Pip had a great time on holiday with her sister
Got plenty done today, started off with going to penny's with Pete where they let us use their
drill to make small holes for the self tapping screws on the top and side lexan and metal panels.
The screw needs a small hole to start with so it can tap its way into the material.
I discovered when the lexan had been screwed in on the inside on the metal panel that it would stop the unit from sitting on top of the case and thus from screwing in
Its these bits that stop it:
This is annoying beacause it would have looked much better on the inside flush than on the outside sticking out, also the lexan was cut smaller to be on the inside so putting it on top looks uneven.
Then Pete and I came up with a solution! The lexan can still be underneath for most of the way, but where the case chassis stops it we can cut the lexan and have it even with the metal. The part where the lexan is under the metal is what will be screwed to hold the lexan in place.
Where the lexan is even with the metal I can put a bit of tape underneath.
I realise this is probably very confusing, so i've done a paint diagram
. the black is the existing case chassis (like in the two above pics), the red is whats left of the metal top panel and the blue is the lexan.
Another small issue
we stumbled across is that the screws used to secure the lexan on the top and side panels stick out and stop the panels from attaching. They will have to be grinded/hacked off.
The top panel with lexan and fan attached, the lexan hasnt been cut to the above plan yet.
Side panel with fan attached:
Now for some painting
Pci brackets priming:
Case chassis first primer coat:
Yesterday when it was raining I did another coat of black on the fan brackets and put it in to dry in the bathroom with the fan on. The next day it looked horrible, the paint was spotty, patchy and wasnt shining like the first coat.
So today I wet sanded with 1500grit and gave it a good rub with meths then did another coat and hung it out in full sunshine.
Ok thats all, thanks for looking and a big thnks to penny farthing cycles for the use of their workshop