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Gladiator - case for gamer

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I want to share my project about DIY case . One worklog of Vietnam modder .
( My English is bad, hope you is by- passed ;))


Part 1: Beginning

My original idea about a special case for gamer started in an Offline party with Danang VOZers

One night, I saw this on a web.



Ideas of the case had been clearer: Gladiator of the old time.
A few crude strokes in a café



At first, it looked like Alienware, no problem. I also love Alienware slyle, but…. I may not do it as Alienware
I hope I 'll have an “Iron flighter”




Almost a month later, the case which I wanna make appeared clearly in my mind. Surface details, selected construc materials … at last, aluminium is choosen.

"Case for gamer" reviews were considered carefully. Present and future requests are also deliberated …

In the end, the most acceptable and realizable model is choosen.




My project was outlined carefully to be carried out by the most simple facilities.

Every thing MAY be OK (of course, I hope so). Let… it be



Part 2 : Parallelepiped Iron Frame Case.
"Amateur’s solution”


First Step
NO need to be a talent mechanic to bend a box iron bar. Even a couple simple tools are sometimes very helpful. Using a handing shearer to cut horizontal slices in the box iron bar.




curve> weld> polishly grind



simply, cutting iron bars and welding together. .
inside iron Frame is done : ( 23 cm - 23 cm - 53 cm )




3 days later: body frame was built in a very classical method: Measuring and welding directly onto the main frame by small iron bar (take out later) (In image, details are taken out)





Located near my desk, after 2 day viewing, considering and making a decision  change some small details but important.
Some straight sides of the body should be curved to match the intended model.





Curved sides of the main frame were removed because of technical requirement.



And….I’m very proud to show you the final image of this episode





cont.......
 

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Nice work,but the case is gonna weigh a ton.
 

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No. Final ~ 9,5 Kg = 21 pound
 

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How much does all that metal weigh now? Could you not use aluminium for that frame?

It will look really good when its finished though,very nice work upto now.

And welcome to tpu :D
 
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More effort than I would ever put into a case.
Will be checking this thread for progress.
 

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I make iron frame, but body is aluminium
 

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Part 3: Body by Aluminium.
"best choice " but “hard making “


Aluminium is main material to hand make, but how to choose the suitable thick is also a problem. I thought 1,2mm - 1, 5mm aluminium was the best choice because of this heavy cover, I needed a powerful iron frame

First aim
At first, cut and try on a carton on the iron frame to build 3D cover. Sides need to be pressed carefully. A pair of scissors and sticking-plaster seem to be very useful for this measuring progress!!!





Model carton is strected and pasted on a piece of aluminum, cutting and fold lines are marked. NOTE: attend to junctions to get accurate model.My experience shows that we should leave a little excess in border, so that it can be cut later if not necessary!!!




Cutting aluminium and pressing the nessesary side is the next job. Firstly, I press the inside sides and after testing on the frame then I mark the to press the behind sides.




After folding the middle and behind sides of aluminium and fixing on the frame – (use the screw handling). Then use rubber hammer to clap shofly the in front and uper border in order to make them tight to the iron frame. Generally, something that has soft and large surface is suitable, small metal hammer may make many bad marks




If spinach is the energy of Popeye, coca-cola is mine. . 1l coca-cola = 2 pieces like this. You can see some scews are located provisionally



Above folding lines: the bends are looked after to make all become better

 
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Second aim:
Carton is reused to make patterns on iron frame



A small problem is that although they are very simple pattern, handsaw must be used.



It finaly becomes wonderful cover.
NOTE: connection positions of each component must be leave a little in excess



Third aim:
After over come two aims, there is a new problem with the third one. Carton is reused to make patterns on iron frame, too. However, it doesn’t work effectively.
Out of coca cola … Press pause botton.




After two days of making the idea become action, I had an aluminium piece to protect the Flighter’s forehead. Firsly, I fold the straight sides, and then I bend … then test… then bend… and test again.

This is the result.






After that, I fold a new side on the forehead to make the horn become higher. It also makes the lines suit the case handle natuaraly





Now, the aluminium seems better than the Carton

After making some extra small deatails in in front side, I create a few additional prominent lines in order to widen the case and make cubic appearance less monotonous. In fact, technical requirement, which is to strengthen force sustainment of aluminium surface, is the reason why these prominent lines are made. This sovle the big problem: Thin stuff will easy be warped in large surface



Repairing the frame is the result of this job… to suit the body



Thanks to the experince of the last jobs, I could make the aluminium piece on the case handle more easily



However … the under doesn’t like that because it concerns with CD, I/O, power botton, led….Hence, I had to test carefully before doing with the real model. The aluminium in front of CD takes me a lot of time to build the form.



