Retro Computer Kits

I have gotten a good number of these retro computer kits from different makers, and thought I would start to make a catalog of them. Please let me know if you find others! They are in alphabetical order of the original company that created them.

Emulating: Altair 8800
URL:
Link
Controller:
Arduino
Blog Post: Link
Date Put Together:
Nov 2019

Summary: I quickly put together this kit; with no issues it can be a nice afternoon project. It offers USB and Bluetooth connectivity and comes with a preloaded controller and SD card. A newer edition than mine now exists with an Acrylic case instead of the older bamboo one (even though I think that makes it cute).

Emulating: DEC PDP-8/I
URL:
Link
Controller:
Raspberry Pi
Blog Post: Link
Date Put Together:
Jan 2017

Summary: My first kit, running off a Raspberry Pi, Oscar put together a great beginner kit. This is the 2015 model, which had you paint the switches. Newer kits have a closer to “historically accurate” switches.

Emulating: DEC PDP-11/70
URL:
Link
Controller:
Raspberry Pi
Blog Post: Link
Date Put Together:
Feb 2019

Summary: Following the great PiDP-8 kit, Oscar followed it up with a replica of the PDP-11. This kit shows how much Oscar has grown creating these, with a plastic injected case, and (compared to my 2015 kit) much closer switches, this is another fun kit that anyone can dive into.


Other kits I have seen but not bought/constructed:

Emulating: Commodore PET
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Link
Controller:
Chips…