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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    Hi Everyone!

    So, this time round it won´t be a case revival or a "Mod in a Week" project, mainly because Cooler Master has decided I should have a HAF X and well, I kind of want to take my time with such a nice case !

    Now, I am useless at google sketch and that kind of software that you guys use, not to mention drawing! So I will try to explain the concept of project Diabolo.

    If any of you saw my Fallout Cause project ( you´ll know that, more than anything else, I enjoy painting, and with my previous project (Acid Burn) it was a pretty simple paint scheme, no matter how detailed it was and I feel like playing with shades and effects again so... I´m going to (or try to) turn this gorgeous HAF X in to a demon, (the fact I played through Doom 3 and it´s expansion again the other day ... may have something to do with it!

    So, I will be using foam and epoxy (with internal reinforcing) to build 2 massive horns that will go through the lenght of the top of the case, depending on how these come out, I might also add a pointed tail. Aside from this, I will be modifying the body (it´s going to hurt bashing it in) and adding "skin deformations" to give it that tough demon skin look.

    Paint wise, black, with dark red/purple skin tones, and bright-ish red details to accentuate irregularities in the skin. For the horns, I´m thinking white-ish cream with a dark brown dry brush touch, or I may go with dark colours like the rest of the case, we shall see!

    Hardware wise, the wonderfull people at Cooler Master (I´m looking at you Gert!) have also sent me an awesome 80+ 1000w PSU. I will be using an ASUS P8P67 Sabertooth (I´ve chosen this mobo because of it´s thermal armor, which I can modify to match the design), with an Intel i5 2500k. 2x Asus ENGTX 275, a Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatality, 3x Seagate Barracuda 750Gb S-ATA2 drives and a Pioneer cd/dvd combo drive.

    Other hardware like fan controllers, memory card readers and so forth I will add as I see fit if I can put them in to the design.

    Right, for those of you who saw my week in a mod project (acid burn) you might remember my work place was a complete mess for several reasons I won´t go in. So, first thing´s first, let´s sort this place out!!!!!!

    Quite a mess huh? I should also mention it´s currently 37c... and rather humid...ugh!

    Yup that´s my old Fallout Cause sitting there waiting to be either sold or re-purposed :/ and of course, the goodies from CM!

    Right so, assorted cables and accesories, sorted!

    Assorted Hardware, sorted!

    Bits and bobs, sorted!

    Tools, sorted!

    Workbench, sorted!

    I can´t stress it enough, Thanks CM!

    Let´s start unpacking...

    And that´s it for now, tomorrow I pick up the materials needed to start the transformation of the case!

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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    looking forward to watch this beast come alive.

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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    Yeah it´s my first time using epoxy, but I´ve done my homework and I´m really looking forward to seeing how it develops : )

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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    Welcome to Modders-Inc!!

    I too just got a HAF X and want to mod it. I need to get the thinking cap on!

    It sounds like you got a good plan already and it should be a nice one watch. Who knows maybe it can be a Featured Rig Winning one day. :-)

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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    Thanks Americanfreak!

    I had never heard of this forum before, yet since I posted on it (my previous project) I hear more and more and more about it, so would be awesome to be a featured rig, but the competition looks reaaally high!

    Have you any ideas on your HAF X? I think the shape would make a great post-apocalyptic mod, I had already done one with a previous mod so figured I´d go for something different but just thought it´d be a suggestion : )

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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    Thanks Americanfreak!

    I had never heard of this forum before
    Uh really? Are we that hidden? Where were you before? Spread the word!

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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    I'll be watching this mod for sure.

    So far I'm most impressed by how clean you got that workspace :P

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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    Thanks Americanfreak!

    I had never heard of this forum before
    Uh really? Are we that hidden? Where were you before? Spread the word!
    Yeah! I´ve posted my previous project (while not my first, the first with worklog) in forums like hard forum, evga, overclockers, nvidia, stuff like that, but I only heard from this forum, ironically, from a spanish forum! (in which I also post, i.e. bi-lingual).

    But yeah will do!

    I'll be watching this mod for sure.

    So far I'm most impressed by how clean you got that workspace :P
    Yes! I apologize, i wanted to get started and I know a cleaning process isn´t mod stuff, but I didn´t want it to be an almost empty, image wise, thread.

    I´ve been waiting till this saturday BECAUSE there´s going to be a 20% sale going on at my local hardware shop (as in tools and bits and bobs, not computer hw) which is why I haven´t had any updates since I posted this on Monday :S

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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    Hi Everyone!

    First of all, sorry for the delay, I´ve been rather ill for the last week and a half, and still not 100% but well enough to continue, it´s a short update, but more tomorrow!

    So, I continued to dismantle the case completely:

    And this is how the bare chasis of the HAF X looks like:

    Now that´s out of the way, i measured things up and drilled 2 small holes on the front cover, matching holes behind in the chasis in order to put the supports for the horns:

    And lastly for today (I have to wait till tomorrow for the foam to dry), the straight mold of the horn filled with foam:

    The horn isn´t going to be straight up, it will mold around the top of the case, however, I decided to make it straight in order to then brake it in to shape and filling the gaps with more foam, so I don´t end up with parts with structural weakness due to lack of foam.

    Tomorrow, the other horn plus the shaping, filling, and coating with epoxy.

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    Project: Diabolo (12-12-12 Final Picks)

    Hi Again!

    First of all, a small rant, it´s stupidly HOT, arg!

    Now, down to business:

    First horn has been splitted in the desired zones to help curve the form for when the epoxy comes (which, no time for today as I forgot the detail of having to leave the foam tu cure in the filler spots, i.e. where the foam has been splitted) and filled. I´ve also mounted it on the case to see how it looks, unfortunately because of the design of the case frontal (really hard to take it off without taking the top off) I had to mount it permanently, so, when I do the epoxy tomorrow or whenever I will have to cover the rest of the case so i don´t get drops in it, which I might not do aniway because I was planning on leaving irregularities on the case to later help the paint simulate demon skin.

    Also, I´ve started the second horn, a big THANKS goes to my sister for helping me out with both, as she has more experience with molds and supports for them.

    And now, left to cure til ltomorrow!

    That´s all for today!

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