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Frenkie
08-19-2008, 05:22 PM
Sting.

A caseconstructie based on a mini-itx mobo.
This time I went for a small case-construction. Especially after I made the BFG
this time I wanted more contrast in my mod collection. Small mini-itx hardware is
much easier to build in larger boxes, boxes or suitcases, but a
entirely new custom case like this I've never seen.(yet)

The hardware.
This time I have a VIA EPIA ML5000EA motherboard, 17 x 17 cm.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_55.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_02.jpg

Everything is there and, video, 6 channel audio, 100 mbit lan and a passive cooled
533 MHz CPU.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_01.jpg

Also, I have a slot-in DVD player, it comes with an adaptor for the mobo.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_03.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_04.jpg

Then the HDD. First, I had a 40 GB 2.5 " laptop hard drive with an adaptor ....

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_06.jpg

... but I've found something much more fun.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_07.jpg

A SSD of a simple CF card.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_08.jpg

A 2Gb CF card, and the adapter comes (where else) from Hong Kong.
Together with its passively cooled CPU and SSD he is 100% silent.
By comparison, a picture with a standard 3.5 "HDD, a 2.5" HDD and the
new SSD.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_09.jpg

Oh yes, and for comparison, this was a few years ago the 10 Megabyte Winchester
disk ....

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_10.jpg

http://www.techepics.com/files/look_back_full.jpg


SketchUp.

My design is based on the general shape of a Scorpion.
Judging from the minimum sizes of the hardware (mobo, powersupply and slot-in
DVD player) I started playing with SketchUp.
I even have a photo taken of the motherboard and all hardware components and
in SketchUp used as texture. Can I recommend to everyone, looks much more
realistic.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_05.jpg

A body ...

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_11.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_12.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_13.jpg

a tail ...

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_14.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_15.jpg

and two arms with slicers/dicers.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_16.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_17.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_18.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_19.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_20.jpg

I have long sought materials for the case, and I've found something unique.
You know a lot of PCs are built from old motherboards, well, I found
industrial circuitboards that have not yet been finished.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_57.jpg

Beautiful dark green circuit boards, completely flat and clean.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_40.jpg

An additional bonus was found only afterwards, when you shine a light slightly behind / under it, it shows the print-threads through it.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_27.jpg

A very nice effect, I think.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_26.jpg

As I used it with my R2-D2, I tried using the UV responsive gel pens again.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_39.jpg

Now my green pens bought them for this mod to be deployed, but my first
experimental did not gave me the effect what I thought of it.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_41.jpg

The Case.

As a basis, I have taken an aluminum plate of 1.5 mm thick.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_42.jpg

The measurements taken from SketchUp and drawn.
Converted to the minimum height of the backplate.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_43.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_44.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_45.jpg

Ontopic, see my latest toy, a Ferm figuresaw I got from the flea market (cost 12 euros).

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_52.jpg

And a new sander of Rexxon.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_53.jpg

Finishing is ofcourse still needed with needle files for finishing touch.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_54.jpg

The hole cut for the backplate.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_56.jpg

And then the sawn boards to the desired sizes.
Even a quick mock-up with adhesive tape.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_22.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_23.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_28.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_29.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_30.jpg

And now I show you how it looks with light behind it.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_25.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_32.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_33.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_34.jpg

For the assembly of printed circuit to the aluminum chassis I used
brackets of the same aluminum and popnagels.(rivets?)

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_46.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_47.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_48.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_51.jpg

For the tail, I got some perforated aluminum strip.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_49.jpg

Like it so far?

Frenkie

Bopher
08-19-2008, 06:53 PM
This is gonna look awesome. +rep on the idea.

I'm liking the light up behind the boards. Are you going to use Leds or cathode tubes to light it up?

jdbnsn
08-19-2008, 07:05 PM
We always love your mods dude, keep them coming!

The boy 4rm oz
08-20-2008, 08:26 AM
Cool idea and a great start.

