I would suggest it's in no way a 'replica' of a Heathkit, and the use of the name is merely an advertising scam - essentially it looks to be a cheap Chinese kit, just with some slightly better instructions than usual.Here's another; a replica of Heathkit, made by "Classikit"
Reportedly Chinese components, to replicate the hobby kits of years ago.
I built a Heathkit once, it was a stereo FM tuner, a guy had bought and then decided he couldn't do it - so he paid me to assemble and align it for him, I was 16 at the time - and I'd happily have done it for freeAnd Nigel, on the Heathkit copy, I agree. It was too good to be true. If they only ... tried harder to get it right.
I built a Heathkit once, it was a stereo FM tuner, a guy had bought and then decided he couldn't do it - so he paid me to assemble and align it for him, I was 16 at the time - and I'd happily have done it for free
But I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the kit, you could see why they were stupidly expensive.
That's what's killed it all off, you could afford to sell an expensive kit back then as commercial equipment was highly expensive, the massive reduction in manufacturing costs means you couldn't possibly sell Heathkit quality kit's as they would cost many times the cost of similar performing factory made equipment.
No, they never made it over here.In a moment of weakness I saw this vintage Olson module on Ebay and overpaid for it. I think Olson was more in the USA than the UK.
To be fair, that's not too badI paid $20 and 10 shipping. I succumbed because of the crazy prices I saw for used Heathkit materials.
I'll be back to this board, because I'll need help adding power supply, etc to make this a working unit.
When I get the Olson module the new thread will be in the Radio segment, pleading for help.