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#51 Denicio OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 1, 2017 8:10 AM

Just to be clear, I was only referring to the Flashback's disc being a sticker. The original Intellivision's disc has a well-bonded later of plastic.

 

Thanks for clearing this up. I suppose a heat gun applied ever so gingerly will encourage the sticker to come off without much fanfare. A bit of goof-off to remove the residue and then a chess piece. In speaking with the wife about choices, she is torn between the Bishop and the Rook. I told her the rook might give her thumb a flatish area to rest her thumb. As you can see i have CLEARLY put way too much thought into this!!! :-)



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Posted Wed Feb 1, 2017 8:41 AM

I was picking at my Flashback controller's disc and it seems pretty firmly attached. Now on a quest for the perfect chess set with pieces with a flared base. Any luck, Denicio? I feel the urge to test my mettle with friends in Sea Battle, but practicing with the disc feels like driving a car with a watermelon.



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Posted Wed Feb 1, 2017 8:48 AM

I was picking at my Flashback controller's disc and it seems pretty firmly attached. Now on a quest for the perfect chess set with pieces with a flared base. Any luck, Denicio? I feel the urge to test my mettle with friends in Sea Battle, but practicing with the disc feels like driving a car with a watermelon.

 

Not yet, BUT an amazon search for chess pieces says there are hollow and weighted pieces. Some even say triple weighted. I am thinking hollow is the best choice that way there is little weight on the disk and springs which wont give a 'false' move.

I may get brave this weekend and take a flashback controller and do a mod (if i get a chess set).

 

Again, your idea seems brilliant on paper. 



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Posted Wed Feb 1, 2017 9:45 AM

Here's a custom solution to Intellivision joystick woes: an adapter that allows you to use Sega Master System controllers.

http://atariage.com/...-intellivision/

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Posted Wed Feb 1, 2017 9:49 AM

Here's a custom solution to Intellivision joystick woes: an adapter that allows you to use Sega Master System controllers.

http://atariage.com/...-intellivision/

 

Thanks but i have an Intv 1, not a sears or Intv II.



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Posted Wed Feb 1, 2017 9:52 AM

I was picking at my Flashback controller's disc and it seems pretty firmly attached. Now on a quest for the perfect chess set with pieces with a flared base. Any luck, Denicio? I feel the urge to test my mettle with friends in Sea Battle, but practicing with the disc feels like driving a car with a watermelon.

 

Here is the Chess Piece option i just decided on. Will have it on friday.

 

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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Posted Wed Feb 1, 2017 9:56 AM

 

Here is the Chess Piece option i just decided on. Will have it on friday.

 

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Looks promising--- in particular the size looks good. I'll let you beta test this one and see how it goes :-)



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Posted Wed Feb 1, 2017 9:58 PM

I wonder how one of these would work...

 

https://www.amazon.c...aps,k:popsocket

 

One of my kids has one on the phone case, and it struck me that it's almost the same size as the disc... though I haven't carefully compared. There's even a brushed metal (silver) one, but it's expensive.



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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2017 7:52 AM

I wonder how one of these would work...

 

https://www.amazon.c...aps,k:popsocket

 

One of my kids has one on the phone case, and it struck me that it's almost the same size as the disc... though I haven't carefully compared. There's even a brushed metal (silver) one, but it's expensive.

 

Well, for my needs that wont work. Its almost like an extension to the disk. She was wanting more of a true (ish) joystick as she grew up on the 2600.  I'll post pictures of my chess piece adventure. Now my nerdy brain wonders what is going to be the absolute best glue/epoxy for gluing a plastic chess piece to a intellivision controller....hmmm....



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Posted Thu Feb 2, 2017 10:17 PM

Perhaps some JB Weld or some 5 minute plastic epoxy (permatex)? I've used JB Weld on lots of different things over the years, it works great..the regular, original kind is the strongest but it takes a solid 24hrs to cure. There's quicker formulas but they're weaker.

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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2017 8:38 AM

Perhaps some JB Weld or some 5 minute plastic epoxy (permatex)? I've used JB Weld on lots of different things over the years, it works great..the regular, original kind is the strongest but it takes a solid 24hrs to cure. There's quicker formulas but they're weaker.

 

Thanks for this!



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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2017 12:41 PM

I have some controllers from game lots that have broken Sticklers on them so really the pawn is a great option as the original disc were not included.



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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2017 1:38 PM

NERD ALERT!!!!   Just got in the Chess pieces from amazon. 

 

I did a very unchess thing. (Chess players look away)  I opened the package and instantly pulled the felt off the bottom of one of the pieces to see how much surface area there is to glue. I was expecting just the edge. Just a very small surface area but to my surprise there is considerable surface area considering the size of the piece. I think this idea will work brilliantly.

