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I learned to take things apart before I could put them together. Reasonably handy with a screwdriver. Can count to twenty without taking my socks off. Learned a lot of things that are of no use at all. H8 txt spk!

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  • Roddy Scott commented on Roddy Scott's instructable The Victorian Tantalus Nixie Clock4 weeks ago
    The Victorian Tantalus Nixie Clock

    Many thanks for the appreciation of my clock. I will look out for this additive for the next one because I want to use a Japanese style red lacquer on it with brass edging to the base. Again, thanks for the comment.Roddy

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  • Roddy Scott made the instructable Frankenbot Papercraft6 weeks ago
    Frankenbot Papercraft

    I forgot how hard it was making cut out models!

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  • Roddy Scott's instructable The Victorian Tantalus Nixie Clock's weekly stats: 6 weeks ago
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  • Roddy Scott commented on Roddy Scott's instructable The Victorian Tantalus Nixie Clock6 weeks ago
    The Victorian Tantalus Nixie Clock

    Sztylah,Making a clock like this is not outwith most peoples abilities. Wood work for it is very simple,the metal work takes just a little bit more skill and the electronics just require the ability to solder and follow build directions. The first clock I made was with a drill, a hammer and a soldering iron. Techniques for anything on this clock can be found in Instructables and the internet. Imagination is the thing you need most because if you can picture it you can most likely make it. I started off with basic things and just added the skills as I went along and there is no limit to resources to learn. Don't give up before you try and you will surprise yourself of what you might be capable of!Rgds,Roddy

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  • Roddy Scott commented on Roddy Scott's instructable The Victorian Tantalus Nixie Clock7 weeks ago
    The Victorian Tantalus Nixie Clock

    Thanks for the appreciation.

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    • Wooden Venetian Blind Nixie Clock Aka Sara's Little Sister.
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  • Roddy Scott commented on JasonF205's instructable Milk Jug Skulls3 months ago
    Milk Jug Skulls

    Water containers here are PET where you guys have polyethylene ones which are moldable. PET shrinks with heat as I use it for some applications. I suppose I could buy a polyethylene one some place.

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  • Roddy Scott commented on JasonF205's instructable Milk Jug Skulls3 months ago
    Milk Jug Skulls

    Well deserved winner! Pity we do not have gallon sized containers here in Europe.

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  • Roddy Scott commented on hellboy's instructable CYCLOPS10 months ago
    CYCLOPS

    Hellboy,better late than never!I have a project clock in build that is mechanised with Z5660M tubes and is proving to be a real PIA! But persevering with it as it will be one of a kind when completed.

    Hi Jack,the first clock I made was an addition to a Steam Punk lamp I made for my daughter. After that I got the bug for Nixies and have made quite a few since. Like you I have a mind that will not stay still and I have about 4 clocks in various stages of build. Some I have featured in Instructables and others I have not bothered to write up yet. I keep a photo log of the builds for future use and will probably write up as an Instructable. I just like the glow! I feature some of my stuff here - https://www.facebook.com/pg/noticksnotocks/posts/?ref=page_internaland participate at the Nixie Clocks Fan Page - here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/142414439207058/.I get weird ideas that are sometimes hard to make reality but love the challenge in trying to do it. The hardest thing is parti...

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    Hi Jack,the first clock I made was an addition to a Steam Punk lamp I made for my daughter. After that I got the bug for Nixies and have made quite a few since. Like you I have a mind that will not stay still and I have about 4 clocks in various stages of build. Some I have featured in Instructables and others I have not bothered to write up yet. I keep a photo log of the builds for future use and will probably write up as an Instructable. I just like the glow! I feature some of my stuff here - https://www.facebook.com/pg/noticksnotocks/posts/?ref=page_internaland participate at the Nixie Clocks Fan Page - here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/142414439207058/.I get weird ideas that are sometimes hard to make reality but love the challenge in trying to do it. The hardest thing is parting company with them! The SARA clock I am loathe to part with even though I have had a few offers for her. Others such as the Hands of Time and the Tesla Meets Edison I have repeated and parted with only to spend it on the next design!

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  • Roddy Scott's instructable Embedded LEDs for Indicators's weekly stats: 10 months ago
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  • Roddy Scott commented on Roddy Scott's instructable The Coil Lamp11 months ago
    The Coil Lamp

    Sorry to send such a late reply but I have not been attentive to my Instructables. You have done a great job in replicating my original and they look good.Well done!

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  • Roddy Scott commented on abzza's instructable Ultimate DIY Breadboard Power Supply1 year ago
    Ultimate DIY Breadboard Power Supply

    Well executed project indeed.As you were going for minimal cost and achieving, it is on target. If you had opted to use sockets connected to the resistor sets you could have used patch leads to swap between voltage as with DIP switches there is always a chance of having two on at the same time if you do not check properly.Voted.

