Hawg Wild U.S.A. : by XcaliburFX

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After doing a few modified and special paint/themed cases someone asked if I could do a Harley Davidson themed case. So, I told them to let me think it over and I would see what I could come up with.

About a week later I stopped at a cpu store in another town, I was actually looking for a case with a some chrome embellishments. In their junk pile they had this custom white case with two chrome plated front air grills. I have no idea of who manufactured the case, but the design looked ok and I could see a spark of an idea began.

 

Stage 1

 
First here are a few shots of the humble beginnings of Hawg Wild U.S.A., pretty generic huh. :) 

Well, it turned out the grills were rusting too bad to clean up for the job so, I sanded them down to the copper and sprayed them gloss black. I then took the center piece of the front bezel, as well as the front bezel itself, and sanded out the imperfections and sprayed them with Krylon Fusion Hammered Metal Silver. This gives the pieces a nice textured finish that also hides any imperfections. Also, I sprayed the little embellishments, a nice contrasting Pumpkin Orange.

 

With all the plastics painted, I turned my attention to the case. First, I completely disassembled the steel frame of the case, sandblasted, sanded and primed it. Then I took the side panel which originally housed an 80mm fan and marked out the lines to cut a window. I used a scroll saw with a metal cutting blade to make this cut and finished it out with my dremel. Next, I sandblasted the side panels and primed them as well.
 

Disassembled

 
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Vic McGuire

Vic "XcaliburFX" began case modding in 2006, when he modded his first case for his daughter. He has had several of his creations in CPU Magazine and Maximum PC. Vic has also contributed to articles for the Computer Power User magazine about modding.

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