I then really started thinking of what I wanted done so
I hit Photoshop. After someone suggested some Predator text, I was thinking yea
I was thinking about that but where to find it? A Google search later and I was
at a site with the Predator alphabet. Next came “what should it read, and
where should it be placed?” thinking. I came up with this.
It reads “Got Alien?” It is supposed to be like the
“Got Milk” slogan. Instead Predator hunts Alien so I thought it was one of
those funny phrases. Next I wanted the plain side panel to have something going
on along with the text. So back in the day a company made predator grills for a
short time so you could imagine how happy I was. Here is a picture of the
grills, I was planning on having a 120mm grill made as well. But you can see how
the side panel worked out.
I hit photo shop again and changed the grill to a black
and white CNC layout for the local water cutting company. I worked with a
younger person that knew what I was seeing in my head. He put it in the
software and boom it was shipped to me a week later looking like this, it's
always easy working with people who can take a moment out of what they want to
see and help step into your mind and see what you are seeing.
Next came the stripping of the case. Oh boy what a
daunting task once you look at it all! You see your machine in a million pieces
and want to cry, ha-ha. Still modding is that one thing in life that can make my
brain just stop for an hour or two straight and focus only on what is at hand.
I stripped the cage down and removed the existing hard
drive platter to make room for the new water pump tubes, since they were much
fatter. I masked off the sound retention foam so I was not to spray It.
I hit it with about three light coats of primer. Three
coats of metallic black, and finished it with about four coats of clear.
While at home doing all the stuff I had to do I had
made time earlier in the week to drop off all my panels, and ideas over at my
friend Joey’s house. I regret not leaving him the camera because I did not get
any photos of him creating the paint job. All I can say is he is a VERY skilled
painter. So during this time I just got everything ready. Kept planning things
out such as, what LED’s do I want, what rivets, and all the fine details. A
couple weeks later Joey gave me a call and said it was done. Drove over to his
house and my jaw hit the floor. If anyone is interested in his work please
contact me and I will give you his contact numbers.