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  • MODs4VETS F/A 18 HORNET Blue Angels / U.S. Navy Tribute (Sponsored)

    F/A 18 HORNET Blue Angels / U.S. Navy Tribute to our military
    *UNAUTHORIZED (I'll explain later)...

    Inspiration for this project in addition to paying tribute to our finest was having some POWERFUL fun with a MOD/Build project.
    Purple Heart ~ MERIT and Screaming Eagle ~ Medals of Valor were solemn and serious, I need to have some fun so here it is.

    The BUILD LIST is as follows:
    Thermaltake Technology Inc Armor Plus Case
    Thermaltake BigWater 760 Pro
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 1300W Hybrid PSU
    ECS Z77H2-A2X Deluxe Golden Board
    Sapphire Technology HD 7970 Dual X GPU
    Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB DDR3 SDRAM 1866
    Corsair Dominator Platinum Light Bar Upgrade Kit
    Intel Labs / Intel CORE I7 3770K Intel Quad Core 3.9 Ghz 8Mb cache
    Junpus DX1 Nano Diamond Paste
    ADATA SX900 128Gb SSD X 2
    Corsair FORCE GT 240Gb SSD
    EKWB EK-KIT L240 Cooling Kit
    1 x Masterkleer Tubing PVC 13/10mm (3/8"ID) UV-reactive Black 3,3m (10ft)
    2 x EK G1/4 plug with O-ring
    2 x EK-CSQ Adapter 45 G1/4 Nickel
    2 x EK-CSQ Adapter 90 G1/4 Nickel
    1 x EK-VGA Supremacy - Nickel (EK-VGA-SUPREMACY-NP) Fitting Size 1/2" Barb for 1/2" ID tube
    AeroCool Touch-2000 Controller
    AlphaCool NexXxos Monsta Full Copper 240 radiator
    3 X T.B. Silence 140mm fans
    1 X T.B. Appollish 180mm Side fan
    3 X Cluster 120mm fans
    4 X T.B. Vegas 140mm Fans
    1 X U.R. Vegas Mag Mount 120mm Fan
    Razer Anansi MMO Keyboard
    Razer Abyssus Gaming Mouse
    Razer Megalodon 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
    Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Speaker System
    Lutro Customs Customized U.S. Power Cord
    Dirt Showdown:
    Shogun 2:
    Bunch of Heroes:
    Crusader Kings II:
    Dino D-Day:
    Dungeon Defenders:
    Europa Universalis III Chronicles:
    Magicka Collection:
    Mount & Blade with Fire and Sword:
    The Showdown Effect:
    Bioshock Infinite:
    White Light Laser Custom Window
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    Starting out with the Thermaltake Armor Plus case as the PERFECT Full Tower cabinet for this project.
    Very few had the foundation for this project and modable to the concept.


    ~ The Case MOD ~

    Sanding the plastic before primer

    Every piece is rubbed with a Wet Sand of 400 then 800 before prime

    I'm working on a AirBrush and Paint Shop for help but until that is accomplished it's rattle cans

    Even in the summer time I like tree decorations of the MOD Type:

    I discovered the hard way you MUST let your paint rest for 2 days before final clear work:

    Next up for MOD is the RAZER Keyboard and Mouse:

  • #2
    Painting results:

    After I finished here I signed up for school at TECHSPOT.
    CAD Autodesk Inventor, Sand Blasting, Powder Coating, Laser and Water Jet plus a MAJOR Giant CNC bed Machine.
    Future builds will be so much better. However, this rattle can job isn't too bad.

    ~ CASE ~

    After primer I did 3 coats of color, wet sanded 1000 then 2000 grit between coats and cleared 2 coats with very fine wool between

    ~ Keyboard and Mouse ~
    After primer I did 3 coats of color, wet sanded 1000 then 2000 grit between coats and cleared 3 coats with very fine wool between added an extra clear coat to items that will be handled

    Some "MOD" fun.

