1. Built the Nixie Clock from a kit ordered online from PV Electronics. Fun to build and completed it in 3 evenings approx. time 10-15 hours if I recall. $112 including shipping I believe.
2. Found a period case to put it in. This took several weeks and prying a 1902 Symphony Talking machine from an antique dealer who rebuilds all sorts of machines. This one had many parts missing so he reluctantly let me have it for $25.
3. Bought a Henry Kloss AM-FM Model One radio from eBay $102. A great quality radio with very simple controls I thought would be very easy to convert. Toughest part was reconfiguring the tuner to a new dial and knob and trouble shooting a missing ground that i failed to land. I violated my own rule of using a printschematic and even though I took lots of pics, I didn't have the one that I needed. To get the radio working, I had to take apart ANOTHER Model One I had and compare. Yep... One stinkin' wire that was easily removed inadvertently.
4. Bought the tesla coil from Edmund's Scientific on the web, and Aerolux light bulb on ebay. $12 and $9 respectively.
5. I had the old medical book for a Halloween prop. And had to cut it in half horizontally to fit it on the deck. iPod station was $60 (ouch) and I destroyed the charger taking it apart so I had to purchase another for an additional $20. Oh yeah the charger has an IR remote control so I cut a window in the pages of the book for it to work.
6. Additional Items:
Copper plates - etched with Muriatic acid and Hydrogen peroxide method.
DC Ammeter - bought off eBay approx $15
Brass knobs for Volume & Radio function - Antique Bobbin drawer knobs $10
Brass Channel for Clock Frame - Hard to find in USA, got from UK approx $20 (0.25 inch angle)
Copper Came for stained glass tuner dial porthole - $20 off web.
Tuner knob - Hobby Lobby $5
Misc switches, LEDs, wire, solder, terminal strip etc. - Radio Shack $60 all told...
So yeah... way over budget, but hey I don't drink so... well I did while making it. Let's get started.