Hi, I’m Lee. I make awesome retro geeky things out of wood, electronics and patience.
I’ve also recently decided to regress to my teenage self. Much less squeezing spots and sleeping till the afternoon and much more obsessing over retro 8 and 16bit computers and consoles. My latest videos are much more about this new passion, but I’ll certainly be returning to woodwork soon!
You can find all of my builds here, the whole journey, including mistakes, awesome bits, mistakes, and the occasional stumble into success!
Playing on the finished products is so satisfying, but really, it’s more fun making it.
Been a while since I used my 3d printer, always scary using it after a long rest. Printing like a trooper! I’m trying to make a mount for a 4 pole socket in the back of the Atari 2600. Want to make a no-drill solution.
This is version one. Pretty sure it will need some tinkering to get right. Only takes 20 minutes to print so not a terrible strain on my time.
Version one will not be the final version! The middle section isn’t attached one side. Small hole is too small. Too long on one side and too short on the other (this happens when you don’t flip everything 😂)
This is the hole I have to work with. It’s complicated by that pillar. Second pic is version 1 in place. Took some filing but it looks like it will work. Final pic is the panel mount socket I’m trying to put there.
Version 2 I managed to make fit really nicely. Then I realised the hole for the socket was too small. When I tried to drill it out… Well, you can see.
Version 3 is ready to print! Stronger, and with the correct size hole 😁
Version 3. I still need to make a few small adjustments to make it easier for someone else to use when I share it. But it is in there and the concept works! I think it was @RealJamHamster who suggested a right angle cable.
Inside. I need to put some insides back in to make sure it isn't causing problems
Version 4. The final version (assuming I've not introduced a fault) Its a little late for printing now without being shouted at. I'll spit this out tomorrow and test it. If it works I will put it up on Thingiverse for all to try 🙂
Version 4 printed and it fits very well. A couple more to print for the other 2 Ataris. This was a lot less painful to get done than I expected.
Small update on the trashed #Atari 2600 The motherboard traces are repaired and seem to be working if not pretty. Still not a functioning system. Clues are pointing towards the cartridge slot. Pic is the top side under the slot. I think I need to remove it.
Found a small bridge that I’ve cleared. Progress! Now all games are corrupted but there’s a display. Still think it’s likely the slot. Have bathed it in contact cleaner without much luck
Turned out to be the cpu socket was the problem. Cleaned and it works!
A reminder of what this board looked like when I first opened it. That’s the motherboard connector. Or it was.
This Dreamcast is working fine but I’m frustrated by the limitations of CDR. Sooo…
Love how easy these are to work on. 4 screws and you're in. Another 3 screws and the GD drive is out.
I need to buy a vertical battery holder to replace this dead cell. Also a resettable fuse.
At some point I need to remove the 12v voltage regulator, but looking at it here the screw is going to be tricky to get it. Might have to file the sides into a bolt shape
The kit came with standoffs and a couple of stick-on hear sinks.
Nice and simple installation. I'll be adding a 3d printed shroud at a later date after I've printed it.
First does it still work? Yup!
Now with an SD card and Daytona. Perfect! My only problem now is many of the games I have are in CHD format. I've tried converting them to GDI and CDI with CHMAN but so far no luck getting them to work. I'll report back on that later. I really need to get a Sega rod controller!
Finally got Sega Rally 2 and… I don't like it. What did they do to the perfect controls they had in Sega Rally Championship? This one is twitchy mess. Very disappointed.