Boddaker

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  1. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Smallish update.. didn't get as much as I wanted to over the weekend, but I did manage a few hours in the garage, so I got two of the four light panels figured out. There's not much room behind the bottom panel to do a lightbox of any depth, so it will have to be edge-lit. I added a piece of clear 1/4" acrylic under the 1/8" frosted piece, and ran the led strips around the entire thing, securing it with aluminum foil tape. I then covered the back of it so no light would escape anywhere but the front. The aluminum foil tape is perfect for this as it has zero bleed-thru and is very reflective. For the back panel, there is a bit more room so I can mount the led strips a bit farther back, which will yield more even lighting. testing the lighting on both bottom and rear panels. The fans aren't lit at the moment, but should fill in the center of the back panel nicely.. The bottom is not as bright in the center, but shouldn't be too noticeable once the motherboard tray and all the webbing is in place.
  2. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Hey guys, I present to you my next mod project: Achromodic! As the name implies, this mod will be totally devoid of color. I've always tried to do something new for each and every mod, and I recently realized I've never done a black and white theme. And with all the RGB craziness going on these days, I thought it would be fitting to go completely off the technicolor reservation for this project. Cooler Master was kind enough to send me their flagship case, the Cosmos C700P, along with an 850w PSU as well as their new AIO Liquid Maker 240 watercooling kit! CM has partnered with ASUS and ROG, and they've supplied the motherboard and GPU: Zadak511 also joined in, and sent me this awesome kit with RAM and an SSD: Here is a shot of the Liquid Maker 240 kit.. This has everything you need to put your CPU on water, and it's not hermetically sealed like an AIO would be, so you can add blocks or swap out components at your liesure! For the design, I wanted it to be sleek and elegant, as an exotic supercar would be, but with some organic touches thrown in. So the case will be a majestic white with black chrome accents, and then some random webbing will be incorporated into the panels here and there. Should look pretty cool when its done! Here's a concept rendering I pieced together in Photoshop.. One thing I wanted to do was have a see-through center on this case. The side panel is smoked tempered glass, and it's interchangeable with the other side, so I ordered a second glass panel so you'll be able to look through the case, even when the doors are closed. The motherboard and GPU will be supported by the organic webbing in the center of the case, and all four interior walls will be lighted panels. So in theory, the hardware should be easily visible through the smoked glass doors. We'll have to wait and see! Thank you Cooler Master, ASUS, ROG, and Zadak511 for allowing me to get creative once more, and hopefully end up with a beautiful showpiece. Work is already under way, so the first update will be posted shortly..
  3. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Did the painting some weeks ago, just never posted the pics.. so here ya go! Getting primer on all the panels.. Ziplines are good for other things too.. like hanging up parts for paint lol After doing the bodywork and priming, it was ready for the white.. but it got cold outside so I had to throw up some viqueen in the garage. After a few coats of paint, it's looking pretty good. Next was the angled side panels. All the parts have sufficiently dried and cured by now. I still have some color sanding/polishing to do, just waiting for a nice day so I can do that outside. Until then, I'm getting the other parts ready to send to the chromer's. Can't wait to get it all back and see how everything looks!
  4. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    This is something I wanted to do since I cut the hole in the front panel for the reservoir window. The original CM logo badge was an unfortunate casualty of the hole position and was lost, so I am relocating it down lower. But I didn't want to just move the thin metal badge down and re-glue it, I felt compelled to enhance it.. make a more elegant and fitting badge for this case. So first step was to establish the center of the panel, and mark the new location of the logo. I had a few small logos cut along with all the other acrylic. Once the logo was on center and traced, it could cut it out. I made sure to keep inside the line so I can trim out to it. Initially using the dremel and then some files, I carefully removed just enough material so the logo fit snugly into the hole. Next I turned the panel over and added a piece of scrap acrylic that I scuffed up to the back of the hole. A single white led in the center should be plenty to light up the logo. I painted the center of the logo badge, but left the outer ring clear, as that is the only part I want illuminated. Here it is with the logo pieces in place over the lit acrylic backing. I didnt want to include the actual Cooler Master lettering, as it's not really necessary. Just the well-known shape of the logo is enough to identify it! Now the front panel is ready for final finishing! As I mentioned in the very first post and as shown in the concept rendering, certain parts will be done in black chrome: the webbing, top and bottom handles, and the front panel. I'll be sending these parts out to a specialty shop to get this done, since I'm not currently set up for chroming lol. Can't wait to see how they all come out! Stay tuned...
