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[Project] Blue Nova

Discussion in 'Modding Worklogs' started by Aborted, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. Aborted

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    Hey guys, Im an Australian modder from Melbourne, so Ill contribute to this forum!
    The aim is to successfully modify a Lian Li A07B case, with quality in mind. The case will have a blue futuristic feel to it. I will be spray painting and mounting a AC Ryan Rad Grill on the front of the case with hex key screws and spacers. I will be creating a stencil and spraying it on the front and top of the case. The front and back stock fans will be removed and Coolermaster 120mm fans will replace. 2x120mm fans will be installed on the top of the case. The case will also be powder coated a gloss white or matte. A lot of extra mods will be added in the future.

    *Thanks to GAMMODS for supplying me with the materials!*
    Materials:
    - Lian Li PC A07B
    - Clear Side Panel
    - 2x120mm Coolermaster Blue LED Fans
    - 2x80mm Blue LED Fans
    - Spray Paint
    - AC Ryan Radgrill


    Modifications:
    - Cut out Radgrill template on front panel for mounting
    - Mount Fans
    - Make Stencil
    More to come…
     
  2. OP
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    Painting The Grill

    Painting The Grill
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    Tell us what you think. I'll be adding ALOT more later. I just got quoted $75 for powder coating, for TWO CASES! I think its pretty cheap. Thanks. :thumbup:
     
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  4. jamesl33t

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    Nice work with the grill - really clean.
    Also, that's really cheap...I might look into powdercoating mine. :tongue:
     
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    Cutting RadGrill Template

    Used a Jigsaw. Pretty old LOL.
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    Just cut out the basic outline, didnt make it too accurate. As I was going to fix it up with a file.
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    I sort of came up with my own solution to making things perfectly straight with just a file, clamp and a peice of aluminium! Here we go! Just clamped the aluminium in the spot I wanted, made sure it was straight and filed!
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    Took about 10 mins and I have finished JUST the bottom edge!
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    All Done!
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    Perfect.
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    Dunno why I tried to make it so perfect when I am using U-Channel from GAMMods on it lol. Thanks.
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  6. ford ftw

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    Nice start keep up the good work.
     
  7. B4TM4N

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    Hey mate
    Looks nice, keep up the good work! :thumbup:
    Who where those powder coaters that gave you the cheap quotes
    I'm in Melbourne looking for cheap powder coaters :)
     
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    The powder coating company is called Excite Powder Coating. They have a website. Thanks guys!
     
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    Looking good, keep it up :)
     
  10. TMM

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    nice attention to detail :thumbup:
     
  11. archibaw

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    Looks great. Keep up the good work. :thumbup: Look forward to following this one.
     
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    I think I did OK for my first time using a jigsaw to cut aluminium. I also painted a mesh grill the same Cyan Blue colour as the front Rad Grill. Check it out :thumb:

    All marked up!

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    Used that back fan hole as a template.

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    Time to cut.

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    So far so good!

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    All done! Im pretty happy with the cut.

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    Priming the mesh grill. Primed it 3 times.

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    Damn! I made a bad gash with the clamp a while back. Just noticed it then. Will this matter when I get it powder coated? How do I fix it?

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    Grill mounted up!

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    Switch's

    Sorry guys for taking so long on an update, my dad has been busy with work, and I haven't been able to get any transport ANYWERE! Well I've been 'Promised'! that we will go on monday to get my:
    * Socket Hex Cap Screws - For mounting Rad Grill and fans.
    * Cable sleeving
    * POWDER COATING! - I seriousely cannot wait! I've literally had dreams of getting it done.


    Anyways on with the extremely small update! I bought a 16mm and 22mm Holesaw to cut holes in the front panel to accomodate my new bulgin switches, that will shine White when on!

    Ready To Cut the 22mm Hole
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    My 16mm Hole saw the cost me 30bucks!
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    Ok so long story short. (I forgot to take photos) here are the switches temporarily mounted.

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    Ok so a very disappointing update, but it’s better than nothing! Peace out!
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    Powder Coating

    Hey guys! After 2 Weeks and 1 day!!!!! I finally get a phone call saying that my computer case is READY! Omg I was so happy. I guess that is what you get for $75 lol. Anyways here you go. Check the pictures out and tell me what you think! :thumb:

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    Assembly (1)

    Hey guys, been a bit busy with training, and learning. But I've almost fully assembled the case, just gotta do a bit more soldering on my bulgin switches, and order some more thumbscrews as I lost my spares lol. Anyways here you go.



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  16. BigDave

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    Hey Aborted, That looks great,:thumbup: does it look as good in in the flesh :cool:

    I only have 1 pet HATE, those ugly allen head screws, round headed ones will look 100% better IMO. And once again It looks GREAT.:thumbup::cool::thumbup:
     
  17. slamaa

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    Very nice, though I think it would look better is you mounted the grill flush to the front panel and turned it 90 degrees.

    Other than that very pro work :thumbup:
     
  18. C0L0N3L

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    That's a very clean mod Aborted.

    $75 for powder coating.. seems an alright price

    I think i have to agree with Slamaa about the grill on the front unless it's for has some purpose.
     
  19. GTZLevin

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    loving the white powder coat.. very pimp. Almost hurts the eyes.

    How are u going to go with cabling the beast to keep it look pristine?
     
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    Hey boys thanks ALOT for your feedback, Its great to hear from some fellow Australians, as I mainly go on the Overclock.net forums. Appreciate it.

    Haha hey Dave, Well I have a fetish for those allen head screws, dude sorry but I cant help it. Ill buy some rounded ones and see what they look like and post some pics. Thanks for the feedback!

    Thanks m8. Yeah Ill definately get some smaller spacers, I like the extruded look, Ill just have to make it not so extruded lol. I think rotating it 90 degrees will fit, Ill give it a go. Thanks!

    Yeah, Excite Powder Coating is the name of the powder coaters. Mind you it took them 2 weeks.

    Yeah hurts my eyes aswell haha. Im actually selling this case as I am broke and need a sig rig, Its a shame I know, but I have to. I train 10 times per week as a swimmer, and I hold the state title in the 100 and 200 breastroke, so Im fairly busy lol and cant get a job haha!
     

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