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    Default VCI Acade button Mod - DIY hole drilling?

    Anyone know a cheap DIY way to make the holes though the VCI (i have the older style with the beefy steel).

    These are the arcade buttons i have been looking at because the http://www.happcontrols.com has been down the last couple of days.(Atleast i cant access it anyway, i am getting 404- page not found errors). Also this place will probably wind up cheaper for me to order from.

    Also will that locking mechanism stand up to what i need it for, or should i be looking for a screwing mechanism? Or will superglue keep it snug ?
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    Damn was just doing some messuring and they will be too big, i will have to find 26mm or a 28mm version thats nice and small.

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    they also have this size..
    http://www.highway.net.au/parts/push...ns/9307_1.html

    seems to be 26mm

    oh and Bento nice to see a fellow Aussie on the board mate!!!
    Im in Sydney

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    Hi,

    http://www.happcontrols.com

    is the correct website

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    To make holes, you need two things:

    1. A drill press - you'll never make accurate holes without one. Clamp everything down!
    2. A "stepped bit" hole enlarger - it's hard to do a great job by drilling successive holes and changing bits each time.


    More on drilling holes here: http://www.geocities.com/budb3/arts/meth/drill.html

    The most professional results come from using a laser cutter and building a completely new faceplate from scratch. I'm lucky enough to have a TechShop just up the road where I can use one for $30 a day.

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    Here's an alternative site to happcontrols my brothers ordered buttons and joysticks from them recently it's cheaper than happcontrols if your buying under 50 buttons at a time which it's safe to say you will be.

    http://www.lizardlickamusements.com/...hbuttons.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4nT1 View Post
    they also have this size..
    http://www.highway.net.au/parts/push...ns/9307_1.html

    seems to be 26mm

    oh and Bento nice to see a fellow Aussie on the board mate!!!
    Im in Sydney
    I emailed them about these buttons, susposibly they are arnt that great

    Aussie Aussie Aussie ! =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fatlimey View Post
    To make holes, you need two things:

    1. A drill press - you'll never make accurate holes without one. Clamp everything down!
    2. A "stepped bit" hole enlarger - it's hard to do a great job by drilling successive holes and changing bits each time.


    More on drilling holes here: http://www.geocities.com/budb3/arts/meth/drill.html

    The most professional results come from using a laser cutter and building a completely new faceplate from scratch. I'm lucky enough to have a TechShop just up the road where I can use one for $30 a day.
    Thanks for the great DIY drilling instructions! i am tossing up between doing this and taking it to place down the road that does the water jet cutting - though i have no idea how much they will cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Wright View Post
    Here's an alternative site to happcontrols my brothers ordered buttons and joysticks from them recently it's cheaper than happcontrols if your buying under 50 buttons at a time which it's safe to say you will be.

    http://www.lizardlickamusements.com/...hbuttons.shtml
    Thanks for the alternative site, i think i will end up ordering here

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    u can usea dremel also just mark out the hole and grind away!!! maybe practice on some metal first to get the hang of it.

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