  5. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Another piece I designed with the organic webbing was the top fan grill. Here is the stock removable grill, with the dust screen and mesh removed. This grill lifts out of the top panel providing easy cleaning. I'll be retaining that functionality, and just integrating my web grill into it. It's hard to tell, but the grill isnt a perfect rectangle, getting narrower as it goes towards the front IO assembly. So I had to make sure all the measurements were spot on before sending the file out to be cut. First thing to do was to round all the edges with my router bit, just like I did with the motherboard tray. But this time I'm working with only 1/8" thickness, so great care was taken so I didn't crack any of the thin web areas. About half way thru.. so far so good! I had to raise the whole piece up off the table so the bit would clear. All done and sanded, with no casualties! whew.. Next was to curve the wide end down so it maches the stock piece. I used a 1" wood dowel to bend the piece over, and a couple scrap shims to protect parts I didn't want heated. For heating, I used my strip heater as well as a heat gun to get an even spread. Now that the webbing is ready to go, I need to do a little weight-loss surgery on the stock grill. First thing to go is the hex framework in the center.. Then I went around the whole piece and trimmed off 1/8" so that the webbing would sit flush. Here's what's left of it. I had to add a new lower cross brace at the end because what little there was, was in that 1/8" area I needed to cut out. Now the webbing fits nicely into the frame, and I can still add the dust screen underneath. ..and the frame still sets into the top panel. The webbing still needs to be painted, so I won't glue it in permanently until that's done. On to the next task! Thanks for reading..
  6. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    I'm back! Been doing a bit of modding here and there, but nothing exciting really to report until now.. I finally received some laser-cut goodness from Primochill: Interior light panels, motherboard tray, and a few other items. I wanted to do something a bit different for this mod, so I came up with a web-like pattern that has a random, organic look to it. The light panels will make up the interior walls, and are cut from 1/8" frosted acrylic. The motherboard is 3/8" acrylic, as it will support most of the hardware. I couldn't wait to get into the garage and see how all this will look inside the case! Adding the motherboard.. ..and a closeup shot of the top light panel with integrated 240mm fan grill.. I got doubles of all the panels in case I needed more strength. Closeup of the back panel with a 280mm fan grill built in.. After disassembling the mockup, I immediately started in with the motherboard tray, rounding all the edges. This will give it more of an organic look.. I'm using my dremel with an 1/8" round-over bit, and will go around the edges on both sides. After a few hours and some cleanup, we end up with this: Here's a close up shot. I'll be going back around to sand the tiny ridges left by the router bit, so it's all smooth. Now it's on to give the other panels the rounding treatment. Thanks for tuning in!
  7. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    After completing the new and improved rock-textured rebel base, I took more photos outside, but neglected to post them up.. So here ya go, and enjoy!