Tavarin
08-20-2008, 09:39 AM
This looks awesome so far. Love the circuit boards. +rep

Frenkie
08-20-2008, 11:48 AM
This is gonna look awesome. +rep on the idea.

I'm liking the light up behind the boards. Are you going to use Leds or cathode tubes to light it up?

I have several options, but there's gonna be light, guaranteed :)

Blizarre
08-20-2008, 01:42 PM
Great idea with very good implementation.
+rep for you.

rendermandan
08-20-2008, 02:04 PM
Dude, this looks pretty sweet. Good job.

FrooP
08-20-2008, 02:39 PM
i found the leet 8)

Frenkie
08-20-2008, 03:24 PM
The standard wires from the pico power supply are way too long.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_58.jpg

Because the powersupply is right beneath the mobo, a forest of wires is stucking out above it, and we dont want that now, do we?

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_59.jpg

With some creative cutting and new connectors that piece is now tailored.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_60.jpg

The IDE cable that comes with the mobo is also standard way too long.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_61.jpg

This looks much better already.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_62.jpg

So it looks a little better already.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_63.jpg

Some connectors for the powerLED, HD-LED, reset and power switch, got them from old PCs, very handy to have laying around.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_64.jpg

The tail-backbone, I gave it some small nudges, in a logaritmic form.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_65.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_66.jpg

With some tape, I tried to imagine if my idea is going the right way.
It sort-off has to resemble scales of a snake/fish. like. ish. :D

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_67.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_68.jpg

Please note: this is only one side, the tail had three sides.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_69.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_70.jpg

The plates for one side of the tail

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_75.jpg

And for both sides.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_76.jpg

DonT-FeaR
08-20-2008, 07:34 PM
wow youo finally got around to this i was talking to you about it like 6 months ago

nice workk


any word on whats round 3 in that netherlands contest?

FuzzyPlushroom
08-21-2008, 12:03 AM
Hot damn, that's cool! Really looking forward to seeing this one come along... Cute little guy, isn't he?

I noticed once that old circuit boards looked cool with light shining through 'em, but never thought to apply that. +rep, because that's just badass.

Frenkie
08-21-2008, 01:55 AM
wow youo finally got around to this i was talking to you about it like 6 months ago

nice workk

any word on whats round 3 in that netherlands contest?

Thanx guys.

I guess that round 3 in the bouweenpc.nl competition will be a whole case to modify. But first I have to survive round 2 with my C&C powerplant mod. :neutral: 6 out of 10 go through.

The boy 4rm oz
08-21-2008, 03:27 AM
That's really looking great mate. Keep up the good work.

jdbnsn
08-21-2008, 05:12 PM
Congratulations, you are featured!

Drum Thumper
08-22-2008, 05:31 AM
Congratulations, you are featured!

By page 2 nonetheless. That has to be a record.

+rep, /subscribe. I like the work with the old pcb's!

The boy 4rm oz
08-22-2008, 06:17 AM
Congratz on the feature mate.

DonT-FeaR
08-22-2008, 10:34 AM
sigh i got like 20 pages and no feature lol

thats not why im here tho :)

congradulations (cant spell for peanuts)

Frenkie
08-23-2008, 04:51 AM
Got a batch of defect computer hardware from Computer Service Maastricht, I guess recycling is a good thing, right?

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_78.jpg

Disassembled the harddrives.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_79.jpg

To give the case a bit more depth, I cut a large hole in the top panel.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_80.jpg

And an overlapping panel that is just a bit bigger.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_81.jpg

Some harddisk parts form little feet for that panel.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_82.jpg

And glued the large panel together on the toppanel.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_83.jpg

And now I have a bith more depth and detail.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_84.jpg

With a light behind it, it is still good looking IMO.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_85.jpg

In the meanwhile, I'm slowly getting the tail parts together, but forming the tail with the loose tiles is a very difficult and slow process, frustrating and tedious. :(

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_77.jpg

The boy 4rm oz
08-23-2008, 04:54 AM
That's a cool idea for the top panel, looks good and ads a bit more ventilation. Gotta love spare parts lol.

