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thechoozen    3

Hi @ all !

 

once again we have a new project on which we are working at the moment. It is build for the Hardwareluxx Casemod Competition which is supported by Be Quiet, Klevv, Crucial & Cablemod. And it will be our second entry for the CM Mod Contest 2017.


So before we start we wanted to send a big thank you to all those companies for their support on this Project.

 

Before we were picked to be a part of the contest we had to send in a concept in which direction our mod will be headed. So we had a short discussion and decided to go with a Marvel - Guardians of the Galaxy theme. So we send our first thoughts in and finally were picked for the contest. 

 

After that we had to work out our Concept so that we could start as soon as the hardware arrives. But we had so many ideas in our mind that we had 3 final concepts ....so we made 3 really raw sketches so that we could better explain each concept....so keep in mind their really raw.....with nearly no details in it....

Concept 1:
For our first concept we thought on a big 3d Printed Groot Bust which will be used to replace the front part of the Case. Behind that big Groot  we would place a Rocket Statue standing on Groot/Case. The Rest of the Work would be done by Airbrush. We would also add a big side window and a custom watercooling loop.

 

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Concept 2:
Our second Concept was a combination of many props from the Movie...like Star Lords Jetpacks as Case Feet. Ronans Hammer destroying the side window . A huge Guardians of the Galaxy Logo & 3d printed Groot & Rocket on the other side of the Case and many other details like that.

 

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Concept 3:
Our 3rd Concept was pretty simple to describe....it would be a part of the Prison breakout scene. For that we wanted to paint the Case like a part of the prison.....and add a 3d printed Rocket and Groot which are climbing onto the Case.....

 

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After a few days of further brainstorming....we finally came to the conclusion that we´re not going to work out one of those first 3 concepts.....but while developing the first 3 concepts we always had a 4th concept in our heads......
And maybe you already had seen it on the concept pictures....because on one of the pics you can already see our final concept......

 

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So we´re going to build a "replica" of the legendary Sony TPS-L2 Walkman which was also an important part of the Movie.

And then all the Toys arrived....

 

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Like you can imagine.....we already started to disassemble the Case:

 

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thechoozen    3

Like you can imagine....after taking the case apart....we directly started with the first modifications. So the first thing we had to make was a new mounting option for our Graphic Card because we want to change the orientation in which it is mounted.
So we started to test out in which position exactly we´re going to mount it, so that we could start to build a matching bracket for it.


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As next we grabbed a piece of aluminum and cut out the raw shape of the GPU mounting bracket, after that we bended the piece in a 90° angle so that we can mount that bracket like a normal add on card

 

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After that we cutted and filed the comb for the bottom part of the bracket....

 

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....and we drilled all the needed holes....


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And then we started the cutouts for all the Ports on the Graphic card.....


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Last but not least we cut away a few parts from the Case backside.....

 

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And we also made a short video.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZKTx8WR59Y
 

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thechoozen    3

As next we prepared a few parts like the radiator and CPU Cooler....

 

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After that we disassembled the first Mainboard Cooler so that we can also change the color of it.....


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We also prepared 3d models of all the buttons which we will need for our build. We already printed out a first set as a test, just to see how they look in real life....


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thechoozen    3

As next we continued with a mounting bracket for the radiator. Therefor we took a part of the old drivecage and modified it a little bit so that we can mount the radiator on.....

 

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then we prepared a sheet of aluminum so that it fit inside the opening. In the second step we added a big hole through that our fans could suck fresh air from the bottom / backside of the case.....

 

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And here is the next video.....


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-zJHThLSJU

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thechoozen    3

As next we assembled the hardware so that we could make a quick test of all componentes just to see if everything works and we have no failures.....


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Then we painted the 3d printed Buttons for the Top / Front of the Case....


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We also made a few changes to the new bottom of the Case, so that we could mount our new bottom plate without any problems....


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and we cut out the new bottom plate....so that we can switch over to the first side panel.....


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After finishing the work on the new bottom, we switched over to the new backside of the case. There we had a few edges which had to be cutted away so that we can mount a hinge for the sidepanel on that corner....

 

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Then we cut out our new sidepanel and prepared everything so that we can mount it on the case...


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Here is a short video from the first Hardware test.....

 

 

 

and a video from the metal works on the bottom of the case and the sidepanel.....

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiYOuxvBs50
 

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Again we have something new for you:

 

First we finished the work on the first sidepanel and mounted it on the case...

 

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After that we cut out the second sidepanel, which was done pretty quick because it´s just a rectangle.....

 

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Then we started to stretch our build a little bit  so that the get in the right scale compared to the walkman.
Therefor we prepared everything and cutted the new top panel out so that we could start to bend it into the right shape....


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Beside that we prepared the 3d printed Walkman logos for the painting process so that we could change their color.....


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We also prepared the electronics which we´re going to use for the Walkman functions.....


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thechoozen    3

As next we started to build a new Front for the case.


At first we cut out 2 stripes of aluminum, which we bend into the right shape....


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As next we riveted both parts together with a square tube between both parts....


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After that we made the first cutouts ....


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thechoozen    3

Here comes the next update:


After cutting all those holes into the Front....we switched over and started to fill the openings with custom made pieces.
The first one was the piece for the opening right next to the Casetop....it should house Play / FWD & RWD Buttons. So we cut out a piece of metal´and made 2 quick bendings so that we could attach it to the rest of the front

 

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Beside that we already prepared a first piece for the Headphones....but more to that will follow later......

 

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