  8. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Hello everyone, I'm bringing you a scratch build project that I've been wanting to do for awhile now. I'll be making Rey's Speeder Bike from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It just happened to work out time-wise, so I thought I'd enter this year! Although not sure I'll be able to keep up with the insanely high level of entries this contest has been producing, but we'll see what happens. So without further ado, let's get started! About a year ago, my family and I went to Disneyland, and they had lots of Star Wars props on display, including a life-size speeder that Rey used. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would make a great themed case. I took a bunch of reference pics while I was there, and I also scoured the web for more. Using those pics for scale, I whipped up a quick model in Sketchup to figure out component placement and get an overall sense of size. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Hardware List: Processor - Intel i7 7700K Motherboard - EVGA Z270 Stinger mITX Memory - Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 16Gb kit Storage - Crucial MX300 SSD 525Gb x2 Graphics - NVIDIA GTX1080ti PSU - Corsair SFX 600w WC - Primochill tube, fittings, pump-res, cpu block Peripherals - Corsair RGB Strafe keyboard, M65 Pro mouse, RGB fans, RGB Node Lighting kit Qualifying product - Cooler Master XtraFlo 120mm fan ----------------------------------------------------------------- I'll be going with an ITX format, so the case will be fairly small and lightweight. For materials, I'll be scavenging pieces from my scrap pile as much as possible, much in the same way Rey constructed her speeder from scavenged starship parts. Once I got the sizing down, I could finally start construction, starting with the basic frame. I cut the rear bulkhead from an old Lian Li V2000 case panel These square tubes will serve as internal support pieces for the rear engines. I'll be attaching the ends to the bulkhead with steel angle brackets. Brackets pop-riveted into place. Here's the front side of the bulkhead after fastening the tubes. Next is the main frame construction.. I'm repurposing these aluminum shelving supports. Cutting V notches allows me to simply bend it into a rectangle. All notches cut and piece bent! Placed on the bulkhead.. Dont mind the pencil markings, that was from an old mod made a long long time ago, in a garage far far away. 2nd one done.. Next up will be connecting both frame ends together with cross beams to complete the main part of the frame. Hopefully, I'll be able to tackle that tonight!
  9. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Decided to make a window in the front panel of the case to view the reservoir, which will be filled with Primochill's amazing new Vue fluid. So the first thing I did was draw up a cutting template. I basically let the shape of the CM logo define the opening. After using the cutting wheel for the straight lines, I drilled out the remaining curved areas with a small bit. Once the hole was cut, I deburred and sanded the opening so I could add a strip of ABS around the edges for a nice clean finish, and give thickness to the panel. A view from the front so far.. And then after rounding the edges and sanding the entire panel.. Finally, a shot with the reservoir. Now that I know where it needs to be, I can fabricate a nifty mounting bracket for it. And thanks to the C700P's interchangeability, there's no shortage of screw holes to utilize! Hopefully I can wrap up the res mounting this week, as well as a slight modification to the PSU mounting area. (the PSU is in the same place, just set a bit lower to maximize the space.)
  10. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    Making some corner braces to connect all the flanges together.. made a paper template, cut them out of some galvanized steel scrap, and bent them to fit. Using my spot welder, I tacked them in place while the flanges were on the case, so I was sure they will go back on after taking them off! Once all four sides were connected, I removed the flange assembly from the case and added more spot-welds. Love this thing.. it's quick and way better than using fasteners, if you're sure you won't be taking anything apart anytime soon lol. The corners will be smoothed over on the front side with body filler, then primed & painted. Work continues!
  11. Achromodic - by Boddaker

    I started out gutting the case and taking measurements. Then I was off cutting and bending some steel sheet to make the flanges that will be mounted on each side of the case. They simply mount to the side rails like so.. After making all the flanges for both sides, I mocked up the center pieces with cardboard, which will later become lighted acrylic panels. Next step will be making corner reinforcing pieces that will connect them all together, so I'll have two identical side flange assemblies.
