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 Post subject: Project XFCN (military style)
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:05 pm 
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Project XFCN

It’s been a while since I have built a Mod, but it seems I cannot get enough of the Military route, having sat there and looked at BF3.3 project (that became my misses PC). I have to say I wanted to build another.

This time I wanted to go down the same route of having a weapon, but now I wanted it mounted to the case permanently so that I could rewire the internals so the trigger became the PC’s power switch. I also wanted to make sure the safety on the replica also worked, so that with the safety on the trigger would not do a thing and so it began and hence the name XFCN which is military speak for Exterior Function.

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http://xfxforce.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/XFX.Europe / https://www.youtube.com/user/XFX

First off let me start off with a big thanks to the sponsors that jumped on board.
XFX really stepped up for me on this build and offered me a superb choice of full support with hardware and would supply the Case, PSU and Graphics for the project, and as most of us modders know that is a huge chunk of change out of the money we spend out, there was a condition that it goes to some shows, but hey I am up for my work being on display.

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http://www.umarex.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/umarex / https://www.youtube.com/user/UmarexTV/videos

Another Big thank you goes out to UMAREX, who will be supplying a couple of Airsoft Realistic Imitation firearms for the build. The main choice for the roof mount was a MP5 and UMAREX hold the worldwide exclusive trademark and exterior design copy of Heckler and Koch products, which means the replica will be a 1/1 scale and looks as close to the real version of the MP5.

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http://www.swiftech.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/SwiftechUSA

Swiftech will be supplying the main components of the watercooling with 2x 140mm radiators, the Apogee XL and the Maelstrom V2 Dual Bay Reservoir/pump combo.

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http://www.bitfenix.com/ / https://www.facebook.com/bitfenix / https://www.youtube.com/user/bitfenix

Also a shout out to Bitfenix who are always there to supply me on my builds with lighting and fans, every bit does help.

Where to start the log off, well I think i have to go to straight to the case..

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The case in question is the XFX type 01 bravo and it has a nice smooth appearance with some inner bulk (if that makes any sense to you guys). So of course most of you probably know my mods will be going to feature a window with a hand etched window, with that said, let us move on to the beginning and get this build started, as always criticism is always welcome and never taken personally. So lets begin.


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 Post subject: Re: Project XFCN (military style)
PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:07 pm 
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One of the first things I noticed when taking the side panels off is that were double skinned, this meant for the widowed side I was going to have to cut two windows out for the same side one from the outer plastic side of the side panel and one from the inner steel one.

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Masking up the panel was pretty straight forward once I had decided on window size, for the best way to cut out a window with a dremel, I highly recommend watching MNPCTECH’s video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iMiH8wYTDY , it’s simple and its spot on and a method I have been using since I first got a Dremel.

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Oh dear XFX are you sure you used standard SECC here, the inner skin of the case went through 4 of my reinforced cutting disks! Talk about man of steel (or should I say Case of steel :P), a lot more than I am used to going through on a SECC based case. Cutting the plastic parts was easy, (just remember to stop from time to time, to pull off the excess plastic). You don’t have too, but I personally advise this as its much easier to pull off any excess plastic from both sides.

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Moving on to the rear side panel, I wanted to just get the inner steel grill cut-out, so time to shed some more reinforced cutting disks., the reason behind this is I wanted to pull the red anodised logo off the back panel and put a UV red XFX logo behind the grill. Once this was done this is what I was left with (not final position), just a mock up to give you a rough idea.

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I have to pull off the type 01 logo strip as I will the other side too, I have something that I’ll show you in the next post that will be attached to the windowed side panel on the outside that will have the type 01 written onto it.


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 Post subject: Re: Project XFCN (military style)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:14 pm 
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Back again as promised with a little update, removed the red sign from rear side panel, but then grabbed my 3m tack remover to find it had evaporated, so I’ll have to wait for more to turn up to remove the rest of the bonding tape.

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This should give you an idea of what I want the rear panel to look, like, so when powered up just the XFX glows up on this panel. Onto main side which will of course include an etching, but also after removing the XFX type 01 logo from the bottom of the panel, I wanted something else to say XFX type 01. Here is what I came up with.

