So after browsing through some of these vintage control panels I wondered if any joystick builders have gone for an industrial approach?
I know that people do make sticks from metal cases but it might be nice to have something vintage looking.
I guess you could use an uncommon paint color (shades of puke were popular), black plastic parts, and some plastic dome tipped incandescent lights for status stuff. (LED would look too modern, well guess you could dim them and cover them with vintage dome covers) Maybe use a plastic label maker to label the buttons or paint the labels on with a san serif condensed font…
Just a thought. Maybe when I purchase a welder and get a shop in the future.
It would be really cool to use something that looks right out of the Cold War.