Atari 2600 Joystick RocketAs I was growing up, I was privileged to witness the dawn of the home video game era.

I had spent countless hours bashing a silver ball up and down an inclined play-field, utilising nothing but two fingers to manipulate a pair of rubber-coated flippers in a vain attempt to win a free game or beat the standing high score (typically held by someone called 'ACE', 'POO', 'ASS' or any one of a number of humorously creative three-letter words.)

Atari 2600 Joystick RocketVideo games slowly appeared, typically tucked away in the same smoke-filled rooms as their electromechanical counterparts. These rooms, often found out the back of the local Italian coffee shop, were not the places that the youth of the time should be visiting, or so our parents would have us believe.

1977 Was the dawn of an era as the Atari corporation released the Atari VCS and every kid wanted one.

So this is my hommagé to that time, a scratch-built Atari 2600 Joystick rocket!

Atari 2600 Joystick Rocket - Unpainted

I started with 6" of BT20 body tube. The grip is made up of 6 strips of balsa and the base made from thick cardboard. Tumble recovery.