Steampunk PC Build - "Kraken Pacific Line"

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  1. vladtepes

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    Having been impressed and inspired by the many Steampunk PC builds on the net, I figured I've have a crack at one myself.

    First thing was to decide on a theme.

    I love maritime history, as well as the mythical Kraken so that tied in well and I decided to go with a maritime theme. Probably no coincidence I am currently reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea....

    I made up a Steamship Line which I have named the "Kraken Pacific Line".

    Thanks to a great graphic artist I found via airtasker we worked together to come up with a logo for this fictional company.
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    I got an old PC case for free from wateva76 - an Antec VSK2450 (Thanks mate)

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    and started attacking it almost immediately.....



    I have lots of ideas for this build and it will take quite some time to get all those together, but I'll update this thread as things happen.
     
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  2. mad_mic3

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    looking forward to see what you come up with;)
     
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    looks good, anychance you can just post some pics rather then a youtube video thats just a slide show with no audio....
     
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    It looks a hell of a lot bigger without all it's internal guts. I'm waiting to see how it turns out.
     
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    Thanks. As I progress I will definitely post pictures, the slideshow is just to illustrate that I've started'hacking away at it already..... :)
     
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    Wicked theme, love that logo.

    +1 for not posting slideshow videos... sorry
     
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    Seems you are not the only one. In the last couple of days someone posted a leather cut out they did of the design...

    I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. :)
     
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    Did it have tentacles? if so then yeah it could be a copy,

    but otherwise an image search on google shows that 'logo' everywhere.... including here where it seems to be getting used commercially: http://www.pictaram.com/user/krakenwire/3080445461
     
  9. mad_mic3

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    any updates;)
     
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    Nah I've been away for work for a while, back now.

    Just before I left I picked up a bunch of brass 'stuff' from a marine place, and the postie delivered my ebay purchase - a working brass 'porthole' - while I was away... :D
     
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    any updated pics of the porthole or the likes;)
     
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    Patience young Jedi.....
     
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    No progress to speak of, but an update is due so...

    I've marked up the side of the case for the 'window'(porthole). Need to attack that with a jigsaw.
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    and the porthole ? Well.... I got this on ebay (not cheap, mind) and replaced what was a mirror with some clear plastic from an old clock.

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    and like any self respecting porthole, it opens...

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    I also got a pile of copper stuff, but can''t lay my hands on it at the moment, aside from this....

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    I hope that holds you for a while.. Now I have to go an update my dual system build thread....
     
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    Well, you know what I discovered today?

    Cutting a circular hole (in a computer case side) with a jigsaw is not as easy as you'd expect (was getting too much runout).

    Tidying it up with an angle grinder is less satisfactory than I'd have hoped.


    Oh and the other thing I discovered is that when one opens a wooden drawer and the base of it falls out, dropping screwdrivers, hammers etc onto one's feet - it hurts a lot !

    So I just spend 30 minutes fixing that ! Glue and nails and that bastard won't be doing THAT to me again. Essentially this just means the next disaster will be something else.
     
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    the bottom falling out of the draw is 1 of life's hidden reflex tests:D
    did you have something solid for backing will jigsawing the hole;), any pics of the completed hole
     
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    No I kind of had the part of the hole I was working on a triton workbench, supported either side by the actual bench parts - if that makes sense. So still too much flexibility. I think a shorter blade would have been easier to use. A scroll saw would have been idea but I don't have one.

    I'm not showing you a picture of my hole :weirdo: it's too embarrassing....

    But having said that - the rough part will be covered by the porthole that is going to be there so won't be visible. Just not as pretty (from the inside which will rarely be seen) and I'm a bit of a perfectionist even if I can't actually achieve what I want to.


    I'll post a pic of said hole in due course. :)
     
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    something that is missing offa my bench "The Scroll Saw",
    after seeing a heap being used for modding, I thought I'd have to try 1 out,

    the "Biggest heap of s""t " tool Ive spent money on:eek:
    I gave it away:thumbup: & reverted back to the jigsaw:)
     
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    drill powered nibbler is good for case holes. It be tempted to use a router for a circle.
     
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    Really? Shame you gave it away - or you could have given it to me :D


    Nibblers, routers etc- I have none of these. So it's just do the best with what I have to hand (even the jigsaw I borrowed from my dad).


    ( Most of the things I have cause to put holes in, I use my rifle. :lol: )
     
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    any updates;)
     

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