Project Apex (Black Edition) by Elder1945

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  1. Newb73

    Newb73 Well-Known Member Partner Member 2018

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    Maybe Neptune would donate a couple for the free advertising of having an enthusiasts mod community.

    They might even license your design for a special edition series.

    Someone tag Terrence.
     

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    One would think, but I'm not holding my breath on that one... :rolleyes:
     
  3. Js.Aqua.Project

    Js.Aqua.Project Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Only problem is earlier in the thread Terence mentions not liking this particular design (don't know what he is smoking out there in CA, must be the cheap stuff) and Neptune as a whole doesn't and will not support modding due to the risk of injury and malfunctions.
     
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    Newb73 Well-Known Member Partner Member 2018

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    They sort of have to say that due to legal reasons I would think.

    They probably get a little weird about techies ripping into their proprietary stuff to.

    Still, I do like the idea of apex special editions like the PS, Xbox and enthusiast computer companies make.

    If they had a few designs like that, id probably buy one when I upgrade.

    Some will say special editions is just a gimmick money grab...those would be the people who drive Honda accords and give their kids participation trophies so they don't really matter any way.
     
  5. Js.Aqua.Project

    Js.Aqua.Project Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    They just need hire @Elder1945 to do their next housing design.
    @Terence ... Hint hint nudge nudge

    I really like my Apex 2016 and it does absolutely everything I want it to, but I too am not a huge fan of the layout. The Neptune ecosystem as a whole is a big perk...but form factor for most of it could use some help...
     
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  6. Elder1945

    Elder1945 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I do not think Neptune is interested in sending me anything :).. I had fun on this project and wish it worked out TBH. I still have a new EB832 and EB8 on order just to see...
    I Think this project will end but we will see.... . . . I was going to do a painting tutorial as this is more in line with what people will do and or risk with there apex units. There is only so much time I have and with absolutely no support from Neptune it is kinda hard to debug or figure out what is going on.

    I guess I am on to the Next project LOL ;). Or am I...
     
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    kashman100 Well-Known Member Partner Member 2018

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    Looks sweet! A piece of orange acrylic mounted inside behing the logo would look good and make the logo pop
     
  8. Elder1945

    Elder1945 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    It is under lit with the status led from the apex :) so is orange....
     
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    Buy another apex and keep on trucking! It's too good to give up ;)
     
  10. Js.Aqua.Project

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    Potentially dumb question here, as you are obviously far more educated/experienced in tech than I am, is it possible to flash the bricked head unit from a working one? I know this can be done with PC hard drives....
     
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    Why do I feel this project just came to a halt due to the nonsense that filled pages 7 and 8.

    Elder, it would not be you if you stopped here. I expect you to complete this awesome project.
     
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    For the record, I dislike the design of the new APEX. I much prefer event the old industrial no frills flat boxes to the new stuff.
     
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    ^^^
    Totally agree!
     
  14. Elder1945

    Elder1945 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    :) I wish this was this issue..

    It is honestly because I blew up the apex with the EB832. I have no issue spending the money on a new apex to try again and will end up breaking down and doing so. For now thought I have over $3,000 invested in this project for no real reason. I am not receiving "free" or sponsored apex gear and or support so as of now I have no real incentive to continue.

    It is cool attaching R2R to my projects as I love this forum but I would rather do this project (https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/r2r-themed-sump-by-elder1945.326591/) and give R2R all the exposure :).

    I can see Neptune's position and respect it. I just do not enjoy censorship in and form.

    I am also trying to get my personal build up and going so this is taking quite a bit of time.

    I will be talking to Neptune and hopefully Terence on a project we could do together but just waiting on some free time.
     
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    Great work anyway as always.
    Although no matter how pretty you make it look, it's still not a GHL.
     
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    Any update on a finished product?
     
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    I am still working on this on and off... I have lost quite a bit of interest overall with the whole Apex ecosystem. With so many controllers now and more on the way it is hard for me to stay focused on this.

    Is the project dead absolutely not.. I am however spending my time doing other projects that will be posted soon :).
     
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    Elder1945 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    I am looking at all of it now have a FMM and more to still work on hrmmmmmm ... ..
     
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  19. Txdragonslayer

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    I know what you mean. I have the apex classic and was very disappointed that to get a Wi-Fi model I would need a new apex. That is making me look more seriously at GHL, only because I like the clean straight lines of their products versus apex's odd shapes that are difficult to put in tight quarters. I mean how hard would it be to release a WiFi module that could retro fit the old classic apex's to WiFi and use the newer power bars( again another wierd shape)

    I like what you did on your tank with ghl and am curious as to how you like it over apex?
     
  20. Ramasule

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    I have my old apex, powerbar, and modules stuffed literally into an Ikea Bookshelf Drawer, I do not think that would work with the new one.
     
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