It seems I need another computer in my house and this one just has to be a TARDIS. It's going to have a 26cm bas and stand about 40cm at the shoulder (I haven't planned the roof yet). It's based on the new series models, simply because they are lower and thus suit my needs better.
Inside it'll have an ITX board, a gigabit switch and an wireless router, all running from the same power supply. I'm hoping to get the top sign, windows and (less sure) top lamp all illuminated when the PC inside is on.
Very early days so far, the base and corner pillars are cut but not finished. I'll get photos up when I can, but my digital camera is currenly in too many pieces.
The main body is up and I'm currently working on the bevel around the base. Still need to do some more finishing (quite a bit of sanding), and I keep forgetting about the extra cladding that the roof corners need. Then it'll be time to put the wall finishings on.
Still very nervous about paint - I just can't seem to find the right colour over here (and If I don't do some kind of weathering the whole thing is going to seem very flat).
The window holes are a terrible mess 'cos I don't have a decent jigsaw here and cut them with a dremel router. But the edges will all be covered over, so it doesn't matter. Found some excellent textured translucent plastic material for the windows in Staples (not sure if that idea came from this site or another one).
I'm still working on the back panel, which is obviously more awkward because it has the computer panels coming out of it. I've made a little Cat6 patch panel, so the IGD and switch will be entirely hidden inside, which is a lot neater than I had planned.
I'm not happy with the lamp, but at least I can remove it and put something better on later. The wire mesh around it is a last minute addition, which is why it doesn't fit
And then on to painting, which still fills me with dread.
It's gone blue, and ****** **** what a transformation that makes. The first coat, on top of the white primer, is really patchy and gives a really nice battered look to it, but I still thinks I need to do more coats and hide the brush strokes.
Yesterday was a bad day - I discovered that I really can't solder at all well (I'm still blaming my soldering iron) and when I put all the guts together the motherboard was as dead as a proverb and wouldn't even beep at me. Oh well, another one one order.
This morning I set about the final bits for the shell, windows, lamp, signs, etc. And promptly broke the lamp! The lamp's a bulb with the insides removed, so it's quite fragile and I have to hacksaw the base off. I managed the sawing perfectly on the first one a few weeks, then broke it whilst trying to fit the cage around it. And today I broke the second one whilst sawing.
But at least it's solved my weathering problems, the shell now has patches of blood on it!
I replaced the broken bulb lamp with a sawn down solder tube, that still needs some tidying up but I think I'll stick with it.
On the back panel the two round holes in the bottom left are power and power switch. The big gaping hole is where the back panel for the motherboard goes and the two smaller gaping holes will be the patch panel.
The top and bottom panels are grills from a house vent to allow air flow.
When I've got a working motherboard I'll put up some pics of the guts.
Oh, it's all held together with blu-tac at the moment!
The 12cm fan underneath is in front of a drive cage containing a 500GB disc and an 8GB Compact Flash card. Then there's the EPIE EN1200 motherboard and on top of that a table (with lovely ventilation holes) for the switch and IGD to sit on.
Yaytay, that kicks butt! That is (and I hope I don't offend anyone else) the single coolest miniature NST build I've seen - the windows are brilliant! I find that inspiring, I'd love to have one myself but wouldn't have the foggiest idea where to stay equipment-wise so I'll just admire yours. Well done!!
Hmm, a Mac? It could probably be done by ripping a MacBook to pieces. It would still be wider than the (very conveniently square) Mini-ITX boards, but could probably be mounted sideways (on the wall). Then you'd have problems mounting the disc drives, but after a bit of rummaging around dead cases you could probably find a drive cage small enough. But I doubt you'd be able to fit the IGD and switch in there too. The DLink IGD that I've got barely fits as it is, and the patch panel is squeezed in so badly that the back wall is actually squashed out (you can't tell from the photos ).
I've just realised that now this is done I have to find somewhere to put all the bits of wood and computers that I've accumulated. Ah well, time to start on K9....
very very nice build there, i plan on building a TARDIS of my own within the next month, but I have great ideas for cooling, hiding wires, accessibility inside and to the CD ROM Drives. I need to do up some plans for this and if anyone can offer help I appreciate it.