Hah, it's funny this topic came up.. I was about to create one similar.
I'm actually in the middle of a project to revamp some flash carts, which I'm trying to rehouse. I'm doing away with the plain, boring looking black shells and am swapping the PCBs into some clear/translucent Lexan cart shells that I finally obtained. I've done some reading and here's what I learned so far.
You need to know what type of plastic you're working with. For example, most cart shells are made from polycarbonate/Lexan, especially translucent ones, but solid color shells can be ABS too. Lexan is stronger and shinier by nature but it's harder to polish than ABS. Vapor polishing seems to be the way to go but it's practically impossible for a home type project, due to it being a dangerous, toxic process. Nobody in their right mind is going to send off some old cartridge shells or consoles to a company to have them do it either. Though flame polishing is another popular method, it's not the best method to use with Lexan because it's a very touchy process and it's extremely easy to screw it up by burning the plastic. Just 10-20 degrees too much, heat wise is all it takes to go from perfectly polished to toasted. So good 'ol elbow grease will have to do.
I too just picked up the Novus polishing system. If you used Novus #3 heavy scratch polish on anything translucent, it says on the back of the bottle Not to use it on polycarbonate.. Which might be the reason it hazed up. Novus #2 and #1 are supposedly safe on polycarbonate though. ABS you're good to go on the 1 through 3 polishes. You're supposed to start with #3, or #2, depending on the severity of the scratches, then finish it off with #1. Be sure to completely wipe off the polish and use a fresh cloth, etc before switching polishes. Washyyour parts with dish soap and water. Do not use isopropyl alcohol to clean those types of plastics and don't use any petroleum type products (like WD40) on those types of plastics either, as they'll both weaken the plastic and could cause crazing sooner or later, then you'll really be screwed.
I did a little polishing by hand today and it helped but I think I'm going to bust out the Dremel with a polishing cone and wheel on it tomorrow, using it at a low speed of course. The one clear intellivision cart shell has some pretty nasty scratches due to some mold flaws, so I might have to wet sand those scratches, starting with 600 grit, working my way on up to 3000g, then start with Novus #2, then finish with #1. We'll see how it goes. It sucks I couldn't just start off with #3 and I still might try it, but it'll be on a small area. However, I hate to take a chance on screwing these shells up since they were very hard to come by in the first place! Lol
Non-textured plastic is one thing but as someone else already mentioned, be really careful on any textured plastic.. Don't over-do it. Anyways, good luck with your plastic restorations!
It's pretty funny they threw "ColecoVision" on the front of the manual, right under the Coleco logo. I get that they own the rights to use both of those words or whatever, but it seems like they'll just slap "ColecoVision" on anything that they put out at this point. Pretty silly.. :/
There's a Night Driver playable demo called "Dark Road" on the Vectrex, released back in December of last year. Runs at 100hz too, believe it or not. A bin is available on his site to try out.
Though it's just a demo, it looks promising.. but I'm not sure if it'll get the full treatment or not. Hopefully so, and if anyone's capable of pulling it off, it's certainly Malban.
Very good idea. Pulls any esd and runs it straight to ground before it has any chance to hit the controller ics. I actually designed a board that will be sold on Console5's website here in a few weeks. Can also be used on Atari 2600s, etc.
Cool. I'll probably buy a couple of these PCBs when they're available.
I was just watching this show and the Intellivision was featured quite a bit in this particular episode of The Americans - " season 2, episode 8: "New Car". "Henry" the main character's son has been asking for an Intellivision as a present but they've been reluctant to give him one.
Well, in this particular episode, Henry broke in to his neighbors house while they were gone to play Intellivision.
Astrosmash was the game he was playing when they came home and discovered Henry, fast asleep on their couch, with a controller (bonus points for having the overlay in it) still in his hand. I took the opportunity to snap a couple pictures.
Great show! I've been binge watching it the past couple days. Anyways, though some of yins would get a kick out of it... I know I did.
Got my copy today. Looks great, thanks very much! Nice sounds too. Played a few rounds.. Kind of tough with the controller I was using but I think a D-pad type controller would work better for me in this instance. Great game though! Cheers
Way off topic, that Famicom-colored Wii U game pad is gorgeous.
Thanks! That's what I thought too, when I first saw it.
You can get them on eBay, from Japan. They're made by Datel / Columbus Circle. Search for "WiiU retro face plate FC Red" and something should pop up. They may be a bit pricey but I think it was worth it, it's very high quality, with the gold part being real aluminum and not a sticker. Only downside is they're a little pricey though but search around and you should be able to snag one for under $30.
A thorough review usually isn't a bad thing but that was a bit TL;DL.
However, I do want to say thank you for the internal pics.. It's always nice to see some gut shots.
Like I said in the other thread, besides having to buy the ColUSB itself, I was able to save some coin by using extra stuff laying around collecting dust, like one of my old Samsung USB wall plug/charging adapters and USB type C cables, used to charge a phone. I can't knock ya for using the heavy duty accessories, because there's nothing wrong with that, but it's overkill IMHO and they're not really necessary. If it makes you feel better though, have at it.