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Lets get this build log started off. My name is Jon Hansz.
Alot of people know me as PennyWise.

I am representing the USA in the 2016 Thermaltake Invitational mod contest.
It runs from now to December 15th.
There are 13 modders from around the world competing for $15,000 in prizes.
They are also doing various giveaways to the community for voting, so make sure to get on and vote.
There is a Pre Event Predictions vote as well.

First off, I'd like to give a huge thanks to all the sponsors.
Without you, none of this would be possible.

All the hardware has arrived and I've started working on the design.
There is so much awesome here.
















Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:47 pm
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Sweet! Loved your build on Geforce.com!!!

Great dude and awesmome modder! Proud of you!

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Good job and Good Luck! Was a fun competition to do, and you get a new build out of it!

PDXLAN Represent!

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Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:46 pm
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I have been wanting to do a dragon build for the longest time.
So, I have decided to go with a blue and white Ice Dragon build.
I'm going to start by sculpting out the basic size and shape of the body, head, and tail of the dragon with clay.
After completeing that, I will be vacuum forming the clay shapes. This keeps the sculpture light and durable.
When the basic shapes are done, I can start adding other peices to them before I begin sculpting.
I am also tossing around some other designs for the rest of the case.


Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:54 pm
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At this point, I am just sculpting the general base shape of the dragon.
These pieces will be vacuum formed tonight.
The clay needs to be made to were I can pull it out of the vacuum form.
This is why I keep it to a basic shape.
I do this to make the sculpture lighter and more durable.
It also uses less Magic Sculpt, which is a little spendy.
The next process is to get the outside of the case to a point that I can rivet the vacuum formed pieces to the outside.
There are alot of things that need to be done in order to work with the theme.
I will then build off of these pieces to create the dragon.
The face will have a few more layers of polystyrene on it to help build it out.
Then I can begin adding more body parts and sculpting in the details.






Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:41 am
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Looking great!
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Let me know if you need laser/CNC router/3d print services . . .not that you cannot do all by hand.

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I built a DIY vacuum former to use for projects like this.
Basically its built out of plywood, 2x4s and construction caulking (to make it air tight).
First, I had to bake the clay in the oven. Other wise it would stick to the plastic when I vacuum form it.
I use my shop vac to suck all the air out.
The plastic is cut into squares the size of the wood frame that I made (The exact size of the oven in my kitchen.
I usually vacuum form 2 of each part, that way if somthing goes wrong, I have a backup.
After the pieces have cooled, I cut out the form that I am going to use and then stick it to the case with tape. This helps get the right orientation, and will give you a good idea where you want to go from there.
I got the pieces places were I want them, and I will start riveting the body onto the side panel.
I'm holding back on the front and top panel. I have decided to use a different design on these to more match the theme.
I will try to get some more work done and posted by friday. I will be at PDXLan all weekend, so there wont be much being accomplished.
















Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:57 am
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After getting everything placed were I wanted, I finished riveting it to the case.
The face is going to have to have multiple layers, so I started sculpting the parts that will get covered up.
When this drys, I will be able to do some sanding then move to the next layer.
While everything sets up on the face, I began work on the body.
I started by sculpting some arms and legs with clay, then proceeded to vacuum for them.
After riveting the legs to the body, I started sculpting the connections between the body and the legs.
I sculpted out muscles and bones, then layed scaled skin over the top.
I am still working on where the wings are going and how I will durably attach them.




























Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:51 am
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I cut out a basic wing pattern to get a good look at were I was going and how much skin I would have to put on before attaching the wings.
The skin was a little harder to get such a large area, so I had to break it up into pieces and put it together.
When I get to sanding, I should be able to blend it in nicely.
Finaly I can attach the wings to see were I want to go with the rest of it.
I decided to use a second piece of polystyrene under the wing pattern, so I glued it on.
This along with the Magic Sculpt will be plenty strong.
Goal for this weekend is to finish the body, tail, and most of the head.
I would love to be at the point I can start sanding and preping for paint next weekend.












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So dragons are my thing... always have been. You arren't even done and I'm super jealous. This is looking sweet. Watching your skill transform this at each step is very impressive. Shocked

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thetruejaster wrote:
Watching your skill transform this at each step is very impressive. Shocked


+1

Great work with the clay!

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Thanks for the awesome feedback guys.
I really enjoy showing everyone the process and amount of work that is put into these mods.

Most of the skin on the body is complete, I still have alot of sanding to do.
Thought I would take a break and show you guys how things are coming along.
I got that feeling it's gonna be a late night.


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I really like the work you've done so far. The dragon is coming together nicely. I do have one question though - wouldn't the webbing between the "fingers" for the wings be folded instead of straight across? It doesn't look like the wings could unfold from the position they're in now.

But that's nit-picking. Beautiful Job Pennywise!

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I will be adding ripples to the webbing of the wings, but that will be later this weekend.

Just a quick update, spines have been added to the back.
The hand will need a couple more layers and a bit of sanding.
Alot of sanding in store for me this week.






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Spine spines look great!

By the by... when can I expect delivery? Rolling Eyes

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Spine spines look great!

By the by... when can I expect delivery? Rolling Eyes


My bet would be the twelfth of never but who knows? Laughing

That's great on the wing webbing. And my hands cramp in sympathy for all the hand sanding you'll have to do. Likely no power tools sanding this!

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I sanded down the face and added some more spikes.
Now I just need to let this set up a little, then I can add the rest and begin sculpting the face.
Ohh, and here's a look at the panel on the case.




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The downside of this 'hand' work is that one wrong move and it is all shot. Really bad when you want to ship builds. I am designing my stuff so I can recut or reprint. Maybe you can scan this so you can have parts printed later if something breaks. This is a work of art but art receives better care then mods when shipped.

Ask Bod about how his Tron made it back.

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DarthBeavis wrote:
The downside of this 'hand' work is that one wrong move and it is all shot. Really bad when you want to ship builds. I am designing my stuff so I can recut or reprint. Maybe you can scan this so you can have parts printed later if something breaks. This is a work of art but art receives better care then mods when shipped.

Ask Bod about how his Tron made it back.


The great thing about using magic sculpt, is I get as many wrong moves as I want. I just cut the part out and redo it. I take into account shipping in all my builds. This magic sculpt is the equivalent of plastic. You could throw this thing up against a wall and it would survive just fine.
I also build them so all the panels can be taken off and shipped separate if needed.
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