Project Nighthawk takes flight

Written by Geoff Richards

June 8, 2005 | 17:59

Tags: #aluminium #best-case-scenario #case #crimson-sky #fighter #sli #stealth #tft

Companies: #mod #nvidia

Paul "Crimson Sky" Cappello from The Best Case Scenario has completed his latest masterpiece: Project Nighthawk, a cutting edge gaming PC in the form of a Lockheed F-117A Stealth Fighter!

The F-117A costs US$45 million, and while Cappello wouldn't reveal the cost of Project Nighthawk, the tech specs alone hint at a substantial financial outlay by his client, Cableorganizer.com:
<ul><li>AMD Athlon 64 FX-55</li><li>CORSAIR XMS Xtra-Low Latency 184-Pin 1GB(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200</li><li>MSI K8N Neo Platinum SLI motherboard</li><li>Dual NVIDIA NX6800-TD256E SLI graphics card</li><li>Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive</li><li>3 x 17&quot; TFT display</li></ul>The case, if you could call it that, was fabricated from scratch from aluminium and held together Meccano-style with Allen bolts to simulate the rivets of a real aircraft. The panels are 1.5mm high impact styrene plastic then sprayed black to match the iconic Stealth Fighter.

&quot;The inspiration for the design was taken from the exotic looks of the Lockheed F-117A Stealth Fighter, one of my personal favourites among military aircraft,&quot; said the talented modder. &quot;The shell of the PC will have lots of angles and sleek sharp edges reminding one of the radar deflecting shapes found on the F-117A.&quot;

As with all of Paul's work, it's the fine detail the impresses most, so while your eye is drawn to the three 17&quot; TFT monitors displaying the outside view of Microsoft's Flight Simulator, look hard and you will see a 7&quot; Lilliput LCD with TouchScreen mounted in the dashboard, showing the actual cockpit gauges and displays. Amazing!

Quite what the engineers at Lockheed will think when they see a replica of their amazing near-supersonic jet simulating a pokey Cessna is anyone's guess. The boys at Cableorganiser are reported to be &quot;thrilled&quot; the end result, and who wouldn't be?
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