Al right.. I'm still waiting for the last part of of my package, but my window mod is done!
Let me give you the tour! ^_^
I did all the metal cutting with Dremel.
Took some time, but results speaks for it self.
The red circles: 2x diamond cutting wheel and a container with 50 normal cutting wheels.
As I was warned a few times, the normal cutting wheel was used up after 10-20 cm.. I did one side panel with normal cutting wheel. I think I used / destroyed about 10 of them
Then I changed to a diamond wheel and did the other side panel + top panel, only using that! I was really impressed about its durability! it DID cut a bit slower than the normal wheels, but held a lot better witch might have saved me some time if not for a friend of mine, constantly replacing used / broken wheels so I had a fresh one ready at all times.
Originally Posted by sascha1102
Also, since you bought the accessory pack and don't know specific pricing's, just keep in mind those diamond cutoff wheels are $10-20 USD per ONE wheel
BTW, killer job!. Those look real good =)
The accessory pack cost me 17-18 dollars, and yea.. I noticed that a single wheel would cost almost as much as the entire set (that includes two wheels ^^) what a great deal!
Preparing for the cutting
Got the corners pretty even, using my dremel (what a great tool)
I checked with my uchannel, all scratches are covered ^^ no need to apply paint or anything
This was the only scratch I was really worried about.. but pheew! the uchannel covered it by less than 0.5mm ^^
Pretty good first time use of Dremel / first time case cutting, if I may say so myself ^_^
Then I removed the interlocks on the side panels as mentioned by sascha1102
Look at the two red circles..
One thing tough,
If I could do it over again, I would probably cut out a bite of the inner frame, rather than the 2 locks..
Same outcome, none of the methods would be visible, and I rather not cut things off of my newly improved side panel
Also, the sascha method requires a little force to get the side panels on and off..
by cutting the frame instead, the window would slight on as normal and no need to cut the interlocks.
Hope this was understandable -_- a bit hard to explain.
I used the holes to draw a template on a piece of cardboard and added the thickness of the U channel~, drew them up on my masked 500x500x3mm plexi GS (as recommended by sascha1102, cheers !) Its a really good product compared to the one CM is using in their windowed top!!
and as sascha also said, when using a jigsaw for plexi, use a blade that is ment to be used for plexi! a normal blade will burn it
luckily it was just a practice piece
The cut out sections and gluing in the windows.
I know that this is not the "Normal" way of doing window modding, but my uchannel didn't allow me to use double sided tape, and I couldn't be bothered to buy new channels.
It is made of a hard material. more plastic than rubber, so it does not give 1mm when compressed, and it stands 2.2mm out from the panel, so double sided tape just wouldn't work here.
So I ended up gluing the windows straight to the uchannel
I applied a small dot after each corner and 5-7 cm spacing on the long stretches.
It needs to be really small dots, and it is best to apply the dot a little to the side, away from the window. That way, the glue wont travel onto the visible glass.
put down the plexi, making sure not to move it, so I wouldn't smear the glue more then necessary.
And here is the finished product!!
All washed and polished with hot water and some mild soap and a towel.
I like the outcome, I like it a lot!
I cut out my honeycomb and changed the CM logo with a MSI batch that matches my mobo.
The pattern left by the honeycomb is not this visible in real life, so doubt I will do anymore to it
The MSI batch has a really nice red, too bad my cam doesn't capture that vary well.
The whole thing took me 2 days~ and cost me 35 dollars including shipment. + another 100 for the dremel and the accessory kit, but I don't count that since I always wanted one and i'm gonna use it in the future as well.. soo ~
To end this post, here is a few effect shots Edited by GaMbi2004 - 8/16/14 at 4:35pm