I remember the first time I saw the BW G3, it was 1998 and our graphic arts studio was populated by sterile beige mac clones, not even real macs, clones. 150mhz ones at that. And here was our IT guy, unboxing this beautiful tower with curved lines, rounded handles, it looked like a spaceship and it was friggen blue! There was a crowd of everyone in the office staring in awe. I was next in line for an upgrade so much to my delight this icon of design and progress went into my cubical. The tech tried to put it on the floor and I asked him to put it on the desk instead. Wow.
I bought my own a year or so later and it performed loyally until a couple of years ago when it was finally mothballed as my computer room turned into a nursery. Well forget the mothballs the old girl is back with a vengence. I am a collector of junk and every now and then I clean house. I had no less than three powermac chassis sitting around so I went to town. I used a Quicksilver chassis as the core of the mod. I added the case plastics from the BW. As the back panels are different I kept the gray back plastics from the QS. I removed the front plastics from the BW and cut out the area for the drive bays and power buttons, leaving a large gap for the components. I cut out the steel of the QS chassis to enlarge the opening for the front drives so I could fit a bit more in there. I used a 4 port USB 2 hub, A single 5.25 drive bay and a slimline optical drive from a laptop. The best part is the plastic face. I work about 5 blocks from a plastics shop that does custom laser cutting while you wait. Takes about half and hour and the results are fantastic.
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