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Ok, so lets do a quick recap of all this nonsense:

the internals are painted green-purple shift chameleon paint, the external pieces were painted blue, but i changed my mind and ruined a crapload of paint . As of now, all of the external pieces have been successfully repainted. Yay!

Mask off the already painted pieces:


And go to town.



Sorry about so few pics of this step, the batteries on my camera died .

Ok, now that i have all the pieces painted, it's time for the reassembly!

Many many pieces to rivet:

Getting there:

Even closer:

It's got fangs!

Tada!

I had to get a little crafty when i mounted the top fans. You see, I forgot to cut a channel in the wood where i could run the wires. The wood was of course glued down by then, so...

Just run the wires through one of the mount holes. Of course, there is the unfortunate side effect of only being able to mount 3 screws, but c'est la vie.

Front rad is mounted:

I just used tin tabs to retain the rad to the case's frame

A rough idea of what it's gonna look like:

Of course, i'm going to polish the fins a little more, but i just wanted to see how it could look.


Now for the transplant surgery:
These guts:


Are going into this purty case (notice the picture reuse ):


All the organs are out of the old case:


Pulled of the stock NB and SB heatsinks. Apparently asus uses some kind of thermal glue to retain the heatsinks. I had to use a blowdrier to even get them to wiggle


The replacements: Arctic Silver Ceramique, some BGA ramsinks, and a swiftech MCW30


My custom retention mechanism for the SB heat sink:



There she is, ready to go into the armor:


And there she is, in the armor:


A little cable management later...


I've got all of the PCI-e connectors right at the front simply because i'm gonna be the first in line for a 4870x2, and i want to just be able to socket it . Still don't know about that mobo cable though .

And i just put it to bed for the night .

Edited by alexgheseger - 6/30/08 at 9:25pm
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post #12 of 61
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So... Close...

Almost there, just need to plumb in the lines, stealth the drives and take the final shoot.

Drive 1 stealthed:





Draining the old coolant:


Cleaning the waterblock with ketchup: yummy!


Lovely pump mount:


More lines:

The T:


1 more line:

Even more lines:

That's it:


My coolant fixings:

All mixed up:


In the box:


And the final shoot of mah case "in the wild" is coming up... Stay tuned.
Edited by alexgheseger - 7/1/08 at 10:25pm
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What a remarkable beast this one is... Look at how brazenly it stands in the middle of my yard:


I approached it softly, trying not to wake it:

Slowly, I creeped further.



It must have seen me!



Moving quickly, I managed to sedate the creature before it could sink it's teeth into me... Now it sits in my boot room.

Notice the mirror like shine of it's skin.

And those wings...




It glows red once again. It must be waking!











And a quick little video of the color shifts in action: (ignore the stupid chirping birds)


And a quick note: There will be another fan on the top mount, I'm just waiting on a certain someone to ship it to me... you know who you are .
Edited by alexgheseger - 7/1/08 at 8:08pm
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Say hello to my little friend, now in operation:





Edited by alexgheseger - 7/6/08 at 11:16am
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Wow Alex, those polished front fins are to die for!

And to think I wanted to enter this comp!
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OMG those paints are SOO sexy can you show me what they are and explain how u painted it in a little more detail? gl on the comp entry it came out great.
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Looks awesome, I like the polished "doors". Sandblasting is the ticket too... I didn't do much paint in my entry but if I had I would have been going nuts on it just like you. Unfortunately we have ours loaded with glass bead instead... nicer finish but takes forever.

Those little March mag-drive pumps are neat, we use them all the time for little projects at work.
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OMG those paints are SOO sexy can you show me what they are and explain how u painted it in a little more detail? gl on the comp entry it came out great.
It's quite a process to paint chameleon... I definitely learned how to do it the wrong way...

First, you need to rough up the metal surface. I sandblasted them, but 100 grit sandpaper would do just fine...

Then, you put on the black laquer base coat.

Wet Sand the base coat after it's dried for 6 hours.

Color coat (3-6 coats). Wait at at least 45 min, at most an hour and a half.

Clear coat (3 coats).

Then, after it's cured for three days, take some mothers plastic polish to it, and you're done.

Most important things though:

You need a rough but even surface to get the color change right.
This paint sprays best when it's warm.
And, do not sand the color coat. It kills the whole effect.
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wow not bad at all, hard work pays off!
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Meh... looks OKAY.



Im joking. I like this mod the best of all the ones that I have seen so far.
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