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.
Modders Tools

Modder’s Tools: Persistent Paint Pens

Let’s be honest: the world of a modder is a messy one. It’s full of wires, components, and a whole…

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Modders Tools

Gumball Case – Part 2 – The Value of Someone Else’s Tools

In order to build my gumball case, I had to replace its old acrylic panels with shorter, unscratched panels. Acrylic…

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Modder's Materials

3M Red Reflective Tape Review

I was browsing a local garage sale when I spotted a roll of 3M Scotchlite Red Reflective Tape. Marked at…

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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 Mineral Spirits

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

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