Update to the update: It looks like most interest is in the full kit – could anyone who wants to buy the full kit contact me directly on (tony ‘at’ the name of this blog .com) even if you’ve already left a comment and I’ll match you up to the comments/replies. I’d prefer to sell them in the order interest was first shown, not who can get to the buy button first. More displays have been ordered so don’t worry about missing out – a few more full kits will be available once they
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Well I seem to have done this all backwards – if it was at all organised this would have been on a fast host and prices listed before I asked Hackaday if they’d be interested in postaing a news article but then I didn’t expect it to be this popular – maybe a few visitors – I’m still a bit dazed by the interest there’s been.
Still waiting for a couple of prices, I expect to be waiting a while as the quantities just aren’t enough to interest some suppliers. For example I need a source of 110-115 gram (4oz) spools of enamelled copper wire for the coils – 100g won’t be quite enough and the next off the shelf size is 250g, wasting weight and adding to the cost. Nobody is interested in a custom batch this small so I’ll just have to make them up from a bulk roll. Anyway finally the prices, these include wire, solder etc but not a power supply – again it adds to the weight and anything that can provide 12V 2A+ will do, even a car battery. You’ll need to supply basic tools such as wirecutters, sandpaper, paint or wax for finishing, a good quality soldering iron and lots of patience.
The postage prices quoted are for a 50x50x8cm package 4kg (2kg for the PCB only kit) in weight, for an exact price go to www.interparcel.com and select your destination country. If you know of a cheaper option please let me know. I’ll also combine postage at cost if you buy more than one of any type such as for a group purchase.
Full Neon Jacket – A complete kit of all parts required to build the board and pieces shown in the photographs posted here, including all the case parts and 25x IN-7 + 9x IN-7ANixie tubes (32 plus 2 spares). I only have enough tubes for 7 of these. £172 plus postage: £30 US/Canada, £20 EU and £9 UK.
Hardware only – A complete kit of all parts required to build the board and pieces shown in the photographs posted here, including all the case parts but WITHOUT nixies. There are plenty of sellers on ebay or you may have some already, or you could experiment with a different tube. This (and the cheaper options below) are the versions I’d prefer to sell. £140 plus postage: £30 US/Canada, £20 EU and £9 UK.
Budget Hardware only – A complete kit of all parts required to build the board and pieces shown in the photographs posted here, including all the case parts but WITHOUT nixies and supplied with standard brass hex nuts in place of the dome nuts and thmbnuts. They’re quite cheap to buy in the USA so it seems a bit silly for me to import them then send them back again if you don’t need them. £130 plus postage: £30 US/Canada, £20 EU and £9 UK.
Skeleton Crew – A kit of all the electronic components and printed circuit boards needed to build a working chessboard PCB and 32 piece PCBs but WITHOUT piece base cases, case parts, board top or Nixie tubes. Ideal if you want to design your own board and pieces to build them into and choose alternative Nixies. £69 plus postage: £25 US/Canada, £20 EU and £9 UK.
There will also be one completed working board and set of 32 pieces with Nixie tubes, ready to plug in and use. This will be the second prototype which will be assembled in order to prepare the instructions for the kits. No assembly or soldering needed, it will be finished in the same style as the first board using gold and silver enamellers’ wax for the pieces and white wax for the board. I’ll probably list this one on ebay, postage as for the full kit plus insurance if needed.
I’ll make them available on both our own shop and on ebay, payment by paypal will be easiest. Once they’re listed I’ll contact everyone who has asked about a kit directly. Please remember they may take a couple of weeks to prepare for despatch.