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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
We would like to give a huge thanks to all our sponsor.
You guys didn't even hesitate to donate to such a great cause.
Huge thank to Overclock for the sponsored log.
This wouldnt be possible with out you.

This mod, will be 1 of 5 mods being raffled of at the next PDXLAN in Portland Oregon.

All Proceeds will be going to the Phil Scholz Foundation

Ron and I are very excited to get started on this and look forward to all the feedback.

Jon (PennyWise) Hansz

Ron Lee Christianson




So let me get you guys caught up to were Im at with this build.
Here is what we started with.


We also had other sponsor that donated to our build.

Nvidia Geforce Garage











Thermaltake. When the rest arrive I will picture the Ring fans.




Western Digital


TAP Plastics


There are couple other products that are coming in later.
I will post pictures once they come in.

I'm a little old school when it comes to designing a case and coming up with ideas.
Once I have an idea, I use transfer tape and draw it up on the case.
Keep in mind, they are quick rough sketches.

So lets get things started.
I used a piece of transfer tape to copy about the same image on to another piece.
Now I have a flat surface to work on.
Using sculpey, I will be making a general shape of what I want the face to look like.

Time to make the Donuts...
I pulled the clay up with the transfer tape.
Trimmed the edges a little.
Placed on some tin foil and upside down cookie sheet.
Put it on 275 about 40 minutes.
It is thicker in some areas, so the middle wont harden as much as you would think.
I am just looking for the outside to be a little stronger.

Trimmed the edges up a bit and placed it on my make shift vacume former.
Its not great, but does the job and it didnt take alot of time to build.

Heated up the 1/8" plastic in a window frame.
I put metal tabs on each side and just put it in my home oven.
Now I have a basic form of the face that is light weight and can be attached to the front of the case easily.
If I had used the clay, the case would have weighed a ton.
I also wanted to keep Caselabs Panel design functional.
and with the custom res. I got planned, it will be heavy enough.

Ok, let get down to the bulk of the body work on the outside of the case.
I will be doing all the detail work on top of the vacume form with some magisculpt.
The trick with this is doing it in stages and layers.
I am going for more of a rough look as its meant to look like it was in battle.
So I plan to leave it somewhat rough.
Ron will work his magic with the airbrush when its ready for paint.

I cut out the image from the plastic were I need to do detail work on.
Then I riveted it on to the front panel.
The bays were covered to keep most of the magisculpt off to prevent it from sticking.

Most of the face has been formed with some of the detail work.
As parts hardened, I added more around it and on top of it.

Using some more plastic, I used a heat gun and formed it to were the teeth are going to go.
I drew on some teeth, then cut them out.
Also cut away some of the magisculpt from the gum line so they sit back in further.
There is just tape holding them on right now for the last picture.

I attached the teeth with rivets to the vacume formed face.
Using more magisculpt, I built out the teeth, and culpted the gum line.

The face now is blended around to the sides of the case on both sides.
on the left side I have been using up the left over magisculpt from other areas.
This will prevent alot of waste.
I have drawn on a rough sketch of what I want the trees to look like on the left.
I have also started sculpting them in.

I built up the trees out of the case to frame in were the window is.
Plus did a little work on other parts of the face.


What should be here ?
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Nice work. Subbed for sure

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I wish you all the best for this project ! so far so good !

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Discussion Starter · #14 ·
I updated the original post to include the sponsors in the build.
This build will be raffled off at the next PDXLAN and all proceeding going to charity.
I have also included a link to the charity.
This will be 1 of 5 mods being raffled off.

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Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Thanks for the great feedback guys,

Ok, time to get to some sanding.
If your going to be doing any kind of detail work, an oscillating tool is a must.
Using the sanding pad, it was pretty easy to get into the small areas.
It definately needed to be smoothed down a little.
I needed to sand inside the mouth before I could attach the lower teeth.
I also sanded the front of the face as well and filled in areas a little.
I didnt want to smooth everything to much, as we are going with a rougher look.
To build the lower teeth, again I used a piece of plastic and formed it to the general shape I wanted.
Cutting away some of the Magisculpt I made it so i could set the teeth down lower in the mouth.
I then pop riveted them in place.
At this point I used a heat gun to form them a little more to my liking and begun sculpting.
So I sculpt the teeth first, then let that set up a little, then work on the gums.
After the teeth and gums are made, I worked on the area around the gums to blend it in.


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Great work!

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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
I added some rocks off to the side of the main tree.
There was going to be a tree going down the middle of the window.
But, I don't want to block the view of the inside.
Next will be alot of sanding and clean up.


I miss my OCN!!
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That is crazy good, I don't follow to many builds to be honest but this is one I'll stick with for sure. I love the direction you are going with the case. Any plans for the other side panel, the tree enveloping the window like that is just sick, I love the 3-D aspect of this.

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Discussion Starter · #20 ·
I got the eyes drawn on.
And used some magicsculpt to mold the eyes into the head.
I also spent alot of time sanding. Its very very close to painting.

Ohh and by the way, THEY GLOW.
You will have to picture them as red leds.

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