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The inside diameter is what I was after Mr. Q. 4.5" on the nose. That was the only material I could find that fit the bill, so I snagged it.

If you look at that last pic, it's pretty much perfectly matched to the inside bore of a 120mm fan frame. In the shot with the diamond plate you can see the difference is a hair more, but I did quite a bit of filing on that piece. When I mate a fresh cut bezel to a slice of that tube, there should be very minimal filing and sanding to make a pretty much flush looking junction. Matching the curve I'm going to hammer into the front bezel pieces of diamond plate... now that might be a different story.

So yeah. You guessed it. Polished up, sexy front bezel fan ports are inc.

As far as a duct, I was planning on using the excess if there is enough. I might even do a ram air type intake with a fan on each end just for giggles. Power air for the GPU section of the case. This would mean losing the hard drive cage all together. The HD's would then go in the 5.25" rack, but I'm ok with that. Then of course there's the issue of the bottom intake for the GPU's that I've already cut... but I digress.

In a fit of madness or inspiration (you call it), I decided I wasn't quite done modding for the night. First, I decided to ditch the front I/O interfaces all together:




Five minute fiberglass full stop was in full effect. This is going to be fun to sand tomorrow:




Dinner was imminent, but I wasn't quite done yet:




It's probably about time you saw what's behind the curtain:




I decided I wanted better symmetry, so I'm going to move the front fan mount up in the case a tad, balancing the weight of the stealthed optical cover with the bottom section of the bezel. This will mean more hacking at the front of the chassis, but I was planning on a fabricating new mounts for that fan and the controller anywho, so no big deal there.

I almost surrendered to just making a scratch built bezel once I saw that new sheet of aluminum from McMaster-Carr, but I thought better. I kind of like the notion that the front silhouette will be even just vaguely recognizable. I think of it as a kind of tribute to what is almost universally considered one of the only major flaws to the case. (The plastic front bezel)

OK, that's enough blathering from me.

'til next time folks.



edit:

Dang, Ice Owl, I'm sorry I missed your post earlier. That is quite the recommendation, given the source! That's like... Oprah style endorsement right there. For what its worth, I'm not too worried. Much like Liquid Ice, I have a feeling this log is going to be around and active for the next showcase vote. Probably several of them.
post #112 of 194
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The last couple days its been crazy humid here, so the filler has been taking longer to cure than normal. I've been building up several edges for the bezel's rightside column, so I wanted to make sure all filler was cured well before I started shaping.

Laid another coat of fiberglass reinforced poo on the front:




Sanded that down:




Another layer of lightweight filler went on last night:




And, got that sanded down this morning:



As you can see, I also found a new home for the Sunbeam controller that I'm really excited about. The buttons are just sitting there right now, but I'm about 99% that's where it's going to go. It should balance nicely with the stainless steel vandal resistant switches up above.


I also rigged up the fill plate for one of my 5.25 drives to make the stealth job a little easier. Wanted a clean surface to mate the drive tray with the bezel cover, but that filler gets pretty heavy, so I fudged a little, padding with paper:




Right after the filler set, I shaved it down with a knife. A little sanding and I should be all set there:




That's all for now folks. Just a quick update before I roll out to work.
post #113 of 194
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I decided I wanted to give the reworked front bezel a little something to set it apart. I bet I thought of at least a hundred different reasons why this was going to be a bad idea:




Here's four of them (that's how many cutting disks I used to make myself a ghetto "grinding stone" attachment for my rotary tool):




It actually came out better than I expected. I rinsed it all off and tossed it under this lamp to dry. I couldn't wait anymore for a look at it with a primer coat:




I was actually surprised at how well the first cover coat came out. Still some finish work left to do before its ready for the black, but not nearly as much as I expected:







The grooves were just a little detail I decided to try. Give it a little something extra. I think some hardware, maybe a few of those acorn nuts, may find their way into those for show.

The way things are going, I should have the bezel ready for paint before this coming weekend is out. This is good. I promised myself no more metal fun until I finished the "body work".

'til next time folks.
post #114 of 194
That looks really good. I'm impressed. To be honest, I was kinda surprised. I mean, I was looking through those pics and I saw knives, tape, and goop, but then *bam* it was all pretty.
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Still Amazing, cant wait to see the final
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Looks gorgeous! Never underestimate a good modder and some bondo! I absolutely love love LOVE where that rhoebus might go. That will look uberl33t with the power buttons!
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That looks really good. I'm impressed. To be honest, I was kinda surprised. I mean, I was looking through those pics and I saw knives, tape, and goop, but then *bam* it was all pretty.
"Aye".

This is a hallmark of a person with great vision: Amid the clutter and chaos they see the potentiality of what could be....not what is...

This is the nature of a person with skill and ability; they bring forth that vision and craft it.

Warfarin88... you possess both of these.

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"Aye".

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This is the nature of a person with skill and ability; they bring forth that vision and craft it.

Warfarin88... you possess both of these.

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A simple "nice job" just wouldn't suffice huh Syrillian?
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A simple "nice job" just wouldn't suffice huh Syrillian?
"Nice Job, Warfarin"

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"Nice Job, Warfarin"

Lmao
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