DonT-FeaR
08-24-2008, 06:13 AM
sweeeeet thats really cool

im about to pull an old hdd apart for the hell of it :)

Frenkie
08-24-2008, 04:36 PM
Here are some pictures of the tiles on the tail, secured with construction kits.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_71.jpg

A piece of foam, for me to help with securing the tail-sides.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_73.jpg

And that foam triangle runs off course into the tip.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_74.jpg

Here you see two pieces UV green plexi which I believe will create a slight glow underneath the case.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_72.jpg

DonT-FeaR
08-24-2008, 06:01 PM
sweeeeet keep it up frenkie

985323
08-24-2008, 11:06 PM
That tail looks like its coming together great, +rep for such an original mod

The boy 4rm oz
08-25-2008, 04:51 AM
Looking great.

Frenkie
08-25-2008, 04:36 PM
Thanx guys, much appriciated.

I have bought two green lasers from Hong Kong.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_86.jpg

They are very much larger than the red lasers that I've used in the BFG
:(
Buttttttt ..... just for comparison, look here is the light of a red laser on a lamp-reflector....

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_87.jpg

..... and here the new green laser.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_88.jpg

So without any more delay, I gutted the pen's.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_89.jpg

And after the soldering of the wires, (and adaptation to 5 V) I finished it with shrinking tube (?)

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_90.jpg

Now it's much more suited to build it in this little mini case.

The boy 4rm oz
08-26-2008, 03:10 AM
Love those lasers.

DonT-FeaR
08-26-2008, 06:04 AM
nice i like them

this is gunna be cool

Frenkie
08-28-2008, 05:36 PM
At first I wanted to let both lasers shine through the slot-in player

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_91.jpg

But I changed my mind and now I want a laser mounted in the tail.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_92.jpg

From a cellphone motor and some pieces of aluminum I made a mini drill.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_93.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_94.jpg

It runs on one AA penlite battery and is really very small.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_95.jpg

This drill will be in one of the two arms.
For those arms, I have found this aluminum profile tube ....

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_96.jpg

.... they fit neatly together.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_97.jpg

Maybe something like this? Who knows. See you at the next update.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_98.jpg

The boy 4rm oz
08-28-2008, 09:26 PM
WAHAHAH laser tail lol. Looking great buddy.

DonT-FeaR
08-31-2008, 03:18 AM
Im FIRING MAH LAZORS lol nice

Frenkie
08-31-2008, 10:21 AM
Im FIRING MAH LAZORS lol nice

ROFL !!!

The drill will come in one of the "hand's" of the scorpion, on the other "hand" I am making some kind of circular Saw.

Let me show you what my idea behind the case + the lasers is.

The laser in the tail shines an X distance in front of the case.
íf I mount the second laser underneath the toppanel, I want it to shine in exactly the same spot as the tail laser.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING-LASERS.JPG

Seen from above, you can see that I've designed the case with a "focal point" for the physical dimensions of the case.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING-LASERS2.JPG

My idea is to get those two points/spots (laserspot and the physical focal point) really at onto each other. I am working to get my case that way.

The boy 4rm oz
08-31-2008, 10:47 AM
Double the power, nice idea.

