FABRICATOR CREATES CUSTOM COMPUTER SERVER
Case Modeled After Spawn Comic Character Violator
Friday, October 31, 2003
We've all had that customizing urge, haven't we? That need to make something usual into the unusual, to make it ours. Craig "Dr.Gonzo" Stevens of Alberta, Canada, and his friend Jed Baker had that urge, too.
Stevens, who is a skilled fabricator and owns a car audio/electronics shop, and Baker, an avid computer gamer, struck up a conversation about making a cool computer case.
"We started talking various different things to build, plexiglass windows on regular cases and neon lighting and such when I said, 'Why not a big friggin' demon?'," Stevens said. "We thought what could be a better demon than the Violator?"
They went through the list of parts they'd need to actually make the thing work --motherboard, CD-ROM, power supply, a switch, etc. -- then grabbed an old computer with similar parts to the ones they had, mapped them out on a piece of wood and got going.
Stevens built the frame for the case, stretched cloth over it all and laid a couple of layers of fiberglass. Then he went to two-part foam and started shaving and carving the shape. After the initial shape of the main form was done, he built the jaw (which is about 3 feet long) and then the horns.
After the shape was the way they wanted it, the two started to apply fiberglass to the entire thing. While they were doing that they also designed the teeth and decided that epoxy was the way to go because it gave good coloring, and was plenty strong and sharp (always important on a computer case). Jed then went to work on the eyes, making them out of a flexible poly-product that he tinted to a dark red color. This makes the eyes somewhat squishy to the touch, and still keeps the color and durability strong.
The final steps were the laborious processes of sanding, filling and adding detail. The horns are removable for transport as is the jaw. The CD-ROM drive comes out of the mouth, and the main power switch is in the roof of the mouth mixed in with the texture making it almost invisible. Paint is entirely via rattle can, and the wires for the power supply, the monitor and sound all come out the back at the bottom. There are five cooling fans to keep everything running properly.
"All in all, I am very happy with the project; we got it done about 10 hours before Jed went to a computer gaming event and it got a lot of attention," Stevens said.
Two necroplasmic thumbs-up, guys. Job well done.
For pictures of the creative process, click any of the words in bold above, or click here and use the links below the photos to see everything in order.