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Project Log: Corsair c70 Planetside 2 Case Mod


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I was very excited to receive an inquiry from Planetside2's Creative Director at SONY, Matt Higby, about doing a New Conglomerate theme case mod for his new PC build. I've loved creating weathered Sci-Fi & Military themes over past year and Matt really liked what I was doing...

"PLanetside2" is the sequel to the landmark MMO FPS has been revealed and is bigger and better than ever. PlanetSide 2 is a massive multiplayer online first person shooter. Game play delivers truly epic combat on a scale never before seen in stunning, breathtaking detail. Battles wage with literally thousands of players aligning with one of three unique factions in intense land, air and vehicle gameplay where the fight for territory is more than a victory, its survival. The "New Conglomerate"(commonly abbreviated NC) is Matt Higby's favorite faction. The NC is one of three empires waging for control over the planet Auraxis. They are characterized by hard-hitting weapons and heavily-armored vehicles that are designed with straight lines and hard edges. Their faction colors are blue and yellow.
 

I installed one of the 120mm Apevia BLUE LED PC Cooling Fan as the exhaust

 

 

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Matt will be utilizing Corsair's H100 CPU cooler for the best optimal cooling. I will be creating a unique cooling fan intake. I want to simulate hydraulic lines connecting to the sides that look hydraulic hoses and using the 120mm LEPA Chopper LED Cooling fan.. Newegg.com - LEPA Chopper (LPCP12N-BL) 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

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120mm Overkill Fan Rings Link, 120mm Overkill Fan Grills

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The New Conglomerate Badge will be on the right side panel. Instead of just painting it on the panel, how about a Three Dimensional version? Hell Yeah! So I surveyed my pile of acrylic.. I got some Transparent Blue and Clear. No Yellow, but I can always paint it! All of the acrylic I'm using is Cast Acrylic, 1/8" thick. I printed out the logo, cut it, and traced around it, onto a 12" x 12" sheet of Clear acrylic.

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I used the Vertical saw to cut the traced pieces from the acrylic sheets.

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Cutting notches in the wingspan.

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Refining and defining the cuts with Hand File.

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Detailing the star, from the center of the logo.

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I'm debating about implementing some metal into the piece as well... Maybe mount the logo on metal shield...

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The c70 stock bezel lacked depth..

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so I Franken-modded a new fascia from a Lancool bezel

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then remove this restrictive grill from stock c70 bezel....

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Bezel and entire chassis was given a fresh Metallic Blue finish... (only to be destroyed later?)

To re-assemble the Corsair 900D chassis, I used these Black Powder coated PC chassis pop rivets

 

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PC Chassis pop rivets

 

 

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Pop Rivet Gun for re-installing pop rivets
 

 

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Black PC Cable & Wire Sleeving Kit


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The front intake is given industrial look with power outlet box from Home Depot

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meanwhile, Sun Flower Yellow paint cures

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A side panel shield for the NC logo is created from CF-1009 case panel

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I mounted the New Conglomerate shield onto the left side panel. I used socket head fasteners. This afternoon I'll start hand painting everything with distressed and weathered paint effects. Matt made it clear that he wanted the surfaces to look weathered. He sent images of the NC soldiers for inspiration.

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Under the guidance of Mnpctech's painter Brad Galvin, I learned a new weathering technique,

Water Drop Masking: "Distressed & Weathered Look"

1. Spray entire surface with Water Spray Bottle
2. Use Airbrush over water drops with Enamel Paint
3. Allow to dry 1 minute
4. Use Paper Towel and Dab up the water, Don't Wipe!

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The best tape is 3M Scotch 233+ Green tape

 
3M Scotch Green 233+ masking tape is used by Automotive Paint Professionals. It's highly conformable to curved surfaces on both metal and plastic. It has good adhesion in a large range of weather conditions. It will peel off without leaving any sticky residue. Most Auto Body Supply Stores should be stocking this tape. It's also readily available online. 3M Scotch  233+ tape has a premium price compared to other tapes, but it performs the best 
 
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Distressing the Yellow striping, similar to the NC Soldier's armor, I used combination of 80 grit sandpaper, wire brush and Red scotchbrite pads. I use Scotch 233+ Masking tape

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Here is the bezel after the effects were made to the paint...

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The floor intake and rear exhaust fans will have these custom "New Conglomerate" logo inspired fan grills laser cut by Mnpctech and designed by fellow modder, E.E.L. Ambiense! :rock:

These were laser cut from 1/8" thick Blue transparent cast acrylic sheets.

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Turbine Front Intake is installed. I envisioned something evocative of heavy duty power equipment, with lines connecting to the sides that look hydraulic hoses.

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You can now order Corsair c70 replacement windows from Mnpctech, and they should have Smoked Acrylic version available soon.

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120mm "Sniper" fan grill on the rear exhaust fan, http://mnpctech.com/...-fan-grill.html

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Fighter Pilot Toggle Switches, http://www.mnpctech....dprtToggle.html

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For the Corsair's H100 radiator, I'm using two 120mm Modders Mesh fan grills for the custom 240 machined aluminum grill. Here are the steps I took in painting them to match the grill frame.

 

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I'm using 3M RED Scotchbrite hand pads for cleaning and scuffing the grills for a primer base coat.

 

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For the Primer coat, I used RUST-OLEUM Enamel Primer. It's available from Home Depot or LOWES, in Black, Red or Grey color. I used Black

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After the RUST-OLEUM Primer has cured for 30 minutes, I applied the color coat, which is Plastikote's Engine Enamel, #207, Aluminum. Manufacturer Page here, Engine Enamel:Specialty | PlastiKote Paint Products

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Ending results are a very good color match to the actual aluminum grill frame.

