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Loving this build, and learning a ton. Following your lead and going to the store today to get a space heater for my garage, as it's getting a bit chilly here in Dallas finally smile.gifcheers.gif
Thank you.

So right side of molex going to AQ5 was 12V (swaped from last nights picture above/earlier page). Which meant rearranging and now red is going to be before on the 4 pin, so the lengths are going to be off, and I am not going to get a perfect branching of wires.
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Found that out while testing it. No wonder the LEDs on the Vandals were so dim, it had 5V going to in brown wire ....
Also found out middle white LED on Vandal is blown. Put a temporary white 16mm one.
God I have to switch this Vandal Switch bay.
Going to ask Jim Keating if they can make a tripe short 5.25 bay for these 3 units. Putting them in the case when wired is painful. No other choice, because power cable to AQ5 has to be put in before mounted.
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Have to trim bottom wiring to second AQ5 by 1" to line up with others:
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post #392 of 1388
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Decided to do some acrylic to switch things up a bit. Since I got the White Rouge Polishing compound and meguairs #17 and #10.

In the garage so I can see the mailguy come by (waiting for package from MDPC).
This is the cut on the smallest acrylic. Just going to do 2 sides and this has to get cut to fit into a 5.25 bay, if I ever get around to that.
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Wet sanding, 60, 100, 220 and 600 and progression shots. Moved into the house at some point; was getting cold.
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White rouge ...hard as a brick.
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Beginning to see lines much a little bit more clearly:
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The Meguiars:
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Much better...but something went wrong...should have been clear.
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If I take a shot from top its still a bit hazy. Thought it was because the other side was not done:
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Redid the 3 steps starting from white rouge. But this time (google is your friend), added vegetable oil to the white polishing compound and voila:
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And this time a shot from the top, you can barely notice its there in the shot..Only reason you see it, is because the other side is not done:
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Another shot:
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Its so clear that you can see the glue on the masking tape which is stuck on the other side.
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post #393 of 1388
Nice polishing.
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Watching with interest since I want to do one of these myself.
post #395 of 1388
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MDPC package arrived and missing copper brown sata sleeving. BTW have 200 feet of white sleeving if anyone is interested in buying:
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Redid the cabling to AQ5 + Vandal. Eliminated the +5V and its -/ground.
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Also eliminated the third vandal switch; so now only 2. Will have to get smaller Female Spade connectors - 2.8mm is too big for the Vandal LED. Apparently the male spade connectors are different sizes on the Vandal switch. Go figure.
post #396 of 1388
PM me about the sleeving.
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Those browns sleeving look great. I am sure you put them to good use seanimus thumb.gif and just to share

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post #398 of 1388
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Been testing various things around RGB and different settings. Had to do this before I design my Front bay for Vandal Switches.
Here is a single AQ RGB on far side of the acrylic:
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Also found out the AQ RBG Illumination Module is much brighter with no diffused lens on the glass.
The regular RGBs you get are not that bright. Need to confirm this with a test.

Will post the white sleeving I have in 1 or 2 days - SATA + Family Pack
post #399 of 1388
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RGB Strip arrived, but cannot make it work with AQ5 RGB output + Tatronics Amp. mad.gif
White LED with 6 LEDS per 5 CMS is now stuck in NC. Was stuck in NY for 2 weeks. mad.gif
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Conitnuing to look at options for 5.25 Vandal Switch Bay Mount..:
Single White Acrylic on top. Both photos below, enable me to have light concentrated on one side of the bay. Both of them I am thinking --the center focal point of light will not be seen with front aluminium plate for Vandal. Anyways, 75-80% of it will not be visible due to a aluminium plate on top for front 5.25 bay. Similar to this Lamptron Hummer Bay

Difference is one is 1 white acrylic and other is with 2 for more diffused look. Ofcourse the brightness and spread will change when I drill a hole for 5mm RGB LED. This is if I am going this route and not RGB Strip.
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If I go this route with light moving all the way to other end and if I put another led on the other side then I am not sure I can have 2 Vandals in one bay. Probably just do 1 each.
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Thoughts??
Edited by Seanimus - 11/21/12 at 9:21pm
post #400 of 1388
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Did the 22" x 6 3/4" Acrylic piece. Same process...just found it harder to get Band Saw marks harder. And when it is such a large piece...yeah.
Windex sucks compared to Meguiar #17 on final clean process to get finger prints out:
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Piece is so large doesn't fit in the view
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White SMD LEDS 6 per 5 cms arriving tomorrow --- finally....All the way from china ... couldn't find them any other place.

Here is a shot with 1 AQ RGB Illumincation Module.., imagine with 100 SMD LEDS along the border...better be bright!!
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Son fooling around with Panaroma feature in iPhone 5. What BS- its just a zoomed out picture and then cropped...you can tell when you see the raw data. Either that or my son is trying to trick me, as he got tired of taking a shot of picture with grid lines by moving the camera left to right:

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Edited by Seanimus - 11/22/12 at 4:20pm
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