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booman 1st December, 2006 09:49 PM

Military Case
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This is the case I finished in one week for my Brother-in-law Preston.
I'm mailing it to Alabama this weekend.

The Airbourne parachute stencil for the window. Designed in AutoCAD
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Cutting out a rough of the window for filing later
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filing later, lots and lots and lots and lots of filing
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Plexi-glass window, more filing
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MSI K8N Neo4-F motherboard with new Zalman heatsink and Fan
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booman 1st December, 2006 09:52 PM

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Painted sidepanels. I added a blowhole to the top panel and the back panel since there was a hole beside the motherboard.
I also used a hammered finish black spray paint. Turned out awsome because its glossy.
before cutting the blow holes and painting
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after cutting the fan holes and painting
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I just applied a nice coat of thermal paste with a painting palette knife.
This tool works great for getting an even coat.

Final painted window

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Here is the gif I found on an airbourne website.
I just traced it in CAD and printed out on two 8x11 pieces of paper
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booman 1st December, 2006 09:55 PM

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Here is the final case. I'm pretty happy with my one week (well maybe two) mod.
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Blue lights from the led fans
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Green light from flipping the switch on the front
notice the Black Hawk sticker
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danrok 1st December, 2006 10:06 PM

Thank you! Front page:

Favu 1st December, 2006 10:42 PM

Awesome work! Just lacks the AOA forums case badge ;)

raphael2040 2nd December, 2006 12:24 AM

Yet another brilliant case mod.

Kudos to you.

madcatmk3 2nd December, 2006 12:56 AM

wow good job

Samuknow 2nd December, 2006 01:52 PM

Dude, you have become quite the mad modder.

Great work.

booman 10th December, 2006 09:38 PM

After mailing the case ($55 shipping costs) from Arizona to Alabama, it still works perfectly.
NO damages, or re-installing of hardware.
Thanks to FedEX.
Preston loves the computer and is enjoying all the free games I installed on it.
I also purchased a $1000 insurance for an extra $10.
Not bad.

d16man 3rd January, 2007 07:57 PM

that is awesome, I love it!!

booman 18th January, 2007 07:28 PM

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Hey, I found some more pics of the Military Case.

Here is the origional case. Its just a generic ATX made of aluminum.
But worked out great after painting it and modding it. Lots of dust...
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After taking everything off, this is the aluminum chassi. Quite frail and wobbly without the panels on. I didn't have time to paint it, so I left it origional and cleaned it off.
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Here is the origional outline of the airbourne symbol for parachuting.
As I said earlier, it was traced on with a marker after printing it out on paper from CAD. I decided to take out the parachute because it would make the window much smaller and kinda ruin the whole point of having a window.
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I used a small punch bit and a drill to do all the pilot holes. These allow me to get the jigsaw bit in and start cutting. What a paint to cut all the curves when you can mostly cut straight....
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I'm painting away with my fancy spraybooth. You probably noticed that I am trying to keep the airbourne mood with my camos on.
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Daniel ~ 22nd January, 2009 07:17 PM


Yo Spiff 22nd January, 2009 10:17 PM

That's pretty neat looking. I haven't done any case modding before. Might be fun to try.

booman 22nd January, 2009 10:22 PM

Welcome to AOA forums.
thanks for the compliments. This mod was mostly the window and paint job, but the window took a lot of time because of the detail. Using hand files can take a long time but the results will turn out great.

If you decide to do a mod, start with an old case or extra case. There is nothing worse than taking the sidepanels off your working supercomputer, messing up, and then getting upset every time you see your computer.

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