Will post all i have first so feel free to question me if something does'nt make sense
[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbUFRdaJ7xo"]YouTube- Project Lanmunition- Early Stages[/url]
Hey guys i've been holding this off for a little while to get a few updates under my belt
This is my casemod worklog for Project Lanmunition loosely inspired by other projects this is an ever evolving project that will only get better this is what i've called my "Ghetto edition" what this means is 95% of the materials used in this project will be stuff i have the only money i will spend is £8.50 on the case and possibly money on spray paint.
A few disclaimers before is start
-Im a very poor photographer many of the pictures where taken quickly and a few will be out of focus i apologize in advance but i try my best :)
-Some of the project you will find similiar to other ammo case pc builds but its very difficult to get past some similiaritys im trying to make it as unique as i can
-It is a joint project my dad is helping because he is the one with all the tools :biggrin_mini:
So one day i was walking into my local town when i saw a army surplus store and thought "I wonder what they have in there!?" after looking around i saw something very cool a 25mm hard plastic ammo case it seemed perfect for a themed mod project the best part of it was it was only £8.50
Heres the victim 25mm hard plastic ammunition case
After some boring lessons at college i decided to scribble down some concepts for the design sadly my scanner sucks so i had to take a picture of them but you get the idea :P
Runing across the case i noticed alot of damage, rust, dirt and grime almost like it had been through a war (wait a second...) anyway this was the first port of call before anything! i new the rusty latches where first the paint was flaking of in large pieces revealing thick rust even underneith the paint :scratch_one-s_head:
its was really bad i started to wonder if i could be salvaged but i could'nt give up it was time to get out the wire brush after a little scrubbing large amounts of it was coming of but still some was being a pain and not wanting to leave my plan was to get down to bare metal this seemed a little hard when i first saw that latches time for some paint stripper!
this was like one hundred times better than what they where like at the start but still in a big mess!
after some more wire brushing it was time to bring out the big guns the angle grinder and sander :diablo_mini:
after a little work it was finally looking good there was still light orange rust underneith in the next pictures but eventually that was gone :i_am_so_happy:
Thats all for now folks ALOT! more to come :)
NOTE: the arms in the picture are my dads btw just so you know we're doing this project together
Back with some more updates guys
It was time to do the front panel but first it was finding some material that would do it :scratch_one-s_head: i had a piece of aluminum diamond plate hanging around that seemed the perfect size after a tool search i realized it would almost be improssible to cut with what i had on hand
it was thick as hell and would break any blade easily so it was back to the drawing board we needed something that was strong but not thick because we needed switchs to bolt from the front we found a piece of white topped hardboard lying around and i don't mean the flexible stuff you find on the back of flat pack ikea furniture this was reasonably thick nice and strong stuff which fit the bill perfectly :biggrin_mini2:
Time to get cutting!
measure twice cut once sadly im a dumbass and measured wrong twice >_< but not to worry i was only a millimetre or so out of each side so a little bit of sanding and trimming would do the trick :i_am_so_happy:
after it was done the opening of the case was rounded so we took a wild guess on the rounding and beleive it or not it was a perfect fit!! sadly forgot to take a picture of that
we found a piece of aluminum lying around the cheap flexible stuff and had the idea of wrapping the front in that after using some of the scissors you can use to cut it we gave it up as a bad job it just would'nt look right either
we managed to find alot of switches which would work ideally for are project toggles, keyswitches and good old push buttons they where all roughly the same which was nice i was going for the military radio look but before we could go cutting holes left right and centre we needed to create a test panel to make sure we don't screw anything up we managed to find a piece of the same hardboard but all dirty which seemed better than chucking it out =]
heres a little colour comparison to give you an idea
with a little rough marking we got the first few switches in
The keyswitch and push button will be for on this means you need to activate the key before you can turn the system on or in the same way have the key activated to switch of meaning no little shi... (you no what i was gonna say) is going to come round turning your system of in the middle of being top of the leaderboard in call of duty :diablo_mini:
Toggles are for fans 1 guarenteed another is a maybe but the third is for some i will add later on in the project possibly cathodes
switches in the mockup panel
The proper panel eventually will be a matte black but of course testing first :whistling:
it was time to mount the panel and for this i had to give up on the keeping the outside original :( but no worrys the holes could be ressed for the screws and seeming there was some plastic strut support inside i could use them aswell managed to find some L brackets lying around that seemed ideal
after we put them in the panel sat perfect except from one side :/ it would cave sideways with a little weight fixed with a good old self tapper for support i did'nt wnat to screw it down completely because having small space i would need to get inside from both sides for upgrading
Seeming the case was so small we needed some airflow to keep it cool in there it was time to make a fan hole sadly i could only find a 6cm hole saw for are 8cm fan :blink: no worrys though i will be adding some special at the rear to pull that hot air out :) still need to get hold of some wide u channel to clean up that edge and a fan grill to make it look a little nicer.
