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Hi Everyone I'm Michael Kaiser ( onevoicewild ) In the USA I'm the Sledge Hammer that's doing the Modding. My good friend Sam ( Do Until Loopy ) In the
UK did all the renderings and the design based on my original Ideas. Sam Is the surgeon acting with exact precision,
We are polar opposites and that's why this partnership works so well! We actually Started planning and working on some of the bling for this case 2 months
before the Corsair 900D was available for purchase. This actually became a great advantage for us as I will explain during the log. This was my Original Inspiration for the tribute to Metallica.
My original plan was to build a big case with large fans. Ahh the best laid plans of mice and men! We decided to go with the soon to be released 900D.
Really what fun is it to mod a case you can actually get?
Children don't try this at home without a Mad Brit with amazing rendering skills at your disposal.This is what we call the standard version.
That's not a bad looking case, but Rock Bands are known for their excess! There is nothing standard about Metallica! Hair on fire at 200 miles per hour might be closer to the point.May I introduce you to the Heavy Metal Version.
In preparation for the large case build I had contacted Bill Owen with MNPCTECH to make several grills in sizes that they had never made before.
I wanted two 200mm Nautilus OverKill Grills and a quad ring grill, These were key to the look I wanted for the case.
They are so busy filling orders for major suppliers like Performance PCS and Frozen CPU
that I had to wait several months to get some time on the mill.
This isn't a problem when you don't even have a case to put them on yet.
Render of my Sound Blaster Card. It looks better than the real thing! ohh that's dust on my real card.
One of the programs Sam uses Is Solidworks and you build components independently and then you can plug them into any project.
Sam had done some pretty amazing renderings up to this point. At the risk of looking like a bigger fool than I actually am ( maybe ? )
I figured I better start doing something in the real world or this would just be a comic book fantasy.
I started work on what we call the Spiky thing. I do most all of my pieces by hand with basic tools to keep costs down.
Duh I don't have a case, what's the hurry?
Where the heck was Sam when I was trying to Pass High School ? Handy, this guy!
So much for the easy part. This was done with a Dremel and a lot of needle files. I went through multiple saw blades to find one that was suitable.
I used rusting and paint splotching techniques to get the coloring I was looking for.
I was very satisfied with how this came out! At this point, this was the most complex piece I had done by hand.
If I knew then what I know now I might of taken up quilting or something a little less painful. He he he Just Kidding,
I'm stubborn like a bull! I think that's good personality trait ? Right ? Right?
It took Bill Owen A Hour just to disassemble his 900D for paint. You get a lot for your money!
You will notice that we don't have a big list of parts like most build logs you see. Nothing Is set in stone on this build
and with a lot of new parts just over the horizon I don't want to be locked into something I'll regret later.
I assure you this won't be an empty suit when were done! Wait for it ! Wait for it !
we will show a lot of rendered parts along the way that we may or may not use. How's that for commitment?
I finally got the two 200mm OverKill grills in and I want to make them special for this build. I though I would have trouble getting clean masking lines,
because of the complexity of the design.
I primed and painted the grills and I wanted the tops to be Gold so I tried a paint pen on the tops. Bad Idea!
The gold came out splotchy. Real painters just shake their heads at my antics!
my plan is to learn all the things not to do first and then I'll know how to get it done right.
What? that doesn't sound like a solid plan? Hey That's what I got to work with.
That gives you some Idea just how stupid big these grills are! that's a 140mm fan in behind it.
While I was correcting my little painting mistake I found that when I smooth sanded and polished the grill face, it shined like chrome.
Hmm I think I'll go with that and see how it works.
These fans seemed just a little to safe for me! So I thought I should add mini saw blades to the center hubs. Some one described it as a cat deterrent? I don't have cats ( anymore ) Ha ha I really just hate when people come up and start playing with your fans after you just painted them. Go on touch it! I said touch it ! Ok then get out of my face sissy boy.