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Vectrex Carry Case Folding Instructions and Photos for GCE / MB Vectrex Logo cases


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Vectrex Carry Case Folding Instructions and Photos for GCE / MB Vectrex Logo cases

See Folding Instructions and picture in my Google photos album

https://photos.app.goo.gl/XYYGgxRZpmy3J5F6A

 

Vectrex Carry Case Collapsing and Folding Instructions:

 

Instructions below are used for the Vectrex Carry Cases shown with branding for General Consumer Electronics (GCE), Milton Bradley (MB), and unbranded Vectrex logo only carry cases.:

 

There were two methods GCE and MB folded the Vectrex Carry Case at the factory. I think this might have been due to different production runs. Both methods are outlined below.

 

The better method "A" is show first in the list. This is also the most common method used even if it was not used in the earliest Carry Case shipments. Please note the first method "A" assumes the carry case side have the creases and folding. If your carry case has the creases and folding in the front-rear then use the other method "B" that follows below method "A".

 

Please note all Vectrex Carry cases have two user component parts to the Carry Case.

Component Part 1: The large Carry Case itself.

The main body of the Carry Case is made mostly of a fabric similar to Cordura. All carry cases in include a top flap with an attached Velcro strip to hold the closed. All carry cases in include carry handle straps on each side of the case that are sewn in place with rivets for strengthening the strap attachment points.

 

Component Part 2: The Baseplate support.

The Baseplate support is made of a carboard flat that is covered in either fabric, or plastic. The baseplate a square, or slightly rectangular, shape. The baseplate is inserted into the inside bottom at the bottom carry case. The baseplate is used to shape the carry case after unfolding. The baseplate also provides some cushioning and structure to the bottom of the carry case. A majority of the Baseplates are covered with a with sewn grey nylon fabric. Other simpler Baseplates were covered with silver colored plastic with heat sealed edges.

 

 

Vectrex Carry Case Folding Method A (Case with creased sides):

Assuming the case is already unfolded and in use,

  1. Remove the fabric/plastic baseplate from the interior bottom of the Vectrex Carry Case.

  2. Stand the carry case vertically with the bottom of the case up.

  3. Ensure the top flap is unfolded from the case.

  4. The sides of the Carry Case are creased vertically at the middle between the carry handle strap attachment points.

  5. Push sides slightly inward ensuring they are both folding inward at the crease.

  6. At the same time as folding inward, tuck the fabric bottom inward into the folds.

  7. Continue folding side and tucking in bottom until the carry case is fully collapsed.

  8. Tuck the carry handle straps into the side folds.

  9. After collapsing the carry case place the baseplate over the front logo.

  10. Fold the top cover over the front front of the carry case covering both the baseplate and logo.

 

 

Vectrex Carry Case Folding Method B (Case with creased front and rear):

Assuming the case is already unfolded and in use,

  1. Remove the Fabric/Plastic baseplate from the interior bottom of the Vectrex Carry Case.

  2. Stand the carry case vertically with the bottom of the case up.

  3. The front and back of the carry case are creased vertically at the middle with the crease running through the front Logo.

  4. Fold the top cover up to the bottom of the carry case to cover the rear of the carry case.

  5. Push front and rear of the case slightly inward ensuring they are both folding inward at the crease.

  6. At the same time as folding inward, tuck the fabric bottom inward into the folds. Also tuck the top cover into the carry case rear fold.

  7. Continue folding the case with tucking in bottom and ensuring the top cover is folding into the rear crease until the carry case is fully collapsed.

  8. After collapsing the carry case place the baseplate over the front logo.

  9. Fold the top cover over the front front of the carry cases covering both the baseplate and logo.

 

 

 

For people shipping a Vectrex Carry Case some extra details.

 

Fully collapse a folded back by placing inside of a plastic bag and using a vacuum source to draw out the excess air.

 

After collapse you will be able to fit a bagged carry case inside one of the following boxes for shipment

• USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Box B2 SKU RRB-B2X,

• USPS Priority Mail Box 1095 SKU O-1095X,

• UPS Large UPS Express Box. (snug fit)

 

Shipping weight should be 3 Lbs (2 Lbs 12 Oz) or about 1.3 Kg

 

BTW, I DO NOT recommend shipping a Vectrex carry case only inside a polyethylene mailing envelope. Those envelopes have no support and can easily rip, offering little protection against crushing and stains. Instead place the folded carry case inside a pouch or Ziploc sliding channel storage bag before placing it inside the mailer. And if you decide to use a plastic envelopment mailer, then make it a large bubble cushioned mailer.

These Vectrex carry cases also carry the Bandai Vectrex (バンダイ 光速船 / Kousokusen) but do not have the Japanese logo or language. The Bandai Vectrex only had an unpadded and unpocketed carry bag for the Japan region. Below is an album with pictures for that regional bag.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qQcRydzp1MfxLzI62

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