Bob Lindall

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  1. Krazy Case

    So, this is my latest computer case! It will be a fully enclosed, modular, simulator style computer! Project started on 10-17-2016. I will update this post, as time and the project progresses. Currently, I have built most of the center framework and will be working on the doors very soon. I'm planning on only taking around a month or two to complete this project, provided I can find the time and afford the materials and components. I'm creating the frame out of square, aluminum tubing. This aluminum is basically, old frame kits from projection screens that have been retired and tossed out by my employer. I do plan to weld all of the joints, but for now, I have used screws and brackets to secure everything together. I'm happy to report that at the current moment, Ii can hang by the two crossbars on top, with all of my weight (240lbs) with very little flex, so I think it is plenty rigid. I haven't completely decided if I will do the triple screen setup or go with a single, large, curved display in the center. That may be one of the final decisions as it gets closer to completion. I plan to make as much material as I can to be modular. This will not be a system that I plan to keep for myself, so I want to keep the whole thing easily upgradable and easy to attach any number of input devices and components to the chassis. My renders do not show my plans for the doors, the keyboard tray, the support beam for a steering wheel and other such devices as of yet, but those will be included. Again, this is a work in progress, but I hope to have this exciting build ready to view and use, in the very near future. Tell me what ya think! [/quote]
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    Thank you so much. Good luck to you, as well!
  3. Krazy Case

    Youtube Video, Covering the entire building of this project. It's 3 hours long folks, so grab some popcorn!
  4. Krazy Case

    FINISHED!!! !!! Here is the link to the final video that I my buddy shot for me, this evening, watching me go over the whole system! Walkthrough of the whole system And here are the final pictures! The computer component intakes: The bottom of the system, complete with new casters and a bottom view of the intake fans: The carpeted Subwoofer floor panel: The Final floor panel, which also hides the wiring: Aaaaand... The finished product! I hope you all like it! I'm finalizing my youtube video tonight, so that I can have it ready for my official, finalized entry into the competition. Once that is finished, I will post that link here, as well. It will be 3 hours long, so grab some popcorn if you decide to watch! Thanks for all of your support, everyone! It's going to be an interesting week, coming up. With the excitement of having this entered into competition and the uh... not so excitement of being homeless, come next Wednesday. I guess we'll all see what happens next, right?
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    5-1-2017 Update! Down to the wire! That's right, I only have two more days to complete my project and finalize my submission to the Cooler Master Case Mod World Series. Here's the latest bevy of photos. Partially, to hide the ugliness of some of my cuts and partially to help cut out any exterior light sources, I added a flexible door strip to the front of the system. For the intake fans, beneath the seat. Finalizing the interior wiring up front. The Subwoofer is now carpeted. Building the last bit of floor covering and wire covering. Painting the remaining panels (except for the back). What's left? Well... not much, thankfully. I don't think I'll have enough time to cover the interior insulation properly, so I may go with how those currently look. Which, given the nature of the lighting of the interior, those shiny doors actually help to increase visibility within the unit. I will be replacing the casters. I don't like the ones that I have used and I bought some larger, swivel type casters. Hopefully, they will improve the overall mobility of the case. And now... I'm off to the dentist... so I probably, won't get any more of it completed, tonight. Thanks!
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    Sorry, my video link did not work in the last update. It is now updated... and posted here, as well! My Buddy's son enjoying the system
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    Indeed. Thanks!
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    4-23-2017 Update! Almost done. I've had an insane schedule at work, recently, so progress has been slow. It will be finished my the May 3rd deadline... but, it may not be everything that I wanted it to be. Of course... I have a ridiculous week ahead of me, this week, having to work out of town for a few days and having a few more, really long days! Here we go: The process of the getting the component area enclosed. Painting the exterior. Working on the cabling. Mapping out and cutting the intake portions and floor board. And how it currently looks. I think, I'm going to go with a two-tone color scheme for this. And... for a special treat, a good buddy of mine decided to stop by with his son. To say the least... I think he likes it!
  9. Mod 4th: Inverted! Finished!

