This is an IV-11 VFD clock kit, which I bought while I was looking around for a Vacuum Fluorescent Display clock kit. I was only half impressed by it. Most of all I was impressed by how fast it arrived, but not much else.


The Good

Well, it arrived really quickly. I was frankly shocked how quickly this kit arrived from China. Oh, we in the western world can only dream of a postal service as good as that which Hong Kong Post delivers, day after day, after day, after day, week after week, year after year. A box arrived two or three days after I ordered from the other side of the world. Wow!

Less than 3 days, here's the proof:

The end result is not bad. It's certainly not my favorite clock, but I suppose it has a special place in my heart:You never forget your first VFD clock...

The bad

No real instructions. No help. You are on your own. Abandon hope all ye who enter here, lest ye be adept in the art of electrickery! Seriously, this kit is not for you unless you have constructed at least a couple of other clocks previously. There is no help available, and you really are on your own. You need to know how to use a meter and your head, and you'll be OK, in the end.

I'm not sure that the seller even really understands what he is selling. I have the suspicion that the whole kit might not be above board.


The Ugly

The candy shop LEDs certainly qualify as ugly in my book. It's like being stranded in Walt Disney's wet dream. There's no subtlety here. It's just... PURPLE, then GREEN then RED and then some BLUE.  And BIG. However, I suppose we all need some more colour in our lives...








#1 Jeff 2017-07-19 04:26
Nice review thanks
#2 Paul Andrews 2017-07-20 12:16
Stuff from Hong Kong always arrives super fast - within 2-3 days. If I'm buying from that part of the world, I always pay attention to the place it is shipping from - choose Hong Kong over mainland China every time.
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