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Author Topic: [MSI PRO MOD - S5:Scratch Build] MSI USS Dragon-1 by RandomDesign  (Read 2297 times)

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Hi all its Stefan or mabe better known as RandomDesign from Germany.

Now it is time for yet another MSI PRO MOD Season.

If you are interested in my wo, you can visite my facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/random2k4design/
or homepage:
www.random2k4design.com

Instagram: @random2k4design
Twitter: @random2k4design
Have fun! :D

First lets list all the hardware components that I am going to use.

Mobo: MSI Z270 Gaming M7
VGA: MSI 980Ti Lightning
CPU: Intel I7 6700K
Memory: HyperX Predator 4x4GB 3000Mhz
SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB
PSU: Enermax Revolution 650W
Fan: Enermax D.F. Vegas Single
Water cooling: bitspower

Now lets talk a bit about my concept.

As of lately, I watched the Sci-Fi Series Star Trek Voyager and its one of my favourite series in that particular universe.
So I decided it would be nice to have a mod located in that universe. My first idea was to build something, that looked like the Shuttle Type-9.
I found this picture online which gave me a good idea what I was looking for.




To meet the "arctic" criteria for this season, I planned to mostly use the color grey on the outside. For the inside I will be using a cold blue illumination and
the liquide of the water cooling will also be held in blue.


Then I directly started workiong on this project.

For this build, I was learning some new techniques. I wanted to make the entire body from glass fiber, but before using it, I wanted to make the model out of styrofoam.
First, I glued multiple layers of styrofoam together, to get the needed hight. I marked the basic outlines and started cutting away the material with a utility knife.





Next up was sanding. To get rid of the roough structure, I used a sanding sponge. That way I could also do some detail work on the edges.
After a few hours of sanding, I got my final shape, that was ready for the next step.







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Next, I covered the entire body with glass fiber. For more stability I used 3-4 layers.
Its important to use Epoxy resin here. Polyesther resin would melt the styrofoam core.



After curing, I applied one layer of body filler to smooth out the surface.





Then I started sanding everything down and applied another layer to fill in the last gaps.

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After the surfacea was smoothed out, I marked some sports that should be elevated and sourounded
them with rubber foam. Then I filled in the area with more bodyfiller.





Then everything was sanded again, and a first layer of sprayfiller was applied. I also closed
some smaller gaps with sopt putty.





Then It was time to remove the styrofoam core. I cut the body and greated an opening that will be later
used as a flap to open and close the mod.



I removed the styrofoam wiht aceton. Some leftovers were removed with sandpaper.



For the flap/front I cut more openings that will fuction as windows to look inside the mod.





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Next, I installed a hinge to later open the lid.









To make everything perfectly fit again, I masked the lower part with tape. then bodyfiller was again applied to close the gap.



For the installation of the hardware, I started to install some wooden sticks. Here I will put on a wooden panel where the hardware will be.

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Next, I cut the openings for the fans in the back.





On the bottom, there was a hole for the PSU and one for the fans and radiator.
In addition, I included a flap for working on the inside later on.



On the top part, I drilled holes for the water tank and the fill port.
The water tank is will be directly mounted to the upper shell.





Then it was time to work on the layout for the hardware.
I put everything on a wooden panel that I cut into the right shape to fit in the mod.





After I was setified with the layout, I marked the spots and cut all the openings for the watercooling
and cable management. And of course made a test fit again.





To match my overall color design the plate was covered with black carbon foil.

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So here is the last update for this mod before the final pictures.

I installed some acrylic glass for the windows. It is hold in place by multiple zylinder head screws





For the illumination part, I installed two rows of LED stripes. This will not only put a nice spot on the hardware,
but also give a glow to the outside.





Then I adapted the hardware for the water cooling.



The graphics card shoul be placed over the mobo, so I build a small mounting from wood.
I put some metalic angles on the sides to the GPU will held tidly in place.





After that, the entire water cooling loop was constructed.







To fit my overall design, I sleeved all the cabels in grey and carbon black.



The last part missing, was the engien on the sides. I made a simple 3D model and printed it. Here
I also included a little running light effect. All parts were glued together and sanded down before the paint job.

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Before I could do the final pictures, the mod ofc needs some color.
To match the arctic theme, I went for a grey tone for the basic color. Some areas were highlighted in a brighter grey tone.
I also added a registration number and two thin red lines as a little detail.
For the illumination, I decided to built a blue running light effect for the engiens.
The inside is also illuminated with blue LEDs. To give the inside an even more cold and arctic look, the coolant
for the watervooling is a transparent blue.

But see youself here are the images:























I also did a short video about the building process:

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beautiful case man!! nice job
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