DonT-FeaR
09-01-2008, 03:40 AM
cool nice idea now do it!! lol

dfigravity
09-01-2008, 09:59 PM
this really looks great man...such unique ideas! Keep up the great work! +subscribe

Frenkie
09-28-2008, 05:19 AM
An overview of the whole PC and the PSU in it. Here all the wires are wayyyyy to long, so I cut them to size and meshed them with green UV mesh.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_100.jpg

Been busy with the square tubing for both arms.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_101.jpg

Just playing with the various parts to get a better feel about the dimensions.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_102.jpg

Some idea for the left arm.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_103.jpg

and some fantasy about the right arm.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_104.jpg

(If you payed attention, you would have noticed the shoulder pieces of my Wall-E mod (http://forum.bouweenpc.nl/topic/4662) )

Frenkie
09-28-2008, 05:24 AM
I toke some parts of the arms under the lathe and made some 1.5 mm cuttings in them.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_107.jpg

From the circuitboard I made the counterparts for those three cuttings.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_108.jpg

Here is one of those parts with the circuitboard.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_109.jpg

Fits like a glove.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_110.jpg

And the other ones too, looks pretty cool I think.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_111.jpg

For the slice-and-dice arm, I cut a slot in it of just 2 mm wide.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_112.jpg

Made thread in the tube that fits right in with M2 thread.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_113.jpg

And ofcourse a M2 screw.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_114.jpg

Retracted....

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_115.jpg

...and now extended.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_116.jpg

View from the other side, maybe later i'll try a small motor drive.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_117.jpg

Like it so far ?

Frenkie
09-28-2008, 05:30 AM
I fastened the slot-in DVD player with velcro. Dont see that everyday right?

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_119.jpg

Layed the IDE cable as tight as possible on the mobo. Also made new cables for the CCF and the DVD, this time designed them to fit snug, and ofc meshed it all.

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_120.jpg

This time I wanted a sort-of shield over the mobo, made from mesh. First a test with plain paper.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_121.jpg

Then in AC-Ryan mesh.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_122.jpg

Spraypainted with green UV.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_123.jpg

And fitted.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_124.jpg

And another piece over the DVD player.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_125.jpg

With an UV lamp, it lights up very nice.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_126.jpg

--------

Apologies for the long delay in updating guys. I was very busy with the second round of the modding competition of BouwEenPc. It payed of, since I won first place with my Command & Conquer PSU mod.

The boy 4rm oz
09-28-2008, 08:07 AM
What can I say...WOW.

I love you you have made the arms extendable and inlayed the circuit boards. Mesh cover looks fantastic, especially with the UV paint. Is that paint out of a rattle can or is it the AC Ryan paint?

Good luck with the cable management and congratz on a fantastic job so far.

p0Pe
09-28-2008, 11:26 AM
this look so awsome!:D
cant wait to see more. amazing what you have done on such small space

DonT-FeaR
09-29-2008, 05:47 AM
nice
i love it man really nice good work...

THRASHER2
09-30-2008, 04:13 AM
That bad boy looks like a BATTLE BOT! :up:

Frenkie
10-29-2008, 03:25 PM
Apologies for such late reply, I am currently very busy with a casemod for a competition here in Holland.
Still, I have found a little time in between, to do s very small update. I fastened the arms to the chassis with rivets.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_132.jpg

Here they will be fastened.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_131.jpg

Now a on-off switch and a reset switch.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_133.jpg

With polystyreen I made a small subframe to prevent the knob of sticking out too much.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_134.jpg

And this one for the on-off switch, this one is allowed to stick a bit more out.http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_135.jpg

Fastened with construction-glue.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_136.jpg

View from the rear.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_137.jpg

Here you see the reset which is below the surface.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_138.jpg

again apologies for my late reply, If you want, I can post the worklog of the new casemod ( Command & Conquer GDI Construction Yard building ) also here on TBCS.

SXRguyinMA
10-29-2008, 03:40 PM
THIS THINGS AWESOME! +rep

I'd love to see that C&C mod too :up:

The boy 4rm oz
10-29-2008, 08:35 PM
Yep she is looking mighty fine mate. Keep up the good work.

DonT-FeaR
10-30-2008, 02:18 AM
very cool :) looking fresh man

The boy 4rm oz
11-07-2008, 02:59 AM
^vwxy623 reorted for spamming.

