It took a combined 20+ hours of work. But I finally finished rebuilding my DS with a new shell: (odd angle for third one was needed for LCD screens to show properly) Initially I thought I broke it, since afterwards the DS wouldn't boot up. But I fixed that. It turns out the DS is real temperamental when it comes to how well the ribben cables for the LCD screens have to be inserted. If they are out of the jack even slightly, the DS won't start. A few of the original parts are still present. The right end bracket (were the LEDs are), and the R and L buttons. This is because the clear version of the buttons don't fit well, and the LED bracket thing has bad screws. So I had to use some of the parts from the original shell. But this is only a minor inconvenience for me. Now I have a cool DS with clear shell! It takes lots of work to do this. Especially for me, since I have the fine motor skills of a 5 year old lol. I have trouble handling the small parts and such. So it took me quite a bit of time to do this. If you plan on doing this your self. I would recommend you have someone else do it for you. Its a pain in the arse to do! Believe me. It took me 2 hours just to get the dam springs for the R and L buttons to stay in place! Not to mention the top screen is a bitch to work with. You have to roll up the ribben cable and squeeze it through a small hole. Its a slow process if you don't want to brake anything. So what do you think? You have a custom shell for your DS/PSP/other gaming console. Screw the cheap ass shell casing things they have. This is a full shell replacement. Not those cheap cover type things that go on top of it. Just a little warning here, this will definitely void the heck out of your warranty! EDIT: (6/6/2011) Devin is now the proud owner of this DS. I am parting with this to buy the new 3DS which I plan to rebuild in the same style as this one as soon as replacement cases become available for the 3DS.