    Not sure I like this much so I'm making these elements easily removable.
    This is not finished as I play around with ideas

    I made them from Foam Board, Vellum paper (like a plastic paper).
    I plan to use body filler for finer detail elements in the wings.
    Added some Missles to the tips of the wings as in the pictures.

    Added a RC Jet Canopy to the slide back tray cover.

    Lutro0 Customs donated a Customized U.S. Power Cord

    Very simple Pin Stripe Details added


    • #3
      Going WAY OUT on a limb here.
      This is what I WANT TO DO.
      I have some of the items and plans set for this but allot to still gather up.
      I've found in the PCs4VETS MOD/Builds it's always the little things and miscellaneous items i can't get sponsored and with Screaming Eagle still not sold I'm out of budget>
      This is my concept and hope and please don't hold me to this, I'm sharing for suggestions too.

      The windowed Side panel will not show the Water Cooled loveliness of the Engine Bay.
      I want to display a Heads Up Display view from the cockpit. The HUD will be engraved/laser etched and green edge lit with a High Definition vinyl image of the flight sky with targets and others in flight.
      There might be a RED Targeted jet in sights.
      The border around the window I would like to make it real, active and functioning controls as shown in the layout:

      I'm dropping the res but other than that the rest is doable and possible, I'm very busy trying to scrounge the items, wish me luck.
      Other options include multi layering of the acrylics and adding the frame to the HUD and cockpit window.

      Another creative element is a JET TURBINE ENGINE, well a simulation fitted to give a VGA tunnel cooling benefit. I wont show what I'm doing yet since I'm not happy yet BUT part of it currently includes a MNPCTECH Turbine Grill.
      Here's the story on this, I ordered it and Bill Owen being who he is sent it NO CHARGE, Free.
      That kind of thing helps make the other concept wishes a possibility. Thank You Bill for supporting our disabled Vets.

      Playing around I do get the effect I want, the opposing turbine twister effect looks very nice:

      Now Don't get me wrong. I'm not hiding the inner beauty, especially this being my first water cooling adventure. I'm happy with how the inner MOD is shaping up:

      I have the Ultimate in MEMORY, thank You Corsair for the Dominator Platinums PLUS the light bar kit!

      So I did this with them:

      As with any High Tech JET Carbon Fiber is a built in element so how can I leave it out?

      The AlphaCool NEXXUS Monsta 240 Full Copper Rad, thank you Meta Beta for this and the XIGMATEK Fans.

      Performance PC's (Hank Baron) Was kind enough to supply some EKWB fittings Tubing and this GPU Block that I Carbon Fibered.

      GPU Block LIT UP:

      I'm very proud and lucky to call EKWB a sponsor of PCs4VETS MODs4VETS.

      This being my first WC project I will not even pretend to know what I needed and how much so I went
      the full EKWB Kit package to help me start: This is the EK-Kit-L240

      More Carbon Fiber...
      The EKWB RES:

      Here's where I really get to enjoy things. When friends join the team I get to be active and inclusive with the sharing the FUN. This build we will be showing how the MODDER Community is stepping up in saying "THANKS" and helping our mission and cause.
      Charley Bowy sent this package to me, full of goodies.
      I love the XSPC GPU block I had to use it. Not just that but I have a real treasure now too,
      FANBLADES Milled Case Feet. Not sure yet the exact use for them yet.

      SO, LOL I carbon Fibered the Block:

      Cooler Master, another, every build, sponsor sent this pretty little wonder along:

      Cooler Master's Silent Pro Hybrid 1300W
      Nice thing about this baby is the controller and it's intelligence. It knows if it needs to activate the fan and to what speed for as quiet operation as possible.

      What do think I did with that? Yea you guessed it, carbon fiber and Warning Stripes:

      More to come and you guessed it again. I'm not done with the carbon fiber. Soon you'll be saying HE PUTS THAT SH#T ON EVERYTHING... not quite, I hope.... Thank You


      • #4
        Wow Al, this looks so awesome, good luck and waiting to see when all is done


        • #5
          keeps getting better with every update
          Cut it, Paint it, Mod it. Void Your Warranty
          #moddersinc @moddersinc