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Hello everyone and welcome to one of my entries for this year's Case Mod World Series!

 

Project Sky Three is a mod that brings the concept of "stacking" to a new level: three cases, Q300P in particular, are modified to be unified into a single case, that's very tall and can house insane amount of cooling for its footprint.
It's specifically themed after the Sky Tree, a beautiful tower in Tokyo.

 

First of all, let's take a look at the three cases out of the box.

 

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Now, after having torn apart the cases to leave the frame alone, I started taking measurements for the L profile that will fix the cases together.

 

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I actually tried three different layout for the L profiles, the first was my original idea and it included four profiles on all angles, but it was way to squared and weird looking

 

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So I moved on to an alternate layout, two profiles connecting first and second case, and two connecting second and third. It looked even weirder to me, and probably not sturdy enough
 

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The third attempt was the successful, I really like this layout and will stick with this
 

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For the feet, I bought some furniture handles and adapted them
 

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As you saw, two angles will feature tubes between the cases, to allow a perfect alignment and stability. Two secure them, I use two little wooden bars for each tube, attached to the cases. This way, before I mount the case, I simply slide the tube in place and let it do the job
 

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After having the cases fixed, I started putting threaded rivets on the sides of the cases, which will secure panels with fans and some cool lighting pieces I salvaged from the front section of the Q300P's.
 

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Today we'll take a look at the side hinged panels that will house the intake fans, some case-cutting to start making room for everything and the gigantic radiators paired with amazing reservoir/pumps from Watercool and fans from Noiseblocker!
 
Hoping to bring you guys some nice photos of the hardware I received so far as soon as possible!
 
So let's start with the making of the hinged panels
 
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Now to the front aluminum strips and first big cuts to the cases
 
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Almost everything cut down, top case is next for the lifting
 
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All three hinged panels completed at my booth at Campus Party Italia :D
 
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Fantastic combo of Watercool/Heatkiller rads and res/pumps, together with some nice Noiseblocker fans. This will be soooo cool in so many ways!!
 
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Now making the mounting for those combos from 8mm tinted acrylic
 
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And here they are mounted
 
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This time we'll see a lot of panelling, on the back, on the front, in the inside...
 
At the back we'll find a window all around the I/O area
 
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At the front, I put two aluminum strips that will replace the middle tubes as I don't like them very much and don't help the structure integrity
 
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To recall the handles of the original cases, Coolermaster Q300P, I decided to put new aluminum ones at the angles in the front, these will also allow a more comfortable time moving this beast around if necessary
 
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In the lower area, I made a cover that will house all the cables from fans and pumps
 
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For the cables that will run all the way from the PSU to the bottom, I made some covers to mount between the cases
 
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And to close this update with the bang, I started working on the hardware compartment with a lot of panelling, we will also see the mounting position of the SATA SSD from Adata XPG
 
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Currently working on some boring stuff like little cuts on the cases to make everything fit properly, I'm close to starting the paint phase. While we wait, I'll show you some of the hardware that will go in the build. Powered by Adata XPG, Watercool and Asrock! :D
 
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Mounting system for the fan controller
 
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This midplate is something you'll soon see what it's there for
 
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Attached four lightbars to the center case for a particular lighting effect
 
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Started the paintjob and polishing phase for the aluminum profiles
 
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A lot of cables run all across the three cases so I had to insert them before assembling the structure
 
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And the paintjob goes on with other panels, Sky Three logo and Tokyo skyline
 
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This is the dark side of this build: lots of cables at the bottom for the 14 fans, two pumps and all the RGB lights
 
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Time for some eye candy with a lighting test
 
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Very last update before the final photos and video! It's time for tubing, a few more panels, cable management and final tweaks here and there.
 
Let's start with the tubing and a very particular routing
 
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Composite panel to close the bottom of the top case, along with clear smoked rear panel
 
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Cable management at the top. This was tricky
 
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Finally mounted the in-between covers for the cables that run across the cases
 
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Last two painted panels for SSD and mini front cover with signature and glimpse of the coolant!
 
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All ready to be fired up! Windows installed :D
 
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