Project Thunderseal (Arcade Stick Build)

I got a call from work asking me to take two of my co-worker's shift for a total of 11 hours in one day and at first I was thinking to myself “Hell no!” but then later changed my mind because I could use that money to pay for my arcade stick project. It was a long and boring shift but at the end of the day I went home and ordered my arcade stick case and some parts. After ordering the case to my specifications, I decided to call this “Project Thunderseal”.

Parts

I already have most of the parts I need to build this arcade stick, in fact it’s already in another case usable right now. It’s currently slapped together in a Madcatz WWE Brawlstick case that I bought off someone on SRK for cheap. It’s only a temporary solution until I get the custom case.

Here’s the full list of what I am going to be using with details:

1) Tek-Case Series 1 - So this case is going to be coloured in white and blue. I decided on using the Sega Player 1 button layout (with only 6 face buttons)

2) Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT-SK Joystick - Nothing really special here since almost every arcade stick available these days use this specific joystick. I personally think it’s good for fighting games but not for shmups.

3) 6 Seimitsu 30mm PS-14-K, 3 Seimitsu 24mm PS-14-DN, 2 Sanwa 30mm OBSF-30 pushbuttons - Here I went with Seimitsu pushbuttons because I prefer less sensitive buttons. As for the Sanwas, I decided to reuse them for the L1/L2 buttons because I am probably never going to use them. Most fighting games don’t even bother to use L1/L2 as buttons.

4) Neutrik NAUSB-W-B A/B USB Feed-Through - Pretty much what the name implies. It allows me to feed-through the USB signal to the other side of the port to another USB cable. This means that I can remove my USB cable any time I want.

5) PS360+ PCB - This thing here is what makes everything work. It will allow me to play both on Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 no problem. Yes, PC as well lol.

6) USB cables - One cable will be very short to connect the PS360+ to the Neutrik and one 13 meter cable to connect from the Neutrik to the console.

7) 12 piece .110 Quick Disconnect Wires and 1 piece .110 Daisy Chained Ground Wire, JLF Harness - The wires are to be connected to the PS360+ to make all the buttons and joystick function.

8) 2 pieces of sticky PCB feet - To hold the PS360+ in place.

Process

First I build the case skeleton by following the video instruction carefully and make sure to not over tighten any screws to prevent cracking. Then I insert the buttons and Neutrik to the side panels.

This looks really cool. Might have to make one in the future with clear and dark blue acrylic

I’m going to reuse my wires which are short so that means I will be setting the PCB on the top panel instead of the bottom panel to make it easier on myself.

Since I am using the PS360+, I don’t need to solder anything (thank god). So all I have to do is strip the end of the wire, insert that end of the wire into the PCB and lock it in place by screwing the top so the wire tip is punched down. Once that is all done, I insert my buttons to the top panel along with mounting the joystick. After that I connect all the quick disconnects to the buttons and joystick.

Wires are the worst!

After all the wiring, I connected the short USB cable to the PCB and Neutrik. From this point on I put together the rest of the case and seal it off. Now it’s off to testing!

I will be testing it with Persona 4 Arena on the PS3 and Garou: Mark of the Wolves on the Xbox 360.

Everything works! I will admit that the only game I will be playing on the Xbox 360 with this arcade stick is Garou: Mark of the Wolves because that game is fucking rad as hell and I also love it to death!

Can anyone guess why it’s called Thunderseal? (HOPE)

The last thing I want to mention in this blog is why I wanted to build this thing in the first place. The first reason is that I just wanted to build something and have fun doing it. It’s been a really long time since I’ve done something like this and boy it sure was worth it. I won’t lie, it was pretty expensive but considering it works on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC I say it’s ok. At least that’s what I keep telling myself… Hey, it’s near the end of X360, PS3 generation so that means there are plenty of fighting games to keep me busy.

Looking forward to Ultra Street Fighter 4, Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold and Guilty Gear Xrd in the future.

Now who want's to buy my PS3 Persona 4 Arena Arcade stick? Don't need that anymore lol.

If you read this far, thank you and have a great winter!

5 Comments
5 Comments
Posted by MikeFightNight

That's real slick looking. Dare I say, classy. Ky would be proud. Nice how it works on PS360 and PC too.

Posted by FluxWaveZ

That's the same kind of case I used for my own custom made arcade stick. Soldering was tedious and I messed up one of the 360 controller PCBs I ripped out of the cheap controller, but it turned out all good in the end.

However, one of the reasons that I don't use the one I made aside from the fact that I don't really want to play with the custom stick I made is the fact that resting my wrists against the plexiglas case is rather uncomfortable. Is that the case with yours?

Posted by IrrelevantJohn

However, one of the reasons that I don't use the one I made aside from the fact that I don't really want to play with the custom stick I made is the fact that resting my wrists against the plexiglas case is rather uncomfortable. Is that the case with yours?

I'm assuming that you are talking about the sharp edges? If so then yes, it is rather uncomfortable. If only it was rounded...

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Edited by FluxWaveZ

@irrelevantjohn: Yep, that's what I mean. If I were to actually use a stick with that case or not, I'd probably have to sand the edges or something because the feeling wasn't pleasant.

Posted by IrrelevantJohn

@fluxwavez: Yeah, this case definitely needs a chamfer for the top layer. I'm lucky to know a friend who can do that for me. If it's an easy process, then I'll PM you the process if you want.

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