Here it is! The IT'S ALIVE update!
Here are the four main chips done and mounted. These little guys are tedious.
Starting assembly on the nixie rack. Not sure if the sticker is screen accurate, but it's a nice touch if not.
Mounting the real electronics to the bracket.
Electronics from the back. This stuff is all pre-wired, so it's just a matter of screwing them in.
Bracket mounted to the main board. A little hot glue holds the Arduino in place. Don't worry that you can see it now, you won't soon.
I did take care here to make sure the USB port is still accessible on the Arduino. I might get half a mind down the road to custom program a light sequence in later, so I want to be able to plug it in.
Top view of the controls installed.
Rather than stripping these wires to thread them through the board, I discovered that I could use the taper of the dental pick to widen the holes just enough for the whole wire to nicely fit through.
Gotta give everything a proper test before going any farther. Just in case, you know? Plus, I just couldn't wait.
A look at my glue job from the back of the main board. It came out pretty clean. You might notice the top glue indicating I've got all the nixies mounted. I was in the zone with those, as they're tedious, too, and apparently forgot to take progress pics on them.
Front top. As I mentioned, the nixies are all done. The combining, sleeving, and threading of all those tube leads took a while and I guess I just zoned out on photos. Top chips are just superglued in place. You just have to eyeball it a little using traces as guides. EctoLabs, if you see this, adding some registration to the print models would make aligning those super easy.
The whole assembly... DONE! It's very satisfying to see and hold this way. Very happy with the build.
And a shot on the belt for good measure. It looks really great all together, with some light action happening. My jumpsuit is still on order, so I'll get a better glamour shot down the road.
Any questions I can answer for anyone? Feel free to ask!