(Topic ID: 253300)

Hey Stern! Make some new Ghostbusters Ecto-1 topper!

By Midway-Man

2 years ago


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“Should Stern do another run of Toppers?”

  • I want one. MAKE SOME STERN! 125 votes
    62%
  • I have one. It's expensive but great. Would buy again. 19 votes
    9%
  • I have one. It's not necessary. It's to expensive for what it does. 10 votes
    5%
  • I don't have one. And don't want one. 48 votes
    24%

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#151 33 days ago

Anyone want to chime in the power rating for the topper on GB?

I went with a single 18awg stranded, ofc, tinned wire jacketed in silicon that is rated for 200v and 7.5 amp. This wire is safe to handle 360 watts at 48v and 7.5 amp.

Each LED is rated for 350mA, 15 LED equals 5.25 Amperes if each LED is on at the same time at full brightness.

I am well within specification for this single wire... why did Stern use two each on my other toppers? (talking the 48v and gnd lines on CN7 from the PBD in the backbox).

#152 29 days ago

Okay, who brought the topper?
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#153 29 days ago

Do you think stern will go after you trying to reproduce their topper? I wonder if they have a patent or something that would prevent another from building and then selling.

#154 29 days ago
Quoted from delt31:

Do you think stern will go after you trying to reproduce their topper? I wonder if they have a patent or something that would prevent another from building and then selling.

I guess they should've made more.

...but nobody mentioned selling them.

#155 29 days ago

Stern gets to sell the node boards to make these toppers so they are still getting a cut.

I don't think there is any dramas making them.

#156 29 days ago

In science making a model with some lights is nothing more then a step in the process of your study.

#157 29 days ago
Quoted from P1nhead:

I guess they should've made more.
...but nobody mentioned selling them.

Oh got it. Sorry I thought you were planning on selling these.

#158 29 days ago
Quoted from swinks:

Stern gets to sell the node boards to make these toppers so they are still getting a cut.
I don't think there is any dramas making them.

Time to setup the production line then.

#159 29 days ago
Quoted from swinks:

Stern gets to sell the node boards to make these toppers so they are still getting a cut.
I don't think there is any dramas making them.

Stern would definitely shut it down imo. They are all over things like this now

#160 29 days ago
Quoted from delt31:

Stern would definitely shut it down imo. They are all over things like this now

politely I don't agree

Stern would shut it down if it was while they were producing GB and if it had Ghostbuster logos on it or a protected IP like the Firestation. Example back in the day during production if you were trying to remake and sell a repro Firestation it would be stopped or they would want a cut. Since the game is not on the line they won't be bothered.

Currently it is a topper using Stern parts = they would love selling the node boards as it means they are effectively getting a cut of topper anyway.

#161 29 days ago

Just mocking up the replica code 3 force 4 light bar

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Don't worry about the housings being a solid blue or red for the flashers, they will be a solid grey back with chrome trim around the appropriately colored lenses.

Will probably ditch the sniffer sensor (unless I make benheck angry and tie in the pulses for slimer to a servo that moves the sniffer left and right). Nonfunctional speaker has to go though.
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Thinking about the nonfunctional speaker - it would be overly complicated but consider this for attract mode: put a real speaker powered by a t-amp, raspberry pi zero, trigger the sound of the engine starting up/horn beeping/siren blaring/Ray's comment on all the things wrong with ecto-1/etc whenever the pulse is detected AND there is no signal present on auxillary input (taken from the aux out ala pinnivators subwoofer out kit). Probably not worth the effort.

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#162 22 days ago

Used foamboard and cheap 1mm plexiglass to ensure dimensions translate to the real world... getting closer to the finish.
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#163 19 days ago

Since core 3 owns the design for this lightbar, I decided to approach it from scratch - still looks great. Base measurements still spot on. I have the base completely printed (18 hours). Transparent blue acrylic is on its way. Using environmentally friendly ACM panel (brushed aluminum black) for the mounting base.

The flashers will be present, just not on this rendering.

Jury is still out on the sniffer and speaker.

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#164 14 days ago

Had a chance this weekend to throw the 3D printed parts together, tidy up the wiring harness, and ensure things fit proper.

Stern really did pack this topper - the BOM added up real fast.

I'd be interested to hear thoughts on color of the base, the middle top. Black (as in the way it prints)? Off white? Some metallic paint? Match the current left and right flashers?

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#165 5 days ago
Quoted from delt31:

Stern would definitely shut it down imo. They are all over things like this now

Screw them. If they don't like it, make more themselves. No infringement if it doesn't say Ghostbusters or have a logo on it.