  12. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Getting the Speeder set up on my desk, transferring all my data and games. This is probably the first time I haven't had to scramble before a LAN just to get it running in time, hoping nothing goes wrong when I push that button lol. ..then having to spend the first day there loading all my games and stuff. Woot for being ahead of schedule for once!! My daughter took it upon herself to add a couple riders on the Speeder, as it did look kinda empty without someone, or some thing, piloting it lol.. I keep adding more detail here and there.. The front grill felt like it needed something, so I dirtied up a Geforce Garage badge
  13. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Almost done with the Corsair peripherals.. Here is the keyboard and mouse that Corsair sent over.. the Strafe RGB and M65 Pro mouse. After some minor disassembly and masking, I scuffed up the surfaces to be painted, then the usual prime coat/red base/yellow stripes. After a few days of curing, I went over everything with steel wool to dullify the paint and take the sheen off. Then it was just a matter of airbrushing a light sand color over it all to mute the colors even more, and adding some dirt and grime here and there. Close up of the mouse. I will probably go back over some areas with a rust color for an additional layer of weathering.
  14. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Got the base painted over the holiday weekend! Took a while to sand it down, add glazing putty to fill in all the divots and other non-rock-like depressions, then sand again. After prepping, I coated the whole thing with some stone textured paint I found in my paint cabinet. Looks pretty good already, but doesnt match the desert environment of Jakku. So after that dried, I started airbrushing multiple shades of earth-tones in a mostly random fashion. I concentrated the darker shades in the lower valleys, and the lighter colors on the peaks and raised areas. Then I went back over with a really light color using the dry-brush technique to bring out the texture. A close up shot of the vertical part. I think it turned out pretty sweet! Next up is painting the keyboard and mouse to match the case. More to come!
  15. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    So after a brief hiatus, I figured I'd jump back on this project and do some things I didn't have time for during the competition. I'll be making a few minor adjustments to the case here and there, but mostly I wanted to pay more attention to the base that supports the speeder. My original design held up surprisingly well, but it needed to be clamped to the table to keep it from tipping over. So I went back to the drawing board and made some revisions. I made a new vertical support with a more extreme angle to get the legs under the case more, then added angle bar to eliminate any flexing. Just using my spot welder since I dont have an actual big-boy welder lol. Also not too concerned with looks since it will all be covered. Now it's really starting to look horrific! I chopped up some rebar to add some weight to the base, and used bondo to hold everything in place. Then I wrapped the whole thing with mesh. Breaking out the epoxy putty, I started covering the entire base, making sure to work it into the mesh. Trying for a rocky surface look & feel. Done and cured! Almost ready for paint, just gotta sand out any noticeable fingerprints and make it more rock-like. Hopefully I can get some paint on it tonight.. we'll see!
  16. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Hey guys, I took the Speeder out for a spin on a planet similar to Jakku yesterday (my backyard).. (click pics for larger versions) Just for fun I took the liberty of removing the stand on this one.. And here's one more with me in it for scale:
  17. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Ok time for final pics! woot It's been a wild, fast and crazy ride, but it's done and just in time for the contest deadline. whew! So here's the pics, not the best, but I needed to get them uploaded to Cooler Master quickly last night. And I will be doing another shoot outside in the sunlight as well... Anyway, enjoy! I had so much fun building this case, but it wouldn't have been possible without all the help and support from my sponsors: Primochill for all of the liquid cooling gear and the insanely beefy CPU block EVGA for getting me one of the first Z270 mITX motherboards available, and a 1080Ti SC2 video card Crucial for the 16Gb DDR4 Ballistix Elite memory kit and two 525Gb MX300 SSD's Corsair for the SFX 600w psu, RGB lighting and fan kits, as well as a keyboard and mouse which will be painted up to match the case Intel for providing me with a 7700k processor Thanks everyone for all your comments and support as well.. It's all very much appreciated!
