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"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer


Legend has it that the dragon has nine sons.
Each of whom inherited at least one great talent from their father the great Imperial Dragon.

The 7th son YAZI is the most warlike and fearsome. 
With his perpetual wrathful glare, four legs, long tail and long horns he strikes fear into the enemies hearts.
This is the dragon that signifies victory in battle and enhances the morale and strength of soldiers


Carrying Yazi into battle will assist any warrior's triumph over enemy forces!

- ASPHIAX -
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« Reply #1 on: 13-October-15, 21:30:05 »

Good Luck Yazi !
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« Reply #2 on: 14-October-15, 15:01:42 »

Thanks Mike! 
Nice build you got there too !
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« Reply #3 on: 19-October-15, 08:55:58 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer        UPDATE 001



                                             

Hi, my name is ASPHIAX also know as Sander van der Velden and I am from the Netherlands.
I have been modding since 2011 but involved some way or other with computers since 1992 when I got my first MSX computer.
You may have seen some of my mods come by like the IMPERIAL AT-AT and the USS EURISKO - Intrepid Mark II Class

I am a true SCIFI nut and so I usually build my mods around that theme but... it must also have a good story
So one day I came across the legend of the Imperial Dragon and his nine sons and instantly knew this was to be the background story for the Venator.

For me modding is about idea's that wont leave you alone. That moment when your modders eye catches something and you just have to build it.
So was it with the YAZI for me. After the AT-AT, the Venator class is my favorite Star Wars ship and I knew I had to build a gaming rig into it someday.

This build started for me about 2 years ago just after finishing the EURISKO.
I was looking to do another big ship build but after starting I soon realised I didnt have the skills or the tools to make it like I wanted to.
I dont want to rush or do a half assed job and so I parked the YAZI in storage for when someday I was better at building with aluminum.
So I studied and studied, researched materials, worked with aluminum, worked with CNC's and laser cutters for 2 years.

And now thanks to my MSI and my sponsors I have the opportunity to build her!!!
Thanks ever so much for that!

Here are some of the 3D work I did for the build and some low spec renders



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« Reply #4 on: 19-October-15, 09:09:10 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer        UPDATE 001 continued



The Beginning of a build for me is always sketches on paper. Just to see if the hardware blocks can be positioned in a way to augment the model, make it look better or bolder.
I do not want my builds to be a model with somewhere a pc stuffed inside, the pc has to be a part of the model.
So I drew and drew on a sunbed on a beach on holiday in Portugal.





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« Reply #5 on: 19-October-15, 09:15:02 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer        UPDATE 001 continued



So I had bought myself a model version of the venator which I used to get the dimensions in order.
I always split my work into several iterations of the model as you will see. Each new version will have more complexity and detail.
Here is the work I did for getting to the aluminum stage ..



















[ ERROR: SPECIFIED ATTACHMENT MISSING ]

So now I have something made from Aluminum which somewhat resembles the main body!
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« Reply #6 on: 19-October-15, 09:22:07 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer        UPDATE 001 continued



Lets start adding some fans to the main body and draw out some of its features .



Now to start the hard part. These pieces of aluminum needed to be folded to create the launchbay doors for the top hull.













Starting to look like something now!





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« Reply #7 on: 19-October-15, 09:37:34 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer        UPDATE 001 continued


Finally I added some Polystyrene bloks to get a feel of how the tower is going to look.









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« Reply #8 on: 19-October-15, 09:40:46 »

Your going to go far! Keep up that great work you do.
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« Reply #9 on: 19-October-15, 09:45:14 »

Your going to go far! Keep up that great work you do.

Thanks man, its a labour of love for me building these ships.
I get more energy out of it then i put into it.
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« Reply #10 on: 19-October-15, 09:52:30 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer        UPDATE 001 End



Time to make the neighbours angry again by cutting up the launchbays and drawing out the airduct holes.










Time to work on the fanholes that have to connect to a airduct that holds the radaitors also.













And thats where i came to realise my skills in working with aluminum were not good enough.
Didnt know how to fixate everything into place accurately to prevent light bleeding for example.
So I had to stop .. (well I kinda went into overdrive learning how to work alu)

Parked but not abandoned !!

Untill the next update and let me know what you think of it !
Laters
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« Reply #11 on: 21-October-15, 17:35:38 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer        Hardware Update


The YAZI is going to have some awesome internal systems to combat enemies.


