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Official TRON lovefest thread, I love it more than lamp!


By centerflank

7 years ago



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“Is TRON super awesome or are you a hater?”

  • TRON is unreal, centerflank is supersmart. 420 votes
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  • TRON blows, voters for this option have a small dingy :( 101 votes
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  • Never played TRON, but if Centerflank likes it, it must be fun!!!! 60 votes
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#9701 41 days ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

Thank you!
3D print files here...
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:874145/comments
I got the 3.2mm EL wire from eBay .
I had a local 3D print studio print the letters and frame and color match vinyl.
Then spent the 60 hours or so it takes to learn/develop skill/refine skill/manipulate the 3D printed fragile letters, EL wire, general wiring/solder and hot glue.
I think if I made another, It might take me 40 hours to build.
EL wire splicing is very time consuming and difficult, once you refine the skill, you’ll have it for life.

Very nice! I’ve seen something similar posted before. Might’ve been here or KLOV. Wish someone would mass produce these. Or make a smaller version of the neon one all over eBay. Would make a great topper.

#9702 41 days ago
Quoted from evileye:

Very nice! I’ve seen something similar posted before. Might’ve been here or KLOV. Wish someone would mass produce these. Or make a smaller version of the neon one all over eBay. Would make a great topper.

Thank you! As far as this design There’s no cost effective way, there’s simply a ton of labor and patience involved.

#9703 39 days ago
Quoted from evileye:

Very nice! I’ve seen something similar posted before. Might’ve been here or KLOV. Wish someone would mass produce these. Or make a smaller version of the neon one all over eBay. Would make a great topper.

Its been in this thread before.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/official-tron-lovefest-thread-i-love-it-more-than-lamp/page/182#post-5064538

#9704 36 days ago

for sale
stainless steel panel for Iron 140$ shipped

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#9705 34 days ago

Sooo I finally got Portal Multiball and kinda wish I hadn’t, the anticlimactic hype is true

#9706 33 days ago

Sooo I got to Portal multiball and the anticlimactic hype is real
Has anyone been able to make it more exciting with a different tune in pinball browser? I’ve got a great pb mix in my Tron that I got off a pinsider last year when I got the game, but Portal mb is so lacking it’s like it needs a super special hyped up Daft Punk mix to salvage it!?

#9707 33 days ago
Quoted from ArcadeBar:

Sooo I got to Portal multiball and the anticlimactic hype is real
Has anyone been able to make it more exciting with a different tune in pinball browser? I’ve got a great pb mix in my Tron that I got off a pinsider last year when I got the game, but Portal mb is so lacking it’s like it needs a super special hyped up Daft Punk mix to salvage it!?

How about robot rock?

Or this... just turn up the tempo a little possibly

#9708 32 days ago

Just acquired a Tron Pro, which has been modded with diffusing fiber optics tubes on the ramps. Unfortunately the control unit is a simple RGB led source with a remote control, so while it does look nice, it does not respond to gameplay.

I'm therefore trying to figure out where to get an Eli kit or equivalent, but can't find any. Would you know by any chance if there is an alternate option (or better, an available kit somewhere) ?

Thanks

#9709 32 days ago
Quoted from Ashram56:

Just acquired a Tron Pro, which has been modded with diffusing fiber optics tubes on the ramps. Unfortunately the control unit is a simple RGB led source with a remote control, so while it does look nice, it does not respond to gameplay.
I'm therefore trying to figure out where to get an Eli kit or equivalent, but can't find any. Would you know by any chance if there is an alternate option (or better, an available kit somewhere) ?
Thanks

Yes the Professor Pinball Tron Pinduino is awesome and very unique looking on Tron! It also costs less and is actually available, you can look it up here on Pinside. Sure its not the exact same fiber optic rim around the ramps like everyone has, but for Tron imo it actually works way better because some of the features have pulses of lights going around the ramps like light cycles, and you can easily learn the software to assign it different colors and functions if you wish. The LED strips come in a clear flexible 'tubing' that you stick to the ramps so no drilling, and I actually sprayed mine with frosted glass spray from Lowes before installing so it diffused the direct site of the LEDs. Professor Pinball is an awesome guy too and will help you get set up, he even made a reverse mounted kit for me for Tron - his original kit had the wires going down into the pf by the flippers but I asked him to make it reverse so that the wires go into the holes at the ramp entrances where the LE fiber optic kits would've gone into the PF.

