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  Project:     Leecho's Creature Case Project Part 2  
  Guest Author:     Leecho
  Date:     May 19th, 2006  

Introduction:

In Part 1 of Project Creature Case, I had just started on the initial design stages and introduced a few painting elements into the project. Iím thinking the side panels hadnít been put on the case body, so we weíll start from there and continue to build something unique.

The Creature Case Project
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I decided to mount both panels from the rear of the case, making it easier to gain access even with the case sitting in itís resting area on the desk, most standard cases need you to move them before the doors will open. With the Creature Case design, the main access panel (left side of case), will just swing open making a quick job easy.

In the beginning I was planning to hinge the panels from the top and have them open like gull-wing doors on an expensive sports car. This would also require lots of open space on the desk to complete the upward swing. I had thought of using pistons, but could not find ones small enough, but at the same time strong. The panels stay in a closed position via magnetic strips, vinyl tape-like with adhesive backing.

The Creature Case Project
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The Creature Case Project
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The panel windows are now fixed in place and I used Acrylite instead of Plexiglas. A friend of mine, Derik told me it was far more scratch resistant and more durable then Plexiglas. This plastic has a 10% frost, you can see in the case, but things are a little fuzzy. Not that I wanted it, but when something is free I donít bother to complain.

The Creature Case Project
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The Creature Case Project
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Inside the big door (Creature's Face), I decided to complete the look with a red Plexiglas sheet. I measured it to the extremes and hammered it into place, so itís in there "like forever". I slotted the bottom portion, remembering that the two 120mm fans would need to breathe in fresh air. Inside this same area of concern, just above the fans, I still canít cut out the panel shapes before buying the fan controller.

The Creature Case Project
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Inside this same area of concern, just above the fans, I still canít cut out the panel shapes before buying the fan controller. Same goes with the rear panel of the case, until the PSU and motherboard are there.

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