The Gaming System is going to consist of the following :

Mainboard       -   MSI B150m Mortar matx board

Graphics Card -   MSI 780TI Lightning (Only 12 made specifically for overclocking)

RAM                   -  Avexir Blitz 1.1 32GB DDR4 3000MHz - White

Processor         -  Intel Core i5 6600K 4x 3.50GHz

SSD(s)            -  TBD

Power Supply  -   Thermaltake toughpower DPS G 850W Platinum


The Liquid Cooling System will consist of the following :

CPU Cooler        -   Thermaltake Pacific W1 CPU Water Block

GPU Cooler     -   Custom GPU Block by Diamond Cooling

Coolant PUMP  -   Thermaltake Pacific P1 Black D5 Pump w/ Silent Kit

Radiator           -   480 40mm high

Fittings            -   Thermaltake Pacific G1/4 - Black

Coolant           -   TBD

Reservoirs 2x  -   ModWithMe 50mm Tube Reservoirs with custom 3d printed Venator Engine cover

Tubing               -   Thermaltake PETG 16mm OD tubing


ModWithMe Additional Features will consist of the following:

Laser Array      -   8 fat green 5mw lasers

Lights              -   0.5mm fiberoptic strands

Laser/Light Control -   Arduino programmable micro processor

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« Reply #12 on: 21-October-15, 20:03:24 »

it looks AMAZING ur work is awesome and inspiring
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« Reply #13 on: 22-October-15, 11:14:34 »

it looks AMAZING ur work is awesome and inspiring
Thank you!
I think it shows I love doing scratchbuilds as they require you to think about EVERYTHING in a different way
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« Reply #14 on: 25-October-15, 18:07:26 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer        Hardware Update

I am getting some hardware in house!
First of all I would like to thank MSI again for giving me the opportunity to build the YAZI and I never expected they would send me something like this.
When discussing the build with the people from MSI I asked for a major powerhouse as the build will only be capable of house one GPU.
They had something special for me they said. With eager anticipation I was awaiting the confirmed SKU and as it turned out they sent me one of the 12 (yes twelve only) 780Ti Lightnings they ever produced.
These cards are specifically designed with a special PCB for some brutal hardcore overclocking sessions and world record attempts.
Talk about nose diving into "Golden Chip" goodness.
You know that you have something special in hands when there is no box, no fluff, no DRIVERS(!) just this awesome card. 



As per my previous hardware update, it looks like Diamond Cooling will not be making a custom waterblock for it as I have found out (with help from JR23, thanks bro) that there is a "standard"block available.
I did a simple unboxing of its baby brother the 780GTX a while back  so I will show you this and show you the rest of the pictures when I will be installing the waterblock.
If only I can find one ...

To see the whole package of the 780GTX Lightning : Link to the unboxing video

Untill the next update!
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« Reply #15 on: 25-October-15, 18:35:53 »




"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer        3D Printing Update 001

Since the venator went into storage and I went off to pursue my dreams I learned a lot.
Learned about materials, fabrication, design and so much more.
So I decided I needed to build the YAZI in a different way then what I was used to before (ie jump in feet first and hope for the best lol)

I think that 3D printing is the way of the future of casemodding. To be able to create any (case)structure you want, any mounting option you want, any decoration theme you want, all from the comfort of your house is what I believe will be happening in the next few years. Offcourse you will need to use common sense like "reservoir before pump" and mounting a drainport 2 cm above your PSU is still not a good idea, but the way we look at computer systems and how they should be constructed is about to get a major overhaul. (ok rant off)

So I bought myself a 3D printer after a LOT of research. I decide on the TAZ5 from Lulzbot.
When you get past the name (lul means d!ck in dutch) its one hell of a machine.
Travel speed 185mm/sec, print speed 80mm/sec, dual extruder option and a nozzle that can heat upto 400 degrees. That means its capable of aluminum powder and carbonfiber printing.
                     

So I started learning how to design and print.
Here is the first print ever I did on the machine and its a part of the detailing (also called Greebles or Nurnies) that I am planning to put on the YAZI.


Not too bad I think, but it has lots of room for improvement.

After several test prints I decided it was time to up the stakes.
This engine part will hold a reservoir. (there will be 2 with and 2 without)




BUT , lets make it interesting and connect the 2 reservoir engines





This is what i mean with iteration based building. Small to large but in steps.


Some shots from the print itself. It different then with designing for laser or cnc. You think in single lines mostly when you design for those, for 3D printing you have to think in 2 lines as a wall.
Small but important difference IMO.




So that was it for this update, the final design and prints will come in a later update!

