Like chess? Like Nixie tubes? Fancy yourself as something of a maestro with a solder gun? The DIY Nixie tube chess set lets you combine all three of these loves in a fairly complicated do-it-yourself electronics project.
Cold-cathode tubes, known affectionately as Nixie tubes, are perhaps the most awesome looking bit of Soviet era technology. The fact that they are no longer made makes Nixie tubes highly sought after, and a tad expensive – but a good Nixie based DIY project more than makes up for the hassle and the cost.
While I love the Nixie tube chess set idea, I think that this kit falls short when it comes to the presentation of the board. It looks pretty good, but at $400 for the kit, it could be better. It is crying out to be inlaid into some sort of fancy wooden (or metal) base.
DIY Nixie Tube Chess Set
- The ultimate DIY chess set – uses nixie tubes as playing pieces.
- Pieces light up through induction when placed on the board.
- 32 real ex-Soviet nixie tubes light up as the playing pieces.
- Uses IN-15 nixie tubes.
- 12V power supply included.
- Skill Level: intermediate/advanced.
- Game Board Dimensions: (completed) approx. 15.75″ square.