For anyone who carries his arcadestick to compos and tourneys and doesn’t wanna carry around a bag all day, or have the risk of dropping your arcadestick on the floor, I’ve made a sample of a swapable stick-belt. It lets you be rightfully proud of your stick And have it wearable but still ready-to-play.
Here was my first idea:
This is my first prototype:
I’ve added my aluminum case-feet that are on sale on another thread:
By using the feet with the existing screws on the TE you can turn them into thumbscrews. This way you can twist the feet to quickly release the belt:
The belt is made with M6 holes in the leather flap so the thumbscrews will fit through them:
Them twist the feet to secure the belt:
If you decide to not use the belt, you can disconnect it in 10 sec. and it’ll fit right in the cable compartment of the TE.
The pics above are made of the first prototype.
Afterwards I’ve ordered some production samples including the leather model:
Not my choice of color
If you’re interested let me know.
Q: What if i don’t have a TE?
A: No probs, you can use 'm on pretty much any other arcadestick. I also sell a nuts-n-bolts set so you can also apply it to other sticks. Also the cable of non-TE sticks shouldn’t be any problem as i can supply a piece of doublesided Velcro to fold the cable and wrap it around the belt.
Q: Do I need to open the TE and risk losing the warranty on the stick?
A: Not really But, on the inside of the TE, Madcatz has glued 4 nuts to lengthen the screwthread. It’s glued with Locktight and can come loose if you remove the original screws/feet. If that happens then you would need to open the bottomplate and break the seal of the TE. Ofcourse allmost anybody has done that allready but just so you know
Q: What about the quality of the belt?
A: The leather belt is made from premium leather and quality stiching and is also very strong and will last a loooong time.
The nylon belts are not going to be sold. After doing a lot of quality tests they couldn’t handle 40 pounds off pull. That might sound like a lot but when the stick accidentally gets caught on something they might rip.
Q: Can i play while the belt is connected?
A: You can bet your *ss! The belt only raises the stick 1-2 mm. So no big difference.
Q: What will they cost?
A: The belts sell for the following price:
Premium leather stickbelt + feet incl. worldwide shipping: $35