So I waiting until the eleventh hour to get a Spongeface Gizmo board. Partially due to cost partially due to it scaring the crap out of me! I got over the cost part quite quickly, but have stared from a far for a while. Well I pulled the trigger...
How neat and orderly. His directions are swell too!
So having not soldered in three years I decided to go with the daughter board first.
So far so good...
So here's the completed daughter board. Few notes: I made a few part changes as I just grabbed what was in front of me and only half looked at the images and got confused. Don't get confused if you want it to look like the pictures. I however am quite pleased with myself so on to the big show...
Here is the board with the basic parts inserted/soldered. Few notes: the discoloration on the white tubing is from getting too close to the flame on my portable fire starting machine (lighter). I have no heat gun but should invest if I continue to heat shrink in the future (still used the lighter for the nixie threads but that's later...). Also one of the transistors is misplaced in the heat shrinked section. As this was already difficult to do for me I decided I wasn't moving the part.
They're tough but Spongeface's tutorial is pretty solid. Only issue I've run into is I can't get the last black thing off that holds the pins together (his method of soldering all nine pins requires you keep the pin holder attached). For fear of breaking pins loose I left them on as a way to epoxy the white "chips".
Can't even tell they're there.
Nixie Tubes! ATTACK!!!!
This part scared me the most as its a real trickly looking thing, but once you have the thing heat shrinked and ready to go its a piece of really hard and old fruit cake to do. I found it best to do one side, bend the leads on the back of the board, then individually get the other side together working left to right with the controls at the top of your position.
So here is where I'm at currently with the build. Also, mine doesn't light up so I kinda feel like Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club describing his lamp.
More on the way next time!