Thinking of a TRON mod..


By pinball_customs

5 years ago


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    #1 5 years ago

    I was thinking a simple, cool little mod would be to throw a powerball in the mix.. it'd be like a white "Kevin Flynn" ball. I know it doesn't change scoring or anything, more for a visual effect. That said, I've never actually played a powerball before. Are they much different? I hear they're faster.

    Anyway just a thought.

    - B

    #2 5 years ago
    Quoted from pinball_customs:

    I was thinking a simple, cool little mod would be to throw a powerball in the mix.. it'd be like a white "Kevin Flynn" ball. I know it doesn't change scoring or anything, more for a visual effect. That said, I've never actually played a powerball before. Are they much different? I hear they're faster.
    Anyway just a thought.
    - B

    Try it out, its your game. I like the black pearl balls, and the other specialty balls for specific games. I think the SM ones with the webbing on them are a nice touch for that table.

    #3 5 years ago

    Black pearls are pretty sweet... tough to see on dark playfields though. It's a shame no one's come out with coloured balls, seems like a fairly tasteful mod (although I'm not sure how easy it would be).

    I guess my only concern is the speed of the power ball, I don't want to smash the crap out of my playfield. Maybe I'll wait 'till Cliffy's ramp protectors are out

    #4 5 years ago

    Just throwing it out there, but I don't know if a Stern machine could handle the force of a PowerBall all that well ...

    #5 5 years ago
    Quoted from Nibbles:

    Just throwing it out there, but I don't know if a Stern machine could handle the force of a PowerBall all that well ...

    #6 5 years ago

    ^I'm serious, Tron is a fast game already, you throw a PBall in there and you have a serious risk of doing some serious damage.

    #7 5 years ago

    Aren't there already a couple of Sterns with Powerballs?

    #8 5 years ago
    Quoted from shock_me:

    Aren't there already a couple of Sterns with Powerballs?

    Avatar:LE has one.

    #9 5 years ago

    I wouldnt throw a Powerball into a Stern. Nothing against Stern (i love them!) but that would be insane the ball would break stuff - its light and flies fast.

    #10 5 years ago

    Does software recognize the power ball in avatar? Or is it no different than adding one to a pro?

    #11 5 years ago
    Quoted from markmon:

    Does software recognize the power ball in Avatar? Or is it no different than adding one to a pro?

    In the LE, yes.. double scoring I think?

    #12 5 years ago

    RS LE and Avatar LE have power balls. I think they are around $30 bucks
    http://www.pinballlife.com/index.php?p=product&id=1293&parent=0

    they are about 3/4 the weight of a normal pinball so they do haul ass

    #13 5 years ago

    I wouldn't put one in my Tron for concern of too many airballs. Tron is one of the fastest pins out there, no need to speed it up even more with a powerball imo.

    #14 5 years ago

    Have one in my Tron - love it! Yes it moves fast but nothing is broken in over 200 games. Its a fun aspect with every 4th ball! Fits the theme well.

    #15 5 years ago

    There's a Tron with 3 powerballs at a place called brixie's in brookfield illinois (near chicago). I must say it's insanely fast, and whoever the operator is, is probably making a mint off it ($1/game):
    http://pinside.com/pinball/map/where-to-play/brixies-bar-and-grill-449-brookfield-illinois-united-states

    #16 5 years ago

    That sounds crazy. I was worried about standing or drop targets. Ramp entrances and trough and kickout sensors if IR. I think the speed it would add would make tron crazy fast.

    Your pin do what you want to it if it creates a problem remove it fix the problem and continue
    just my opinion =-)

    Good luck and update us on any issues, likes or dislikes.

    #17 5 years ago

    Go for it. I've only played with powerballs in my TZ, but they would be something else on TRON!
    Sure, they're faster, but also lighter. I don't think you'd get much damage... just make sure to get Cliffy's ramp protector first (once they're ready).

    #18 5 years ago
    Quoted from pinball_customs:

    I was thinking a simple, cool little mod would be to throw a powerball in the mix.. it'd be like a white "Kevin Flynn" ball. I know it doesn't change scoring or anything, more for a visual effect. That said, I've never actually played a powerball before. Are they much different? I hear they're faster.
    Anyway just a thought.
    - B

    I've had a powerball in mine since day 2 of ownership installed last July. No airball problems, broken parts, etc. The game plays just like normal except for that ball being about 20% faster than the others. My son Kyle calls it the "Kevin Flynn" ball as well. Fits the theme well.

    #19 5 years ago

    Thanks guys, sounds like it's worth a try.

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