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Man that rhoebus looks AWESOME up there!! Im loving that alot
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Whats your plan on the front bezel? idk if ya said it and i missed it but ide like to know

Oh... and i gotta turn right to get off the track lol
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post #153 of 194
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Thanks Repo. It was harder to shoe horn in there than I expected, but I like it too.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Great48 View Post
Whats your plan on the front bezel?
I've said it, but its probably changed since then.
I'm probably due for a summary:

  • Paint the whole thing black.

  • Top bit there will be a stealthed 5.25" optical drive.

  • The two large openings will frame diamond plate bezels (lightly curved to match the countour of the stock face) with 4.5 inch holes cut in them.

  • Behind the diamond plate, mounted to brackets attached to the chassis, will be 120mm fans.

  • In between the fans and the diamond plate will be a short (inch or so) duct made out of extruded aluminum tubing (polished up).

  • Top right of the bezel (above the fan controller) will be stainless vandal resistant switches for power, lights, maybe a remote opener for the DVD.

  • In the grooves I was thinking about bolting in some of the stainless acorn nuts I used in the fan assemblies, just for show. Sort of a riveted effect. (not sure on that one yet, I'll have to see how everything balances visually)


That's the gist.
post #154 of 194
Sounds Great!
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post #155 of 194
This looks really great!! Keep up the good work!!
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post #156 of 194
Warfarin, that front panel with the knobs looks fantastic. It will look supreme in black. It doesn't even look like a m998 anymore.
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No new pics LOL
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post #158 of 194
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Quote:
Originally Posted by repo_man View Post
No new pics LOL
It's been a long day.

I started in on the metal parts of the front bezel today.

First, I thought I would use my trusty Skilsaw to cut the pipe. Clamped it down, and got ready to tear into it:




Innumerable blown fuses later (gotta love modding in an apartment), and after making very little progress, I surrendered to a good old fashioned hacksaw and a little anger. Ended up with this:




If you're following along, you know I planned to curve those somewhat to mate with the diamond plate front panels. I don't want to go into the clusterbucket that it was to get that mess above workable. Let's just say it took... most of the day, and most of a grinding wheel on my bench grinder.

Never surrender! I wouldn't be beaten that easily. Part deux, I got a little smarter. I laid out the needed curve with electrical tape (worked well since its flexible), then traced a guide line for myself with a black marker. Two reinforced disks later, I had a nice groove cut for myself in the pipe, with a spot deep enough to get a jigsaw blade into:




That went much better, but I had to be careful not to go too fast, or I would foul my blade with the aluminum. I kept a file in my pocket to take care of this sort of mess:




The end result here required much less finishing, and I was in business shortly after I finished the cut:




I'm trying something new for the bonding of the two parts. I don't know how this is going to work. "bonds whatever, lasts forever!" ... we'll see Mr. Goop. I've got one of them drying overnight now:




I don't want to pull the one out of the clamps yet, but I can show you a test fit on the other one. It looks pretty good:




The aluminum you see is a plate I made for the new fan mounts. The tube fits flush against that, and the fans will mount to the back side of it, inside the case.

That's all for today. I have tomorrow off though, so hopefully I'll have more to show you later.

'til next time folks.
post #159 of 194
+

I'd say what is on my mind, but Repo would probably give me a rashin'

So... "Good job!"

I like the attention to detail that you put into the curvature - well done!
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post #160 of 194
Looking great! I wonder how the neighbors felt w/you popping fuses over there,LOL.
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