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11/17/04 Mounting the HDD
Like making brackets to mount the hard drive,
as seen below. I used an old 4GB drive as a template to get everything
lined up, the IDE and power cables will connect at the bottom of the drive
behind the motherboard tray.
A gratuitous parting shot of the back, almost
all the cutting to this part of the torso is finished. Once I order the
water cooling components (mainly the radiator) the final cuts can be made to the main section
which will be sanded, vinyl dyed and then set aside to await final pre assembly detailing.
Next up, some fun stuff. Cutting and
forming the window for the abdomen section and mounting the 6" LCD to fit through the chest.
11/21/04 Minor Update...
I bought a few more supplies for the mod, a
pair of 'Ove' gloves, a couple of baking sheets and some tongs... hmmm, holiday baking?
No, I am going to heat some
form the curved abdomen window. Under the plexi in the picture below is
some felt that will be used to hopefully prevent scratches as I form it to the mannequin
Last but not least, Super
the windowing and cutting of the abdomen and chest I will begin sculpting the
11/23/2004 Did more stuff...
And in preparation I positioned and then
mummified the skull model with masking tape, it will soon be covered in foil and
Sculpey... it looks kinda cool as is though and I can't wait to start the hard
part, sculpting. It will however have to wait because I am trying to concentrate on the chest
As I mentioned before, cutting straight lines
into a contoured surface isn't easy so I bought a contour guide and set about
cutting a hole for the LCD. I also taped off and outlined the abdomen
window cut out.
If "supaslicksweet" were a word it would serve
to define how well the screen fits, good stuff but time to set it aside because
now we need a window...
11/24/2004 Starting to take shape...
I cut out the abdomen section for the window
and covered the cut out piece with felt, I pulled everything tight and held the
felt in place with safety pins.
Next I placed my plexi on a baking sheet, I
used a disassembled wooden clothes pin under the corners for elevation so I
could peek into the oven and tell by the sagging of the sheet if it was pliable.
I put the plexi into my electric oven at
275 degrees for 12 minutes, when it looked softened I took it out, and wearing
the 'Ove' gloves began quickly forming it around the felt covered abdomen cut out.
11/24/2004... Abdomen Window
You can see the results in the picture below, I
think it came out pretty good. After the Plexi cooled I placed the felt
covered abdomen cutout inside and traced the edges with a Sharpie marker.
I cut out the curved plexi window using a
Dremel with a Gyros brand 1 1/4' ripsaw blade, it has proven to be quite
effective for cutting both Plexi-Glass and the Fiberglass mannequin torso.
Here is a test fit of the window, the shape is
great but the edges are not as tight as I expected and will require a little
I lined the edges of the window cutout with
aluminum foil and then clamped the window in place. I put on the 'Ove'
gloves and had my daughter Kellee work the heat gun while I formed the edges of
the window, it is a good tight fit now.
10/26/2004 Update... On To The Head
Since I have to wait to install the newly made
abdomen window and LCD until I get the cutout for the W/C reservoir in the chest
(in fact I still have to order the Fass-O-Matic), I decided to move onto working
on the head. First I covered the masking tape wrapped head in aluminum
foil, this should make removing the Sculpey a lot easier.
Slingin' the Sculpey, below shows the starting
stages of sculpting the Cenobite head, right now I am just looking to fill in
The picture below shows the continuing process
of filling everything in, once I have everything covered I will begin the
primary detailing of the head.
Now that it is all filled in with Sculpey I can
begin making it look evil, to this point the only sculpting tools I have used
are my fingers and finishing details still need to be added. So that I
can make sure everything is in line proper the Glo-Wire will be wrapped
around the head as a test fit before baking.
I am still fairly early on in the sculpting,
there are still areas that need filling out and the whole thing needs to be
smoothed out (finished). I expect to start final detailing tomorrow, then
I will show how to fix my mistake of rushing into sculpting... something I
figured out after I was halfway finished (dammit!). Oh well, this is a
"figure it out as you go" modding process and the hardest part of this
mod is now full steam under way.
I added some final details and it looks pretty evil so far,
Sculpey has proven to be a very workable sculpting medium, I hope it stays as
easy to work with after cooking it.
11/30/2004 Update... Bad Head.
Before I go further onto the baking of the head... more parts
that I ordered for the mod have arrived, normally I would list them out but you
can as easily see what I got below.
Ok, now back to the head. I finished
sculpting the top of the head and wrapped some string around it where the Glo-wire
will be located. Mouse over the picture below to see the head after the
string was removed.
I removed the string and then cut the head down
the sides so that it can be baked in three pieces.
Below are the three head pieces removed, they
will require some type of support before baking...
So I bought some cheesecloth and Plaster of
To make a thin cast of the head, when it is dry
I will cut it off and reinforce it from the inside with more cheesecloth and
While it dries I will take final measurements
of the eyes and their placement within the sculpted head.
I found some wooden balls that are the same
size as the eyes, which I will bake under the face to keep the shape.
Well, bad news... the head I just made probably
will not work. I ordered 5 lbs. of Magic Sculp (Milliput type stuff) and
will start over when it arrives. Just for grins, and to see where it's at
if I recycle the face, I put the eyes in and threw on the Glo wire.
It looks ok, a coat of paint would definitely
help... but I think that I can do better. 5 lbs. of Magic Sculp will be
here in two days so I will likely take a mulligan on the first shot and go for