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Hello everyone, I'm bringing you a new scratch build project that I've been wanting to do for awhile now. I'll be making Rey's Speeder Bike from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And as luck would have it, Cooler Master's case mod contest was just announced, so I thought I'd enter! So without further ado, let's get started!



About a year ago, my family and I went to Disneyland, and they had lots of Star Wars props on display, including a life-size speeder that Rey used. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would make a great themed case. I took a bunch of reference pics while I was there, and I also scoured the web for more. Using those pics for scale, I whipped up a quick model in Sketchup to figure out component placement and get an overall sense of size.


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Hardware List:

Processor - Intel i7 7700K
Motherboard - EVGA Z270 Stinger mITX
Memory - Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 16Gb kit
Storage - Crucial MX300 SSD 525Gb x2
Graphics - NVIDIA GTX1080ti
PSU - Corsair SFX 600w
WC - Primochill tube, fittings, pump-res, cpu block
Peripherals - Corsair RGB Strafe keyboard, M65 Pro mouse, RGB fans, RGB Node Lighting kit
Qualifying product - Cooler Master XtraFlo 120mm fan

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I'll be going with an ITX format, so the case will be fairly small and lightweight. For materials, I'll be scavenging pieces from my scrap pile as much as possible, much in the same way Rey constructed her speeder from scavenged starship parts. Smile


Once I got the sizing down, I could finally start construction, starting with the basic frame. I cut the rear bulkhead from an old Lian Li V2000 case panel Wink


These square tubes will serve as internal support pieces for the rear engines.


I'll be attaching the ends to the bulkhead with steel angle brackets.




Brackets pop-riveted into place.


Here's the front side of the bulkhead after fastening the tubes.


Next is the main frame construction.. I'm repurposing these aluminum shelving supports. Cutting V notches allows me to simply bend it into a rectangle.


All notches cut and piece bent!


Placed on the bulkhead..


Dont mind the pencil markings, that was from an old mod made a long long time ago, in a garage far far away. Razz


2nd one done..


Next up will be connecting both frame ends together with cross beams to complete the main part of the frame. Hopefully, I'll be able to tackle that tonight!

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Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:45 pm
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Now this is pod racing!
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Now this is pod racing!


"racing" referring to the inevitable crunch time at the end of a scratch build? Wink

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Looks big!
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Looks big!


You know Bod - "Go big or go home". Look at the Cosmos Cruzer....

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pure wrote:
Looks big!


You know Bod - "Go big or go home". Look at the Cosmos Cruzer....


hehe sorry to disappoint you, but this will be a mITX build. Razz

Dims: 28"L x 7"W x 13"H

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"racing" referring to the inevitable crunch time at the end of a scratch build? Wink


Nope, the prequel meme: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/.....-podracing
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Got more framing done over the last couple nights. I pilfered a motherboard tray from an old case and cut it down..


I trimmed away all the exraneous parts, leaving enough material to make mounting tabs on the edges.


Aluminum angle bar makes up the basic frame in the center..


..and the motherboard tray provides rigidity. Pop rivets will be used to secure it to the frame.


Next up will be finishing the frame with the second C-channel piece, which will also serve as the radiator support.

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So.... I/O is going to be underneath the mod? Or are you going to have extensions for video, USB and network move it to the bulkhead? Or are you going to do something much more brilliant than I can come up with? Smile

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So.... I/O is going to be underneath the mod? Or are you going to have extensions for video, USB and network move it to the bulkhead? Or are you going to do something much more brilliant than I can come up with? Smile


My original plan was to have the IO on the bulkhead, but with the sizing it is now, there won't be any room for it next to the engine tubes. Depending on how accessible the under-carriage will be, I might just run the cabling out the bottom, or do some panel-mount extensions at the bottom of the rear bulkhead.

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They fired me as a judge so now i can just be your cheerleader . . . .

McLovin this idea.

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Got the front part of the frame fabbed up over the weekend..

Started with a paper template, derived from my Sketchup model.


I didn't have any more large pieces of aluminum panel, but since the front bulkhead will serve as the radiator mount, most of the center will be cut out for airflow. So I could use smaller bits to piece it together..


The box frame holds the Corsair 120mm RGB fans in place, and holds all the pieces together. I opted for a stronger steel C channel for this, rather than the white aluminum one like in the rear.


The 240mm radiator fits perfectly on the front side of the bulkhead.


Once the fans are fastened to the rad, the bulkhead is sandwiched in between..


With the entire front assembly taped to the rest of the frame, you can see the Speeder shape coming together.


Here's a shot with a spare EVGA mITX motherboard placed to give you an idea of internal spacing.


Once the framing is secured, I can start making brackets for mounting the PSU, SSD's, graphic card, and pump-res. Stay tuned! Smile

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Going to make a clear acrylic stand so it floats?

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Going to make a clear acrylic stand so it floats?


Magnets! Twisted Evil

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DarthBeavis wrote:
Going to make a clear acrylic stand so it floats?


Magnets! Twisted Evil


Then make sure you have mechanical HDDS with Hillary's emails on them.

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Lookin good Brian, hopefully you have it done for the summer, can't wait to see it.
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Lookin good Brian, hopefully you have it done for the summer, can't wait to see it.


Thanks man, my plan is to have it completed by May the 4th. Wink
Which works out well since the CM contest deadline is the 6th.

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Lookin good Brian, hopefully you have it done for the summer, can't wait to see it.


Thanks man, my plan is to have it completed by May the 4th. Wink
Which works out well since the CM contest deadline is the 6th.


Which then means that the paint will be dry *JUST* before you put it in the shipping crate. Assuming you have to ship.

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Let me know if you need anything - not sure if you got your 3d printer up and running. We also need to upgrade your printer with HE280 print head for auto-leveling.

My new laser will be here in two to three weeks most likely. 36" x 24" cutting area. With changes at Primochill not sure if they still do your cutting or not but I am free (4 u) as long a you pay for materials and shipping brother.

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Let me know if you need anything - not sure if you got your 3d printer up and running. We also need to upgrade your printer with HE280 print head for auto-leveling.

My new laser will be here in two to three weeks most likely. 36" x 24" cutting area. With changes at Primochill not sure if they still do your cutting or not but I am free (4 u) as long a you pay for materials and shipping brother.


Thanks Rich, that means a lot. As for my printer, I was actually running a test print on it last night. I got it set up in the garage now so it can churn away on overnight prints and not keep anyone awake lol.

Still with Primochill, and they are taking care of me on this build, but I will definitely hit you up if I need anything. Very Happy

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