    I am in awe of the polish and finish of that frame! Gorgeous work!
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    I will be applying the first coat of paint, this Saturday or Sunday. I may stencil in some of the logos from the components that I had used in the making of the case. Soon... very soon... this will be complete!
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    Ha! That's the second Se7en reference to my case, this week! Too funny.
  12. Krazy Case

    I have no problems with the close quarters. It's actually, roomier than it looks. My roommate, who is 6' 4", doesn't have any issues, either. Speakers are ok, for right now. That reflective material doesn't help, but that's why I plan on putting a Microfiber cover over all of those surfaces. That should sufficiently deaden the reverb caused by the interior. As for VR, maybe in the future. I'm not a huge fan of it at the moment, due to issues with vertigo and not being able to focus well on the screens inside the goggles. Thanks, however!
  13. Krazy Case

    Here is the updated picture of the back of the box, as it currently is, plus a couple of "for scale" pictures.
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    4-12-2017 Update! Finished up the MOST of the outer paneling. Now, it's just a matter of getting the interior finished up, along with re-working a bit of the wiring and the last of the fans. I still have to put in the final back panel, as well, that will have the last of the exhaust fans. It's nearly there! Paneling for the nose section: I know, that front door panel is a little wavy, but that will get fixed. The back, so far: From the side. Yes, I will have to fill in the gap at the top, as well. And what it's all for! Me, enjoying the system! I decided to play a little H1Z1 King of the Kill, with a couple of friends. And everything is working great!!! Thanks for tunin' in!
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    4-11-2017 Update! It's getting closer to being finished! Both doors are completely covered. I just have to work on covering the silver portion of the insulation with thin carpeting. The back portion of the floor board is finally in. Although, I will still need to make the necessary cuts for Fan Ports. All but the sides of the front nose paneling have been cut and are in place. Da Photos: Cutting the holes for the fans on the doors. The cutting of the floorboard. Half of the back paneling and how the current look of the back of the system. Even with some of the paneling missing, the system does an excellent job of mitigating the sound from bleeding out and getting in. So far, with only 3 fans in operation (I blew out one of the circuits on my fan controller a while ago) the system stays relatively cool on the inside. I spent an hour or two in the system yesterday and played in it around noon, while it was a warm day. There were no apparent issues with overheating. More to come, very soon!
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    4-8-2017 Update: I've managed to sneak in a few hours here and there, outside of my insane work hours as of late. Here is the progress. I have most of the insulation and outer paneling cut and in place. The insulation will get a thin coat of carpeting, so it's rather reflective at the moment, but will not be so when it is complete. Other than cutting a few more exterior panels, I just have a bit more cable routing to deal with and then sealing the component tray and getting the fans installed and routed in that area, as well. Enough talk, here are the pictures!
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    It did. Thank you. I had been planning something like this for a while and had drawn up some basic plans. It wasn't until I came across the materials for the cage, that I decided to begin the project. And then, as luck would have it, I found out about this contest and found that I was within the criteria to join. So it's given me the drive to finish it sooner than what I had initially thought it would take. That... and being kicked out of my home in the next month, is also driving me to finish quicker... so... there's that, as well.
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    Thanks! That is part of the idea.
  19. Krazy Case

    Short update for 4-4-2017 Because of some snafus at work and putting in more than 120 hours in at work, for the last two weeks, I have not had much time to work on anything. I'm hoping to focus a bit more of my time toward this in the coming days. So this will just a quick showing of what I will be using to skin the frame. All panels will be velcroed onto the frame to make for easy removal. I promise to have some bigger updates very soon. Since I will HAVE to... because the deadline is looming... for both my project AND having to move to another home. Thanks!

    Stunningly excellent woodworking there, good sir. I have looked over every picture thus far, with complete admiration. That is a fantastic creation and I cannot wait to see the final product!
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    Thanks. It will be an interesting few weeks to come, indeed.
  22. Krazy Case