Frenkie
11-26-2008, 05:49 PM
Cut up a lot of wires and meshed them.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_139.jpg

Mounted switches for all motors, leds and laser.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_140.jpg

In close-up.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_141.jpg

Unfortunatly I made a mistake.....
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_142.jpg

This triangle piece was planned to cover the switches, but the outer most switch is now in its way and has to be moved.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_143.jpg

Ok, so I drilled another hole and now its all ok again.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_144.jpg

SXRguyinMA
11-26-2008, 06:01 PM
lookin sweet, I cant wait to see this thing done!

The boy 4rm oz
11-26-2008, 09:04 PM
I love this mod, looks very cool.

nevermind1534
11-26-2008, 11:07 PM
+rep for progress.

DonT-FeaR
11-27-2008, 01:30 AM
nice work so far man hows round 3 going?

Frenkie
12-03-2008, 06:18 PM
nice work so far man hows round 3 going?

Well, round 3 is still underway, I hope Dec 16 will be the finale. But back to this project;

Connected everything what I could find, looks really messy!
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_145.jpg

Right side.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_146.jpg

Left side in the light.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_147.jpg

Left side in the dark. Here you can see that EL tape glowing quite nice.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_148.jpg

Overview in the dark, the EL tape is still loose, but you can allready see the glow

emiting I mentioned before.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_149.jpg

A little more close-up of the right arm, the "hand" has no blades attached.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_150.jpg

SXRguyinMA
12-03-2008, 10:01 PM
looks crazy! keep it up :up:

rendermandan
12-04-2008, 01:40 AM
I like the green EL tape. It goes good with your color scheme. I used some el wire before but I got a really high pitch whine that came from the transformer, so I was curious if the tape did the same thing.

The boy 4rm oz
12-04-2008, 10:38 AM
The tape was a great adition.

Frenkie
12-04-2008, 01:45 PM
I like the green EL tape. It goes good with your color scheme. I used some el wire before but I got a really high pitch whine that came from the transformer, so I was curious if the tape did the same thing.

Well, at first..... I DID hear a real high whine when I started the comp... and I thought the same thing as you described. Then I realised I had one of the motors in the arms on. That motor made the whine in my mod. LOL I DID however hear of your problem, with EL tape/high voltage transformers. A friend of mine suggested a rubberband wrapped around the transformer, but I dont know if that is any help to you.

DonT-FeaR
12-05-2008, 04:05 AM
tape looks awsome nice work man

Frenkie
12-18-2008, 05:04 PM
Started with the outside covers. This is one of the two rear-triangles.
After the construction-glue sets, ill tidy up the edges.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_151.jpg

This is the replacement fan-hand, made from an old VGA-fan.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_152.jpg

The left side.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_153.jpg

Making the final adjustments.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_154.jpg

Glued the covers to the aluminium strips on the side.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_155.jpg

View from the rear-left side.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_156.jpg

Close-up of one of the gills.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_157.jpg

To fit the large strip on the front-left side, I need to cut out a piece for the arm.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_158.jpg

Nice and tight fit.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_159.jpg

When the right side is fastened, the case is starting to show its shape a lot better.

SXRguyinMA
12-18-2008, 05:09 PM
this things one of the coolest cases I've ever seen :bowdown:

The boy 4rm oz
12-19-2008, 04:07 AM
I LOVE this mod, so awesome.

Frenkie
01-13-2009, 08:56 PM
Like I said, I made a mistake with the strips that come on top of the mod. I made them too short!
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_161.jpg

I thought of something that would not only deal with that mistake, but also give it a bit extra.
First I made some small pieces of circuitboard, that will act as supports.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_162.jpg

Then I made these small strips from UV green plexi.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_163.jpg

These will come here on top of the supports.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_164.jpg

With a little glue and a clamp, set to dry.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_165.jpg

When the lights hit the strips, they light up like a xmass tree.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_166.jpg

And here two overview shots, now you see the size of the mod entirely.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_168.jpg

http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_169.jpg

nevermind1534
01-13-2009, 09:16 PM
nice

SXRguyinMA
01-13-2009, 10:03 PM
lookin sweet :up:

The boy 4rm oz
01-14-2009, 02:16 AM
That's bigger than I thought it was, very nice work.

