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Great looking build so far! I'm very excited (as I'm sure you are) to see the finished product!
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side panel vent work:

here are how they look out of the package


what I needed to do was to remove the middle so that they would work as actual vents

so I began cutting from the backside on the first piece

turns out, i didnt need to cut anything, the only thing holding the middle in was that 3M double sided tape, boy these were made cheaply, but I had already cut into the first one and saw some blemishes that would be hard to fix since these are ABS plastic

wish I would had known before hand that the middle inserts just pushed right out with some elbow grease

so anyhoot, I went to buy a new pair so that I would have 4 perfect side vents with no blemishes

the one on the far right has been replaced, that was the one that I took the dremel to.

this will fit on the side panels above the exhaust pipes, I will be using part of the front panel modders mesh to use as my screening behind these after they are mounted.

will update later on
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GREAT progress, +rep! Very excited to see how this turns out!
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Great update! You have my full attention.thumb.gif
    
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thanks guys!

as promised, I would hook up the lazor light to my current rig to show effect on etched window.

boy am I disappointed to learn not only was the so called "spotlight" a crap shoot, but 3 of the 5 bulbs in my lazor (i know im spelling it wrong, its just how the makers spell it) light are dead,

so with only 2 working bulbs, this is all it could do, I really need another solution, something stronger.


2 working bulbs, 3 dud bulbs...or im doing something wrong?


not the effect I was looking for, a stronger light(s) would help out.





so can anyone link me to a good quality orange/amber light that will illuminate my window the way it was meant to be?

thanks all.
   
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Mod my toys might have one
 
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This looks fantastic.

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Very cool progress!

BTW: I wouldn't worry about the HD logo unless you plan on selling them for profit...
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Thanks guys for the nice comments biggrin.gif

As for selling for a profit, I highly doubt I could pull that off, some sucker would need to pull out $750 or more for just the cast after its finished for me to make any extra bones.

today I got some panels cut and ready for work, I started by cutting out the top panel overlay:
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I used a dewalt jigsaw for the cutting today
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I then went to recheck the case after I had the top panel cut out
my case is torqued when stripped down, this is a nightmare!
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when I lay my cut down on top of the case in its final resting place, it does not line up, even though my cut is pretty good:
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but the good news is, the case untorques itself after the panels are reapplied, so everything should be fine once completed, but just in case, if something on the top looks off, im blaming CM!!!

so now was time to get my window lines drawn
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using a fairly large washer for my rounded corners template
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some measurements against the window placement
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the top looks like its going to be off
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so I have to cut my acrylic at the bottom about a half inch or so

after all lines and corners measured and drawn
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it was time to cut out the window section, cut completed (minus sanding and grinding at corners to make them better)
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4 corners, they need some work
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ill get those fixed up tomorrow with a grinder, and while im grinding, ill grind out those flame cutouts a little better too.

next up was to get the two side panels cut out, this was pretty strait forward as they were the same size
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setting it all in place thus far:
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back tracking some, those chrome flames, they really tore up my metal cutting disc, here it is compared to a unused one:
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maybe that is the result of trying to turn the blade as I was cutting.

other photos of my work today, didnt get them fit into the "story"

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there, now I dont feel bad for uploading them to photobucket biggrin.gif

anyways, I should get some more done tomorrow, things on my todo list:

grind the corners of the top panel to near perfection
grind the flame cutouts a little better
side panel aluminum cuts for the vents and exhaust piping
finish cutting the right side panel (case panel not aluminum)
drill 3/4" hole in a willie skull (if i can find a bit that big)

things I will get to the next time I am home since I ship out on Saturday:
placement of the 280mm rad, fan hole cutouts and filter placement
start mounting everything together to make sure it "fits"
strip it all down again and prime the panels ready for painting
painting
and etc that I cant quite think of, dont want to get too far ahead of myself.

enjoy!
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