White Gloss Powdercoat
Afzelia burl wood trim
White PVC Frame
Vewlix 6 button layout
Semitsu's, with PurpleArms' Arc Eye 2's installed.
The joystick is a JLF, retrofitted with a Toodles' Spark.
The white marble balltop comes from Butteroj.
The artwork comes from Dragon Age:Origins.
PS360, Arduino Mega for LED programming of the ArcEye 2 with an an Imp in order to switch to programming of the Arduino
Jinx's Aluminum feet, painted white to match the case
Black Carbide Powdercoat
Dragon Plate Carbon fiber top and side plates
Black PVC Frame
Sega Six with 2 on the side
Joytron PCB w/ Premium wiring
Seimitsu Smoke buttons and Smoke bubble top
Premium TexhFlex Wiring Harnes
Here's a quick interview I did at Evo 2011 with Eric Zhang,
Some of the best parts of Evo are the great variety of thigns to do/see/talk about while you’re there. While waiting around for the SF2 high-rollers tournament to start, I had a chance to talk with veteran arcade-stick maker Voltech from voltecharcadesticks.com. Being an amateur stick modder myself, I shifted our conversation from good footsie-options with Super Turbo Chun Li to arcade-stick making. I also wanted to have a quick talk with him about the Sticks For Joy foundation here
Here's 3 of the 5 Limited edition VAS-BSS (100% Brushed Stainless Steel) cases I'm making. All that's left is to get them wired up and ship them out. I'm so glad they turned out as well as the did considering all I went through to get them done. I nearly went broke getting the metal shells for these made as I was mis-quoted and ended up paying nearly double to get them done. But I think the end result is worth the effort.
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Hello everyone, Voltech here. I just wanted to show off my latest creation I'm calling the Amboyna Burl Vewlix 2P. I built on commission for a customer of mine. The case is 100% Ambouna burl, the worlds most expensive burl wood usually only seen on the dashboards of Rolls-Royce motor vehicles or in very thin sheets of veneer. This was built from 3 - 2 1/2"x12"x 8" solid blocks of highly figure Red Amboyna Burl. I also built a custom mounting plate out of of brushed aluminum as well as the base plate. It features 2 Sanwa JLF arcade sticks with white Mesh ball tops, 14 Sanwa 30mm snap in buttons, 2 24mm sanwa and 6 Seimitsu 24mm clear\white buttons on the back. It measures W-31"x L-9 12"x H-2 1/4" and weighs in at 13.5LBS. It will work on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. This is a one of a kind build and quite possibly the worlds most expensive arcade stick? So far my greatest accomplishment "in the arcade stick building world". I think she's beautiful, what do you think?
Here's an example of what the VAS-T.E. might look like with the T.E. panel installed. The Turbo Panel hole can be covered up easily by one of Art's Hobbies Custom Plexi tops. This is a model of the VAS-T.E. with the optional 2 button on the side design and the optional wood trim mounts. I'm going to make these in the Slim Lite size and possibly the Elite (wood trim) The Universal model is still up in the air at this time but if I get enough requests will be added to the roster. (click on image for full size) I just want to clairify that I am in no way affiliated or in a partnership with Madcatz. I just happen to make a case that will allow the T.E. panel to easily work with my design. I believe this will give new options to current T.E. owners as well as the DIY\Arcade Stick modding community.
The VAS-T.E. is going to be a drop in replacement for the T.E. Stick. Just insert the whole T.E. top panel (stick, buttons, art and wiring as it sits in your T.E.) then install your own PCB (or use the T.E. PCB) and you got a new case shell for a fraction of the cost of a new custom case. This is a project I am currently working on. See my Slide Show Gallery and imagine your T.E. at home in one of these cases - Voltech
Well heres what I got so far, it's just an early mock up but so far is seems pretty solid. It's made from 16ga Steel, 1/2" PVC sheet, 1/16" 1/8" Plexiglass with optional wood or Carbon fiber side trim.
The advantage of this new design is that I can make the top removable and you can swap out the button layout
So I just got off the phone with the new metal shop guy I'm going to be working with. He basically told me I needed a new design because I was doing it all wrong. This guy builds metal boxes for a living so I listened (even though I think my design was pretty solid). Anyway I'm going to probably redesign the VAS-HG (not the look but the way it fits together). I'm contemplating an all steel frame and Shell cobmo where the mounting plate and button layouts are built into the frame it's self and the shell fits over just as it does now. I'll still have the option to add wooden or Carbon Fiber Side trim as well leave it blank for the Lite model. It should will even work with the current model if all goes as pland.
This is all up in the air as of now so don't get too excited lol But yeah change is coming!
I'll try and keep this Blog up to date and get more pics up as soon as I get the hang of it lol. I added the price list to a dedicated page so next I'll try and get the Slide show gadget working correctly (If I can get Flickr and Blogger to play nice).
Until I get it worked out you can see my previous work on my Flickr account
Here's the VAS-HG Carbon Fiber Edition 2.0 Also featuring the VAS-TC (Travel Case)