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I've not had time to do anything personal or hobby related this past week, (argh) so I now that I found 15 minutes to breathe, I came to Atari Age. Looking back at this thread, there have been some real nice custom sticks made, even some nice conversions... but I don't recall any track ball stuff, so since they are controllers too, let's bring them into the mix with the joysticks, game pads and simple button controllers.

 

I'll start off with my modified Wico...

 

Before Modification

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After Modification

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Sadly I have to go already... I hope to get my life back soon so I can finish a couple of hobby projects I'm now behind on.

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Well mine aren't fancy. Matter of fact compared to what you crazies are posting my stuff is pretty ghetto :grin: ;)

 

Jag pad rebuilt for use with Colecovision in mind

Joystick extension for the Coleco/Adam pad

 

Both work great for me.

 

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I've not had time to do anything personal or hobby related this past week, (argh) so I now that I found 15 minutes to breathe, I came to Atari Age. Looking back at this thread, there have been some real nice custom sticks made, even some nice conversions... but I don't recall any track ball stuff, so since they are controllers too, let's bring them into the mix with the joysticks, game pads and simple button controllers.

 

I'll start off with my modified Wico...

 

Before Modification

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After Modification

gallery_35324_1249_192577.jpg

 

Sadly I have to go already... I hope to get my life back soon so I can finish a couple of hobby projects I'm now behind on.

Nice! Did you rewire the output pins for native trackball use?

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Nice! Did you rewire the output pins for native trackball use?

 

No, I was lucky and did not need to re-wire anything. I purchased the TI-99/4A compatible version which requires a power supply. All I needed to do was paint the case to match, replace the ugly yellow track ball with a new silver cue ball and add a gasket to raise the top a little to accommodate the slightly larger ball. In doing so I also needed to add a small extender to the bottom of the button internally. It works like a charm. Sadly there are only a couple of game programs that work better with a trackball than a joystick, but where it really shines is with Stuart's Internet browser for the TI. :thumbsup:

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picade-stick-out.jpg

 

This is my primary Retropie/computer joystick. Hammond 1550G enclosure and a load of arcade bits. Raphnet USB PCB and a custom autofire (I'd have done one for all buttons if I'd thought about it... Maybe next revision).

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It's a generic arcade stick branded 'Zippy'

 

Got it and the buttons from here: http://www.ultracabs.co.uk/red-ball-top-joystick-220-p.asp

Those are good sticks. Didn't recognize it without the restrictor doo-dad. I have use a couple in projects. US supplier FYI:

http://groovygamegear.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=371

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Cheap LED joystick mod I ordered for my "Pink Panther" Cigar Box had a short circuit in it (both uninsulated leads together in a single peice of shrink tube) and could have blown the 7805 in my Atari had I not tested it first with a generic 5V wall wart... :-o

 

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Still processing... I'll check back later... looks interesting...

It's up. I do the whole "post now; hope the video uploads" so I can leave the PC to do other things and don't have to wait around to post it. :P

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I made this a while ago to try and match my C64C.

Beige coloured Perspex (Plexi) a Sanwa or Seimitsu stick (can't remember) and Sanwa obsf30 buttons.

 

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^^Nice! :D

 

= = = = = = = =

 

I recently ordered some Purple Convex and Pink Concave buttons from Paradise Arcade Shop. I decided my SNES arcade controller needed to be purple NA colors instead of the multicolor PAL/Japan colors. There's no "light violet" option but the "Paradise Pink" complements the purple nicely.

 

Before:

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New buttons:

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Installed:

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Which version do you guys like the best? Old Euro with convex multicolor buttons, or New NA with convex purple / concave pink? ;-)

 

Full album (SNES):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157634800361528/

 

NES: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157629736738048

Atari: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157629736738048

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Old Euro for me - that's all we ever got in the UK.

I think the pinky purple colour scheme always seemed to pale.

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So I got busy making an Pacman themed cigar box enclosure for my Nambo 35th Pacman Plug and Play. Nothing actually wired up yet. Now I can't make up my mind if I want to wire a joystick port on the outside of Pacman (usage of an external controller would be entirely optional) or totally gut the Namco and place the PCB and battery holder inside the cigar box:

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The plug and play has a fairly decent 4-way joystick, but Bosconian and Xevious are totally gimped due to diagonals being nearly impossible to hit on it. The Paradise Arcade Joystick has a restrictor plate with "clover" and square cutouts that can easily be converted between 4- and 8-way actuation using a Phillips screwdriver.

 

So should I gut the plug and play to install inside the box, or keep the original housing and simply add a joystick port? I'll give it some thought over the weekend...

 

Waka-Waka! :P

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This is the 7800 controller I use from time to time. I built it from a cheap wooden jewelry box, a dead 7800 painline and a dead wii arcade stick.

 

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This is the 7800 controller I use from time to time. I built it from a cheap wooden jewelry box, a dead 7800 painline and a dead wii arcade stick.

 

 

I like it... but I'd like it even more if it looked like this...

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WOW! Plus 50 likes for original design! I like it!

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Thanks. I completed the transplant last weekend and the project turned out nice. :D

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I just shot a video and am uploading it to Youtube. I apologize in advance for the terrible contrast. I was trying to photograph some light bulbs the other day and still had the camera manually set to 80 ISO, in a room with already bad lighting. Fortunately I was able to salvage it in post processing. :dunce:

 

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Frankly I'm getting a little carried away at this point, after learning how to wire up 7800 sticks. It's fun and I enjoy the design/thought process...but I have 4 sticks now.

 

This is the latest one I built because at this point I am just enjoying trying different things. 30mm button on top is Button 1 on the 7800, the 24mm button on the back is Button 2. So thumb works 1, your index works button 2. It works pretty well (trigger type action feeling pretty natural at this point if you've played a modern console) and for some single button games I find myself using the 24mm as my primary.

 

The Atari 2600 stick topper simply sits (very tightly) over a piece of dowel I drilled out to mount to the thread on the arcade stick.

 

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I made one like this (brown wood vinyl tho) with a 7800 stick topper and two 24 mm buttons on top, so it's a little more traditional of a stick, I'll have to take some pics of that one.

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