My joystick is a 17 year old Saitek Cyborg 3d.
It’s had a lot of use over those years controlling submarines, land vehicles, planes and helicopters and of course spaceships! and the only issue it’s ever had is the grippy pads on the bottom falling off!
The result is that I can’t really use it one handed as it moves about a bit. A second hand on the throttle and lower buttons prevents this, but for Battlescape I wanted to try using it left handed with the other hand on the mouse.
So… As well as getting some grippy pads for the bottom, I thought I’d see what I could do to make it heavier.
Originally there were 4 weights inside weighing a total of 220g (7.76oz). I guess the whole joystick weighed under 500g (1.1lb) (See edit at the end).
I had some roofing lead which I figured was the densest stuff I had access to and is also easily malleable.
Malleability was important because the insides of the stick were pretty compact with not a lot of spare room. As the axes are manipulated some of the internals move around so I needed to allow room for that as well. I was able to cut and fold the lead to make use of the available space as you can see:
There is one layer of lead covering most of the bottom, and three more layers where there was space.
On the right you can see the four original weights which were stacked two high on either side, where the screws are now holding the lead.
Reassembled the whole thing now weighs 1350g (2.97lb) and feels significantly heavier.
Even without grippy pads on the bottom it feels like it’s not going to move, even on my glass desk surface.
Here you can see the sheet of lead that I cut from
One day I might get a new stick, but until then the Cyborg lives on!
Edit: I just weighed the top half on it’s own and am surprised that it is 418g making the original total mass about 640g. So my efforts only doubled the mass. I thought it felt a lot heavier.
I guess the only important factor is the difference between the force required to actuate the joystick and the force required to lift/move the base unit.