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Scratch Build: Rey's Speeder

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Hello everyone,  I'm bringing you a new scratch build project that I've been wanting to do for awhile now. I'll be making Rey's Speeder Bike from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And as luck would have it, Cooler Master's case mod contest was just announced, so I thought I'd enter!  So without further ado, let's get started!

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About a year ago, my family and I went to Disneyland, and they had lots of Star Wars props on display, including a life-size speeder that Rey used.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it would make a great themed case. I took a bunch of reference pics while I was there, and I also scoured the web for more. Using those pics for scale, I whipped up a quick model in Sketchup to figure out component placement and get an overall sense of size.  
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Hardware List:

Processor - Intel i7 7700K
Motherboard - EVGA Z270 Stinger mITX
Memory - Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 16Gb kit
Storage - Crucial MX300 SSD 525Gb x2
Graphics - NVIDIA GTX1080ti
PSU - Corsair SFX 600w
WC - Primochill tube, fittings, pump-res, cpu block
Peripherals - Corsair RGB Strafe keyboard, M65 Pro mouse, RGB fans, RGB Node Lighting kit
Qualifying product - Cooler Master XtraFlo 120mm fan

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I'll be going with an ITX format, so the case will be fairly small and lightweight. For materials, I'll be scavenging pieces from my scrap pile as much as possible, much in the same way Rey constructed her speeder from scavenged starship parts. :)
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Once I got the sizing down, I could finally start construction, starting with the basic frame. I cut the rear bulkhead from an old Lian Li V2000 case panel ;-)
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These square tubes will serve as internal support pieces for the rear engines.
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I'll be attaching the ends to the bulkhead with steel angle brackets.
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Brackets pop-riveted into place.
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Here's the front side of the bulkhead after fastening the tubes.
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Next is the main frame construction.. I'm repurposing these aluminum shelving supports. Cutting V notches allows me to simply bend it into a rectangle.
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All notches cut and piece bent!
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Placed on the bulkhead..
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Dont mind the pencil markings, that was from an old mod made a long long time ago, in a garage far far away. :P
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2nd one done..
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Next up will be connecting both frame ends together with cross beams to complete the main part of the frame.  Hopefully, I'll be able to tackle that tonight!

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Thanks everyone.. Yeah I'm really looking forward to all the detail work and weathering.  Gonna be fun!

Got more framing done over the last couple nights. I pilfered a motherboard tray from an old case and cut it down..
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I trimmed away all the exraneous parts, leaving enough material to make mounting tabs on the edges.  
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Aluminum angle bar makes up the basic frame in the center..
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..and the motherboard tray provides rigidity. Pop rivets will be used to secure it to the frame.
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Next up will be finishing the frame with the second C-channel piece, which will also serve as the radiator support.  

 

 

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On 3/2/2017 at 10:43 AM, Cheapskate said:

That's a pretty good response for the Zoo. I felt the forum tilt on it's axis.

 

2 hours ago, Bill Owen said:

yeah, people woke up! 

Ok I wasn't quite sure what Cheapskate was talking about.. so 5 responses to a post is good?

 

 

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22 hours ago, Cheapskate said:

Um... Some days, no one posts. :/-md:

Well that just wont do!  I shall endeavor to continue posting relevant and interesting content, in hopes that it will invigorate the Mod Zoo community. :p-md:

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Here is some of the hardware that will be going into the Speeder Bike...

The processor I will be using is an Intel i7 7700k.
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A big thank you to Corsair! :) They came through in a big way, providing a 600w SFX psu, RGB fan and lighting kit, and a keyboard and mouse to boot!
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Crucial set me up with some awesome gear as well.. a 16gb DDR4 memory kit, and two MX300 SSD's!
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And for my qualifying products, I'll be using these fans from Cooler Master. :)
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I'll post more hardware shots as I get them in.  I'll be getting a Z270 Stinger mITX motherboard from EVGA when it becomes available, some really killer WC gear from Primochill, and maybe even a little something from NVIDIA...

 

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Time for the Monday Weekend Progress Report! Got some actual hardware mounted..

After some deliberation and pondering, I decided to go with panel mount extensions for the power, USB, ethernet, and displayport cables.  This way, all connections will be at the rear, below the engines, rather than having cables dangling out the bottom. So to ensure there's enough space for all the cabling, I raised the power supply location up on the back bulkhead, and cut a notch in the side channel so it sits flush.
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Then I made a corner bracket from 1/2" angle bar to secure the Corsair SFX PSU to the frame..
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I also made a 3/8" C bracket to hold the other side of the PSU in place.
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Measured and drilled holes to match those in the PSU..
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..And drilled mounting holes in the frame.
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With the PSU done, I started on the SSD's. I took advantage of the center opening in the motherboard tray, positioning the drives so I can easily route the SATA and power cables. I used motherboard stand-offs to raise the drives up a bit.
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Here's an overall shot of the SSD's with cables connected, utilizing the access hole in the tray.  Spare mobo in for effect..
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With the SSD's checked off the list, next up is the video card.  I had originally had the video card placed horizontally in the concept rendering, facing the side panel..  But now with the power supply mounted up higher than planned, there isnt enough space.. So I will be mounting it vertically, which actually works out better for aligning to the rotated motherboard. I plugged the card directly into the mobo, but it blocks the airflow to the radiator, and you can't really see it.
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So with the help of a PCIe riser cable, I can mount the card away from the radiator, facing the side panel..
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I should be able to fab up a mounting bracket for that in the next couple days. :) Thanks for watching!