Have a good one!
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« Reply #16 on: 02-November-15, 07:24:05 »

Well busy weekend, but not a lot to show for it.
All to do with cleaning up internal wall garbage and creating solid walls and structures in the 3D designs for the detailing and getting the hulls ready for the laser cutting and welding.
Here is a simple render of the lasercutting work to be done next weekend.


This week is all about finalising those parts and brainstorming on how to do the detailing.
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« Reply #17 on: 05-November-15, 14:53:26 »

Working my ass off in the 3D files atm.
If all goes according to plan, we can start cutting and welding aluminum this weekend.

FINALLY getting my hands dirty again with some REAL work lol
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« Reply #18 on: 06-November-15, 11:17:26 »

Somebody asked me where the hell I was going to put the YAZI When it was finished ..
Well right next to these !



Got some filament in today, time to crank up the volume !

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« Reply #19 on: 08-November-15, 10:05:20 »

Amazing build, I will keep my eyes on this
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« Reply #20 on: 08-November-15, 19:10:55 »

Thanks man !
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« Reply #21 on: 08-November-15, 19:13:53 »

OK, I am going to need your help regarding the detailling of the hull.
Will it be option 1 or 2?
1. The horizontal lines will be lower and have more detail like structures etc,
2. More fine detail with structures here and there ..
Let me know !

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« Reply #22 on: 10-November-15, 20:14:46 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer       Exterior bottom hull details


Well the design for the bottom hull is done and ready to print.
This was NOT a small job.

Here are the different iterations of the design from start to finish.




Combined a little bit of design 1 with a lot from design 2 and extruded it as seperate blocks to get a highth difference as well.





Quick shot to see the hight difference better.


And did a quick bend of the planes so you can get a good feel of the design when its on the YAZI.
The colour scheme might differ a bit in the end.


And offcourse there will be some styrene work done to detail it further.

Let me know what you think!
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« Reply #23 on: 12-November-15, 08:20:17 »

Sneak preview of the tower design for the YAZI.
offcourse this will be detailed with polustyrene bits.

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« Reply #24 on: 13-November-15, 12:21:46 »

"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer       How to Tube Reservoir

Requirements :
1 x 50mm acrylic tube
2 x 50mm acrylic disks
Sandpaper (wet/dry) ranging from 240 to 2000 in 5 steps
Cup of water
non abrasive cloth
silver polish
old molex cable
ACRYLIC glue that is water thin
Hypodermic needle
29/64 inch drill
Tap G1/4
Powered Drillmachine (or stationary drill)
Some old fittings and tube


Ok so instead of just showing I made my own reservoir, i want to show you how to make one yourself as it is pretty easy.
You just need to have the right tools and glue!



So I ordered 2 pieces of 50/3 mm tube and 4 pieces of 3mm acrylic cut into circles of 50 mm
Got some wet/dry sandpaper ranging from 240 to 2000 grit and start put your sandpaper on a completely flat surface



Above you can see how much you need to sand. The slightly coloured pieces are deeper and made by the sawteeth of the factory.
Just sand with the 240 grit until they have disappeared. Make sure you keep the tube completely level with the sandpaper and use a circular move.
No need to apply big pressure, if you notice that the tube is hopping over the sandpaper, use less force and smaller circles.

When you dont see anymore sawteeth marks, take the 600 grit and repeat the procedure ( i do at least 3 x 20 circles per side)



When thats done, time to break out the water. From 1000 I always use water, just works better
Stick the tube into the cup and pull the tube out leaving the drops on the tube and place it on the sandpaper.
That is enough water to sand it with.



After 20 circles, dip it again in the cup and repeat at least 3 x per side of the tube.
Continue with the 1500 and 2000 grit.



After finishing with the 2000 grit, it should look like this. You can start making out the reflections of the tube itself inside the acrylic.




Then the final step to make it perfectly smooth. Everybody has their own preferred brand but I always use this silver polish as it has no special chemicals added.
Those would possibly ruin the acrylic. You just have to try some on a old piece of acrylic and leave at least 24 hours to see if it degrades or stains the piece.



After the polish you should see a lot of internal reflections in the tube wall.



Next step, find yourself an old molex cable. You must have some lying around ;-)



Strip the cable and place 4 of the small strands between the tube and the disk.
This creates a very small cavity into which the acrylic glue will be "sucked"
This is called the capillairy action and is very usefull.



