Hi All, Got the OK from Agg to post this here. I wanted to share with you all on OCAU a nixie clock project I’ve been working on with a very talented guy from Czech Republic, which is currently up on Kickstarter. Click to view full size! This guy, Dalibor Farny, has spent the last 4 years developing the equipment and techniques to bring back the infamous nixie tube displays, which have now been out of production for more than 30 years. He started with very basic equipment, experimenting with vacuum pumps, glass tubes and a blow torches in a very small room, then progressing to gas filling stations and helium leak detectors, vacuum ovens he bought off eBay, and a proper glassblowing lathe he set up in a garden shed. He then moved his gear into a larger workshop so he would have more space to refine the design, consistency and reliability of the tubes he was making. He did all this virtually self-taught through books, bits of info he could find online and corresponding with others who were trying to achieve the same thing, with lots of good old perseverance. Given this, and the fact he hand-forms the glass and assembles the intricate number stack and does all the gas-filling and sealing and leak detection and QC etc himself, the nixie tubes he has created are quite amazing (and huge!). A fair bit of his process work can be seen in the Kickstarter video. Kickstarter. He has been working on his little production line to make small batches of tubes, but hasn’t got the capacity currently to make them on mass scale (although that is his dream eventually). I’ve always liked nixie displays and had made a couple of nixie clock designs using new-old-stock tubes in the past, so Dalibor and I started talking about doing a new design together using his hand-made nixie tubes in order to get them out there for people to appreciate. Size-wise, his tubes are double the size of anything I had used before (the clock stands a bit taller than a coke can) so this was pretty exciting. Now, about 10 months later, the design is finished and we put it up on Kickstarter to help get the word out about his work and allow people to own and enjoy one of his nixie tubes without the need for any electronics know-how or need for any assembly, just plug and play. I felt OCAUers would be able to appreciate the work that goes into making something as intricate as a nixie tube and might be interested in supporting the project (and getting one of your very own nixie clocks for your desk!). I know the goal has already been reached, but every clock that goes out there helps to spread the word and goes towards his goal of expanding into a proper production line to make his tubes. Cheers for checking it out Kickstarter. Duncan.