#9710 32 days ago
Quoted from Chosen_S:

How about robot rock?

Or this... just turn up the tempo a little possibly

YES! Thats perfect - I like Robot Rock dropped in around 21 secs so the intro isn't too long and then BooM it kicks in with intense multi ball rock!! Do you do Pinball Browser?!

#9711 31 days ago
Quoted from Ashram56:

Just acquired a Tron Pro, which has been modded with diffusing fiber optics tubes on the ramps. Unfortunately the control unit is a simple RGB led source with a remote control, so while it does look nice, it does not respond to gameplay.
I'm therefore trying to figure out where to get an Eli kit or equivalent, but can't find any. Would you know by any chance if there is an alternate option (or better, an available kit somewhere) ?
Thanks

Here's an old video I found showing some of the Pinduino. It also has some great solid saturation effects where the whole ramps are lit up at once certain colors (you can assign the colors), there's different types of 'bullet' effects or tracers and you can do solid colors or have it start off as one color and end as another color etc...

#9712 31 days ago
Quoted from ArcadeBar:

Here's an old video I found showing some of the Pinduino. It also has some great solid saturation effects where the whole ramps are lit up at once certain colors (you can assign the colors), there's different types of 'bullet' effects or tracers and you can do solid colors or have it start off as one color and end as another color etc...

Cool stuff! Feels like it's something Stern should have wanted to do at the factory, e.g. it does look like some lightbikes are racing.. but I guess it was easier to do the toned down solution they went with, or maybe Stern didn't have the knowhow or never even thought about doing it the Pinduino way.

Having said that, I still think ELI - I just can't 'unsee' how cool it looks! But Pinduino does offer more control over the effects..

#9713 31 days ago

I have the professor pinball LED strips on mine, and love em.

#9714 31 days ago
Quoted from Saltimbanco:

Cool stuff! Feels like it's something Stern should have wanted to do at the factory....
Having said that, I still think ELI - I just can't 'unsee' how cool it looks! But Pinduino does offer more control over the effects..

Last year Timebandit said he was going to do one last run of his total light show (Eli-style) and had a short list of names in for one, but then the Aussie fires hit this winter and then pandemic and there wasn’t a word from him again, hopefully he’s doin ok down there. So the Pinduino is the only option available, for what it’s worth everyone that’s seen mine thinks it’s super cool how the interactive lights look and it makes it seem a little more unique. Obviously it’s not that signature Tron LE ramp light look, but we love it and that’s all that matters!(;

#9715 31 days ago
Quoted from ArcadeBar:

Last year Timebandit said he was going to do one last run of his total light show (Eli-style) and had a short list of names in for one, but then the Aussie fires hit this winter and then pandemic and there wasn’t a word from him again, hopefully he’s doin ok down there. So the Pinduino is the only option available, for what it’s worth everyone that’s seen mine thinks it’s super cool how the interactive lights look and it makes it seem a little more unique. Obviously it’s not that signature Tron LE ramp light look, but we love it and that’s all that matters!(;

I'd still be in! I hope he's ok!

#9716 31 days ago

Ok well it turns out Timebandit just never replied to some messages but he’s still somewhat active on his other thread, and as of a few months ago looks like he said he was still trying to work on them but ran into problems with the boards he’s using, and until the mftr has a solution it’s going to be a while until he can get more kits together... So you’d prob want to post on his thread better chance of hearing from him than pm:

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/ramp-lighting-in-your-face-st-pro-brought-to-lifevideo/page/45

#9717 29 days ago

With regards to Pinduino I've looked at it in details. While the effects are neat, I'm not a big fan of the ledstrip mounting, as they are too visible when off. I tried to look for ledstrip encased into a silicone diffuser, so you wouldn't see the leds (just the lights), but could not find any.

