The C64 Fight Stick

As a supplement to my good old Zip Stik joystick (which I favour over the Competition Pros), I wanted to build a joystick based on hardware known from world of arcade machines. As the electronic componets of such a project is quite simple (actually its basically soldering some wires from a cable to the fire button and the joystick switches), most efforts were put into building the stick.

I used some MDF board that I cut out and glued together to make room for the base of the joystick.

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I then drilled holes for the buttons and countersunk the backside of the button holes with a router (Later on, I covered two of the holes as I only needed one for the Commodore 64). If I change my mind and eventually decides to use it for some arcade games, it would be pretty easy to add the extra buttons.

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The rest of the build included cutting the sides of the case using a table saw, rounding the edges with a router, priming and painting the case, cutting out a piece of plexi glas, placing a piece of C64 inspired art under the plexi glas, screwing in the Seimitsu button, mounting the Sanwa JLF joystick, drilling a hole in the case and a spare 1541 disk drive label and soldering all cables together. Easy piecy…

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I used a painted plexi glas plate for the bottom, so I did not have to make all the cabling neat and tidy…

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2 comments on “The C64 Fight Stick

  1. I used Belton Molotow spray paint for it (link). The paint is cheap (5-6$), comes in 256 colors, can be used at temperatures between -10C to +50C, it dries in like 5 minutes and it covers really well. I finished the paint job by applying several layers of Montana Glossy Varnish spray (link).

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