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Alex Ftoulis

Scratch Build Project : Sors Salutis by AnG3L (FINISHED)

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Hello PaPang long time no see. This is not my first scratch build in fact this is my second in a row ;)

If you didnt see my previous google Project : Future Schlock :)

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So after 2 and a half hours messing with my corrupted JPEG files, I finally managed to fix them

and make this update a reality!!!

Lets begin with my first failed attempt to create a DVD holder/stand.

The following -with no comments- images are from the designs, cutting, filing and changing my mind process!!! :)

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The main reason for abandoning the first idea was a broken small acrylic piece but also a quick change in plans! And here is the new design-idea . I decided to use the piece from the bezel that broke a month ago and create something out of this.

And here is what I created ! The DVD is going to be attached later on by using screws or double face I am not sure yet!

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While I was looking at the main side panel wondering what else I have to do, I found out that I must create something to be able to grab it and open the panel. So I came up with a simple idea which is not yet done but here are the first steps!

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After a looot of filing and sanding I attached it (for now as I am going to use isopon later)

by using some plastic welder!

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Next step! I had to create something to hold the fan controller in place as I was going to use the pcb only without the casing. Something neat was in my mind and what is better from 2 tiny acrylic legs??? Nothing!!! So lets do this too!

I had some spare 1 cm acrylic pieces which I decided to massacre them and do my thing lol!

First I measured the height with this simple method.

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Then I took in count the length of this stand offs.

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After a lot of filing (again!) I created these designs -something like hexagon- one bigger than the other due to a plastic from the chassis that was interfering with one of them.

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Some threads for the stand offs.....

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And here we are!!

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I glued them with the usual suspect (yes plastic welder) and enough for today!!!

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Thanks for reading my worklog guys, till next time, peace and love!!

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Here I am again guys with one more update!

This time it will be completely dedicated to the modification of the Swiftech's MCP-655 pump!

First I was going to build a stand only but then after my accidental discovery of a guide on a site about modding the pump's threads, I decided to mod it further!

So lets begin this update with the first steps of the stand's creation.

I used two 1cm acrylic pieces which I had spare (a part from one of them was used for the fan controller's feet). One was bigger than the other so I created a modern design in my mind and after a lot of filing I managed to bring them in the desired shape/size!

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I marked the pieces for drilling the screws by using the "see through" technique lol. Thats why I didnt sand the pieces completely yet!

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Pieces drilled and countersunk.

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Then I used titanium to close the pump's holes in order to create new threads for smaller screws!

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Here is the pump completely dismantled.

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First by using a hand saw I removed the excess fitting pieces.

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Then I filled them to make an even surface for preventing any future leakages.

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Drilled the holes in order to fit the tap. Is good to use smaller bits and move slowly to the last.

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Testing!!

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Prior to painting the pieces had to be sanded first for better results even though I was going to use paints from Hammer which they are really strong, I just had to do this properly!

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Here you will see the first of the many steps of the painting and my techniques I used which unfortunately I will not show in pictures but on the final video. I used new techniques which I will reveal only some of the steps for my personal reasons....

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Here I sanded the plastic piece too and prep'd it for painting, this particular piece it will be a mixture of spray and brush painting.

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Preparing the bottom piece of the stand!

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And here are the pieces after 24 hours. I used a different technique for each piece, if you have "clever" eyes you will notice the difference! :)

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A few shots of some of the steps from the techniques I used and final photos!!

I used various lighting cause I couldnt choose the proper one.

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I hope you enjoyed my update guys, thanks for reading and many many thanks to the people commenting to my worklogs and give me strength to mod. Peace to you my friends!

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DaveM    0

I am glad you went witht he Black stand, the other had me worried for a min thinking you wanted to go with that off the wall color...

Nice work keep it up.

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Its time for our 16th update guys!!!

First some random pictures of the pumps stand for you to see the texture of my painting

technique in a little more detail!!

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I decided to attach the DVD rewriter with screws eventually so I marked the stand and drilled some holes and voila!! DVD stand - done!

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Here you see the clearance between the DVD rom and the stand for me to add some anti vibration rubber later on!

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Next step - motherboard i/o plate. Marked for the holes to be drilled. The motherboard plate will be attached from the inside also no screw heads will be visible as I will hide me by using isopon so only the threads will be visible which they will hold the panel with nuts.

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Cutting the screws to the right size.

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And here it is attached for now as I will paint everything and then assemble them back.

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I also attached the DVD stand!

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As you can see I began working on the side panel as I will smooth some imperfections with isopon and add more details. This will take a while....

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Here I drilled a hole for the DVD button which I am going to create out of a 5mm acrylic tube and a small square plastic . It will be between the chassis and the DVD button so if you press it, it will push the button on the DVD.

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Next is the cpu waterblock painting! First lets take a look whats in the box!

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I sanded the bracket in order to paint it. All my efforts gone wasted even if I tried so many different paints and primers nothing could stay on this bracket lol! :) So I sanded it again and polished it and I gave up as I didnt want to go to the powdercoater for that small piece only!

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I also sanded the plastic piece with 270 grit and used isopon to cover the letters as my painting technique would mess them, making the partially visible.

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Ready for painting!!

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Two techniques applied here, 8 hours of work (with the resting times)

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Final technique (this is not just a brush applied technique) and ready for assembly! 3 days and I will let it rest for a month and more.

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Thats all for now guys, thanks for taking the time to read my work, much appreciated! Till next time, peace!!