Not screwed in just mocked up again
Now time to see this baby on the case
The door shuts nicely on it aswell :yes:
Another comparison the mockup in the case next to the eventual real panel outside the case
even though im about 5% done i can really see this project shaping up
thats all for now folks more updates to come ;)
Back with some more updates
Since we got the main outline done it was time to see where are system was going to fit being onlye a 233mhz cyrix it was'nt crucial really how it went in but we needed to know for when we upgrade
after moving everything back and forth we finally came to the conclusion nothing fit :scratch_one-s_head: well it kinda did but the power supply was just to big in an ideal world i would be using a microatx psu but since this is a ghetto project we had to improvise since i suck with electronics it was time for my dad to step in being an electrician and all after tussling with the powersupply we finally came to the conclusion the only way we could do this and carry on with the project was removing it from its case
[="#FF0000"]DISCLAIMER: Removing your power supply from its case is NOT a good idea i did not do this by myself my dad is a trained electrician and even he said this really was'nt a clever thing to do so if you try redo any of this project get a microatx psu! [/]
just needed to put that in there :i_am_so_happy:
anywho so on to the psu mods
first was removing from the case
Now it is very important to ground the powersupply this particular one (not so sure about others) was grounded to the case then it went from the case to the outlet
since the case was a very tight squeeze we needed somewhere to mount it that would'nt be in contact with any vital components because of the small space of the bottom of the case we figured it was best mounting the powersupply upside down and having the sticker mean't we could drill and bolt through hiding it when reapplying the original sticker
here it is mounted on bolts and using nuts as standoffs to position it just right
sorry for my poor pictures :P
while he finished of and made sure this thing would'nt blow us sky high i began prepping for the install first port of call was the clean down this case was rather dirty and even though it added to the look it was hardly practical look what i walked out to!
but did that stop me from modding? Hell no i just grabbed on my coat and started scrubbing
damn this thing turned out to be more dirty than i expected you can see the murky water in the nooks and crannys on the case ignore the white thats just the flash reflecting of the water on the surface
i was sitting on a soaking wet step :( i decided it was time to call it a day i was'nt happy with the amount of cleaning but i could'nt feel my hands by then end of it i will have to do some more when it stops =[ so i left it to dry out and went back in
i was pondering over the idea of putting some sort of design in the square of the case so i made a post luckily Dragon Gamer and Photoshop wizard came to the rescue and knocked up some designs for me that where just what i was looking for! i decided to go with Photoshop Wizards but will still be using Dragon Gamers later on in the project
here it is since i had no access to any kind of sticker machine i had to go makeshift i needed something good quality waterproof and solid so i decided to print it on photo glossy paper laminate it but im still finding some sort of sticky backed adhesive to stick it down semi permanent so i gave it a god at printing i needed it 10.5x10.5 to fit the square with a little gap around the edge annoyingly my wireless printer started acting up and i could'nt control it by my pc :scratch_one-s_head:
Trying to make do i used a sd card and put it on there then printed using the photo option annoyingly i could'nt get it to come out the right size and everytime it wanted to cut a piece of the design off..
i gave up any of you guys now how i could print the design the right size without cutting stuff off??
after i gave up for the time being i noticed the rain stopped and went back to cleaning after it was time to put the pc on the bench and test if it was working we kinda expected it to fail because of all are moving around of the components but it worked fine :i_am_so_happy:
for some reason the network card was having trouble under windows 98 (yeh i said windows 98) so we gave installing 2000 a go and worked fine obviously this is a temporary machine the whole project only costing £10.50 it was only designed to be a little project that could potentially evolve into something usable and powerful :biggrin_mini:
one day im hoping to get a phenom 2 machine in here that will be the "Lanning Edition"
Not very inttresting but i'll leave you at that for now guys
Well time for an update i guess not much of an update though last thing i managed to get done is mount the powersupply in the case test the system and clean it next step was mounting inside the case and more work to the front panel
i figured it would be a smart idea to actually mount the fan in the test panel to see if it would be hitting anything inside
im still working on the front panel it needs alot of work im thinking of spraying it matte black when im done but still not sure this mod is generally improvised as i go through anyway back on topic :D
i went ahead and mounted the psu on the top of the case ready to insert the rest and test when i remebered the front panel
heres where the motherboard would fit i still need to create a back panel for the i/o and power supply connector but that will come a little later in the mod
good job i checked out that fan placement because trying to place it in i realized the friggen thing did'nt fit!
