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brinkz0r    0

Hi all :)

A while ago, I started building a case with a friend of mine. We chopped up his Cosmos S in the first weekend, and rarely spoke since. The case has been on a shelf in my house ever since. About two weeks ago I wanted to get rid of the case, so I gave him a call but he didn't want it back. A few days later, this contest popped up :) I hope I can still participate, as that first weekend was before July 2010. We didn't work on it since then, but I want to restart the project for this contest.

This is the case we started with, a CM Cosmos S:

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The first thing we did was to remove half of the drive bay mounts:

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The red lines show what is going to happen to this poor case:

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Yep, that's where we chopped it, Leepu style!

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Without giving everything away, this is a sketch of what will happen to the left side of the case. The right side will stay completely stock, to give as much contrast as possible 8)

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The next thing to do was to modify the top of the case. Here I'm using a laser line to see where to cut:

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So, after a few hours of using a lot of different tools:

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The mesh was cut using just a Dremel:

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All of the parts assembled again:

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I will not need this stuff anymore ;)

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Let's put it back on the case:

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We fast forward to last weekend, when I gave the case a good stare down. It was time for a new approach and new plans :)

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I decided the first thing to do was to reinforce the case a bit, since we've cut out so much of the frame. The side panel will be made of 8mm Lexan, so that will be a little heavier than the original side panel. I started with a 2mm black alu panel:

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And after a lot of cutting and fitting ;)

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Before I was able to mount it to the case, I had to get rid of all the bumps that are in the top panel, like this one:

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So I grabbed a hammer and a piece of wood, and start hitting the poor thing. This is what happed to everything that was standing on my workbench :P

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But it worked very well and I was able to mount the black plate to the case:

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I hope you're liking what I've done so far, but there will be a lot more where this came from :) There is still a lot of work ahead of me, so we'll meet again next time!

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PaPang    0

It reminds me of Victor/Victoria a bit, hehe. And of course it is one way to get it out of the way and put it to good use.

Will be waiting for updates.

Cheers and Saludos

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brinkz0r    0

Thanks guys ;)

The second bullet on the list was the reinforcement of the back. As you can see, it has a lot of non-usable holes, for a 120mm fan and the power supply:

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Again, I'm using black 2mm alu:

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The rough shape was made to fit the back of the case, which was pretty hard to do nicely. Then I drilled a few holes to mount the plate:

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After which it was much easier to cut the other lines:

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It has not been bolted to the bottom of the case, because I'm not sure if I am going to place the PSU there. The case is much more solid already, and the back looks way nicer now :)

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FrenkieNL    0

Hello Peter! What a great suprise to see you entered here also ! This build looks a bit like my stealth design; just cut it all up :) Good Luck man !

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brinkz0r    0

Update

Slowly but steady I'm working towards building the new side panel. This is gonna be one :) of a job, but we'll see how it goes. For now, I need to remove some more plastic from the old side panel:

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A few rough cuts with the Dremel left me with this:

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At this moment I forgot to make a few pictures, but the end result isn't very much different from the picture above. I did still make a hole to bolt the plastic to the case.

But before I can mount a new panel, the case needs a few more mounting points. I am using these two pieces of angle aluminium that were laying around, as was everything I've used so far. The sizes are different but that doesn't matter:

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After an hour of cutting, drilling, measuring, drilling, fitting and bending, this is the result ;)

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Like a glove :D

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The strip at the top was a little easier, because there's no bend in it. So I was able to mount it after just a little work. To mount it at the right place the first time, I took a scrap piece of acrylic that automatically gives me the right angle of the side panel:

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For that I used a few pieces of double sided tape:

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Four drilled and tapped holes later, I am able to mount it to the case. Now it looks like a side panel can me mounted to the case :)

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I know the angle bars don't have the exact angle of the side panel, but I will be working on that in the future. Also, I don't know how precise I have to make everything to be able to mount the side panel properly, still have to figure out that part.

This is it for now. This is the work I've done in the last few days. I want to update this log at least every week to keep everything going, and hopefully there won't be a lot of work left at the end of the contest period. Fingers crossed, and see you next time ;)

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