Thanks to fubarduck and his HRAP modding guide. It spurred me on to do my own mod and also fix the biggest problem the HRAP 1 has.
Here are my efforts:
Each HRAP has some laser printed artwork underneath like those custom sticks that you hardcore guys have, and a thin 0.8mm lexan (polycarbonate) sheet over the top. It was a real bastard to cut out the top sheet and get the button holes in the right place. I used a mini hack saw for the lexan.
The sticks are Seimitsu LS-32-02, and the buttons are Sanwa OBSF-30.
The buttons are a little colourful (in the US style), but is mainly for some of my work friends who don’t know where JAB or FIERCE is, so i figure telling them a button colour would be easier.
Oh you’ll notice I also removed the turbo switches because I’ve never used them, and they ate up artwork space. I also had a funny situation when one of my friends flicked the JAB auto fire on and couldn’t figure out why he was jabbing all the time. =p
The Light HRAP’s base has been spray painted with some regular white spray paint. One problem i did notice was the paint can get chipped off. It’s got a few tiny marks here and there. I guess one day I’ll have to give it a little touch up.
I’m totally in love with the mod, as I much prefer the LS-32 over the stock Sanwa JLF-TP-8Y-SK, and the Sanwa buttons are amazing. BIG THUMBS UP! Highly recommended to anyone who has problems using the stock HRAP.
I noticed people were interested in a HRAP template. If you’d like mine, let me know and I’ll upload it.
I pretty much used the line art diagram of the HRAP v1 on the HORI site as an initial guide to place my artwork. I then removed the metal plate from the HRAP and photocopied it, so i could get the exact shape and hole placement. After that I scanned in the photocopy and upscaled it to fit the artwork template. The measurements on the HORI site are exact and that is what I used.
Oh I’d also like to thank The Real Neo Geo for supplying me with the parts. If you’re in need of a wide range of Seimitsu or Sanwa parts then he is definitely someone to consider.
Thanks to UDON for the great artwork from their Street Fighter comic. And thanks to all those peeps who made the Neo Geo Pocket style sprites.