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  1. #21

    HP3-MEGA

    And perhaps for the most amazing side bonus of having both RED and BLUE lights!! heres somthing i didnt see comming!



















    im having soooo much fun playing with this new technique.... and i may still "frost" the whole res yet!!

    More soon guys.

  2. #22

    HP3-MEGA

    You all knew that HPR3 was going to have a motherboard cover just like HP2 and Heveyplex SLB i wanted to carry the tradition into this mod as well.

    But knew i had to come up with something new....something or an idea that hasnt been seen before.

    The hole internal frosted plex theme was goin to be the biggest bonus for this next mod and would allow me to do something that was a little more "out-there"


    Of course the material of choice is plex!! a pretty much freehand pattern is cut using the good o'l jigsaw....






    Next was to bend the edges to make the" Cage"









    The paper is stripped off and the cage is layed in for a test fit









    I picked abunch of these little fans up,while i dont think the cage needs any extra cooling i just thought the frosted look of the mini fan would make a geat looking addition.






    A hole is meaured, marked and cut







    Another is added for the AGP card and allows for the water cooling.


  3. #23

    HP3-MEGA

    With the 2 main holes cut with only the CPU cooling holes to be added later the cage is taken inside and frost sanded, with 800g wet and dry.





    A back wall that was previously cut was also sanded.




    the new panels are slotted in and again checked for fit.




    The cage will allow for plenty of airflow to pass thru its large claw type arches

















    The previously modded DD-TDX block is bolted in, holes are marked and drilled for the the water lines to pass thru.






  4. #24

    HP3-MEGA

    All thats left to at this stage is to see how the cage works with the rest of the lighting.

    with all blue lighting , the cage only needs 2 extra lights for a full effect.








    With the backbard lit red and blue lights in the cage









    and again using both red and blue lights to produce a purple effect on the back board.










  5. #25

    HP3-MEGA

    This is the continuation of the front panel idea. i had originaly made 3 light fins the top one will act as the door for the cdrom.


    These were all made from 10mm thick plex cut then hand shaped.




    The problem was, the top one bearly covered the cdrom hole.


    Was time to craft a bigger unit !!!

    This is a massive chunck of plex! @ near 20mm x 20mm this was not easy to bend into shape 5 mins of solid hot air gun had it like rubber.

    It was then lay'd over the from of HP3's front and left to cool down and go hard again.








    Clamping the plex to the bench and using the dremal to knock the corners off.







    40 minutes of hand sanding and the new door is taking shape.






    a quik test to see that it covers the cdrom opening







    and its back for some more hand sanding




    after another 20 minutes the peice is almost at the right shape.

    some work is done to the matching middle strip




    and the 3 peices wrk from large to small ...the larger veing the cdrom door the smaller 2 being for balance and athestics.



  6. #26

    HP3-MEGA

    the thicker top plex contour will have to attach to the cdcrom door , for this a custom extension block is needed.




    the block will act as the spacer between the new cdrom door and the cdrom tray itself.










    The block is shaped to suit the conture of the new plex door






    and a qick mock up is done to see all is goin to plan.





    As seen above the new cdrom door has now been sanded with finer gritt paper and has a smooth frost look.

    The spacer block is to be left clear and not frosted, holes are added to help lighten the load and to add some asthectics.








    This new unit is not to be attached to the cdrom tray to become one.





    Holes are drilled in the tray






    matching holes are also drilled into the connecting block





    Threaded using a 5/32 fine tap






    the whole unit is then bolted together using hex head SS bolts.








  7. #27

    HP3-MEGA

    With the cdrom in this now add as the joiner between the tray and the new plex door.












    The front door will be eventually attached after painting of the case and a special "silicon strip of double sided clear plex tape " will be used to hold it in place.


    The end look will be the 3 plex contours sitting spaced evenly and dual lit.





  8. #28

    HP3-MEGA

    Side Panel 1.

    Side Blades


    To keep "intheme with the rest of the mod, ive decided to balance the case up with some "side blades" Again! these are hand sanded from single strips of 8mm thick clear plex.

    The idea will be to add the blades to to fit in with the cut panel.

    As seen here, i really like that way the cut shapes fit in with the overall look of the case.

    The only prob is that the case looks "unbalanced" remember theres w whopping great 2 ltr tank sitting off the other side of the case... to leave this side "Flat" would make the case look unbalanced.


    Not wanting to turn this side of the case into just another "bondo" moulded panel, i thought to work a look that would fit in and give me the "balance" im looking for.


    Long winded sorry....but ive been thinking about this for 2 months now



    HP3 with the ex hp2 side panel








    The idea is pretty simple shape this peice of plex into a thinner blade.






    the peice is "sliced " in half length ways.







    after 20mins of initial sending the 4 blades are in ruff form.





    2 hours later the blades are in almost final form.










    The purple panel is sanded and re-spray putty'd and the Blades are layed on for a look.













    The blades will have no "active" lighting at all...the idea is the light from within the case will be caught on the blades top edges providing the light needed to to achive the end effect.

  9. #29

    HP3-MEGA

    "The blades will have no "active" lighting at all...the idea is the light from within the case will be caught on the blades top edges providing the light needed to to achive the end effect".


    i gotta admit! i wasnt to sure about what i had stated there!


    so it was out for some qick testing!!!


    The side on shot! dosnt show any effect.... altho this is under light,











    but when you walk around the case!! the "Blades" come to life!!











    thought i'd wire up the cdrom to power for a test "eject"











    the lgiht source for the door is also passive!! no extra LED'S need to be added.

  10. #30

    HP3-MEGA

    "The blades will have no "active" lighting at all...the idea is the light from within the case will be caught on the blades top edges providing the light needed to to achive the end effect".


    i gotta admit! i wasnt to sure about what i had stated there!


    so it was out for some qick testing!!!


    The side on shot! dosnt show any effect.... altho this is under light,











    but when you walk around the case!! the "Blades" come to life!!











    thought i'd wire up the cdrom to power for a test "eject"











    the lgiht source for the door is also passive!! no extra LED'S need to be added.

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