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After a loooot of work I decided to post an update even though I wanted to finish my work on the side panel which it seems endless. , in order to post the final shot before painting.

It will take a lot of time to be finished but lets check out what I did these days on Sors Salutis.

First I added some anti-vibration feet on the pumps stand.

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By using isopon, I filled the gaps between the wooden rods and the acrylic.

I used a very small carving tool in order to manage to fill these little gaps and it took me well

over 2 hours only to fill them.

I also used some isopon to smooth the transition from the plastic parts on the wood.

This process its not the final as I need to sand again, fill any imperfections again, sand and I will repeat these steps as much as I have to till I manage a good finish.

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I used 2 different kinds of fiberglass in order to give the side panel more durability and also to create the textures I had too. These process is very very difficult as you will see and it takes days for it to finish.

First layer of the main fiberglass technique.

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Filled the edges with more fiberglass.

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Added on the bottom part too.

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Creating the patterns and texture effect with a dremel and sanding drum.

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Sand it with the mouse sander. As you have might noticed I am wearing gloves as the fiberglass is really dangerous for the skin and also becomes itchy. Respiration mask for protection from the huge amount of dust too.

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Added the 4th layer of fiberglass!!! Here you will see how I work in order to achieve the desired texture effect.

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Also I worked on the other side panel to create this texture. Along with some new painting techniques and old ones, I will create something new and different.

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More work!!! Added isopon where I had to, sanded it, added some more and sanded it again!!

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I cut the 3 pieces between the windows in a simple design to separate the texture from the middle simple part of the side panel.

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Final work on the top part and texture.

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Here you will see (not finished though) how the 2 parts of the side panel with the different texture effects look like for now as I have to work on the details for many days yet.

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And here is my "artistic" work I did, to create the reservoir holder. I was among many designs but I finally choose this, as it was the most simple and functional.

I draw the main lines on a 5mm white acrylic and cut it by using a diamond disk bit on the dremel.

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Improvisation and here is the piece after a lot of filing! :)

I worked more when I went back inside home with the smaller files but I forgot to take some

pictures.

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Bended it with the heat gun and gave it an 75 degrees angle.

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And here it is installed!!!

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Thats all for now guys, thanks for reading my worklog and appreciating my work with your comments and presence in my thread. Till next time, peace!!

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18th update guys and lets roll!!

For the main compartments 14cm fan I choose to use 4 long crews which they are going to be "embedded" on the chassis, as I countersunk the heads and also used isopon to cover them so they wont be visible from the outside, a method I am using for almost all the screws.

First I marked the holes.

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Driiled and tapped.

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Countersink holes.

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Testing before adding isopon to cover the screw heads.

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And here is a shot from the interior, as you see this is the method I came up to attach the fan on the chassis.

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Some work I did on the side panel. I filled these tiny imperfections and gaps with isopon.

Sanding and fixing for eternity!!!

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I know that it might seems ugly right now but there are a lot to fix/sand before its ready for painting!

For the second compartment's fan I had to remove completely the fans frame due to the led placement and create a new custom one!

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I used the frame to start creating the design. 5mm acrylic was used.

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And here is the cutting/finishing process.

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At first I cut the frame in that design but later on I found that idea not so professional and changed the plans to something neater and more beautiful.

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Filling and sanding! :)

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So I decided to use these standoffs instead. They are going to be attached on the chassis in threaded holes and I will use nuts to hold the stand in place. All the nuts on the chassis will be covered at the very end with some MDPC caps.

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And here are the final shots for today. Red sleeving added too!

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Thanks for reading this worklog guys and for all your comments and presence in my work!!!

Till next time, keep on rollin'. Peace! :)

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Time for a new update!

I am going slow though as I need some pieces done by the cnc and I dont have ANY money right now

not even for cigarettes lol! I will try to work on some other things I have to do and forget my pitiful-no money life!

So lets begin!

First off all I installed some cable management clips by MDPC many more to follow!

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I also worked on the side panel's part where the biggest window is gonna be installed so for it to sit flush.

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A lot of sanding and fixing for the side panel but not yet finished!!! Just a quick pick. ;P

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I also engraved a pattern on all the wooden rods on the front. This took me like 3 hours with the sanding. With the black paint it will look nice I believe! :)

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I was thinking a long time now about the creation of a supporting mechanism for the main compartment for extra stability and durability due to its original design, the compartment wasnt stable enough. So I went with the idea of a removable piece that it will allow me to remove or install any graphic cards in the future, even though its placement wont interfere with any of the components.

So for that creation I am gonna use a wooden rod as the main piece of the supporter, along with some steel angles I ve found on a DIY store which suited me just fine with a little modification for my work. I dunno their proper name even in my language so forgive me about that!

So the first step was measuring the exact distance on the left and right part in order to fit the angles and that wasnt easy at all, it took me around 45 minutes to achieve the perfect height and angle as this compartment its not 90 degrees straight up as you might realized!!

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Threads for the steel angles holes.

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And here it is installed!

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Marking the wood for the holes to be drilled later on.

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The little insertion point on the steel angle is designed in a way that is perfect for the wood in order to fit tight and not be loose.

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Fitted!

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I also modified some cable management clips in order to create some flexible and removable caps for aesthetic reasons mostly!

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And here is my new fan holder design which I am going to cut on the cnc when I find some money.

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Thats all for now guys I hope you enjoyed reading this worklog, till next time, peace!

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