So I much prefer the 'fiber optics' look and i'm fairly certain it's possible to design a light source emitter for diffusing fiber optics which would be driven by Arduino. After all, the source is can be considered as a ledstrip of 1 LED. If I don't find an alternative, that's probably the route I'll take

Regards

#9718 29 days ago

Just got my Tron back from Portland Pinball Repair. Had a bunch of work done and had it powder coated. Still need to add the color dmd and at some point add a better light kit for my ramps. Love this game!

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#9719 29 days ago
Quoted from Ashram56:

With regards to Pinduino I've looked at it in details. While the effects are neat, I'm not a big fan of the ledstrip mounting, as they are too visible when off. I tried to look for ledstrip encased into a silicone diffuser, so you wouldn't see the leds (just the lights), but could not find any.

Yea I looked too and never found any either, but the Pinduino comes with the led strip enclosed in a flexible clear silicone housing, so I just sprayed it with a frosted glass spray you can see what it looks like in the video posted. I wasn’t sure how it would look when the game was off but I did it and it’s never once bothered me, and if I stared at the game while it was off for too long I’d realize something was wrong with me and I might as well turn it on and play!

#9720 29 days ago
Quoted from Cdonnerusmc:

Just got my Tron back from Portland Pinball Repair. Had a bunch of work done and had it powder coated. Still need to add the color dmd and at some point add a better light kit for my ramps. Love this game!

Portland did the wrong color on the left! It's supposed to be yellow.

#9721 29 days ago

The translight and almost every picture on this machine is orange. Went with what better fits this machine.

Quoted from neverahighscore:

Portland did the wrong color on the left! It's supposed to be yellow.

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#9722 25 days ago
Quoted from ArcadeBar:

Yea I looked too and never found any either, but the Pinduino comes with the led strip enclosed in a flexible clear silicone housing, so I just sprayed it with a frosted glass spray you can see what it looks like in the video posted. I wasn’t sure how it would look when the game was off but I did it and it’s never once bothered me, and if I stared at the game while it was off for too long I’d realize something was wrong with me and I might as well turn it on and play!

arcadebar As you point out, not looking good in "off" is probably not a big deal, I was more concerned about seeing the ledstrips while playing, as if not integrated properly this can be very disturbing. But your idea of frosted glass spray is super cool, and indeed in the video this looks quite neat. I would welcome a link, as I need to find an equivalent reference here in France.

Regards

#9723 25 days ago
Quoted from Ashram56:

arcadebar As you point out, not looking good in "off" is probably not a big deal, I was more concerned about seeing the ledstrips while playing, as if not integrated properly this can be very disturbing. But your idea of frosted glass spray is super cool, and indeed in the video this looks quite neat. I would welcome a link, as I need to find an equivalent reference here in France.
Regards

Hi, sorry for the delay in responding...I found some pics from back when I did this, here's the frosted glass spray I used, and you can see in the one pic how the strip looks black before applying and then the frosted white sprayed one under it. I didn't spray the backs, and just did a layer, let it dry for 10 mins then sprayed another layer etc... I used the whole can which ended up being 12 layers which I remember thinking was excessive and it would've been fine to stop at 6 layers. With 12 layers it ended up having a lot of frost material built up on the edges and I ended up having to take a razor and lightly shave off some of this, so with 6 layers I believe it would've provided plenty of the diffuse-effect needed and not have the excess buildup. I put black shrink on about 3in of the ends so that the wires disappeared nicely and fed them down the holes already by both of the ramp entrances, which is backwards from how the kit comes, but I thought it looked better than fishing the wires down at the other end of the ramps by the flipper lanes. Professor Pinball was very accommodating and helped me flip the code/programming for the light strips to account for this alt mounting and I think he saved the code incase others wanted to install it this way. I can probably find more old video but I think the vid you saw from the post a week ago probably shows enough.