I was lucky to have found the last weld-on 3 in europe. They are not sold anymore due to a specific chemical thats used.
Appereantly you can make a bomb with it. But thats next on the MCGyver show ...
This can will probably be enough for my grandkids to build reservoirs with.

Take the syringe and suck a tiny amount out of the can. Then find the cavity between the tube and disk and VERY, VERY slowly push the glue out while following the cavity along the disk.
When you come to a strand, pull it out and continue. WATCH OUT : you will only have about 20 seconds to replace the tube if you knock it over or move it.
You will see the glue being sucked into the cavity and spread out.
DO NOT push on the tube, just let gravity work its magic.
(PUSHING will create a crackled appereance and potentially ruin the weld)



If you squirt out to much of the glue please do not be tempted to whipe it off as I intentionally did here.
The glue is so powerfull it will stain the acrylic. Just let it dry and use the previous method of sanding and polishing to clean it up.



As you can see here. Mind you, it will never become as transparant as it was so better safe then sorry!



Next up, drilling and tapping the G1/4 port.
I had a very hard time finding the correct drill as its a non standard size here in the netherlands.
Luckely I found the correct drill and tap over at the E22 store!



The human body and mind is perfectly capable of drilling perfectly straight but you can probably better do this with a vice or stationary drill.
The flakes you want is about the size above. Go very very slow, spinning to fast will melt the acrylic and ruin the reservoir.
Let gravity again do its work and blow away the flakes regularly.
WATCH OUT : The drill will lockup at some point , usually when almost through the acrylic. Be ready for it and immediately stop drilling.
Spin up the drill and gently push it down. The speed of the drill will remove the lockup part and you are cutting acrylic again!



Now onto tapping.



Again better to do this with a vice but you can do it by hand. Just takes some practise.
Drive the tap to about halfway , dont stop to soon, the fittings will like that ;-)




And two last tips ..

How to get those darned flakes out of the tube...
Do you know what the fastest way is to empty a bottle?
Fill the bottle with liquid and spin it so the liquid makes a vortex towards the cap. Air replacing the liquid inside will have a unobstructed way in while the water can get out.
Dont believe me, try it with a coke bottle!
Also, due to the vortex the flakes (lighter then water) will spin down in the center of the vortex and flush out in one go .. guaranteed!

And the last one : Simple Leaktest
Add the fittings and tube and for a leak test, keep one end of the tube closed off with a finger and blow on the tube on the other end.

Put the entire reservoir under water (use a bucket or a bath) and if you see bubbles, you got a LEAK!
(see if you can add some additional glue, if not start again unfortunately!)



And there you have it, your own tube reservoir.
Thanks for watching and if you like this DIY (or have some improvements or comments) leave me a comment.
Starting to think I am talking to myself here lol
Untill next time!
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« Reply #25 on: 16-November-15, 19:06:06 »

Please everybody who reads this post : Do Use Proper Protection like a vice and/or stationay drill !!!
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« Reply #26 on: 17-November-15, 17:44:53 »



Did a quick test fitting of the reservoir. The resholder is very solid and has a good overall feel.




The benefit of designing with 3D is that just before the final version was ready to print I thought it might be handy to have a inbuilt LED wiring channel in one of the legs.


They are multiplying ...


And after so additional love and care they are now ready for airbrush and lighting !



Untill the next update !
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« Reply #27 on: 20-November-15, 14:54:08 »

And finally the 3rd engine designed and printed !



The force is strong in your family ..







Also started on the lightplan for the YAZI by covering the internals of the engines with aluminum tape 





You know you are getting good progress when you start designing the hardware / internal structures of your build ..
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« Reply #28 on: 24-November-15, 10:21:53 »

And to show what can go wrong if you design to fast and dont take enough time to properly analyse the part you have created in 3D.

Printing supersmooth, almost looks like a mirror with no feelable bumps or lines ...


Oh :censored:  .. the 3D design is missing a single surface somewhere deep in the design ..


After some fidling and testing in the printsoftware it turned out ok ...


Why not use the misprint for a glue ....


Laters !
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« Reply #29 on: 25-November-15, 09:59:19 »

More

More!

Must Have MORE!!
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« Reply #30 on: 25-November-15, 10:26:25 »

More

More!

Must Have MORE!!

Hahaha, Soon, Soon, Will Come SOON !!!

In the mean time

:censored:  JUST GOT REAL ...

