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Many thanks for your kind words Jakob. I can imagine seeing one of your products getting roughly painted will set your teeth off :D truth be told my original choice when I moved to your blocks was the Ni-Bi "Hole Edition" because it's nickel and stainless steel but I wasn't 100% keen on the black hole plate even if you won't see it. The B-Grade LT edition was perfect if I could cover the copper.

 

I'm glad you now like it in black but after some test fits and manual handling I've chipped the paint a bit and I'm still toying with the idea of stripping the black off and painting it silver/nickel anyway.

 

 

If this bit stays in shape then the core case construction work is done and I can move onto other elements. That's hopefully when you'll see progress of the actual whole.

 

Stay tuned!

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I have a BIG update for you. Not so much in volume, but in significance. After 2 years of planning, design, redesign, stress and very scary moments I think I might actually have the case.

 


And for all those who asked the question directly, here is the big reveal: the Alphacool UT60 360 radiator mounted inside.

 

Close-up of the rad in situ

 

And after all the trouble with bending the lower L incorrectly, trashing all backup pieces, bend radii throwing measurements off and ultimately taking a hacksaw to lovely laser cut work...

 

It's turned out pretty much bang on. Hell, I might have even taken a tiny bit too much out!

 

Things still need a bit of adjustment to straighten bits up, but here's a cheeky shot of the back with a vanity plate I put in to cover the PSU opening. Should look nice once cleaned up and brushed to replicate the case exterior.

 


And to wrap up, I simply had to throw the hardware into the case. Consider this a teaser and a spoiler for when everything comes together :p

 

 

Forgive the grotty photos because I'm over-excited and over-tired! Still lots to do to get the case cleaned up and finalised, but I think finally I've now broken the back of it. The grunt work is done, so everything now is a million little things so I can potter about and do bits here and there, rather than have to schedule in large blocks of time.

 

Plenty more to do, plenty more to see, and plenty of things I've not even talked about yet :D

 

Stay tuned.


Edited by LePhuronn - 4/25/17 at 1:42am
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Nicely done! thumb.gif
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Many thanks! Doing some cleanup at the minute before I start on the bottom half. Scary how I'm still finding so many funny angles and things not quite aligning properly because it's all been handled so much.

 

JB Weld is truly magical stuff :thumbsups

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Looks fantastic! Looking forward to seeing everything plumbed up and finished
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Looks fantastic! Looking forward to seeing everything plumbed up and finished

Oh, we are NOWHERE near plumbing lol but many thanks for your support, glad to know you like it so far :thumb:

 

Spending this Easter weekend tidying up what I have so I can draw a nice, completed line through it. Then I have the lower portions next which will help complete the stock look I'm after. After that it's researching the effectiveness of forstner bits with acetal, and onto something brand new; time to finalise the acrylic drawings methinks ;)

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Subbed! Great job so far, I love your addiction to details and perfection!
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Many thanks mrmaler! I will admit to some frustration that my meticulous planning and attention to detail has been let down in the actual build, but it's part of the learning process and it's only tiny little issues that you just wouldn't see unless you knew what to look for and had some proper measuring tools :p

 

I'm working on the lower half of the case right now, but I won't be showing much of that because it's a big collection of bodges :thumbsdow but since it's all hidden it doesn't matter too much.

 

Hopefully some progress on new parts soon!

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I know exactly what you're talking about biggrin.gif I'm facing similar problems: month of planning and then reality and murphy joins the project thumb.gif
Talking about frustration, I just cracked the part I was milling the last 3 hours axesmiley.png
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I know exactly what you're talking about biggrin.gif I'm facing similar problems: month of planning and then reality and murphy joins the project thumb.gif
Talking about frustration, I just cracked the part I was milling the last 3 hours axesmiley.png

 

Gah! That's appalling to hear! I have some similar fears myself with the acrylic I'm doing for light panels. I have to tap M3 holes into 2 of them and I'm really trying my luck as to how close to the edge I'm going. Fortunately I've found a maker space near me with very good rates for their laser cutter, so if I mess up the acrylic I can pop back and redo it.

 

The light panels are the next thing I want to show actually, hopefully I won't be bodging case parts for much longer ;)

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