Oscar Model 3: Simple, Yet Smooth
2 5/8" for install, 2 1/16" depth
$ 42 for spinner (without knob)
Total: $ 57-70
Smooth and with a ‘light’ feel, the Model 3 is a good all-around spinner with a small installation footprint.
The Oscar Model 3 is a good, no-frills spinner. It has a basic design, a small flyweight, and a nice small installation footprint. The Model 3 had a very smooth spin and the lighter flywheel means that you could easily change direction with the Model 3, making it well suited for faster spinner games such as Tempest. The model I reviewed had the optional metal mounting plate, but there shouldn’t be much of a difference in performance between the metal mounting and mounting into a wood control panel.
The Model 3 isn’t that hard to install, but the wood-panel version does require you to basically “assemble” the spinner as place as you install it, and it does require some adjusting during the installation process to line up the encoder wheel with the optics. Once everything is adjusted it's fine, but depending on how your control panel is set up things could get a little tricky, since you need to be holding the spinner shaft and weight up from the bottom of the cab while you attach the knob from the top.