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Steampunk Frankenstein PC mod

Steampunk Frankenstein PC mod

This window from the Steampunk Frankenstein mod was taken from a World War II warship's radar port, while the cogs came from five sets of clock gears

Although the silicon revolution has provided us with more computing power than Charles Babbage could have dreamt up, many modders still have an insatiable craving for the spinning cogs, steaming valves and polished brass of quirky Victorian machinery. There’s been something of a glut of ‘Steampunk’ mods in recent times, but the craze still appears to be popular, and this superb Steampunk Frankenstein mod is a perfect demonstration of the reason why.

Created by Dana Mattocks (who wearily stresses that he’s both male, and taken), the mod is nearing the final stage of completion and currently stands at 8ft tall. Many of the trinkets that you can see on the mod are also fully functioning parts of the PC too. For example, the Victorian vent at the top was taken from a church floor and functions as the intake vent for the radiators in the machine’s water-cooling loop.

Meanwhile, the temperature of the water-cooling loop is gauged by the thermometer next to the set of gears behind the circular window. Look closely, and you can also see that the power and hard drive activity lights are positioned behind two round windows taken from a warship, which were already yellow and blue for their original purpose as a warning system on the ship. Plus, the machine’s Power and Reset switches are hidden away in a brass block.

Of course, a lot of the gizmos are also for show, and there’s some quality modding work here. The big round window containing all the cogs was originally a radar port window from a warship, while the cogs were taken from five sets of clock gears. Meanwhile, the ‘Danger High Voltage’ sign was punched by a friend of Mattocks’ who makes custom dog tags. The machine also glows green in the dark.

Mattocks says he’s currently finishing the project, and that future plans include adding an ‘iron and rust’ effect to the optical drives, as well as filling the central fishbowl oiler with ‘blood red fluid’ and aerated bubbles. We’ve posted a few photos of the mod here, but we strongly recommend checking out Mattocks’ Steampunk Frankenstein Flickr page if you want to see the mod in all its glory.

If you want to see more fine mods in progress, then don’t forget to regularly check our Modding Project Logs. Does this Steampunk mod feed your Frankenstein? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

Steampunk Frankenstein PC mod Steampunk Frankenstein PC mod
Steampunk Frankenstein PC mod Steampunk Frankenstein PC mod
Steampunk Frankenstein PC mod Steampunk Frankenstein PC mod

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proxess 20th February 2009, 12:34 Quote
It looks really amazing! My father is a watchmaker (like Sylar/Gabriel in Heroes) so I can really identify to gears and whatnot. Also reminds me of Seam Boy, the Hollywood-priced Anime.
BlackMage23 20th February 2009, 14:08 Quote
This is amazing.

Once it is finished I hope there will be a full article up on tech to read.
scarrmrcc 20th February 2009, 14:25 Quote
holy crap, look at the optical drives in the center......this thing is HUGE!
War-Rasta 20th February 2009, 14:26 Quote
This is by far the best steampunk mod I've ever seen!!
Totally amazing :-0
Xtrafresh 20th February 2009, 15:57 Quote
a floppy drive! now that's retro!
glaeken 20th February 2009, 16:54 Quote
If the cogs and gears actually still worked, I'd be impressed.
devdevil85 20th February 2009, 17:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by glaeken
If the cogs and gears actually still worked, I'd be impressed.
I'm just impressed he even got a hold of them...let alone used them in a PC case mod!
Boddaker 20th February 2009, 20:10 Quote
Truly amazing piece of machinery to look at! I love all the functional guages, but the optical drives stick out like a sore thumb amongst all the wood and brass. He needs to stealth them with some brass cover plates or a spring-loaded flapper door or something.
[USRF]Obiwan 23rd February 2009, 08:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by scarrmrcc
holy crap, look at the optical drives in the center......this thing is HUGE!

Yeah my thoughts exactly! Besides that, all that stuff with the most ugliest part being the optical drives...
Combatus 23rd February 2009, 22:14 Quote
Dana has said that the optical drives are yet to be 'punked'. Bit-tech will have a full feature in the not too distant so watch this space!
curme 28th February 2009, 01:34 Quote
Maybe I'm too cynical, but sticking a computer inside a wooden box doesn't exactly get me all excited. He could just through a sheet over it and call it a "ghost mod".
Bauul 3rd March 2009, 13:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by curme
Maybe I'm too cynical, but sticking a computer inside a wooden box doesn't exactly get me all excited. He could just through a sheet over it and call it a "ghost mod".

Isn't all case modding just making the coolest box you can and sticking a computer inside it?
LordPyrinc 8th April 2009, 01:33 Quote
That case is huge! Looks cool though.
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