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Wow, this build has been awesome to watch unfold! I can't wait for you to get it all assembled and running biggrin.gif
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Wow, this build has been awesome to watch unfold! I can't wait for you to get it all assembled and running biggrin.gif

Ditto That!
    
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Thanks u2!

I finally got back home for 2 1/2 days today, I started redoing my front panel.

Before I continue, let me explain why a redo was necessary: When I went to mount the overkill grills, they were too close to the flame cutouts, I forgot to measure where I was putting the power button, and the power button dictates where the flame cutouts go. So a redo, with a slight design change was due.

This time I will be using 1/4" thick aluminum instead of the much thinner stuff I used last time of approx 1/16" (side panels and top panel are approx 1/8"). I bought a proper sized quality hole saw, even though I said I wasnt going to do this earlier, I felt it was needed for a quality job.
Hard to find 4 3/4" by Black and Decker off ebay for a steal at $10 + ship.

With the design change, I am replacing the much larger nut covers that I painted orange (regretted that afterwards) with smaller ones, and I will be leaving these chrome. I grinded out the insides so they would lay as flat as possible on the curved Cougar fans




I got the as center as I could, sorry for the lack of video quality, my video editor would not load up the videos off my phone for some reason, so it was a strait upload off my phone.
how the new design will come together thus far:







thats all i got for you today, tomorrow I will work on the new front panel more, it needs new power button location, trimmed and sanded down, then primed and first coat black. Second coat and clear coat the following day.

The overkill grills, I am also giong to be giving these a new finish, as you can tell in the above they are partially sanded, a real pain in the arse with those.

My Titan should be coming in within the next 2 days, so even if my shell of a case isnt completed by then, I will be firing that futher mucker up.
   
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Awesome fans, love the "heavy duty" look. thumb.gif
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I really like it with the fans "sunk in". Really let' the chrome pop on it.
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halfway through the day, got some updates:

started getting some of the final touches on the front panel work, new placement of power button makes sure there is plenty of room below the grills for the flames


I then needed to angle the inside left and right edges to for a solid fit on the front plastic, this was a bit tricky as the best tool for the job was a manual file


looking good after many many strokes



and how it sits on the plastic is just what I was looking for


I then sanded the hell out of this aluminum to a marble smooth finish ready for priming



oh ya, what do you think of the top of that panel?

that added design idea was due to the placement of the bullet bolts, needed something to make it look like it wasnt going to drag off the edge some, speaking of the bullet bolts, long and skinny or short and fat? I like the longs better:




will have more for you after some priming/sanding and coating.
   
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Nice job. I agree I think the skinny ones should look good.

Bet your hands and arms are wore out after that work out!
    
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Nice job. I agree I think the skinny ones should look good.

Bet your hands and arms are wore out after that work out!

ya! lol, my hands started hurtin from holding the file so i had to put on some winter gloves to finish lol.
   
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Looks like I found this just in time. Lol. biggrin.gif Subbed.
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found a place to take the grills to get a sand blast job, will get that done tomorrow. I will mount them clean until I can figure out how to get them chrome plated or a really high quality paint to simulate the effect.
   
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