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Vacuum Tube Chess Set Answered

This chess set made from vacuum tubes is pretty stunning. Plug a tube into a square and the top lights up. I doubt that the pins will stand up to very many games of chess, but it is lovely to look at.

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Sandisk1duo (author)2009-06-29

wouldn't the tubes get hot?

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lemonie (author)Sandisk1duo2009-06-29
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Sandisk1duo (author)lemonie2009-06-29

oh i thought that those were actual vacuum tubes

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lemonie (author)Sandisk1duo2009-06-29

They look like real tubes, which are mirrored inside (to retain heat I guess). But look more closely and it would appear that a circle has been cut out the top and LED devices put inside to create the images? L

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gmoon (author)lemonie2009-06-29

(Useless) tube triva: the silver coating in valves is generally the getter coating on the inside of the glass tube.

It's a reactive compound that absorbs any remaining gases the vacuum pumping process missed.

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boomrlargo (author)its a lion2009-07-05

And knowing is half the battle...

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lemonie (author)gmoon2009-06-29
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Am Per Sand (author)2009-06-29

I like tubes, and I like chess! Double yey!

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