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Palantir Eye of Sauron Crystal Sphere Mod for Stern LOTR

By AUKraut

36 days ago

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#25 36 days ago
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I’ve just made a Palantir Eye of Sauron Crystal Sphere mod available for sale here on Pinside. The ad can be found here:
https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/ad/76489 (1st run SOLD OUT!! See thread below for waiting list)
As a background, back in the Summer of 2017 I picked up a LOTR for my collection. Unshopped and unmodded, over time I was able to bring it up to its present condition, fully modded and playing 100% perfect. In the Fall of 2017 I was lucky enough to pick up one of Jay’s Palantir mods, as it now turns out from the last group that Jay made available on his website.
Fast forward to the Fall of 2018. A friend of mine picked up a nice unmodded LOTR. As I was looking his LOTR over with him I told him about Jay’s Palantir mod, which he was then interested in getting. As we then discovered Jay had apparently quit making the mod, having not made any more available for sale since the batch I bought mine from in late 2017. I told him that I would look and see what I could find figure out. Shortly thereafter Jay’s website was removed, leaving even further doubt about future availability.
So since the Christmas holidays I've been working off and on in recreating this mod for my friend, using my Palantir and the info posted here on Pinside as a basis. Once I figured out that I was able to make a good working test version, I ordered some more spheres. This past weekend I was able to fully finish them up, I have 6 of them made, 5 of which are available for sale.
They are made out of extremely durable 50mm K9 Crystal spheres. K9 is a Optical Borosilicate Crown Crystal (Optically Clear) with low inclusions and imperfections ideal for use in lenses and prisms, optics and decorative crystal lighting. It has good physical properties and can be polished similar to lead crystal, weighing approximately 15 percent less than full leaded crystal having a lead content of only 10 percent. It is also rather durable, as I advertently found out by dropping one from my 3 foot high counter onto the concrete garage floor. I was pleasantly surprised that it did not shatter, leaving just the slightest of marks on the surface. The spheres are mounted on PinballLife LOTR Palantir Brackets. Comet LEDs are used for the lighting source, with diode rectification to prevent ghosting, and Molex connectors to plug into the factory wiring harness.
Installation is extremely straightforward, and I will include illustrated instructions as well as attach a PDF here. The mod is also fully reversible if you ever decide to return your LOTR to factory stock condition.
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