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TheGreatSatan
06-02-2005, 10:23 AM
I started this project a couple of months ago, but had not posted it here. So, to catch you all up...


I've been building with craft sticks and Elmer's glue for over ten years now. I haven't done much lately but build some homes for my daughters toys to live in. About a year ago, out of sheer boredom and no money for modding, I spent the better part of a week building an airplane. The airplane is approximately 3 feet long and has a 3 foot wingspan. Since I finished it, it has been sitting in my basment collecting dust. Yesterday while at school, it dawned on me that I could probably work a PC into the configuation.

So it begins. I'll be using my handy Via Epia V10000 with 512MB PC133, a 20GB HD, CD drive and a 140 watt PSU. These are all the parts from my now totally dismantled UFO PC.

Here's my box of 1000 extra sticks.

http://img73.exs.cx/img73/549/craft12tl.th.jpg (http://img73.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img73&image=craft12tl.jpg)

And the body of the pane, partly torn up, with the same ruler.

http://img73.exs.cx/img73/5299/craft36wm.th.jpg (http://img73.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img73&image=craft36wm.jpg)

And with the PSU in place.

http://img73.exs.cx/img73/4465/craft52vk.th.jpg (http://img73.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img73&image=craft52vk.jpg)

The mobo.

http://img73.exs.cx/img73/9153/craft68xz.th.jpg (http://img73.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img73&image=craft68xz.jpg)

http://img73.exs.cx/img73/8176/craft76zl.th.jpg (http://img73.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img73&image=craft76zl.jpg)

The front of the plane empty.

http://img73.exs.cx/img73/2320/craft86dp.th.jpg (http://img73.exs.cx/my.php?loc=img73&image=craft86dp.jpg)

TheGreatSatan
06-02-2005, 10:24 AM
I started work on the propellers. I will be leaving the fans as is.

First the 60mm fan

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/propeller1.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=propeller1.jpg)

Then I cut the fan away from the square

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/propeller2.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=propeller2.jpg)

And added wood support to their backs.

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/propeller3.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=propeller3.jpg)

And added beams that I could slide into place

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/propeller4.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=propeller4.jpg)

Attached the beams

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/propeller5.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=propeller5.jpg)

And slid them into the wing with a clamp and some gorilla glue

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/propeller6.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=propeller6.jpg)


Next up, was to prpare the HD.

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/planehd.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=planehd.jpg)

I moved the PSU to the back. That way the cable could come out of the back of the plane.

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/pwrcable.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=pwrcable.jpg)

Some pics of where I am so far. Everything is connected. I'll be using a external CD drive for this since my ports will be covered.

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/side1.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=side1.jpg)

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/side2.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=side2.jpg)

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/side3.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=side3.jpg)


Then I added support rods to the wings. These will attach to the plane without destroying the board.

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/thumbs/17/support.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=support.jpg)

TheGreatSatan
06-02-2005, 10:26 AM
I got the wings on. I've figured a way to mount the wings and still have the I/O port visible under the right wing. As you can see the fans (propellers)are on the wings.


http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/17/wings1.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=wings1.jpg)


Here's an overhead shot of the mobo.

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/17/wings2.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=wings2.jpg)


And the side where I'll have access to the ports.

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/17/wings3.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=wings3.jpg)


Everything has been connected, so I booted up. Everything works.


http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/17/powered1.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=powered1.jpg)

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/17/powered2.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=powered2.jpg)

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/17/powered3.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=powered3.jpg)

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/17/powered4.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=powered4.jpg)

http://img17.paintedover.com/uploads/17/powered5.jpg (http://paintedover.com/uploads/show.php?loc=17&f=powered5.jpg)

TheGreatSatan
06-02-2005, 10:27 AM
Iíve finally gotten around to finishing the Airplane body.

http://img228.echo.cx/img228/9290/craftplane30hj.jpg

http://img228.echo.cx/img228/2848/craftplane46ts.jpg


What Iíve been able to do quite successfully is paste a whole line together and then tack them onto the plane to cover the PSU.

http://img228.echo.cx/img228/4158/craftplane58ef.jpg


http://img228.echo.cx/img228/6312/craftplane81gl.jpg


Next was to get a curved look out of the nose cone. Not an easy thing to do. Sometimes you'll see where I used tape just to hold the pieces in place while the glue dries.

http://img228.echo.cx/img228/9061/craftplane63rm.jpg

http://img228.echo.cx/img228/8656/craftplane70vv.jpg


Hereís where the PSU cord comes out the back.

http://img228.echo.cx/img228/6752/craftplane91fk.jpg


Lastly, hereís the completed plane.

http://img228.echo.cx/img228/5017/craftplane14ik.jpg

http://img228.echo.cx/img228/7299/craftplane26mz.jpg


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