Greetings fellow enthusiasts! I decided I wanted to share the progress of my current project. I have a Wii that I have been staring at for quite awhile thinking of how 'bland' it is. Sadly enough, I have spent much more time imagining different ways to mod it more than I have played it. First was the theme. I am a moderate anime watcher, but my passion goes straight to Berserk. Yes, I do like hack-and-slash anime, but Berserk is much more than your average blood-letter. The character development in this series was amazing. And now I am one of the thousands of fans who wish Miura Kentarou would get off his high horse and that the anime developing houses would step up and continue this story line. So....yes....I like the series. I finally decided on a few basics and have since moved into what I consider a fairly aggressive make-over for my Wii. First off, I have practically no time to lend to projects anymore as it is. I have yet to update the Microcontroller site in over a year. I have been too busy enjoying watching my son grow-up and establishing a home here in Florida. So a key factor is to try and keep material handling to a minimum. If it can be purchased to save some time, thats what will happen. On that premise, the old case goes. I had decided to get the red chrome replacement case and I was going to cut a couple of windows into it. But it occured to me that instead of cutting and gluing windows, I could get the ii-case and cover it with one of those vinyl kits. I have a grand reasoning for doing this other than to make things easier... I will explain soon enough, but lets see some pics: Clear plastic always needs to be etched. The only bad limitation to etching is your image turns out to be monotone. Have you ever had an image you wanted in your window, but did not want to lose the effect that certain colors from it portray? Here is one of my favorite tricks: Transparency. The fun part is choosing certain aspects of the image and transferring that to the plastic: I am not an artist. But I can stay in the lines...with a little help The one thing I have learned from clear plastic and lighting etches with LEDs is to always light from the edges. Edge lighting is soooo much more effective than spot lighting. Once you see the difference, you just cannot justify spot-lighting ever again. But the problem here is that the case thickness is roughly 2.5mm and my LEDs are 3mm . Also, the most common practice I have used is to drill the holes in the edge and glue the LEDs right into the hole. In effect, the entire sheet of plexi/polycarbonite becomes a light guide. In order to get my LEDs into the plane of the case wall, I had to drill an oblong hole for each LED. The LEDs were then shaved down to the same thickness and IPS-4 glued sideways into these holes. Afterwards, the printed transparency is afixed and the vinyl skin is layed over, creating the window. The test images do not give enough credit though. The red chrome is also very impressive. The next image is a daylight shot without the flash, and a night shot for comparison. Now you can see why I ditched the idea of painting the original case, or getting the other case and cutting the window. I cannot get the red chrome effect with paint, and lighting just a window would not be nearly as impressive as the edge lighting on all of the corners/molded edges of a completely clear case. I am covering all of the open faces of the case with the vinyl skin, but leaing all edges/lines exposed so that the LEDs will high-light all of the edges. As a sidenote: This is my first documented project. All of my previous work has been on cases I have built for other people and quite frankly did not have the time to properly document anything. I also never went all out on any of those projects. I already have designs for my own cases, but the complexity is way deeper than I have time to get into on any kind of a regular basis. With this project, I can already see the end by the time I started it and I can justify the time that way. I have placed this in general modding since actual project logs require an actual PC as the subject. Coming soon: Mounted LCD and internal surgery.