I’ve been trying to get a unique custom stick project going for a while but due to the scarcity of information on the original SF arcade machines controls I am having trouble. I simply am looking to create as close a replica of the origainal “bash pads” as I can (as getting originals is impossible and even if I could I think they would be better served existing in an origianl cab) and setting them in a robust arcade stick case next to a regular arcade stick (which will not be sanwa, seimitsu or happ competition as I already have those in conventional sticks - I’ll probaly go with the happ perfect 360 as I’m curous about them).
I have managed to track down the patent information for the set up but with no more technical information it is proving difficult to get started. I have contacted the only person I can find who has a set of the original pneumatic controls but I fear he is unwilling to help possibly because he wants to protect to rarity of his aquisition. If I have no luck getting sufficient info to reconstruct the originals I will make a modern version that emulates the effect without having anything in common with the origianl parts. Does anyone know where I may be able to find information on the originals or have ideas for an alternative? Any one is free to contribute this and they will be given credit when I finally finnish the project.
-the original pad conveyed compressed air to a region of the pcb to be conveted into the desired signal. I would be making the pads talk to a MC CTHULHU board so I will be converting the pneumatic pressure before it gets to the board (unless I discover or are advised of a completely different solution)
-contructing custom parts will not be difficult so feel free to contribute novel design ideas that do not incorporate existing components
-there may already be analog\digital buttons with three zones (or more) of sensitivity large enough to be hit with a closed fist. If anyone knows of parts like this please let me know
Thanks for taking time to read and or consider suggestions for this project
Anyone who wants images of the patent just let me know and I’ll email them in jpeg gif or psd format.