Ice Tube Clock Kit

let the soldering begin
let the soldering begin
5 volt power in place
5 volt power in place
sockets installed
sockets installed
the underside actually looks pretty good
the underside actually looks pretty good
VFD and driver board
VFD and driver board
case assembly
case assembly
ready for use
ready for use

This is a Vacuum Florescent Display clock kit using a 9 digit surplus Russian tube with blue display and a pre-programmed micro-controller for maintaining time and date The kit has about 2 dozen different discrete components, along with two PCBs and the acrylic display case. The soldering requirements are intermediate, no surface mount stuff, but tight component placement on the PCB. The delicate VFD also requires a bit of care in handling to get it threaded into the interface PCB. Total build time was about 4 hours and I now have a nice clock on our entertainment center. You can buy the clock kit from MakerShed with great step-by-step directions located here.