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  1. #1
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    Project: Dragonsteel-***UPDATE 6-19-05***

    And here we go off on another modding 'adventure'

    This is going to be my personal machine, so it will probably be a while in the making!

    I started off with a Raidmax Scorpio 868W that I purchased a couple of years ago actually, and I liked it so much that I decided to keep it as my own, I added some ccfl's,some nice fan grills,more fans, did a little Dremel work on it, and also added a cool Centaurus Fan to the side of it.. BUT it still really wasn't mine...

    Well now I am in a position to make it mine, and I am going to do just that.

    I liked this case because it was not to big or too small, just right for me. :lol:

    Lots of room in it for everything I need to stick in there.

    But now follow me on the journey of destruction and re-construction of this case.

    This is what the case looks like on the manufacturer's page and what it pretty much looked like when I received it!

    And here is a pic of it after I added a few things to it, that is an older pic actually, but it works..


    Ok, enough of that history, let's start taking it apart!



    Yep EVERYTHING is coming apart and getting re-done, or replaced......

    Here are shots of side panel with glass in and without..





    OK.. let's break out the Ol' Dewalt 18v Cordless Drill and start removing rivets......Yep all taken apart!




    NOW... Let's do something about that side panel with the 'S' thing on it, it's stylish, but NOT ME, so..Gotta Go!!

    Got my Dremel out and go to work!



    NOW.. of course, that YELLOW just has to go... I had to get my BIG BOY out for this one The Makita industrial hammer drill, not using the 'hammer' part of course, but it puts out some nice rpm's for this type of work, and stays cool...Stripping paint!!! I used a special Fiber Wheel from 3M to remove the paint, as you can see it leaves fine scratches that can be easily sanded out, with some high grit paper on my Milwaukee Palm Sander......You actually can't even feel those little scratches if you run your fingers across it...



    and here is a close up shot of the marks left behind by the Fiber Stripper Wheel..
    Last edited by Dampeal; 06-19-2005 at 11:39 PM.

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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel

    keep it up, will be interesting
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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel

    Wow, the roughed up steel actually has a nice look all by itself.

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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel

    heh heh - that side window looks a lot like the one I designed.
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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel

    Updates?
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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel

    sorry... for lack of updates.. been busy with liquid cooling project, have hardware reviews to get done, and I had surgery on Monday, so I am kinda out of it lately, Vicodin will do that to you.....I have gotten some more done, just haven't had time to post the pics yet...

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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel

    Hope you make a swift recovery - I've got a very similar case, so your modding experience will be interesting reading for me.

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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel

    Drugs and power tools = accident waiting to happen. Sit back and take it easy until you're 100% again. I'd rather wait a couple weeks between photos/updates than to see pics of a severed body part or a destroyed case. We'll be ok, just take whatever time you need and get better...
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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel

    Nah I haven't taken any since yesterday (pain not that bad, esides I don't like how I feel when I take them), so I am at it today, sanding and primering....

    will have update tonight of tomorrow...

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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel

    Quote Originally Posted by Grandpa72
    I'd rather wait a couple weeks between photos/updates than to see pics of a severed body part or a destroyed case. We'll be ok, just take whatever time you need and get better...

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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel-UPDATE 4-9-05

    OK.....Now I stripped the Other side, and need to put a window on the other side also....

    So get the dremel out for this one!!





    Now after I cut it out....





    NOW.. I didn't want the windows on both side to be exactly the same, so I did a little something different to it, to keep the same size, but just add a little bit to the window edges





    And here is first coat of Primer










    I don't know why i primed the top, as I am going to be cutting it for windows... Oh well..

    You can go to my site and see the large images

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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel-***UPDATE 4-19-05***

    OK... sorry for lack of updates, as I was working on my Liquid Case mod, which is now finished!!

    Anyway, here is one of the windows for the top of my case.....

    As I mentioned this is MY CASE, so it is going to have things that I like or am interested in....

    So this is the DEATH CARD from the Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck....

    All etching done by hand, took me approx 10 hours to finish this....

    This is the Original Card I scanned for this etching:



    Big Picture Here http://app.websitetonight.com/projec...Tarotsmall.JPG



    And here are the shots of the start of the etch, after i got it all laid out...





    Big Pictures here:

    http://app.websitetonight.com/projec...eathbefore.JPG

    http://app.websitetonight.com/project_root/d/r/dracos/uploads/etchingdeathbefore%20(2).JPG



    AND here is the finished Product:





    And Big Pictures here:

    http://app.websitetonight.com/project_root/d/r/dracos/uploads/etchingdeath%20(6).JPG

    http://app.websitetonight.com/project_root/d/r/dracos/uploads/etchingdeath%20(7).JPG

    Well this was a difficult etch to do, but I think I reproduced it very well, as it is originally hand drawn, and none of the lines are really straight anyway, if you look at the original you will see what I mean, I think I got it to about 95% of the original........

    You can see more pics of this on my site if you want...

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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel-***UPDATE 4-23-05***

    OK.. next... the sides (fronts) are done... have to paint inside as well (maybe, may leave it silver)






    BIG PICS:
    http://www.dragonsteelmods.com/uploa...ideraidmax.JPG
    http://www.dragonsteelmods.com/uploa...ideraidmax.JPG


    now for the Second etched window for the top of case.. only about 8 hours time to make..



    here are pics of basic etching..




    Big Pics:
    http://www.dragonsteelmods.com/uploads/dragonetch.JPG
    http://www.dragonsteelmods.com/uploads/dragonetch%20(1).JPG

    and here are the finished etching pictures..





    Big Pics:

    http://www.dragonsteelmods.com/uploa...onetchdone.JPG
    http://www.dragonsteelmods.com/uploa...netchdone1.JPG

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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel-***UPDATE 4-23-05***

    every time i see one of your projects, i start thinking the steel city isn't that far away...

    excellent work, and fabulous etching. i prefer printing a copy and using an exacto knife then masking and sandblasting.

    keep up the fine work and keep us updated.
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    Re: Project: Dragonsteel-***UPDATE 4-23-05***

    The steel city isn't that far from State College.... I mean it's Pittsburgh!!

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