  18. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Ok, now we get to the fun part! Weathering and detailing.. keep in mind that this is my first time with an airbrush, so I'm trying to get the hang of it while I'm painting this. I know some of you are asking, 'why didnt you practice first?' Who has time to practice! Plus I figured this is weathering.. a very random thing. So there's no way I can screw this up! ...right? So with that in mind, here's the first go-round.. I started with the exhaust ports and some black, going into the tubes and lightly around the edges. I then moved around the panels, adding black here and there, in the crevasses and where ever I thought it should be darker. On the grill I just darkened the corners and added a few burns. Also I went over the red/yellow paint with some steel wool to dull it down a bit, and then a sand colored wash to flatten the color even more. Another shot of the grill with the fans lit behind it. Taking a break from the weathering, I finished work on the saddle. After carving the second part, I used spray adhesive to stick them together. Then I smoothed out the foam with some drywall sandpaper. Also made the knee pads and stuck them all onto the heat shield for a test fit. Fast forward past the puttying, sanding, test-fitting, and airbrushing, and here's the final version on the speeder. Most of the detailing is done on the engines, and you can see the weathering I did on the fins. And here's the 1080Ti painted up to match. If I have time, I want to go back over everything again with another wash, soften the lines between the red and yellow, and add more weathering streaks. But I'm mostly done painting since the contest deadline is tomorrow night! I might post one more update with some last minute detailing, but if not, you'll be seeing final pics in a few days. woot!
  19. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Got a crap-ton of work done over the weekend.. so much painting! Its a 2-tone color scheme plus faux metal parts, so there was a lot of masking.. and then there's the weathering and detailing as well. So yeah, lots of work! But I somehow managed to get it all done in two days. My wife doesn't know me anymore. But I digress.. on to the progress pics! After painting all the body panels a flat red, I masked off the front grill to be painted metallic aluminum. All the body panels painted.. Sweet double-exposure closeup of the front grill.. All the engine tubes were painted metallic aluminum as well.. Then all the body panels were masked off again to paint the yellow stripes. The front nose took forever to mask! The dramatic removal of the tape.. Ooh purdy! Ok, now it's looking too new. Gotta do something about that! Going off of reference pics, I start masking off the areas where the paint has been worn or peeling off. I drew a basic shape to mimic the actual speeder's defects, then I taped around it, using the ripped edges of the tape to get a nice rough delineation. After doing the edges, I filled in with normal tape to protect the rest of the panel. Did the same with the other pieces. Rear fins unmasked. The left one has been lightly sanded along the edges to add more wear. And here's the large area on the side panel. More suspenseful tape removal.. And the final shot for today, all the panels painted and on the case. Still looks too nice, so we'll be taking care of that in the next post. Stay tuned!
  20. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Thanks Jeffrey.. I'm using Owens Corning foam insulation. Nice and dense!
  21. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Quick update: Painting has commenced! I managed to get a good coat of filler primer on Tuesday evening. Last night it decided to rain again, so I couldn't do much in the way of paint, but I did get a few more parts made.. But first check out what goodies came in from EVGA!! <drool> I now have the long-awaited Z270 Stinger in my possession! And they also sent me an unexpected surprise... a 1080Ti SC2! This is one sexy card! Ok, now that I got the pr0n out of the way, here are the parts I got checked off my list.. First was the windscreen. My first attempt was a piece of acrylic but failed miserably at heat-forming over a carved piece of foam.. So I went with a more simplistic approach: Soda bottle! It was already curved, all I had to do was cut it down to the size and shape I needed. I dremeled a thin slot around the edge on the top panel and slid it right in. Done! I'll glue it in once I get everything painted. Next up was the heat shield that goes over the top engine, and the saddle sits on. This was a 4" drier vent duct in its former life. Just had to cut it down using some metal shears. Now I'm in the process of carving the saddle to fit over it. The sun is out today, and should be nice throughout the weekend, so I should be able to get all the painting done in the next few days. woot!!
