Macguyver-ing a Bat top


#1

My faithful pelican bat top died… I had modified it to put on my TE stick at release and it lasted till now mid match it failed and cost me a win. I tried to save it, went as far as JB weld and various other things but nothing would make it hold up under game play.

So scouring my house for anything I could use as a bat top one of our kitchen table chairs had to be sacrificed. It was a bit to large even for my tastes but I clamped my non-dremel generic rotary tool down and made a Lathe so I could sand it down a half inch evenly.

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/5588/use1.jpg

The bolt in the NES advantage ball top is spot on for a Sanwa stick by the way, but not easy to get out.

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/1079/use3.jpg

3 coats of Polyurethane and a ATSU kanji I have a perfect bat top.

http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/1459/use4s.jpg

And for smart ass’s who are like “they are $5 dollars” I can’t dash with a ball top backwards, I’m impatient and Lizardlick was out of everything but sky blue.


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#2

So is this a permanent replacement or a temporary replacement? Either way I enjoyed this little story of yours :smiley:


#3

Awesome mod. No joke, that made my day.

Not to be rude, but they do have the aluminum tops in stock in every color but black and red:
http://www.lizardlick.com/Toggleme-Aluminum-Bat-Top-Silver_p_534.html

Focusattack has red, white, and light blue sanwa battops in stock as well:
http://www.focusattack.com/products/Sanwa-LB%2d30-N%2dS-Battop.html

Still, I admire your ingenuity and creative approach to the problem at hand. If the top was a little rounder and was mass produced I could see this becoming a viable product as well, see what you can do about making this a real product(CNC milled of course).


#4

Thanks, glad it was worth picturing.

I just finished ordering a bat top just in case, I can’t try it out until tomorrow when the poly’s hard but barring some unfortunate discovery it will be a permanent replacement. It had a real solid feel, the NES advantage bolt is a huge and set really well so I think it’s a keeper.


#5

I like how you used a rotary tool for a lathe. I am going to do that one day.


#6

Not enough duct tape and bubble gum to be called a proper MacGuyver job.


#7

Here it is mounted. It played great It’s slightly larger than a happ but I have large hands so it works out.

Sumi-e art mod incoming I think.

http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/5366/onstick.jpg


#8

Very cool. And the story too.


#9

This custom wooded bat top represents the spirit of Tech Talk.
Why did we do it, because of Tech Talk!