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 Post subject: WWII Online Theme Case
PostPosted: 05.06.2007 20:09 
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Build to be based on some aspects of the online game WWII. Case will have full aluminum framing. Made from 1/4 inch grade 6061 aluminum. I started with 1/4 inch square rod.

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This was cut, drilled with pilot holes, holes to tap for screws, holes to lighten the weight, and then each hole countersunk so it would not be sharp.
Lot of drill work:
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The 18 finished rods ready for welding
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Then welded together as a frame, as the plexi starts to get cut,
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This will be covered with dark blue acrylic, here is a scrap piece to show the color and how it looks against the framing.

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When complete this case will have all parts internally wired. And also have a 22 inch widescreen Viewsonic monitor inside. This pic shows how the drives and keyboard will be mounted,
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Here is how the drives will be placed
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Here is the keyboard bunker, with drawer slides to keep it housed inside case when not in use.
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Cooling will use wind tunnel technology to ensure a quiet, well cooled system, starting with the incoming air, this wide angle diffuser is a 120mm copy of this NASA diffuser:
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Sorry some of the pics are so large, I cannot resize them on here.


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Wow, that looks interesting. WWII is not that commonly used theme so I'm very interested on seeing where you take this idea. Keep us posted! :)

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Nice! A bit massive for me, but it's not for me. It's for you ;)

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Damn that's gonna be huge! But thanks to the perforated aluminum not that heavy hopefully... Looking forward!

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Cza wrote:
Nice! A bit massive for me, but it's not for me. It's for you ;)

Thanks! This is just a fraction larger than my current acrylic case. Which has a lot of wasted space inside. The desk has a good deal of wasted space behind the LCD. Seemed like a good way to minimize wires on the desk and empty space in the enclosure.


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Bigger is better!

Lookin lovely. As Japala wrote WW2 is not that common so I'll be looking forward this one.. with my both eyes.

That wind tunnel... is it bought some where or did you make it by yourself?

I think that keyboard slide is cool idea. But what about your mouse, do you mount it also? I think these ideas are going to make it more moveable.. like for lans and such.

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Damn, why do all Americans have aluminium welding equipment :) . Very good work keep going!


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You have to change those usb-connectors to some kind of military connectors pls :) Actually there is a "military" versions of USB A and B connectors but I don't have any idea here you could found those :/

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You have to change those usb-connectors to some kind of military connectors pls :) Actually there is a "military" versions of USB A and B connectors but I don't have any idea here you could found those :/

Excellent idea. I am still struggling with how to route out the USB, military style would be perfect.


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Errtu wrote:
Bigger is better!

Lookin lovely. As Japala wrote WW2 is not that common so I'll be looking forward this one.. with my both eyes.

That wind tunnel... is it bought some where or did you make it by yourself?

I think that keyboard slide is cool idea. But what about your mouse, do you mount it also? I think these ideas are going to make it more moveable.. like for lans and such.


The mouse will be wireless as well as the network.
The wind tunnel parts are mostly handmade to utilize the physics from this Stanford website. http://navier.stanford.edu/bradshaw/tunnel/tunnelconfig.html
Although the airflow straighteners are avaliable from http://www.saxonpc.com/
Without building an elaborate tunnel configuration, these airflow straighteners work excellent attached directly to the output of a fan, here is data collected from 3 fan sizes. http://www.saxxon.net/test


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Dunno if these are military-ish enough, but Neutrik has this kind of USB-connectors http://www.comprehensiveinc.com/images/ ... CNAUSB.jpg I think they look nicer than the original ones..

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Jipa wrote:
Dunno if these are military-ish enough, but Neutrik has this kind of USB-connectors http://www.comprehensiveinc.com/images/ ... CNAUSB.jpg I think they look nicer than the original ones..

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Ok, Now comes the fun part. Tearing apart the Viewsonic 21 inch widescreen.
It was not as simple as 4 screws like I thought and the cheap ones I was eyeballing at work. This thing snaps together tight. And I lost the rear mounting plate I thought I would have so the mount will be in the silver framing. This will work out better for airflow.
Here is the screen disected a bit:

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The LCD power button is the only one I use, I may just bring this one only through the plexi, sealed with an industrial nipple. No one takes me serious when I say I need an industrial nipple. :o

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With the silver framing it sure fills out the entire case frame.

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Won't be much left of this piece when the LCD hole is cut.

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I am not crazy about leaving this LCD sitting around. I wanted to mount it like this, but it will be better supported with the silver bump ring.
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!7 screws ought to look good and support the monitor well. It will have to be cap screws thought because so far I cannot find button heads that long.

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The door was quite a long process to cut into the plexi- file to fit, cut hinge slots, and make the whole thing work well and smooth. I do not want to have to mess with this stuff later.

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Then I had to rig the door with magnets and a piece of steel so it will stay shut. This took some work on paper.

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And then hours later it works for real. Cutting a magnet is not something any of my tools will do. Band saw didn't even score it.

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Here is the door with a piece of the blue plexi.

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From the conception of this project I knew that if I did not put a protective panel over the LCD for transporting it. I would wish I had the first time I transport it. So I cut a 18 x 13 inch clear piece that hinges off. To protect it and if it is optically the same I may just leave it on.
I should of took more photos of the whole panel. Here is the hinge pieces cemented to the clear panel. With no tack paper, No peeking eh! :D

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The magnets keep the door shut great.

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Besides what is a functional PC in the start up case. All this stuff is going into the box, boy is it going to be tight.
My dream of a 1-foot DVI cable died when I opened the UPS shipment. 1 foot is measured from end to end, just short of what I needed. I will have to use a 3 foot DVI cable. Anyone got a line on a 2 foot DVI cable? I got a 1 foot if anyone wants...? It is only good for rack mount..?
Here is all what will be going in:

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That's very nice work.


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PostPosted: 03.10.2007 16:28 
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good to see you back on this. keep it up!

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