Many may know that I'm currently at uni doing a masters degree in architecture. Many awesome members here helped with my project last year by donating old hard drives towards a couple of conceptual models which I used to influence my project. A new year of uni brings new opportunities to design something interesting. I'm starting this years project by exploring 'time'. I'm starting this by again making a conceptual model, and I decided that I'd do this by buying an old pendulum clock which I plan to rip to pieces and re-assemble in a different way that highlights the internal workings. This reminded me of steampunk, and this is the direction I'm hoping to take my project. Nixie tubes fit into this theme really well, and I've decided that I want to incorporate a nixie tube clock into this initial conceptual model. The initial idea is to add a couple of cogs to the mechanical pendulum clock which I can engage and disengage to speed up and slow down the movement of the hands. In contrast I want to use the nixie clock to show the accurate passing of time. Onto the questions I have. Has anyone had any experience buying nixie tubes from the Ukraine sellers on ebay? I'm looking at IN-14, IN-8 or IN-8-2 tubes like these. Or is there any other source for a similar price. I've come across PV Electronics, but it'd cost me close to £60 for 6 IN-14 tubes, and that's a little more than I was hoping to spend, especially when I've also got to fork out for a circuit board to drive them. Does anyone know of a cheaper place to purchase a clock kit? I don't want any fancy features, other than the ability to show the current time, although I realize these features are probably easy to implement and cost no more. Finally, I've not come across anywhere that sells the dots (or double dot : colon) which is used to separate the hours, minutes and seconds in a clock, anyone have any links? Thanks in advance for any input.