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Old 28th October 2005, 05:08 AM   #1
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Default case progress! i have meters (pics)

so, after years (literally) of messing around with these stupid cases, im finally moving on it again, and hope to be done by the end of the year. its been a LONG process that i dont suggest to anyone.

if you dont know what im talking about, check out my avatar, or check out my site and click on aleph2.

i had a hard time deciding how to do the meters right. i knew that if the meters looked bad, the whole rest of the project would just look bad too. so the meters had to be done well. i think i pulled it off (even though they are just prototypes so far).

have a look at the description on my site.

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Old 28th October 2005, 07:03 AM   #2
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Those cases are turning out really well The blue lit meters are
just Case work is the killing factor, timewise allright.

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Old 28th October 2005, 07:25 AM   #3
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very nice!!

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P.S. (did you count the hours you worked on it?)
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thanks guys.

no, i havent counted the hours. its very hard to determine. for the meters, ive spent countless hours just sketching and pondering them. its SO much more difficult than it seems. meters are made for just mounting in a rectangular hole, and thats it. so, it was hard to get it to fit in right and look right.

i did a quick search of my posts to find the first one where i decided to do this project... that is when i technically started it all. wow, august of '02 was when the idea came about. about a month later, i started the project. so its been a little over 3 years, ouch.

there was a lot of down-time in the process because i got busy with school and work, and didnt work on the project for almost a year. plus, finances stopped the project a few times. but now ive got enough cash to finish it off, and im having the guy who did the faceplates do all the "hard" stuff. he did the machining so well for the face-plates, any case we built looked terrible in comparison. so, he has to end up making the rest of the case for it to be satisfactory.
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Old 28th October 2005, 05:35 PM   #5
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he has to end up making the rest of the case for it to be satisfactory.
I remember you said at some point, that you were not quite happy with the cases as they were On the pics they looks just great. Whatever, having the plates in hand, is often a nother story. The pics surely look great, though

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yeah, you didnt see any up-close pictures, and there is a reason none of the edges quite matched up, there was overlap. plus, all the metal we got was cut with a press or sheer rather than a saw. so, all the edges were kinda beveled or rounded off. it didnt quite look right. the tops looked ok, but at the bottom, it was another story. there were HUGE lips where the plates didnt quite line up. and sometimes there was an order you had to screw it together in. if you didnt put the side panel on first, the others wouldnt fit. and NO pieces were interchangeable. each case was unique, you couldnt swap parts.

we just didnt know what we were doing with metal work at the time.
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