Hey guys… Lately I’ve been inspired by the vewlix style box several have designed and made. Here’s my latest incarnation.
Happ Competition Joystick/Buttons
control panel: 12"x8" MDF
Sides: 3/4" poplar
[*]Paint: Colorplace Red and Black from Walmart (I couldn’t resist the price)
Q: Will this one work with Japanese parts?
A: No, but maybe my next version will.
Q: Why don’t you use a thicker side than 3/4"?
A: Because I didn’t find any hardwood thicker than that at my Home Depot at the time.
Q: Does it have to be that tall?
A: For Happ parts, that’s about pretty close to as short as I can go, unless i start cutting the joystick shaft. I prefer not doing that since it’ll change the throw distance. If I make another one for Japanese parts, I’ll definitely make it shorter.
Q: I don’t like your joystick/button layout; can you change it?
A: I don’t like it either. Some people suggested that a standard vewlix layout has the joystick and buttons too close, so I opted to use the wider layout for this box. As it turns out, this was a huge mistake. Playing on the wider layout feels like driving a sports car with a truck steering wheel. Maybe some of you guys prefer it. I personally can’t stand it.
Anyhow, if this one receives enough positive attention, I might be interested to make a few more with slight modifications.