 

So this weekend i will do the Snarfo-Mod to a flashback controller. My plan is to strip the felt, take some goof-off to remove the rest of the residue then take some heavy grit sandpaper to the bottom of it to give the glue something to grab onto. Remove the gold disk sticker on the controller and scuff it up a tiny bit with sandpaper.  Apply some JB weld and give it 24 hours. In the end this should be a rocking mod that wont look half bad. Now that i have the chess pieces in my hand i feel the pawn will be the best size and the least weight added to the controller.

 

The worst thing that can happen is i have one jacked up flashback controller. Best thing to happen is the wife loves it and i have a video game buddy!



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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2017 3:54 PM

Don't forget this old topic: http://atariage.com/...ion-controller/



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Posted Sat Feb 4, 2017 11:19 AM

The Original poster never chimed back in.....

Don't forget this old topic: http://atariage.com/...ion-controller/



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Posted Sat Feb 4, 2017 12:28 PM

The Original poster never chimed back in.....


I guess we confused his brain!!! lol

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Posted Mon Feb 6, 2017 9:10 AM

NERD ALERT!!!!   Just got in the Chess pieces from amazon. 

 

I did a very unchess thing. (Chess players look away)  I opened the package and instantly pulled the felt off the bottom of one of the pieces to see how much surface area there is to glue. I was expecting just the edge. Just a very small surface area but to my surprise there is considerable surface area considering the size of the piece. I think this idea will work brilliantly.

 

So this weekend i will do the Snarfo-Mod to a flashback controller. My plan is to strip the felt, take some goof-off to remove the rest of the residue then take some heavy grit sandpaper to the bottom of it to give the glue something to grab onto. Remove the gold disk sticker on the controller and scuff it up a tiny bit with sandpaper.  Apply some JB weld and give it 24 hours. In the end this should be a rocking mod that wont look half bad. Now that i have the chess pieces in my hand i feel the pawn will be the best size and the least weight added to the controller.

 

The worst thing that can happen is i have one jacked up flashback controller. Best thing to happen is the wife loves it and i have a video game buddy!

 

Update before I click 'checkout' on Amazon!?! Hope it worked well :-)



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Posted Mon Feb 6, 2017 10:22 AM

It worked well! I will take a picture of the final product tonight and my steps. The Pawn pieces is THE one to use. The others are too large and will make it clunky.



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Posted Tue Feb 7, 2017 12:14 PM

Here is my Chess Pawn experiment.

 

1. Got the flashback controller and decided which pieces might work

2. Tried each of them on the disc and discovered the pawn was the perfect size.

3. Removed the felt from the bottom of the Pawn, set it in a small pool off goof off to remove the residue. After 5 minutes i wiped it off. Then i took the pawn and raked the bottom across 60 grit sand paper to give it a surface to grip on to.

4. Took a heat gun after the removed disc. Heat gun caused it to curl in very little time. Removed it to reveal a clean surface. Put goof off on it, let it sit and then wiped it clean ( had to do this 3 times to get all the goo off). I then took 60 grit after the clean disc, again to give it a rough surface.

5. Took the two tubes or original JB weld, mixed them and applied to the bottom of the pawn.

6. Applied the pawn to the disc and set in a plate with a paper towel because the disc can not lay flat.

7 After 24 hours i reinstalled it to the controller and played about an hour of games. 

 

The stick takes a bit of getting used to if you grew up on the old controller. But all in all this will be a good solution for those wanting a disc.

 

You will notice the disc still shows signs of scuffing outside of the bottom of the chess piece. I may take some glossy model paint and touch it up to match. Its just a cosmetic thing.

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Posted Tue Feb 7, 2017 12:15 PM

No idea why it did not put them in order that i uploaded them, nor why they are sideways. Oh well, i tried. You get the idea.



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Posted Tue Feb 7, 2017 1:20 PM

That looks awesome! Thanks for all your work--- I'm off to Amazon :-)



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Posted Tue Feb 7, 2017 2:07 PM

Looks good , now its time to put that pawn to work... Enjoy!!

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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2017 10:59 AM

The original little sticks to add on to inty controllers that resembled a black chess piece were called the skil-stick.
They attached with an adhesive sticker on them. ;)

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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:17 AM

Just for those who are interested, here are 5 different joystick upgrades from back-in-the-day. Yes, the Controller, Stickler, and Distick have similar but different plastic molds. Also, that is the Skil-Stik that stupus mentioned.

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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:51 AM

Stretching the limits of my memory but i had either "The Controller" or "Distick".

 

Which ever one i had would constantly pop out of the Intellivision Controller creating a ton of angst in a 12 year old boy! Who needs that kind of pressure????

 

Now the thumb saver pads crack me up! I played a ton of Intellivision and never experienced thumb soreness.






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