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    Default [Project] Project Pegasus Scratch Mod (Stargate Atlantis DHD) Large images..maybe

    The following is a collaborative work between myself and my buddy (Deadly Dragon). This is a scratch mod meaning the case will not use any major parts from an existing case. This is our first time attempting a mod of this magnitude and would love to hear any critique and/or suggestions that people may have. We would also like to let everyone know that we are both active college students and therefor may only have the time and/or money >.< to update this work log once a month or so.

    Description:
    This mod is based off a prop in Stargate Atlantis. The prop is the DHD located in the ancient city of Atlantis. This device is used in the movie to dial the Stargate. We plan on making this as a 1/1 scale replica with a computer inside. There will be slight modifications to it for detail and computer paraphernalia. We also plan on having all 37 buttons on the DHD be operational. They will light up when pressed and will also input into the system as keystrokes from a secondary keyboard so you will be able to log in to your system by "Dialing the Gate".

    Hardware:
    Not sure yet. This case is all about the exterior look and feel. The internals are planned to be top of the line once we get there but we won't be doing any fancy overclocking or water cooling.

    Additional Photos:
    http://s30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...0Mod/?start=20
    All of the following photos and more will be here in this album and will be updated before the worklog is.

    Index:
    The Team (See Below)
    The Inspiration (See Below)
    The Concept and design (See Below)
    Materials (More Coming soon)
    Cumulative update 8/20/2008 - 2/11/2009 (Coming Soon)

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    The Team:

    Deadly Dragon - Drafter, "Numbers Guy", Computer Guru, Law Enforcement Major
    Alien - Computer Guru, Fiber Glass Man, "Geek", Motion Pictures and Television Major
    Fishmeal - Photographer, "Extra Hands Man" >.>

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    The Inspiration:





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    The Concept and Design:

    Early concepts that turned out to be to small.




    Finalized concepts
    Top Piece with Keypad

    Bottom Box

    Assembled, multiple angles

    Space management for computer components

    Just Components

    Cardboard mock up


    Completed mock up

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    Default Re: [Project] Project Pegasus *Scratch Mod* (Stargate Atlantis DHD) *Large images..ma

    Materials:
    The main body of the case is made of wood and fiberglass.
    (More Coming soon)
    (List coming soon)

    Flexible keyboard internals for Keypad input (more on this once we get to building that part ^.^)




    Tap Plastics - supplier for all our our plexiglass, fiberglass and resin.


    HSC - Supplier for our micro switches, wires, heat shrink tubeing and more...





    Micro Balloons - Used for thickening resin





    Snacks! Nom Nom Nom Nom >.<


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    Default Re: [Project] Project Pegasus *Scratch Mod* (Stargate Atlantis DHD) *Large images..ma

    Cumulative update 8/20/2008 - 2/11/2009:
    This update is to catch everyone up to our current progress. So far we have shopped and bought 90% of the materials required for the project. We have also fiber glassed the boards and cut them for the bottom box. It may not seem like a lot but it takes a long time to fiber glass: 24hours for the resin to cure x5 boards 2 layers on one side and 1 layer on the other makes for a good 10 days plus limited college student time = ~6months >.> Oh, and don't forget the cutting We also want to note that the resin gets unusable and tacky in under 30 min on a hot day so we had to move at warp speed...



    So our first layer is a big flat thick board and used it as our base to give our boards a nice stable,flat and clean surface to cure on. On top of that we lay out a large roll of Mylar as our release agent. Mylar is an excellent release agent in the fact that its reusable and fairly cheap, the only downside is that it only works for flat objects and you have to clean off the access resin from it between each board to prevent impurities from occurring.


    After that we put the board down and then the fiberglass on top of that and cut the fiberglass to size leaving some overlap. We also take a grease pencil and loosely mark the corners of the board on the Mylar.


    We then remove the fiberglass and board. We mix up some 2 part apoxy resin and spread it evenly on the Mylar within the constraints of our markings using some throw out brushes.


    Next we carefully lay the fiberglass down on top of the resin and Mylar and brush the fiberglass ensuring that there are ZERO air pockets and that the fiberglass fully absorbs the resin. Then we add a second layer of fiberglass and more resin.


    We let that sit for a good 30-45min until it begins to get tacky and then we mix up a batch of resin with micro balloons in it to thicken it. This requires a LOT of stirring and agitates the resin making it set even faster... its a pain in the ass This is done to make it adhere better to the smooth surface of the wood. We pour that on the 2 layers of tacky fiberglass already down and then comb it out to make the resin a bit rough to also help the wood adhere to the resin. Next we apply the wood to the top, toss some weight on it and let it sit for 24 hours. The next day we would pull it up and apply on final layer of fiberglass to the back side.






    A few months later we kicked our asses into gear and started cutting and got 1 of the 2 boxes all cut out. These are those fiberglass and wood pieces taped together.





    That's it, we should have another update come sun or mon

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    Default Re: [Project] Project Pegasus *Scratch Mod* (Stargate Atlantis DHD) *Large images..ma

    it looks cool

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