I'm giving the 2x120mm radiator grill a more detailed look with simulated armored plates. I made these piece from 1/8" thick clear acrylic sheet that I will paint in matching Metallic Blue and airbrush with weathered effects. It will also have simulated vents made from Round Modders Mesh

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I used my Vertical saw to cut the basic shapes from the acrylic.

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I used a Rotary Tool with cutting wheel to cut the center for the mesh backing

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I'm using airbrush to add weathered effects on the top H100 radiator grill with Iwata HP-CH airbrush gun with Black Enamel paint.

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I'm using airbrush to add weathered effects on the top H100 radiator grill with Iwata HP-CH airbrush gun with Black Enamel paint.

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Bare exposed steel effect added...

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I've created some bullet holes, for the past year I've been mentored by Brad in "The ways of the airbrush"...I had done bullets with templates in the past on BF3 case mod, but this time I went freehand using Silver and Black Enamel paint.

There is a lot of different DIY techniques for creating bullet holes with an airbrush, you can use templates that you make make yourself with construction paper...don't waste your money on retail templates...

Don Johnson has a decent video tutorial to creating bullet holes on YouTube
and another DIY airbrushing guide to creating bullet holes

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I can't leave the ASUS Blu-Ray drive face stock! Esp after defacing and distressing everything else....lol. ...My video tutorial shares all of the steps in painting your Optical drive face, you can apply these same steps in painting any plastics..

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Following the DIY steps in the link I shared above, I painted the drive face the Metallic Blue I applied to the exterior and interior of the case.

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I applied 1/4" Auto Body Masking Tape, side by side, only cause it was only thin tape I had on hand... in diagonal pattern after the Metallic Blue Lacquer paint had cured for 1 hour...

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I applied Matte Black Lacquer paint....

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After 30 minutes, I removed the 1/4" masking tape..

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Lacquer paint cures pretty fast... 30 minutes later I covered the Matte Black with same tape again.

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Next, I applied combination very light coats of Gloss Orange and Metallic Gold paint

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After 15 minutes, I used a wire brush to create scratches to simulate heavy usage of time...

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Using Red / Maroon Scotchbrite Pad to smooth and mute down the scratches

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Next stage is installing the Blu-Ray, and Thank you for watching :thumb:

 

 

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.

 

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The base diameter is 1- 3/4" with height of 1" to elevate the case for improved airflow beneath it.

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I have finished the Asus Bluray drive mod. Here it is with Bitfenix RECON fan controller operating

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Powered up and ready for shipping! B)/>

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Matt is pumped, The game launches November 20th, so I'm glad he can celebrate that with a new case!

http://kotaku.com/59...ook-so-very-old

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:D/> :wub:/> fav c70 to date no one can touch it
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Props back at you Wayne, your c70 project rawks B)/>

well, Matt's case arrived and his system is up and running. You may see him online playing PS2. The free-to-play Multiplayer Online FPS launched yesterday, http://www.planetside2.com/

You can get latest updates from Matt from his Twitter page, https://twitter.com/mhigby

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A Clue to my Next case mod project theme!

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Sending along a Black Sleeving Kit and Tools, so he can sleeve his PSU
http://www.mnpctech....eeving_Kit.html
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PSU and Molex Tools, for sleeving his PSU, http://www.mnpctech....oval_Tools.html
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Rear Exhaust fan

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Its soo cool, love it!

I want to borrow your fantasy and creativity for a hour ;)/>
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Nice work Bill
Makes me want to shoot me some smurfs
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@HCP, watch lots "Making of" sci-fi movie documentaries, lots of creative ideas to be had!

@Calibretto, haha, these smurfs pay for their work, happy to work for these smurfs

Thank you for the posts guys!
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Nice build Bill, however being a Terrian Republic player I cannot agree with it. ;)/>
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Haha, Do you play Hawken, Pob?

Crossing fingers to work with the devs in promoting the game this summer.
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just fyi, for anyone looking at C70 case, here is the steps involved in Converting the c70's factory window to plain window without any fan hole perforations.

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The c70 window assembly dismantled. Save the 16x Black screws! We will be using them to re-install out custom window.


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The new window will be cut from 24" x 24" sheet of 1/8" thick, Clear, cast acrylic. I'm tracing the factory window dimensions onto the sheet.


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Using Vertical Saw to cut the new window.


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Going on 6 years ownership of my 14" Grizzly Vertical saw w/o a hitch.. You can use 1/8″ x .025 bi-metal blade for cutting acrylic and metal sheets. I usually cut 1/8″ thick sheets, http://www.amazon.co...P/dp/B0007D2WS8


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This step is optional! I Rounded corners in the window with Hand file.


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Using "Plas-Drill" 1/4" drill bit to make insert holes for the mounting pegs, on the 4 individual Black window trim pieces. The best drill bits for plastics are spur-point bits, also known as dowel bits. They are specifically angled to make smooth cuts in the material. A spur-point bit has a central point and spurs that keep the bit aligned, maintaining a clean, neat hole.


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Place the acrylic sheet onto the panel and mark off the locations for mounting peg holes.


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Using 1/4" Drill bit made for Plastic.


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The acrylic sheet is placed on backside of the panel in this photo.


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Reinstall the 4, Black window trim pieces into the panel. The pegs on the trim piece protrude through the panel and into your acrylic sheet, (after removing the paper backing on your acrylic sheet).


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Remove the paper backing, then install the acrylic sheet. The pegs on the Black trim should protrude through.


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Use the 16x factory Black mounting screws, you removed to install your new window. You will need washers. You can get washer from Hardware or Home Improvement stores. I chose these fan grommets as spacers, to mount the acrylic sheet.


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Close up of fan grommets being used as spacers, to mount our custom window.


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Our new window is installed!


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Now Matt can view into his PC without anything obstructing his view.


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