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I have made it past the front panel! Woohoo!

Here is the cut panel:


I was an avid “Flamerâ€â€¦. erm… I mean I used to flame the edges of acrylic to bring out the shine. One day another member PM’d me an image from a Stand Alone LC Unit. The image was of a polished edge that gleamed like the edge of a finely honed Katana…. I fell in love…. with the acrylic that is…

I started to practice on some of the pieces that I had lying around that had met with a bad measurement or cut.

Polishing is much better, faster and easier. The results are outstanding.

I think that I need to save for an angle grinder and a buffing attachment…

Rouge:


Dremel: … please don’t laugh…. I know… I know… I need a buffer, otherwise it goes something like this: “Oh! Here, let me dig this trench with a teaspoon…â€


Completed panel:


And several images of the finished panel:





Whew! I am glad that is over with. The cleanliness of the CD slot and the eject button could be better…. I will have to work on that before I start Halcyon.

Next: Some more leak-testing, flushing and more leak-testing…
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That's a great look. And it's structural too: supports the rad. Looks perfect and unifies the front panel.
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I like the looks of the front, alot. It is really consistent...like it was all meant to go together. Very well done!
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As always, workmanship is the word to describe your beautiful art pieces.
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Originally Posted by CyberDruid View Post
That's a great look. And it's structural too: supports the rad. Looks perfect and unifies the front panel.
Thanks CyberDruid, and I mean that in a "muse"-type way also. WaterClocker was the catalyst.

I was originally just going to place the radiator where it sits now, use a standard tray-loading drive, and cover the bays with the stock covers that I was going to paint.

Kinda one of those moments: One doesn't know what they are missing until one sees it.

I saw it. I liked it. I copied it.



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I like the looks of the front, alot. It is really consistent...like it was all meant to go together. Very well done!
You don't know how much that means to me - thank you.

I really try to meld the modifications and builds so that they look natural, as though they have a natural affinity for the rest of the constituent (sp?) parts.

Thanks for the smile.



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Originally Posted by SZayat View Post
As always, workmanship is the word to describe your beautiful art pieces.
Gracias, Amigo.

Always a pleasure to hear from you.


Update:

I have started on the windows.

The stock grillwork from the lower chamber is a nice touch, but I will be replacing them with windows that I have made from bronze acrylic.

I plan to flip the cages around so that the fans are on the "backside" of the case. This will give a clear view of the Raptors nestled in their bays. I am not sure if I will be able to do this as the fans that cool the HDD's may block the access points of the SATA cable and the power cable to each of the HDD's. We'll see when we get to that point. Perhaps mounting the fans to the window will allow me to weasle my way around that little hurdle, though that is not ideal. I would prefer to keep as much weight (little as it may be) consigned to the chassis, not the panels or windows.

I am also going to make an acrylic plate to cover some of the openings between the motherboard area and the PSU/HDD area. I'm not sure if I will use bronze or black. The plate will be held in place by the hardware that also mounts the pump to the chassis... another layered look.

Hmmm... an issue. The motherboard tray does not slide all the way in. It is short by about 1/2". It is blocked by the rear-most fans mounting hardware.... looks like I am going to have to dremel a small crescent out of the portion on the mobo tray that is being hindered.

...DANG! That means more painting.... which means more waiting... which means more impatients, which means I need to grow up!

GAH! We need "insta-paint"

I have been able to secure all the cooling hardware, I will introduce it later.

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Thanks Broham...! ....

....'cept I dunno what "<3" means (me=noob )
NoNONO, me = noob, you = Teh M0dz0rz G0dz0rz (Uber pro modder)

<3 is a heart duh
    
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SNIP-SNIP

...DANG! That means more painting.... which means more waiting... which means more impatients, which means I need to grow up!

GAH! We need "insta-paint"


I thought that same phrase 3 different times this week. Twice when my parts were drying...and the wind blew the newspaper over onto and STUCK to the wet- paint! GRRRR!! The 3rd time was when I had to repaint a part a different color and really wanted to just be done with it. We need insta-paint! LOL!
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Great front panel work cant wait to see it finished.
    
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Yea it's official, I gots ta get me one of dem!
Seriously though, superb craftsmanship as expected from the acrylic jedi.
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Front panel looks great. I just love how clean the slot load makes it look.

On another note, I really need to see those bronze windows..
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