Ok so last week I received a production sample of the new Flash1 for testing from Rollie. It has been built from the original mold and schematics. I compared it next to the classic Flash1 and it has the same response and performance. Other then some minor differences on the PCB (Electronics have changed over the years) I can’t find any differences. Rollie also sent me 3 springs to test with the stick as well. Basically a light spring (same as JLF), med spring (close to a LS-32), and a heavy spring (feels like a JLF spring mod, basically the JLF and LS-32 combined). I’m not sure yet which will be included in final packaging. I ask Rollie about final pricing and he told me it would very reasonable. I also asked about when these should be available, and he said that a few things still need to get worked out before a ship date could be set. On the up side I was sent a production sample, so they must be getting close to a final shipping product. I took some photo and compared it next to the classic Flash1 below…
**Edit 12/28/11 **
Added info on Gate testing because I have had a few people ask about it.
**I tested the new Flash 1 with all 3 gates available. **
**It work fine with all 3 gates but the octo-gate and the square gate were the most accurate. Only because the round gate made it harder to know exact stick placement. **
**Edit 01/05/12 **
Added info on voltage testing because I have had a few people ask about it.
PCB works fine with both 3.5V (i.e. PSX/PS2 voltage) and 5V (i.e. USB/PS3/Xbox/Dreamcast voltage)
**Ok so there has been some confusion about this product. This is not a replica, this is a re-manufactured product but Happ as cleared up by Rollie in this quote… **
The Kit will include the Flash1 PCB, shaft cover, and (THAT’S RIGHT!!) the Flash1 dust cover.
(the kit will also include a spring once the final spring design is completed.)
Here is the Flash1 2011 compared to the Flash1 Classic
Leave it Rollie to bring a great product back to the fighting community. Now everyone will be able to get their hands on one of these.