  22. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Ok, time for the Monday Modding Update! Getting down to the wire now, with about 10 days left in the competition. I was hoping to get the Speeder primed and all one color over the weekend, but things never work out the way you want. But I'm really close and should have it prepped and ready to paint this evening! Fingers crossed.. Anyway, here is what I did manage to get done.. Mounted the exhaust ports onto the bottom panel by cuttin a few holes to match the four pipes. Of course, in my haste, I cut the small holes too large and had to add a support piece in behind with the correct size holes. I used the plate as my template, but forgot that the small tubes were smaller at the other end. doh! Thankfully I didnt make the same mistake on the other side lol.. Onto the side panels. Luckily I didn't have to print any of this since they are just flat panels, and my printer is still down. So I used .08" thick styrene sheet. Going off the reference pics, I drew up the design for the panel sections and seams. I used thinner sheets to make the subpanels that break up the flat surface. I also curved the left end of the panel to create the waste-gate, or gills that are on each side of the speeder. A closer up shot of the front gill. I cut away the center portion of the front nose, and will add some wire mesh in behind for effect. Then I added some faux hinges on the right to simulate an access panel. Movin on to the other side, this panel will be a bit more involved, since it has the video card fans, and will have a window integrated into it so you can see all the PC components inside. After taking measurements withe the EVGA 1080 SC2 in place, I figured out where the fan grills were going to be, so I started cutting the slots out. Beginning with pilot holes for each slot, I used the scroll saw to finish the job. Slots cut, now I can figure out the rest of the panel, and where the window will go. I must have gone through 6 or 7 different designs before settling on one I liked. Even with the window as large as I could make it, I decided to go with a barn door style hinged panel so I could open it up completely. I finally get to use these acrylic hinges I've had laying around for a couple years. These will go on the window side.. ..and just standard metal hinges for the left. I'm splitting the barn doors right at the fan grills. Hinges on! And a close up of the acrylic hinges. Now with the panels finally done, I can start prepping for paint! I still have a few items left to fabricate, like the windshield, seat, and some random engine detail parts, but the main body is complete. I spent the last few hours on Sunday smoothing all the remaining parts with the epoxy putty, and will be sanding everything tonight, and hopefully get things primed. Then I'll be painting and detailing the rest of the week.
  23. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Here's my smoothing technique.. since directly sanding the PLA doesn't work too well (the friction just creates heat and gums up the plastic, making the surface more rough), I decided to coat the panels with an epoxy putty. It's a two-part system that you knead together into a dough. After a few hours it hardens to a strong but light-weight substance. Using gloves, I just smear the putty onto the surface of the panels. Once cured, it's much easier to sand than the PLA. I sand down until I start seeing the ridges of the PLA, leaving all the valleys filled. Here's the bottom panel. There are a few divots here and there, and I'll go back and spot fill those. After sanding all the panels, I had to throw them onto the case for an overall look. Then I decided to test the hovering capabilities as well.. Getting the repulsorlifts dialed in! Of course, once I add all the hardware, I'll have to re-adjust them to account for the added weight. Less than 2 weeks to go! Hope I can make it..
  24. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Working off of reference pics, I whipped up a model of the steering control unit. The printer made quick work of the small parts.. Some basic cleanup before initial assembly. I printed the base with a 1/2" hole through it so I could just use a piece of acylic tube as the pivot rod. After putting it together, I added some wooden dowels for the handles. But after reviewing the reference pic again, I realized I assembled the steering arms backwards! Luckily I hadn't glued them together yet, so it was a quick fix. Now it looks more like the actual thing.
  25. Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

    Here's the IO panel installed on the back bulkhead, under the engines. A reverse shot of the other side.. Moving up to the instrument panel, where the power button will be located, as well as the 2nd set of USB ports. I might throw a couple LEDs in there, if time allows. I have to cut down the bulkhead a bit, and make some other adjustments so all the pieces mate up better. Also will be adding a piece of styrene to fill in above the top instrument panel. Here's the progress on the exhaust ports, starting with the 3D model in Sketchup.. ..printing.. I repositioned the top plate to print vertically next to all the tubes.. otherwise I'd need a lot of support material, which would be a waste. After a bit of cleanup, the top plate presses nicely over the tubes. Now I just need to cut a few holes in the bottom panel to mount it on the Speeder.