DonT-FeaR
01-22-2009, 04:43 AM
why is everything you work on so small>??? oh well i guess thats why we love ur work :P nice

Frenkie
01-22-2009, 04:56 AM
LOL, relax Dont-Fear, next case will be a biggie again. I even have a plan here for a full-size bigtower project. You know one of the ancient massive ones. Gonna be fun !

DonT-FeaR
01-22-2009, 07:38 AM
sweeeet man cant wait love your work

msmrx57
01-22-2009, 03:30 PM
Once again I'm blown away. :freakedout: Absolutely LOVE it! +rep on the ingenuity and recycling. Can't wait to see it done.

Frenkie
01-22-2009, 05:47 PM
thanx mate, much appriciated.

Time to give the little beast some legs. These I make from old 2.5" harddrives. These are the discs that sit on top.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_170.jpg


Cut in half.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_171.jpg


Then glued to the mod with constructiekit. ( a little bit too much here )
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_172.jpg


Three times on the left and three times on the right.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_173.jpg


The legs are made from the actual read-write heads from those laptop-drives.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_174.jpg


Once the kit is hardened, it should be looking a bit like this.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_175.jpg

DonT-FeaR
01-22-2009, 09:36 PM
:O wow u ARE a genius

billygoat333
01-23-2009, 03:53 AM
this is looking pretty sweet. :)

SXRguyinMA
01-23-2009, 11:04 AM
indeed, looks awesome :up:

rithunder916
01-28-2009, 06:22 PM
This Is awesome!!! I would never have thought to use old mother boards!!

Frenkie
01-29-2009, 05:13 PM
Well, there not motherboards, these are industrial PCB's. But old motherboards should be also very good.

Ok, After reviewed the critics, I decided to make three extra limbs for the rear legs.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_176.jpg

Now there much more in proportion.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_177.jpg

Last to do is to connect them to the chassis and then final testing.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_178.jpg

The boy 4rm oz
01-30-2009, 01:07 AM
Are they read/write arms from HDDs? lol. Excellent addition.

jdbnsn
02-02-2009, 04:14 PM
hee hee, I love "Frenkie-style"!

DonT-FeaR
02-03-2009, 03:14 AM
that came out really well.. nice work

EspoNation
02-03-2009, 09:45 PM
That is a sweet idea that! I just stumbled upon this log and I have to say I am impressed.

Frenkie
02-05-2009, 06:34 AM
Thanx guys, youre the best !

Ok ok last modification for the rear-legs; by combining two ideas of readers ( thank you for that! ) I made two sections, one thicker sandwich from circuitboard, plexie and circuitboard. And one thinner and smaller one with one circuitboard less.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_179.jpg

To bring back the aluminium-look, I used a 3mm strip to hold it all together.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_180.jpg

Looks nice with a little light behind it.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_181.jpg

I glued the read-write heads to the legs and then sanded the whole smooth.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_183.jpg

I just had to modify the large arms with more circuitboard, to get it more "in-sync", agreed?
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_182.jpg

With the EL-tapes on, in the light you dont see much of them...
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_184.jpg

...but in half-light it looks just as I expected it would.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_185.jpg

Still have a hard time making pix in the dark, but this should give you an idea.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_186.jpg

And the other side.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_187.jpg

And front/top.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_188.jpg

An overview with the flashlight.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_189.jpg

This is the end of the work-log. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed making the case.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_190.jpg

Frenkie

The boy 4rm oz
02-05-2009, 06:38 AM
Man that looks sweet, fantastic work mate. +rep

Spidermeld
02-05-2009, 07:17 PM
This blows my freakin' mind!!! Very impressive !!! Thanks for sharing this... oh, and a big +rep for you