    Well executed project indeed.As you were going for minimal cost and achieving, it is on target. If you had opted to use sockets connected to the resistor sets you could have used patch leads to swap between voltage as with DIP switches there is always a chance of having two on at the same time if you do not check properly, plus constant switching of budget types can lead to failure. More fun plugging in a lead than operating a switch!(had to edit as could not vote for it - should have looked closer!)On solder flux residue removal, IPA and a toothbrush produces excellent results and removes any possibility of on board capacitive issues from the flux paths. I learned this the hard way with one of my clocks having 'ghosting' on the numerals of the nixies due to flux residue which I thought...

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    Well executed project indeed.As you were going for minimal cost and achieving, it is on target. If you had opted to use sockets connected to the resistor sets you could have used patch leads to swap between voltage as with DIP switches there is always a chance of having two on at the same time if you do not check properly, plus constant switching of budget types can lead to failure. More fun plugging in a lead than operating a switch!(had to edit as could not vote for it - should have looked closer!)On solder flux residue removal, IPA and a toothbrush produces excellent results and removes any possibility of on board capacitive issues from the flux paths. I learned this the hard way with one of my clocks having 'ghosting' on the numerals of the nixies due to flux residue which I thought would not affect the circuit but did.

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  • Roddy Scott commented on hellboy's instructable CYCLOPS1 year ago
    CYCLOPS

    This is a masterpiece of engineering! It was your lantern clock that was one of the things that got me started in making Nixie clocks but nowhere near the complexity of your bulds.Excellent work and write up!

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  • Roddy Scott's entry The Tesla Meets Edison Nixie Clock is a winner in the Lights Contest 2017 contest 1 year ago
  • Roddy Scott commented on FernMakes's instructable DIY Light Bulb Bugs1 year ago
    DIY Light Bulb Bugs

    IsabelleJ1,if you go here - https://www.instructables.com/id/The-Tesla-Meets-Edison-Nixie-Clock/ - I show how to safely dismantle a light bulb for inserting anything you want.

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  • Roddy Scott's entry The Tesla Meets Edison Nixie Clock is a finalist in the Lights Contest 2017 contest 1 year ago
  • Roddy Scott's instructable The Tesla Meets Edison Nixie Clock's weekly stats: 1 year ago
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  • The Tesla Meets Edison Nixie Clock

    Nobody should be ashamed at anything homemade, everything starts there and progresses from it.My prototypes were not exactly pretty or professional looking but as you progress you get better. Nobody starts out with perfection Liked your amplifier project, very original!

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  • The Tesla Meets Edison Nixie Clock

    This is the first QTC kit I have used as normally I use the DINKs or Spectrums but the QTC is very adaptable too.You are welcome to use anything that you see here or in my previous clocks. People use and adapt ideas to suit their own projects and often can improve on the original by looking at it in a different light.Progress!

    I hope that it did not get too damaged!Thanks for the compliment.

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  • The Tesla Meets Edison Nixie Clock

    Hi Paul,recognised you from Neonixie posts!Lucky man to have ZM1177s! At the price of Nixies today it is getting harder to source good quality NOS & NIB tubes and the market prices are getting ridiculous considering that they were made in their millions at the time and folk are just sitting on stocks and letting them trickle out for high prices.I was going to build this with IN-14s but they do not compare with the GNP-7AHs let alone the ZM1177s. I got them from Joe English along with a few other sets as in Z566Ms, a set of inverted tubes and a few others to play with. I tend to avoid the Russian tubes these days unless someone wants a little FunKlock design. I have my sights on a set of Dalibor's tubes and a Zen clock system when I get time to rob a bank! That would definitely not b...

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    Hi Paul,recognised you from Neonixie posts!Lucky man to have ZM1177s! At the price of Nixies today it is getting harder to source good quality NOS & NIB tubes and the market prices are getting ridiculous considering that they were made in their millions at the time and folk are just sitting on stocks and letting them trickle out for high prices.I was going to build this with IN-14s but they do not compare with the GNP-7AHs let alone the ZM1177s. I got them from Joe English along with a few other sets as in Z566Ms, a set of inverted tubes and a few others to play with. I tend to avoid the Russian tubes these days unless someone wants a little FunKlock design. I have my sights on a set of Dalibor's tubes and a Zen clock system when I get time to rob a bank! That would definitely not be going into a case as his workmanship has to be admired at all times.BTW, you might like this from another contributor - [Upcycle It] Nixie Display #1 - Introduction

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  • The Tesla Meets Edison Nixie Clock

    Thank you!A very time consuming build but worth it in the end.

