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Blank Plexi Cover for HitBox™ Smashbox

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Price:
$16.95 (USD)
SKU
BLANK-SMASHBOX-PLEXI-TOP
Weight
3.00 Ounces
Availability
Please allow up to 7-10 business days to process custom orders. Order will appear in the Custom Job Tracker.

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  • Product Description

    The art cover replacement top panel offers one of the best ways to customize your joystick.  The plexiglass sits atop specially cut artwork, allowing you to add or replace new custom artwork to match your joystick theme.

    Designed for HitBox™ Smash Box

    HitBox Smash Box Template (GameCube, Wii, WiiU, Switch, PC, 2.3Mb zip)

    The Smash Box is one of the first all button layouts that replicates the digital and analog functionality of a Gamecube controller specifically for Super Smash Bros for Gamecube, Wii and Switch. Legal: HitBox™ Arcade is not affiliated with this third-party customization in any way shape or form. It is not officially endorsed by HitBox™ Arcade.

    Install Notes

    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 1 Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 1a
    Smashbox consists of twenty-four Sanwa arcade buttons that are 24mm in size.  Unlike the Cross|Up or original HitBox, there are no 30mm buttons used in this layout. We begin by removing six screws underneath the case.  These hold the bottom metal and foam panel to the case, and will removing it will expose the internals. 
    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 2
    With the bottom panel removed, the Smashbox internals presents multiple sets of wires for signal and ground, each attached to an 8-pin connector, which installs onto the custom board. Please use the diagram to identify each signal wire by their position and color indicated in the numbers next to connector row. (ie S1-3 is Signal Row 1, pin 3, a white wire.)
    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 3  Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 3b
    There are ten rivets used to secure the Smashbox top panel. Rivets work by pushing the top pin into the base, which spreads outwards as the pin displaces the base's structure. One method to remove the rivets from the panel is to use a flathead screwdriver or finger/thumbnail to push the pin upward and outward. 
    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 3b Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 4
    One rivet is positioned underneath the custom PCB. You will likely need to move the PCB by unscrewing it from its post using a small Phillips screwdriver.  Lay the printed and cut artwork atop the metal panel. You will then place a clear plexi panel atop the artwork and reinstall the rivets.

    Often we find that some customers find the artwork or plexi is offset when they try to install buttons. The reason why this occurs is that the screw holes on both original and our plexi are slightly larger than the original metal panel. This allows for a bit of space when positioning. Before installing the rivets, use your fingers to pinch the artwork and plexi between the button holes to align them with the button holes in the metal panel.
    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 5 Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 6
    The rivet snaps displace the small stands in the bottom once the top cap is inserted. This expands the area around the rivet, locking it in place. Rather than attempting to insert both top cap and rivet button at the same time, try installing the rivet bottom first, then the top cap. This allows the bottom to remain compressed when inserting into the screw hole. Follow up by inserting the top cap, pushing downwards until it seats directly on top of the panel. With the rivets installed, begin re-installing your buttons. Given the amount of wires and buttons, it is a good idea to properly test your controls to confirm that the wiring is reinstalled correctly before closing up the bottom. Use the screws taken from Step 2 to fit the foam padded bottom panel back into place. Congrats!

     

    Options Help

    You have several options to personalize your control panel, such as button layout, removal of control panel or screws in some models

    Jump to: LAYOUT | REMOVING DEFAULT ELEMENTS

    Plexi Color, Thickness

    Below are visual examples of available acrylic colors and thicknesses.  Not all colors are available for each thickness, nor are the materials and thicknesses accessible for each Fightstick model. Some colors come in a specific thickness, and are too thin or thick to install properly on the Fightstick. Additionally, some material thicknesses do not allow for full etch, as the material can warp from the laser. 

    When multiple colors and thicknesses are available for your Fightstick model, you will find them within the options list.

    Plexi Thickness

    Plexi Thickness: .75mm thin acrylic
    Plexi Thickness: 1.5mm thick acrylic
    Plexi Thickness: 3mm thick acrylic

    Plexi Color and Texture

    Plexi Texture: Clear
    Plexi texture: Black Gloss
    Plexi texture: Black Matte
    Plexi texture: White Gloss
    Plexi texture:White Matte
    Clear (.75mm, 1.5mm, 3mm) 
    Black Gloss (1.5mm, 3mm)
    Black Matte (3mm only)
    White Gloss (3mm only)
    White Matte (3mm only)

    Notes about Black Matte, White Matte & White Gloss

    Black Matte Sample 1: No Etching
    Black Matte: Sample 2
    Black Matte is available in .125" (3mm) thickness only. This color and material texture can be purchased without etching. For AllFightsticks models, you can use the black matte plexi panel as a full replacement for the metal panel.
    You can also order with partial or full etching. Unlike clear acrylic, etching is performed on surface of the acrylic.  If you are submitting etch artwork for opaque acrylic such as black matte or black gloss, you do not need to reverse the graphic. More tips on how to submit artwork for etching is available here.new-window-icon.png 
    White Matte: Sample 1
    White Matte: Sample 2
    White Gloss and White Matte is available in .125" (3mm) thickness only. This color and material texture can be purchased without etching. For AllFightsticks models, you can use the white matte plexi panel as a full replacement for the metal panel.
    We currently do not offer etching services for White Gloss or White Matte color.  While it is possible to etch on white acrylic, we believe many customers will not be pleased with the results, since the etch is barely visible.

