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Maker Theater: The Small Things

From Hardware choice planned as a Home Theater PC, this project is of two major aspects- the first is the fully self-made case of welded steel profiles, that frame fluorescent blueish acrylic panels. The hardware is mounted underneath the top plate, to allow the AIO Masterliquid Maker 92 to break through the surface. Here the second aspect of the mod sets foot- a 1:87 scaled diorama, of a neighbourhood from a classical movie theater to an active building site, where the so thought “Processing Plant” for the cinema is built around the AIO, to lift the cinema up to the future of digital entertainment. The Diorama consists of model kits, like the Theater, the crane or the concrete truck, that have been assembled by plan- All other builds are created from mixed sets of the skyscraper building site or the lift, e.g. . All parts have been airbrushed in means of aging or coloring, and the lighting, by tiny LED, was wired manly undetectable, to give it a clean look. The figurines in front of the theater all have been hand-painted, and the blue acryl here and there was given some structure by sand-blasting. Speaking of the hardware, here an AMD APU is perfectly treated by the AIO. The two HHDs and the RAM are cooled by an 3×80 radiator water-cooling loop. The radiator exhausts into the theater building, that houses the blu-ray player and the 450 watts PSU, which then exhausts to the back. The back roof of the theater also carries three switches- Power, Reset in the middle-and lights. On the back, where the powerplug sits, a small orange thumbswitch is placed, that allows to turn on and off the welder on the building site. From my testing so far, the CPU runs at lowest 45°C in idle and increases to 55 under load- that is fine in my eyes, thinking of the compact situation in the case, and the AIO being the only fresh air supply to the lower part- which works nice, in means of airflow. With the AIO being the heart of the project from the beginning, here it shows both of the strengths it has- CPU cooling- and air cooling of infrastructure- under unusual conditions, here, I find. The HDD are set on a origin PSU cooling plate, for which I designed a mounting solution, that allows to screw-tighten the HDDs to the plate for good contact with fastening them to the upper frame rail as mount at the same time. For the reservoir, I designed a latch, that is screw-tightened to the frame by a roundly clamp.

The build size is at the bottom 285mm x 285mm, 395mm x 395mm the plate, height to plate is 115mm, total height to crane tip is 400mm. Weight is some 15kg, it is carryable nicely, I can say.

In closing, I want to add some personal note- this project started by Sylvain Najjar of CM/Berlin, who agreed to supply me a Maker 92- I love this products, from design and technique views the same- and I wanted to do my own “bjpc solution” from it. After doing a very massive and bulky concrete build, last year, I desired something small, and it came from thinking of, that a Home Theater PC was needed-to create a real cinema experience. Thus lacking of a beamer, while space is fully, yes fully, but reasonable used, in the end, I wanted to create something, you love to see, each time, you come across. The decision for scale model usage was then a hommage to my father, who once showed me his tricks when I was a boy. So this work today, is dedicated to the good times we had together, and shall be a greet to him. With showing the building site, I want to honour the builders- the women and men, that really make our infrastructure, when just taking myself back, and thinking of, how special could my work be, if there was not so many peoples work, I am not aware of in my everyday- here is some hommage, as well. Finally, the visitors to the cinema are of my inner perfect society- just humans, coming together, to see a movie-thats all. I want to thank you, for accepting my entry to this Case Mod World Series of yours, I hope it is a considerable one in the field of all 96.

Thank you from the heart,
Jo Puwalski/ bjpc

Parts List:

CPU: AMD A10 7890K
Mainboard: ASROCK A88M-ITX/ac
GPU: Integrated R 270 graphics
RAM: G.Skill F3-2400C11D 16 GB DDR3
Storage: Western Digital WD BLACK 2x 1TB
PSU: Corsair SF450
CPU cooler: Cooler Master Masterliquid Maker 92
HDD cooler: Alphacool PSU cooler
Ram Cooler: Alphacool NexXxoS RXP-1 RAM-Cooler
Radiator: Alphacool NexXxoS XT45 Full Copper 60mm Triple Radiator
with 3x 60 Noiseblocker NB-BlacksilentFan XR1
controlled by Aquacomputer Power Adjust
Pump: Alphacool DC-LT with plexi top and reservoir
Hardtube: Alphacool UV clear 13/10 wit black Eizapfen series fittings
Sleeve: MDPC-X
Liquid: Mayhems Pastel Black
Lighting 4x Cooler Master Universal LED Strip White

*Case Mod World Series 2017 Entry


Jo Puwalski






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