2016 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 2 - HUFFER Build

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2016 Thermaltake CaseMOD Invitational Season 2 - HUFFER Build


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Hello,
I am Rakesh Sharma from INDIA. Representing my country at 2016 Thermaltake CaseMod Invitational Season 2 with a unique casemod reflecting my passion towards Jet-Engines. Being from an engineering family background I always had a great attraction towards machines and engines, but unfortunately ended up as a Software Engineer in real life.


And Jet-Engines are such a beautiful artwork of engineering with great sound and power, which makes me little more passionate about. Now through this CaseMod I will try to showcase (likewise) one essential equipment used for starting a Jet engine.
The MA-1A Air-start cart or the 'HUFFER' cart.


For this CaseMod, I will be modifying the Thermaltake Core X5 ATX Chassis.


ABOUT BUILD IDEA


MA-1A Air-start cart, some people called it the “Huffer”, is a start cart used to start Jet engines. This cart generates high velocity air, this air is then fed into the aircraft jet engine, causing it to spin or spool up with sufficient RPM for starting. The cart's air delivery system is powered by a small turbine engine. This thing has started many well known aircrafts like Lockheed F-104, Boeing B-52 and YB-49, a flying wing design bomber aircraft commissioned for service with the U.S. Air Force shortly after World War II.



* Thanks to AgentJayZ for sharing this video. And if you love the sound of starting of a turbine engine as I do, forward the video time to 5:42 Enjoy..


Due to its rugged design, MA-1A start cart is still used to start modern Fighter-planes and commercial airliner’s engines in many countries around the World.


My Case mod is focused on this “Huffer” design, with the Thermaltake Core X5 case showcasing as the main engine unit.




PREMIUM PARTNERS



SPONSORS
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HARDWARE


CASE
Thermaltake Core X5 ATX Chassis



PSU
Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G RGB 1250W Titanium



PROCESSOR
Intel® Core™ i7-6700K Processor



MOTHERBOARD
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA



GRAPHICS
ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 STRIX



SSD
V-color VLM 100 M.2 SSD



HDD
Seagate FireCuda 2TB



RAM
AVEXIR



COOLING
Thermaltake Liquid Cooling Solution and accessories
 
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UPDATE : 5-Nov-2016


Finally after waiting for long, I received my first shipment from Thermaltake.


Very excited… Now build work is no full throttle.


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UPDATE : 7-Nov-2016


Boards for the build is here, now Saturday night will be a great fun.


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Cutting, drilling and assembling of MDF forming rough Air starter outer shell.
All hand tools, no power tools here..


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UPDATE : 9-Nov-2016


Somewhat basic shell is ready.


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Now first filling of all joints and edges.


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Sanding down all the joints and rough sides, forming curved edges. Now will be doing a second fill and fine sanding before first primer layer.


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UPDATE : 12-Nov-2016


Moisture proof coating applied, one more sanding and shell is ready for primer.


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Cutting top panel for air inlet doors


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UPDATE : 14-Nov-2016


More packages arrived with lot of goodies.


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Working on the Gauge panel of the bulid.. Doing some wiring.


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UPDATE : 22-Nov-2016

Slow and steady build under progress.
Making mounting brackets for servo motors with LCD mounting in the top air inlet flap and little sneak peak on paint job.

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UPDATE : 28-Nov-2016


80 % paint job done. Test fitting some parts. Now working on final paint job, trying to give old and retro looks.


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UPDATE : 03-Dec-2016


Build progress on full speed. Working on finishing the top air flaps.
LDC controller and micro-controller boards installed working on wiring and connection layout. Hope to finish top panel wiring soon.


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UPDATE : 05-Dec-2016


Full Sunday working… from printer scrap parts to fully working top-air flap transition done successfully., just slight fine-tuning required.

 
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UPDATE : 07-Dec-2016


Front analog control panel part done. Everything working fine. RPM meter is displaying fan RPM. Under 5000 RPM meter displays accurate fan RPM, but above that it starts showing higher values of RPM.. some fine tuning in Arduino code will solve the issue.


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UPDATE : 12-Dec-2016


Slowly pushing the build towards its completion. Installing VGA water block on both graphic cards.


Test fitting, everything looks nice so fare.




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UPDATE : 17-Dec-2016


Making of liquid channel plate from sheets of acrylic. Cutting, drilling and then threading holes for compression fitting installation.


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Now water channel is cut out from a 12mm thick acrylic sheet and everything is fused together with acrylic cement and installed inside the case.


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UPDATE : 20-Dec-2016


At last PETG tubes installation done. It was easy and perfect.


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Yellow transparent side panels cut down to proper dimensions, look great.


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Still cutting marks are visible on side and edges, will be polishing for proper finish.
 
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