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This was done using vinyl stencil, Salt water and a tattoo powersupply, I need to polish up a bit more to get rid of fine marks. I should have really done a guide. So to make up for that I will make sure something else needs some of this treatment so that there is a guide in this log.


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 Post subject: Re: Project XFCN (military style)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:24 am 
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So having decided on urban camo (red, black, grey and white) I decided to keep the red and black theme going on through the case, so first point of call is the front panel.

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I wanted to redo the front XFX to tie in more with the MP5, so time to cut out the XFX on the front.

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After I cut this, I had to make a small bit of red acrylic to fit inside to be able to use some vinyl to ensure the logo pops out.

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Simple so far, so a quick visit to my plotter and for the custom logo cut out left me with this.

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Now to test the placement and fitting with the vinyl as it was pretty tight without it.

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Next I had to mask up the dark smoke acrylic for the cover, so that it would be only visible with light from behind.

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I had to do this as I did not want any light to pass through anything but were I had placed the logo piece. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of what I am aiming for.

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He he before any of you point it out, the XFCN is still visible, it’s just the angle I had to take the photos off to capture the light behind the panel, I actually love the way it came out to be honest, but I am still in a debate on if I should set the front panel up so that the MP5 silhouettes are only lit by HDD activity, not sure yet. I’ll have to wait to see how it looks when I get to that stage.


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 Post subject: Re: Project XFCN (military style)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:34 pm 
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So here is what turned up on here

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Yes that is 2 Heckler & Koch boxes from Umarex, time to open these puppies up.

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Although I only need the MP5 for now to mock up on the roof, here is a couple of images of them out of the packaging.

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The MP5 replica we have is quite amazing to be honest and I supposed it should be as Umarex own the licence to produce one to one copies of Heckler and Koch products, the detail on this is superb and the build quality just as good too.

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The MP7, just like the MP5 is really detailed, this is also a one to one clone and very well made, this is mostly made from a composite though, but I do have to say I think this has a nice feel to it and my personal fav out of the two I received. I will add some more detailed pictures later so you guys can see how nice they are close up, but for now, I am going to use the mp5 to mock up the roof mount for it.

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So first up was placing the gun into position and then marking up a few mount holes to cut. I also had to think that I still wanted access to the audio sockets on the front of the case as well as 1 or 2 of the USB ports, so a slight angle was chosen to ensure this was possible.

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Of course, being double skinned I had to remove the top and make the drill holes through the metal too. (Hoping my measurements are correct :P).

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Phew, with the bolts in place I had done it just right, as you can see I now have the access to one USB port and both the audio ones, I had to also mock up some supports so that it was not resting on the roof, I also had to make sure these would be sturdy and have enough clearance to allow a motherboard cable to run through them so I could wire the trigger. This is what I came up with.

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I decided to use a steel inner, with an acrylic outer tube, just to give the arch more stability, I still have to sand more of the acrylic tube down though as it is putting a bit of pressure on the top panel and causing a light curve as you can see.

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As you can see the MP5 is now sitting above the roof, so far so good, let me move onto the motherboard power wire.

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Eureka, now I have the wire able to route up into part of the MP5 I am beginning to see the light, I do have to say that was the hardest part of wiring up the trigger to be the powers witch as wiring the gearbox of a AEG has the wires hanging out of it already, I only have to connect the two going to the motor and wire this cable to the connectors on the front of the gearbox, I thought that was me done for the day though until I spent and age looking at the front panel, and thinking..

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Well I was not happy with it, so I am going to have to redo it again, what I am going to do is cut the slats down as I don’t like the fact the tint panel is sticking out and from the side you can see the grooves, It is just not right at all!. More on that to come later.


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 Post subject: Re: Project XFCN (military style)
PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:15 am 
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Small update, misses started the etching for the window, I thought I would take a shot just at the start so you guys can appreciate the work going into it.

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As you can see it is mainly all dotting which is a long process, but the best way to get shading and detail.


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