Basement Yard Sale

Posted: 05/10/2020 in Uncategorized

Well, it’s come that time again that the need to hoe out the basement has arrived. This is all mostly stuff I didn’t want to trash as I’m sure someone could find some use for it. I’ll be updating this post as things sell and as I add more to it the deeper I get into my purge!

If you’re interested in something, use the below contact form at the bottom of the page or find me on Twitter or Facebook. It’ll be first come, first served and all will have their respective shipping added to the sell price.

Thanks!


 

ATARI 800 & 1050 Disk Drive – $100

This is a remarkably well preserved Atari 800. It still has all the original packaging including manuals and a couple program disks. It even has the original receipt from where this was purchased back in the early 80’s! The clear wrapping on the buttons is still there and there’s even the cardboard disk drive protector in the disk drive. This must have sat in a storage unit for over 30 years because it really is in perfect condition. (Aside from the box that is, that’s pretty beat up)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

STEAM LINK & STEAM CONTROLLER – $45

Very lightly used set. The concept never really caught on with me though as I can’t play PC games with anything other than a keyboard and mouse. Has all the cables, chargers and power supplies it came with. Works perfectly.   


 

ORIGINAL FAT PS3 – CONSOLE, HDMI and POWER CORD ONLY – $45

Cosmetically it’s beat up, but I did test it and it does work just fine. The thing is heavy though so expect it may be at least $20+ to ship


 

4 A/V CONTROLLER SHELLS – $50

This was an abandoned project from a few years ago where I was trying to make an N64 version of the original Cross Plane. Each shell has got a 3.5″ TFT screen, 2 25mm 32Ohm speakers and a custom tact board for the screen/audio controls. There’s no audio amp in these, but the cases are filled/sanded and painted so it is possible for one to re-purpose and maybe make a portable Raspberry Pi or even stuff a Wii in there? 


 

SCART TO HDMI CONVERTERS – $25/set

Again, an old abandoned project, these SCART to HDMI converters both work, but I do not have their power supplies. They did work last time I used them and there’s no reason to believe anything has changed. 

 


 

PC SPEAKER & SUBWOOFER SET – $10

Very old set of PC speakers. Haven’t used in years. Should still work, dunno. This is it’s last chance before heading to the dump. 


 

BROKEN GEN 1 iPad – Cost of Shipping

Will not boot or hold a charge. The Apple just keeps popping up and then the system resets. Last chance before it’s dump bound. No charging cable included.


 

GEAR VR HEADSET FOR GALAXY 6 ERA PHONE – $10

Was fun to tool around with in the early days of VR but it’s so far out dated and I don’t have a compatible phone for it anymore anyway. Headed to the dump shortly.


 

WII GAMES – $10/set

Just a couple games. Both work as far as I know.


 

ZEEMOTE – $15/ea – 10 In Stock

Small and compact bluetooth controllers for Android based cell phones, though I’m pretty sure these are obsolete now. Modders liked to use them back in the day for their really small control stick.


That’s all for now! I do have more that will be making it’s way to the list and I’ll update the title of the post with a date when more things are added!

Again, feel free to use the form below to let me know what you’re interested in and we’ll go from there!

It certainly has been a year already and it looks like 2020 is gonna have a lot more to throw at us! It’s been a very very long time since my last blog post and there really is so much to tell that there is no way in hell I can sum it up in even 10 posts.

But that really doesn’t seem to matter anyway as pretty much life for the world has come to a standstill. A few months ago, we had no idea how much life was going to change for pretty much every single human being on this planet, regardless if it had any real affect on them. But life has forever changed and we can only make the best of it as these times keep kicking us in the teeth.

It’s going to be very interesting to see where things go in the next few weeks but it truly is a scary time all around.

That said however, with all this time in home confinement, I’ve been able to get quite a bit done including setting up a small 3D print farm and even getting my CNC Machine that I bought over 5 years ago up and running correctly! (See that fiasco here And The Hits Just Keep Hurting

This has helped in a lot of ways as I’ve been able to start producing face shields in small quantities for my friends and relatives on the front lines of of this health crisis we’re all experiencing. 

As far as modding goes, it’s been slow as I’m still trying to finish up a commission and my Bitbuilt Summer Building contest entry  from 2019. The commission I’m referring to is the complete redo of the GoldeN64 that failed in spectacular fashion. But it gave me the chance to give it some pretty big improvements as far as internal quality goes and some good aesthetic updates as well. 

Also, I parted ways with me beloved Form 2 3D printer, sending it to live with friend and fellow Modder Gman and bought the updated and very much loved Form 3! It’s been an amazing piece of tech and a big upgrade to the shop!

I’ve also been working with RDC a lot over the past couple months working on a new and updated N64 portable design that makes use of all the newer features that have come to light in the hobby. There will be more on this before too long hopefully! 

But below are a couple highlights of the Basement! 

Please all stay safe and healthy. This certainly sucks at the moment, but make the best of the home time as you can. 

 

An amazing piece of equipment, the Form 3 is!

 

One of the many new improvements to the N64 portable design, a single flex cable instead of 48 individual wires!

 

Again, be safe everyone and more to come soon! 

It was a pretty painful day last month when the once promising Portable N64 commission I was building decided to implode on me. Never had I seen this kind of paint failure before, nor would have ever thought that after 3 weeks of being sealed that this could have even happened. But, regardless of belief, here we are and the paint is still cracking everyday, but is still as smooth as the day the last coat of clear was applied.

One may argue though that this is actually a pretty cool effect, giving it an aged and more rustic tone, but most of the time technology and rustic don’t blend well and in this case it prompted a total redo of the project and “The GoldeN64” became the “iSore 64”.

