Last year, in my Thanks, Dad post, I mentioned how much Heathkits had meant to me growing up, and how I missed the combination of detailed instructions and how-things-work of their manuals in more recent kits.
They plan to add more kits in four categories:
The kits will almost certainly be more expensive than buying already built versions of the products, since it is much cheaper to integrate and assemble things in a factory than to count and package parts that can be hand assembled. The value of electronic kit building nowadays is more in learning and sense of accomplishment than it is in saving money.
I understand that the audio and amateur radio kits will be based around vacuum-tube technology, which is not so easy to get commercially, and for which kit building is competitive with commercial assembly.
I welcome Heathkit back to the kit-making business, and I hope that they do well.
(I found out about Heathkit’s return to kits from the special kit issue of Make Magazine—an issue with many fine kits in it, though some of the most attractive ones are beyond what I’m willing to spend on a toy at the moment.)
- The Soul of an Old Heathkit (kits.makezine.com)
- Top Ten Things To Do In 2012 (adafruit.com)
- What’s the nerdiest car mod project ever? [Video] (jalopnik.com)
- Why Are We Crazy for Kits? (makezine.com)
- MAKE Magazine Releases Awesome “Ultimate Kit Guide” (treehugger.com)