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« Reply #31 on: 25-November-15, 20:59:19 »

Its going to be amazing
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« Reply #32 on: 26-November-15, 07:24:41 »

Its going to be amazing
Its going to be sleepless nights in the next few week LOL
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« Reply #33 on: 26-November-15, 09:13:06 »

This is just mental, good work :D
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« Reply #34 on: 26-November-15, 09:16:08 »

If you don't mind me asking
What's the cost of something like that?
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« Reply #35 on: 26-November-15, 10:37:05 »

This is just mental, good work :D
Thanks man!

If you don't mind me asking What's the cost of something like that?
Depends on what the customer wants and what he is willing to pay ;-)
This is my comeback build after some time off so I just want to create it as its pictured in my head. For this one I tend not to look at price. If it doesnt work or doesnt look as i want, i just bin it and start again or buy something else. 
Lets just say that if i die and my wife sells it for what I told her what it costed I will come back to haunt people. Lol
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« Reply #36 on: 27-November-15, 09:25:50 »


"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer       Greebles and Lighting update


So here we are with a new update. Time flies and I knew I had to get going on these two parts very soon.
The reason why the Star Wars ships (and others) look so "real" is because of the scale and the use of Greebles.
Greebles are the little structures and depth variations and shapes you see on the outside of the models.
That gives it the sense of scale and tricks the mind into saying, hey that looks like a hangar, but wait see how small it is compared to the whole ship.
Damn that ship must be HUGE !!



So I started greebling with the help of a friend of mine Mortum. He helped create all the little ingle structure types that I could combine to form larger structures.
Normally you would do this with parts of styrene from scalemodels and is called kitbashing. I did it digitally lol.


Once I had the size I wanted, I overlayed it onto the model of the YAZI




And there we have the base structure of the armour panelling.


Then came the hard part. Creating shapes that resemble something that you can (probably) find on a starship.
This 30 cm piece is the result of a couple of hours scaling, cutting, removing, adding, rotating parts and pieces into new shapes.




Here is the end result. I love my 3D printer. Didnt expect it to come out this crisp.
Here you can also see what I mean with "It has to mean something"

This is the mechanism for the 2 Heavy and 3 medial proton torpedo launchers.
My idea from right to left :
You have to have some type of generation apparatus (far right) , then the protons beams have to be aligned and injected into a collection chamber (middle)
Then you need to condense and accelerate the beams into torpedo shape for firing by the launchers on the far left.


Also the level of detail I can achieve with this new production process is staggering compared to the detail on the USS EURISKO in the background!
(dare I say rebuild anyone ...)

So onto the next challenge, how to light the ship properly.
First attempts obviously failed.
Tried cutting into the printed PLA with a dremel but the end result was far from what I wanted.
If only I had some channels into which I can put the fibers for the light.


Oh wait ... Lets print that into the design...


In my opinion properly lighting is lighting which you cant see when the light is off.
Offcourse you need some light point to accentuate certain parts but ..
Getting the holes into the PLA was proving a REAL challenge ..
Tried: dremel drill, Dremel with cnc mill, thin tipped solder iron, glowing wire, handdrill all didnt give the quality or speed needed to finish the project on time
PLA is different stuff compared to polystyrene thats for sure!


The answer : Good oldfashioned brute force. Use a very thin (just wider then your fiber) screwdriver and make sure you print the object the right way up.
You have to just break through into the cavity of the internal structure and ou on the other side!
Only took about 3 days of testing methods to figure that one out. lol
But hey, its all fun and games right ...


You almost couldnt see the holes in the one of the previous pictures ..


Also had to change from 0.75mm to 1.5mm fiber cable as the 0.75 was way to small for this scale.
And i didnt have a 1mm screwdriver ;-)


I love that not only you can create beautifull things with the printer, but also practical things.
Here is a fiber to led coupling. with just enough room for the led (0.2mm space left) and room for 20 fibers that will be guided by the tapered internal structure of the coupling
to the exact degrees of the led beam (60 degrees in this case) The result optimal light usage and less power needed!


Well that was it for this one.
Welding the main body tonight so pretty stoked for the next update !

Let me hear your thoughts !
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« Reply #37 on: 27-November-15, 10:19:34 »

I hunger for

MORE!!

Feed Me!!!
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« Reply #38 on: 29-November-15, 13:16:54 »

Finally it was time to do the work for the aluminum body!
And who better to check your work then one of the best aluminum builders, Pascal de Greef.
After driving to his house (20 minutes) I had the honour to sit and play around with his Next Level desk. What a piece of engineering. The lifts in the legs raised the whole desk up to my chin and all the way down to my knees. Build quality over 9000000!!!!




