I was wondering if they could make them different colors instead of white. I'd buy a white one, blue one and orange one for my Tron LE. That would be wicked. Anyone mod these?
I've read that Pat Lawlor experimented with different colors. They custom ordered a few different ones from the manufacturer (at some cost I would assume) and he was really pushing for blue in TZ. In the end, they chose white because everything else they tried made the ball way too hard to track on the playfield...especially the blue!
Absolutely. I know it would make an already fast game faster, but how cool would it be with orange, blue, white power balls. If people are going to bling machines - why not bling the balls for this game. Wicked fast.
They made proto blue ones. I was offered one a couple years back but couldn't justify the price. Apparently they were very hard to see on the playfield. I had heard a rumor that a blue powerball was going to be made but haven't seen anything more about it.
It would also be great if someone made them...if they could make the yellow one for the Catacomb backbox>>> I believe it is the same material, just slightly smaller...I need one for a Catacomb, and haven't been able to find one at any of the dealers. I talked to Marco about making them, but have not heard anything more from them on it.
Hah!...I actually bought the white one and never used it! Not cheap either. Lemme know if you can't find one.
Quoted from BVM:
Stick with WHITE!
How do you get "retired"?
I was lucky and found an Extra powerball in the dust corner of my TZ when I picked it up (over a decade ago). Then for years I saw these selling for $40 to $50. I always wondered why somone would not make a profitable repro out of these.
This the "mod" craze in full force you would think a potential gold mine. Opps, maybe I better thing this out . . .
Quoted from TheLaw:
For being a total douche.
Those are the repros. No point in making them on the cheap...if you need one you need one and gotta pay the piper
I didn't know if there was a period of inactivity.
I am not saying on the cheap. Just saying manufactuing should be better now, I would hope.
Nothing against Marco, I have had nothing but good dealings with them. But just because someone says it is better . . . I need time and a lot of collisions
The powerball is just a standard 1 1/16" ceramic ball used for industrial bearings. According to an interview with Ted Estes the manufacturing process for whatever chemistry they chose prohibited coloring other than white or blue. So that means its probably Zirconia or Alumina Oxide although I could be wrong. I would love to try a Silicon Nitride ball which is crazy light and is a high gloss black. It's not as hard as other ceramics though (still 10x harder than steel).
Quoted from spfxted:
I think this is the one I bought...
buy them here because terry is awesome.
Quoted from spfxted:
It they are indeed the same quality ball, yes, it's cheaper. But so's mine.
Same ball, I found this one after I got ripped off by Marco.
I ordered one and weighed them both.
Almost double the price is a gouge IMO.
Marco is my last resort now, this really pissed me off.
Didn't mean to crap on your post, I posted before I read down further.
Juat a little fact about the ceramic balls they were going to put a blue one in white water but it got lost in the upper playfield so they xed that idea out.
Jay had them in his Tron at the Winter pin Olympics.
I even think the game was jacked up really steep
It was really brutal, my game lasted all of 45 secs for all 3 balls, but I think that was the point.... there were some crazy and awesomely unique game setups and challenges.
Search for his pinball Olympics thread to see more.
if you want a faster game, buy a slightly smaller ball. like the ones in the old tilt rails for early system11 (pin*bot). I threw that little ball in one time and had a blast. my only fear is breaking plastics, because it jets around like mad.
Hi Spidey! Here's a pic. Looks good to me. Here's the Marco description:
New production bright pearlescent white (as original) ceramic "Power Ball" pinball used in Bally TWILIGHT ZONE.
Superior ceramic ball. New production ceramic ball meets or exceeds the original manufacturer's specifications.
Size: 1-1/16" diameter
Weight: 65 grams
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