Homebrew: Nixie Tube Chess Set

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Homebrew: Nixie Tube Chess Set

I’ve always been fascinated by the glow of ionized gases, but never got around to putting together a Nixie tube clock — the whole craze of the last decade seemed to pass me by. When I finally decided to make one, I knew it would have to be something a little different to stand out.

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Tony Adams

Tony Adams is a freelance electronics engineer. He has been building circuits since he was 6 years old, and has spent the last 15 years repairing industrial lasers to keep the bills paid. He now also makes Nixie tube chess set kits. lasermad.com

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