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#9724 25 days ago
Quoted from Ashram56:

Just acquired a Tron Pro, which has been modded with diffusing fiber optics tubes on the ramps. Unfortunately the control unit is a simple RGB led source with a remote control, so while it does look nice, it does not respond to gameplay.
I'm therefore trying to figure out where to get an Eli kit or equivalent, but can't find any. Would you know by any chance if there is an alternate option (or better, an available kit somewhere) ?
Thanks

Spend some time looking into rgb led neon, maybe there’s a good option to use with the pinduino

AliExpress or ebay has some options possibly.

Also, maybe EL wire?? Maybe el wire inside a diffused tubing?

What about EL tape?? Maybe too rigid

Maybe hook el wire up to the pinduino somehow?

Quoted from ArcadeBar:

YES! Thats perfect - I like Robot Rock dropped in around 21 secs so the intro isn't too long and then BooM it kicks in with intense multi ball rock!! Do you do Pinball Browser?!

I don’t have pinball browser... yet. I plan on getting it sometime.

Post a vid with robot rock installed if you make it happen

I have it as the multiball song in my Gamatron pin. Pretty awesome with no compression

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#9725 18 days ago
Quoted from Cdonnerusmc:

The translight and almost every picture on this machine is orange. Went with what better fits this machine.
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Mine has a similar, but reversed powder coat. I was told 6-8 of these hadn’t sold yet back in 2012 or so, and they received this makeover at either Cointaker or Pinball Life. I really like the look of it. I use blue and yellow flippers. I’ve tried orange but I prefer yellow. Yours looks good!

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#9726 17 days ago

Anyone know a good contact email for Pinbits, or do I just have to attempt to call them?

I want to order their clear plastic protector set for my Tron Pro, but their web page for that item is broken.
https://pinbits.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13_65&products_id=506

I've sent a message through the contact page on their web site. I also sent an email to pam (at) pinbits.com. No reply to either after several weeks and the page is still broken.

#9727 17 days ago

buy something else, then add a note to that order with anything else you need. their communication blows.

#9728 17 days ago

"The Door" - ready to work.

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#9729 17 days ago
Quoted from ZfromEarth:

"The Door" - ready to work.
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#9730 17 days ago
Quoted from ZfromEarth:

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Wow..!

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#9732 17 days ago

You sir have excellent taste!
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#9733 17 days ago
Quoted from neverahighscore:

You sir have excellent taste!
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If I was a Tron, I'd want this! Beautiful!!
I may just have to copy you!!

#9734 17 days ago

Guys are killing me with these all chrome LE’s!

#9735 17 days ago
Quoted from ArcadeBar:

Last year Timebandit said he was going to do one last run of his total light show (Eli-style) and had a short list of names in for one, but then the Aussie fires hit this winter and then pandemic and there wasn’t a word from him again, hopefully he’s doin ok down there. So the Pinduino is the only option available, for what it’s worth everyone that’s seen mine thinks it’s super cool how the interactive lights look and it makes it seem a little more unique. Obviously it’s not that signature Tron LE ramp light look, but we love it and that’s all that matters!(;

I think I tried to add myself to that list at some point when he posted it in this thread a while back as well. I think I may have even sent him a PM, but didn't get a response. Hoping with the fires and all this Pandemic stuff that he's doing well.

#9736 15 days ago

Where did you get that awesome Tron Legacy rubber floor mat?

Quoted from neverahighscore:

You sir have excellent taste!
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#9737 15 days ago
Quoted from Mokthemagicman:

Where did you get that awesome Tron Legacy rubber floor mat?

Some company on E-bay was making them for different pins. Nice quality and came in some different sizes.

#9738 13 days ago

I'd like to have an original Tron flyer to hang on my wall. If you have a spare that you'd be willing to sell and mail to me, please send me a message. Thanks!