Almost reluctant we left his desk and house to start work on the body.
We had to cut just one last plate, the bottom hull ...

This is the beast. 20mm steel is nothing for this Nitrogen 6Kw flastbedlaser






The main man himself : Pascal De Greef!


Then we had to do some bending 


I designed the hull parts with a Male/Female connector method. Easy aligning of the parts and you also have a got place to put the welds.





Folding the sides with the large amount of holes cut out proved to be a challenge as we had to do that by hand. Learning so much about this design. Got at least 15 points of improvements for the next one (wait whut ??? That comes later ;-) )


Finally all the correct pieces in place. And you can see we had to change welding method from MIG to TIG as it was putting to much heat into the aluminum and the test pieces deformed pretty easily.
Full 3 mm aluminum next time!


To cover up all the unattractive parts I also designed a midplate which will have a black and white vinyl decoration. 




I truly felt like Anakin building his podracer in part 1. 


I dropped off Pascal at 3.30 am and got home at 4 am. 
Thanks Pascal, your work and help really meant a lot to me. You are truly a gifted person!

The kids woke me up at 6 to find all the parts in the living room.


The fan/radiator cage I had to design to make sure there was proper airflow!






And there we have the whole YAZI built up for a test fitting. 


So happy to be at this stage already but SO much more work to do in just a few weeks now.


Also all the parts of the system are starting to show up !


First the beautifull B150M Mortar by MSI and the 1200 toughpower grand by thermaltake!


Then the well designed AVEXIR 2400 Blitz DDR4 16GB RAM kit.
Cant wait to light these babies up!


Then a beautifull black and white mouse and keyboard by Ttesports.


And Finally a whole assortement of thermaltake fittings, Pacifice W1 CPU cooller, P1 Pump with silent kit, Tubler Petg tubing and whatnot...


I feel blessed to have such a group of great sponsors that believe in my ability and have enabled me to build this dream of mine! Hats off to you!

Now to start printing the Venator "Skin" 

Laters!

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« Reply #39 on: 29-November-15, 13:18:49 »

Finally it was time to do the work for the aluminum body!
And who better to check your work then one of the best aluminum builders, Pascal de Greef.
After driving to his house (20 minutes) I had the honour to sit and play around with his Next Level desk. What a piece of engineering. The lifts in the legs raised the whole desk up to my chin and all the way down to my knees. Build quality over 9000000!!!!




Almost reluctant we left his desk and house to start work on the body.
We had to cut just one last plate, the bottom hull ...

This is the beast. 20mm steel is nothing for this Nitrogen 6Kw flastbedlaser






The main man himself : Pascal De Greef!


Then we had to do some bending 


I designed the hull parts with a Male/Female connector method. Easy aligning of the parts and you also have a got place to put the welds.





Folding the sides with the large amount of holes cut out proved to be a challenge as we had to do that by hand. Learning so much about this design. Got at least 15 points of improvements for the next one (wait whut ??? That comes later ;-) )


Finally all the correct pieces in place. And you can see we had to change welding method from MIG to TIG as it was putting to much heat into the aluminum and the test pieces deformed pretty easily.
Full 3 mm aluminum next time!


To cover up all the unattractive parts I also designed a midplate which will have a black and white vinyl decoration. 




I truly felt like Anakin building his podracer in part 1. 


I dropped off Pascal at 3.30 am and got home at 4 am. 
Thanks Pascal, your work and help really meant a lot to me. You are truly a gifted person!

The kids woke me up at 6 to find all the parts in the living room.


The fan/radiator cage I had to design to make sure there was proper airflow!






And there we have the whole YAZI built up for a test fitting. 


So happy to be at this stage already but SO much more work to do in just a few weeks now.


Also all the parts of the system are starting to show up !


First the beautifull B150M Mortar by MSI and the 1200 toughpower grand by thermaltake!


Then the well designed AVEXIR 2400 Blitz DDR4 16GB RAM kit.
Cant wait to light these babies up!


Then a beautifull black and white mouse and keyboard by Ttesports.


And Finally a whole assortement of thermaltake fittings, Pacifice W1 CPU cooller, P1 Pump with silent kit, Tubler Petg tubing and whatnot...


I feel blessed to have such a group of great sponsors that believe in my ability and have enabled me to build this dream of mine! Hats off to you!

Now to start printing the Venator "Skin" 

Laters!

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« Reply #40 on: 29-November-15, 19:51:44 »

Now on the printer ..
A miniature (20% of original) exterior hull
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« Reply #41 on: 29-November-15, 21:30:43 »

WOW!!!
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« Reply #42 on: 30-November-15, 07:28:45 »

Funny little print, just scaled the top layer a bit too much!


