This Case Mod was done by bit-tech's MOTM Sponser, Mnpctech!
The "Tribute to SERENITY firefly" PC will be at Corsair's Suite at 2012 CES
Here are some misc graphics/labels designed for Serenity, these were displayed on cargo, equip or interior features of the ship. Some of these should look really cool distressed on the case.
This case mod will be a tribute to the "firefly" Sci-fi series and SERENITY movie. I will draw my inspiration from interior shots of the "firefly" ship. Imagining if the PC was field equipment used by the characters. The case I'll be using is Corsair's 400R mid tower. Here is their product page,
I used these PC Fighter Pilot Toggle Switches
Made switch box for mounting a pair of fighter pilot toggle switches, this will be mounted on the top handle of the corsair 400R
Bending toggle switch box
I made my own switch plates, but suggestion for alternative is
using Anti-vandal PC Push button switches
Sorry! to anyone anticipating this to look like the ship, or see a model of the serenity glued on top. My tribute is inspired by visual elements from both the movie and series that appeal to me, in particular "Our Mrs reynolds" episode, which has great scenes of Serenity's bridge. (and christina hendricks) To me, the charm of the Serenity is the mixture of Old West and industrial tech, and sometimes these elements look hobbled together. You can tell the Set builders delved into Ebay for salvaged Electronic and Ham Radio parts. I also love how everything is distressed from use and weathered. The ship's control panel is a mess...lol
It will be colored to match the panels from firefly's deck, then distressed and weathered with Copper accents, graphics from interior of firefly will be airbrushed.. side panel was created from interior of an old Dremel carry case, with wire loom, 5" conduit, 3.5" fan controllers, misc wires, misc LEDs bulgin panel LED...
Pop Rivet Gun for re-installing pop rivets
I used Round Modders Mesh for the grills in the side.
Bare with me on this part, it will make more sense when I've taken more pictures of the panel. I'm making a junction box for the panel, from an old bezel top.. imagining the box suffered damage from some type of accident and caught on fire.. Gumdrop LED is cracked, one of the black wire looms will be disconnected with have melted wires exposed.. I'm still deciding on what looks right, as I go along.. I plan to head over to Home Depot's Plumbing aisle tomorrow for some copper pipe, hopefully I can get .25" diameter, maybe buy a pipe bender, (probably don't need one) and emulate whats I'm only guessing is coolant or misc fluid lines? (it's all pretend..lol) from lower right panel in this photo. I keep telling myself "need more copper implemented)
I installed one of the 120mm Apevia Green LED PC Cooling Fan as the exhaust
after heating and bending the plastic into box... I reflected to myself "Make due with what you have on hand, and improve your skills"
Dremel had a snack... The effect of having caught on fire at one time will be added with paint later
One of the black wire looms will be disconnected with have melted wires exposed..
Mnpctech Xbox U-channel Black Window or Fan Hole trim
Access panel progress
with mangled vent ..heh
...Did you ever see the episode "Our Mrs Reynolds?" ....Christina Hendricks sabotaged the control panel on the Bridge, the wiring was pretty bad...lol
progress work on top panel on 11/11/11... the tape over the switch will be cherry on top, when everything is assembled
The 240 "Serenity" in Kanji grill for the top panel, will be cnc milled from 1/4" Copper.. I may try "Flame Coloring" it like this photo...with Oxygen acetylene torch
I'll be using Sophisticated Finishes surface effect products to add some rust to areas of the exterior. I used this on the District-9 PC.
Next step is fine tuning the weathered and distressed effects with an Airbrush
I went over my initial weathered and distressed paint effects with an Airbrush. Anything that contrasted a lot, I muted with Matte Black, like the fan blades, copper tubing, decals, shiny toggle switches on the fan controller and screw heads. I also airbrushed the edges of Silver Aluminum paint, which I used to created the chipped and scratched paint beneath.
Going over areas of the right side panel with airbrush, using Flat Black, over saturated with Thinner.. to weather or "mute" some of coloring in the decals, wiring, and smaller copper tubing
The "Serenity" Kanji 2x 120mm fan grill is cnc milled from 1/4" thick Copper. It was Flame colored with Acetylene Torch.
Debating about using these PC case feet, but milled in copper
These are CNC Machined "Diamond Knurl" PC Case feet made in HAAS cnc lathe.
The base diameter is 1- 3/4" with height of 1" to elevate the case for improved airflow beneath it.