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Gigantea - CM Elite 130 casemod


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Update time!  I'm down to the finishing touches.

 

I'm relocating all my cables to the new back panel and this includes the power cord for the PSU, so I had to make up a short jumper out of an old power cable.  After soldering it up, I went ahead and put some urethane resin around the connectors, just for a little extra protection.

 

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After some heatshrink to pretty it up(I only had white quickset resin), I mounted it and all my other connections in the back panel.

 

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The panel connectors are pretty bulky, but they made life easy allowing me to use generic patch cables.

 

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And the booty all buttoned up.

 

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Next on the list to finish up were my gnome canes, the acrylic rod that I bent and sanded into points.  These are going to be Gigantea's antennae.  I marked the spots on the nose piece and drilled a hole in each antennae.

 

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I debated on lighting them with some LED's.  I doubt I will since I'm planning on clear coating them to get a nice shiny finish and they won't have the crazy glow that the rest of the edge lit parts have.  Plus, it's already pretty freaking bright with the lights out.

 

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Now all that's left are a few coats of clear on a few pieces and this project is done!

 

 
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Last update before pics, thank god!

 

Just finishing up a bunch of small stuff, mostly touch up.  First, the back armor is now done and all the correct color.

 

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And I got the 2 legs I messed up touched up as well. So now we have all the banana legs!

 

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And the antennae are cleared.  That sure beat trying to polish them!

 

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I didn't light them, but they do pick up some of the glow from the eyes.

 

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For a little touch of detail, I decided to do something with the CM logos that come on the front panel of the 130.  First, I dusted them with some black paint to tone them down a bit.

 

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Then I put a pair of them on the head and tail, in about the same place they would be on the case.

 

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I think the one on the head is a bit off, but I was standing on the table with my head in the floor joists trying to work around a shop light, so I'll straighten it up when I can actually reach it and look at it head on.  The last one was a way to fix a little pre-planning mistake.  I had thought of using pass throughs to go from the res into the body for the GPU, so I left a blank in the hex pattern.  Turns out I didn't need to, so I had a weird patch with no pattern.  Well, no more.

 

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And that finishes the build up.

 

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All that's left now are the final beauty shots!

 

Thanks for following along!

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Those antenna came out really cool, and the entire build is amazing. Thanks for all the updates, it was quite a show watching you build this. Wish I could see it in person to get the scale of it.

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Those antenna came out really cool, and the entire build is amazing. Thanks for all the updates, it was quite a show watching you build this. Wish I could see it in person to get the scale of it.

 

Thanks for keeping up with it!  I grabbed a shot of me kneeling next to it in my finals so that will start to give some sense of scale.  I should be getting those out here soon!

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So the final shots.  Or rather the first of them.  I like these, but I wasn't feeling artsy so I didn't get any good detail shots this go around.  On to the pictures!

 

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Hope you like them.  I'm gonna go back and try to grab some shots of the detail work and hopefully get those up soon.

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I went back and got a few more shots of details.  And also dust, because I just can't escape it.

 

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And that's the end, literally and figuratively!  Gigantea is done!

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I wanted to say congrats on grabbing 2nd place, was hoping you would win it. Have to admit the winner had a pretty badass comp.

 

Thanks!  I was hoping too, LOL!  But second 2 years in a row isn't bad. :)

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