Dry Fitting the Case and Cable Management
Well, I am now ready to begin the final steps to putting the case together. The first thing I wanted to do was dry fit the mobo tray for fit (used electrical tape to hold in place). The intent will be bolt through the mobo tray to attach the tray in place as well as attaching the main tower case (stacked ammo cans) to the PSU ammo can. I drilled bolt holes through the mobo tray and ammo cans for alignment.
Cable management was a bit of a conundrum due to limited maneuverability in the case. As such, it was decided to run the 24 pin connector and PCI-E cables out of the top of the PSU can into the top of the main tower case. In addition I needed an access hole to run the power switch and power light out the main case for fitting into the gas mask. So out comes the trusty Dremel and let the cutting begin.
Once the access ports were cut I dry fitted the cabling.
With the new access ports the 24 pin cable can easily plug into the mobo connector something it could not do when I ran it out of the bottom access hole as the HD cage (the spider nest collage) was in the way. The 8 pin cable will still run out of the bottom access port. The power switch and light cables will run behind the mobo tray. The HDD light will be mounted in the spider nest collage.
All external cables will be hidden behind the gas mask (power switch will be mounted out of the mouth piece and the light behind the right hand lens. The other cables are safely hidden behind the medical kit wire shroud - everything tying into the game theme.
While the PSU can will have an access door cover you could still see the cable mess through the mesh. So I will be mounting a cable shroud on the inside of the can as well.Anatomy of a Wire Shroud
I wanted to create a wire shroud that would hide the external wires and be in keeping with the game theme. Certain items are important in the game. The primary equipment is a gas mask which I am incorporating, the other is ammunition which I am using as bling on the build and the last one is a medical kit. So I thought that a medical kit would be a great addition to hide the wires. To create the shroud I started with a metal shell which I crafted out of sheet metal and much bending with my fancy bending tool.
To cover the metal shell, I needed to find a material which I could use that was lightweight, easy to use and could emulate webbing when affixed to the shell. It took some searching until I ran across a field dressing at the bottom of on of my old kit bags. The packaging is plastic with a cloth texture not unlike webbing. Not to mention a "Field Dressing" how perfect is that?
The material was affixed to the metal shell using contact cement.
Now because pouches tend to have flaps, I fashioned one out of sheet metal, covered and affixed the same material to it.
Colouring and aging was used to give the pouch a worn look (two colours of camo paint and of course my charcoal briquette to dirty things up. The red cross symbol was spray painted on once the material aging was completed.
The one thing missing was a strap. So I liberated one from an old backpack, gave it a quick blast of paint and used a pop riveter to attach it and the flap to the shroud. Following that one more aging session et voila . . . a medical pouch / wire shroud.
Hope you enjoyed any feedback is greatly appreciated.