it was about 2 mm in the way of the psu and instead of budging it over that 2mm i decided to put it to the left this will leave room for my 7" psone lcd i will be adding later as soon as i get a new system with 2 outputs
from this angle it almost looks like the powersupply is touching the mobo but it is'nt its got plenty of room so don't worry about that im hoping to stick a secret weapon in the back also to kick the heat from these things into shape
Big fan =D this is a fan from a fan assited oven its brand new that my dad got for free this thing pulls alot of air and will keep this entire system as cool as a cucumber pulling cool air in from the front with the small 80mm and pulling all the hot air out from the rear uhhhhhhh 160mm? i may be wrong im pretty sure its bigger than 120mm the outer casing of it is aluminium so its pretty heavy duty
this will be the new position of the fan ignorantly i placed it on the wrong side image it underneith the keyswitch and the lack of hole in the center good job i made this mockup panel :P
Thats all for now i guess been busy with college but im getting some great ideas for this project in the process i'll keep you posted :D
Well been busy lately and have'nt got to much done but i think im going to a little more today but heres where got so far
motherboard has been mounted aswell as psu on bolts and some plastic spacers i made to stop the board warping when being moved
so themotherboard is mounted and psu next was the harddrive and it was going to be the same mounting method working with tight space and wanting to keep the i/o panel there was only one place to mount it and that included drilling holes in the top of my case :(
even though i was'nt so happy we managed to get it under the place a design was being placed but still.. it worked out great there was a good space between each component and they where placed securely with no risk of breaking falling or damage.
made a back panel to use the i/o panel and it worked out better than i expected little rough here and there but looked great and it was really deep the case because of how everything was mounted i could'nt beleive what had been squeeze between such a small space the case is pretty damn small by itself let along squeeze it into a smaller space
if you remeber right the front panel went a little wrong and did'nt fit because of the fan well that was fixed by moving the fan to the left so after doing we went ahead and done it to the front panel i think it turned out pretty darn good
last thing we done was cut a hole for the power plug this was important because we did'nt want this thing popping out nobody wants to be playing with mains voltages
the gaps around the edge will be sealed up to clean it up so does'nt look so rough
all i got for now but should be alot more to come need to wire up the front panel make sure the inside is all connected and working paint and some more cosmetics including Photoshop Wizards design also considering modding some spare peripherals to sit along next to it
Yay printed the design and it came out good not great but good just how i wanted it im going to test a few text colour schemes before i finally print it but i think yellow works best seeming the rest of the case has yellow text :)
not stuck down because im still working on it =] i may fill in some of the gaps on the square so it sits flatter not sure
i want to fill the top part of the case with some form of sticker aswell to eat up that large blank space weres a few images i thought would sorta work feel free to post some more or make some if you feel up to it :)
Heres some images
Still need to carry on with rear panel paint the panels wire the panels and some extra bits then i can work on abit of aesthetics more to come i guess :biggrin_mini:
Still nothing much done probebly get down there this weekend but heres some ideas i want you guys to help me with went back to the army surplus and picked up what i thought was a grenade carrier turned out to be ammo box carrier which makes more sense like what i went to look at last tinme but got the wooden one :P
anyway heres my idea seeming the whole system will be rather easily transported the rest is not im thinking of modding this for the lcd and peripherals top half mount the lcd in or have it on and be able to flip up bottom half line with foam and put mouse games etc then use the bars on the side to mount the keyboard
The paint is rather battered so im considering using the angle grinder down to bare metal and respraying matte black to match the case seeming it has no real histroical value
both pieces together
both pieces apart
and together the problem with this thing is it easily falls apart when put down on the ground so it needs to be held at all times to stay together if there was a ammo box in there it would probebly stay in one piece because its being supported
if my plan goes well i'll use this lcd
but i think it may be a little too big so i will have to mod the bezel the reason im using this one is because its insanely light meaning won't fall off and make the box any heavier than it already is!!
if not i will use this 17" its alot better res but alot heavier at that
with this camo i've had since the very beginning
draped and glued onto the bezel with maybe some form of sticker
i'll also be using this keyboard and mouse set not sure what i plan on doing to this maybe nothing we'll see
Hey guys so you know i got the ammo carrier for a potential monitor mod well today i decided to put my concept to the test first was seeing if the monitor would fit with the bezel it was roughly the same size but when put together the bezel increase it a little too much so i decided to go into the undergrowth and take it apart i've tryed this once before and i cou;d'nt get it open to si thought i would end up having to cut the bezel off! lucky i managed to find a successful technique of prying it off with flat head scredrivers without damaging anything.
