Quantcast

Maximum PC

It is currently Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:04 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 62 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next
Author Message
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:21 pm 
Team Member
Team Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:10 am
Posts: 169
Walks Alone74 wrote:
great job
just use less hardener next time, it will give you more time to work with it. In other words make it smoother. I made the same mistake when I started working with the stuff. Just remember on hot days less hardener and on cold days more hardener.


Right on man, thanks for the tip. I should have another update before long- I'm hoping to have the bezel ready for paint in about a week.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:17 pm 
Team Member
Team Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:10 am
Posts: 169
Since the last update it's been slow going on the bezel. About three applications of filler, and a metric crap ton of sanding, technically speaking. Also, I've discovered that my girlfriend owns a mouse sander, which has been an huge improvement over hand sanding.

Here we have the first application of spot filler putty. I went very thin, the putty is notorious for cracking if you go too thick.

Image

Now time to sand it down with the mouse and some 220 grit.

Image

I repeated this process about two more times, and finally here we have it, ready for paint. Dig the psychedelic color patterns- far out man!

Image

It looks pretty crazy, but it is very smooth to the touch, it should paint nicely. And finally, I just wanted to make sure it all fits and lines up.

Image

As you can see I needed to use a little putty on the outer bezel piece as well, it took some damage along the way. That wraps up the update, next up will be the side panel window. Thanks for looking, more to come soon.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:48 am 
Monkey Federation (Top 10)*
Monkey Federation (Top 10)*
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jun 24, 2004 1:22 pm
Posts: 27370
Location: In a cage, dumbass.
Lookin good bro!


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:18 am 
Team Creamsicles
Team Creamsicles
User avatar

Joined: Thu Aug 26, 2004 12:06 pm
Posts: 1397
Location: Montreal, Canada
Man that is one awesome design!

What camera are you using for the pics btw?


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:03 pm 
Klamath
Klamath

Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:38 pm
Posts: 214
GreenMidgetYoda wrote:
What camera are you using for the pics btw?


He's using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:46 pm 
Team Member
Team Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:10 am
Posts: 169
Thanks amigos :) @Camrm- you're right, although mines a model from about 3 years ago. How the heck did you know that?


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:57 pm 
Klamath
Klamath

Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:38 pm
Posts: 214
hurv wrote:
Thanks amigos :) @Camrm- you're right, although mines a model from about 3 years ago. How the heck did you know that?


EXIF data. ;)

Image


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:28 pm 
Team Member
Team Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:10 am
Posts: 169
@Camrm- that's good to know man, good call :)

Just a quick update this evening, I was looking for an excuse to play with my mnpctech toys that came in a few weeks ago.

Image

So I messed around figuring out how to mount the modders mesh to the fiberglass piece. After laying the mesh over the grill area and marking the cut lines, I brandished my +5 tinsnips of awesome and went to work.

Image

Then I used a few small strips of two sided adhesive to hold the mesh in place. I will probably use epoxy to permanently mount it once the painting is done.

Image

I forgot to mention this in my last update, but you can see here I have removed most of the foam. This was necessary to properly sand the tighter spaces, and to avoid seeing the foam from the front. Here it is mocked up.

Image

Okay now we're done looking at the bezel for a while, hopefully I haven't bored you to death with it. Next time we'll move on to the side window, here's one of my rough sketches of the window to give you an idea of where we're headed.

Image

Until next time, thanks again for looking.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:06 am 
SON OF A GUN
SON OF A GUN
User avatar

Joined: Mon Nov 01, 2004 5:41 am
Posts: 11605
Nice dude! I like this!


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:09 pm 
Boy in Black
Boy in Black
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jun 24, 2004 1:40 pm
Posts: 24339
Location: South of heaven
Looks like a Scout thus far though. You know, the ones that jump on a bike and run? The later sketches seem fruitful though.

can't exactly close the eyes since it's cut already. Go with the scout and paint it white.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:02 pm 
Team Member
Team Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:10 am
Posts: 169
Chumly wrote:
Looks like a Scout thus far though. You know, the ones that jump on a bike and run? The later sketches seem fruitful though.

can't exactly close the eyes since it's cut already. Go with the scout and paint it white.


That was the plan for the front, to go w/ the scout, that's what came to mind right away when I first saw the case. Not that I'm trying to create high art here, but the theme I'm going for is elements from the different troopers from Star Wars.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 2:30 pm 
Team Member
Team Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:10 am
Posts: 169
It's been a long time, but I have an update. Let's get right to it- since we left off last time, I began work on the side window. I began by drawing a template, then using a hobby knife cut out the areas to be marked on the panel.

