[Other] My new custom controller
21 March 2010 - 01:04 AM
21 March 2010 - 11:52 AM
Then, would you mind telling me what materials/measurements/finisher etc you used, as well as sending me the template? I really want to make this, since my current stick is dieing :<
It's a keyboard-stick, right? Those buttons on the left side are... up-down-left-right-start-select?
Yeah I got confused by that too
The box is made of poplar (3/4" thick x 2.5" wide).
The punch kick buttons are white/clear 30mm simeitsu
The yellow buttons on the left are the main directions (up,down, left, right) with down being
a 30mm simeitsu and up left and right being 24mm. The white buttons are diagonal up/right and up/left (as of now they are actually just additional "up" buttons that are close to left and right and can be mashed at the same time as the directions, but I am going to fix this with a diode to make them actual diagonals sometime this week.
The 3 small buttons across the top are sanwa 18mm for back, guide and start.
There are also buttons on the side which I use exclusively for pinball (Happ competition buttons for the flippers and sanwa 18 mm to bump the table left and right)
The top and bottom is made from 2 pieces of 8x10 lexan each sandwiching a picture (I just whipped something up using game sprites from this website and Gimp, the free image software) Also, the buttons are mounted directly to the lexan.
The small toggle switch at the top is used to switch between left stick, right stick, and d-pad.
The detachable usb cable is achieved using a neutrik NAUSB adapter. I had to cut the actual contoller cable and shorten it to about 10" so it would fit in the box.
The pcb I used was from a mad catz fight pad (hence the toggle switch mentioned above). There are much cheper options to use. I just had an extra one.
I finished the outside with 4 coats of poly, applied with a rag and allowed to dry overnight between coats.
I designed the whole thing using google sketchup, another freeware.
If you want more pics of the inside or other angles, let me know. I can try to get some of the design drawings up as well if you want.
Good luck if you are really going to build one.
21 March 2010 - 05:08 PM
As far as the art, you're on your own. This was my custom stick, and I like it being one of a kind. Just download Gimp from http://www.gimp.org/, get some sprites from http://dustloop.com/...read.php?t=8287 and add some color. That's all I did. I spent an evening playing with the software and filters. (I have never used photoshop or other similar software prior to this) Or you could find some much higher quality art using google. Besides, if you're going to go through the time and expense required to make one, wouldn't you want it to be unique?
Here's a pic of the inside to give you an idea of how everything is mounted.
The wiring is a mess, though. Because it was hidden, I wasn't too concerned about making it pretty on the inside. I used cat-5 wire from the inside of an ethernet cable. You could buy better wire, but I had a broken cable, so it saved me a little money.
Check out some video tutorials on youtube to see how the wiring is done. The info is all out there to do this. I was in your shoes a few months ago. I don't know your experience with this type of stuff, but I didn't know a thing about soldering, switches, diodes, carpentry...etc. Another good resource is the tech talk forum on shoryuken.com. Lots of people willing to help and give advise. Trust me, they are much better people to provide you with guidance then myself. Check out the custom arcade stick thread there as well to get some more ideas.
Oh, and I purchased my buttons from www.lizardlick.com. Good luck.
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