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Alita: Battle Angel - Laptop Mod - Zapan Edition

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And up we go for yet another worklog. Yes, I know, there are still two unfinished ones...
But, I got this project with a very tide deadline, so I will just squeeze it in between the WOPR and X-Wing.

Lately, I watched the movie Alita: Battle Angel. I just thought the design of the character Zapan is really
stylistic and unique. So why not taking it and transforming it into a laptop mod.

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So the style of the laptop should be some what futuristic, technical/mechanical.

Acer/Predator not only provided me with a Helios 500, but I also got the 3D files of that laptop.
This is very handy, cause I can now model around the original shape and everything will stay in proportinos.

So at first, I took the basic shell and removed all unnecessary parts.

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Then I blocked in the design with very primitive geomatric shapes, just to find my design.

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Couple hours later, the basic design was done. Only some smaller details and the bottom half are missing.
But you already can see where it goes.

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Last week, I finished the work on the 3D model.

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Always interresting to see the difference between the finished model and the first sketch.

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Then the printing started.  

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I put the first parts into place, to see it they will fit.

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While the remaining parts are printing, I started to sand down the printed ones
and prepare them for painting.

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Now almost all parts are printed.

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Also made some tests to see if everything still fits together.

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After all parts were wet sanded, I applied couple layers of spray filler.

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After the filler, all spots that needed some more attention got visible and
were filled with some spot putty.

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Then everything was was wet sanded again.

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Next, I worked on some small detail.
Therefore, I used a material called metal foam.  

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It was cut to size, to make it fit in the left halft of the case.

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Perfect.

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Then all parts were primed.

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I ended up with applying another, darker grey tone, to give the following metalic color, a better
contrast.

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Finished everything up with a layer of glossy clear coat.
But after the weathering it will dulled down again.

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Next, I dismantled the entire notebook.

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To create a better bond for the new color, I sanded the surface of the entire outer shell.

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Then all parts were primed and also colored in silver.

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Zapan has some mexican/inka/polynesian art on his body. I tried to replicate this
style. All was cut in vinyl and then dabbed on with a brush.

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After the paint job was done, I reassembled the shell. The keyboard was not screwed, but glued with
plastic tips. I melted them back together with a soldering iron.

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Saw the facebook post of the finished product.

Amazing work as always dude.  WELL DONE

 

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Next, I worked on the electrical parts.
Solderes and glued in some LED strips for a fading effect.

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I got the power directly form the power supply pins on the motherboard.

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The power supply has 19,8 V and I only needed 12 V so I installed
a small power converter at the M.2 mounting spot.
 
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Next, I glued all parts on the outer shell using epoxy.

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Finally, I made some more details.

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