Speaking of reproductions..

Tothwolf tothwolf at concentric.net
Sat Oct 24 03:03:01 CDT 2015

On Sat, 24 Oct 2015, Brad wrote:

> I was checking out the Altair 8800 kit online (really cool).  But I am 
> hoping to one day find a kit or plans to build a Mark-8 replica, since 
> I'm so deep into Radio Electronics features.  I know there was a kit out 
> there (Obtronix?).  Was it any good?  Do I need someone to make a new 
> kit or is the Mark 8 within the realm of the home hobbyist the way the 
> TVT was?  Ie. were there ever foil patterns available for those boards 
> or did the kit maker reverse engineer from originals?  Is there any 
> likelihood of finding one of the replica kits still out there (I 
> remember seeing one offered for $2000 on Fleabay once.. )

The patterns for most of the Mark-8 pc boards were published in Radio 
Electronics (except for maybe the cassette interface?). I'm not aware of 
anyone who has redrawn them having made their versions freely available 
however. There have been a few people in the past who have offered 
unpopulated reproduction pc boards at significant cost, but they were 
beyond my budget for such a hobby project.

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