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#1 amiman99 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:07 PM

Hi, In my spare time I have designed a replacement for the joystick coupler.

 

It it of my own design, different from the original or the one on Thingiverse, which is based on the original.

 

I'm willing to sell these couplers and I'm wondering if there is any interest in these. I have a nice 3d Printer that I can print them on demand. It take about 6hrs to print one, so probably I can do one a day.

 

I don't have a price set for that, but I'm thinking between $10-15 plus shipping.

 

Thanks

 

I'm also working on Atari 7800 coupler for the original joysticks.

 

Here are some pics:

 

 

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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:11 PM

Cool!

 

Posted in over the Atari 5200 Super Community Facebook Page :)


Edited by thevnaguy, Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:15 PM.


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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:41 PM

Nice

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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:42 PM

Can you do a black color also.

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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:45 PM

Do those slide out of the unit?  I recall the original coupler had a ridge on it that acted like a clip



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:13 PM

Very cool. A 7800 coupler would be awesome !

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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:29 PM

Do those slide out of the unit?  I recall the original coupler had a ridge on it that acted like a clip

Yes, they slide in and out, and grips pretty good.



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:33 PM

Can you do a black color also.

If more people requests Black color then I can print in Black.

Right now I print using PLA plastic which is easier to work with. I have one roll of black ABS plastic that I did not touched yet, so I could use that.



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:27 PM

Great Idea.



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:43 PM

I'd be interested in buying both the 5200 and 7800 versions

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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:50 PM

Interested in one for the 7800. :)



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:14 PM

Definitely interested in a 7800 version in black. :)

Luckily I have an original one for the 5200 so I'm good there.



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:18 PM

How well would this plastic hold up do you think ?



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:22 PM

Yes, they slide in and out, and grips pretty good.

I meant do they slide out accidentally during play.



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:34 PM

Can I just buy the .stl file and print it out for myself?



#16 amiman99 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:27 PM

I meant do they slide out accidentally during play.

It's pretty tight, so it should stay in.



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:28 PM

Can I just buy the .stl file and print it out for myself?

I haven't decided yet if I want to go this route, but probably yes.



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:30 PM

I haven't decided yet if I want to go this route, but probably yes.

Kewl.

 

I won't give/sell the file to anyone else -- not that I know ANYONE else who plays with this game system anyway!  :)



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:42 PM

I'll take a 7800 version!



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Posted Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:45 PM

I'll take a 7800 version!

I'm still working on this one, way too many curved edges...



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Posted Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:17 PM

My first try modeling the 7800 coupler, fit is a little too small, got to go back and fix this...

 

I printed one side to see if it fits...not yet

 

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Posted Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:59 PM

Or just found an original for sale.  A little much but at least with game and box even though sligthly beaten.  Coupler all the way at bottom 49.99 looks in good shape.

 

https://www.amazon.c...8&condition=all

 

or here is a 40 make offer, coupler included.

 

https://www.ebay.com...4kAAOSwHUhaMJO6


Edited by 0078265317, Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:07 PM.


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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:56 PM

Looks cool! I own 1 of the 3 7800 ProLine joystick couplers made - but never released - by Atari. I found 3D scanning it was a PITA and beyond my hardware and bottom line after shelling out $300 for it. What might be even more in demand would be to design a coupler for standard Atari CX40 joysticks. Atari made one for Robotron: 2084 for the Atari 8-bit computers but it's flimsy; same with the one Bally made for 2600 Spy Hunter. A more sturdy one would be a boon for 2600 owners, 8-bitters, and 7800 owners wanting to use dual CX40s instead. 

 

As for this one, a sturdy base would definitely be of use...the Atari original didn't really have one. Something like an NES Advantage-like base that this could be mounted to. It might keep someone from accidentally snapping the middle portion in half.


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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:27 PM

 What might be even more in demand would be to design a coupler for standard Atari CX40 joysticks. Atari made one for Robotron: 2084 for the Atari 8-bit computers but it's flimsy; same with the one Bally made for 2600 Spy Hunter. A more sturdy one would be a boon for 2600 owners, 8-bitters, and 7800 owners wanting to use dual CX40s instead. 

 

As for this one, a sturdy base would definitely be of use...the Atari original didn't really have one. Something like an NES Advantage-like base that this could be mounted to. It might keep someone from accidentally snapping the middle portion in half.

Hmm, I don't have CX40 joysticks, I'm a fan of Slick Sticks personally, so I use those instead. Let me do some research and see what I can do.

 

What do you mean the CX40 coupler is flimsy, does it bend, break etc?



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Posted Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:34 PM

OK, The 7800 Version 1 coupler for the original 7800 joysticks is done. I added a clip at the end of the coupler to try to prevent slippage. The wedge design of the joystick does not help. It took me longer then I wanted and few prints to confirm measurements.

I need a opinion on what is the preferred way to hold the joysticks with the coupler during play, is it on the table, in your lap, hands?? Personally, I tried holding in my hands and using my thumbs to control.

 

 

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