With this demotion, certain components like the Power Management system and custom controller board were downgraded, making this a battery power only and single player system. But the hits didn’t stop there. The expansion pak was also reverted back the original jumper pak and biggest kicker was I had to downgrade to a V2 of the Mini64 controller board which did not have a built in memory chip, but 32 test points to hard wire a memory card, which however is not done in this system. So the features are pretty bare. But I had to do this because I still need to complete the commission I originally started and those features and components are pretty expensive and low supply.

The video and pics below demonstrate just how nasty this failure was. It was very sad to see it fall so far, but it’s for sale now and perhaps will get picked up by a buyer that can add in the missing features and bring her back to her former glory?

Ebay Link Here

 

I’m not gonna lie, the month of August was a roller coaster in many ways, and though I was hoping to have three projects wrapped up by now, only one ended up being completed. However, it did get topped off in the best way possible in that I got to spend the weekend with fellow modders, Gman, Shank and Jackson. We did a nearly 10hr long live stream and it was great to see how these guys have taken console modding to the next level.

 

The BitBuilt Competition

It was with great sadness that on August 23rd, I was not able to have my contest entry “The eNVega64” completed by the deadline. Though I gave it my best effort, I had a few hardware issues that couldn’t be resolved (my custom controller and charger board specifically) on my own. The issues have since been identified and are in the process of being fixed, but I’m still going to need to track down a flex cable for the Ultra VGA board to avoid having to hand wire to the RCP chip on the N64 mother board. I had also screwed up the cart cover quite a bit because of the mounting tabs not being equal height when they were printed, so I’m redoing that in it’s entirety as well. 

 

 

THE GoldeN64

Just prior to missing the competition deadline, I was met with another failure that took the wind out of my sails in the first place. This was a commission I had been working on since February and although I know now I would have run into the same issues as I did with the eNVega with the controller board and charger board, just before I was about to close it up, the paint on the enclosure began to crack and split underneath the clear coat! I had never seen this before and the bitch was the case had been finished for nearly 3 weeks prior and over night decided to break down. 

Long story short, with how far this system was into production, it was decided that I was just going to start over from scratch with this one for the customer, and flip this one once complete as-is and with fewer features just so I could get some money back to buy the parts needed again to restart this project. The goal was to have it finished off last weekend at the meet-up in Boston on live stream, but that’s when the controller issue made itself apparent and it didn’t end up happening.

Once the components get back to me though, I’ll get back on finishing this up and slap it up on eBay for a mercy sale.

Example of cracks and splits and it’s since gotten worse.

THE BITBUILT MEET-UP – BOSTON EDITION

But, as I said, to top it all off, I had a great time meeting with old modding friends Gman and Shank and getting to meet Jackson for the first time. These kids have taken modding to levels that I could never understand and it was awesome to hang out with them for the weekend. We live streamed for nearly 10hrs Saturday into Monday morning and though I didn’t get my project done, progress was made across the board. The stream was unfortunately taken down though due to copyright of the music we were listening too in the background. Kinda bullshit about that, but Warner Brothers Music certainly cares more about music sales than actual enjoyment with friends and that apparently music is only meant to be heard by the individual who paid for it….yeah….anyway.

What’s really cool though is that Gman lives so close now and that offers up the chances for more meet-ups between us. I dunno if I’ll ever be on the same level, but it’s cool knowing I’ve been a part of it!

I should hopefully have more updates as the projects finish up, and hopefully next month my Form 3 will finally be inhouse after being delayed again. I ordered it in June and now not expected to see it till mid October. But I get it, they make a good product and it’s new. Had the same thing happen to me with my Prusa MK2S a couple years ago, but it was worth the wait.

For a few years now, the guys over at the BitBuilt Forums have been running a summer time portable build-off which has been a lot of fun to watch and see the remarkable projects take form that are a direct result. This year I’ve decided to throw my hat into the ring knowing full-well that I’ll be hung out to dry entering a project as antiqued as an N64 portable.

But really, it was more or less about inspiration to get another project rolling and though I’ve done several N64’s in the past, this one will be a first in that it will use an Ultra Everdrive Flashcart to load ROMS (i.e. no game carts needed) and will also use Marshall’s Ultra VGA video mod for the best possible picture using original hardware.

Progress has been steady, most of the parts are in and right now I’m in the process of finishing off the back half of the casing. The first round of filling is done, with lotsa sanding and re-filling in the near future, but hopefully things should start moving quickly once the finish work is out of the way.

It’s kinda funny though, as I entered the contest to get another project rolling, but within just few days of entering that, two N64p kit commissions got booked as well as another full N64p commission…

From dead to crazy just like that. But it’s a good thing all around. I’ll be posting more updates about the contest project over on BB over the next couple months, so feel free to follow along there!

A plastic box with 3 cut-outs is essentially all this needed to be. Really…just a small box, a few cuts and some glue but no…this had to become the most elaborate 3D printed case to enclose 3 freaking connectors and a bit of wire…

I’m not sure what it is that pushes me to this extent to engineer a plastic box I’m sure I could drive over and not break, but whatever the reason this A/V & Controller breakout box for my SNES Box Go is a rugged “Sumbitch”.

Designed as a two-part case held together with mounting tabs and #2-56 hardware, the layout is sturdy and far stronger than it needed to be. Though, with all this strength, its weight is still lighter than I would have liked.

Essentially this is a two part case and utilizes 4 mounting tabs which most of my console cases do. The mounting tabs were glued to the base of the case and then set in place with screws. Very easy to get into should the need ever arise.

Again, this isn’t anything spectacular but was worth a mention and short post. I’ve got a few more projects in the works that are a little more in-depth and possibly a few commissions coming down the pipeline, so hopefully we’ll break this 3 to 4 month post cycle!