04
Apr
08

carbon-fever -3- exterior

After finishing the key features of the interior design i could turn back to my fibre parts. released from their molds, they still needed to get rid of unused fabric and of course to be fixed to the original case.

i first planed to attach the main parts directly to the case and the smaller gills using a central spine connected to the main parts. In the building process i changed my mind to gain more stability and modularity. Now the spine connects all fibre parts with the case. To keep the weight of the parts low i chose plywood as main material for the modules. Both, top- and frontsection, are mounted screwless with just two splints for each section.

Due to the lack of exact plans i developed the sections and spines step by step.

after both parts fitted perfectly i could start to add the gills and also finally fix the bigger elements to the spine.

The top section is constructed a bit stronger cause it has to bear the sidepanels.

At the height of the third gill the spine is divided to leave some space for status LED’s and DVD-Drive, edges are covered with tiny pieces of aluminium.

This block, made of acryl and aluminium, replaces the wooden spine at heigth of gill#3, to cover the opening for the dvd drive.

To support the DVD-tray gill and acryl spine are mounted to a telescope rail. 180g would be a bit too heavy for an ordinary stealthmod.

Everything in shape, nextstop: sidepanels

Again plywood does the trick, but this time it is supported by clear styrene and carbon fibre. The sidepanels can be considered as a sandwich construction. Two layers of 3mm plywood wrap around a 2,5mm styrene sheet. On one side, the center part is made of a large carbon-fibre sheet, but nevertheless some styrene needed to be added for light effects.

Still just roughly cutted, it gives an impression of the final shape.

the canal within the styrene sheet locates 100 SMD LED’s, some resistors and of course wires, more about that on the electronics page.

Those selfmade bonnet-pins allow me to remove the panels within seconds. On this picture you can also see the down scaled versions for the front and top panels.

To prevent unauthorized views on my hardware and to get a cleaner look, the window got mirrored. This makes more sense when we get to the light design.

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Selbermachen aus Prinzip, aus Spass oder einfach weil mans kann. Ganz grundsätzlich dreht sich hier alles rund um Elektrotechnik, Mechanik und wie man seine Basteleien hübsch verpackt (aka Design). Für die Naschkatzen gibts die Kategorie "Köstlichkeiten", selbstgemacht ist hier natürlich auch das Essen!

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