Okay, this thing was an impulse buy as I was leaving from picking up some old PS1 pads at the local used games shop, and although someone else has modded one, this thing is a piece of junk made up to look like an HRAP. Here’s one that someone else modded:
In that picture it looks okay, but what you need to realize is that those metal plates, well…aren’t. The screws go down into sockets that hold NOTHING. They are there to simply fake you into believing there are metal plates. It’s one piece of molded plastic, and the case is actually quite flimsy. The only reason it holds together at all is because under the buttons there are plastic “towers” that hold the thing upright, and the joystick itself (piece of junk it is) has a thick plastic base that doubles as a support strut.
The button situation is easily resolved, in fact I took care of that yesterday. Joystick is going to be the larger issue. The joystick hole is MASSIVE, and there’s just nothing there to both support a JLF, AND support the pressure of your hand against the case. What I’m thinking of doing is routing out a wooden support, mounting the stick into that piece of wood, then glue the wood into the case, making that support thick enough that it goes top-to-bottom inside the case, thus providing support. The benefit here is that if I bottom-mount into the wood, I can bondo the joystick hole down to a sane size, and perhaps mask off the “metal panels” and paint them. I’ve already removed the buttons upper-right - I guess I could have kept them, but…no.
I pretty much have to re-paint the “plates” because I chews up the plasic in one of the holes while I was widening it out. I’ll bondo in the far-right holes, and for art I’ll hit up the local sign shop for some laminate artwork that I can stick on I think. I can’t think of any good way to put plexi on the thing. I suppose I could screw a sheet on, then put it in a clamp sideways and try taking a flush-trim bit to the plexi, but wow that would be some acrobatics…
So…here’s the one I have: