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Mod of the Month - September 2009

λ-Zephyr

By woody_294
Worklog: Here

It's been a while since we've seen some game orientated mods in MOTM, but woody_294 is at hand with a modified Advent case with a popular theme for his proposed design. There aren't many games where orange is a must have colour in a tribute mod. Can you tell what it is yet?

In case you've been asleep for the last 10 years or don't have a Steam account, woody_294 was impressed by the artwork surrounding Valve's massively popular Orange Box collection which includes games from the Half-Life series, Portal and the like. In fact there are some very familiar patterns on show but one thing's for sure, Valve related mods rarely get old.

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Some of the early Sketchup renders in woody_294's project log look awesome and we're already looking forward to seeing the finished article! The balance of orange, black and white look pretty spot on for a classic Valve mod if woody can pull it off. Work has already begun with a the side panel going under the knife to make way for a side window.

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In addition to the window woody_294 added a TF2 symbol shaped symbol to the panel as well as a neat circular fan blow hole in the opposite corner. We can also see an expansion slot cover hiding any cable ridden graphics cards and SATA cables. Also in view is a custom hard drive mount with see through windows that should look great when the case is done.

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Here's that expansion slot cover after a little more modding. It reminded us a little of FrooP's Q-vent 900 and it's a feature that never fails to impress in all its variations and woody_294's has the unique addition of a fan blow hole. To the right we can see the case really coming along.

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No sooner were things coming together, woody_294 then pulled it all apart! However there was a good reason for this and that is λ-Zephyr was to receive a few coats of paint. This really has transformed the case and it's now looking much more like woody_294's original Sketchup render. Together with the black externals you'd never have guessed this was once a boring run of the mill PC case. There's plenty going on in woody_294's project log so make sure you check it out for the latest updates on λ-Zephyr .

If you think λ-Zephyr is as awesome as a gravity gun, head over to our forums and vote for it.