Heres the monitor with its rear off just disconnecting the not needed headphone and audio from the foot of the monitor and proceeded to take the rest of the screws out to get to the lovely lovely lcd underneith :biggrin_mini2:
will have to find a new place inside the case and extent the power cables to turn the thing on else this will be quite pointless :scratch_one-s_head:
could'nt beleive the fit the lcd is literally a millimetre smaller than the base sadly it will have to go into the base instead of the top but thats not problem theres a few features on the base that make this even better the top will still probebly be peripherals but they will have to go into another small box or something industrial velcroed to the top not sure yet we'll see.
could'nt sit perfect in the base because of the vga cable needs a little dremel work to make that sit nice but not to much trouble (i hope)
you see its pushed up one side but with a little work it will fit nice
CHECK IT OUT! Monitor stand! not as stable as i would hope but i can fix that with a little metal work should work perfect
bit to much of a tilt for my liking but nothing a makshift support won't fix im sure
EESH! BRIGHT! sorry but without it its impossible to see so heres the stand from the rear i plan on adding some rubber feel and weight support to the back to keep it steady but not so its taking away the look of the whole project
Concept of the design beleive me it will look 20x better when its done
more bending and dremel work to be done to this to make it sit inside like i want it
once its done i'll be using this camo (like i always say) to drape around the bezel of the monitor using some form of temporary glue nice and tight so it does'nt block my viewing
Yeh i know its kinda crappy looking at the moment but ALOT of work needs to be done to it
finally the base with the top
List of things to be done
Test concept: [="#00FF00"]DONE[/]
Grind all paint from steel case: [="#FF0000"]PENDING[/]
dremel away cable holes / mounting areas: [="#FF0000"]PENDING[/]
paint matte black + yellow details for writing: [="#FF0000"]PENDING[/]
fix monitor bezel (paint/cover): [="#FF0000"]PENDING[/]
install monitor mounting: [="#FF0000"]PENDING[/]
finishing aestehtic touchs: [="#FF0000"]PENDING[/]
Monitor Mods 2
Done some work on the monitor today while i had some time got some emery cloth so went ahead and scuffed and prepped the metal for matte black
sanded a little
top and bottom done a little bit
and some more
then took a cloth thats a little damp and cleaned the dust off if you do this only have it a little bit damp else it will just wet it instead of picking up the dust
while i left them outside to dry i went and started prepping the monitor
completely forgot about cutting holes for cables so had to make sure it was all working first
considered removing the mains power board but without any proper insulation underneith it would'nt work
cable management to get it all working right
the power and reset needed to be mounted internally and with a spare rocker switch i could just extend them but before it needed to be properlly insulated with proffesional equipment
what is this wonderess material i speak of?
:) plastic insulation posistioned
pro tape job (temporary)
need a slot for the vga and a hole for the new switch here
and a hole for power here
by the time i got this done my neice was falling asleep with her head on the carpet so no drilling for me tonight
More to come i will probebly be painting tommorow and drilling so we should get the basics done.
All i got for now i aplogize for putting all this up at once its just i don't have time to do it bit by bit other updates will come litter later in bite size chunks :)
wow looks pretty cool. cant wait to see the final product!
Im delighted to introduce my first sponsor to this project, Mnpctech.com! They will be sponsoring me with the following
Round Hole Modders Mesh
a sheet of 12" x 12" Round hole modders mesh
6ft of Mnpctech U channel moulding
An "Overkill" Sniper fan grill
Big thanks to Bill for this!
Mini Update to all forums i have this on
The package from Bill turned up sadly i was out when it did and now its been sent back to the office.
luckily thats only a 5minute walk but i have to wait till monday now as i need to give them 24 hours for it to be sorted again will post a video on a very first unboxing of the stuff.
Just trying to keep this alive as i know i've been slacking ALOT! since around christmas time
Hope so bill picking it up tommorow can't wait
Finally updates! :)
Done some work on the Machine and Monitor today so here it is!
reinforced the back panel that snapped with a piece of angled metal riveted
back panel mounted on standoff nuts
sadly the cold cathodes i got didn't fit so it they'll go in the pile for "Lanmunition V2" instead we used this light
Hd activity mounted on a standoff behind fan so you can see it nicely when its spinning
got all new bolts in the fan and grill
added a reset switch and soldered some stuff up
heres the back so far hoping to add some grill for ventilation this will be sprayed black and cleaned up a little
most of the front soldered on just need some cleaning and tidying up not permanent because we still need to finish the front panel and paint
finally time to see if we have killed anything in the process so it was time to hook up some stuff and switch it on!
booted fine everything seemed to work except the light it had a mercury switch that thought to have caused the problem but was later found out to be the terminal in the socket which was easily fixed just solder straight to the bottom of the lamp :D
remeber the monitor? well atlast we had the time to cut all the holes we needed
video and switch
connected and boom it works!
temporarily sitting on top
you can see the light behind the fan
so far with the monitor
all i have for now im hoping to get most of it finished in the next 2-3 updates
Thanks for reading!
wow deadpixels that looks great! looks like you put a ton of hard work into it and everyone knows when u dedicate time and stay focused things turn out great in the end and i cans ee this project will turn out amazing! ill be sure to check this out as the final project. Cant wait!:)
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