Inside the WICO Command Control Joystick
What can you possibly say about the WICO Command Control Joystick that hasn’t been written? Not much. I was able to clean the leaf spring switch contacts and restore the continuity but never could figure out how to dismantle the bat stick.
There was little difference between the two joysticks that were rebuilt. Inside, one was marked 2/7/83 and the other 11/??/82. The color of the plastic changed but the design was similar. There are lots of posts and stops in the base that hold its inners in place. It was good fortune that the rattling sounds from inside were not broken pins.
What was rattling around were the tits from the rubber feet that broke allowing the feet to fall off. It looked like they had melted and hardened. The old rubber was scrapped out and the feet were replaced with adhesive backed “Vinyl Pads” ½” diameter. (ACE hardware # 5182423). They probably sold more when they called them “Bumpers” rather than joystick feet replacements.