    Alrighty. The Steering wheel attachment is good! I May need to stiffen the support for it, but it works! I cut down another set of frames and did not drill out the embedded threads. This allowed me to utilize the crank bolts that formerly went with the screen kit and makes for a sturdy connection that I can remove at any time. Further testing did let me know that the wheel is just a touch too high and after having my roommate test it out, as well, I will have to consider revising the mount. This may be something that I will accomplish once I begin to do all of the welding, as I believe I can make a cleaner, better and stronger mount once I have some of the welding completed. Tada! Steering wheel! With shifter. I'm going to work on the my door connections tonight and then, pretty soon, I'll start gathering the materials to skin and insulate the whole thing! (edited with additions) Well, I worked on my door connections! Right Door Connections for the Rear Speaker and the Fan harness. I color coded the Left side door connections (with my special "color coding" tool) to match the speaker ends. The left side door connectors for the speakers (front and rear) plus fan harness. Then, I dismantled the USB 3.0 hub and attached it to the case. Pretty soon, I will get some better pictures of the whole thing, in better lighting and outside of my garage, as I just don't have enough room to take any good pictures. In other news, I have to accelerate my project now, as my roommate and I will be losing our house, soon, due to circumstances beyond our control. So, not only do I need to finish this project, but I have to work on cleaning out all of my tools and stuff, pack up, and then figure out where I'm going to put everything! It's gonna be a whole lotta fun here, soon! Yay!
  23. Krazy Case

    New bucket seat installed! Whooo! I'm getting very close to making the final adjustments, begin welding, and putting on the outer skin and insulation! The last of my door connections (wiring and plates) should be finished by tomorrow night, when I receive my next shipment of parts. Then, I have one more addition to the keyboard mount for the steering wheel attachment, along with a rail for the shift lever. I'm already enjoying playing games on this system!
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    3-12-2017 Update! I had a fairly, productive day, today. I've attached the keyboard tray to a better mount and am now in the process of designing my mount and attachment for the racing controls. As well, I tore apart my subwoofer and integrated it into the floor, along with the hookups and amplifier for the speaker system. Next up on the speaker front, will be to make my connectors and door patches, so the doors will be truly removable. It's coming along! Here is the teardown of the subwoofer and internal electronics for the speakers. I took the floorboard and cut out a hole for the subwoofer. I then, split a piece of 2x3 (as I didn't want a lot of weight and it was the only piece of wood that I had laying around that would do the job) in half, after cutting it to the necessary lengths. I then mounted the power supply for the speaker system within the new box. I then mounted the speaker and used one of my fan grills, with 4 spacers, as a guard for the speaker. All that was left was to attach the new floorboard/subwoofer combo onto the case and hook everything up! You'll also notice that I attached the speaker inputs and subwoofer control to the frame, as well (this made for an easy hookup, but I may try to figure out if there is enough space on the Computer component side of the case to attach it there. So far, it has not bothered my feet in its current position. The new keyboard mount. It doesn't sound half bad, either. Granted, without the walls and ceiling, it loses a lot of its punch, but I was able to get it to a decent volume and it was shaking my seat a little bit. It is nice to not have the big box for the subwoofer, down in the foot area anymore. Thanks!
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    Update 3-11-2017 I finally managed to get around to building the keyboard tray. And the first version... well... it failed. But, I will show the pictures anyway: I started with an old, under-desk style of keyboard tray, that I took off an old desk, out at my local dump/last chance yard. I removed the mount from the tray, as the tray was actually, about a half an inch too wide! So, I began to make my own tray instead. I then, mounted the rail onto the case: However, upon first use of the tray, I found that the tray was too far back and would not tuck away properly. So, I made an extension: At this point, the keyboard tucked away nicely: But then! Then, I ran into the next issue... how and where to attach my mouse pad? Crap... It was at this point (and 12:30 in the morning, by the way) that I realized that this particular design would not work. So... I re-thunk it. I took the old the tray, that I was going to toss out, and modified it to fit with the confines of the case. I wasn't about to let that half an inch deter me! So... I cut off 4 inches! And this is the result! It works pretty well, now! I have plenty of room on the mousepad for movement and plenty of space for the keyboard, as well. It tucks into the front nicely, too. I managed to fix my fan wiring this morning, too. I found out that I had miss-mired the CAT5 connector that I was using in the door, which caused me to create the magic, blue smoke from my fan controller... so now... I'll need a new controller. But otherwise, that cabling is working properly now. Next up will the be integration of the subwoofer and speaker inputs, into the floor board. Then, put in the last of the door connections so that the doors will be easily removable, when necessary. Thanks!