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Start strong:

 

Buy an Atari VCS light-sixer off eBay

 

Find a cheap one, terrible condition, probably could do with some TLC

 

winning bid: £21 + postage

 

document an attempt to “restore” it to a condition better than it looked in the photo

 

wait a while...

 

Add it to the pile of unfinished things?

 

consider a backup plan, £45 for a 2600jr...

 

 

 

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fig 1. The box it came in.

 

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Now, I’m not saying I rattled it, feels like there’s a lot of space in the box where it should be bubble wrap.

 

An old recycled Amazon box.

 

I’m wondering where the £9 postage was spent.

 

Maybe I should flip the box over and look at the postage on the label? I don’t want to. If it’s not £9 I’m not going to open an eBay dispute, am I?

 

Maybe I should open it?

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Fig.3 the open box

 

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fig.3a with the packaging removed


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the first thing you notice is the smell... cigarettes.

 

I smoked for 19 years. Haven’t smoked for nearly 13.


I don’t miss it.

 

the smell is on my hands now, as I write this on my phone (where the pictures are). It stings my eyes and nostrils.

 

kitchen roll, window cleaner, and my toothbrush are needed for this.
 

Fucking hell, I might have to seal it in a bin bag until I can strip it down to clean it all. unreal...

 

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Fig.4 the quick shot II Plus. 
 

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guessing the “plus” refers to the addition of auto fire?

 

First thing I notice is how much better it fits my “adult” hand.

 

When I were a lad my QS2 was my least favourite stick, behind the zipstik, the cruiser, and my CP5000.

 

The only stick I hated more was the one Commodore made for the C16.
 

#hateful

 

fig.4a another angle 

 

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Fig.5 The elephant in the room. A reproduction CX40. Could be a CX10.
 

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I don’t really care. As I alluded to earlier, it doesn’t feel like my muscle-memory Atari 2600 stick.

 

For one thing, it’s not stupidly stiff with little to no movement and a button with no feedback.

 

And the retaining ring that holds the rubber in place doesn’t have the orange dashes...

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Fig.6 the money shot. Literally.

 

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Given the smell, I’m pretty sure the brown stuff is tar from cigarettes, I think maybe one of the previous owners was a heavy smoker.


Judging by the white stains on the top of the unit a compulsive masturbator too.

 

Yes, a 20-a-day man... and smoked like a fucking chimney! BOOM-BOOM!

 

I might need some brasso...

 

fig. 7a, 7b, 7c detail of switch panel and cartridge slot

 

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Yeah, that stick sans gold relief looks like one of those modern repros to me. 

 

To be honest, though, all old (non microswitched) joysticks feel like garbage to me. If you can afford it, get one of the Atari-compatible models from Monster Joysticks :)

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Just now, Ninja Doctor said:

Does it do rgb out?

 

it will by the time I'm finished with it!

 

(not really, I might do an AV (composite) Mod because I don't want to disable the ability to use an Uno Cart. Which can happen with some of the other mods)

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Fig. 12-14 cleaning the exterior of the QS2+

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not much in the way of before shots, other than those up thread.


No, this is more about how I’ve got it looking, with a squirt, brush, and wipe with a McDonald’s napkin. 
 

should I crack it open? I’ve got visions of the springs (at least three) twanging into my eye...

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Fig. 15 synchronicity.

 

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I was looking for a screwdriver when the doorbell went. I was worried it would be the mother-in-law, after I told her I was polishing my joystick earlier, on the phone.

 

Better than that, it’s an UnoCart. I have the ROMS, I have a spare SD card. I should get on with the cleaning and the testing.

 

found a screwdriver...

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On 01/02/2021 at 18:01, Camel said:

Have you tried using the Quickshot? They're pretty terrible. You might find that after all the effort you hate it.

 

On 02/02/2021 at 08:58, Dudley said:

When you look that good you don't need to do anything.

 

I had one, back in the day. first the trigger button stopped working, then I think metal fatigue did for one of the leaf switches, left I think? After that I was microswitched throughout. Mind you, I also had a Cheetah 125 too. God, I got through some sticks in search of perfection. If I could pop home to my mum and find my cruiser or my zipstik, I'd be...

 

my £30 Atari ST came with a zipstik! I'll have to get it out the box!

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1 hour ago, SeanR said:

 

 

I had one, back in the day. first the trigger button stopped working, then I think metal fatigue did for one of the leaf switches, left I think? After that I was microswitched throughout. Mind you, I also had a Cheetah 125 too. God, I got through some sticks in search of perfection. If I could pop home to my mum and find my cruiser or my zipstik, I'd be...

 

my £30 Atari ST came with a zipstik! I'll have to get it out the box!


The trigger button seemed to die very quickly on all of them.

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Oh Quickshot joysticks looked the part back in the day but the build quality was terrible. The directional movement was just a flat piece of metal with bends in it.

 

Daily Thomson's Decathlon used to kill them quite quickly IIRC!

 

The old Atari 2600 sticks were pretty good in terms of durability though those things were practically indestructible whilst not exactly the most ergonomic sticks.... Favourite though was the fully microswitched Competitiion Pro 5000. I think that's what they were called from memory.

 

Looked like this:-

 

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horrible stick. Far too stiff. on account of the rubber block at the bottom of the shaft.

 

you can see it in this photo of the CP9000 model that I bought at a computer fair at Ally Pally. I think I bumped into Jeff Minter at that one too.

 

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hateful stick and a proper struggle to use. Occasionally the buttons wouldn't pop back up either.

 

That's why the Cruiser was superior: Adjustable stiffness collar

That's why the zipstik was superior: loose stick, buttons that didn't stick

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Finally got the cover off. Is that... shielding?

 

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that shiny silver box is the RF modulator, and must die, so that composite might live. There are other AV mods for a vintage CX2600, but right now my main priority is cleaning the tar, nicotine, and jizz off the console.

 

in order to to that I’ve spread some cardboard out. Newspaper would get to soggy with the spray being used as liberally as it is.

 

6 screws, four of which go in at the crazy angles and the lid comes right off. The switch panel is a separate part, so I pop that out and start with the spraying already.

 

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You spray, you scrub with the toothbrush, You rub with the tissue. Disaster strikes, on the second pass, when the toothbrush breaks. Not my fault, this thing is filthy.


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I cant do anything about the bubbling on the switch panel, and I think I scrubbed too hard in places, but it looks better than it did

 

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the tissues got shredded so there’s bits everywhere...

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ASIDE:

 

how does this work?

 

Seller lists product on ebay start at £50, doesn't sell. Weird, it's one of those 3rd-party products knocked out during the boom era. They still do console stands now. Entirely unnecessary but... you think someone would pick it up for it's unique naffness

 

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seller relists it near to £65

 

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it didn't sell at a lower price, so what's the big idea!?!

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see that last post, check this for cheeky:

 

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shall I offer half that?

 

Also, my Atari Paddles arrive yesterday. I've not opened them yet, £30 the pair. Best way to play some games, or so the carts would have you believe. I could have got them cheaper, mind...

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