Project Sky Three by Explore Modding

Project Sky Three is a mod that brings the concept of "stacking" to a new level: three cases, Q300P in particular, are modified to be unified into a single case, that's very tall and can house insane amount of cooling for its footprint.
It's specifically themed after the Sky Tree, a beautiful tower in Tokyo.

 First of all, let's take a look at the three cases out of the box.

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Now, after having torn apart the cases to leave the frame alone, I started taking measurements for the L profile that will fix the cases together.

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 I actually tried three different layout for the L profiles, the first was my original idea and it included four profiles on all angles, but it was way to squared and weird looking

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 So I moved on to an alternate layout, two profiles connecting first and second case, and two connecting second and third. It looked even weirder to me, and probably not sturdy enough

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 The third attempt was the successful, I really like this layout and will stick with this

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 For the feet, I bought some furniture handles and adapted them

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As you saw, two angles will feature tubes between the cases, to allow a perfect alignment and stability. Two secure them, I use two little wooden bars for each tube, attached to the cases. This way, before I mount the case, I simply slide the tube in place and let it do the job

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After having the cases fixed, I started putting threaded rivets on the sides of the cases, which will secure panels with fans and some cool lighting pieces I salvaged from the front section of the Q300P's.

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Made some progress on one side... those lighting pieces from the Q300P's came in really handy!
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Today we'll take a look at the side hinged panels that will house the intake fans, some case-cutting to start making room for everything and the gigantic radiators paired with amazing reservoir/pumps from Watercool and fans from Noiseblocker!
So let's start with the making of the hinged panels
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 Now to the front aluminum strips and first big cuts to the cases
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Almost everything cut down, top case is next for the lifting
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All three hinged panels completed at my booth at Campus Party Italia :D
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Fantastic combo of Watercool/Heatkiller rads and res/pumps, together with some nice Noiseblocker fans. This will be soooo cool in so many ways!!
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Now making the mounting for those combos from 8mm tinted acrylic
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At the back we'll find a window all around the I/O area
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At the front, I put two aluminum strips that will replace the middle tubes as I don't like them very much and don't help the structure integrity
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To recall the handles of the original cases, Coolermaster Q300P, I decided to put new aluminum ones at the angles in the front, these will also allow a more comfortable time moving this beast around if necessary
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In the lower area, I made a cover that will house all the cables from fans and pumps
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For the cables that will run all the way from the PSU to the bottom, I made some covers to mount between the cases
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And to close this update with the bang, I started working on the hardware compartment with a lot of panelling, we will also see the mounting position of the SATA SSD from Adata XPG.
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Started the paintjob and polishing phase for the aluminum profiles
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Mounting system for the fan controller
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This midplate is something you'll soon see what it's there for
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Attached four lightbars to the center case for a particular lighting effect
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Started the paintjob and polishing phase for the aluminum profiles
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A lot of cables run all across the three cases so I had to insert them before assembling the structure
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And the paintjob goes on with other panels, Sky Three logo and Tokyo skyline
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This is the dark side of this build: lots of cables at the bottom for the 14 fans, two pumps and all the RGB lights.
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Time for some eye candy with a lighting test.
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Let's start with the tubing and a very particular routing
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Composite panel to close the bottom of the top case, along with clear smoked rear panel.
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Cable management at the top. This was tricky.
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Finally mounted the in-between covers for the cables that run across the cases
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Last two painted panels for SSD and mini front cover with signature and glimpse of the coolant!
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All ready to be fired up! Windows installed.
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After a few months, Asrock hooked me up with a new motherboard for Sky Three, and since I had changed my art name after having completed this project, I had to change the name plate as well. Also, I gave another fast round of polishing to the aluminum profiles since they had got a bit rough with time.

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 And ready for final shooting. Pic next to his little brother who's also entering, Realgar :D

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