    White acrylic is also semi translucent - about 20% transparent.  You will receive a white cutout that you can place underneath the acrylic.  You can also place a brightly colored artwork underneath for a cool effect.

    Layout Configuration

    Each Fightstick has its own characteristics, with some sharing similar elements, such as the popular Vewlix button layout. We will specify what options are available for each Fightstick. Below are the most common button layout configurations:

    8 Button Vewlix
    First 6 Buttons
    Last 6 Buttons
    7 Button Vewlix
    8 Button Vewlix
    First 6 Buttons
    Last 6 Buttons
    7 Button Vewlix

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    Removing Default Elements 

    Some Fightsticks, such as the popular MadCatz TE, offer additional personalization options by removing default elements such as control panel, start button, or screws.  Cut options are defaulted to their authentic counterpart, displayed as [YES (default)] in the options list.  For example, a MadCatz TE, the default configuration is to have the turbo/guide portion of the control panel cut, so that the control panel can fit properly.  You have the option to select [NO] to prevent cutting these areas.  

    Cut Control Panel? [NO]
    Cut Start Buttons [NO]
    Cut Middle and/or Bottom Screws? [NO]
    Cut Control Panel? [NO]
    Cut Start Button? [NO]
    Cut Middle and/or Bottom Screws? [NO]

    Cut Control Panel? [NO] - If you own a MadCatz TE, and installed a PS360+, you may no longer need the Turbo/Guide area of the control panel, located at top left.  This option allows you to remove the Turbo/Guide portion.  Please note that you MUST remove the actual control panel on the TE by unscrewing it before applying the plexi, or you risk damaging the plexi.  Also, please make certain to select this option if you are also choosing to have artwork printed, or the plexi and artwork won't match.

    Cut Start Button? [NO] - On some joysticks - such as the Qanba Q4 - the start button is directly on the panel.  You can select to have this removed.  You can also select this should you desire a panel similar to the Eightarc Fusion or Synthesis series Fightstick, as the start button is moved elsewhere.  Again, this option is available on specific joysticks.

    Cut Middle and/or Bottom Screws? [NO] - Selecting "no" on this option allows you to remove the middle top and bottom screw holes on specific joysticks, either for a cleaner appearance or to avoid rubbing your wrist against the screw.  Please reconsider this option if you intend to have a full panel etch on your plexi, as etching physically changes portions of the plexi due to heat.  In this case, it is best to leave the screw holes in place in order to keep the panel securely positioned.

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    Image Edit

    If you would like to use a free, online Photoshop-like app to check out whether your artwork will work with a layout we offer, I highly recommend Photopea new-window-icon.png This amazing app works with our PSD templates and is a great way to preview your artwork or create new art files. It also exports to PSD, which is the format we recommend for submitting artwork.

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    Support

    New to FA Plexworks?

    Click the "Options" tab for a detailed explanation of each customization option available to you. Using a mobile device?  Click here to scroll to the descriptions.

    Artwork templates

    We offer a photoshop template for each custom artwork or custom plexi etch. Click the "Description" tab (or scroll up if on mobile device) to display the template and download. You can also click here to access our repository and download artwork and etch templates (in Photoshop PSD format) for your desired model and others.

    Important: Using templates outside of the ones we provide may produce unwanted output.  We are not responsible for output generated from unsupported templates.  More information here.

    Warranty and Support for FA Plexworks Custom Order

    Custom orders cannot be returned for refund, or exchanged for another custom order. Orders damaged upon arrival are subject to special terms within our return policy. Please see our FA Plexworks FAQ for more information about our Plexworks return policy and related Q&A.

    If you have not used our Plexworks custom services before, we recommend that you visit our support section for updated information, helpful tips, and resources to get the best output.

    Some useful sections to review before making your purchase (will open in new browser window or tab):

     

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    • FA Plexworks Custom Fightstick Artwork Services
      This video explains the many options available to you when cho...

    FA Plexworks Custom Fightstick Artwork Services

    This video explains the many options available to you when choosing custom FA Plexworks services at focusattack.com. We also cover important tips and references for properly uploading artwork when placing an order. Visit https://www.focusattack.com/customize/ to place an order for custom Fightstick artwork, a replacement acrylic top, or even laser etched design on acrylic. For additional information about FA Plexworks, download templates, and additional tips on how to submit artwork, visit our support portal http://bit.ly/fa-plexworks-support Big thanks to Naota for his pro-tier production! ** Artwork pictures are sample illustrations. All printed artwork is submitted by the user, and not sold directly on the website.
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