DonT-FeaR
02-08-2009, 05:26 AM
i would give you rep but then i would need to spread it around alot of times to give you enough.... lol good work

TheMainMan
02-09-2009, 12:18 AM
This was an amazing project right from the start! Totally blown away with the awesome and unique look to it in the end. +rep

Wecrookie
02-09-2009, 10:43 AM
Just love the work on this:D +rep.




yours wecrookie:eek:

rendermandan
02-09-2009, 05:55 PM
Great Job! +rep

Frenkie
02-10-2009, 02:13 PM
Really really last post, just threw some LEDs together.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_193.jpg

Quick and dirty isolation with tape.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_191.jpg

Pre-bended them to follow the curve of the tail.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_192.jpg

Inserted the LED-strip and hooked it up to the HD activity. Connected the laser to a 12 V line.

Ending the story with a small movie, I still can't capture the green laser very good. I sprinkled some saw-dust to show it bettter.
6uVAiCJTLc0
Green laser on STING (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uVAiCJTLc0)

SXRguyinMA
02-10-2009, 03:11 PM
looks aweseome!

The boy 4rm oz
02-11-2009, 01:24 AM
I agree, amazing work. +rep

*EDIT*
I need to spread some first :(.

DonT-FeaR
02-12-2009, 02:05 AM
looks sweet... good work man..

Spidermeld
02-12-2009, 03:47 AM
Fantastic is all I can say.

THRASHER2
02-18-2009, 12:35 AM
Ok........

We needs some new pic's.....

I went back 3or4 pages and didn't see any new pic's :)

DonT-FeaR
02-18-2009, 01:54 AM
umm
this mod is done...
like page 8 or sometihng

EDIT: pays to read the log :P http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15742&page=8

Frenkie
02-18-2009, 04:30 AM
Yeah, I guess this whole log can be moved to the section Finished mods or something. I'm allready very busy with the new one, coming to TBCS very soon now ;)

DonT-FeaR
02-18-2009, 04:57 AM
good to know!!! go on msn more often :P lol

THRASHER2
02-18-2009, 08:19 PM
umm
this mod is done...
like page 8 or sometihng

EDIT: pays to read the log :P http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15742&page=8
I don't see the Pic's?
http://www.thebestcasescenario.com/forum/showpost.php?p=228864&postcount=80


"From that Post"
Looks nice with a little light behind it.
(looked on Internet Explorer) I saw a white box with a Red X in it.
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_181.jpg
http://clan-rag.gameparty.net/bitchie/case/13/STING_181.jpg

scar~face
03-12-2009, 08:20 AM
that lighting is BEAUTIFUL.

and grats on the fp!

The boy 4rm oz
03-13-2009, 03:34 AM
Congrats on the front page.

Zephik
03-17-2009, 04:40 PM
Sweet, this project is on Geeky Gadgets!

http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/?p=12412

They have some pretty awesome giveaways. This week they're giving away an Antec Skeleton! Follow them on twitter (http://twitter.com/fatgadget) too.

Frenkie
03-17-2009, 04:57 PM
Great ! Thanx for the tip man! Last weekend STING got first price in the casemod competition at the T.i.M.e.S. lanparty here in Holland. I got a nice Zalman GS1000 case as first price.

Also nice to see more Skeleton cases coming about, you DID know my next project is around that Antec case ? It's called Terminator, so watch out for that one !

Zephik
03-17-2009, 05:02 PM
Nice! I love the Skeleton. I must of missed that project somehow. Looks like you have already gotten started on it too! Man, where have I been?? lol

DonT-FeaR
03-18-2009, 01:33 AM
you are good frenkie... winning a case is nothing to you! :) thats hell cool

The boy 4rm oz
03-18-2009, 07:34 AM
Even though the GS1000 is a very nice case, lots of potential;) lol.

Congratz on the win mate, you deserve it.