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By Chairman Kaga
#411517
First I followed TheRockman's great build HERE.
I recommend anyone who is looking to create their first Gizmo with out too much fuss go read through his tutorial. I used Exoray's images for the print out which is a great resource.

My build differs from TheRockman's only in a few places:
I used a piece of acrylic from Lowes instead of styrene for the board
I did not put LEDs in the pen tubes that stand in for the nixies (though I will be looking for a small string to place behind them , maybe)
Inside the pen tubes I used a small piece of vellum, essentially semi transparent paper like tracing paper with a crudely hand drawn digital number shape, this is in case I do decide to illuminate from behind. The wires into the base of each faux-nixie are from an old ethernet cable I cannibalized. I drilled holes using my dremel and thread the wires from the back of the board up into each tube and then secured base with a bit of hot glue.
For the wire behind the white chips I used some gold floral wire from Michaels instead of paper clips.
I used some black foam core for the black Sanyo chips and 1/8 styrene for the white ships instead of all styrene.

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For the holster I have used those black Foamies sheets you can purchase at Michaels or Joann's Fabrics. The sheet that actually holds everything to the belt is the thicker variety which I believe is 6mm and the front piece that overlaps the gizmo is the thinner type. At first it may seem the foamies material isn't strong enough but I believe it will hold up well, atleast for Halloween.
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The round bits under the nixies were also made using some thin green foamie sheet cut into small double circles like a figure eight folded over some floral wire and super glued.
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I didn't think to take pictures in the process on the main board but I took a few on the daughter board.
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By Chairman Kaga
#411519
So for the daughter board I remembered to take some in progress shots.
I decided to make the daughter board refer back to design elements from the main board.

Board with sticker attached and some holes drilled.
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Snip some floral wires to length.
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Bend them.
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Insert
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Fold over the excess on the back side. Here you can see the screw on the back to hold the tape measure clip.
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Repeat that a bunch
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Take some bits of wire
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a couple more foam core chips
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and a few of those fake capacitors
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Mix well and finish with some hot glue on the back.
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Thanks for looking at my first Gizmo and I hope this helps some other folks out there.
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By jros3484
#411555
Looks great! Thanks for the inspiration.
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By Chairman Kaga
#411614
Thanks for the kind responses. I remembered to hit the daughter board with some clear acrylic before I mounted the goodies on it but I forgot to do that for the main board so I think I may mask off the tubes etc near the top and give it a light coat just to protect the sticker a little better.

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