Oct 19, 2014 Written by: MasterC

Epic Mod: "Keeper of the Strix" by Bob Stewart

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The Keeper of the Strix is an original creation from Bob Stewart.  He is an experienced modder whose reputation precedes him; he has a wide variety of builds, but we have the privilege of witnessing something dark from him for the very first time.  His mission (yes, he chose to accept) was to transform a case into an ancient cage with the soul purpose of containing the dangerous Strix. With an insatiable thirst for blood, the cage with a barred window makes the Strix only visible. 

Concept

This picture is the original concept of Bob's project, let's follow his progress from the beginning to quickly see how he undertook such a project.  Check out his full work log here, and visit his page if you wish to see his previous projects.  Stay tuned to see more awesome mods, and vote for your favorite mod in November!1g

Inspirations & Ideas

Components

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Foundations

Bob used perforated aluminium sheeting which is lighter, and also easier to bend and screw wood onto.  

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The Strix Within

The shroud was sanded down, added a beak, and polished (for hours!).

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A very Terminator-like finish. 5d

Hardware

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Water-Cooling

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Space Planning

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Wood Exterior

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Accessories

Spikes were hammered into the leather, and a bit of oil made them look old.

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Rust

Hydrochloric Acid was used to turn shiny metal bits into rusty metal bits.  CAUTION: It is an extremely dangerous material and can kill you if handled improperly!

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Blending in

The GPU is the focus of the mod, so the RAM was painted textured black.

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Window for the Strix

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Set it on Fire

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Despite the fire, the Strix remains unscathed and perfectly shiny

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Hinges

New brass hinges were soaked in hydrogen peroxide and some vinegar.  Then heated.

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Eyes of the Strix

Brow area was painted black, added the nose, added "winged death" badge, painted the fan blades blood-red. and replaced all the original badges.

Halo LED mods inconspicuously hidden behind the fan blades.

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Antique Padlocks

Genuine antique padlocks made over a century ago were used.  Wow!

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A Well-Traveled Cage

Through its journey around the world, it accumulated warning markings such as "Winged Death" from its days in Asia.

 

 

Prepare for Shipping

A crate was created to match, especially for the project.  With heavy padding, it's ready to travel again.

Mission Accomplished

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