Michael B. of BadNixie.com has to be one of the more prolific nixie clock designers in the community. His latest creation is called the The Purple & Chrome Nixie Clock. It is based off the the end view Burroughs NL-8091 tubes and the electronics are based off of the Jeff Thomas NixiChron design. Oh, did I mention how massive this design is? Click here for a comparison to the original NixiChron. This definitely has a distinct design and it is something I would be happy to feature on my desk! Be sure to stop by his site for more information.
From his site:
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I recently featured one of Michael's clocks, the PanPacific, and I also want to show off this one. This devices is built using Z5680M tubes which are second only to the Rodan CD-47's. For a comparison, here is a CD-47 next to a Z5680M. One more impressive fact - this clock weighs in at over 25 Lbs!
The description from Mike's site:
The clock’s direct drive electronics are not mine, they are those of the venerable, Jeff Thomas, Nixie Clock builder extraordinaire. The black PCB is a current revision of the original. All the wonderful features of the Thomas clocks are present in this device. GPS is the discontinued Motorola Oncore, slung beneath the PCB making use of an external generic GPS antenna. It can be difficult to get this GPS to lock on, especially where signal strength is not optimum. I have added a beautiful little INS-1 as a center-mounted ‘pilot light’. The case just seemed to beg for it! The casework design is an effort to emulate the Streamline Moderne style, the U.S. answer to the Art Deco movement! Constructed of polished 1/2” X 6” T-6061 aluminum flat bar and 0.125” brass plate, the clock weighs in at a formidable 25.5 pounds. Measuring 16” X 6” at it’s base the clock is a monster, and it would take upwards of a 7.0 to even make it budge! Tubes for this bad boy are scarce and ridiculously priced, thereby rendering this device pretty much impractical as hell to leave running. So this clock will get by on it’s non-illuminated good looks most of the time.
All images and text are used with permission and are owned by Michael B. http://www.badnixie.com/NixiModerne_-_the_resurrection.html
Michael (http://www.badnixie.com) has some made some very nice and distinct looking nixie clocks that I want to share. He has been building an average of once clock every three months and has quite possibly the largest nixie clock collection that I've seen. His work is impressive; be sure to check out his site.
This clock is called the PanPacific Nixie clock. From his site:
The casework of the PanPacific Nixie clock is inspired by the now defunct Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles I make an attempt to emulate some of this gorgeous building’s Streamline Moderne design features. The case is constructed of black walnut with a piece of walnut crotch wood fashioned for the top plate. Crotch wood is milled from the saddle or crotch formed by a large branch and the trunk of the tree. The laminates are brass plate and the Colon towers are fashioned from brass bar stock. The electronics are extracted from of one of my Jeff Thomas NixiChrons and grafted to a tube board made up of Z5680M sockets harvested from a 1980’s German Frequency Analyzer purchased on Ebay. I terminated each socket lead with a male Mouser pin and plugged the pins into the female Mouser pins in the NixiChron board, thus leaving the NixiChron in tact. The leads from the custom made colon towers were similarly terminated. Anode resistors were changed from the standard 1/4 watt to 1 watt to address the increased current draw of the Z5680M vs. the IN-18’s, but other than that, no changes were made to the NixiChron. I did relocate the 1PPS/MCU run indicator LED to the rear panel, but I did that because I thought it looked kinda cool.
(All images and text are used with permission and are owned by Michael B. http://www.badnixie.com/The_PanPacific.html
A few days ago, Albert sent in a nice scope clock that he had been working on and wanted to share. It turns out, that he also made some nice nixie clocks too. Check out his work below, in no particular order:
(IN-18 Tubehobby.com kit)
(IN-8-2 or IN-8 Tubehobby.com kit)
(IN-18 based of the Kosbo.com kit)
(IN-18 Kosbo.com kit)