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Mod of the Month - July 2007

Endorphin

by DAE_JA_VOO
Worklog


I'm sure many of you are familiar with that project that just keeps changing. You start it off in your mind, the ball starts rolling, and just when you think you have every detail perfected, then WHAM! Out of the blue comes something that completely changes your entire concept. Sometimes it's a new board, other times it's a new tool. And other times still it's just a whole new idea.

It seems that DAE_JA_VOO's second project, Endorphin, is going through just such an identity crisis. Or, at least was at the start of the year. He had the mod largely planned out ahead of time, and then managed to get his hands on a new Shuttle SFF chassis...and suddenly, the design began to change.

DAE_JA_VOO's first mod, Epiphany, was a fantastic homage to our own G-Gnome and his legendary Orac³ creation. In it, he showed that he definitely has what it takes to work wonders with acrylic, which would also be featured in Endorphin.


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Of course, before he could get to the modding goodness, DAE_JA_VOO needed a plan. He learned some Sketchup skills and had this one up in no time. Of course, many elements of the project would change as he got a hold of his new Shuttle barebone system, replacing an AOpen XC Cube.


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The Shuttle P2 chassis isn't quite as tight of a squeeze as the G5 chassis, with the HDD racks moved to the top of the system. Of course, you can't just leave it all open just because there's a little more space - so DAE_JA_VOO dropped a red plexiglass "ceiling" in.


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Rather than tremendously alter the "ribbed" look on the front of the Shuttle, DAE_JA_VOO altered his original design a bit. The final design includes this attractive red ribbing, bolted on with hex screws.


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The case will be water cooled, so the next step was hand-cutting a radiator grill. Endorphin will sport a 240mm rad with this custom grill, made from red plexi and AC Ryan modder's mesh.


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The latest step has been shrouding the motherboard. Initially, this was going to be done entirely in red plexi. However, DAE_JA_VOO changed his plans a bit and went with this rather attractive red and clear combination. Personally, I'm a fan - I think it could have been a bit too red otherwise.

Of course, what isn't easily discernible is that this is only half of the mod. The original scope was to have all of the drives and such located in a separate box. Will that be how it ends up, or will he cram it all in here? We'll find out as time goes on...but either way, it's top quality craftsmanship going on in his worklog.

If you think this mod should win this month's competition, don't forget to vote for it in this thread! Voting closes on 9th August 2007.