Image

Then used a sharpie to mark my cuts and got the Dremel and friends ready to party.

Image

For the tighter cuts where Jigsaw and Dremel cutting wheel would be difficult, I set up the router attachment, and used the same tungsten carbide bit as I used for cutting the foam for the bezel.

Image

I stopped to take a break, and realized that I had placed the template sideways!

Image

This is the reason for the delay in updating. I had to come up with a design around the cuts that were already made- luckily not many. I came up with this, sort of a positive/negative space design. I started the Dremel cuts, to set up the jigsaw and router cuts.

Image

And here we have the cuts made, as well as the tools used.

Image

Then there was plenty of filing, grinding, and sanding to do. I won't be using u-channel, so I want to keep the edges as smooth as possible. There were some tight spots that were tough to get at, I had to get creative with the mouse sander and bits of sandpaper to get everything smooth.

Image

And a closer look.

Image

Since I had the sanding stuff out, I figured I would sand the surface for priming. The thin strip that runs above the eyes is a bit uneven, but I think i can even that out with filler putty.

Next up I need to order a power button and figure out where I'm going to put it. I don't think I'm going to go with the traditional spot on the bezel- feel free to chime in with any ideas on this, and thanks for looking :)


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 3:53 pm 
Klamath
Klamath

Joined: Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:38 pm
Posts: 214
Honestly man, part of building stuff in general is being about to design on the fly and improvise. Nice job on the redesign; it looks pretty much like you planned it all along, and that's the key to good improvisation.

Keep it up man.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 4:41 pm 
Team Member
Team Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:10 am
Posts: 169
Thanks Camrm :D


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 5:02 pm 
Million Club - 20 Plus
Million Club - 20 Plus
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 24, 2009 5:32 am
Posts: 4294
looks great!





Ted


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat May 22, 2010 7:13 pm 
Team Creamsicles
Team Creamsicles
User avatar

Joined: Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:41 pm
Posts: 1306
Location: Mahaska County Correctional Facilty
hurv wrote:
Thanks amigos :) @Camrm- you're right, although mines a model from about 3 years ago. How the heck did you know that?


I always feel like somebody's watching me...

lol! :lol:

Looks killer so far, keep it up!


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 1:27 pm 
Monkey Federation (Top 10)*
Monkey Federation (Top 10)*
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jun 24, 2004 1:22 pm
Posts: 27370
Location: In a cage, dumbass.
Good save on the back plan!


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 5:49 pm 
Team Member
Team Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:10 am
Posts: 169
Gracias guys, the feedback is appreciated. I've been doing a little work cleaning up the window cuts some more, and filling uneven spots w/ filler putty, its working pretty well. Was hoping to start priming, but humidity is off the meter in WI right now so I'm at the weather's mercy ATM.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 2010 10:21 am 
Klamath
Klamath

Joined: Fri May 16, 2008 6:30 am
Posts: 317
Location: Roe Dilund
Friggin sweet cutout! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:18 pm 
Team Member
Team Member
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:10 am
Posts: 169
ScoopsterRi wrote:
Friggin sweet cutout! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


Thanks man, and good evening all. I've found many modding adventures this last week and a half. Before I paint, I wanted to mock up everything and give it the old check it twice. After mounting the Scout Trooper grill to the the bezel (using the same two part epoxy found earlier in the log), I wanted to see how the optical drive lined up. ZOMG a new gap between the drive and bezel!

Image

It looked about the right size for some of this split flex tubing I had laying around...

Image

Good enough for me, I'm calling the bezel ready for primer. Next I decided to cut my window out of the smoked acrylic I'd ordered a while back.

Image

I also made a new mounting bracket for the 140mm intake out of the acrylic. Upon further review the mesh one I'd made earlier seemed too flimsy. Behold the new bracket of scum and villainy.

Image

Shown here mounted with socket caps, and drilling mounting holes.

Image

I also dremeled out the bottom of the bracket for maximum airflows, no pics of that sorry. I just couldn't stop myself until I had the fan mounted- I'm silly like that.

Image

In the spirit of missing pics in a log, I'd also dremelled out the middle of the power supply/optical/hdd bracket thingy to allow air to pass through it. No worries, it will show up in the paint section. Finally we get to the sort-of completed mock up.

Image
Image

The lighting makes the cut edges look much rougher than they are. To me they feel pretty smooth and even after some spot filler putty and sanding. Before paint I still need to drill out the floor, for the power button as well as the feet. That's all I have so far folks, thanks for looking. :)


Top
  Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 62 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4  Next

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group