Fallout 3 Case Mod by Dewayne Carel
My thoughts with this build is to try an create a PC case mod that has some of the items from the Fallout 3 game that people will recognize, yet look like it could be from the game. Of course there were no ATX cases in Fallout 3 but hopefully I can make the Thermaltake s41 Urban case like it it was taken right out of the game.
One of the hard parts will to make it look like it something from the 50’s and from a apocalyptic time. Grabbing some clues from the game like the old over sized control stations will help.
They used a lot of the analog style gauges, so I had to hunt some of those down.
Another thing is those damn terminal screens that I can either never get into or can’t crack the password. I have an idea on how to get this as part of the case.
And of course I have to get the Pip Boy 3000 into this one way or another. I also want to get some other stuff into the theme, like the Nuka-Cola bottle caps. I have it all in my head just how to do this, but can I get it right when actually making the case mod?
So here is my first idea of a quick mock up of the build.
So I decided to stay with the terminal screen on the left side of the case to serve two things.
1- It will allow for a look inside of the case
2- It brings an known element from the game to the case.
With the side panel on I laid out where all the braces, hard drive cages and other items lined up.
This way when I cut the window and add other stuff it would not be in the way of the frame or other items.
I figured out where I wanted the screen/window will go.
I used paper to create a template of the design of the terminal frame.
I will transfer the design to some Sheet Styrene (0.30 inch thick) to give it the dimensional look.
Here is the design transferred over to the Styrene
I transferred the window layout to the backside of the panel to make it easier to cut on my scroll saw.
But first I taped off the outside of the panel so that it would not get scratch.
Yeah it is going to get beat up anyways but good habits are hard to break.
I used my scroll saw but you can use a jig saw or rotary tool.
Next I am going to be cutting the window/screen using some UV green plexi.
This will give the window the green terminal effect I want and still be able to see into the case.
So one of the things that was used a lot in the game at the large console are different types of analog gauges.
So off to Ebay I went and found some for a $15. This will really help create the style for the case mod.
What case did you use?
Thermaltake s41 Urban