a full ATX system with watercooling. It ended up being 40" long, but relatively short. As for the design, I didn't want to make a spot-on replica of the bike, so I went with my layered acrylic method, with just a few skinned areas around the wheels and top. This allows me to hide more components inside as well. Anyway, on with the mockups:

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    Upon removing some layers, you can see the initial motherboard placement and other components.
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    To give you a better idea of size, I placed a Cooler Master Cosmos case next to it.
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    PRELIMINARY PARTS LIST

    EVGA X58 Motherboard
    Intel i7 965 processor
    EVGA GTX570 video cards in SLI
    Crucial SSD
    Crucial Ballistix memory
    Pioneer Slimline slot load DVD drive
    Cooler Master Silent Gold 850W Power Supply (qualifying product)
    Dual bay reservoir by Primochill
    Other watercooling parts TBD

    I'm planning something special for the front radiator, more on that later. ;-)

    So that's the basic plan, I'll be adding more detail as I go along. Comments, suggestions, criticisms are always welcome! :D
     
  2. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    This could be interesting, I'll be watching keenly. Also looking at the pics it's going to be big enough for a small child to ride it.
     
  3. Editor22

    Editor22 E22 | Hex-Gear

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    Yay I've been getting some Boddaker withdrawal symptoms lately :)
     
  4. Guest-23315

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    Whooop. Another bods mod.
     
  5. nagyizom

    nagyizom Member

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    Definitely watch this!!
     
  6. Xye

    Xye New Member

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    Intriguing. I see wiggly piping at the back? some kind of self made radiator perhaps?

    Definitely looking pretty cool though.
     
  7. Anubus

    Anubus New Member

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    Oh man. This will be amazing. :thumb:
     
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  8. MageOutlaw

    MageOutlaw New Member

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    That looks like it could be a sweet bad ass mod definitely watching this one hope to see some work on this one soon
     
  9. [ZiiP] NaloaC

    [ZiiP] NaloaC Well-Known Member

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    Most certainly following this build!

    Good to see you back Bod! :D
     
  10. [ZiiP] NaloaC

    [ZiiP] NaloaC Well-Known Member

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    Whoops, double post.
     
  11. stonedsurd

    stonedsurd Is a cackling Yuletide Belgian

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    HELL YEAH!
     
  12. jrs77

    jrs77 Well-Known Member

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    TRON...


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  13. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    Haha I should get my 3 yr old daughter to ride it when I'm done. :thumb:

    Well just be careful not to overdose on this one. :eeek:

    Whoop-whoop!

    I will!

    :nono: No peeking now! (that's the front btw)

    Thanks Anubus!

    Still finalizing the vector files this week before I can send it to the laser.

    Thanks NaloaC!

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    ...MOD!
     
  14. Guest-23315

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    Bod, I've noticed you're always using Sketch Up for you mods. The free version or Pro? And why not something a little more 'precise' like AutoCAD or SolidWorks?

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    (and I like the fact the radiator looks like a little like a brain :p)
     
  15. Boddaker

    Boddaker Still hangin around

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    I'm using the free version of Sketchup 8. I've been trying to learn Solidworks, but it's been slow. I can really move fast in Sketchup, so I always end up just using it for pre-vis and quick mockups. One of these days, I'll start an actual project in SW and force my way through it. Maybe Roboduck can give me some pointers. ;)
     
  16. JY_OC_HX

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    I'm definately following this build.
    The word AWESOME now has a new benchmark.
     
  17. sixfootsideburns

    sixfootsideburns modeteer

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    Solidworks = WIN, AutoCrap = Crap...

    Dont waste your time with a piece of software like AutoCAD. Solidworks is beyond superior and well worth learning if your in the industry or even a hobbyist like a modder. The potential to create with a program as flexible as Solidworks is nearly endless once you learn the functions. There are loads of tutorials and how-to's online in countless locations. Force yourself to learn it and you will wonder why you ever spent so much time in SketchUp.

    But all that aside, your models look great and I'm very excited to see this get underway!
     
  18. Guest-23315

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    Couldn't agree more. I have to learn it for my degree course, but I so much prefer using Ashlar Vellum's Cobalt. I have to submit them via AutoCAD, so now just do them in Cobalt and export them through.
     
  19. Cleveland216

    Cleveland216 Carbon Fiber King

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    From a fabrication standpoint, this case looks really complicating to build! I wish you the best! Are you going to be doing alot of milling of the pieces to get the curves correct or "how you want them to look"? Or are you sanding and filing alot of the pieces? Lastly, I believe you did mention acrylic, how much of your build is going to be in acrylic? Look forward to watching this build, Rock ON.
     
  20. Guinevere

    Guinevere Mega Mom

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    Oh man, I hate "Project Logs" that aren't, I want to see progress.

    I thought concepts weren't yet in the build phase living over in the Modding forum?

    But...

    It's got a lot of potential to look really epic, although I doubt a design based on a movie "prop" is going to win the competition for you - no matter how man awesomes it's got.

    But boy, will it turn some heads!
     

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