I'm caught up on my reading. Took a lot of nights of reading this thread on my tablet to put me to sleep each night, dreaming of Tron. Amongst all the noise, there was a good amount of signal that I picked up. I made a long wish list of mods & such, & I've already implemented many. Most of them are the same old same old, so I won't bore you with pictures of my Pro.
1 - I put in a ColorDMD & set it to a nice pale blue (wish the blue could go a little darker/richer), set it to high definition upscaling mode, & I should keep a rag next to the machine to wipe up my drool when admiring the image. Super duper easy install. My machine had a blue Stern DMD in it--perhaps I'll put that in my Avengers LE Blue...then I'll have 2 really blue Sterns lined up...how cute. (I'm generally not blown away by the Color DMD art, but I love the upscaling, & the newly released Indiana Jones coloring job is absolutely stunning!!!)
2 - I decased & installed a Nifty 555 Super Bright Flex Red (like this: http://niftyled.com/555-Super-Bright-Flex-Red-p136.html) into the recognizer & wired it in parallel w/ the recognizer insert in the middle of the PF. It does sometimes illuminate in unique patterns or when other inserts on the same column light, but oh well--I rather enjoy its unpredictability.
3 - Not satisfied with the "left" light cycle (Hallmark ornament mod) being too white as presented to me when I bought it, I wanted to blue it up a bit to complement the orange light cycle. I had some of this transparent blue paint left over from a previous project (where I need an optical quality transparent effect, but this spray produced a hazy/cloudy effect on that other project): http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=TESR2457 .
I first tried brushing the paint on, but that turned out crummy, so I got a fresh light cycle & did a proper job of spraying it with about 6 coats of transparent blue & then several clears: amazon.com link »
Some rewiring, putting them both in parallel w/ the PF light cycle insert (instead of always-on w/ a DK 8-way, as it was set up when I bought it), & the blue one looks much bluer than before.
Pics don't capture it very well, but it's definitely snazzier.
So, for the cost of shipping, I'm happy to mail out the poorly painted light cycle, if somebody has a good use for it...like dressing up their drab Mustang pinball or something...
1-White Light Cycle, As Received.JPG
2-Bad Paint vs Good Paint.jpg
3-Good Paint Lit Up.jpg
4-Bad Paint vs Good Paint, Lit Up.jpg
5-Bad Paint vs Good Paint, Lit Up.jpg
6-Good Paint, Installed.jpg
7-Good Paint, Installed.jpg