DIY Retro Dual Stick Controller – PART 2

Right time to put the sticks into a case and as I mentioned yesterday, I’ve found the perfect item to use for it.

Behold!

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Yep, it might look like a standard office box file, but you’d be wrong,this is actually a custom dual stick case….honest 🙂

Firstly we have the custom camouflage paintwork which perfectly suits our tank busting antics with Atari’s Battlezone.

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We then have the sturdy plastic side panels to keep everything from crumpling into a cardboard mess when the action intensifies. Also note the smooth curved edging for comfort whilst playing 🙂

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We also have the prefabricated ‘service hole’ where one can poke ones USB cable through.

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…and to top it off, we have a flip lid giving instant access to the components inside and easy maintenance as well as a push button lock for security…..em?

O.k, so it’s a box file, but with all the ‘features’ listed above, you can kinda imagine what I was thinking when I saw it.

First job, cut to holes for the joysticks to poke through. A sharp craft knife was used here as the cardboard was thicker than I thought and way too much for my poor old scissors.

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Joysticks positioned and loose cables tie wrapped out of the way. The Keyrah interface will sit inside the case with the USB cable threaded though the hole in the front.

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I needed something inside the case for the joysticks to rest on as the case was a little too deep for them. For this, I’ve used one of my heavy gardening books which not provides weight and stability, it also a smooth glossy surface for the joystick sucker pads to attach to and stops them from slipping around. I was still about 1cm short so, keeping it Retro, a copy of Amiga Format magazine from January 1993 filled the gap quite nicely.

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The last job was to cover the joystick holes, so I cut two black circles out of a magazine cover and wrapped these around the joystick base.

Here it is – my oh so cheaper than a cheap thing, retro dual stick controller 🙂 Who needs Steel Battalion 🙂

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Setup with my PC.

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Mame32 and Battlezone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymapiTeKlNI&sns=em

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3 responses to “DIY Retro Dual Stick Controller – PART 2

  1. Old Amiga magazines makes a nice monitor stand for old-school monitors without a stand. 😉 I remember people did that years ago. Would not consider it today, as I’m very careful with my precious magazines. 😀

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