I thought I'd share the last couple cigar box clocks I made (and gifted). First up is a small clock that started out with 5 CD66 tubes I've had for 15 years and an IN-3B for the ten hours tube. The IN-3B didn't work well in Ian's circuit so I changed it up to 6 IN-14's.
That fit too tight. So I ordered up some IN-16's and they worked out great.
My neighbor and friend for years really likes it
Next up is an experiment in thin-ness I tried because I really liked the box. I used IN-8-2's and an All-In-One board. The tubes only required a slight twist to work with the board layout for IN-14's and mounting a few of the bigger parts underneath so it would close.
I gave this one to my former boss at the radio shop that I worked at for over 20 years. I told him that if it ever gave him any problems to just pull the pin on the grenade behind it and that would fix it for good. He seemed to like it too.
If I ever get my soundbar clock done I'll post pictures of that one too.
Here is my clock. It uses one of the new Rev 3 modular boards with the individually addressable LEDS. It is shown here with the 'ColourTime' backlight option where each number has its own colour.
The enclosure is a block of solid walnut kitchen work surface hollowed out. Really easy to make and quite effective.
Another new feature in the Rev 3 is an input for a motion sensor with tube blanking when the room is unoccupied. I used a microwave radar motion sensor embedded inside the wood. It still manages to detect movement at up to 3m.
here are two other clocks i finished some days before.
this one was a broken Siemens roll-clock, now it was "reborn" as Nixie-clock with 6 IN-12 and 2 INS-1 separators.
And this one is an old broken ESGE flipclock with 4 IN-12, 2 IN-17 and 1 INS-1 separator.
This is a small one, so special thanks to Ian for his small classic-nixie-clock-PCB.
Without this it would never fit i guess ^^
Last Edit: 4 months 5 days ago by nixie-N00b. Reason: pics are missing
thanks. yes, i go with you, this kind of tubes are really good in this.
i would go on and mean the sankyo 101 and Digital 4000 are the best to create a retro futuristic nixie clock "they had could been".
unfortunately this both models are rare and hard to find also i use only the scrapped cause i think, the last working original clocks should be for the collectors to care of them.
Also as bonus, you got enough space in rthis cases for the pbc, tubes, potis, switches ...:
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Your clocks look very nice. I had been looking on eBay for some cheap flip-clocks and most of them didn't look very good for building a nixie clock. You're right about those Sankyo clocks being rather rare. Those particular models that you used cost around $100-$200 USD. I guess I'll be roaming through yard sales this summer.
My first Nixie tube clock. Had fun putting it together and building the case. I have the kits and tubes to build three more. Greatly appreciate the support from this site in answering all of my new guy questions. Might get a little more creative with the case for the next one, lots of ideas here.
Not sure how to embed my images with my text but a few pics can be seen in the attachments.
Last Edit: 2 months 2 weeks ago by Ty_Eeberfest. Reason: fixed embeds
Jensen, I fixed your embeds so the pics show up now.
I like the look of your casework. Yes, it's the basic "tubes on top of box" design: but it's a very nice looking box. Nice detail with the inlays (at least I think that's what they are properly called - the contrasting bits). Looking at the top view it looks like you paid attention to the grain and maintained continuity all around, which is more than many would think to do. Nice work.
Look into it later when the dust is clearing off the crater.