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Case Mod - In Progress ⭐ Vault 76 by PEXON

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by shrop, 18 Sep 2018.

  1. shrop

    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Hello!

    Welcome to Vault 76.

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    Its been a while since I managed to find the time to squeeze in a build in between my manic worklife! Following off the back of my Vault 111 build, I want to continue the 'battle hardened' style, with actual damage, dinks, holes all the gory bits, not just vinyl stickers and paint.

    This time around, something different and something to challenge my skills, I am going with a glorious N-CASE M1 v5.0 Massive thank you to Joshua and Dan SFF Lab for generiously providing the case and allowing me to 'distress' it! :D

    First job was to get some work done on the case.... on to the fun stuff!!!

    The M1 is absolutely STUNNING. The build quality is second to none, every panel is removable, the finish is spotless and all the accessories will allow me to have endless options for cooling, storage and GPU choice

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    Now, on to some distressing...

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    Rough dremelling on the front to get the Vault 76 text cut out, I will mount some clear, sanded acrylic to add some nice back glow to the front.

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    I felt the front needed breaking up a little, so I added some rough black spray paint on the front and sanded it back down and added some rough files cuts and acetone to loosen the still wet paint

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    Its not very Fallout-y, but I realllly like the red LED glow on the front, on Vault 111 I used blue and yellow as the dominant colours to contrast the black and silver, I am digging the red this time around though.

    That it for the moment, I have the side panel window cut out and will finish the acrylic this weekend and add some vinyl decals with additional weathering too!

    Thanks for looking.

    Cheers,

    James
     
  2. cobalt6700

    cobalt6700 Active Member

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    One of the reasons I love buying from your shop - a man with a genuine passion. Nice one sir, looking forward to seeing this one. :thumb:

    Have you thought of putting windows/openings in? Would be a shame to not see your cabling skills.
     
  3. shrop

    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Thats so kind! I really love what I do and its all worthwhile when I get comments like that. Thank you <3

    I will be putting a window in the side yes! A nice big one to show the internals off. Still debating on if I should keep the interior clean / cables clean, as now I only use MDPC-X I don't want to beat it up, as its so nice!
     
  4. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    Lovely work shrop, I first spotted it over on SFFN the other night, but haven't logged on there to comment. Like someone else said, there's a tension to the modded finish there, it looks great, but feels a bit harsh on the lovely M1!
    Overall, I think it's great to push through that and do something striking and committing to it :thumb:
    I don't recall having seen any radical M1 mods, (other than DIY windows and the mad WC stack), so that makes it all the impressive.
    I look forward watching this progress, particularly with your own brand of skills to weave into it.
     
  5. shrop

    shrop El Jefe of Sleeving

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    Sorry for the lack of updates, work has gone mad!

    Here is where I got to...

    I managed to dig out a spare 60% aluminum keyboard case, so, matching Vault 76 keeb for this project too!

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    Whilst at Overclockers working on some cables for the epic 8 PACK Orion X-2, I picked up a new SFX PSU for the build, the sweet little Silverstone 500W.

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    I also knocked up a little IEC cable to connect the PSU to the rear of the case, using a new C14 connector

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    New window time. The superglue and the edge panel trimming has come out sweet. Forcing the glue to dry with a quick hit of Isopropyl caused some sweet off white patina.

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    With the front panel, I thought it would be sweet to light the sides to allow the light to bleed through, not so intensely, so I made up a quick little LED strip set up

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    Raw cool white

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    Black electrical tape on top 1/3rd and red electrical tape on bottom 2/3rds of the cool white LED strips. Quite like this.... Its red, blue, purple, could work well.... Now... How the HELL do I make them flicker

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    Thats all for now! Thanks so much for looking
     
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