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Rob "Deblow" Deluce

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  1. After what feels like forever! the Panther build is complete! Had some great fun learning new techniques, 3D design, clay and printing along with new cool ways to use the RGB lighting. The mod is following in my main style, black is always a great personal chose for myself and I like to try keep the case mods resembling the original case as much I can so this was a tricky one to plan with all the glass and the fact that its one of the main features I needed, wanted to keep it all and work with it. So on the front I used the glass to make a light up panther face using paints and RGB plus strips. I tried 3 different designs for the text and pattern on the front and went with the one that was the least in your face to try keep it clean. For the right side/back, i wanted to be able to use the advantage of glass to be able to see though the case from both sides, so I didn't paint it like I would normally, I made some 3D printed props to help give some depth and I cut the motherboard tray in half and positioned the motherboard hanging with the main rear ports facing down and central. all the wires were then hidden with custom made covers, plastic, carbon and leather. For the top, and very easy to spot and was the one thing i spent the most time on, the build log would give you a idea of the time spent on the clay sculpted panther but it was far longer in reality lol. I went a step further with the clay to help make it more part of the case, adding lights to the eyes that's controlled via Thermaltakes RGB controller gives me lots of options for the lighting. the panther can be positioned facing any direction and has a leather base. On the inside is where I did most of the other modding parts, first changing the RAD layout by making new mounts and removing the old ones, the PSU remains in the same place but a custom cover was made to hold the pumps and I also made some 3D patterns in clear PLA that I then spent hours gluing in place and also wrapping the other parts to block the light. I didn't have RGB reservoirs so I made my own, this is something i have been doing for 5 years now so its become very normal for me. Lighting was fun to play with and so were the fan covers, like the side covers all the fan covers are magnetic so I can swap them about from side to side and also do the same with the side covers. I always try do something new, something I've not attempted before so I'm happy this all went to plan even with the delays along the way. Good luck to all the other modders, from what I've seen so far its going to be a hard one to judge! Rob "deblow" Deluce
  2. The main sponsors panel in progress, this along with every other panel including the fan covers are all magnetic so can be removed easy and swapped around from side to side. MB Back cover. I was sent the normal W4 waterblock for the CPU that I fitted and modded, then discovered they should have sent the Plus version as its a great improvement in control and also the brightness. The only problem was that I had no time to mod this ones like I did the original, but it still looks great. This is the front panel with some airbrushing to assist with the lighting.
  3. The normal RGB Lumi lights are from the front panel, the Plus versions will be used everywhere else.
  4. Ok so the deadline is tomorrow, I need to spam you with some last photo log photos before I finish of the final shots for this build Took the RGB 360 RAD panels apart in order to make a thicker version that would house the text, made a new cover for it with plexi and leather.
  5. I've also used "Wakandan" Proper name Xhosa/Swahili text in a couple of places. On the reservoirs and the customised 360 RGB panels mean for the side of the Rads. Firstly the reservoirs, again I used the design and patterns I did at the start and slightly changed them to fit the tank along with the added text. Can you guess what the text says? first test run with some clear water, Light set to RGB full rainbow mode at stock until you program them.
  6. Painted the front and also made some 3D printed claws for the neck. At the top will go the Black panther logo and along the bottom the TT/Deblow logos with the matching design I did shown earlier in the log. This is the black base, the chrome was still to be added.
  7. For this build I made lots of covers from scratch to cover wires and sockets. Here's some of them.
  8. Its my first time using the Thermaltake Pacific C-PRO and I must say, I love them! makes sizing up the tubes and fitting them very easy.
  9. Now back to the main feature for this build, with this being the first time I've attempted to do something like this as part of a pc mod I needed to learn as progressed from step to step, I also wanted to make the clay stronger so I experimented with resin, couldn't find anyone thats done this before so I was glad to see it went to plan. The panther is very strong now and its a good job too, several very heavy rolls cinema posters feel from the roof rack and landed on it. luck for me the only real damage was to the tale and was't hard to fix. So after filling and sanding out all the cracks I did the resin, primer one last time and other sanding and then I painted it matt, gloss, and satin black so I could decide what a like best. ended up going with textured rubber paint. All thats needed now is the fine details painting, this will be shown in the final photos later this week
  10. For the water, I have been playing with some Thermaltake, Blue, white, clear and purple to get the shade I want to use.
  11. With the fans fitted I started designing the covers, 4 for the front and 3 in the back. All designed from scratch and 3D printed then painted, two different styles used. For the back ones I went with a claw type with all the main front of the fan left exposed for maximum air and RGB goodness For the front fans as they was facing with the back showing I decided to cover all the wire and original plastic with new covers.
  12. Here we have the completed panther spears, all grouped together to help save you all a bit of scrolling Putty, primer, matt black, clear followed with silver/chrome and some leather work. Also lots of sanding as usual Very happy with the results so well worth the time making.
  13. This is the start of the final TT front logo and surround, this time the height is slightly less, higher pattern will be added to this and I have made the TT separate from the main backing, this is to help make sanding and painting a bit more easy. Also added my Deblow logo within the TT logo.
  14. As with the one above this is MK1. With the MK1, the purple would light up and it was matt black with chrome. I decided I wasn't %100 happy so started almost from scratch again. This was the start and the end of MK2, thicker text and no more purple.
  15. Carrying-on with the designs for the front of the case, here we have MK1 set of covers, im now on to MK3 as I always see room for improvement and its hard to resist. As with almost all the parts for this build, lots of sanding, filling, painting and more sanding. i used the black panther helmet for inspiration when making all the patterns you will see throughout the build.
  16. Some designs for the front of the case. I have reworked both twice, depending on time I might have another change depending how I like them when painted and in place.
  17. The second part of the PSU cover, using the same design I made for the vinyl I then reworked them so they could be printed in clear steadytech PLA to add more depth to the cover/covers instead of having the usual 2D. This will be the first time im using lighting that will be projected through the 3D prints, I have done similar with my virtual build for TT a couple of years back, but that was just a 2D version of what im doing this time. Project Virtual (2016) This is the look im going for, but in 3D.
  18. Making fan covers for both the RADs, just done the 360s covers so far to see how they look when completed, then I'll start the other covers. this design is a mixture of a pattern similar to that found on the panther helmet and I also added some claw shapes to the mix.
  19. Although I have done some full size panther helmets, for the build i'm going with half face that will be used on the outside of the case. I want to try keep as much of the original glass and outer case visible as possible. Because I like the black and gold pattern on the Killmonger I did them both.
  20. Really love how the black panther has turned out, #steadyteck PLA in siver with some simoniz Satin black, auto air silver and matt black brush on. some fine detailing to be do closer to the end of the project.
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