Project Synapse Skinning the victim
Any modding project requires a victim, and this was no different. We chose the Lian-Li PC65 as the basis for our rig. It's a versatile box with good cooling capabilities, and its simple looks make it a prime candidate for some modding work.


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
As with the Vietcong boxes, we decided to go with a funky case skin from PolyGFX to be the basis of the mod. Our in-house art guru Kna came up with a design that incorporated the VIA 'Geared for Gaming' logo and worked it into a futuristic, cyber-organic design we which had printed up. The overall effect looked spectacular on the skin, and we were hopeful that it would transfer to the finished case.


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
The VIA logo.


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
A close up of the detail.


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
We recoloured the bit-tech logo to match the scheme.


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
I used the same technique for appyling the skins as in my original PolyGFX CaseSkin review. We had no problem with the flat panel, but we needed a cunning plan to skin over the top of the case window neatly, whilst being able to cut away to show the window (not to mention accommodating the many rivets that hold the window in place).


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
You can see the panel design stuck on here. We backed the centre portion with a layer of paper to prevent scratching the window when we cut it away.


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
You can see here the crease where the window is, as well as the rivets we had to skin over.


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
We cut the window out painstakingly, using a sharp scalpel. Thankfully, we avoided scratches, and the flexibility of the material allowed us to get creative - rather than keep the standard rectangular window, we cut around a single synapse to help blend the line between window and case.


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
We skinned the top pretty easily and folded the corners for trimming later.


Project Synapse Skinning the victim
To seal the edges of the skin over the case edges (and to get rid of the nasty air bubbles around the rivets) we employed the PolyGFX-recommended technique of heating the plastic case-skin with a hairdryer. This causes the plastic to flex and sit around the edge better.
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