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Old October 14, 2009, 04:41 AM
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Default Silverstone SG05 ITX Case Mod



The NOTalis project was the result of E.E.L. Ambiense's recent 4 day visit to Minnesota. We've talked about getting together for the last couple of years. We've always had admiration for each other's work. I've worked closely with E.E.L. Ambiense in designing many of Mnpctech case mod products. Our new acrylic fan and variety of radiator grills were designed by him. We both agreed that a Mini ITX project wouldn't suck up too much of his 4 days. He suggested the Silverstone SG05. E.E.L. made some conceptual drawings from home so we had a plan. The SG05 arrived 2 days before he did. I brought it to the machine shop on Thursday to mill a new bezel design. E.E.L. was inspired by the Nautilus submarine's window from Jules Vern's 20,000 Leagues under the sea (disney movie 1954).

We titled the project "NOTalis" because it sounded funny.

The both of us had always talked about experimenting with instant rusting techniques and products. We're both fans of Piloux's Blackmesa HL2 case mod. A historical chapter in case modding. We planned to use the same product Piloux used. I believe we found the current version by Sophisticated Finishes. Piloux never explains his application techniques in detail which forced us to experiment a lot. It can be a little frustrating to use this product because you must wait for the results. You just learn to keep busy with other things, like sleeving a PSU or cutting a 240mm fan grill. We discovered on the last night that a heat gun sped up the rusting process.

We only spent two evenings working on the project. We were both amazed we didn't need more time, but we work very efficiently together.

Since it was E.E.L.'s first time here. I brought him to some interesting local businesses and eateries. We spent a great deal of our time just talking shop. So this get together was historical for us. We made a point to record everything knowing it would be shared here with you.

Silverstone SG05 Mini ITX case





OEM 120mm fan location (modified to 140mm)






3/4" thick block of 6061 aluminum


140mm intake design inspired by "Nautilus" submarine window from Jules Vern's 20,000 Leagues under the sea




















Worklog Update 10/08/09, Page 2

The 240 size Steampunk acrylic radiator grill is a good fit for the SG05. Keep in mind the SG05 has a one piece cover. You will have to modify the rear chassis pillar to clear the grill's mounting screws. This mirror finish won't exist much longer..heh





This is the Honeycomb Modders Mesh we used.




The SG05's rear slot covers and Mnpctech
80mm "Gear" style acrylic fan grill were getting their first application of Duplicolor brand automotive sandable primer. The Brown primer is a great base coat color for the rust effect we applied later on.


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Old October 14, 2009, 04:43 AM
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I'm deciding whether the 240 steampunk radiator grill's fasteners will clear the chassis support beams without any modding. Modding commenced soon after



E.E.L. starting dissecting the 300W FSP PSU that was included with the SG05.











E.E.L. removes the warranty sticker, yay!



I taped off the shell with 3M 233+ tape, I make the initial cut with a dremel and reinforced dremel cutting wheel before using jigsaw with 18 TPI cutting blade.









I will use rounded side hand file to refine the cuts

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Old October 14, 2009, 04:46 AM
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Using this angle grinder to give the 2x120 steampunk grill look more delapitated. These are professionals, so please don't copy the grinder in the vice trick at home :)






Sanding it with Medium grit sandpaper before applying primer and instant rust



After an hour our steampunk grill looks like this





E.E.L hits the PSU's housing, he removed the stock stamped grill from and base unit as well...



Heres the Sophisticated Solutions products.

Video Guide to using Sophisticated Solutions Instant Rust



E.E.L. first applies the iron solution to the surface



Here's what it looks like in the middle of corrosion...



E.E.L. masked off the base unit with Scotchbrite green tape and did the same thing to it...

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Wow, that looks really cool. Subb'ed
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Old October 14, 2009, 07:18 AM
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Awesome....Another great mod :D Glad you've come to HWC.♠
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Very cool!
...and thanks for posting such good pictures.
I'm looking forward to more
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Old October 15, 2009, 05:33 AM
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Thanks for the comments everybody! Here's the front cnc milled panel after applying SEM self etching primer.





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Wow, nice. I wish I had the tools/skill/imagination to do something like this.
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Another nice mod! Keep it up!
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Old October 16, 2009, 08:48 AM
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Thanks for the comments!

E.E.L applies the Sophisticated Finishes "Iron Metallic Surfacer" to the primer coated aluminum bezel



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