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post #41 of 343
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Well i have been REALLY slack. I have had done a bit but havn't posted pics. Did a bit more work this afternoon. Here is what i got so far.... Hope you enjoy.


Well this is the side pannel. Got to give it a good file yet. Black mesh will go in the bottom rectangel but glass/plexie glass will go in the top two triangles. Havn't decided what material to use yet...


This is the mesh im using. Just mesh you can buy from an auto barn. Best ventalation, looks good against the aluminium and super cheap.


This is the front pannle so far... Got to cut slots for the drive bay and power/reset switch.

So what do you all think? Looks good or looks bad?

-Smokie
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post #42 of 343
Hey man, awesome stuff so far. I'm thinking of doing this myself. Are there any instructional sites that you used to make plans/learn how to work with the metal?
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post #43 of 343
Haha. I was just wondering, if anybody has made their own case from metal, and here we are .

I think the window looks great mate
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post #44 of 343
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There was absolutley no instructions on the net which sort of sucked when i was thinking of the idea. Made the planning stage a little more complicated. Although somewhere in overclock.net is did fins a mod that a guy did using the angle for bracing which i did, so i guess i was inspired of that idea from there. I also had a look at some other mods that used aluminium and studied there work log process for ideas and procedure. But if you google "building case plans" or something like that, i was hard pressed to find anything to help.

Thanks for the comment on the widow

-Smokie
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post #45 of 343
Looks great so far.Have to give you a rep for big ones if you know what i mean.Its very difficult to do this without blue prints,
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post #46 of 343
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OK... so i must be the most slack poster on here for a thread that they have created lol. Anyway... lots of progress to report. I have pics somewhere of the build between the last post and where i am at now but finding them will be a task.

I brought some soft switches from the electronic shop for a power switch and a reset. I have also cut the perspects for the side pannel and the mesh for the bottom vent. All that is left now is to make some mounts for the DVD drives and HDD's and a bit of wiring and mounting all the fans. Than finish it up with some scrubbing to clean it up and depending on how it looks, an ultra fine sanding with water (grade 2002) and perhaps some blue pin stipes as i am going for a bit of a blue theme.

As you can see a bit of progess has happened...


There are the power and restart switches mounted. I though the perspects gave it a bit of a floating look...


Internal shelf mounting...


Shelf mounted (this will server very well for cable managment)...


Side pannel attached and swinging. Still need to attach the perspects and the ventalation mesh...


Hopefully by tomorrow i will have the perspects and mesh attached and if im lucky have the drive bay mounts in.

So what do you think? Its a bit dirty but it will clean up really nice.

-Smokie
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post #47 of 343
Hooray! An update!

Lookin really good there, Smokie.

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post #48 of 343
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Might be hard to understand how this is going to work but this is the the gadget that the drives are going to mount onto...


Also i am looking for a stencil to paint something cool over the entire case. If anyone has a stencile that they can email me and i can print off it would be really good. Finding it very hard to find something on the net. Kind of hoping for something contempary.

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post #49 of 343
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well the original idea for the brace didnt quite work but i solved the problem. Although it is only screwed in on the back and on one side it still provides plenty of support.

Cd drive brace...


This is the drives all set in...


Now to start on the HDD bay:

These will be the sides of the enclosure...


Bracing for HDD bay...


The angle has now been pop rivveted to the side pannels...


More to come later.

-Smokie
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post #50 of 343
Just one question...

I like your design and your ambition to build something from scratch...

But why?

I mean, your design isn't radically different than other cases I've seen... It almost looks like you copied the template from a Lian-Li or Silverstone case. And by the time you buy all the parts, screws, wires, fans, HD cage, paint(?), lights, switches, wouldn't you end up spending about the same if not more money than just buying one?

I am not doubting your work skills nor am I saying you shouldn't build something you want, but it just doesn't seem like you are building anything out of the ordinary...
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