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  Project:     Leecho's Creature Case Project Part 1  
  Guest Author:     Leecho
  Date:     October 20th, 2005  

Introduction:

As an artist at an early age, Iíve always loved creating things a little out of the ordinary. Drawing was always my favorite thing to do. As I grew-up and began to explore the world of computers, I witnessed people creating works of art into their CPU boxes. Computer modding here I come, I was drawn into this new hobby instantly. I knew that with all my knowledge in the sheet metal fabrication trade (3-1/2 yrs.), airbrushing (10+ yrs.), and professional spray-painting (20+ yrs.), with this kinda background I knew I could build something unique.

The Creature Case Project
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My brain suddenly went into over drive. I started seeing all kinds of visions of what I possibly could do; at least a month of sketching ideas happened before actual building started. This case I knew would be fully custom from the ground up. The frame is 1" by 1" aluminum angle; 1/8" thick welded, riveted and painted bright red. The size of the frame is 10" wide by 18" deep and 22" high.

The Creature Case Project
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The Creature Case Project
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Okay letís start building this weird idea of a case, first thing was to start with the top cap, also known as the blowhole assembly. I submitted my idea to my good friend Slaughter; he operated the computerized milling machine in the shop. I knew that trying to cut this design out with a jig-saw would prove to be a pain in the (you-know-where). First I started with a Ĺ thick clear Plexiglas and had him cut out the center for me, it had to be absolutely bang-on due to the next section fitting into it, and the whole thing onto the case top. Once Slaughter did his part, I had to bend the ends to smoothly fit over the frame.

The Creature Case Project
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The idea of this plastic insert is to give the frame some depth in this 3 dimensional illusion, allowing this partial view of the frame while the remainder of the case will be covered.

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