After putting CD and I/O here, I think that wires need to be moded … but I have to satisfy because I don’t want to let them outsides much



cont....
 
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Honestly, I had my doubts at first when I saw the sketches, but after seeing all the images . . . I think it's come along wonderfully. I'm still concerned about how much it will way at the end though, but if it's <=40lbs, then it will be within the range of many large cases (like mine). Also, how easy/difficult will installation hardware be? Anyways, I think it looks awesome so far. In fact, it might even look awesome without any finish or paint, just all the scratches and whatnot from working on it. It would be like battle damage :)
 
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Honestly, I had my doubts at first when I saw the sketches, but after seeing all the images . . . I think it's come along wonderfully. I'm still concerned about how much it will way at the end though, but if it's <=40lbs, then it will be within the range of many large cases (like mine). Also, how easy/difficult will installation hardware be? Anyways, I think it looks awesome so far. In fact, it might even look awesome without any finish or paint, just all the scratches and whatnot from working on it. It would be like battle damage :)

Thank you,.I am quickly answered : hardware setup is also easy .
I'll continuous
 

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Part 4: Mattit and paint (patching cement )





Head and forehead of Gladiator got so carefully processed, so get full of



I also give folding lines a little bit of mattit to make curved sections steadily smooth



After 2-3 hours, mattit get dry, using rough paper clamped under a large piece of rubber to sharpen the cover with water. The code of rough paper will increase gently to 600- 800- 1000. After the surface is temporary smooth, clean it, way until completely dry, and line a thin layer of paint



This is a combo after lined a gray layer of paint



Even if it had been mattited a lot before was lined, some marks still remain after paint completely dry => REMATTIT and RE SHARPEN



Any way, a Gladiator gently appears

 

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Part 5: internal component:


Fist, cut off a aluminium, need a plaques clip to take out rectangular uniforate cutting size



Cutting card slots with handsaw



I always checks and continuous correcting






Drill







 

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Thats sweet :).. Keep up the good work :toast:.

Ooh those were the days when v cards were upgradeable.
 

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Thats sweet :).. Keep up the good work :toast:.

Ooh those were the days when v cards were upgradeable.

Ah. This is the die card, I be used to check
 
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wow! i've never seen anyone build their own case. people buy a pre-made case and mod it to their style. but this is something else.
 

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I want to do a mod which has a similar foundation as yours... (I'll be using iron/steel bars to build the frame itself) but I don't know how you can attach the external covering part?

what are you planning to do to attach the outer 'gladiator' exterior to the frame? (Don't worry, my mod will be nothing like yours... I'll only use the same type of bars for the underlying structure)
 

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*gasp* thats amazing.
 

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I want to do a mod which has a similar foundation as yours... (I'll be using iron/steel bars to build the frame itself) but I don't know how you can attach the external covering part?

what are you planning to do to attach the outer 'gladiator' exterior to the frame? (Don't worry, my mod will be nothing like yours... I'll only use the same type of bars for the underlying structure)

Thank your care .I desire to be see your mod very much .And I also crave to who learn from everybody

( 3 ) Extract rivet: drilling the holes with rive size (from 3.2 to 4 mm). Fitting the screws in the pincers, putting in the hole of the necessary components and then preeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssss

 

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ahh ok thanks, good idea!
 
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That is quite the monster you are building.

Good job so far. :)
 
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Part 6: cont.

1. Tray CD.
Snip off two little aluminium patterns, take saw to Snip off hole.



Fit into accurate position





2. Bottom panel.



3. PSU capture



4.
Two aluminiums make yaw rail for plaque mainboard



Look up pic after fitting testing . Plaque mainboard was calculated for both two-mode: left-hand and rightness.






5. Tray HDD



Tray's components fits HDD after processing





Box HDD in advance and after perfection

 

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Wow man, keep it up :toast: Cant wait to see the end product!
 

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Dunno how I missed this one, but that seems to be the way it goes, lol. Seems we have a new master of the case mods (full frontal sexy construction!). One day... when I get a real shop/garage... I wanna be like you. :D

edit:
I terminated work, but now ...my English ... sorry

whaaa?:twitch:
 
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