This is a project I’ve wanted to do for awhile now, ever since I visited the Star Wars Museum at Disneyland and saw one of the life-size replicas of Rey’s Speeder Bike up close. I knew it would make a great case mod!
The entire case, with the exception of the framework, was 3D printed. All parts were painstakingly designed and built in Sketchup, then printed out using my 3D printer. Pieces too large to be printed whole were sectioned into smaller parts, then glued together. To make the parts less recognizeable as printed parts, I covered it all with an epoxy putty and smoothed over, getting rid of all the ridges and layers associated with printed parts. Once everything was smoothed, it was then easily painted to match Rey’s speeder. However, her custom hover bike wasn’t brand new.. It has been well used and shows years of wear and tear from going on scavenging runs over the sands of Jakku in the baking sun. So I had to weather and distress my case to look like it had been on many trips to the bone yard, scavenging computer parts (some of which you will see in the parts net on the left side of the case.. just like Rey’s. 🙂 )
The other thing I wanted to simulate, was the hovering capability of Rey’s Speeder. Since magnets and fans were pretty much out of the question, I came up with a clever support base, that makes it look like the case is hovering. There are no supports under the case at all.
The only contact point the base has with the Speeder is at the very back of the engines. This was another logistical puzzle I had to solve, as the frame had to be strong enough to support all the weight of the components from the back.. and the base had to attach to the bike without any visible evidence of doing so. I think my solution was the only way to go, and I was relieved when I successfully hung the Speeder on the base with little to no sag at all. 🙂
This project was a lot of fun to build, and I was faced with many challenges, along with a few firsts for me. This was the first case I’ve constructed using primarily 3D printed parts, and it was the first time I ever used an airbrush to achieve the weathered and beaten appearance. Considering those factors, I think it came out amazingly well!
I’d like to thank my sponsors, Primochill, EVGA, Crucial, Corsair, and Intel for all their help and support! This project would not have been possible without them. 🙂
Motherboard: EVGA Z270 Stinger mini ITX
CPU: Intel 7700K processor
Video Card: EVGA GTX 1080Ti SC2
Hard Drives: Crucial SSD M400 525Gb x2
Memory: Crucial DDR4 16Gb Dual Channel Kit
PSU: Corsair SFX 600W
Watercooling: Primochill CPU Block, CTR Tube Res, D5 Pump top & Pump, PETG Rigid Tubing and Fittings; EK 240mm Radiator; Corsair 120mm RGB fans x3
Qualifying Cooler Master Product: 120mm red led fan
*Case Mod World Series 2017 Entry