Michael Kraft

Michael is an impressionable 20- something and notorious cheapskate. He hopes to teach the world about how to maximize your mod:dollar ratio, while obscuring the fact that he's making this up as he goes along.
Case Modding

Modder’s Tools: A+ for the IR Thermometer

The infrared thermometer is an affordable and immensely useful tool that belongs in every modder’s toolbox. This handy little temperature…

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Lessons of Paint

Dupli-Color Perfect Match Universal Chrome Review

As we have discussed in the past, spray paint lids can lie, promising a paint finish that the product itself cannot…

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Lessons of Paint

Low-Budget Rust Solution

A coat of rusted steel (sometimes called a patina) is an excellent addition to any casemod with a weathered theme.…

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Staff Builds

Gumball Case – Part 1

The official dates for Quakecon 2017 have just been announced for August 24 through 27, and that means it is…

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Case Modding

Dupli-Color Metal Specks Paint Review

Dupli-Color Metal Specks is an easy to use product that gives a subtle, attractive finish. This product deposits a semi-translucent…

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Modders Tools

Autodesk ReMake: Fast Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry is the process of converting photos of a real-world object into a digital 3D model. It’s an amazing tool…

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Lessons of Paint

Harsh Lessons of Paint: Dusty Drying

Newsflash: paint is sticky when wet. Hours of hard work can be destroyed by a single thumbprint, and most people know…

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Case Modding

Dupli-Color Copper Plate Coating Review

The Dupli-Color Copper Plate Coating is an interesting paint product I recently came across in an auto-parts store. This two-can product is…

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Lessons of Paint

Harsh Lessons of Paint: Undoing with Acetone

The astute reader may notice that my HLOP articles carry a theme: paint is hard. People (especially me) make mistakes.…

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Lessons of Paint

Harsh Lessons of Paint: Leaking Lacquers

Lacquer-based paints are a fussy class of paints used to create high-quality paint jobs. If you’re thinking of experimenting with…

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