How about a nice game of chess?

This developed as a spinoff from the hardware and controllers I’m designing for a range of nixie clocks and watches as a ‘simple’ project that wouldn’t need much software to complete it.

All visible parts are made from materials contemporary with Nixie technology and no modern plastics or resins are used anywhere in its’ consruction (other than the electronic components and PCBs). The board and pieces are machined from phenolic resin laminate and assembled using brass fittings. The brown base pieces have been filled and wiped with gold and silver engravers wax, giving a ‘worn gilding’ appearance.

The displays are ex-Soviet Nixie gas display tubes, manufactured in the early 1980s. No Chinese LEDs here…..






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  1. Is amazing!! Very nice chess
    I want to know electronics u.u
    I have some NEC LD8113, I managed to turn it on
    but I don’t know how to continue, I don’t know about electronics, too difficult for me lol

  2. Hello, can you tell me if I still can order the DIY Nixie tube chess set made by Tony Adams? I’m looking for the full Neon Jacket version including all the components needed to build a fully working Nixie chess set with the printed circuit board (PCB) for the chessboard and 32 PCBs for the pieces, NOS Tufnol and phenolic resin laminate case materials, brass dome nuts, bolts and thumb nuts, enameled copper wire for the coils and 25 IN-7 Nixie tubes and 9 IN-7A flavors.Is the kit still priced at £172 (US$268) plus shipping costs. Best regards.

  3. Tony
    Can you please place me on the waiting list for a chess set kit in case of a drop out.
    A bit of nostalgia from when I used test equipment long ago! I agree with your modular design approach re build for maintenance


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