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#9739 8 days ago

I decided to play a quick game while lunch was cooking, got the 100mill portal collect on my first ball. Noice!

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#9740 8 days ago

Wow. That’s bonkers. I’ve owned my Tron for 2 years and can’t reach Portal. In fact, my high scores are all from 2018. I can usually reach Sea of Simulation, but I’m 2 or 3 modes short of Portal always. Do you find the best path is to complete the modes before reaching SoS? Or do you clean up the mess and finish the modes during SOS? Nice job! Heckuva ball. I would honestly pull that ball out and encase it in acrylic. It has earned retirement.

#9741 8 days ago
Quoted from Pinkitten:

Wow. That’s bonkers. I’ve owned my Tron for 2 years and can’t reach Portal. In fact, my high scores are all from 2018. I can usually reach Sea of Simulation, but I’m 2 or 3 modes short of Portal always. Do you find the best path is to complete the modes before reaching SoS? Or do you clean up the mess and finish the modes during SOS? Nice job! Heckuva ball. I would honestly pull that ball out and encase it in acrylic. It has earned retirement.

The true goal of Tron is to complete all the modes first, then double scoring, then portal. One you get better, portal isn't that hard to get to. Usually light cycle is the hardest for me to finish. My GC is 340million or so My game plays fn fast too, but it's just a matter of practice, flipper skills, and a little luck sometimes.

#9742 7 days ago
Quoted from tomdotcom:

The true goal of Tron is to complete all the modes first, then double scoring, then portal. One you get better, portal isn't that hard to get to. Usually light cycle is the hardest for me to finish. My GC is 340million or so My game plays fn fast too, but it's just a matter of practice, flipper skills, and a little luck sometimes.

Beg to differ, Portal is hard to get to--you are a good player, amigo!

#9743 7 days ago

In addition to playing Tron like a nudge champ who's hitting Quora like she's your mistress it also def depends on how your game is set up too, points and/or EBs for replay awards or specials etc... after a year I made the mistake and changed mine to EB for replay awards and then got to portal too easy and was seriously disappointed in how anticlimactic it seemed!? Changed that back off of EBs quick, and still want to get a pinball browser mixup for Portal to take it to another level... Its tough to break 150 mil hell just breaking 100 on this game is a feat!

#9744 7 days ago
Quoted from tomdotcom:

The true goal of Tron is to complete all the modes first, then double scoring, then portal. One you get better, portal isn't that hard to get to. Usually light cycle is the hardest for me to finish. My GC is 340million or so My game plays fn fast too, but it's just a matter of practice, flipper skills, and a little luck sometimes.

Thanks for the tips. Yeah, I agree w Billy16 on this. I’m a decent player with some top 10 scores on here (not Tron!) and I can pretty consistently hit both Quorra and Gem, I just can’t seem to finish everything, even earning 1 or 2 extra balls. I definitely can’t do it with 3. Tron is a fast, punishing game. But it’s not unfair, imho. I just need to focus on completing modes and get to Portal already. That’s my goal - reach Portal before year end. Does the “special” insert actually light up on the pro? I’ve never seen it qualified.

#9745 7 days ago

The Special is like a snowflake in the Sahara--pretty damn rare.

#9746 7 days ago

how wants the last speaker panel stainless steel for TRON

145$ shipped
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#9747 3 days ago

Finally! Thank you Chris the perfect Chrome plating job.

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#9748 3 days ago

Ready to replace, just the Chrome bolts missing...

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#9749 3 days ago
Quoted from ZfromEarth:

Ready to replace, just the Chrome bolts missing...[quoted image][quoted image]

Wow, where do we get these?

#9750 2 days ago

Anyone know the led numbers needed for an LE? My manual has the bulb types but doesn’t seem to list the numbers needed of each bulb.

Currently I’m not at home cause of Covid but would love to get an order in ready for when I’m back to working and living at home.

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