I am getting close to completing the design for my Wizards Tower mod for LOTR pinball. Really, I can’t replace the sloppy factory Orthanc fast enough .
What I am still working through is lighting color, thermoplastic material to use, painting technique, wiring connectors and clearcoat type. In the end I will offer a single model – no confusing options.
I’ll do an initial run of 10 units so I can test manufacturability, time and costs. The price for this trial run will be somewhere around of $70 and will be a substantial discount from my store price after they go into production. If you live outside of the USA, then add an additional $20 to the TBD price. Be aware that the production model after the initial ten may slightly change based on feedback from you guys.
If you want to be part of the first ten units, post below on this thread and I will add you! Here is a list of possibly interested people from my original LOTR club thread – if you are on here, will have first rights of refusal for these ten units, so let me know if you want in.
Gogdog, MrSmiley, Nihonmasa, Reznnate, RStone0407(confirmed)
Wizards Tower will include:
Hand painted diorama finished in clearcoat (testing between high gloss or matte)
Three (3) 12v LEDs hidden withing the diorama – connects to 12v/5v plug at coin door (or elsewhere per user)
Clear lens on top of tower to evenly disperse lighting – still debating how effective this is.
Simple installation – remove three easily accessible hex head screws from the existing tower, remove the clear plastic spires, slip the new tower on, route the wire behind the path of the dead lighting assembly, replace only one of the screws, connect power at the coin door. It will take about five minutes and is completely and quickly reversible.
The plan is to do these ten units, gather some feedback, improve the manufacturing process (if necessary) and add them to my store as a new product.
I am guessing I’ll have these 10 units ready to ship by 02.28.20 – this thread will be a great spot to discuss final details, yo!
NOTE – these photos below represent older, outdated and unfinished models. I’ll updated this thread after the weekend with models that are much closer to the production piece.
Thanks a TON for all of the input so far!