So you want a Nixie tube clock, but they seem too expensive and/or complicated? The good news is that you can buy them fully assembled, or you can get one of these MSP430 kits for under $50.
After writing it up at the end of 2016, along with a subtle hint, I received one for Christmas 2017. Naturally, I just had to record the build process shown below. The build took me somewhere around 4 hours, which I cut down to just under 9:00 in the video to keep it somewhat watchable. At the end, I show how it was installed, including placing it high in my shop in order to avoid exposure to the relatively high voltages experienced some parts of the PCB.
It looks like Robg is out of stock on this kit right now, but they have been so popular we’re sure he’s scrambling to pull together more kits. Put yourself on the waitlist and you’ll be notified when they’re once again available.
You may have previously seen my PCB assembly/filming work in this badge post. Since then I’ve make a few improvements, including filming at 4k for better zooming ability, and added another light. The improvement should be quite visible, and you can find these and other tips about filming an awesome product video in this post.
If you’d like a more thorough run through of how this is assembled, you can also check out the video below by 12voltvids. It is over 50 minutes, so you may want to grab some popcorn! Additionally, there’s a video of it in use on the product listing, so if you’re more interested in how it functions when assembled, be sure to check that out.
Of course I like showing off my creations, and I just happened to find the 12voltvids version when browsing. However, I’d love to feature more content by other Tindarians.