You know what the fun part about 3D printing is?
There's always something sweet waiting for you when you wake up.


Result of the 2nd greeble sessie !
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« Reply #43 on: 01-December-15, 17:47:10 »

Final result of the second greeble session, session 3 is already in its 16th hour of printing .. Only a few more !


Greeble session no 003


Whats next ???
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« Reply #44 on: 02-December-15, 07:32:48 »

I was so stressed for this print. At 3/4 into the print (16 hours) i started to notice the amount of filament on the spool was growing thin . 
With the filament already in the guiding tube of the printer, it was finished at 20 hours with about 70cm of filament left ... Pfew ...
This will be the last picture update for a little while.
Need to slow down a bit and enjoy the music more.





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« Reply #45 on: 04-December-15, 09:35:42 »

The final loop has been found!


Inside the case I will be mounting several 3d printed PETG coolant tube guiders and supports, VGA and I/O space and some decoration.
You know when you have spent to much time in 3D when you start sketching it only also.


Only 300 left to solder Sander ... Pfew ...
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« Reply #46 on: 04-December-15, 09:55:32 »

The Loop is strong in this one

Hmm, a Loop i have not seen since................?
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« Reply #47 on: 05-December-15, 20:47:08 »

Thanks !

First light ...


Lightning !
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« Reply #49 on: 15-December-15, 10:26:51 »

I am sorry for the lack of updates from my side
There has been so much work done in the last few days but I need every minute I can get ..
Because the YAZI will be at the International CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
Here is the transport box for it ..

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« Reply #50 on: 18-December-15, 17:28:59 »

"YAZI" - Venator Class Star Destroyer       The BIG finale part 1
 
Ok so here is the big finale (wel part 1 of it at least)
Due to the fact that MSI asked if they could showcase the YAZI at the International CES 2016 in Las Vegas the whole time table changed.
I am very strict op planning, its the only way to get stuff done fast, but this was ridiculous. The call came in about a week before the cutting of the aluminum, hence the reason why Pascal and I worked untill 3 am to get it sorted.
I proved not to be the last day I was up untill late !
 
Here we go:
 
Started with the always nice smelling epoxy work on the tower


Then it was off to the dirty room for paint, got a nice anthracit paint. The pictures dont do it justice, its darker and less brown.


Quick test fitting



And finally the last of the about 300 holes!



With the holes done, it was time for the greeble basecoat.
The detail just popps out with this coat.



And a quick test fitting, sure looks good in aluminum



But thats not the plan. So gave it a healthy coat



And then a good black matte paintjob



With the black coat on I could finally start to epoxy the greebles onto the side hull



Meanwhile : That was the first box of 8 kg PLA, onto the next one!



Decision time, should i paint the greebles also in the anthracit coat?


So happy with the anthracit, it really has excellent licht action properties



I love doing test sessions lol



Houston we have a problem! That was the last of the 50 meters of fiberoptic cabling ...



Waiting for the fiber, I put myself to the next design challenge the motherboard tray and I/O backwall.



I just love waking up to fresh new custom parts



Ahh the joys of fiberoptic cabling. It wants to go in any way but the way you want it ..



But ... the force is strong ...



Poor mans glue clamp, well actually you can buy a lot of clamps for this grand 1200 watt powerhouse by Thermaltake!



Also installed the rest of the lighting for the tower.



Someone asked my what happened to my old build the USS EURISKO.
Well its standing next to my work pc acting as a side table lol



This looks just too cool not to share






Working 12 to 16 hours a day takes it toll ..




Installed the fans back into their housing. These are the original fans for the build 2 years ago. Try finding a decent 92mm fan these days ...



I discovered a neat trick while glueing the 3D printed PLA. You can cut into just one or 2 of the layers and bend it precisely



Me working the very last of the fibers, will be glad when this part is over ..



The hull needed a little old fashioned styrene love



I wish I still had my workshop, space runs out quick with my builds!



Me working the epoxy ..



Darth practising his one-liners ..



And there you have it, the result of the small ModMarathon ...

Post Project Carnage ..





And that was it for part 1 , stay tuned for part 2 and 3!

Have a good one!
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« Reply #51 on: 19-December-15, 11:37:16 »

So here is part II

I managed to get the hull painted two hours before the scheduled pickup for the CES.



Quick dry before the next layer. The weather was helping a lot!