    Pity that I am in Ireland! Mind you, I could order them next time .Thanks for the info though.

    To cap the comments on Tesla and AC.Tesla was probably one of the greatest minds when it came to inventing electrical equipment, just a pity he was not a good business man and had benefitted more from his ideas.AC vs DC has always been a bone of contention in the electrical world. Today we use so much AC converted into DC to power our laptops, phones, music devices, etc. The advent of HVDC is opening up the possibilities of DC powered buildings and where it would gain the most support is in server farms as the AC has to be converted to DC and the result is energy loss and heat production requiring air conditioning and cooling to combat it.HVDC is actually more efficient in transmission that AC as the losses are a lot less per unit transmitted. Maybe it will come of age but it will be a ...

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    To cap the comments on Tesla and AC.Tesla was probably one of the greatest minds when it came to inventing electrical equipment, just a pity he was not a good business man and had benefitted more from his ideas.AC vs DC has always been a bone of contention in the electrical world. Today we use so much AC converted into DC to power our laptops, phones, music devices, etc. The advent of HVDC is opening up the possibilities of DC powered buildings and where it would gain the most support is in server farms as the AC has to be converted to DC and the result is energy loss and heat production requiring air conditioning and cooling to combat it.HVDC is actually more efficient in transmission that AC as the losses are a lot less per unit transmitted. Maybe it will come of age but it will be a bit in the future before it does.Thanks to all who contributed to the comments on this.

    Thanks!

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  • The Pillars of Time - a Steampunk Nixie Clock

    Nice work and a well made Nixie clock.Originality is what sets these clocks apart from just building the kit and yours is very original.I like the idea of controlling the LEDs with a potentiometer. The DINK kit is ideal for designing your own clock as I have used a few myself in different Nixie clocks.Again, nice work!

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  • The Tesla Meets Edison Nixie Clock

    Thank you for your comment in regards to the inventor of AC who was indeed Nikolai Tesla. I called Westinghouse the proponent of AC as he was the one who was promoting it as an electrical system after buying some of the patents from Tesla. Edison went to great lengths to prove the dangers of AC vs DC, the system he was promoting at the time, he went as far as electrocuting various animals including an elephant in what was known then as 'The War of Currents'.When Edison hired Tesla to try and improve the distribution capabilities of DC, Tesla told him that he would need to change his system to AC instead but Edison was adamant that his DC system was superior and ignored Tesla much to his misfortune when AC finally won the 'War of Currents'.

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  • Roddy Scott's instructable The Hands of TIme's weekly stats: 1 year ago
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  • Roddy Scott entered The Hands of TIme in the Woodworking Contest 2017 contest 1 year ago
  • Roddy Scott commented on fred.lam.5201's instructable A Marking Gauge You Can't Buy2 years ago
    A Marking Gauge You Can't Buy

    Reading some of the previous comments in regards to your excellent marking gauge I don't think that some people get the same satisfaction from making a tool for a specific purpose even though they can be bought commercially. I have made a lot of tools when I either could not get one for the purpose or the ones available were of inferior quality or over priced. One of the best I ever made was a former chisel from an old file, unfortunately someone else thought that it was a good tool too and it ended up 'walking'.The feeling that when you use a home made tool is that it just feels right and you have the satisfaction knowing that you made it yourself!

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  • How to build a Medieval Dining Room Set

    You know where they can stick their flat packs!Exceptional pieces of furniture and definitely worth the effort making them. Well done!

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  • Roddy Scott commented on Creatively crazy 's instructable Soldering Iron Throne2 years ago
    Soldering Iron Throne

    Neat idea! If I had room on my bench I would build one.

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  • Roddy Scott commented on Roddy Scott's instructable The Atomium Nixie Clock2 years ago
    The Atomium Nixie Clock

    That was the original idea but it would have made for a difficult to read clock as it would have to have been the seconds in the top and bottom positions with the hours above the minutes.I went for practicality in the interpretation but have another idea brewing for a very complex dual clock design with a temperature readout too.A man needs a man cave. Just missing the beer fridge at the moment!

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  • Roddy Scott commented on danthemakerman's instructable Kiridashi Marking Knife2 years ago
    Kiridashi Marking Knife

    Tools that you make yourself are tools that you respect the most.Excellent Instructable!

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  • Roddy Scott commented on umami_tsunami's instructable Capturing the Milky Way2 years ago
    Capturing the Milky Way

    I have been looking on the net for a decent guide to astrophotography and this will do nicely!Great photographs!

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  • Roddy Scott entered The Atomium Nixie Clock in the Wood Contest 2016 contest 2 years ago
  • Roddy Scott entered The Atomium Nixie Clock in the Metal Contest 2016 contest 2 years ago