Here is our starting point. This was originally a Williams Joust
control panel. For reasons unknown, it was converted into who knows
what. Much as I would like to make it a Joust again, we are going
to make it a respectable MVS control panel.
First step - take off the existing overlay. This will require a
putty knife, most likely a heat gun, and a whole lot of work. Under
it I found a metal plate that was used to hold the buttons and joysticks
Here is the panel after it has been cleaned up with paint stripper.
You can see that it has been re-drilled. We need to fix all that.
Bondo is the wonder putty that will get us where we need to be.
This stuff is amazing. Fill all the holes and cracks. Bondo gets hot
as it sets up, and you will need to do this in stages.
Oh, and wear gloves.
Now take it outside and sand it down. Note the mask - Bondo dust
is nasty stuff.
Here it is all sanded. The holes are filled and we are ready to
lay out the buttons to drill the holes.
I used Visio to layout my template for where the sticks and buttons
need to go. I'll put it in the downloads section soon. Tape it down
so it won't move.
Use a nail to mark the center of all the holes so you drill in
the right place.
I build a small jig to hold the panel so the holes would be drilled
straight. If you have access to a drill press, that is the way to
go. (thanks dad!)