#166 5 days ago
Quoted from P1nhead:

Had a chance this weekend to throw the 3D printed parts together, tidy up the wiring harness, and ensure things fit proper.
Stern really did pack this topper - the BOM added up real fast.
I'd be interested to hear thoughts on color of the base, the middle top. Black (as in the way it prints)? Off white? Some metallic paint? Match the current left and right flashers?
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Wait - are you being serious? The stern topper actually costs a good amount to make? It looks kind of cheap so I’m surprised to hear that.

#167 5 days ago
Quoted from delt31:

Wait - are you being serious? The stern topper actually costs a good amount to make? It looks kind of cheap so I’m surprised to hear that.

Electronics alone. The investment up front to make the wiring harnesses. Metal body. Acrylic lenses. Lots of molded plastics (so much various toolings). For what you get and at the price point, it was a helluva deal.

#168 5 days ago

Does anyone have a ghost busters topper for sale?

#169 5 days ago
Quoted from wcbrandes:

Does anyone have a ghost busters topper for sale?

There's probably at least 50 people looking for one to pop up. There was one recently listed for an insane $3500 and it sold for some undisclosed amount. Crazy

#170 5 days ago
Quoted from KingBW:

There's probably at least 50 people looking for one to pop up. There was one recently listed for an insane $3500 and it sold for some undisclosed amount. Crazy

That is just plain stupid. Paying $3500 for any topper is a just a sign the apocalypse is upon us.

#171 5 days ago

I dont know why people poo poo the Stern GB topper, I think it actually looks cool and fits the theme well.

#172 5 days ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

I dont know why people poo poo the Stern GB topper, I think it actually looks cool and fits the theme well.

I'm not poo pooing the topper. Just saying no topper is worth $3500. I think that is a fair statement but the world is a crazy place right now.

#173 5 days ago

I just sold my topper for $500 as part of a sale of my GB for a NIB TMNT.

#174 5 days ago
Quoted from Oneangrymo:

I dont know why people poo poo the Stern GB topper, I think it actually looks cool and fits the theme well.

it looks very good on the machine and is cool no doubt but topper prices in general have gone bonkers.

#175 5 days ago

Just popping in here, this looks great! Heck yours is looking as good if not better that the original. A lot of people looking for these. I get PM's all the time for mine and my LE.

#176 4 days ago
Quoted from Bmanpin:

Just popping in here, this looks great! Heck yours is looking as good if not better that the original. A lot of people looking for these. I get PM's all the time for mine and my LE.

I find it interesting that I have also received PM's asking if I would be interested in selling my GBLE (no topper on mine though). I personally think that this LE is a beauty. It checks off all of the boxes I would have on a wish list for a pin. Maybe the only thing that could make it better would have been if it had made it into the Spike2 era with an LCD. That said, the early days with Aerosmith video/art wouldn't necessarily be better.

#177 4 days ago

I was hoping with the release of the new Ghostbusters movie that Stern would release a vault edition and we'd finally get the chance to buy a topper, but I guess that's not the case, unfortunately.

#178 3 days ago

I get an email or two a month asking if I would be willing to sell my premium. I'm glad everyone is coming around finally

#179 3 days ago
Quoted from mdeslaur:

I was hoping with the release of the new Ghostbusters movie that Stern would release a vault edition and we'd finally get the chance to buy a topper, but I guess that's not the case, unfortunately

Was hoping for this as well! I thought it would sell well for Stern and promote the movie, but may have been a licensing thing.

#180 2 days ago

It sounds like Stern can't keep up with with actual committed orders and many are claiming that they are months out from getting their pins so although I too would love to see a vault for those who are interested and a $500 topper that ship may have long since sailed.

#181 1 day ago
Quoted from mdeslaur:

I was hoping with the release of the new Ghostbusters movie that Stern would release a vault edition and we'd finally get the chance to buy a topper, but I guess that's not the case, unfortunately.

I was hoping too.
But they didn’t announce anything.
Missed opportunity…

#182 1 day ago
Quoted from dnaman:

It sounds like Stern can't keep up with with actual committed orders and many are claiming that they are months out from getting their pins

I asked around about how long it would take to get Godzilla premium and I was told a year. I wish we could see VEs of these in demand pins like ghostbusters but Stern can't meet current demand. They should pause their release schedule and catch up and then do since vault editions. I don't know why they keep releasing new games with such a huge list of backorders.

#183 17 hours ago
Quoted from seenev:

I asked around about how long it would take to get Godzilla premium and I was told a year. I wish we could see VEs of these in demand pins like ghostbusters but Stern can't meet current demand. They should pause their release schedule and catch up and then do since vault editions. I don't know why they keep releasing new games with such a huge list of backorders.

Don't worry Iron Man Vaults are coming. Lol come on Stern! I can't say anything though they are definitely killing it.

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