Thanks guys for all the nice comments.
It was a booger to fabricate! Everything was trial and error but if it had not been for Crimson's pic's I would not have even known this was possible or where to start! As for the rest of the mod I am planning on putting an lcd screen where the drive bays are and having the blast door raise and lower (hopefully).
I still have to make the door I have looked at the site that Crimson uses to buy styrene but can't decide on the thickness to order! Crimson what thickness of styrene do I need for the door and rails?
I just hope I have room to mount the actuator I may have to orient it different but that will also be trial and error.
I had originaly planned on building 2 of these for I am building twin systems for me and my son but that will depend on wether I get this first one to work.
It will be my son's sixth system. I usualy get his hand me down's but this time we will both be equal with Identical systems.
My son has been building and working on system's by himself and with me since he was in grade school and is quite knowledgable. He has helped me a great deal in the making of this project. In fact he is probably going to tackle the other actuator himself! Needless to say I am very proud of his abilities!
The spec's for the systems are as follows everything listed I have purchased two of (the ones with * have yet to be purchased).
NZXT Nemisis elite case (Silver)
Thermaltake Toughpower 700w modular power supply
MSI K9A PLatinum Socket AM2 Radeon Xpress 3200 motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.6ghz
Samsung DVDRW/DVD+-R writer with Lightscribe
52 in one media card reader
Logitech mx518 optical gaming mouse
Saitek Eclipse II Illuminated Keyboard
2GB DDR2 PC6400 ram (not sure which brand to get yet)*
ATI R600 video card (whenever it finally comes out! XP)*
SATAII HDDs (still deciding what make/model/size to get)*
Windows Vista Ultimate *
Here are some pics of the case.
These pics really don't do this case justice!
I guess you are wondering why I would want a blast door behind the main door. I thought it would look cool, no one would know the lcd screen is there until you open the blast door!
This was the best looking (In my opinon) non modded case I could find. I bought these before I decided to attempt this mod had I known earlier I might have went with another case.
I tried to brighten this pic in photoshop but it still does not show off the chrome metal (At least I think it's metal) shield on the front I had thought of carving something in this shield but am afraid of messing it up! Though I am quickly learning if you want to be a modder fear has to go! Just be sure of what you want and go for it! Can I get a Amen! And what ever you screw up bondo will fix lol.
Also as you can see from this pic the temp \fan speed lcd on the top will go well with the lcd screen in the drive bays and it also can be hidden.
In this pic you can see where I plan to mount the lcd screen.
Any suggestions on this will be appreciated.
The only other thing I've modded was a toy gattling gun. It was my son's when he was little and I was going to throw it away, but I wondered if I could get it to run off a 12v pc molex. After experimenting and playing around with it, I got it to work! Instead of having just a stationary gun mounted on top of a PC, however, I went one step further and made it pan and tilt! Here is a couple of pics of it, I know it's off topic but I wanted to share these.
The barrel rotates and makes a shooting sound, which is powered by a PC molex connector header I made that mounts into an empty expansion slot. It has pan and tilt servos that will let it move as you move a joystick. The servos are powered by six 1.5volt batteries, and the the interface is through the serial port.
I am glad I did not trash this thing because they quit making them!
Thank you for letting me share these I promise not to go off topic again.
I need to also mention that without my son's help I would not have been able to post these pics and there would be several grammatical errors! Thanks son!
Charles , aka Wannabeamodder