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post #11 of 194
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Oh crap 3xtr3m3, your mod, and your log, was a big inspiration for me!

I love what you did with that case, and the way you detailed your progress. The bondo work... I could feel your pain. I pretty much self-taught myself how to do minor body work when I used to have an auto-detail shop. You've got a real eye (and the requisite patience) for that sort of work. Kudos to you sir!

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out something on this case that could use a little body filler loving; if for no other reason than the fact that I know it's a process I have a little experience with. So far... no ideas have been forthcoming. I like the brushed aluminum feel and look of the factory finish, and anything I think of that includes "body work" seems to take away from that.
post #12 of 194
man nice job and great job for a first build
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post #13 of 194
Looks awesome so far. Dont be afraid to chop cut and rebuild,lol. Definitely subscribed bro.
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post #14 of 194
lookin good so far. keep it up
 
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post #15 of 194
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Originally Posted by repo_man View Post
Dont be afraid to chop cut and rebuild,lol.
I won't.
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Originally Posted by iandroo888 View Post
keep it up
I will.



Lotsa boxes at the door (and one trip to the hardware store) over the past couple days.


That's an Ultra X3 1000W, and 1900rpm Slipstreams. The smaller bundle of cables is the "short runs" that came with the case. They match the PSU rat's nest there perfectly.



That's the Akasa pre-mod panel I was waiting for in the back. It's exactly as I expected, a perfect fit and match for the Ultra case.

The AC Ryan panels were a whim, but I'm sure I'll find uses for them. I went with the 2mm on the black panel... that may sting later. It's THICK lol. Cutting that stuff I can deal with, but I have no idea how I'm going to bend it.

The AC Ryan panel is not a perfect match for the factory brushed aluminum on the Ultra, but it's definitely close enough, and I'm a real stickler for that sort of thing. The smooth side is black as well, just like the case. I wasn't expecting that, so there's a bonus. The wife will be pleased that there's that much less painting going on around the apartment, I can assure you.

Anywho, it looks like I have enough stuff to keep me busy for a for a little while now.
post #16 of 194
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Made some progress this weekend, but not as much as I would have liked. I guess that's what happens when you A) have no plan whatsoever, and B) generally make a mess of whatever it is you happen to be doing "off the cuff".

First, I dove into what I'm calling a "shroud" for my blowholes, using the 2mm sheet of ACRyan brushed black aluminum. I realized in short order that it was indeed too thick to bend (the bends are not terribly sharp even with a creaser, and the finish cracks at the bend-point).

So, out came my trusty jigsaw:


After an afternoon of measuring, cutting, filing, measuring, and filing some more, I had this (note, the camera is being particularly cruel on these shots. The seams aren't as bad as they look, but I have a plan to clean them up further):


I had some issues sorting how I was going to hold that together (more on that in a sec) but ultimately, I held it together with an old favorite:

I haven't banged it around or anthing, but it seems remarkably solid after setting over night. Much love for the J-B Weld.

Can't have an exhaust shroud without an outlet... here's the other side:


See that? Yeah, the nasty spot. Note to self: Don't get anxious and try to tack your project together with super glue just so you can ogle it:


Only thing left to do now was start over, or fix it. I decided to fix it:




after a little filing to clean it up:


Had one of these for years, but never really used it:


As far as the rotary tool, I think I need some practice. I finally ended up nibbling out the last of the job with the jigsaw:



I've since filed and sanded that bit of diamond plate's edges down to 1500 grit, and it came out nicely, and fits like a glove. I'd show it to you, but right now its sitting under a pile of dumbells holding down some modders mesh I'm J-B Welding into place.

One last parting shot though, of the one thing that did go well for me this weekend:


That's held in place with velcro tabs, and I'm really pleased with the effect.

Until next time folks. . .
post #17 of 194
You obviously have a good eye and skill with the tools, very nice job so far. subscribed
post #18 of 194
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You obviously have a good eye and skill with the tools, very nice job so far. subscribed
Heh, that's high praise coming from you markkleb. Your work is definitely an inspiration for me bud.

I owe one seamer in my tool box to you by the way... and after having a look at the latest in your log, I find myself suddenly wandering by the plexi rack at the local hardware store nowadays.

Where do you get your acrylic from, if I might ask?
post #19 of 194
Thanks a lot.
I get it from local plastic places, i go is and ask for scraps and odd size cut pieces. They like to get rid of them and since they dont have to cut them they are pretty cheap.

On line I get some(especially my Carbonfiber) from tapplastics.com their shipping rocks!
post #20 of 194
Whoa that looks amazingly cool. Can't wait to see how it looks in the end
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