Got something very special planned for the radgrills. 
3D printed red HDGlass radgrills!


The front in this picture is missing due to change in plans at the last minute. 





Love this picture, she looks so dark and grimey here !




I could not build the loop due to possible issues at customs. 







This must be one of my favorite views. Will look sweet with the loop installed.





And finally with the lights on !!











Had to dismantle all the hardware inside so again no issues at customs.



Made sure that it was very well strapped down and covered up ..



Bye bye baby!



And there you have it. From cradle to grave a complete log of how I built this first version!

Hope you enjoyed watching as much as I enjoyed building her!

On to the next one!

Regards

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« Reply #52 on: 22-December-15, 08:04:10 »

Hello,

Only 10 days left before the deadline of contest. Please seize on the precious time to complete your great mod. :)

Once you finish the mod, please have to reply the following message under the campaign thread (https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=261589.0) by DEC 31. 2015 PM11:59 (GMT +8).
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« Reply #53 on: 26-December-15, 18:35:11 »

Thank you for the reminder!
DONE
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« Reply #54 on: 26-December-15, 18:46:36 »

While I was so busy with getting stuff done on the YAZI some pictures were made by Mortum



AWESOME Greeble shot!



Nice shot of the stand ..


Its easy to forget how big she is lol ..

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« Reply #55 on: 27-December-15, 08:04:16 »

epic details :agrees:
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« Reply #56 on: 30-December-15, 07:00:51 »

epic details :agrees:
Thanks ! The next version will be so much more detailed its going to be nuts!
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« Reply #57 on: 30-December-15, 11:41:21 »

uHumm
Thr forse is Strong in this one!
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« Reply #58 on: 30-December-15, 19:05:50 »

uHumm
Thr forse is Strong in this one!
There is no try .... Only do!
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« Reply #59 on: 01-January-16, 21:32:04 »

Little something to accompany the YAZI

Got 34 hours left before my flight to Vegas.
Cutting it close ... as usual lol

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« Reply #60 on: 05-January-16, 08:30:54 »

This build started for me about 2 years ago just after finishing the EURISKO.
I was looking to do another big ship build but after starting I soon realised I didnt have the skills or the tools to make it like I wanted to.
I dont want to rush or do a half assed job and so I parked the YAZI in storage for when someday I was better at building with aluminum.
So I studied and studied, researched materials, worked with aluminum, worked with CNC's and laser cutters for 2 years.

Excellent basic design!

Is the passion and the patience that characterizes the modders :biggthumbsup:

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Saw the promo on IGN. Good luck! Will vote for this on the 14th.
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« Reply #62 on: 04-February-16, 11:33:20 »

Never ever give up! Face what life throws at you, find something that you truly love doing and you will enjoy the fruits of your dedication.
A big thanks goes out to the judges, I know it must have been hard with all that eyecandy in this season and congratulations to the other winners also!
Special thanks goes out to the sponsors: MSI GlobalMSI USAVictoria TsengKenny LinTt CeoThermaltake Technology IncAvexir Memory Development DialogNala AvexirRemco Katzwww.dutchfilaments.com,OCZ Storage SolutionsIntel NederlandNVIDIA GeForce

THANK YOU Facebook, Forum and IRL friends for giving me the energy to continue when times were low. Post by post I was recharged and reading your comments and remarks sparked of another round of creativity and design.
And last but not least I would like to dedicate this build to my lovely daughter Ize and wife Linda who struggling with their illnesses found the time to allow me to complete the YAZI after so many years. 
YOU ARE my life and my dreams!


















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« Reply #63 on: 04-February-16, 11:59:25 »

But the YAZI adventure doesnt stop here !

As MSI USA has taken the YAZI MKI to their headquarters to put on display, i am already starting the work on the YAZI MKII
I build in iterations, design something, make it, doesnt look or feel right, throw it out and start again. 
So also with the YAZI. I have made so many small (and large) notes on how to make it better and I have already begun incorporating them into the designs. 

I will continue to keep posting my work here untill I have reached the YAZI MKIII and its the best I can make it . 
Hope to hear any comments or questions while I undertake this yourney that will probably take more then a year to complete !

The new parts for the YAZI MKII are already rolling of the printer !




Also MSI has contacted me if I wanted to do a new casemod also. The BATMAN v SUPERMAN casemod contest !
I got one of the SUPERMAN themes. You can check out the buildlog here :
BATMAN v SUPERMAN casemod : 2Sides by ASPHIAX from ModWithMe
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