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post #61 of 194
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continuing on my last post:

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Originally Posted by prosser13 View Post
Are you going to replace the knobs on that fan controller BTW? Something polished and chunky would look awesome against the anodized aluminium
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Originally Posted by Warfarin88 View Post
Probably not.
Never hold me to anything.

The fan shroud is turning into a real comedy of errors. First, I discovered hot glue is not sufficient to hold the mounting screws, so I had to peel that off and re-do it with J-B. Set that up last night, so I could work on it today. As I alluded to in the last post, I decided to go with a Sunbeam (I should have all along ... oh well). While I was dremeling out the old side panel to fit the sunbeam, I broke some of the older epoxy. So, re-"welded" that, and now that is drying.

I have some time to kill, and its cold as heck outside here. (Snow? In the south? In March?) So, I decided to clean up some of the details that were bugging me from the original assembly.

In this pic, you can see that the acorn nuts are a little ****eyed. The holes are in the right place, but the diamond relief is forcing them to get all wonky when I torque them down:


This took a steady hand and a fair bit of nerve, but with a rotary and a cutting blade, I carefully notched out room for the nuts:


I finally got a money shot of what the polish really looks like while I was at it:


Cut the new bezel for the Sunbeam, and did a dry fit:


And this is what it will look like now. (Much better this way than the old version I think, with the smaller aluminum knobs poking out of the black):


That diamond plate isn't scuffed up, that's the reflection of the brushing on the aluminum panel I have it setting on.

I'm just waiting for JB to cure on the shroud before I epoxy that new trim panel on. Then I'll have to wait for that to dry. Then I should finally be ready to put the whole shebang together.

Again.

Some pictures of substance will be forthcoming.

Someday.

Maybe?
post #62 of 194
VERY nice diamond work. Good stuff.
    
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Looks great, you'll love that sunbeam, I bought one from dranom and am in love with it. Just not the BRIGHT led's on this thing, good lord!
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Looks great, you'll love that sunbeam, I bought one from dranom and am in love with it. Just not the BRIGHT led's on this thing, good lord!
If you look close at that picture I posted, you will notice the absence of those LED's.

Thanks for the comment clinic. Here's some more diamond work for ya.I finally got the PSU trim plate done. I got a little craftier with the whole acorn nut-diamond plate clearance issue. I used a larger bit, and carefully countersunk a space for the nuts to nest:


And here it is mounted up after about 2 hours of filing, sanding, and polishing:


Again, I was planning on Hex Mesh, but its not really needed, and it really doesn't look bad to my eye the way it is. I may just skip it. I'll probably toss one of those black aluminum mesh filters under there though.

Tomorrow, I finish that shroud. For real this time.
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If you look close at that picture I posted, you will notice the absence of those LED's.
Do you think I could solder some transistors onto the led's to dim them? I dont want to remove them completely, just dim them some so they dont leave spots in your eyes adjusting your fans,lmao.
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Do you think I could solder some transistors onto the led's to dim them? I dont want to remove them completely, just dim them some so they dont leave spots in your eyes adjusting your fans,lmao.
There's a guide somewhere on how to do just that. I've seen it, but I can't for the life of me remember where it was now. Short answer is yes, it can be done.

As I recall, the guide I saw involved desoldering the original LED's from the board. Mine just lifted right out of little sockets. Amost like the LED leads were pins on a connector. I don't know if I have a newer version of the controller or if my memory just sucks; but if yours is like mine, it should be pretty easy to add resistors to dim them. (if you can solder worth a darn)

Now, what ohm rating you need and all that, I would have to defer. I'm pretty useless when it comes to electronics.
post #67 of 194
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I mounted the Sunbeam this morning (man, was that a breeze compared to those Maelstroms), and tacked everything back together to get a look at how everything is coming along.

Side I'll be looking at:


The other side:


Here's a peek at the Sunbeam's new home. Should stay plenty cool, and it's blocking a lot less airflow than I had originally thought it might:


And a peek at what the blowholes look like from the inside:


My computer sits on my desk, so I might actually see that last view if I crane my neck a little.

Cutting the other fan grills today. After that, I'll need to wire up that whole mess. Again. I'm still trying to decide what (if anything) more I want to do with that PSU intake.

... 'til the next time folks.
post #68 of 194
Love it

The knobs on that Sunbeam look so much classier, good work

I'm seriously considering buying some of that plate after seeing this
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post #69 of 194
WOW! FANTASTIC!!! I am sooo drooling over the diamond plate! What are you talking a/b on the PSU intake? Can you put up a pic? I might have some ideas...
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post #70 of 194
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Holy cow lol.

I just got done chatting with the wife about the latest installment, and there's already two replies. (Wife is out of state about half the time, so we use this thread as sort of a blog so I can show her what I've been up to).

Thank you Prosser. I agree. You were right all along.

Repo, on the PSU intake, you can see it in those pics up there.

Random thoughts: It's just kind of a barren hole right now. The PSU is slightly off center, which is no big deal, but it kind of bugs me that it doesn't line up with my holes. There's roughly a 3/4 inch gap to play with between the top of the PSU and the bottom of the case top. The PSU has a grill for safety, but its fairly open (not worried about fingers, but a screw or something could find its way in there). It's also totally unfiltered.

Random solutions: Modders Hex Mesh under the diamond plate, over the case top. I could do a ... something ... and fix it to the mesh for a little more visual impact, and a little more protection of the PSU (first thought, a simple symbol of some sort cut out of diamond plate). Any filter tacked to the bottom of the case top would solve dust and loose screw issues.

Any and all suggestions are most welcome!
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