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    Project Storm Shadow

    So, time for a GI Joe mod. The victim case is the Raidmax Blackstorm, even though this one is clearly white.



    My favorite part is how the case butterflies open



    The first thing I had to do was remove the blue trim to paint



    Then I cut out that hideous honeycomb wannabe mesh



    I painted the trim with a white plastic primer



    And then red. You'll see that red and white will be a common theme here



    Once it dried I put it back in bezel



    I've had these red LED case feet that I've been meaning to use





    Next is the window. I just had to draw out a rough shape to cut



    And I didn't follow that path at all



    I added this cool graphic to the window



    Mounting the window was easy because I used the latches that held the previous side vent in place



    And there it is. Cool



    The panel is back in place, but the blue drive latches look stupid



    I just had to paint the drive bay covers



    Now to the fix the front intake

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    Project Storm Shadow

    This used to be from a mesh intake box found at Office Depot



    I cut it out and slid it into place



    Next, I have to change the default blue intake to a red one



    By itself, it looks odd, so I need a shroud







    With the fan on



    I changed the rear fan to red too, but the slot covers look dumb



    So they get painted white



    And now they're back in place



    Looking really good thus far



    Time to move on to the right side where this cool fan shroud swings out. I won't have to piant it because no one will be able to see the blue here anyway. I will add a 80mm red fan though



    Time for a little paint to liven up this panel


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    Wow, that's looking pretty good so far. I like the butterfly case design as well.

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    It's on the right side and no one will see it

    I got an red 80mm LED fan from Coolmax



    My unique touch to this mod will be a carry handle made of a scabbard. The sword will still be usable too





    Like this


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    Nice touch.

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    Project Storm Shadow

    I decided to add a little red to the panel with the striped part of the cobra symbol



    I just made copies to an 11"x17" page



    And then transferred it to the frog taped panel



    And there you go...


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    Project Storm Shadow

    Great looking case and I love the breakaway sides, perfect for tinkering without having to canablize the doors. What was your impression of the frog tape? Is it any better in your opinion than the blue tape or about the same?

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    Definitely better. I used to pull the blue tape off and it would take the paint with it

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    Ok good I had the same issue especially if there was overlap of the paint onto the surface of the tape. I'll have to put this on my next shoopping list.
    How did you like the Krylon X-Metals paint also? I finally got some of the Krylon base coat for that and it made a huge difference from looking like regular paint to giving it a semi-metallic finsh.

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    It looks awesome when sprayed directly on bare metal like it's supposed to be. Sometimes I think to myself: "Do I really need a second coat?"

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