 

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On 3/13/2017 at 1:54 PM, InsolentGnome said:

I like the GPU on the riser.  Def shows it off better.

Thanks Dave, After trying all other orientations, this was the one that made the most sense.  Being parallel to the motherboard, there'll be no twisting of the riser cable.  And experience tells me the least amount of bending or stressing on those confounded things the better off I'll be!  Also in this position, the card is closer to the PSU and rear bulkhead where the panel mount displayport cable will go.  So shorter cables all around. :)

 

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That's right, didn't you have trouble last summer at PDX with a riser?  Wish there was a way to roll your own displayport and the like, I'd do it more often.  I wound up with a ton of extra in Gigantea.  The butt wound up being full of spooled cables.

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3 hours ago, InsolentGnome said:

That's right, didn't you have trouble last summer at PDX with a riser?  Wish there was a way to roll your own displayport and the like, I'd do it more often.  I wound up with a ton of extra in Gigantea.  The butt wound up being full of spooled cables.

Yeah, my daughter's Rose case had issues with the riser cable (it was a 1st gen Thermaltake).  Got it sorted tho, with a higher quality cable from Li Heat. :)

Regarding the other cables, I like to use panel mounts whenever I can now. (Its all panel mounts these days!)  Check out Datapro.net they have pretty much every cable known to man, some as short as 6".  With the motherboard facing down, I'm relocating all the inputs to the back bulkhead. I'll be using a 12" displayport cable in the Speeder, with a F/F panel mount coupler.  I'll also have four USB 3.0 ports (two from the dedicated 3.0 plug on the mobo and two extensions coming out of the IO), and the ethernet port... all panel mounts. 

 

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16 hours ago, Boddaker said:

Yeah, my daughter's Rose case had issues with the riser cable (it was a 1st gen Thermaltake).  Got it sorted tho, with a higher quality cable from Li Heat. :)

Regarding the other cables, I like to use panel mounts whenever I can now. (Its all panel mounts these days!)  Check out Datapro.net they have pretty much every cable known to man, some as short as 6".  With the motherboard facing down, I'm relocating all the inputs to the back bulkhead. I'll be using a 12" displayport cable in the Speeder, with a F/F panel mount coupler.  I'll also have four USB 3.0 ports (two from the dedicated 3.0 plug on the mobo and two extensions coming out of the IO), and the ethernet port... all panel mounts. 

 

That was the site I was looking for but never found, haha.  It never managed to pop up on Google.  Li Heat risers are solid.  I had a 400mm origami'd like the old ide cables and no problems.

I'm gonna stop bugging you about cables so you can start knocking this bad boy out.  Can't wait to see the end product!

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The GPU parallel to the motherboard is definitely the right choice in my opinion.  

 

Also +1 on the datapro.net beign the place to go for panel mount cables.

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Well this last weekend was a productive one!  My SeeMeCNC printer finally got a good long-overdue workout, with the printing of all the engine pieces. :)
 
After gathering a healthy amount of Speeder reference pics, I drew up the engine pieces in Sketchup and scaled them to the correct size.  And thanks to an STL export extension, I was able to save them directly out of Sketchup and load the files right into MatterControl, which is SeeMeCNC's printer software. You can see the interface in the background as the printer spits out the first engine nozzle..
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Not bad!  I'm only printing in standard resolution (.2mm layer height).. the Rostock Max2 will do .1mm, but will also take twice as long to print.  This nozzle took about 4hrs.  
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I devised a simple insert to mount all the engine pieces onto the box tubing, and printed them out.  I printed them separately to avoid having a bunch of supports inside each piece.  
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The inserts fit snugly onto the tubing, and keeps everything centered.
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Both nozzles printed..
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.. and both with inserts, mounted on the tubing..
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The center engine piece was next, and inserts printed for it as well.
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For the rest of the engine pieces, I opted to just use cardboard shipping tube, since they are just basic cylinders.. and I happen to have 3" dia. tube on hand. :) I just skinned them with sheet styrene.
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After adding inserts to the cardboard tube pieces, I assembled both engines onto the box tubing..
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The center pieces are the same on both engines, just reversed.
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And an overall shot of the Speeder bike with engines.
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I still need to make a couple end caps for the cylinder pieces to close them up, which I can just cut from styrene and glue them on.

More printing on the way, so stay tuned!  :)

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