Originally Posted by OvRiDe
Rick, I am sorry to hear about the condition of the case, at first I feared the worst. Luckily it doesn't look too bad. (I had envisioned a car wreck of a case.)
It isn't a car wreck, but the side panels took some good hits. I deliberately took angles that didn't show anything for those pictures. Here were a few pictures after I pressed some of what I could out with my hands, but before taking the hammer to it.
It was really hard to get any pictures that showed it off, but it was quite jarring looking at it in person. The windowed panel was twisted and creased in multiple directions. The door wouldn't go back on. The rear panel was pulled outward and twisted as well.
Ultimately, I got it so the door could go back on, and you'd have to try pretty hard to see the damage, though small ball-peen hammer marks are now visible. Every time I move or use it, there are a whole bunch of little black bits all over the carpet, from the corners of the paint. I'm just one of those people though, were if I had purchased this case it would be entirely unacceptable. If I purchase something new it needs to be in new condition. But, being free, I can definitely overlook some flaws.
I have cheaper cases of sturdier construction and build quality. I don't believe this case would keep its shape with the amount of cutting I had in mind for it. It's a great case if you treat it as a premod, complete your build, and just leave it somewhere. It wouldn't do well being carried/moved constantly to lans, nor would it do well to any substantial modding to its physical structure without some kind of substantial reinforcement. If you de-riveted this case, you would be hard pressed to get it to keep its shape to put it back together again.
But a beautiful case though, and I will cherish it.