Hi, i'm finally starting another mod, this one is for my father and as you can tell by the title
it is going to be an interesting one.
This is going to be a rattle snake that ate the computer. When finished it will look like the snake ate the components one by as as you will see the bumps in the snake like it naturally happens when a snake eats something large and the hard drive will still be in the process of being eaten in the snakes mouth. At this point there is no name for it yet but I will come up with one.
Features at this point:
Half eaten hard drive.
Stealth dvd drive, open/close button is located on top of snakes head.
Power is turned on/off by pressing down on the hard drive in snakes mouth.
Blue light from within the snake coming out it's mouth when computer is on.
Motion sensor and working tail rattle on their own power so it's active even when computer is turned off.
Hidden sensor to be located on face of snake so the tail will rattle as you are reaching in to turn it on.
More features to come as I build it.
For the body I will use plaster bandages that are usually used for casting arms legs and such. After some testing I know it will be around 7 layers thick when complete.
Casting will first be coated in and out with a water proofing spray to avoid any moisture soaking into cast material or a moisture build up that could possibly soften the material, more of a precaution really as with the fans and standard conditions there should never be that much moisture. Second it will be covered with a spray on rubber coating before painting to give it a realistic kind of feel.
Scales on the body will be made by locking some kind of fishnet stocking over the body when applying last coat of rubber coating and then removing it. Other material may be used instead of fishnet stockings at the time to aid in giving the impression of scales after aplying the rubber coating but I will have to experiment to see what gives me the best result.
Compartments that will hold the separate components within the snake will be made of a light gauge steel. All accessible from virtually hidden panels. I say virtually as panels will of coarse be coated and painted to match the rest of the snake to blend in.
3 small fans including the cpu fan will cool everything while being virtually hidden with vents on the back/bottom of snake and vents will be finished to match snake with rubber coating and paint job.
I will be doing the paint job half by hand with brush and half by rattle can (pardon the pun) and will finish with some kind of a clear coat to protect the finish.
Also, the mold/shape of the snake will be made in sections using those long balloons that are usually made into balloon animals, though it sounds silly it works after shaping and then casting them which I have tried. After creating the standard snake body parts and then the component snake parts I will then lock them together with another couple layers of bandage.
The snakes head and rattle I will mold /make from scratch without any preset molds.
Parts inside will be laid out as follows:
PSU: toward the end of the snakes tail.
MOBO: shortly before psu in last bend near ground level of snake body.
DVD Drive: mid section of snake that is raised up in the air.
Hard Drive: in snakes mouth.
Limitations to consider:
Mother board must be close enough for connection to hard drive
as sata cable limit is 3 feet, which in a snake can go fast.
4 Building phases:
1. build component cases/compartments.
2. build snake body.
3. wiring and extras.
4. paint and finish.
Tedious/long/annoying stuff to do:
Hand paint the color on the scales with a brush and extend all wires as needed.
Parts got so far:
Mobo: Intel LGA 775 Intel G41 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard.
Processor: Intel E4300, laying around and old as hell but with a sale I will upgrade it.
PSU: Athena Power AP-MFATX22 220W Mini ITX / Micro FLEX ATX / ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply.
DVD: SONY 8X DVD Multi Writer Black Slim SATA Model AD-7700S.
Hard Drive: a 2.5'' 80 gig drive that I had laying around but if price is right I will most likely get a 60 gig SSD drive when done.
RAM: 1 gig of Adata pc6400 ram I had laying around but will upgrade to 4 gigs (2 x 2g sticks) when near finished.
CPU Cooler: Rosewill RCX-Z775-LP 80mm Sleeve Low Profile CPU Cooler.
Parts to get:
A couple small quiet fans around 50mm to 70mm.
With all that being said let's begin.
The plaster bandage I am using is orthotape and with any luck 12 rolls should be enough. If not it is cheap enough and I could always order more. Cost about $22 usd including shipping.
I sheared some scrap metal at work today for the component bays.
It's late and I will be starting the component bays tomorrow, with so much to come I will keep you updated as much as possible.